Power 1


This class is taught by:

Poopack Bral

Poopack has been practicing Yoga ever since she took her first class in 2002. Her passion for Yoga has evolved over the years as her mat has become her best friend. She continues to practice daily and is always searching for beautiful things in life to inspire her teaching skills. She is a graduate of the 500 hour teacher training program through YogaWorks. Poopack truly believes that Yoga can heal everyone, as well as encourage beginning students. She recognizes different levels and strengths and strives to accommodate all of her students. Poopack's Yoga classes are energetic, fun, constructive, and passionate as well as a fantastic workout. Her love of life, family, and of course Yoga are all integrated into her practice and teach. Namaste.

Maks Akter

"The path of yoga is the path of self-discovery"- Amrit Desai. No matter where we come from or what we do, yoga is there to firmly ground us and help with this journey to our inner true self. I've been raised in LA for almost all my life and can understand how our sense of self can get a little foggy. Yoga has been helping me slowly peel through my layers and gain a stronger sense of self. I want to share and hope to inspire along the way as I go through this journey.

Kat Grant

Kat, a Michigan native, first stepped onto the mat at Yoga for Performers class in college. She found yoga to be endlessly therapeutic for the mind, body and spirit. As a performing artist, yoga was particularly helpful in learning to control the breath and to ease the mind. Kat has always been passionate about connecting her two loves of yoga and music, so when she had the opportunity to join the Hot 8 community, she immediately jumped on board. She brings comfort and warmth to those around her, and she is excited to encourage others to find peace on and off the mat just as she has!

Will Staten


Im originally from Texas and am a lifelong soccer player and all around athlete. My life revolved around physical fitness and being active. Over the years a series of injuries limited me so much, that I could barely jog without experiencing pain. After running out of non-surgical options to rebuild strength and flexibility, I stumbled into a yoga class.

What started out as a way to get back on the field slowly evolved into a way of life. I learned there's much more to this practice than just the physical aspects. I learned to not let the big picture slow you down, but instead, to appreciate life moment by moment and to be thankful for who I am now. Yoga has changed me in ways I could never have imagined.

This greater understanding was the spark that made me want to become a yoga teacher. My goal is to help others unlock the benefits of yoga, both physical and mental. I want to help folks stop and smell the roses and appreciate the greatness that lies within.

Sarah Helt

Sarah Helt, E-RYT200
Certified Yoga Instructor + Accessible Yoga Ambassador

My yoga journey began at 18 when a friend suggested I try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga primary series and from that day forward I was hooked! However, it wasn’t until my last year of college, when my clowning and movement studies professor asked if I would assist his summer yoga intensive, that I started to consider teaching.

My initial 200 hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style vinyasa, viniyoga, and incorporated thai massage. I began my yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in my first two years, I was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces. Primarily a power vinyasa and restorative-yin yoga teacher, my life changed completely when I was contacted by a high profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. I was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. I work with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal chord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. Last year I partnered with the Accessible Yoga Movement in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.

I approach life with an open heart and zero expectations; as I believe you should approach every yoga class. I am overjoyed to share my practice with you. Come play!

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.

Dev Rice

Everyone is welcome in the classes that I get to lead. There's no judgement allowed, of self or others, as your practice is not the same as that of the person next to you. We'll focus on the breath, as a way to still the "fluctuations" of the mind, and we'll celebrate the incremental and individual successes that slowly build to create your own, very unique, yoga journey. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or brand-spanking new, there's always more to discover, always a way to move deeper. My own yoga journey has been a long one, one that has taught me, among other things, to not take things for granted, to live in the center and to keep moving forward.

