Yoga Barre

This class is taught by:

Jillian Forster

Ever since she can remember, Jillian has been dancing. Growing up, she studied various dance styles such as tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and character dance. Jillian then followed her passion and love for the arts to major in dance at Kent State University. There she was able to further her studies in dance adding in modern, post-modern, and African dance. Jillian now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. In addition to her love for dance, Jill is also an avid yogi. She has studied various types of yoga such as Ashtanga, Power yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa, Hatha and Classic Hot Yoga. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH.

Jillian is constantly looking to better her skills in dance, yoga, barre, and fitness by attending classes, workshops, and trainings. She holds numerous certifications and is always excited to learn more. Jillian is passionate about dance, yoga, fitness, and health and loves to share her passion with others through teaching and training. Her goal is to make each and every client, student, and friend who comes to her for a class or a training to feel better leaving the studio than when they came in.

Leigh Wakeford

Leigh Wakeford was born and raised in the beautiful “Mother City” of Cape Town, South Africa. Big dreams, and great aspirations led him to the lights of Broadway, where he has called Manhattan his home for the past 4 years. He thanks the hustle and bustle of New York City for sending him on a journey to find the peace, harmony and balance, that is essential to juggle a career based in uncertainty and a life surrounded by chaos. Yoga was the answer. “On my mat, I could shut out the noisy surroundings of the busy Metropolis, and silence the voices of doubt in my mind. Even if just for an hour a day, I found my solitude, my church.” His inevitable obsession with the Yoga lifestyle lead him to his mentors Stephanie Culen and Mindy Frenkl, under whose guidance Leigh completed his 200 hour RYT certification in December 2010.

Fast-forward to April 2012, Leigh finds himself in the City of Angels, having made a career transition from the stage to the silver screen. Committed to finding his “church” in his new home, enter Hot 8 Yoga, Nancy Norby and a new fitness concept known as “Yoga Barre”. Having been trained in all forms of dance for the past 10 years, this combination of ballet barre technique, yoga and heat opened Leigh’s mind and body to the endless benefits of merging his passion for dance, his primal need for yoga, and fascination with healthy living. An obsession was born. Leigh received his Yoga Barre certification through Hot 8 Yoga in May 2012.

“If you're ready to feel the passion, the heat, the music and the love...come join me. It's about finding balance, inside and out, and whether you're a guy, girl, young, or not so young... let’s embark on this journey together. For if I'm in that place of peace, love and light, in me as you are in yours - then we are ONE. Namaste, friends.“

Rachel Rosenstein

Originally form Texas, Rachel grew up a competitive cheerleader and ballerina. While attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles she discovered her love for yoga. Rachel received her Hot 8 Yoga barre training certification with Nancy Norby and her 200 hour Power certification with Dakota Lupo and Marja Lankinen. Mentorship with Briana DeFalco followed both trainings. With every class, Rachel hopes to spread knowledge and awareness using the benefits of breath, mindfulness and strength.

Mariam Moghaddam

Mariam, a Pasadena native, began teaching dance fitness classes in 2002 at the renowned Anteater Recreational Center at UC Irvine, where she earned her Bachelors Degree.

Her belly dance fitness class not only was a hit amongst her college peers, but within the Orange County community as well. Mariam has been awarded for her format’s popularity and uniqueness, and in the process, has truly transformed the notion that belly dancing is only meant to be in the dance studio.

Mariam is also certified in various dance and cardio formats, most notably Zumba and Barre, and has taught for a few of the most prestigious fitness clubs in Seattle and San Francisco. With a strong passion for dance, 12+ years of experience in instructing, and a special appreciation for helping her clients build their pelvic floor, Mariam enjoys providing eclectic music, strong technique , and an upbeat attitude to all her classes.

Megan Strand

Megan is a certified Pilates instructor and Barre teacher.
As a young dancer Megan understood the necessity of mobility in the body and its importance to living a healthy life. After college Megan moved to Los Angeles where she obtained her classical Pilates certification through The Pilates Technique and later became Barre certified through Exhale Spa. She currently works fulltime as a fitness professional teaching group and private classes to a wide range of clientele including professional NBA and NFL athletes during their off season.
Megan’s fitness world extends past the classroom, she is also a brand ambassador for PUMA as one of their Los Angeles Team Faster trainers and for the activewear e-commerce site Carbon38.
“I am a firm believer that exercise saves lives. I am grateful to have the platform to share my love of movement with each and every person who comes to my class. My classes are fun, challenging and sweaty! I want everyone to leave feeling stronger and more capable than when they walked in.”

Nicole Moore

Nikki comes from a dance and performance background and is thrilled to be sharing her joy of physical fitness, yoga, and dance through teaching yoga barre. When Nikki is not in yoga barre class, she enjoys flying planes, tango dancing, and training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club. She also works as a psychotherapist in Santa Monica.

Marxel Leobez

Marxel’s edge as a Yoga instructor is his ingenious fusion of multiple fitness techniques within a power vinyasa flow. Parlayed with an intense and engaging persona, his class is an addictive experience that although challenging will keep you coming back for more.

And its this, “ addictive experience,” that has given him a diverse following in Los Angeles from professional athletes, dancers, fitness enthusiast and the Hollywood elite.

Born and raised in southern CA Marxel grew up playing several competitive sports. Physical fitness had always been a facet of his life. Educated at an Ivy-League ( Cornell University) Marxel began his journey of being a transcontinental citizen through his NY, LA and European living experiences. His discovery of yoga came during these travels as a mishap...but was a life changing experience. By his completion of college he had already completed a BA, MA and a 500-RYT training. He relocated to Los Angeles to follow is dream and passion for the arts and Yoga soon after.

“The Highlight of what I do as a yoga and fitness instructor is helping someone find a new connection and awareness with their body. The beautiful thing is that new connections happen all the time within class or private sessions. Seeing my students grow, seeing them build their own personal practice, seeing them find satisfaction with what their body is capable of doing and achieving…is the most bitchen’ part of my job. Its an honor to be a part of their transformation as my students find their true pontential and edge. Get ready to sweat”

Sarah Mandell

I grew up among the enchanting red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Rooted in nature, adventure, and
colorful mysticism, my passion for physical and creative activities began at a very young age. I
was always expressing myself through either dance, sports, theatre, or any outdoor experience.
When I moved to LA in 2010, it was yoga that gifted me with the strength to tackle everyday
obstacles gracefully. So naturally when I found Hot 8 Yoga I felt an instant connection. Wanting
to deepen my practice, I trained at Hot 8 under (bomb squad) Brit, Julia, Omar and Marja in
2014 and received my 200-hour Power Teacher Certification. Following that experience, I knew
I wanted to expand my teaching in other realms. It was in 2016 that I studied with Nancy Norby
and Briana DeFalco to receive my Yoga Barre teacher training. And the learning continues.
Practicing mindful movement became a transformative and uplifting experience. One that has
motivated me to create a safe and encouraging space for others to experience their own journey

Briana DeFalco

My fascination for the body and movement began at a very young age when I started my training in New York City at the School of American Ballet to become a professional ballerina. I became reliant on self-discipline and dedication in order to achieve my dreams. Feeling the pressure of such a competitive atmosphere, I turned to yoga in hopes to find a balance. It was then, at the end of my very first yoga practice that the instructor had us chant ‘OM’. In that moment, I could feel my body not only absorbing the yoga but for the first time ever, I felt a sense of inner peace and calm rush throughout my body. After that I was totally hooked, I began practicing hot yoga regularly incorporating it into my everyday routine while I continued to pursue my dance career. After becoming a professional ballerina and dancing with some of the best ballet and contemporary ballet companies in the country, I found myself with multiple injuries. I noticed that the more I immersed myself in my yoga practice, the quicker I was able to heal and regain my strength back from injury. I was really in awe and inspired by the yoga and what it had done for my body that I decided I wanted to deepen my practice.

I moved to California in September 2012 and set a goal to spend an entire year educating myself on the body, injury prevention and my yoga practice. Yearning to nourish my desire to learn more about yoga and how to instruct others, I signed up for the 200-hour Hot Yoga teacher training at Hot 8 Yoga under the guidance of Deanna Ainsworth. I learned yoga was so much more than just a physical practice but the compassion, acceptance and mental focus cultivated in class were powerful tools that would help me in my everyday life. After that I knew I wanted to educate myself further and became certified in my favorite class, Yoga Barre! I signed up for the Yoga Barre teacher training under Nancy Norby. This was an absolute perfect fit for me; harmoniously combining both yoga and dance in a fun yet very challenging class.

The opportunity to teach and share my passion for yoga is one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have endured thus far. I strive to help guide and heal other yogis toward mind, body, and spiritual awareness. I am humbled and honored by the power of yoga and dedicate myself to passing that on.

I'm currently the Yoga Director in Beverly Hills and I'm so excited and grateful to be apart of the community here! I teach Yoga Barre every Monday/Wednesday at 5:45 pm and Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 pm! 

Karen Pascual

I was first introduced to yoga in college, but didn’t get involved and more consistent in my practice until 2012. I was going through a transition period in my life and found yoga to be my salvation, I was going every day consistently when the studio I was attending was having their first yoga training, in which I completed my 200hr RYT through Yoga Alliance. From there I gained a ybarre and basic mat pilates certification and have been teaching these styles along with Vinyasa base yoga since. What you can expect in my class is emphasis on alignment, lots of high energy, and embracing that fire within! I fell in love with yoga because of how versatile it can be, and especially the incorporation of a mental, physical, and spiritual practice. Whether young, old, injured, unfamiliar or advanced- yoga addresses a variety of aspects one may be seeking for. Yoga takes you as you are, whole heartedly, and teaches the yogi to do the same. I want my students to have fun in my class, whatever level they may be, to explore their potential and progress past their limits. When incorporating barre/scuplt movements, there is an added high pace ambiance for those looking to condition themselves further by building strength and endurance. Let’s breathe, smile, and sweat!

Anne Harriger

Anne was raised in beautiful, sunny Pasadena, CA. Growing up she loved spending time outdoors in nature, especially hiking in the San Gabriel mountains which have always had a special place in her heart. She did not grow up playing competitive sports and discovered her love for fitness later in life. She developed a passion for working out during the summer of 2007 while she was acquiring her A.A. degree in Fashion Design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles. Since then she has experienced many styles of fitness programs including CrossFit, kickboxing, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), personal training, Olympic weight lifting, Pilates, yoga and barre. She became a barre fitness instructor in 2014 and is excited to continue her journey as a Teacher at Hot 8 Yoga. The strong connection between the body and the mind is what inspired her to teach Yoga Barre. No matter where you are in your fitness journey Anne is dedicated to helping you become a better, stronger version of yourself!

Ava Moreno

Ava Moreno entered the yoga and fitness community through her first love: dance. She began her dance training as a toddler, training in all forms of dance. After having struggled with a severe eating disorder when she began her professional dance career at age 16, Ava found Colleen Quinn, an incredible mentor and inspiration to her through the form of a personal trainer. Ava has also struggled with several injuries in dance due to her hypermobility, including a medial patellofemoral ligament knee reconstruction at age 20, leading her to look into deeper ways of understanding and helping her body. Although Ava had first been introduced to yoga at age 11 through dance, it was not until she entered recovery from her eating disorder that she began practicing regularly, discovering the peace, focus, and stability--both physically and mentally--it brought her. Throughout her recovery, Ava studied nutrition and began to explore the yoga, fitness, and wellness world.

Inspired by her trainer, Colleen, Ava went on to receive her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Shortly after, at the age of 20, she completed her RYT 200-hour yoga teacher training with David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund of South Boston Yoga in 2014. Her training certified her through Yoga Alliance in vinyasa, restorative, and prenatal yoga. Ava is passionate about helping others find their own physical, mental, and emotional strength through physical movement. Yoga and personal training are her methods of doing so, with her background and current career in dance as an advantage. Ava is always eager to learn more from those around her, including her clients and students. She understands that each student and client has a different body, with a different structure, which affects not only movement and range of motion, but also the movement pathways the body takes. Ava’s philosophy for her teaching and training is to recognize and tap into your own individual needs as a student to be able to find a balance of push and pull, challenge and ease, and growth and grounding.

