All Levels Baptiste Power Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Evi Watson

Evi Watson was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has been practicing yoga since 2000. Evi began her yoga journey with Ashtanga yoga as a way to improve her core strength and flexibility for rock climbing. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and fell in love with Power Vinyasa. She is truly inspired by what yoga has done for her both physically and mentally, allowing her to see life with an open mind, combined with strength and confidence.

Evi received her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification in 2009 and has been teaching ever since. She has completed level 1 & level 2 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste. She is also a graduate of Shakti's Teacher Assisting Program (TAP), Advanced Teacher Assisting Program and Teacher Mentorship Program (TMP). She has attended teacher-training workshops with Shiva Rea and Anna Forrest and continues her path as a student first, while sharing her passion for yoga with her students. She is excited to be part of the Shakti community as it offers a loving and supportive environment, while providing essential tools for continuous growth as a student and teacher.

Evi’s teaching philosophy is to practice yoga with an open mind and a light spirit with no limitations or judgments. Her classes are challenging yet accessible to everyone with an emphasis on alignment and breath in a fun and relaxing environment.

Jo Parsons

Practicing Bikram since 2002, Jo began to practice power yoga in 2004. After her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa class, she knew she had found something life changing. That began her journey of finding and standing in her own power, and ultimately to teaching others that they can do the same! Yoga ERYT 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified, she’s been teaching since 2006. Her understanding of Hot Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in both on how to teach them and how to make adjustments has depth that only the precious currency of time can buy. Jo's ability to connect with her students and understand their suffering, and their triumphs (emotional, physical, and spiritual) is as unique as she is. Jo always stands in her truth and encourages those who take her classes to do the same. She is a bright, shining light, and has been described as authentic, wise, funny, encouraging, and most of all loving. Having completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste, and an extensive hands-on assisting program with Lisa Black (TAP), Jo is also inspired by Gregor Singleton, Patrick Grey, Bernie Clark, Shiva Rea, and Bryan Kest. She brings a richness and loving nurturing presence to any yoga environment and is excited to share her love of yoga with all of you!

Mistilyn Miller

Baptiste Certified
RYT 200
 
 
Mistilyn loves movement! She has been athletic her whole life; gymnastics, water sports, running, and dance always gave her a sense of balance.
 

Unfortunately her ankle could not keep up with her zest for impact sports. An unsuccessful surgery and extensive physical therapy did not seem to be the answer to her immobility. Searching for some way to regain her need for physical expression, she limped into a yoga studio for the first time. After that class, Mistilyn knew yoga was the answer to reclaiming her body. Keeping up with her commitment (even sometimes going twice a day) she found the way for her mind, body, and spirit to move freely!

 

Having spent over 25 years coaching in the gymnastics community, Mistilyn brings a unique perspective to her classes. Her passion for movement with body alignment, shaping, and a love for teaching continues through yoga.

 

After completing her 200 hour training she choose to specialize Baptiste Yoga,
Baptiste Institute training:


Level 1, 2, & 3
Art of Assisting
Advanced Art of Assisting
TAP from Shakti
Yoga Behind Bars

Josh Pennock

"For me, yoga is physicality as a means to spirituality."

After first deciding to try yoga in 2008 as a way to cross train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Josh found out after just one class that yoga was much more than exercise or stretching. He immediately started practicing regularly and has never looked back...

Josh strives to bring challenge and discipline to students in a fun and light-hearted way, always searching for the perfect balance of work and play.

Josh has completed Baron Baptiste's Level 1 Teacher Training in 2012 and has also completed SHAKTI's Teacher Mentorship Program, working closely with Lisa Black and Gina Skene and many other amazing SHAKTI teachers.

Lisa Black

Master Senior Certified Baptiste Instructor

E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

Masters of Education Degree

 

Lisa is a nationally recognized Senior Certified Master Baptiste yoga instructor who brings over 20 years of diverse teaching and training experience to all of her work. She has been recognized by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of the “Next Generation’s talented yoga teachers in the country.” She has been assisting and teaching with Baron Baptiste since 2002 as well as presenting at international yoga conferences.

 

Lisa Black is the founder and creative and innovative force behind SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga studios. With three studios in the Seattle area, Lisa has brought her powerful energy, expertise, and passion to teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga to thousands of people over the past decade. She was the pioneer and leader behind first bringing Baron Baptiste and Baptiste Yoga to the Seattle area in 2002. Lisa passionately shares the light that shines so brightly in her through this practice, her teachings, and her life.

