Hot Power Fusion

This class is taught by:

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!".

Heather Taylor

Heather began her yoga journey in 2011. After years of neglecting her body she became intrigued with those "bendy people" and stepped enter her mat. It was love at first pose, she found that not only her body was transformed but that she was finally able to heal her spirit from years of putting others first. In her classes she focuses on creating a space where students can take the time to connect with themselves and there own yoga.

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.

Marja Lankinen

A professional commercial dancer, Marja has danced for Beyonce, Oprah, the Billboard Awards, the Grammys, Frank Gatson, Laurieann Gibson, Twista, and the Lumineers. She danced for Boom!Crack Dance Company in Chicago and was the Executive Director of Dance2XS in Michigan. In 2012, Marja moved to Los Angeles after an international dance tour in Asia and is signed with Movement Talent Agency.

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 and Udaya Yoga Festival in Bulgaria. A lifelong student, Marja has continued her education with Hala Khouri and Kara Haglund's YogaWorks Trauma-Informed Yoga training, Dr. Eden Goldman's STAMPY (Soft Tissue Assessment and Myofascial Release for Bodyworkers and Yoga Teachers) workshop, Healer Training I-IV with David Elliot, Reiki Master Training with Racquel Tristan, Yoga Tune Up with Laurel Beversdorf and Elizabeth Wipff at YogaWorks SoHo NYC, Biomechanics with Jules Mitchell, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. For continued edification, Marja shadows physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy while preparing for a PhD program in physical therapy. Marja co-led Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills' 200 hour yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017 along with Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat with Omar Lopez in Tulum, Mexico in 2014.

Marja is also the founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers and specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers at Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, Millennium Dance Complex, 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 Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company (Sweden), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California (2016-2018), Complexions Contemporary Ballet's summer intensive at USC (2018), USC Kaufman School of Dance, USC Trojan Force dance team, Edge Performing Arts Center, The Pulse On Tour 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, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), and lululemon Cannes, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Covent Garden, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Marja taught Yoga for Athletes for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is a legacy ambassador at lululemon Athletica Studio City, is a staff writer for LA YOGA Magazine, was featured on DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes. For more information, visit

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.

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

Kirstin Webb (Ford)

Kirstin looks for beauty & artistry in every endeavor, every moment, no matter how simple or seemingly ordinary. Yoga became another form of artistic self-expression and a vessel through which her mind, body & spirit found communication, healing & synergy; ultimately, allowing her authentic Self to begin its lifelong unfolding. Her classes focus on finding a balance between physical strengthening & opening while being mindful; leaving you feeling grounded, strong, present & at peace. She completed her 200 hour certification through Hot 8 Yoga and has previously held certifications as a personal trainer (NASM), Pilates & Group Fitness Instructor.

Lisa Canning

I first tried yoga in 2005 on orders from a physical therapist to help heal a severe knee injury. I thought it would be boring. My first lesson from yoga: don’t believe everything you think.

When practicing the 26 poses in Hot Yoga, I am challenged every time to be courageous, risk, and even enjoy the victories, for example, going years without being able to double wrap my legs, then one day, suddenly, quietly, my legs are wrapped.

My job in the room is simply to guide. Yes, we are there to learn and support each other, but the practice is yours alone.

I have an eclectic background, including a career in the radio broadcasting industry, mostly due to my passion for music. Travel is one of my favorite things, as I am always humbled and inspired by the “less is more” way so many cultures find happiness.

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!

Tessa Rapa

Tessa Rapaczynski was introduced to yoga all the way back in 1999, at the age of eleven. She took her first class with Colleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti – and it was love at first down-dog! Over the years, she has practiced at various studios in New York, London, Berlin, and Los Angeles. As a teacher, Tessa draws from her own experiences and encourages fellow students to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Come to class hydrated and prepared to move your body, do work, and have fun.

Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.


Bradley Boleman

Bradley has been teaching yoga since 2014. Although before that he originally started doing yoga in 2008 from DVDs. At the time (2008) the stretches that yoga provided were great cross training stretches for dance. Although Bradley didn’t really get into the meditative/spiritual side of the practice, till 2014 when he did his first yoga class in Los Angeles. He fell in love immediately. He loved the intention part of class and moving your body with your breath was beyond freeing not just for his body, but mind and soul. As Bradley deepened his practice he realized that the true magic that yoga has to offer really heightens when you take your intention off your mat and apply it into your life. Taking a big step forward Bradley decided to do a teacher training in less than three months of his first class in LA. And since then the journey has been nothing more than liberating. His favorite quote “Movement is medicine no matter how fast or slow you move.”

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!

Kari Jaffe

Kari is a vibrant, tenacious, and gregarious teacher. She has been teaching yoga since 2013, receiving various certificates over multiple lineages. While Kari teaches nearly 30 public classes a month, she has also brought her vast experience to health and wellness retreats, mindfulness workshops, the festival community, corporate offices, professional athletes and many private clients. She is also the creator of a local after school yoga program, Practice not Perfect, serving ages 5-15, which is coming up on its fifth year!

Ever the student, Kari is always searching and striving to learn more, so she can be the most effective teacher possible. Her style of teaching is mechanical and super anatomically driven. However, above all, she stands behind breath as the ultimate guide. It's always breath first, form second, and the two together will unlock the magic of your practice. Kari is extremely compassionate, she keeps it effortlessly real with humor, laughter and a little bit of Jersey. She has a deep understanding that in this human experience we're all in it together.

As a student who remains forever interested in her practice, she requires that same inquisitiveness from the people who honor her with the duty of teaching them.


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.

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.

Abigail Meyers

Abby is a Hot8 trained sculpt instructor that has been practicing yoga for six years. Coming from a sports background, she can't get enough of the athletic approach that is offered through yoga sculpt. Her mission is to connect with others through movement and to celebrate the amazing things our bodies do for us. Abby is very grateful for the continuous learning experience that yoga has brought into her life and she looks forward to sharing her practice with you.

Brandii Rice

As a competitive gymnast and cheerleader growing up, strenuous cardiovascular activities defined my ideal workout regimen. So you could imagine my aversion to the first hour-long yoga class I attended in college, which consisted solely of meditation and breathing. No poses. No cardio. I am pretty sure I vowed never to attend another yoga class. Ten years later, in 2010, while going through a challenging time in my professional career, I was encouraged to give a hot yoga class a try. I fell in love! The class was the perfect marriage of cardio, strength, flexibility, and self-reflection. The peace and centeredness I gained from the practice was a great counter-balance to the stressors of my day job as an attorney. After committing myself to the practice for four years, I elected to take the next step- teaching. In the Fall of 2014, I followed my passion and obtained my Hot Yoga Certification at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills under the guidance of our very own Dakota Lupo and Julia Planine-Troiani. Hot Yoga has truly impacted my being- physically and mentally- for the better; I have a greater awareness of self and of my own ability to manifest positive change in my life. I hope that my teaching, will lead others to the same or greater realization for themselves.

“To create space for the universe to fill our lives with joy, we must clear the blockages, fears and patterns holding our highest selves back.”

This set series is an hour-long, shoulder and wrist-friendly class without chaturangas (high to low push-ups) that combines the 26 & 2 and Power Yoga styles. Hot Power Fusion includes balancing, core work, hip openers and inversions accompanied by music, encouraging mindful focus and detoxification. 🔥 🔥

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Rachael Bell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Heather Taylor
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jacqueline Ramirez
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Aug 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Marja Lankinen
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kirstin Webb (Ford)
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Lisa Canning
    at Koreatown
  • Tue Aug 14 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Talita Silva
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Aug 14 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Aine Oregan
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Aug 14 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Tessa Rapa
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Aug 14 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Bradley Boleman
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Aug 14 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Kellie St. Pierre
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Lisa Canning
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 15 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kari Jaffe
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Aug 15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alexa Palminteri
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Aug 15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Daniel McMahon
    at Koreatown
  • Wed Aug 15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Abigail Meyers
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Aug 15 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Aine Oregan
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 15 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Brandii Rice
    at Koreatown