Hot Yoga

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

Amir Madison

Being born and raised in Los Angeles, Amir has developed a strong interest in serving members of his community and educating others on how to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Amir received a scholarship to play football, is a former professional arena football player, became a personal trainer, and completed his RYT200 Hot Yoga Teacher Training at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills. Amir understands the importance of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and the interconnection between body and mind. From previous experience with working directly with athletes, Amir has found a significant increase in range of motion, improvement in flexibility, increase in speed, prevention of injuries, and overall enhancement in health, well-being, and mental awareness when yoga was incorporated into the training.

Charmaline Arvin

Charmaline (Charm) Arvin was born and raised in Singapore where she took her first hot yoga class in
2004. Soon she felt the changes from within and quickly developed a mind body connection simply
through focus and awareness of her breath. After a few years of practice, her self-realization was
powerful and what she noticed and loved most about her yoga practice.
Charm knew then that she truly wanted to teach what she had discovered. In the spring of 2007, she
completed the 500 hrs certification from Bikram Yoga Collage of India. She has been traveling and
passionately teaching yoga since. Now, she is thrilled to call LA her new home.
In class, Charm strives to teach her students proper alignment, breathing techniques and the benefits of
each posture. She always encourages her students to continue with their yoga practice without self
judgment because, as she says, “It’s a journey that nourishes and keeps the mind, body and spirit in

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

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'. "

Elyce Talavera

After graduating from UCLA, Elyce sought to make a positive difference by directing an after school program for inner city youth. While directing and teaching she quickly learned how wonderful it was to have meaningful impacts on people's lives through teaching. As destiny would have it, she discovered hot yoga where her interpretation of the physical practice of yoga shifted into a much deeper internal awareness. It was with this knowledge that Elyce realized the transformative potential of yoga, and she knew then that she wanted to sincerely serve others in finding their own true self through yoga. Thus, Elyce completed her 200 hour Hot 8 Yoga teacher training in a heartfelt effort to contribute positivity to the world. To strengthen her skills, Elyce is furthering her studies in Yoga Barre training at Hot 8 Yoga and with the Mini Yogis Foundation- yoga for kids! Her compassion and excitement creates an environment that is safe and encouraging for the novice and advanced yogi. She has been described by her yoga teacher as "a bright sun over a field of wild flowers that fully opens you up." Join Elyce as she humbly seeks to be a source of light that will guide you to find your own joy in every class.

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 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:

  • Sun Jun 25 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Camille Wade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sun Jun 25 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Shazi Usman
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Sun Jun 25 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Amir Madison
    at Beverly Hills
  • Sun Jun 25 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Charmaline Arvin
    at Pasadena
  • Sun Jun 25 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Chelsea Mallon
    at Santa Monica
  • Mon Jun 26 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Monique (Oni) Wilcots
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Mon Jun 26 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Mon Jun 26 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Kemi Oyemade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Camille Wade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Camille Wade
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Tue Jun 27 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Tue Jun 27 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Elyce Talavera
    at Santa Monica
  • Tue Jun 27 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Brandii Rice
    at Pasadena
  • Tue Jun 27 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Jun 28 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Monique (Oni) Wilcots
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Wed Jun 28 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills
  • Wed Jun 28 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Kemi Oyemade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Jun 29 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Camille Wade
    at Beverly Hills
  • Thu Jun 29 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Camille Wade
    at Sherman Oaks
  • Thu Jun 29 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm with Francesca Asumah
    at Beverly Hills