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Ravinder

After taking her first hot yoga class, Ravinder was shaking. She had just survived 90 minutes of sweating and holding poses that must have looked so easy from outside the room. She couldn’t wait to do it again. And again. From her practice grew a passion….a passion to share this healing practice with her local community. She sent out on a quest to build her practice, become a certified teacher, built up hours upon hours of teaching experience at Bikram Headquarters, Encino and Studio City, honed in her skills and deepened her knowledge and understanding, and built and opened Hot For Yoga in Santa Clarita, CA.
She’s completed trainings/certifications in Bikram Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, 500hr YTT (Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative, Subtle Bodies, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Adaptive Yoga) and is a Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner. 

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Malory

Yoga teacher, artist, and wellness enthusiast, Malory’s personal yoga practice started 9 years ago. She decided to try a hot yoga class and it was love at first breath. She knew she wanted to teach early on in her journey to share the experience and strength she had gained by adopting a consistent practice. “I just love the way it makes me feel, inside and out. It is truly teaching me how to live my life to the fullest and I have seen my whole outlook on life change for the better.” She knows yoga to be a beautiful path towards service and believes all can benefit from the practice at any level, no matter age or health concern. 

In 2017 she studied the hatha yoga tradition of the 84 asanas in Costa Rica, which included the hot yoga tradition of the 26&2 with Esak and Radah Garcia in Boulder, Colorado. 
 
Malory believes that everyone walks out of the yoga room a nicer person. She is a wonderful example of the healing powers of yoga and finds it to be an honor and privilege to be able to teach. She is happy to talk with you anytime!
 
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LINDSAY

Lindsay has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years, after a friend in college introduced her to the practice to help relieve stress and calm her mind during final exams. Occasionally her yoga practice has ebbed and flowed, but when life felt challenging she always found herself returning to the mat. Through her yoga practice, Lindsay has found peace, balance and confidence, different from other types of workouts. She learned the importance of yoga to both the mind and body.

When the opportunity presented itself for Lindsay to earn her RYT-200 certification through a Yoga-Alliance approved program, she jumped at the chance. Lindsay has gained so much through her own practice and loves sharing the joys and benefits of yoga with others. Lindsay enjoys teaching Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga classes and incorporating pranayama and meditation into her practices. Lindsay’s intent is that you leave her class feeling strong, balanced and restored in mind and body.

When Lindsay is not practicing yoga she enjoys spending time with family and friends, embracing nature as an avid camper and hiker, listening to music, and reading a great book.

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TOSHA

Tosha Kemper, a seasoned yoga instructor with over seven years of experience, specializes in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative practices. As a dedicated practitioner, she is not only a skilled yoga teacher but also a Reiki Master and Thai Massage Therapist. Tosha’s teachings extend beyond the physical postures, emphasizing the importance of breath techniques and meditations to cultivate a holistic mind-body connection.

With a profound belief in the transformative power of yoga, Tosha encourages her students to connect with the present moment, fostering a sense of unity with others and a deeper connection to their highest selves. Her approach to yoga extends beyond the mat, advocating for simple everyday practices that facilitate mindfulness and self-awareness. Through her guidance, Tosha inspires her students to embrace the journey of self-discovery, finding harmony and balance in both their practice and daily lives.

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Janna

To be honest, I never had experienced any physical body issues before trying Hot Yoga. I was  an avid treadmill runner, I took tons of cardio, step, and weight lifting classes, and I also danced  on stage professionally. I considered myself to be quite fit. But, until I tried hot yoga, I’ll admit, I  got bored at the gym. I often tried to pass the time watching TV while running on the treadmill. I  felt like I was just biding my time in cardio class because my body got so conditioned to the  movement, and weight lifting tended to make my arms look bulky, not lean.  

I tried Hot Yoga in 2008 for the first time in the Philippines. I was doing a show in Manila and  the Hotel gym was very small and uninspiring. My first Hot Yoga class, I was completely  hooked! It was extremely difficult, even though I was pretty flexible and had decent coordination.  The heat was beyond anything I had ever experienced and I had to focus so intently on my  breath that it forced me to stay completely present. Even though the class was so intense, after  class I felt euphoric. I continued to go to class and felt so renewed it made me giddy, like I had  discovered a secret that know one else knew about.  

I continued taking class throughout my travels and when I came back home, I knew that yoga  was something I would do for the rest of my life. I also wanted to share my passion by  becoming a teacher.  

I have been a certified Hot Yoga Instructor since Spring of 2012, and I absolutely love teaching.  I’ve dealt with personal injuries myself and I feel it has improved my teaching. I experience  painful arthritis in my knees, and have bulging discs in my lumbar spine. Because of these  injuries, I’ve had to find ways to modify postures and be patient with my body. The act of having  to listen to my own body has made me more sensitive and aware with my students. Even  though I’m committed to the accuracy and technicality of the yoga postures, I also thrive on  creative ways to explore yoga posture modifications so that all students can know that any body  type is capable of doing yoga.  

I teach the traditional Bikram 90. My class is for everyone at  any level in their yoga journey. I can promise you two things if you take my class…you will have  fun and you will feel better than you did after completing my class. I can’t wait to see you in the Hot Room!!

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Jeff

Jeff Pilson is probably most known as the bass player, songwriter and background vocalist for the legendary band Dokken. He’s also had stints with the bands Dio, MSG and his own band War and Peace. Currently he is with the classic rock band Foreigner, where he not only serves as bassist and musical director but also as the band’s producer on many of their CD releases since 2005.

What people likely DON’T know about Pilson is his passion and commitment to the study and practice of yoga.

Pilson’s yoga journey began in 1978 following a debilitating back injury. Soon after, he was studying hatha yoga and meditation with yoga legend Richard Hittleman who is best known for his PBS television series Yoga for Health in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Through his TV series, books and videos, Hittleman is widely credited for bringing the practice of yoga to more people in the west than anyone before or since. Since Hittleman’s passing in 1991 Pilson has studied extensively with Yogi Michaeline Kiss in both New York and San Francisco.

Pilson credits yoga postures and meditation as the vital tools to keep him “sane and healthy” in a vigorous road life that often entails travelling 10 months of the year. His teaching of yoga meditation and mild postures is designed to introduce students to several time tested ancient meditation techniques and then allow them to naturally adapt to whichever one or ones best suits them.

There is no such thing as too old to start a successful yoga practice, and meditation often proves to be a life changing experience that has no equal.

“The Self Realized state is the natural state. All one need do is remove the obstruction of the mind.”   –Ramana Maharshi/ Guru to Richard Hittleman

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LACEY

As a yoga teacher, fitness instructor, and holistic health coach, Lacey is a conscious advocate for embodied wellness for personal and community healing. Her intention is to offer safe and supportive classes that facilitate deeper somatic awareness and connection to the inner Self. Lacey supports individuals who feel out of alignment with their health reconnect with their bodies and discover sustainable healthy habits that align their mind, body, and soul.
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Olivia

My entire life, I had seen both my parents engage with and love yoga every day. As I started forming coherent thoughts, I knew yoga would be a wonderful activity to keep my body active and healthy.
 
It helped me more than I thought possible! I’ve increased my flexibility, strengthened my endurance, and bettered my mind through hot yoga. I loved the practice so much, that I wanted to further my involvement with hot yoga. Throughout my 13 years of practicing yoga, I grew my practice and my love for the yoga community, encouraging me to further interact with the community by teaching the 26&2 hot yoga practice that has changed my mind and body.
 
If it can change my mind and body, hot yoga can change anyone’s.
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Michelle M.

Yoga is my absolute medicine. I started practicing yoga 10 years ago and was completely hooked. 

I was going through a rough time, and yoga opened up a door of healing and presence that I so deeply needed in my life at that time. I knew that it was going to become apart of my everyday life and it did. I started doing free youtube yoga videos and meditating and immediately started to feel the positive effects. I would attend classes and go to the only studio that was really open out here in Santa Clarita and local gyms and continue to deepen my practice. I started to feel the call to teach and would hold impromptu yoga sessions for friends and family and felt so aligned doing it. I knew I wanted to become certified and teach officially! 

In 2019 I completed my 200 hr ytt in Thailand in vinyasa style yoga and was so excited to share this practice back home. I started to teach private lessons, and kid yoga at a local preschool and felt so embodied in my purpose. After that I landed in Brazil and was teaching at a Surf Hostel while also practicing daily to again dive deeper and learn more about yoga as a way of life. Coming back to the US, I started to teach more private lessons and then eventually landed at my first studio job! I am so happy to be in studio spaces mainly now as my way of offering yoga to my community. 

I teach Vinyasa and Hatha style, but also love intuitive movement and listening to what the body needs. Maybe that’s a power flow one day and slow juicy hip and heart openers the next day! I am merely a guide to help you feel empowered in your asanas and breath, and hope to hold space for you to find your greatest strength and awareness. ♥️ 

I am forever grateful to have this beautiful philosophy in my life and even more grateful that I get to help others receive it’s teachings as well. 

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Michelle W.

Immersed in the art of movement and the healing practices from a very early age–athletics, the martial arts and meditation were family traditions for Michelle Wong.

A natural love of dance and a competitive spirit lead to a career in figure skating, whereas as a teenager Michelle trained for a spot on the United States Olympic team while living in her native Los Angeles, California.

After suffering a serious spinal injury in a car accident as a young adult, Michelle embraced yoga and pilates as a piece of a holistic rehabilitation method that also included nutrition, meditation, muscular resistance training, and Chinese medicine. After more than two decades and over 25,000 hours of seasoning, Michelle practices and teaches life-enhancing techniques, and fitness remains her primary devotion.  Currently, Michelle is also enhancing her life studying to become an MFT (Marriage Family Therapist)

With a teaching resume that includes some of Montreal’s and Los Angeles’ premier fitness Clubs and studios, Michelle puts her experience into practice with expertise in “hatha yoga” and the practice in ashtanga style in yoga.

Michelle applies mental and physical health and fitness to her personal daily life as well as bringing into her professional life. 

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GISELLE

Giselle Meagher has been practicing and teaching yoga for over a decade.

She believes that movement is life, and so she dedicates her time to learn different styles of movement and yoga asana (postural yoga).

Her love for the art of yoga have motivated her to participate in yoga competitions for several years. She is a three-time USA Yoga state champion (California 2018 and 2019, Pennsylvania 2017), and placed 6th in the virtual international competition in 2020.

Giselle completed her 500-hour teacher training with Esak Garcia for “e84 yoga,” a two-year program for the advanced Ghosh lineage, in March of 2023. She completed the program’s 200-hour component June 2017 in Bali, Ubud, Indonesia.

Her other 200-hour teacher trainings are from Mahesh Chandra, at the Abhinja School of Yoga in Kerala, India, for the Ashtanga Vinyasa primary sequence, and from Lara Alexiou at Steamtown Hot Yoga in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the traditional “26 & 2” sequence. She has also been certified by Gabriella Walters in Inferno Hot Pilates and by Jimmy Barkan for the level 2-3 Barkan Method.

Born in Livorno, Italy, Giselle now lives in the California desert. She travels often to teach yoga around the world as well as continuing her education in the art of mindful movement. She is a passionate student and lecturer on Sanskrit, ayurvedic medicine, and yoga philosophy.

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

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Ana

I am Ana, and I have been practicing Yoga since 2000. I decided to get certified and expand my knowledge studying Therapeutic and Ayurveda Yoga at the Discovery yoga center in St. Augustine, Florida where I resided for 14 years. My passion for teaching other students is to help them reach their goals not only on a physical level but also on an emotional level to reach peace of mind and to take the benefits of the practice outside the mat and into their daily life. 
 
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Bailey

Bailey is not only the official greeter and protector of Hot For Yoga, she also successfully completed obedience training at a very young age. She is a master at savasana and downward dog. She loves to hike, and would love for you to join her on a guided tour. She’ll show you all the best smelling places along the trail and also the best places to rest and take a sip of water!

Keep an eye out for pop-up hikes on the schedule, and please join her…feel free to bring your friends, family and hiking dogs!

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Gloria

At the age of fifteen, Gloria received a Certified Title as a dance instructor from the prestigious Conservatorio Alvistur in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At that early age she formed her own Dance Troupe and started to teach children of all ages how to dance folklore Argentino (Gauchos) and tango. Gloria has worked as a professional dancer alongside the stars in Argentine Tango, sharing the stage with the most international renowned artists. She has toured receiving accolades throughout Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. Her passion and advocacy for the arts, education and wellness has led her to create a different approach of teaching, thus creating different programs to meet the needs of each individual person. Gloria has created a tango dance program for the blind at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, where she has volunteered for several years.

Gloria is a certified kids and teens Yoga instructor. She combines Yoga, meditation and mindfulness in her classes, bringing a greater health, happiness and well-being into the children’s lives. She has created an Art, Science, Technology and Mindfulness educational program called Kids of Tomorrow.  Her vision is to help and guide children around the world to embody their infinite potential in ways that are healthy and positive for their physical and emotional well-being. Helping kids to discover and actualize their talents, gifts and life purpose. Gloria believes that more than ever, young people need to find hope, direction, and passion to live healthy and inspired lives.

Gloria is a natural born healer and mentor. On her passionate quest to help others, she became a Reiki Master, Past Life Regression Therapist (QHHT), Sound Healer and Akashic Records Practitioner.  She helps and guides people awake to their missions and life purpose as well as to make positive changes in their lives and achieve a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit. 

As a Sound Healer she has created a music album called “Creation to Ascension”.  In this album she combines binaural sounds with healing energy, helping people to relax, meditate and reach an optimal health. Her music can be found in Spotify, Apple Music, ITunes and Pandora. 

Gloria shares her wisdom and knowledge with us at Hot For Yoga during monthly Sound Baths with Reiki. 

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Angela

I’m a Hypnotherapist, Motivational Speaker, Sound Facilitator, and Reiki Master. I found my calling as a vessel to help others help themselves. I recognize that everyone is unique, so I use my abilities to help others see what they cannot see within themselves. 

I am passionate about sharing and planting seeds of knowledge. I give you the opportunity to release the limiting beliefs, the limiting mindset, the self-sabotage. I will show you how to believe in yourself and grow with a new mindset, create new beginnings, and an overall sense of well-being. I help you cultivate and see with all of your senses, making you self-aware.  

 Angela shares her gifts with us at Hot For Yoga during monthly Sound Baths with Reiki. 

I always say, “Change your mind and you will change your life.”

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YOU?

Join Our HFY Team!

Hot For Yoga is expanding!

Here are some marked characteristics of our current team. If this sounds like you, let’s talk about you joining us:

  • Are you comfortable engaging with people?
  • Do you actively seek joy in life?
  • Are you driven to deliver a fantastic class…every single time?
  • Do you thrive on helping others become their best selves?
  • Do you enjoy supporting others in their successes?
  • Have you ever been face down at another yoga studio, smelling other people’s stink and staring at dust and hair on the floor, and thought to yourself “OMG, if I could just get my hands on a mop, I would clean the heck out of this floor!”
  • Do fingerprints and sweat on mirrors make you insane?
  • Are you a problem-solver?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Would you like to have a voice at your workplace?
  • Are you reliable and committed?

We’re currently looking for:

  • Hot Yoga Teacher: We are looking for an experienced Hot Yoga Teacher who can teach a solid 26 & 2 or Bikram class. Plus, if you can teach other modalities.
  • Hot Pilates Teacher: We are looking for an experienced Hot Pilates Teacher to join our team! Plus, if you can teach other modalities.
  • Vinyasa Teacher: We are looking for an experienced Vinyasa Teacher to join our team. Plus, if you can teach other modalities.
  • Yin/Restorative Yoga Teacher: We are looking for an experienced Yin and/or Restorative Yoga Teacher to join our team. Plus, if you can teach other modalities.

Email hotforyogascv@gmail.com to discuss!

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