Certifications:
Hot Power Fusion - 200-Hour (Hot8Yoga)
Vinyasa Flow - 500-Hour (YogaWorks)
Kundalini Yoga - 200-Hour (Golden Bridge)
Accessible Yoga Ambassador - 30 Hour (Jivana Heyman, Accessible Yoga)
Reiki Practitioner - Level 3 (Thea Parsons, Reiki Master)

Rebekah Grace Rivera

With a deep compassion for her spiritual practice and community, Rebekah’s classes are vibrant and playful, giving students the opportunity to push their limits and discover possibilities. She strives to make every yoga class unique and individual on a physical, mental and emotional level. Her classes carry the energy of vinyasa flow, while emphasizing the principles of functional body alignment. In her personal life, whether Rebekah is chasing after her little muse, diving into laughter with a friend, exploring possibilities on her own mat, reading, listening to music or perfecting the art of “meditation driving” in LA, she always looks for an opportunity to find balance and a way to connect with her environment. She believes all things in life create an opportunity to express our authenticity, and she strives to explore this reality with her students. A forever student of yoga, Rebekah has studied with a wide variety of teachers. When asked what style of yoga she teaches, her response is “Pirate Yoga, I keep what I like and ditch the rest”.
 
www.rebekahgraceyoga.com

Nicole Avendano

Born and raised in Miami, FL. Her love for yoga began when she first moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011. After landing at Hot 8 Yoga, she immediately fell in love and quickly became a part of the Hot 8 Yoga community. As a young child that grew up physically active, she believes that it wasn't until she found yoga that she truly understood how to feel comfortable in her own body. The combination of both the physical and the spiritual connection she felt was what got her attention. She was able to apply the lessons she learned in the yoga room both on and off her mat! Always in search for improvement and self discovery, Nicole decided to embark on the journey of becoming a yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hour certification and since then has been dedicated to create a safe space for other people to connect with their spiritual power, feel comfortable in their bodies, and just have fun!

Cornelius Jones Jr.

Cornelius Jones Jr., E-RYT200, a natural born mover began his career sprinting alongside running backs on patchy football fields while pirouetting and harmonizing in Glee-like Show Choirs at concert halls, amid coming of age in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. He attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. Broadway bound, at the age of 22, was cast in his first Broadway show Thou Shalt Not, directed & choreographed by Tony award winner Susan Stroman. He then went on to perform as dancer & singer in the Broadway, 1st & 2nd National tour, Mexico, and Las Vegas companies of Disney’s The Lion King. It was at The University of the Arts where Cornelius first met Hatha Yoga, as a course requirement. At the beginning of his Lion King journey he discovered Bikram Yoga for physical recovery. His love for Hot Vinyasa Flow birthed after completing a rigorous Masters Degree and releasing an abusive intimate relationship, as way of mentally & physically detoxifying. He received his Vinyasa Power training through CorePower Yoga and his Yoga Sculpt and Yoga Barre training through Hot8 Yoga. An official E-RYT200, he's also First Aid/CPR certified through the American Heart Association. With Cornelius, a professionally trained dance and fitness entrepreneur, prepare yourself to not only sculpt, tone, and stretch the body, but also build on your natural physical vocabulary to free your body through prana & dance. With a voluminous music palate and weekly servings of food for thought, Cornelius teaches with love for all & out the box energy. He’s a spoken-word artist and author and loves bringing a rhythmical, lyrical, and spiritually fluid flow to his class. Expect to go on a voyage through body, soul, mind and heart. with Cornelius. Heal through Art &Yoga. Namaste. Visit him off the mat at www.corneliusjonesjr.com.

Tessa Rapa

Tessa Rapaczynski was introduced to yoga all the way back in 1999, at the age of eleven. She took her first class with Colleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti – and it was love at first down-dog! Over the years, she has practiced at various studios in New York, London, Berlin, and Los Angeles. As a teacher, Tessa draws from her own experiences and encourages fellow students to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Come to class hydrated and prepared to move your body, do work, and have fun.

Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.

 
This foundational class connects breath to movement (vinyasa) and focuses on proper alignment to set students up for success in all styles offered at Hot 8 Yoga. The temperature is set at a lower level to help acclimate students to the heat. Power 1 is an excellent full body strengthening class for both new and experienced students to learn any necessary modifications to improve their practice. 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 7:45 am - 8:45 am with Jessica Copeskey
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Maks Akter
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Will Staten
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Dev Rice
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Nicole Avendano
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Cornelius Jones Jr.
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Will Staten
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Koreatown
  • Thu Aug 16 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 16 7:45 am - 8:45 am with Jessica Copeskey
    at Koreatown
  • Thu Aug 16 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Maks Akter
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Thu Aug 16 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena