Hot Power Fusion

This class is taught by:

Marja Lankinen

Marja Lankinen is a credentialed yoga therapist, Reiki Master, and founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers. Based in Los Angeles, Marja travels the globe teaching yoga, meditation, and goal coaching for artists and entrepreneurs.

A professional dancer, Marja has danced for Beyonce, Oprah, the Billboard Awards, the Grammys (national commercial), Frank Gatson, Laurieann Gibson, Twista, and the Lumineers. Once the Executive Director of Dance2XS Michigan and former Boom!Crack Dance Company (Chicago) member. In 2012, Marja moved to Los Angeles after an international dance tour in Asia and, still pursuing her passion, Marja is signed as a commercial artist and educator with Movement Talent Agency.

A credentialed yoga therapist, Marja graduated from Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx program. She also holds a second five hundred hour yoga certification with Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow Yoga. Marja has mentored under SmartFlow master teacher, Tiffany Russo, and assisted Annie Carpenter's SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training in Oakland and at Udaya Yoga Festival in Bulgaria. 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, Yoga for Trauma teacher training with Hala Khouri and Kyra Haglund, Healer Training I-IV with David Elliot, Reiki I, II, and Reiki Master Training with Racquel Tristan, Yoga Tune Up at YogaWorks Soho New York, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. In the summer of 2016, Marja shadowed physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy in Encino, California.

Marja teaches yoga at FOX, Disney, Viacom, Sony Motion Picture Studios, NBC Universal, and Hot 8 Yoga. She specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers and teaches Yoga for Dancers at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio's scholarship program, and for Gigi Torres' Establish Your Empire dance training program. Marja has been a guest teacher for Gothenburg Opera Dance Company (Sweden), LAX Paris, Pineapple Studio (London), lululemon Cannes, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, and Covent Garden, SHALA Helsinki (Finland), ISY (Germany), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California (2016 and 2017), 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, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Antoine Troope and Kolanie Mark's Kreativ Mindz Academy, Matt Cady and Tovaris Wilson's Unique Dance Program, and After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago).

Outside of her work with Yoga for Dancers, Marja was the in-residency yoga therapist for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, has co-led Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills' 200 hour yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017, and led Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico with fellow dancer, Omar Lopez.

Marja is a legacy ambassador at lululemon Studio City, staff writer for LA YOGA Magazine, and was featured on Galit Friedlander's DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes.


Alexa Palminteri

Alexa has been studying and practicing movement of the body her whole life. She began dancing at the age of 2 and is currently working as a dance teacher and choreographer all over California. As a dancer, Alexa was constantly used to overusing her body and running it into the ground. Due to many injuries, she was desperate to find a practice that rehabilitated and rejuvenated her body all while keeping it in shape, which is where yoga came in. Alexa fell in love with yoga and how therapeutic it was. After a couple of years of really committing to her practice, she decided to take her passion a step further and become a certified instructor. She recently completed her 200 hours in vinyasa flow and is continuing her education and building her practice through multiple extension programs. Alexa is also currently enrolled in the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University where she hopes to continue growing as both a student and an instructor, as well as a healer for those in need. Her goal is to provide a challenging, safe, and rejuvenating environment for all her fellow yogis.

Chelsea Mallon

Chelsea Mallon started practicing yoga about a decade ago, but it wasn't until her discovery of the heat, and the loving, beautiful community at Hot 8 Yoga, that she became truly devoted to her yogic path. Chelsea is so glad that she began her journey through teaching training at Hot 8 Yoga. She derived a wealth of knowledge, and is very excited to radiate her passion for Hot Yoga to others. She graduated from USC with a double bachelor's degree in psychology and theatre. She has always been fascinated by the mind, body, and soul connection, and Hot Yoga gave her space to explore those interests in an experiential way that has been nothing short of life-changing. A few years ago after being involved in a bad car accident, she found herself with injuries, chronic pain, and anxiety like she'd never experienced before. She attributes Hot Yoga to being integral to her healing process, and would not have as many smiles or pain-free days were it not for this amazing practice. Because of the gifts- both internally and externally that she has received from Hot Yoga, she felt called to give back by becoming a teacher.
"I think that it's particularly important in a hot yoga practice to find the balance- effort and intensity are integral to this sequence, but so is stillness and listening to your body."~ Chelsea Mallon

David Rosenblatt

David took his first yoga class looking for change. Ten years later he is continuing the journey. He is trained in both traditional hot yoga and vinyasa, as well as currently completing his 500 hour teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra.

David’s classes are focused and dynamic. While holding the space for both the beginner and advanced student, he hopes to create a space in which all students can feel personal growth and change within the room.

Along with his 200 and 500 hour teacher training, David also completed his first Vipassana Meditation Course last fall on the East Coast and loves weaving meditation techniques within the yoga asanas.

He is grateful to all his teachers.

Kimberly Driscoll

Kimberly was born and raised in Orange County, California. From a very young age she was a free spirit who lived for being active. She was a gymnast, national champion trampolinist and competed in World Championships for trampoline in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition she was a 4 time National Champion springboard/platform diver, a member of the USA Diving National team and competed in several World Championship competitions. She had her eyes set on diving in the Olympic games, until her dreams were shattered and was forced to retire because of wrist injuries. 
Through the struggle of loosing diving Kimberly found yoga and again found herself. She has been practicing yoga for over 7 years and has made it her mission to share her love for yoga with all who are willing to listen. She claims to be a hippie trapped in a modern girls world, and strives to create a class that all levels of student can enjoy.
"My goal is to connect my students with their mind, body and soul. Yoga has changed my life, let me show you how it can change yours."

Janelle Johnson

Janelle, originally from Mystic, CT, took her first yoga class in Fulham, London in 2007. Although, she found it difficult to get through her first class, something keep drawing her back into the practice. She practiced yoga through injuries, marathon training and 2 babies. It kept her balanced in all aspects of her life and taught her to breathe through difficult poses, inside and out of the yoga room.

In early 2012, she received her 200 RYT training in Ormond Beach, Florida and has been teaching since, in the Seattle area. She has continued her education with a 500 RYT program and Yoga Sculpt. She has a true passion for her students whom inspire her everyday and looks forward to assisting your yoga journey/practice, any way that she can, to the best of her ability. Janelle leads a strong, steady and energetic yoga class. She can not wait to meet you!

Mike Averill

Mike was born and raised in Colorado. Having been a gymnast for much of his young life, investigating the mind-body connection has long been a passion. Yoga cemented a place in Mike's life initially as a way to manage stress, but grew into a much deeper exploration of the human experience. Mike hopes to inspire this same curiosity for life in others.

Mike completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the guidance of Francesca Asumah, is in the process of receiving his 500 hour certification, and has also trained with Julia Planine-Troiani, Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.

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Meghan Heapes

Meghan has been teaching yoga since 2014, and has loved every second of it! She grew up playing every sport under the sun, and found yoga in high school, then again in college. She instantly fell in love with how the practice not only helped her stay in shape, but also how it improved her mental being. Meghan continues her education with teacher trainings and by leading yoga retreats. She loves seeing new faces in the hot room and helping individuals find their own yoga journey.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"

Scott Brandon

Scott's mission is to create a space to inspire a happy and healthy lifestyle.  Under the wonderful guidance of Brit Middleton, Scott went through the 200 hour teacher training program at Hot 8 Yoga in 2013. His teaching style is both challenging and uplifting at the same time.  Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yogi, Scott loves to connect and create a space where your practice can continue to grow.         

Holly Lyons

Yoga has been a passion of Holly’s for over 10 years. As a Five times X Games Athlete & World Cup Skateboarding Champion, Hot Yoga has really helped her to heal injuries, learn to be more present in the moment and learn how to focus her energy more powerfully.

Yoga is something she always did for herself and then a couple of years ago she was asked to fill in for a teacher at her nutrition club that couldn't make it. After teaching that day she realized how passionate she was to teach yoga for the rest of her life. In January of 2014, Holly signed up to become a certified yoga teacher. She is so grateful to have completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Hot 8 Yoga, Voted Top Yoga Studio in Los Angeles for multiple years now. She also teaches at both locations in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

Giving the gift of yoga to others and such a joy and she says it's a walking meditation for herself. Whenever we give we also receive so much love back. The greatest gift is the transformation of ourselves and yoga is such a powerful way to practice and transform ourselves on a daily basis. One love!

Rachael Bell

One of Rachael's favorite aspects of life, is the opportunity to encourage, impact, and uplift others. Through teaching Yoga, she's found a creative space to plant seeds of kindness, while offering a practice that brings health on a physical and mental level. Her current mantra is "Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn't only about flexibility. Come as you are, and let's play!".

Erin Hernandez

Erin Yvonne has traveled the world dancing behind some of the worlds biggest pop icons such as Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Pink to name a few.
The constant movement on the body caused her to find a way to stretch and heal herself.
She discovered hot yoga and never looked back. To Erin, it's more than just about the physical, it holds up a mirror and allows you to see and feel what needs work mentally spiritually and physically.
Yoga is a life long practice that meets you exactly where you're at today.
Erin has a extreme love and passion for guiding other beautiful souls through their moving meditation and inspiring them to their highest version of themselves.
"We are vibrational human beings, deliberate creators that possess the power to create our own reality with our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs"

Daniel McMahon

Dan began practicing hot yoga in Chicago five years ago to address issues with anxiety and get in better physical shape. He found yoga to be much more effective than any medical intervention and gradually began practicing more frequently. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Dan discovered Hot 8, taking advantage of the opportunity to expand his practice into many different styles. In the Spring of 2016 he completed the 200 hour hot yoga teacher training under Deanna Ainsworth in Santa Monica and is excited to be a part of the Hot 8 community. Dan believes in maintaining a beginners mind and treating yoga practice as a lifelong journey. He also sees yoga as the perfect compliment to his other passion, music.

Jacqueline Ramirez

Jacque (jack-ee) R

Jacqueline has been a student of yoga since 2000 when her mom took her to her first yoga class in San Francisco, California. She knew right away that yoga offered her something she had never felt before, connection to everything!

