This class is taught by:

Deanna Ainsworth

My first Hot Yoga class ignited a lifelong passion for this ancient practice in 1996. I was inspired by my first Hot Yoga teacher who asked me if I wanted to teach after just a short time of doing the practice. My biggest fear in life was public speaking yet every cell in my body said yes! I am grateful for the many teachers who have supported my life path Kim Schreiber Morrison, Eva Vidal, Conrad Zevely, Ana Forrest, Rama Berch, Chirayu Thakkar, Bianca Fearon and Rebekah Rivera. They have instilled in me the essence of being present and how to live a balanced life. I am excited to share with you the many gems they have offered to uplift, inspire and allow a greater sense of grace.

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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Deanna Ainsworth is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).

 "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize"~Swami Sivananda

Natasha Needles

Natasha Snow Needles, RYT 200 Snow's career in movement started at the ripe age of 10, teaching a prenatal aerobics class at Silver Slippers Dance Academy located in Idaho. It was a passionate affair from there on out for Natasha with movement. After dancing with various companies in even more various places she earned her BA in dance and began teaching Pilates, ballet, modern and jazz. Miss Snow’s gypsy journey lead her to a Yoga class at Columbia. Hooked! Several years later we find her on staff with Hot 8 Yoga. But not before receiving her certification with Yoga Alliance in Hatha yoga from Yoga At The Village. Natasha instructs with spirit, animation, warmth, awareness, tranquility, and yes, sometimes tears…of joy. Facebook: Natasha Needles

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’ 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!

Brit Middleton

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.

Kimberly Driscoll

Kimberly was born and raised in Orange County, California. From a very young age she was a free spirit who lived for being active. She was a gymnast, national champion trampolinist and competed in World Championships for trampoline in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition she was a 4 time National Champion springboard/platform diver, a member of the USA Diving National team and competed in several World Championship competitions. She had her eyes set on diving in the Olympic games, until her dreams were shattered and was forced to retire because of wrist injuries. 
Through the struggle of loosing diving Kimberly found yoga and again found herself. She has been practicing yoga for over 7 years and has made it her mission to share her love for yoga with all who are willing to listen. She claims to be a hippie trapped in a modern girls world, and strives to create a class that all levels of student can enjoy.
"My goal is to connect my students with their mind, body and soul. Yoga has changed my life, let me show you how it can change yours."

Devon Riesenbeck

Devon was born in Cincinnati, OH where she first fell in love with ballet at six years old. She spent much of her childhood in and out of ballet classes, eventually studying ballet at a performing arts high school and at the collegiate. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in May of 2016, that fall she set out west to explore dancing in Los Angeles. While in LA, Devon's interest in yoga has continually blossomed since her arrival. As a dancer, she was eager to use yoga to keep her body in top athletic shape, but has learned that yoga provides so much more.Yoga was full of energy, with ability to calm, heal, inspire, motivate, and to break any perceived limitations or usual ideas of yourself. Wanting to share this yoga with everyone is what inspired her to take teacher trainings at Hot8Yoga.While honoring the traditional teachings of yoga, Devon’s style is equal parts fun and hard work while creating a safe space for you to explore your own personal yoga practice. See you in class!

Rachel Eden

From a young age Rachel has always been interested in movement. As a child she was a gymnast, preferring to cartwheel instead of walk. When a shoulder injury took her out of the gymnastics world she turned to what seemed to be the next logical step, dance. Trained in all technical styles, she competed and performed in contemporary and modern dance until the age of 18. During high school she was introduced to Vinyasa Yoga through a dance teacher and found the combination of movement, breath, and spirituality exhilarating and challenging.

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!

Jonatan Silva

I began practicing yoga over 12 years ago as it was a fun and challenging way to keep fit and maintain health. Years passed and yoga began to change into an important tool for self development that allowed me to focus better into different aspects of my life - it literally made me more diligent and efficient at work. As time and my daily practice continued to move forward yoga began to shift into a necessary life-changing tool, it allowed me to see what was truly important in my life and minimized all the drama, and so I decided to take my first teacher training in 2012 with Hot 8 Yoga as a way to develop a deeper level understanding. I quickly realized that teaching yoga was the path I would follow and took a second teacher training with Hot 8 Yoga. The decision to trust in all the yogic principles i held so dear came very easy to me and so I resigned from an eighteen-year career in finance to travel to India to further my yogic education. I travelled Southeast Asia for three years, learning studying, teaching, sharing and experiencing what yoga truly is for me. I decided to study different styles of yoga and fitness and I teach according to who is in front of me. My styles include: Yoga Barre, Power, Flow, Ashtanga,Yin, Facia/ trigger-point and restoratives. For me touch is very important and I've spent a large portion of my travels learning a safe way to manually adjust and modify students during class. Yoga is simply yoga it can be a fun and challenging way to keep fit and or a complete spiritual practice. It is custom made tool that can give the practitioner what they need at the time that is needed. Yoga doesn't change - what changes is the way we choose to see it and the way we choose to practice it. I welcome students of all levels to my classes with an open heart and the desire to share everything I know and everything I have experience in my journey so far.

Poornamadah Poornamidam
Poornaath Poornam Udachyathe
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya
Poornameva Vasishyathe.

My translation of the above; if love is taken from love, what is taken away is love and what remain is also love.


Mike Averill

Mike was born and raised in Colorado. Having been a gymnast for much of his young life, investigating the mind-body connection has long been a passion. Yoga cemented a place in Mike's life initially as a way to manage stress, but grew into a much deeper exploration of the human experience. Mike hopes to inspire this same curiosity for life in others.

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.

IG: mmaverill



Mariam Sufi

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.

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.

Liz Daly

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.

All styles for Pasadena location.