Invigor8 Meditation


This class is taught by:

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

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

Rachel Rosenstein

Originally form Texas, Rachel grew up a competitive cheerleader and ballerina. While attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles she discovered her love for yoga. Rachel received her Hot 8 Yoga barre training certification with Nancy Norby and her 200 hour Power certification with Dakota Lupo and Marja Lankinen. Mentorship with Briana DeFalco followed both trainings. With every class, Rachel hopes to spread knowledge and awareness using the benefits of breath, mindfulness and strength.

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.

Carli Kline

Native to Sunny Southern California, Carli grew up living an active lifestyle. It wasn’t long before she developed a love for yoga sculpt. Carli started teaching Yoga Sculpt 2 years ago and has been practicing for 5 year. As yoga transformed her life, she wanted to inspire others with its gift. Yoga’s teachings have brought connection between mind and body awareness, peace of mind, and the feeling of being grounded into her life. Always open to growing and connecting, Carli continues to inspire, be inspired by her students and practice.

Sarah Helt

Sarah Helt, E-RYT200
Certified Yoga Instructor + Accessible Yoga Ambassador

My yoga journey began at 18 when a friend suggested I try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga primary series and from that day forward I was hooked! However, it wasn’t until my last year of college, when my clowning and movement studies professor asked if I would assist his summer yoga intensive, that I started to consider teaching.

My initial 200 hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style vinyasa, viniyoga, and incorporated thai massage. I began my yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in my first two years, I was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces. Primarily a power vinyasa and restorative-yin yoga teacher, my life changed completely when I was contacted by a high profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. I was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. I work with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal chord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. Last year I partnered with the Accessible Yoga Movement in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.

I approach life with an open heart and zero expectations; as I believe you should approach every yoga class. I am overjoyed to share my practice with you. Come play!

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.

Jillian Forster


Ever since she can remember, Jillian has been dancing. Growing up, she studied various dance styles such as tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and character dance. Jillian then followed her passion and love for the arts to major in dance at Kent State University. There she was able to further her studies in dance adding in modern, post-modern, and African dance. Jillian now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. In addition to her love for dance, Jill is also an avid yogi. She has studied various types of yoga such as Ashtanga, Power yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa, Hatha and Classic Hot Yoga. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga on High in Columbus, OH.

Jillian is constantly looking to better her skills in dance, yoga, barre, and fitness by attending classes, workshops, and trainings. She holds numerous certifications and is always excited to learn more. Jillian is passionate about dance, yoga, fitness, and health and loves to share her passion with others through teaching and training. Her goal is to make each and every client, student, and friend who comes to her for a class or a training to feel better leaving the studio than when they came in.

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.

Dakota Lupo

Dakota Lupo (E-RYT 200) is a west coast transplant who was born and raised in NYC. He completed his first 200-hr training at Yoga to the People in Manhattan and being teaching there in 2009. Specializing in power vinyasa, bikram yoga, and yin yoga, Dakota moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and teaches extensively all over the city. He leads teacher trainings, workshops for teachers and students alike, trains pros and amateurs, the young and the less young, and continues to develop his style of teaching to explore new territory. A creative by trade, each of Dakotas classes, each practice, each moment on the mat is different from the day before and also different from the person next door. With a continuing challenge to explore breath, each of his classes balance enough guidance and compassion for the beginner, with enough depth, specificity, and intense edge work for the advanced yogi. You will move. You will work. Find more at www.dakotalupo.com

Marie Kazadi

What about me? I am me. I am a passionate individual with undertones of adventure. I teach fitness, yo! My whole life has been a collection of events that have shaped me into the person I am today, without which I would not recognize the strength and wisdom that I already posses. The statistics of my career in fitness started with getting certified to teach yoga in the summer of 2011. Since then I have received 2 more yoga certifications, trained in shadow boxing technique and bag work, designed my own Bootcamps, and have also led other students into teaching! I am also a personal trainer and a successful leader of group fitness classes with an emphasis on empowerment, alignment, and good energy.

My current adventure is studying Kinesiology at A.T. Still University to increase my knowledge as a fitness professional! My mission being, to encourage a lifestyle of aligned thinking and doing to a diverse clientele to change the mindset and bodies of those who wish to optimize their lives through leadership, continued education, and support in a safe and welcoming environment. This will be achieved within the confines of integrity and the standards set forth by the field of Kinesiology.

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

 

 

Soha Panah

I grew up Orange County, California and at a very young age I found
myself loving movement and exercise. I was enrolled in every type of
activity and loved it. After undergoing scoliosis surgery, I turned to
dance because it was one of the few activities I was "allowed" to do.
After putting on my first pair of jazz shoes it was love at first
pirouette. I loved the energy, the music and the release I was able
to feel after every rehearsal. I was lucky enough to dance
competitively on a team for 5 years. I went on to teach Turbo Kickboxing (think high energy choreography) which allowed me to feel a release that I missed so much.

Now, I teach Yoga barre, Yoga Sculpt and Power 1 Yoga.
All very different, but all of which I love. Each practice brings out a different intensity and release. I received my 200 hour RYT certification with Hot 8 Yoga, being one of the best experience to date.

In my classes, we aspire to inspire each other. We inhale strength as we exhale fear.
We commit. We Show Up. We push each other to find strength. To go beyond our normal limitations. I am a sucker for energy and I love to inspire people to push
themselves to a limit they do not think they can overcome. I promise
to bring the intensity, love and energy that will keep you coming
back for more. 110% ;)

Eddy Rimada

My approach to yoga is understanding that only with a strong committed daily practice, overcoming and pushing through the urge to let the pose overcome you, can one only then begin to shed the layers of the ego that have been holding us back from becoming our truest self leading every decision with an unconditionally loving open heart.

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INVIGOR8 MEDITATION will ease you into your day with this energizing 15 minute practice. Dhyana (Meditation) is the 7th limb or step of yoga, from the 8 Limbs of Yoga, where Hot 8 Yoga gets its name. Meditation helps deepen your awareness and helps you start assisting in positive thinking patterns so that you leave class refreshed for the rest of your day. All levels welcome. Low heat. $8 per class, included in all memberships.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 11:00 am - 11:15 am with Shazi Usman
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sun Jun 25 7:35 pm - 7:50 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 7:20 am - 7:35 am with Rachel Rosenstein
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Mon Jun 26 7:50 am - 8:05 am with Carli Kline
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Sarah Helt
    at Pasadena
  • Mon Jun 26 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Kristyn Chalker
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Jun 27 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Tue Jun 27 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Jun 27 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Dakota Lupo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Marie Kazadi
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Jun 27 8:35 am - 8:40 am with Mike Averill
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Jun 28 7:20 am - 7:35 am with Soha Panah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Jun 28 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Milena Sarian
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Wed Jun 28 7:50 am - 8:05 am with Carli Kline
    at Santa Monica
  • Wed Jun 28 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Eddy Rimada
    at Pasadena
  • Wed Jun 28 8:35 am - 8:50 am with Kristyn Chalker
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Jun 29 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Jillian Forster
    at Manhattan Beach
  • Thu Jun 29 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Cassie Stevenson
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Jun 29 7:35 am - 7:50 am with Dakota Lupo
    at Beverly Hills