In November 2009, she quit her job as an Art Director and Designer in Singapore to complete her 200 hour Absolute Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. She has been teaching, studying and living yoga ever since. Over the next 7 years in Singapore she went on to complete 200+ hours in Anusara Immersions with Patrick Creelman, Amy Ippoliti and Ross Rayburn. After giving birth to her son in 2012 she completed 100 hours certification in Mindful Birth for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby. Her playful and adventurous spirit also helped introduce her to the Dharma Yoga Wheel. She completed the Dharma Yoga Wheel Training with the founders Dov and Raquel and loves to work with her private clients on the wheel.

Through her own self-practice and meditation, she has come to realize that you can channel your deepest life intentions while also enjoying your life. "Take our practice serious, but not ourselves!"

Her classes are alignment and breath based, focusing on what the innate intelligence of the body can teach each student. Jacque has the ability to recognize that no student is the same and helps her students find joy and ease in what might otherwise seem like a very difficult situation. In addition to her regular classes, she also offers private yoga lessons, special community events, and leads workshops and retreats, where she can share and connect more with students of yoga.

Milena Sarian

Milena developed a dedicated yoga practice in 2005 where she began to immediately notice the positive influence it brought to her life. She decided to leave her full time career in marketing to teach yoga full time in 2007 in order to share this gift with others.

Milena is an experienced yoga instructor who has had opportunities in teaching various styles of yoga and fitness including Hot Yoga, Power, Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. She teaches in the Los Angeles area and has a wide range of students of all levels and backgrounds. "My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to understand the mind-body-soul connection and to bring more joy into life."

Milena brings a light-hearted and compassionate quality to her fun, yet intense classes.

Cassie Stevenson

Cassie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She ventured to Southern California to attend college, graduating from Chapman University with a degree in PR/Advertising & Communications. Subsequently graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing. She is founder and designer of bluDemocracy, a sustainable clothing line made entirely from Bamboo.

Cassie is passionate about educating and empowering individuals to take control of their own health from the inside out. She encourages people to raise their vibration through self-awareness, conscious movement, and plant food nutrition. She is founder of The Modern Farmacy, an Urban Farm and Juice Company, advocating for sustainable, healthy, and vibrant lifestyles.

Her devotion to health and wellness, stems from her background as a competitive athlete. Her history as a runner, dancer, and World Champion Equestrian has given her a deep appreciation & fascination for health, fitness, and the human body.

While studying abroad during college, Cassie experienced her introduction to yoga at a retreat in India. However, it was not until a series of horseback riding injuries that she turned to yoga to heal and restore her body in order to continue her competitive riding career. As she became more committed to her practice, she realized the benefits went far beyond just the physical. Through yoga Cassie found a connection between mind, body, and spirit that has helped her heal, grow, and transform on and off her mat.

From the first day she stepped foot in Hot 8 Yoga, practicing in the heat has been part of her daily routine. She fell in love with Hot Yoga Barre, as it helped her regain strength and flexibility to her spine following her serious injuries. With an interest in deepening her practice, she signed up for the Yoga Barre teacher training with Nancy Norby in February 2015. This was a life changing experience, prompting an intense desire to learn more and sign up for the Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training in June 2015 with Deanna Ainsworth.

Cassie’s journey thus far with the Hot 8 Yoga community has been incredibly fulfilling. She aims to share her passion and with gratitude for the practice to inspire other yogis.

Kendra Jean Osborne

Kendra Jean, 22, was first introduced to Yoga through her Acting Instructor Shaheen Vaaz at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2012. Shaheen had us practice our Vinyasa before class to ground and energize the class. Later in 2014 Kendra became more involved in the Yoga community after taking her 200hr Teaher Training for HPF in LA. She currently works at Multiple studios in the LA area and her classes have a very mystical vibration to them. You can expect good music and lots of sweat!

Stevie Roberts

Stevie has been actively practicing yoga since 2003. While studying theater at the University of Maryland, her voice for actor's teacher introduced the power of asana and pranayama to release tension. It was love at first breath. In 2013 after moving from New York to Los Angeles, Stevie found herself needing to ground down and committed to her practice. Encouraged by support of her family and friends Stevie signed up for Power Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2014 and completed Sculpt and Hot Power Fusion training in the spring of 2015. Yoga has enhanced her life by giving her the space to connect to her true self, her inner strength, through the exploration of the practice. Stevie continues to be passionate about learning everything she can about yoga and most importantly sharing it with others.
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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Marja Lankinen
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Oct 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Alexa Palminteri
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Oct 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Rosenblatt
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kimberly Driscoll
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Oct 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Janelle Johnson
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with David Rosenblatt
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Mike Averill
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Oct 23 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meghan Heapes
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Oct 23 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Scott Brandon
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Oct 23 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Holly Lyons
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 24 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Rachael Bell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Erin Hernandez
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Daniel McMahon
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jacqueline Ramirez
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Oct 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Cassie Stevenson
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 24 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Kendra Jean Osborne
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Oct 24 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Mike Averill
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Oct 24 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Stevie Roberts
    at Sherman Oaks