Level 1.5 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!

Emily Browder

 RYT 200

 

Emily’s yoga practice started 16 years ago in her living room with a Rodney Yee video. Immediately, she loved the way her body felt after doing yoga, but it was only after she started practicing at SHAKTI 3 yrs. ago that her passion really began to blossom. For her, Baptiste yoga at SHAKTI was the perfect balance of the physical practice (cardio, strengthening and stretching) and the spiritual practice. The more yoga she did, the more she wanted to learn, which lead her to teacher training.

 

In the Fall of 2013, Emily completed SHAKTI’s 200 Hr. Teacher Training program, and then continued on with SHAKTI’s Teacher Mentorship Program under Lisa Black, Zak Endicott and Nicole Tsong. She has learned from many teachers over the years, including Jason Crandell, Rolf Gates, & Tiffany Cruikshank. She considers herself a student of yoga, first and foremost, and loves to gain insight from visiting teachers.
In Emily’s class you will have the opportunity to turn off the external stimuli so that you can really listen to your body’s needs and observe your thought patterns. You can expect to find a balance of rigorous poses, as well as an opportunity to slow down and breathe. And since she is enthusiastic about arm balances and inversions, you will probably get the opportunity to play a bit too.

 

She is inspired by her teachers and her students, who show dedication and perseverance every time they show up on their mat, completely open to possibilities.

 

Anna Johnson

RYT 200
 
 
Anna is an energetic teacher who will bring possibility to your practice. She values connection and believes in the power of coming together, in support of each, to practice yoga. Her path to yoga began with an injury, and through continued physical, spiritual and intellectual dedication, Anna’s personal practice evolved into a call to help others. She believes in yoga as an open door, an invitation to experience physical growth but also love, self-awareness, compassion, and even enlightenment.
 

Anna has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Baptiste training and has continued her training with Bryan Kest, Lisa Black, Jason Crandell and Seane Corn. She has over 40 hours of Teacher Assisting training and is invested in helping students experience yoga with a sense of freedom and exploration. Anna is also a Wanderlust Wayfarer and holds community benefit classes several times a year for causes such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer research and Hope Link. She also volunteers for Joined Forces Yoga, teaching yoga to our enlisted men and women.

 

You’ll enjoy Anna’s playful approach as she guides you through class, and you will also be challenged to take your practice to a new level.

Zak Endicott

Zak is a dynamic, motivating human being who stands for freedom, and unconditional love. He was born to spread light and to help others turn on their own inner light. Discovering the yoga path has opened his mind and heart up to growth, healing and transformation, and his life has become an exciting and fulfilling adventure ever since. He believes that the modern day yoga movement is in truth a peace movement and it is the call of the people saying that we want to live, love and believe freely and in honesty, while taking care of each other and the planet we live in. Together we make a difference. Every yoga class you attend is an affirmation that the world is a better place.

Zak completed level 1 and level 2 trainings with Baron Baptiste, has studied hands on assisting extensively, and is in ongoing mentorship with Senior Baptiste Yoga Instructor Lisa Black. He is currently studying ashtanga yoga under the guidance of Troy Lucero and is also studying Forrest yoga and is enrolled for Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in September of 2014. Other master teachers he is studying with this year include: Edward Clark, Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, Kino MacGregor. Zak is E-RYT 200 hours with yoga alliance and soon to be Baptiste Certified.

Zak currently leads Shakti’s Introductory Series, and Teacher Mentorship Program on Tuesdays 7:15 PM at Shakti Bellevue, and on Thursdays at 7:15 PM at Shakti Seattle. Leading beginners to discover this practice while helping new teachers discover their voice and uncover their power is a passion for him. Intro series is his favorite way to bring yoga to the people.

“Truth and love can and will set you free if you just ask. Come check it out, we’re having fun!”

Blog, and other info at http://www.yogawithzak.com

Ashish Arora

RYT 200
 
 
Ashish grew up in Delhi, India where he briefly practiced yoga in Elementary school and learned Sanskrit in Middle and High school. He did not practice yoga again till he went to a yoga class in January 2015 in his office gym at Nintendo. That's when he realized the possibilities yoga opened up for him, both physically and mentally. The same year he completed his 200-hour Teacher Training at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, following it up with a 4 month mentoring program. He has also completed Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste and weekend intensives with Anna Forrest (Forrest Yoga) and Kino Macgregor (Ashtanga). After spending 16 years of working as an engineer in the Computer and video game industry, he is currently taking a sabbatical and spending his time practicing/teaching yoga and to travel. He loves to practice different styles of yoga, taking about 12 classes/week across Seattle. In the last year, he has practiced yoga in a few places across the world - Delhi, Bali, Rome, Edinburgh, New York, LA, Boston, Miami, DC and more.
 
 
He likes to practice with a smile and tries to bring his fun personality to his teaching. At the same time, you should come in expecting to push your edge. He would like you to be open to the possibilities which open up on and off your mat when you push that edge. A strong example from his personal life being how yoga helped him get over his fear of water by getting him in control of his breath, which then let him explore scuba diving.

 

He strongly believes that happiness cannot be achieved by just tying it to big goals, but it comes from finding something in the current moment to be happy about and to smile about it. Those moments then go on to make your entire life.

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.

Anne Gordon

RYT 200

 

Anne fell in love with yoga in Costa Rica. After years of swimming, weight lifting, and marathon running, she decided to try yoga as a way to not only stretch and strengthen her muscles, but also to rehabilitate overstretched hamstrings. What she didn't expect was the joy and radiance that she experienced, and a deep and authentic connection to self through the artistry of her yoga practice, that she likes to call “the yoga glow.”

 

When Anne and her family made the move from Costa Rica to Seattle in 2010, Anne knew that she wanted to share her love of yoga by becoming a certified yoga instructor. She attended a 100 hour Power yoga teacher training with Amazing Yoga in October 2011 in Tulum, Mexico. Returning from her trip, she immediately enrolled in a 200 hour Power yoga teacher certification program with Be Luminous in Seattle.

 

She continues to grow as a teacher and a student by attending various workshops with Brian Kest, Liz Doyle and others. She most recently completed a Teacher Assisting Program with Lisa Black. In addition to Power Yoga, Anne has practiced Anusara, Ashtanga, and Yoga Nidra.

 

She takes a “Pura Vida” approach to her teaching, encouraging students to surf their edge in a safe and supportive environment, while staying true to their bodies, minds and spirits. In Anne’s classes students can expect to leave feeling energized, yet calm, having gained access to a deep sense of wellbeing and vitality.

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.

A slower paced, modified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer the modified variations for all of the postures throughout the practice, and students are invited to work at their own levels. This class is the perfect next step for people who have completed the Intro series or for practitioners new to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Each class may include a short “posture clinic” with detailed information about a focus asana.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 21 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Aug 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Browder
  • Thu Aug 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Anna Johnson
  • Sat Aug 25 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Zak Endicott
  • Sun Aug 26 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Ashish Arora
  • Mon Aug 27 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Nicole Tsong
  • Tue Aug 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Aug 30 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Browder
  • Thu Aug 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Anne Gordon
  • Sat Sep 01 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Nan Affleck Hardt
  • Sun Sep 02 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Ashish Arora
  • Tue Sep 04 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 06 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Browder
  • Thu Sep 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Evi Watson
  • Sat Sep 08 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Nan Affleck Hardt
  • Sun Sep 09 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Ashish Arora
  • Mon Sep 10 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Nicole Tsong
  • Tue Sep 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jo Parsons
  • Thu Sep 13 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Browder