Power 1


This class is taught by:

Marie Kazadi

What about me? I am me. I am a passionate individual with undertones of adventure. I teach fitness, yo! My whole life has been a collection of events that have shaped me into the person I am today, without which I would not recognize the strength and wisdom that I already posses. The statistics of my career in fitness started with getting certified to teach yoga in the summer of 2011. Since then I have received 2 more yoga certifications, trained in shadow boxing technique and bag work, designed my own Bootcamps, and have also led other students into teaching! I am also a personal trainer and a successful leader of group fitness classes with an emphasis on empowerment, alignment, and good energy.

My current adventure is studying Kinesiology at A.T. Still University to increase my knowledge as a fitness professional! My mission being, to encourage a lifestyle of aligned thinking and doing to a diverse clientele to change the mindset and bodies of those who wish to optimize their lives through leadership, continued education, and support in a safe and welcoming environment. This will be achieved within the confines of integrity and the standards set forth by the field of Kinesiology.

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!

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.

 

Christine Nguyen

Christine V. Nguyen is never quite sure whether she found yoga, or yoga found her. Always an athlete with a natural love for movement, she fell in love at first with the asana — the physical layer of the practice. It was later, when dealing with personal loss and grief within her family and interpersonal relationships, that her true yoga practice began. Yoga helped her cultivate a necessary sense of stillness and even deep gratitude, in what was otherwise a paralyzing period in her life.

Christine received her 200-HR certification through Jennifer Prugh with the Joy of Yoga teacher training in Los Gatos, California. Her training emphasized the deep roots and history of yoga, as well as safely and intuitively opening the body for the physical practice. As a result, her classes are as much about cultivating body awareness and meeting physical challenges fearlessly, as it is about opening up the heart. Christine is also Yoga Sculpt certified, and believes that this fun, challenging format helped build her strength for a more advanced vinyasa practice.

Above all, Christine believes that time on the mat is a move towards a daily practice of joy and gratitude — come and play with her!

Elle Ryder

Elle developed a deep passion for yoga through her love for dance! When she was just three years old, she began training in the art of dance & by age fifteen had already began instructing & choreography dance for an array of students. In 2013, Elle packed her car & drove from Michigan to California to pursue her dreams. Just a few years ago her best friend brought her to her first heated yoga class, where she instantly fell in love! This opened her eyes to a new way of mindfully moving & finding peace within herself through breathe, meditation & a devoted practice. Her practice quickly became one of the biggest & most gratifying parts of her life. She knew she wanted to learn how she could help share this love & passion she has found, as someone else so kindly guided her to as well! Since then she has completed her 200hr Power certification & is now teaching Yoga & Yoga Barre to the greater Los Angeles area! Elle strives to create a genuine, safe & welcoming space for all attending students, while also combining her knowledge from instructing dance & yoga to create a challenging but exceptionally fun work out for the body & mind. Elle’s class will leave you feeling invigorated, refreshed, & inspired for anything the rest of the day has to bring you! Always eager to make more connections within the yoga community, Elle looks forward to seeing you in class very soon!

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!

Karli McGuiness

Karli McGuiness is a 4th generation yogi from a line of Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Bikram Yoga teachers. She followed in her family’s footsteps in 2010 when she took part in the National Asana Competition and attended Bikram’s Teacher Training. She has been teaching internationally ever since. Although she respects and loves all styles of yoga, Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin yoga have had the most profound positive impacts on her life; making them an offering that she feels privileged to share with her students. Fascinated by the anatomical and biological benefits of yoga, Karli continues to research the latest scientific findings in order to enrich her teaching of the practice.

Karli has done a lot of independent research to discover why yoga is so effective on an anatomical level. Conducting interviews with Barnard and Columbia University neuroscientists and with “Pure Action” based in Texas, has aided in her goal to expand her love for yoga into the scientific realm. You'll see that some of her yoga influences like Vinyasa, Dharma, Ashtanga, and Restorative have a place in these sequences. She strongly believes that there is a big benefit from practicing all styles of yoga, whichever resonates with you!

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.

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.

Karly Robinson

Karly’s yoga journey began early on in her dance career, solely as a means to heal her body through her physical practice. As she began to notice changes through her asana, she also began to notice a mental shift. It quickly became apparent to her, that her passion for yoga not only inspired her to change as a person, but inspired her to spread that change to others.
Karly attended her first 200 HR RYTT in Boca Raton, FL, 2016. She learned a lot about how the 8 limbs of yoga have the power to ignite real change in the world around us, and that yoga isn’t just physical, it’s spiritual. In 2018, Karly completed her Power certification at Hot 8 Yoga. During her training, she focused on the most proficient ways to affectively communicate yoga to every different, but uniquely beautiful, body. She hopes, through Hot 8 Yoga, that she can spread this sacred practice with all walks of life.

You can expect to bring a strong intention into each posture during her class. Flow to really good music, and walk out super sweaty!

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” –Mahatma Gandhi

Come YOG with me!

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
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:

  • Mon Dec 17 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Marie Kazadi
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Cornelius Jones Jr.
    at Koreatown
  • Mon Dec 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Dec 17 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Christine Nguyen
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Dec 17 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Elle Ryder
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Dec 17 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 18 7:45 am - 8:45 am with Jessica Copeskey
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 18 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Maks Akter
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Dec 18 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kat Grant
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 18 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Karli McGuiness
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Dec 18 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Dec 18 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Dec 18 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Karly Robinson
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Dec 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Rebekah Grace Rivera
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Dec 19 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Dec 19 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Marie Kazadi
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Dec 19 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Cornelius Jones Jr.
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills