How Teacher Training Changed My Life!

When I signed up for Sculpt Teacher Training back in February I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I could ever teach a class! My yoga knowledge was minimal and I was still new to hot yoga but a fellow Hot 8 employee had encouraged me to do it. 
The four weekends flew by so fast but they were some of the best four weekends of my life. I met so many amazing people and created new friendships that still mean so much to me.  It was once I started teaching classes that I found this new level of confidence in myself and also found a whole new passion in life.  There is something about leading people in a crazy hot workout that connects everyone on a whole new level. 
I am so incredibly thankful that I had the opportunity to do the sculpt teacher training and being able to learn so much from Devon and Cindy. I will be continuing my training next month with our 200-hour Power Teacher Training and I couldn’t be more excited!
If you’re thinking of doing any type of teacher training just bit the bullet and do it! It will change your life!



How to Make 30 Classes in 30 Days Possible!

30 hot yoga classes in 30 days may seem like a giant feat but trust us you can do it!
How do you ask?
1.    Do it with a buddy- friends are the best to do yoga with!
2.    Take Foundations- these count as two classes and are every Saturday during September!
3.    Yoga on Demand- can’t make into the studio one day for your favorite class. Use our Yoga on Demand service and it counts towards a class!
4.    Stay Hydrated- this one is a big one! Drink all the water!

30 Things You'll Need and Use for the 30 Day Challenge

30 things you’ll Need and Use for the 30 Day Challenge!
1.   Goals!
2.   Water
3.   Buddies – its more fun that way!
4.   Treat Yo Self - New yoga gear
5.   Calendar – plan your classes
6.   Snacks - Fuel your body!
7.   Positive attitude
8.   Support- our front desk is always here for you
9.   Instagram – join in the fun! @hot8yoga
10. Mat
11. Towel
12. Smiles – it's fun!
13. Hair ties/ headband
14. Laundry detergent – we get sweaty!
15. Real Salt – the key to success
16. Stickers – track your goals
17. Deodorant
18. Showers – lots of them
19. Weights
20. Iso Balls
21. Strap
22. Hot 8 App – stay accountable
23. Motivation
24. Stamp Card- try all class styles
25. Meditation
26. Yin – A must!
27. Water bottle
28. Good nights sleep- get those ZZZs
29. Awesome playlists – you know we got those
30. Blocks

My 300 Hour Teacher Training Experience!


Honestly, I was nervous about signing up for the 300 hour teacher training! I have been practicing yoga for years, but until fairly recently had solely been focusing on the asanas (postures)- not the 7 other limbs - and I thought this would be too heady and advanced for me. But Rebekah makes everything accessible and in just this first module I was so well guided to develop my own home Sadhana (specific type of meditation) and inspired to deepen this dive into these truly awesome traditions. 


Each day we would begin by setting up the room: Sage, preparing our altar, a welcome to our community - and then Rebekah would lead us through Sadhana, covering the ideas and philosophy we would go over later, followed by an Asana practice that incorporated these ideas and let our bodies stretch and strengthen in creative flows (as she is known to provide!). We’d break for lunch then gather for a lecture, reviewing the things we had just been allowed to explore in our meditations so they felt more real, more rooted and available somehow. We ended with questions; this way training feels very unique and lovely! 


We also had a a couple of field trips that I wasn’t able to make it to due to work, but they sounded incredible - I’ll definitely block out time for them on the next module - a fascinating guest lecturer, Lorin Roche, and a cleansing closing ceremony at the beach. 


I can’t wait to continue on this journey!

- Melissa Mooney

The Yoga Vibe Experience


Yoga Vibe is an opportunity to explore a power flow through breath, movement and music. Vibe allows the practitioner to journey into a new space, a place you can look forward to, while tapping into the rhythmic flow designed to heighten the yogi’s experience.


Every time I take a Yoga Vibe class, I am stepping away from reality and into a completely transformed space. Through Vibe, I learned to connect movement to breath, which helped me in all aspects of yoga and life. The class incorporates candles, soulful sounds, endurance and balance while igniting the community through challenging tempos. As a dancer, I was drawn to Vibe’s ability to create a continuous flow of movement and a blend of the world of yoga and the movement style of dance. Teachers inspired me to conquer challenges on the mat, push harder, explore deeper and move bigger. I found this began to open my mind to new possibilities on and off the mat.


If you ask me, “why vibe?”: The Community. As a Vibe teacher, I can see students use the energy of the room to keep moving and even explore new things. Vibe becomes an experience unlike other styles when the whole room of yogis dives in head first, its very energizing.


Teacher Training at Hot 8 Yoga was an experience that changed my life.

Yoga Vibe Teacher Training helped me learn to shape my space, create movement and music connection, and continue to offer a unique experience to other yogis.  An incredible group of yogis, paired with the teachings and guidance of Omar, gave me the gift of growing as a student and teacher.


In Vibe, I hope to create a transformation of the space, help students learn to connect movement to breath, conquer challenges on the mat, push harder, explore deeper and move bigger on the mat - Hope you come Vibe with me!





Check me out for Vibe and Barre at Hot 8 Yoga Pasadena


5 reasons to try Yoga on Demand while on Vacation!


1.     It’s a great way to relax and distress- Try our yin class on demand to add a little something to a relaxing vacation!

2.     So you don’t lose your practice- Coming back to yoga after a few weeks of vacation can be tough! Continue your practice while on vacation so its like you never left!

3.     Keep your body happy- We all know while on vacation you can indulge a little! Use yoga as a way to keep everything regulated and feeling happy!

4.     Fight any sickness- Plane rides can sometimes do a number on your immune system! Use yoga as a way to fight off unwanted colds and flus!

5.     Its fun- Let’s be real yoga is fun and we don’t want you to have to miss while on vacation!



You can access our Yoga on Demand through our  Simply put in your email and if you’re a member its free!

6 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice!  


1.     108 Sun Salutations – Practice 108 Sun Salutations with Tessa in Koreatown on June 21st at 1:30pm. Ring in the summer solstice by getting a little sweaty!

2.     Go Outside- Try a Power 1 class in the courtyard at Pasadena every Sunday at 2pm! Enjoy the summer air while practicing some yoga!

3.     Celebrate International Yoga Day- Come to Beverly Hills on 6/21 and take 6:15 am Sculpt or 6:30 am Power! There will be kombucha after!

4.     Participate in a Sadhana with Rebekah- This Sunday from 1:30- 3:30pm in Sherman Oaks. Connect to your practice on a different level!

5.     Go to the Beach- Spend a relaxing day at the beach then head over to our Manhattan Beach location for some yoga!

6.     Treat Yourself to a Yoga Barre Teacher Training- Get in the best shape of your life by signing up for Yoga barre Teacher Training in Santa Monica. This August with Nancy Norby and Deanna!

The Benefits of a 300 Hour Teacher Training - Meet Rebekah!

Interested in continuing your education?

This 300 hour Yoga Alliance certified training is designed for those who thirst to immerse themselves in a uniquely different teacher training experience.  This training is one that dives into the importance of self-discovery, the mythology at the heart of yoga, and strengthens your understanding of the anatomy of both the physical and energetic body. Additionally, you will gain the tools to safely sequence creative classes and dive into the modern business of yoga.  With guest speakers and uniquely different workshops, this is a training that will give you the tools needed to support the growth and expansion of your teaching career. 


This immersive experience is broken up into 6 modules, each with a different focus.  The curriculum builds upon itself and is meant to be taken sequentially, however, the modules do stand alone and can be taken individually.


*Please Note: You will only be eligible for the Yoga Alliance 300-hour certification upon completion of all 6 modules.


Sample Day 


Opening Sadhana



Teaching Practicum 



Q & A

Closing Sadhana


*Schedule varies per module and is subject to changes



Why this 300 hour? This training has been lovingly curated by your instructor, Rebekah, with your personal growth in mind.  It combines much of what she has found valuable in various trainings over the course of her journey. Rebekah created the 300 hour training she wishes she could have found. The workshops are unique, exciting and meant to awaken your hunger for knowledge, passion for teaching, and desire for life.  You’ll be encouraged to create your own unique rituals and tap into your creativity while adding depth and expertise to your teachings. Additionally, you will be given the space to begin weaving your discoveries into your teachings with the support and feedback needed to nourish your growth. 



With a deep compassion for her 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”.


Email for more information! 

10 Tips for Sticking With Your 30 Day Challenge!  


1.     Drink lots of water!


Make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout your day! It is never a bad habit to adopt, and it will help you stay energized throughout the challenge. Especially as the weather outside warms up.


2. Mix it up!


Do you normally take the same classes from the same teachers? Maybe try mixing up your classes! Try something you haven’t before. You might even find some new favorites along the way. Take a lot of Barre? Try Yin! Take a lot of 26&2? Try Power! 


3. Nourish your body in the right way


Healthy meals will help support all of the hard work you’re putting in this month! Find foods rich in protein and nutrients.


4. Don’t be so hard on yourself.


There will be some days where you don’t want to come to class and that’s OKAY! Sometimes the hardest part of the challenge is getting yourself to the studio. But know once you do, you’ll be happy you did!


5. Set up a reward for yourself


Have you been eyeing those shiny new yoga pants? Or maybe looking to treat yourself to a new yoga mat? Reward yourself after you complete the challenge! You’ll have something to work towards. 


6. Plan your classes ahead of time


If you have a crazy busy schedule, it might be a good idea to sit down and plan your yoga classes ahead of time. You can register for each class but downloading our app from the app store! It can also help you see and manage the classes you’ve already taken.


7. Document your journey!


Did you know we have an Instagram challenge? Document your journey every day on Instagram, tag @hot8yoga, and use the hashtag #30DayStr8, for a chance to win a free teacher training!


8. Foundations every weekend


Want to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga while on your 30 Day Challenge journey? We have Foundations Workshops every weekend at our studios and they count as two classes in your 30 Day Challenge! Check your studio for times and dates.


9. Double up if you have to!


If you have to miss a day of class - we get it, it happens! - double up the next day.


10. Bring your friends!


Yoga is better with friends! Bring your friends along to class with you. This is a great way to stay motivated and have fun. Plus, for every person you bring in for a Free Week - you receive $8 credit on your account!


Congrats on making this decision to do 30 Days of Yoga! Good Luck! 

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