Level 1 Intro Series to Baptiste Power Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

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!

Nicole Tsong

Nicole remembers the first time a friend convinced her to attend a yoga class and then watched, speechless, as her friend flew into crow. She was in. She first came to SHAKTI in 2005, drawn in by the heat, the powerful flow and the hands-on teaching style of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga calmed her mind and opened her body. A weekend teacher training with SHAKTI owners Lisa Black and Peter Avolio sparked an interest in teaching, and in 2009, she attended Baron Baptiste's Teacher Training Bootcamp Level 1. She emerged transformed and inspired by the possibilities for teaching and life. She also is a graduate of SHAKTI's Teacher Mentorship Program, and in 2010, completed Baptiste Level 2 teacher training, which took her teaching to another level of power and transformation. She also has trained with master teacher Shiva Rea and practiced with Rusty Wells, Bryan Kest and Ana Forrest. A Certified Baptiste Instructor, Nicole believes a teacher's role is to empower students in their practice and their lives, provide a safe, loving space to grow physically and mentally and to build community. She brings power, authenticity, levity and love to her classes, and she aspires to help her students find presence, joy and freedom through the flow.

Amy Van Hollebeke

Amy is committed to living a life of joy and teaching classes that connect people to their own joyful potential.
Amy took her first yoga class in 2000 and was so impressed with the teacher that she kept coming back, hoping to catch some of her good energy. Amy quickly realized that the benefit for her was more emotional than physical. Once Amy made the connection between her reaction and her enjoyment of a pose, she realized she could take that off the mat and into the rest of her life. Almost immediately, Amy experienced the gifts yoga can bring and decided someday she would share that with others as a teacher. When Shakti East opened, Amy found her home studio and has been practicing there ever since. She jumped fully into the Shakti community, participating in 40-days to Personal Revolution programs and other challenges, along with the Baptiste Foundations Weekend and TAP. Amy completed her 200-hour teacher training at Shakti in the winter of 2012 and entered the Teacher Mentorship Program, working with Zak Endicott, Nicole Tsong and Tina Templeman.

Amy’s classes are challenging, with a playful energy that ensures they are accessible to all practitioners. Her intention is to have each student leave class with a calm mind, an open heart and a joyful spirit.

Deb Nielsen

RYT 200

 

Deb discovered yoga over ten years ago when she and her best friend stumbled into a Bikram hot yoga studio. While spending the majority of her first class lying in savasana, unable to handle the heat and vowing never to return, she decided to give it a second try a few days later. The experience changed her forever. She discovered the detoxifying effects of the heat and how the yoga worked her body from the inside out. After practicing Bikram for several years, she discovered power Vinyasa yoga by accident when an instructor taught an impromptu Vinyasa class. Captivated by the uniqueness of the flow and the music playing in the background, she immediately fell in love. The power Vinyasa flow continued to speak to her while being pregnant with her first daughter. She found that her practice was not inhibited by her pregnancy; rather her yoga practice was exactly what she needed to support her body (and mind) throughout her evolution into motherhood. Deb was first introduced to Shakti and the Baptiste flow from a recommendation by a friend. Deb was immediately drawn to both the knowledge and passion of the Shakti instructors and their warm and inviting community.

 

The Baptiste Power Vinyasa sequence continues to speak to Deb’s passion for yoga and not only helped her find her voice, but taught her not be afraid to shine. Deb continued to practice and mentor with Lisa Black and soon found a home within Shakti. Deb has attended Baron Baptiste Teacher Training Level 1 and Level 2, has completed Shakti TAP and Advanced Tap, trained with Shiva Rae and is inspired by Jason Crandall, Sarah Tompson-Beyers and other fellow yogis who teach from a place of passion and love for yoga.

 

In Deb’s yoga classes, you will experience a teacher who loves bringing yoga to everybody and strives to have fun while doing it. Deb not only teaches, but lives her life, under the motto: “If you can’t laugh and have fun with yourself, who can you laugh and have fun with?” Deb weaves strength, compassion, community, spirit and fun into each class she teaches and encourages every student, no matter what experience level, to share her love of the journey that is yoga.

Description: Level 1: INTRO to Power Vinyasa 8-Class Pre-Register Series (Tues & Thurs) Designed for beginners or students new to Power Vinyasa Yoga. You will learn the basic alignment and form of the 53 postures in 11 series within the 90 minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga practice and everyday yoga philosophy and helpful breathing techniques that inspire and empower you on and off your mat. Each class progressively builds on the previous one, preparing most students to move on to Level 2 after completion. Many people enjoy taking Level 1 many times in order to soak up all the information and apply the knowledge to their practice. Demonstration, discussion, personal hands-on adjustments, and guided practice, provide you with a solid foundation of this dynamic style of yoga.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 22 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Aug 24 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Nicole Tsong
  • Tue Aug 29 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Aug 31 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Sep 05 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 07 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Deb Nielsen
  • Tue Sep 12 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 14 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Sep 19 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 21 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Sep 26 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 28 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Tue Oct 03 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Oct 05 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Oct 10 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Oct 12 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Oct 19 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke
  • Tue Oct 24 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Oct 26 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Amy Van Hollebeke