Power 1


This class is taught by:

Kathleen Cruger

Kathleen originally came to yoga as an additional form of exercise. It wasn't until after practicing for a few weeks did she notice a mental and emotional shift in her life, and a positive change in the way she interacted with the world around her. Yoga quickly became part of her lifestyle, and she is overwhelming grateful for the ability to share her passion and knowledge as an instructor. She recognizes the tremendous amount of benefits a regular yoga practice can bring into one's life, and encourages everyone to give it a try. Her focus while teaching is to provide a safe, judgement-free zone, where both new and seasoned yogis alike can dive deeper into their practice and develop a strong connection with their mind, body, and spirit both on and off the mat.

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!

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.

Tessa Rapa

Tessa Rapaczynski's approach to yoga is pluralistic and non-dogmatic. While her practice is rooted in the Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga traditions, her methodology is influenced by modern science, as well as both Eastern and Western philosophy.

Tessa believes that yoga is a practice of self-study by experience, and considers herself a life-long student. Introduced to yoga at a young age, she has practiced over the years at studios in NYC, London, Berlin, and LA where Tessa completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training course at Hot 8 Yoga. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds an MA in Modernist English Literature from Oxford.

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.

Kat Standefer

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!

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.

Téo Chapelier

Born and raised in South of France, Téo has always been eager for adventure. At the age of 18 he left his country and traveled the world for 4 years, always looking for the next place to go. His path led him to Los Angeles, California where he discovered the art of yoga and finally found balance in his life. Since then, his passion keeps growing stronger with each passing day. Yoga allows him to align himself with his true Self. As a teacher and student, he is humbled every time he gets to share his practice and help others ensuing possibility for growth and transformation. By committing to a daily practice he knows that we create new patterns of light and abundance in our lives, we learn to study our own mind and body in our quest for the true Self. Yoga brought out the best in him and he is excited to share it with you.

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

I can’t actually remember my first yoga class. In many ways yoga has always been a part of my life; sometimes more present than many other important aspects of life.

In college I took a yoga class to satisfy my physical education credits. Primarily because it was familiar to me and didn’t require much effort. At the time, I discovered it seemed to help with snowboarding, which mattered most. Learning how to regulate my breath turned out to be incredibly useful when flying down mountains at full speed. It eliminated the fear factor and helped me to push myself in ways I hadn’t before; the experience was liberating.

After college yoga took a backseat, right next to my snowboard, as I began to passionately explore the world of holistic health. Enrolling in a holistic nutrition school in New York, where the many faces of alternative health were presented to me, I discovered the importance of loving ones self and loving what it is that we do in this world.

Yoga soon returned to my life, shortly after moving to Los Angeles. I found a group of yogis that gathered together 6 days a week to practice. Under the guidance of our teacher, we moved through 3 hours of pranayama, asana and meditation before moving into our day. That was the true beginning.

I can honestly say that I was afraid to commit to the practice fully--essentially one day teaching myself. I understood the importance of living a life that embraced my passions, but I was unable leave the safety net of my salary. But that’s one of the most incredible things about this practice; the more I dove into it, the more I began to let go and embrace more of what I want in my life.

This journey has taught me how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your passion. I want to instill confidence in my students, help them find the strength to believe in themselves as my mentors and fellow yogis have for me. My yoga community continues to foster my growth, while inspiring me to be better and do better daily. My hope is to do the same for you.

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro

Certifications & Achievements
CHHC – Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
AADP – Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
500 Hour RYT – 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance - in progress
200 Hour RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
Dharma Mittra’s 500hr Teacher Training in New York - in progress
Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Children’s Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance

www.rebekahgraceyoga.com
Facebook: Rebekah Grace Yoga

 

Antwan Thomas

Born and raised In Jacksonville, FL, an only child, Antwans love and passion for the arts and athletics produced a super athlete with a flair for the creative. Nationally competing in Gymnastics, Springboard and Platform diving, Cheerleading and Martial Arts, health and fitness have always been a major part of his lifestyle. Having suffered knee and back injuries in his collegiate years, he was later introduced to yoga for rehabilitation. It was an instant connection " My body had never felt so energized and alive. It was a natural high I had never experienced". Working professionally in LA, ATL and MIA as a hip hop dancer/teacher/choreographer he attributes his longevity for both dance and athletics to this yoga practice! Knowing how and what this practice can do for not only your body but your spirit as well, led him to do his first teacher training of Yoga Barre this year with the incredible and incomparable Nancy Norby at Hot8yoga Studios. He is excited to embark on this new journey and chapter in life of teaching and healing lives, while having a GROOVY TIME!
This Vinyasa-style flow class designed for beginners features a set sequence. Pairing breath with movement, Hot Power 1 is meant to help integrate the mind/body connection. It is a whole body strengthening practice that includes Sun Salutations, standing postures, simple arm balances, core strengthening, backbends, hip-openers, basic inversions, and restorative postures. Hot Power 1 is an excellent class for both new and old students to learn proper yoga alignment and any necessary modifications. Heated to 100-105 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 11 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 11 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Nicole Avendano
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 11 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 11 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 11 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Will Staten
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 11 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Kat Standefer
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 11 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 12 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 12 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Téo Chapelier
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 12 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Will Staten
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 12 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 12 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Dev Rice
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Dec 12 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Dec 13 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Nicole Avendano
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Dec 13 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Dec 13 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Antwan Thomas
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Dec 13 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Dec 13 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Will Staten
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Dec 13 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Kat Standefer
    at Pasadena