Hot Vinyasa Yoga (Vigorous Flow)

This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lauren Freid

Lauren discovered Yoga in 2014 when she first stepped onto a mat right here at Priya Hot Yoga. She quickly fell in love, and before she knew it she was practicing every day. In 2017, she completed her 200 RYT at Maui Yoga and Dance Shala under the instruction of Nadia Toraman, Karin Kuhn, and Nicki Doane. Lauren is currently a Rheumatology Fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she treats patients with autoimmune diseases and musculoskeletal disorders. By emphasizing proper alignment and utilization of props, Lauren hopes to encourage a practice that is simultaneously challenging and therapeutic for the mind and body. In Philadelphia, she has continued her alignment-based training with Joan White at the Iyengar School of Philadelphia, and she frequently attends workshops to deepen her own practice and her teaching. Lauren eagerly awaits her return to Maui in 2018 where she plans to study more under her mentors at Maui Yoga Shala, but until then she “lives aloha” here in the City of Brotherly Love, and tries to impart a little “aloha spirit” on all those who join her for practice.

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.
Hot Vinyasa Yoga (Vigorous Flow) is a high energy, vigorous vinyasa (meaning, relatively fast-paced and one breath per movement for a portion of the class) flow, targeting core and over all strength building. Our vigorous class will stretch, flex and work your entire body. Arm balances and inversions may be offered, along with modifications appropriate for beginners. Expect to move & sweat!

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 11 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Tue Dec 12 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jacki Steuer
  • Tue Dec 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Tue Dec 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Justine Bacon
  • Tue Dec 12 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Wed Dec 13 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Maggie Santella
  • Thu Dec 14 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Lauren Freid
  • Thu Dec 14 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Fri Dec 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Lisa O'Rear
  • Sat Dec 16 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Justine Bacon
  • Sat Dec 16 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Lisa O'Rear
  • Mon Dec 18 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Tue Dec 19 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Lauren Freid
  • Tue Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ashley Rufo
  • Tue Dec 19 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Justine Bacon
  • Tue Dec 19 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Wed Dec 20 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Erika Epstein
  • Thu Dec 21 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jacki Steuer
  • Thu Dec 21 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Lisa O'Rear
  • Fri Dec 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Lisa O'Rear