Hot Yoga


This class is taught by:

Mathilde Powell

I was born and raised in Normandy, France. I settled down in Los
Angeles after calling Australia and Singapore my home.
Three kids later, it was time to get back in shape. As a cardio girl, I was
always sceptic about yoga. But, curiosity encouraged me to take my
first yoga class in 2011. It was "hell"; no balance, no focus... But, I loved
it !
I became very dedicated to my yoga practice. In 2015, I completed my
200 hours teacher training with Hot 8 Yoga under the guidance of
Francesca Asumah. I'm very happy to share this practice with others
and to be part of the Hot8Yoga community.
I teach a powerful class in which the physical challenges balance out the
mental benefits.

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be
able to keep our mind strong and clear"
~ Buddha

Francesca Asumah

Born to an English mother and a Ghanaian father, Francesca discovered her spirituality at a very young age. Her journey started in the U.K., where she turned the “can nots” and “do nots” into self-realization and enlightenment—helped greatly by her “magicians”: the authors G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky.

Francesca’s growth continued exponentially through yoga, which she has practiced for the past 15 years. Though her yogic experience has brought her incredible joy and unspeakable sorrow, she will be the first to tell you: You can’t heal without suffering—the heart must be broken open.

This embracing of the light and the dark gives Francesca a unique perspective on yoga—and life in general. Her classes are more often communal celebrations: pupils feel as though they have been existentially altered as they “dance with the ancients” through the 26 + 2 series. Francesca encourages her students to be their own guru—and connect with their own inner observer. She adheres faithfully to the lineage, but infuses her own brand of nurturing and empathy. And though she is a master of this singular blend, Francesca herself will say that she is still more student than teacher, always thirsting for insight.

In addition to her popular 90-minute hot yoga classes, Francesca has brought back the original 84 postures—taught by the high lord Shiva—to Los Angeles via her 2-hour, Sunday afternoon Advanced Hot Yoga class.

Francesca is truly one with the divine. She is a being made of light, her body is made of stardust—and she is LOVED: by her students, her colleagues, and especially by her two beautiful children.
The Hot8 Yoga Community is most grateful for her wisdom and knowledge.

Kemi Oyemade

After graduating from USC in 2005, Kemi worked as a modeling agent with Photogenics at Smashbox studios. After leaving Photogenics in the summer of 2009 to take some time off, she came across the hot yoga studio where she took her first yoga class. After the first week she was hooked. In the summer of 2010 she completed a 200 hour training with Jason Wilkerson at Huntington Beach Hot Yoga. "I believe in the heat, and I believe in the focus and self awareness that hot yoga brings. I look forward to sharing hot yoga with seasoned and brand new yogis alike. Namaste'. "

Amanda Dykann

Amanda Dykann was born and raised in Basalt, Colorado a little town outside Aspen. She first discovered Yoga while attending college at the University of Colorado at Boulder and went on to become a certified instructor, attending Bikram Yoga teacher training in Honolulu, Hawaii in the spring of 2007.
Becoming an instructor was the touchstone to Amanda’s lifelong pursuit of health, wellness and the healing arts. A former marathon runner and lifelong skier, yoga was the gate to forging a deep connection between her body, mind and spirit. In March 2008, she traveled to Tulum, Mexico and became a certified teacher of Partner Yoga. This took her desire to another level because it provides a connection between participants that is more hands-on than yoga and introduced her to a way of massage that is more interactive than some of the more traditional styles. In 2009 Amanda continued her education and obtained her 200hr Yoga Alliance certification at Arjuna Yoga in Aspen, CO. In the fall of 2014 she received her second 200hr certification in vinyasa from Hot 8 Yoga. She is currently certified with RYT 500 and ERYT 200.
Now living in LA, Amanda feels blessed to be connected to the beach and the mountains and she travels back and forth from Aspen to LA often.
Amanda received her master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica, in Spiritual Psychology and just recently finished her second degree with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health, and Healing. She is passionate in what she does, loves teaching, sharing what she has learned and her experience with others.

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.”

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.

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

Julia Planine-Troiani

Julia Planine-Troiani explores various forms of movement practice including Yoga, Pilates, dance, Thai Massage, Gaga, Butoh, and has been teaching her discoveries for seven years. She is particularly grateful to Lindsay Dombrowski (Yoga to the People) for her intention, ferocity and love. She is committed to holding space for people to realize their own inspirational power, agency and beauty. Yoga, like any practice, is holistic. She hopes to illuminate and encourage self-awareness through a highly physical, sensation-based experience as a means towards self-discovery that necessarily pours off the mat into "daily life". She is looking forward to sharing time and space with you and doing the good work! (ate9dancecompany.com)

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

This 90 minute class includes a set sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Hot Yoga begins with pranayama deep breathing to oxygenate and energize the body. The Hot Yoga series will systematically massage and stimulate every muscle, gland, and organ. Each posture prepares the body for the next, allowing students to gain strength, flexibility, and balance. Hot Yoga is an excellent foundation for learning proper alignment and developing the concentration needed for meditation. Heated to 105-110 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Mathilde Powell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Aug 23 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Aug 23 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Kemi Oyemade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Camille Wade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Camille Wade
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Aug 24 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Amanda Dykann
    at Santa Monica
  • Thu Aug 24 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Aug 24 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Brandii Rice
    at Pasadena
  • Fri Aug 25 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Mathilde Powell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Fri Aug 25 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Fri Aug 25 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Mathilde Powell
    at Santa Monica
  • Sat Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Jacqueline Ramirez
    at Santa Monica
  • Sat Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Dakota Lupo
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sat Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Brandii Rice
    at Pasadena
  • Sat Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Mathilde Powell
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sat Aug 26 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Julia Planine-Troiani
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sat Aug 26 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Dakota Lupo
    at Santa Monica
  • Sun Aug 27 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Camille Wade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sun Aug 27 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Shazi Usman
    at Sherman Oaks