Power 1


This class is taught by:

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!

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.

Gabriel Yelloz

Gabriel and his yoga mat have been inseparable since he was just a teenager. His love for yoga, and general desire to help people drew him towards teaching yoga. He has trained with yoga masters along the banks of the Ganges river in the foothills of the Himalayas. Gabriel received his Yoga Alliance RYT 500 certification at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India. He has conducted yoga classes throughout North America, Asia, and Europe in a variety of styles to practitioners of all levels.

He instructs his students through physical and verbal cues, focusing on developing proper alignment and cultivating both physical and mental awareness, while uniting breath and movement. Gabriel believes by balancing physical strength with flexibility, and proper breathing, the body and mind become unified.

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.

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.

Kirstin Webb (Ford)

Kirstin has been an artist her entire life. She looks for beauty & artistry in every endeavor, every moment, no matter how simple or seemingly ordinary. Yoga became another form of artistic self-expression and a vessel through which her mind, body & spirit found communication, healing & synergy; ultimately, allowing her authentic Self to begin its lifelong unfolding. Her classes focus on finding a balance between physical strengthening & opening while being mindful; leaving you feeling grounded, strong, present & at peace. She completed her 200 hour certification through Hot 8 Yoga and has previously held certifications as a personal trainer (NASM), Pilates & Group Fitness Instructor.

Angela DeSantis

Hi, I’m Angel, I started my Yoga journey when a friend convinced me to attend a 90 minute
heated ashtanga class with her, and I was hooked from day one. The yoga practice has
transformed almost everything in my life, due to the thought patterns it was able to
breakthrough. My practices lean towards alignment and strength. In class I invite the freedom
to work on your own practice, whether it’s modifying or flying, my intention is to hold a safe
space for you to grow and find out what you are capable of. We all have light and dark, strength
and softness, and your yoga mat is the perfect place to find the balance that you need today.
Prepare to laugh a lot, and work hard. See you on your mat!

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!

Eddy Rimada

My approach to yoga is understanding that only with a strong committed daily practice, overcoming and pushing through the urge to let the pose overcome you, can one only then begin to shed the layers of the ego that have been holding us back from becoming our truest self leading every decision with an unconditionally loving open heart.

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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
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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!

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:

  • Wed Aug 23 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Nicole Avendano
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 23 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Kat Standefer
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Gabriel Yelloz
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 23 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 24 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kirstin Webb (Ford)
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Thu Aug 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Katrina Pelkey
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Aug 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Angela DeSantis
    at Santa Monica
  • Fri Aug 25 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Fri Aug 25 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Nicole Avendano
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Fri Aug 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Nicole Avendano
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Aug 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Eddy Rimada
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sat Aug 26 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Raea Brauer
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sat Aug 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Sat Aug 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Nicole Avendano
    at Pasadena
  • Sat Aug 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rachel Eden
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sat Aug 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills