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.
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.
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.
Tina Templeman has been a serious student of yoga since 1999 when a severe injury brought her to the brink of back surgery. Since yoga was such a large part of her back rehabilitiation, in 2007 she made the decision to become a yoga instructor herself. Early on in her yogic journey she has trained in the 5 Tibetan Rites and deep meditations of OSHO’s Dynamic & Kundalini meditations. But is was the love and joy of self-discovery within the strength, flow and philosophy of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga that made her decision to become 200 hour RYT Certified Baptiste Yoga instructor having completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 Baron Baptiste’s Teacher Trainings. Tina has also trained with Yoga Master Teachers Ana Forrest and has completed 2 modules of Shiva Rea’s teacher trainings. By using creative sequencing as well as the spiritual focus that Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga offers, Tina’s technique challenges the yoga practitioner to stretch both mentally and physically, on and off the mat.
Tina is licensed massage therapist and has her own massage practice. She brings massage related muscle awareness to her yoga classes and consciousness of body movement to empower students to be successful at any level. This expertise coupled with 20 years of ballet, dance and an extensive background in fitness and personal training make Tina's classes challenging, fun, and energetic for every level of student.