Hot Vinyasa Yoga (All Levels)

This class is taught by:

Rachel Dobkin

Rachel formally began her yoga studies in 2008 and completed her 250-hour Teaching Training at Dhyana Yoga. She practices Ashtanga yoga and currently studies with David Garrigues at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. She's also studied Vinyasa yoga with Alex Holmes and John Vitarelli and alignment-based yoga with Gina Stickney-Weddle.

Rachel believes yoga can be beneficial for everyone, especially those who are suffering. She found relief from depression, anxiety and lower back pain, and is devoted to helping others heal. She takes a personalized approach to each student, and is enthusiastic about working with those who have physical limitations. Rachel’s alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes are challenging yet supportive, with options for both beginners and advanced practitioners.


Noelle Gesualdo

Noelle is a registered nurse and an advocate for mental health awareness and preventative holistic health practices. Formally trained in dance from the age of three, Noelle dabbled in yoga classes throughout her teen and college years to improve her flexibility and balance. After enduring a tragic suicide in her family and a ballet injury that left her unable to continue dancing, Noelle lost much of herself and her passion. While vacationing in Aruba in early 2011, Noelle was re-introduced to what she had lost by practicing yoga and learning about yoga’s positive effect on the resort instructor, who was alike in age and had suffered a similar loss. This allowed Noelle to find inspiration to incorporate yoga into her life.  By developing a strong mind-body connection through her practice, she has acquired a new perspective on life and has improved her overall health tenfold. Noelle describes her experience with yoga as "profound, invaluable, and life-changing," and it has inspired her to teach and share her practice with others.
Noelle completed her 200 hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga in 2012 and has been teaching ever since. She is very excited to be a part of the Priya Hot Yoga family!

Brittany Policastro

  Known as a Stevie Wonder-loving, truth-speaking, change-agent who bagged law school to pursue a creative thirst that lead to teaching yoga full time; Brittany challenges her students to be brave, wake up and live their purpose. She has been teaching soul-stirring yoga classes for the past 12 years and is the founder and director of Beyond Asana, an online platform for those looking to use their practice to transform their lives.         

Her technique is influenced by her 300 hours of training in Anusara, practice in Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative Yoga, and Osho Dynamic Meditation, work with Off the Mat Into the World, study of the Chakra system, a year of intense self exploration with her shamanic healer, extensive travel, and deep study in India.


Brittany writes for the Huffington Post and her own blog- The Breakthrough Blog. Brittany loves dancing, food prepared with love, reading every night and is currently working on her first book.

Ashley Rufo

Ashley took her first yoga class in eighth grade in a church basement. She did not find a regular practice until she came across a Vinyasa Flow class while studying at Penn State. She began practicing regularly a few times a week, until it became a part of her daily routine. She fell in love with the invigorating yet humbling practice and completed her 200 hour teaching training after graduating college. Ashley teaches a powerful class that is skillfully sequenced to open and strengthen targeted areas of the body while finding meditation through movement. She guides a fluid flow through asanas, incorporating variations and arm balances for a challenge of the body and mind. There is always something to work toward and a new edge to explore.

Lisa O'Rear

Lisa first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2009, and by 2010 completed her first 200 hour teacher training. Lisa has been teaching at Philly Power Yoga since 2010. Her desire to continue to grow both on and off her mat led to her complete 200 hour teacher training at DIG Yoga and to date she has completed over 400 hours of training. Through alignment, she challenges students to realize both their inner and outer strength. Her classes are creatively sequenced, challenging and heartfelt. Originally from Miami, Lisa now resides in Philadelphia. When not on her mat, she can be found either running, spinning or getting together with her friends and family.

Jacki Steuer

Jacki was first drawn to yoga in 2009 because of the way it allowed her to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. She fell in love with the mental clarity and peacefulness it brought her. It then grew into a daily practice in 2012 when she was training for a marathon. She recognized that the physical practice of yoga was exactly what she needed to balance out her weight training and running regime. Today, it is one of the most important parts of her life. Jacki believes that the union of mind, body and spirit that the practice of yoga gives us is the most important gift that someone can give themselves. With the intention of being able to help others give themselves this beautiful gift, Jacki enrolled in her 200 hour teacher training at the Zen Den.

Always up for a challenge, Jacki is drawn to arm balances and a practice that will not only leave her feeling at peace but one that will also push her to deepen her practice. She guides her students through a well balanced vinyasa flow while offering modifications and more advanced options. Her classes are suitable for all levels, allowing you to make the most of your unique practice.

Justine Bacon

Justine is an inquisitive, boundary pushing explorer with many deep passions in her life and for our natural world. In her four years of teaching she has taught weekly classes, workshops, teacher trainings, fundraising events, and fitness bootcamps in and around Center City Philadelphia. Her wanderlust has taken her both nationally and internationally to teach on retreat. A teacher in service to her community, she is a Co-founder of Philly Yoga Factory, Philly's first pay-what-you-can yoga program, offering classes every single day of the week. Justine uses her teaching in every opportunity to make her community brighter. An environmentalist, Justine teaches yoga on land and on water and assists with cleanups to raise the community's level of love and awareness for our world.

Justine holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Temple University. Always a student, Justine studies many traditions for both her teaching and personal practice. She is an E-RYT 200 and YACEP and holds certifications as well as continued education credits in Hot Vinyasa Yoga, SUP Yoga, Yin Yoga as well as Power Yoga and Hot Yoga fusion formats. She has had the pleasure to contribute to the Philly Area Yoga blog and the honor of being featured in Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly annual print edition 2015-2016 for her cyclist and runner's classes. She is a proud Pro-Ambassador of Jade Yoga Mats.

Cicelee Chappelle

When Cicelee first began practicing yoga, it was strictly as a means to cross-train her body. Before long it became her primary form of exercise, as it benefited both body and mind in ways her gym workouts could not. Thus after years of life in New York City working on Wall St. then in the fashion industry, yoga became her path to healing her mind and spirit, releasing struggle, and staying centered. As her passion for yoga grew, so did the idea that she should share it with as many people as she could. To that end she completed teacher trainings with Isaac Pena, Jude English, Mary Dana Abbott and Schuyler Grant, emerging from them a fully committed yoga teacher.

Having now returned to Philadelphia, her hometown, she aims to serve her students with classes that purify the body and still the mind through the healing power of breath coordinated with mindful movement.

Erika Epstein

Erika is a E-RYT 200 yoga teacher with over 350 hours in training. While living in Colorado in 2011, Erika developed her love for yoga, where she found it was the perfect balance to her active lifestyle. Erika looks to help others find the strength, flexibility and happiness that yoga gives to her. She also hopes students will use yoga as a vehicle to have fun, reduce stress and develop a healthy lifestyle on and off the mat. Erika's classes incorporate an eclectic playlist and creative vinyasa sequences that build heat, balance and strength. Erika completed her 200 hour training at Yoga Vida in New York City and studies under renowned yoga teacher, Kat Fowler.

Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin was introduced to yoga 12 years ago, as therapy from a sports injury. She fell in love with the way yoga made her physically strong, emotionally balanced, and how it opened up spiritual connections that she never thought possible. She began a regular practice, and never looked back!

Caitlin has a 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga, a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga, and has been teaching yoga over the years to adults, children, mama's to be, and anyone willing to give yoga a try. Teaching is Caitlin's passion, and she strives to create a loving, safe space for all of her students to learn, grow, be challenged, and relax all at the same time. She is honored to be able to share her experiences, knowledge and love for movement and yoga with anyone willing to open their hearts and minds and give it a try.

Maggie Santella

When Maggie found Vinyasa yoga, she immediately fell in love with the practice. Believing she was already recovering from depression and anxiety, she thought yoga would be a healthy habit. Maggie quickly discovered that yoga healed her in ways other therapies never could, and so she traveled to Rishikesh, India for teacher training. There, Maggie became empowered to create a life which would allow her to use her practice on and off of her mat. She continues to find new ways to do this through continuing her studies whenever she can, and by staying inspired by her passion for "recovery from life". Maggie believes every soul can benefit from the practice, and her classes offer modifications and advancements so that every body at every class can reap benefits and experience "wellth". When she is not in the studio, she can be found with her personal guru, her emotional support animal Hudson.
Hot Vinyasa Yoga (All Levels) is a physically challenging, strength-building, heated Vinyasa Yoga class. Expert instructors will guide students through a unique sequence of yoga poses linked together by breath. Appropriate for those looking to cultivate cardio-vascular endurance and flexibility, clear the mind, and invigorate the body in a non-threatening environment. Be prepared to sweat!

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Oct 22 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rachel Dobkin
  • Mon Oct 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Noelle Gesualdo
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Brittany Policastro
  • Mon Oct 23 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Mon Oct 23 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Tue Oct 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jacki Steuer
  • Tue Oct 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Tue Oct 24 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Justine Bacon
  • Tue Oct 24 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Wed Oct 25 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alison Mungan
  • Wed Oct 25 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Cicelee Chappelle
  • Wed Oct 25 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Wed Oct 25 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Erika Epstein
  • Thu Oct 26 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jacki Steuer
  • Thu Oct 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Erika Epstein
  • Thu Oct 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Erika Epstein
  • Thu Oct 26 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Jacki Steuer
  • Thu Oct 26 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Brittany Policastro
  • Fri Oct 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Caitlin Kelly
  • Fri Oct 27 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Maggie Santella