Hot Power Fusion

This class is taught by:

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!

Marja Lankinen

Formerly a professional dancer, Marja has danced for Beyonce, Oprah, the Billboard Awards, the Grammys, Frank Gatson, and Laurieann Gibson, Twista, and the Lumineers. In 2012, Marja moved to Los Angeles after an international dance tour in Asia and transitioned from professional dance to full-time yoga instruction. 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. 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, Healer Training I-III with David Elliot, Reiki I with Racquel Tristan, and Power, Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion with Corepower Yoga. Marja has shadowed physical therapist, Karen Moran, of Fusion Arts Physical Therapy and studied Biomechanics with Jules Mitchell.

Marja is the founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers and specializes in therapeutics and injury prevention techniques for professional dancers at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, 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 Sweden's Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, LAX Dance Studio (Paris), Pineapple Dance Studio (London), lululemon Zurich, Amsterdam, Cannes, Paris, and Covent Garden, Shala Helsinki (Finland), ISY (Hamburg, Germany), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's summer intensive at the University of Southern California, 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, Kreativ Mindz, Tony Tzar's Blacklight Society, Creating Opportunities, After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble (Chicago), NBC Universal, FOX, and Sony Motion Pictures Studios. Marja was the in-residency yoga therapist for the junior and professional athletes of the United States Tennis Association, is an ambassador at lululemon Athletica Studio City, is a contributing writer for LA YOGA Magazine, and was just a featured voice on DanceSpeak podcast on iTunes.

Marja has taught at Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills since 2012, and, along with Yoga Directors, Brit Middleton and Briana DeFalco, she has co-led the 200 hour Hot 8 Yoga teacher trainings from 2014-2017. Marja also co-led Hot 8 Yoga's first yoga retreat to Tulum, Mexico in 2014 with Omar Lopez.

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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

Kristyn Chalker

After years of injuries from Bootcamp style workouts, Kristyn found her yoga practice, quite by accident, while looking for a lower impact way to keep her body moving. With a background in dance and gymnastics, Kristyn knew quite a few yogis, but never thought the practice fit in with her lifestyle. She was surprised and delighted to find out just how wrong she was. After stepping onto her mat for the first time in 2011, Kristyn found her home in the breath, movement, and peace that yoga brings.

Kristyn believes ardently in the mind/body connection, and views the practice as a way to transcend the mundane aspects of every day life. Her passion for teaching comes from the necessity to share with her students the joy and lightness yoga has brought into her own life.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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!

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.  In October of 2016, Scott became the Yoga Director for Hot 8 in Pasadena.  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.         

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.

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!

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, and has also trained with Deanna Ainsworth, Rebekah Rivera, Brit Middleton, Cornelius Jones Jr., and Jonatan Silva, among others.

IG: mmaverill



Erin Yvonne

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"
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:

  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Kellie St. Pierre
    at Santa Monica
  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Marja Lankinen
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Chelsea Mallon
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Kristyn Chalker
    at Pasadena
  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Shazi Usman
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sun Jun 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Daniel McMahon
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Jun 26 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Marja Lankinen
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Layna Dakin
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Alexa Palminteri
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jun 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kimberly Driscoll
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Jun 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Rosenblatt
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jun 26 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Aine Oregan
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Jun 26 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Scott Brandon
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jun 26 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Poopack Bral
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Kimberly Driscoll
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Alexa Palminteri
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Jun 26 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Bree VanZutphen
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jun 26 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Holly Lyons
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Mike Averill
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Jun 27 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Erin Yvonne
    at Sherman Oaks