Graditude in Motion Thanksgiving Day Vinyasa

This class is taught by:

Peter Avolio

Peter first came to yoga in order to gain strength, flexibility, and to heal chronic lower back pain. After years of running, skiing, and just playing hard, he began to feel the effects in his body. After practicing Hatha yoga for a few years, Peter discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga at SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga in Ballard in 2003. There, he became an avid practitioner and fell in love with his re-energized yoga practice.In 2003, Peter completed an in-depth Teaching Assisting Program at SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga where and became proficient in the art of adjusting Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga flow classes. Peter's skills deepened from months of experience adjusting students in INTRO classes there where he continued to receive on-going training with Lisa Black. In 2004, Peter successfully completed both Level 1 & 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings with Baron Baptiste and a weekend intensive SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Lisa Black. After four years of assisting and mentoring with Lisa Black, Peter became Co-Owner/Director of SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga East where he currently teaches daily classes and workshops.Peter has always been passionate about practicing Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga because is challenging and accessible to everyone. This style is grounding for him and has brought many positive life-changes. Peter brings an enthusiasm for yoga and life to his teaching. Students are well cared for in his classes through his careful attention to safe alignment, compassionate encouragement, and effective hands-on adjustments. Most of all, Peter seeks to share the gift that he was given-the ability to discover one's true self through the practice of yoga.

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

Tina Templeman

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.

Join us in our tradition of greeting Thanksgiving Day with inner thanks and a fresh awareness of our blessings.

Through pranayama, vinyasa, philosophy, readings and meditation, you will expand your perspective of abundance and experience life with deep gratitude. Bring your friends and family. All levels are welcome!

30% of class profits are donated to YOGA BEHIND BARS