Marja L

Formerly a professional dancer, Marja has danced for Beyonce, Oprah, the Billboard Awards, the Grammys, Frank Gatson, and Laurieann Gibson, Twista, and the Lumineers. In 2012, Marja moved to Los Angeles after an international dance tour in Asia and transitioned from professional dance to full-time yoga instruction. A credentialed yoga therapist, Marja Lankinen graduated from Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx program. She also holds her five hundred hour yoga certification though Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow Yoga, has mentored under SmartFlow master teacher, Tiffany Russo, and assisted Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training in Oakland, California. A lifelong student, Marja has continued her education with Dr. Eden Goldman's STAMPY (Soft Tissue Assessment and Myofascial Release for Bodyworkers and Yoga Teachers) workshop, Healer Training I-III with David Elliot, Reiki I with Racquel Tristan, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. Marja has shadowed physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy and studied Biomechanics with Jules Mitchell.

Marja is the founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers and specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, for the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio's scholarship program, and with choreographer, Gigi Torres, and her Establish Your Empire dance training program. Marja has been a guest teacher for Sweden's Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, LAX Dance Studio (Paris), Pineapple Dance Studio (London), lululemon Zurich, Amsterdam, Cannes, Paris, and Covent Garden, Shala Helsinki (Finland), ISY (Hamburg, Germany), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California, USC Kaufman School of Dance, USC Trojan Force dance team, Chapman University Dance Department, The Edge Performing Arts Center (on faculty 2013-2015), The Pulse Dance Convention, Velocity Dance Convention, Diavolo Dance Company, Jacob Jonas Dance Company, Kaba Modern Dance Company, Culture Shock LA Dance Company, Kreativ Mindz, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Creating Opportunities, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), NBC Universal, FOX, and Sony Motion Pictures Studios. Marja was the in-residency yoga therapist for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is an ambassador at lululemon Athletica Studio City, is a contributing writer for LA YOGA Magazine, and was just a featured voice on DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes.

Marja has taught at Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills since 2012, and, along with Yoga Directors, Brit Middleton and Briana DeFalco, she has co-led the 200 hour Hot 8 Yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017. Marja also co-led Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat to Tulum, Mexico in 2014 with Omar Lopez.

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Marja L instructs the following:
  • Hot Power Fusion
  • This hour-long, shoulder-friendly class focuses on strengthening without chaturangas (high to low push-ups). A balanced mix of both our Hot Yoga and Power Yoga styles, HPF will both restore and revitalize your muscles. It includes standing postures, core work, deep hip openers, and inversions. All levels welcome. Heated to 105-109 degrees.