Ava moved to Los Angeles in March 2016 to pursue her passions of dance, yoga and fitness. When she found Hot 8 Yoga and her incredible mentors Jonatan Silva and Briana DeFalco, she knew she knew she found the perfect environment to blend her worlds and reach others at the same time. Ava is thrilled and humbled to be working with and along side such inspiring teachers and students, and is excited to share her passion in the studio!


Amber Ferraro

Amber has always been actively involved in various sports throughout her entire life. She is a fitness enthusiast at heart. Since moving to California in 2013, she immediately became hooked on Hot 8 Yoga's friendly community and barre class. Three years later, Amber was presented the opportunity to participate in Nancy Norby's barre training and she could not pass it up! Amber is a Florida Atlantic University graduate with a double major, Management and Marketing. When Amber is not in the yoga studio, she is the West Coast District Manager for a fashion icon brand. In her free time, Amber enjoys soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the beach, hiking, biking, running, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Amber's yoga goal is to lead her students through a 60 minute high energy, yet challenging, class that will be gratifying to the student and empower both the body and mind. She believes anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to through hard work, dedication and passion.

Devon Riesenbeck

Devon has been dancing since a very young age. After graduating from University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Ballet, Devon moved across the country to explore dancing in Los Angeles. She discovered Yoga Barre as a supplement to her dance training but quickly fell in love with the combination of dance conditioning, yoga, and pilates. Devon is so excited to be a part of the Hot8Yoga community! Through her classes she wants to help others center their minds, strengthen their body from the inside out, and have fun!

Soha Panah

I grew up Orange County, California and at a very young age I found
myself loving movement and exercise. I was enrolled in every type of
activity and loved it. After undergoing scoliosis surgery, I turned to
dance because it was one of the few activities I was "allowed" to do.
After putting on my first pair of jazz shoes it was love at first
pirouette. I loved the energy, the music and the release I was able
to feel after every rehearsal. I was lucky enough to dance
competitively on a team for 5 years. I went on to teach Turbo Kickboxing (think high energy choreography) which allowed me to feel a release that I missed so much.

Now, I teach Yoga barre, Yoga Sculpt and Power 1 Yoga.
All very different, but all of which I love. Each practice brings out a different intensity and release. I received my 200 hour RYT certification with Hot 8 Yoga, being one of the best experience to date.

In my classes, we aspire to inspire each other. We inhale strength as we exhale fear.
We commit. We Show Up. We push each other to find strength. To go beyond our normal limitations. I am a sucker for energy and I love to inspire people to push
themselves to a limit they do not think they can overcome. I promise
to bring the intensity, love and energy that will keep you coming
back for more. 110% ;)

Lindsey Clark

Growing up in Los Angeles, Lindsey developed a passion for fitness from a young age. As a child, she played soccer, lacrosse, ballet, swimming, gymnastics, and rode horses. Once in high school, Lindsey sought out a new form of exercise. She started practising hot yoga four years ago and immediately fell in love with the practice. Being able to hit the mat every day not only improved her physical shape, strengthening her previously injured areas, but she saw a drastic increase in her happiness, calmness, and drive. Inspired by Nancy Norby and her committed practice, Lindsey was certified in Nancy's training as a Yoga Barre Teacher in August 2016. As a teacher, Lindsey plans to continue her practice of yoga and share this grounding sense of serenity and wellness with her students.
Hot Yoga Barre is a dynamic fusion of yoga, body sculpting, barre work, and non-impact cardio designed for developing long and lean muscles. This hour-long class is packed with toning exercise that sculpt the buttocks, abdominals, thighs, and arms. The class is filled with strengthening postures at the barre working legs and abdominals fused with yoga postures on the mat to release and lengthen from the barre work. It will also improve your posture and form a sculpted physique. Hot Yoga Barre is an intermediate level class practice in a room heated to 104-109 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 22 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Leigh Wakeford
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Mariam Moghaddam
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Megan Strand
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Moore
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Marxel Leobez
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Sarah Mandell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Briana DeFalco
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Karen Pascual
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Anne Harriger
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 22 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Ava Moreno
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 22 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Brittany Churchill
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Amber Ferraro
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 22 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Devon Riesenbeck
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 23 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Lindsey Clark
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Devon Riesenbeck
    at Beverly Hills