Hot Power Fusion


This class is taught by:

Justyne Silvas

I have grown up my whole childhood as a kind of tomboy. I tried many sports however, soccer and gymnastics really stuck with me. I was able to show off the fast and tough side of myself on the field and the elegant yet strong side of myself on the mat. So, when I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 it was no surprise that I searched for that same physical challenge that both soccer and gymnastics had offered me for so many years. What I wasn’t expecting was to find yoga, to find a deep spiritual connection to the practice, and to myself.
After three years of practicing yoga every day and allowing the connections and understandings of the practice to influence and heal me, I knew what I wanted to do. I decided to take teacher training and became certified with two 200-hour certifications in both the Hot Power Fusion sequence as well as the Power sequence. I was broken down and then built back up into a version of myself that I knew was inside me but was always too shy to be seen.
Through my journey of SELF DISCOVERY, SELF LOVE, and ACCEPTANCE, I came to this deep understanding that I need to teach yoga because I want to share this amazing art with the World. I want to heal people, help them find their way, strengthen their mind, body, soul, and beyond. My classes are always full of love, life and healing. I love to help you challenge yourself physically and mentally, while honoring your own unique practice, and leave you in the most deserving savasana.

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"

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.         

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.

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."

Melissa Ciesla

Melissa made her way to her mat back in 2004 in Manhattan where the heat and calm of the yoga studio offered her a much needed rest from the hectic pace of the city. As a dancer Melissa found Bikram yoga a home away from home and a place to ease recurring injuries. After following her acting career to LA Melissa decided it was finally time to share her love for yoga and took her first of two 200 hour training programs where she became certified in Hot Power Fusion and then Power Flow. Melissa has also continued her training in Yin/Restorative yoga and has discovered a new love of the quieter part of her practice. Melissa classes focus heavily on alignment and breath...helping you to find the way your practice should fit on your body and helping to quiet the chatter in your mind.

Ola Avedissian

Ola’s passion and dedication inspires a healthful and fit lifestyle rooted in the philosophy that life is a gift that we are invited to remember and celebrate in our yoga practice. She believes that through yoga practice we can all find the best version of ourselves. Ola is NCSF PT certified and received her formal degree from Saint-Petersburg University Of Humanities and Social Sciences in Russia. Some of Ola’s training accomplishments include teacher training in: Anusara Yoga in Bali, Indonesia - Bikram Yoga & MadDog Spinning in Los Angeles, CA and Tony Sanchez 26 Core + in Baja, Mexico.

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.

Shazi Usman

A native of Honolulu, Hawai’i, Shazi Usman has always been a free spirit with a passion for exploring movement, meditation, and consciousness. Shazi first discovered Yoga as a child while visiting his family in India. His first Hot Yoga class awoke a deep, intuitive knowing that this ancient science could heal his injuries from years of running marathons and training to become a professional tennis player. Through a daily Hot Yoga practice, mindful eating, energy work, and Zen and Sufi practices, Shazi has completely healed from those injuries and embraced a life of vitality.

Shazi has trained with Conrad Gacki, Brad Koontz, and Sam Usman, and he completed his 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Deanna Ainsworth at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica, California. Shazi offers a grounded, fun, and strengthening class to deepen the mind-body-spirit connection and elicit joy. ॐ

“Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

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.

Kellie St. Pierre

Kellie St. Pierre initially found yoga as a supplement to her dance training. Devoted to maintaining a healthy and lasting body she discovered a true passion for yoga, recognizing the balance and tranquility it also provided in her life. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Management and a minor in Civic and Community Engagement, Kellie found herself in Chicago, Illinois, where she completed her 200-hour yoga certification through CorePower Yoga.

As both a dance and yoga instructor, she teaches to inspire others to challenge themselves, feel empowered, and most importantly find joy within movement and attention to the body. Yoga provides for Kellie strength, encouragement, discipline, self-respect, and love, and she is blessed to share these benefits and so much more with others. Kellie is excited to be a part of LA’s most beloved Hot8Yoga community!

Jessica Bishop

Jess Bishop is a 200 hr. E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance) based in Los Angeles. Jess began her teaching career in 2010 when she received her Masters in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught ninth grade English for three years through the Teach for America program before moving to Los Angeles where she also works as a producer, actor, and writer. Jess has long used yoga as a means of creating balance, happiness, and harmony in her busy life and knows first-hand the life-changing benefits that yoga provides through the mind, body, and spirit connection. She encourages her students to challenge themselves, using their yoga practice as a way to make positive changes both on and off the mat.

Layna Dakin

Layna is passionate about living a healthy, well-balanced life full of meaning, growth and an abundance of love. Through every practice Layna will guide and encourage you to move within the intelligence of your own unique body, to enjoy the physical challenge and the peaceful energy yoga brings into our lives on and off the mat. Layna’s love of fitness began in her living room at a very young age, rocking out to Jane Fonda’s exercise videos! She started her teaching career at University of Massachusetts with aerobics and Pilates. After studying Iyengar yoga for a year abroad in Hawaii, Layna quickly felt this alignment based practice deepen her love for the mechanics of the body. Layna has since completed 300 hours of training with Baron Baptiste, 500 hours with Yoga-fit, and has studied with Annie Carpenter, Maty Ezraty, Shiva Rea, Denise Kaufman, Deanna Ainsworth, and is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. "You live your truth by sharing it." ~Baron Baptiste

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.

Aine Oregan

"Like a wildflower, she spent her days allowing her self to grow, not many knew of her struggle; but eventually all knew of her light.”
An LA native, born and raised in the Studio City area, Áine has always lived a healthy active lifestyle. From playing soccer for twelve years to running Track and Field for five, athletics is part of who she is. When the CorePower Yoga in Sherman Oaks first opened, she came in with her best friend wanting to try something new. Áine started her yoga journey not really expecting much, but instead found, love, community, and a purpose. As she and her practice continued to grow, so did her love and passion for yoga. In 2013, she enrolled in the Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training and never looked back. Since then, she has completed Power Teacher Training, Level Two Training and lastly finished Sculpt Teacher Training and C1.5/C2 training in 2015. Her classes are energetic, fun, and grounding. Áine’s goal is for her students to leave their mat feeling relaxed, clear headed, inspired, as well as challenged. Most importantly, she aspires to help students have fun exploring their true self and connect the mind, body, and spirt so what they learn on the mat travels with them in their daily adventures. Áine can not wait to share her love, passion, and knowledge to those around her!

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.
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:

  • Tue Aug 22 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Justyne Silvas
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Erin Hernandez
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Scott Brandon
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jacqueline Ramirez
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kimberly Driscoll
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Melissa Ciesla
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Ola Avedissian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 22 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Stevie Roberts
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 22 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Shazi Usman
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 22 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Kathleen Cruger
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 22 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Kellie St. Pierre
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Jessica Bishop
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Layna Dakin
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Alexa Palminteri
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alexa Palminteri
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kimberly Driscoll
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Aine Oregan
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 23 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Scott Brandon
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 23 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills