I draw from many different modalities to awaken the art of letting go and being in command of our own happiness regardless of our circumstances. With deep gratitude for my life teachers, Lisa Nilsen (meditation teacher) and my son Nick Moody who have shown me the deeper dynamics of relationships and the true soul desire of connection.
Over the last 15 years I have explored energy work, essential oils, sound, and the indigenous wisdom of food, herbs, and color.
I am grateful to be the Yoga Director at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica as this community vibrates with authenticity, cooperation and radical acceptance.
I lead teacher trainings in the Hot Yoga and Hot Power Fusion styles as well as colead Yoga Sculpt, Yoga Barre, Yin Yoga, and Power Yoga in Santa Monica. Two of my greatest joys are leading trainings and my first grandson Ryder!
My motto is
‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’ Edith Wharton
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"Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize"~Swami Sivananda
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’ and I felt like I never had before. 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 entire body. After that I was totally hooked, I began practicing hot yoga regularly and incorporating it into my everyday routine while I continued to pursue my dance career.
After becoming a professional ballerina, I found myself with multiple injuries. However, 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 invest in educating myself on the body, injury prevention and my yoga practice. I completed a 200-hour teacher training at Hot 8 Yoga where I learned that 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 got certified in Yoga Barre at Hot 8 Yoga and an additional 60 hour training at exhale. I'm currently in the midst of completing my 300 hours!
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 Hot 8 Yoga community!
Meet Brit! Hot 8 Yoga's Regional Yoga Director.
Georgia raised Brit Middleton has been living and playing in Los Angeles for the past eight years and was welcomed into the yoga family roughly three years ago. She did her 200 hour certification in 2010 and since then, she has garnered a reputation for leading some of the most challenging and heart-felt classes, usually set to a playlist with Lil’ Wayne in heavy rotation. She is committed and adores being a part of the Hot 8 community.
When she’s not on her mat, either teaching or taking class, Brit lives her life to the fullest and her infectious and charming energy clearly convey her humble, yet illuminating spirit.
While studying at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, she used yoga as a way to relieve stress and stay fit. After graduating from college Rachel worked in brand marketing for five years. During that time she felt as though something was missing and was always happiest on her mat. After some soul-searching she decided it was time to leave the corporate world, take the plunge and re-dedicate her life to movement. Rachel’s classes are accessible to all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners. Expect to sweat, breathe, and move to some good tunes!
Poornaath Poornam Udachyathe
My translation of the above; if love is taken from love, what is taken away is love and what remain is also love.
Mike completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the guidance of Francesca Asumah, is in the process of receiving his 500 hour certification, and has also trained with Julia Planine-Troiani, Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.
She created a belly dance fitness class that earned her accolades 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 Barre, and has taught for a few of the most prestigious fitness clubs in Seattle and San Francisco.
While teaching Yoga Barre for Hot 8 Yoga, she was inspired to continue her yoga journey and education by receiving both her Yoga Vibe and RYT 200 certifications.
With a strong passion for dance and yoga, 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.
Mariam has been the Director for Hot 8 Yoga Koreatown since it's grand opening in November 2018.
After trying yoga a couple of times sporadically throughout college, Liz rediscovered yoga "by accident" when a friend bought a Groupon to an Ashtanga studio that she couldn't use and passed it along. This time something clicked, and she was drawn to the mind/body/breath connection and the physical challenge that yoga offers. Her passion for yoga quickly grew, leading her to different studios and styles, until eventually taking the plunge into teacher training.
Liz has experienced the profound effects yoga has on the body and the mind and wants to share this path with others. She utilizes alignment, breathing techniques and yogic philosophy to create a space where students can grow, spiritually and physically, feel confident and strong in body and mind, and most importantly, have fun!
In addition to yoga, she has studied meditation in the Shambhala tradition, and completed her 300 hour training in Yoga & Ayurveda.