 

With Lisa’s unique interactive style and powerful 'hands on' assists, Lisa has trained hundreds of yoga teachers and has been a catalyst in shaping the local yoga culture in Seattle. Her presence as a respected leader in the yoga community has provided a level of quality and integrity that continues to 'flow' back to each and every student. Her teaching ethics help maintain a strong and heartfelt level of keeping the true essence of this practice alive. Lisa teaches with love, humor, and intelligence. Her challenging and playful method of teaching empowers each person to discover their own potential in their practice and their lives.

 

Lisa lives in Seattle with her two children and is the creative force behind her three yoga studios. Through teaching daily classes, workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, conferences, and community events, she continues to touch and inspire thousands of people.

 

Lisa has lead trainings, presented workshops, or assisted at the following events:

 

• Baptiste Power Flow Immersion at Estes Park, Colorado

 

• Baptiste All-level BOOTCAMPS in Mexico and Costa Rica

 

• Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Trainings in Mexico

 

• Baptiste Level 2 Teacher Trainings in Mexico

 

• Baptiste Art of Assisting, Seattle, WA

 

• Yoga Journal Conference at Estes Park, Colorado

 

• Yoga Journal Conference, New York City

Ariel Ray

Ariel Ray has been teaching vinyasa yoga since 2014 and started practicing in 2012. She started the journey of yoga to lose weight but found a whole new lifestyle, embracing happiness in each moment and the strength to let go of the past. Ariel became a Tier 2: 500 hour Baptiste Certified Teacher in February 2017, after studying with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. Ariel has also completed Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s Teacher Mentorship Program April 2016. The supportive and encouraging Baptiste Community inspired her to give back through the service of yoga. She also received a BA in Environmental Studies focused in Society and Sustainability from the University of Washington in 2013. Ariel teaches to inspire change and transformation in the body and mind, “Dream, Believe, Succeed”.

Dusty Thompson

RYT-500
ERYT-200
RN
 
 
Dusty is on a mission to bring health, healing, and happiness to her students through the practice of yoga. Dusty is a born teacher and writer. As a yoga studio owner, (retired) nurse, health nut (juice and smoothie fanatic) and lover of life - she finds balance, understanding and strength in her yoga practice. She has beat the holy hell out of Cancer, ran two marathons, won many games of thumb wars, read thousands of amazing books, and lives trying to answer the universal questions: Who am I? Why am I here?
 
 
Yoga has been a game changer; a constant companion along her journey for over 10 years. Tree House Yoga (her Mid-West Yoga Studio) was manifested in 2013, as her desire to help others find the practice grew. Dusty completed her RYT-200 in 2008 at Cityoga of Indianapolis. Too many teachers to name have influenced and inspired her and she gratefully recognizes that each person in our life is ultimately a teacher. In 2012, she set out on a soul journey and after two years (lots of sweat and tears) she graduated from Rolf Gate’s RYT-500 training in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Dusty encourages her students to slow down and search within; teaches them to open up space inside their bodies and gently reminds them to always simply breathe.

 

Dusty believes that all of life is practice and reminds her students of this on the mat each and every class. She pumps her fist in the air every time she reads these words by Steven Pressfield, “Once we turn pro, we’re like sharks who have tasted blood, or renunciants who have glimpsed the face of God. For us, there is no finish line. No bell ends the bout. Life is the pursuit. Life is the hunt. When our hearts burst…then we’ll go out, and no sooner.”
You can find her practicing handstands every chance she gets, teaching what she learns in her yoga classes, laughing really hard, pleading with the muse to shine inspiration on her writings and sharing gritty realism with her closest companions.

These strong, steady-paced classes flow through the complete, traditional Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer modifications and variations throughout the class so that students of all levels can experience a deep and meaningful practice.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue May 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Evi Watson
  • Fri May 26 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jo Parsons
  • Fri May 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Mistilyn Miller
  • Sat May 27 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Josh Pennock
  • Mon May 29 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Lisa Black
  • Tue May 30 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Evi Watson
  • Fri Jun 02 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jo Parsons
  • Fri Jun 02 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Mistilyn Miller
  • Sat Jun 03 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ariel Ray
  • Mon Jun 05 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Dusty Thompson
  • Tue Jun 06 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Evi Watson
  • Fri Jun 09 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jo Parsons
  • Fri Jun 09 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Mistilyn Miller
  • Sat Jun 10 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ariel Ray
  • Mon Jun 12 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Dusty Thompson
  • Tue Jun 13 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Evi Watson
  • Fri Jun 16 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jo Parsons
  • Fri Jun 16 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Mistilyn Miller
  • Sat Jun 17 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ariel Ray