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.
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
Craig first started practicing yoga over 35 years ago. With a physical job working in construction and playing different team sports for recreation, he never made the time to develop a consistent yoga practice. About 14 years ago after having to stop playing the sports he loves mainly due to lingering injuries he came back home to yoga. At some point while practicing 2-3 times a week in different studios for a decade or so, Craig’s practice felt stagnant. To deepen his understanding of the history and philosophy of Yoga, he took teacher training at Be Luminous Yoga. While his intention of taking the training was not to teach, somewhere along the way he became inspired to teach. Teaching Yoga is another evolution in his spiritual growth.
Craig brings his life experience, humor, playfulness, LOVE of Yoga and music to each class! When Craig is not in a yoga studio he is doing some sort of construction project, walking his dog, listening to and playing blues, jazz, and kirtan music, enjoying the salt air of Puget Sound on Camano Island, and spending time with friends and family. He especially enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife of 23 years, Nan. Craig looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
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
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
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.
Being a lifelong athlete, Renee loves to run, mountain bike, hike and ski. She came to find herself on a yoga mat to prevent injury, but soon realized yoga empowered her with a mental awareness and clarity that she had never experienced before. She felt the need to bring this mind body transformative experience to others, so after practicing yoga for over ten years, became a yoga teacher.
Renee is E-RYT 200 registered with Yoga Alliance, and is currently earning her RYT 500 at Eight Limbs Yoga Centers Seattle. She completed SHAKTI’s Teacher Assisting Program (TAP) and SHAKTI’s Teacher Mentorship Program (TMP) with Lisa Black. She has earned her 40 hour ‘Yoga Sutra Intensive’ certification with Rod Stryker and has been a student at UCLA studying mindfulness.
Renee has traveled extensively to workshops with her favorite teachers Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Dharma Mittra and Baron Baptiste who inspire her daily, on and off her mat. She believes yoga is a moving meditation and you will find her classes are fun, challenging and filled with guidance to help you reveal your inner power and true beauty that is with in us all. Please find her on Facebook at ‘Renee Meena Yoga’.
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.