Level 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Ariel Ray

RYT 500
Baptiste Certified
 
 
Ariel Ray has been teaching vinyasa yoga since 2014 and started practicing in 2012. She started the journey of yoga to lose weight but found a whole new lifestyle, embracing happiness in each moment and the strength to let go of the past. Ariel became a Tier 2: 500 hour Baptiste Certified Teacher in February 2017, after studying with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. Ariel has also completed Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s Teacher Mentorship Program April 2016. The supportive and encouraging Baptiste Community inspired her to give back through the service of yoga. She also received a BA in Environmental Studies focused in Society and Sustainability from the University of Washington in 2013. Ariel teaches to inspire change and transformation in the body and mind, “Dream, Believe, Succeed”.

Liandren Brown

RYT 200
 
 
Liandren first practiced yoga in 2004. As a collegiate athlete, playing volleyball for the University of Washington, she was looking for a healthy balance of physical work and calmness of mind. Her life at the time was hectic and challenging with no ease. Liandren then began practicing Hatha, Bikram and Power Vinyasa with different Master Teachers in the Seattle area. She found that Baptiste Vinyasa yoga offered her a chance to work both physically and mentally.
 
 
Liandren was so inspired from her developing Baptiste practice that she started on a powerful and inspiring journey to self-discovery and awareness through a daily practice of yoga. Liandren has trained under Baron Baptiste for 3 years and currently holds 1000 hours of teaching experience. She creates a flow for students that allow them to experience the power of yoga as it has changed her life. Her classes are physical and yet playful. The connections built from her surrounding yoga community, will forever empower her existence as a teacher. Baptiste Vinyasa has been a transformative practice that ignites her personal growth on and off the mat. Every time Liandren steps in the room to teach it is a new experience and a new personal journey for her students. She teaches yoga so her students can unleash power and confidence from within and take that home and into the world.

Dusty Thompson

RYT-500
ERYT-200
RN
 
Dusty Thompson is on a mission to bring health, healing, and happiness to her students through the practice of yoga. Dusty is a born teacher and writer. As a yoga studio owner, (retired) nurse, health nut (juice and smoothie fanatic) and lover of life - she finds balance, understanding and strength in her yoga practice. She has beat the holy hell out of Cancer, ran two marathons, won many games of thumb wars, read thousands of amazing books, and lives trying to answer the universal questions: Who am I? Why am I here?
 

Yoga has been a game changer; a constant companion along her journey for over 10 years. Tree House Yoga (her Mid-West Yoga Studio) was manifested in 2013, as her desire to help others find the practice grew. Dusty completed her RYT-200 in 2008 at Cityoga of Indianapolis. Too many teachers to name have influenced and inspired her and she gratefully recognizes that each person in our life is ultimately a teacher. In 2012, she set out on a soul journey and after two years (lots of sweat and tears) she graduated from Rolf Gate’s RYT-500 training in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 

Dusty encourages her students to slow down and search within; teaches them to open up space inside their bodies and gently reminds them to always simply breathe.

 

Dusty believes that all of life is practice and reminds her students of this on the mat each and every class. She pumps her fist in the air every time she reads these words by Steven Pressfield, “Once we turn pro, we’re like sharks who have tasted blood, or renunciants who have glimpsed the face of God. For us, there is no finish line. No bell ends the bout. Life is the pursuit. Life is the hunt. When our hearts burst…then we’ll go out, and no sooner.”

 

You can find her practicing handstands every chance she gets, teaching what she learns in her yoga classes, laughing really hard, pleading with the muse to shine inspiration on her writings and sharing gritty realism with her closest companions.

Jessica Russo

RYT 200
 
 
As a former dancer and now Yoga instructor, Jessie has always had a passion for, nutrition, movement, and the mind-body connection. Jessica is a 200 RYT certified yoga teacher through Green Monkey Yoga in Miami, Florida (formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga, a Baptiste affiliate studio). Her fitness background includes work as a PureBarre instructor, and both Mat and Reformer Pilate’s certifications through Balanced Body. Outside of the studio, Jessie works as a hairstylist, esthetician, and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Combining her diverse background, Jessie works with individuals, groups, and in corporate wellness to help her clients create their most beautiful self from the inside out.

 

“My mission is to empower, educate and inspire each individual through the practice of yoga, and a holistic approach to wellness, guiding them to unleash their full potential, and live a purposeful life.”

 

Jessie will lead you through powerful and challenging work both on and off the mat. Using her nurturing sense, she will gently guide you to your personal edge, pushing you past your limitations and inspiring you to step into your most powerful self.

Betsey Strater

RYT 200
 
Betsey had picked yoga up and put it back down several times before she was invited to attend the Shakti Yoga Retreat in 2012. From that week on, she was hooked. Betsey found that her mind and body were transformed by the practice of Baptiste Yoga and was empowered by the support of the Shakti community. When she returned, Betsey jumped into the Shakti and Baptiste communities immediately. Betsey has since studied with Baron Baptiste and completed Foundations in Action, Level One, Art of Assisting, and Advanced Art of Assisting. In 2014, Betsey completed her 200 hour Teaching Certification through Shakti as well as the Teacher Mentorship Program. Betsey is also a certified Kid’s Yoga teacher.
 
Betsey teaches and practices yoga to offer the opportunity to be in touch with the beautiful, powerful, and unique energy within us all. Yoga meets you right where you are, in this moment and offers expression, creativity, discipline, presence, connection and stillness. Betsey has found that yoga helps her live more freely and authentically. All that aside, yoga is so much fun! She never misses the opportunity to practice handstand. Betsey creates a space to be challenged by the discipline of the practice but also be light and playful. She is passionate about teaching everybody and every body, supporting them as they discover what is possible through their yoga practice.

Eva Lasprogata

RYT 200
 
 
Eva began her yoga practice in 2005 after many years of dance training, weight lifting and gym group exercise. She has been a professor of law, human rights and corporate citizenship for over a decade at Seattle University where she is tenured in the business school. For Eva, her left brain stress from legal analysis, teaching and writing never found complete release at the gym. Yoga, however, was like magic, offering Eva a form of right brain bliss and inspired creativity. The practice of asana and meditation quickly became a part of her spiritual growth which draws further insight from Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, John O’Donohue and First Nations’ traditions and worldview. Wanting to share her passion for yoga, Eva entered yoga teacher training in 2008. Teaching for Eva is pure joy! Her classes integrate the physical challenge of the Baptiste power vinyasa flow with her shared life experience, humor and compassion to inspire her students to be their most empowered selves both on and off the mat.

Chelle Swierz

E-RYT 500

 

Chelle’s mission is to be of service by inspiring people to be great in their lives. Deeply rooted in the Baptiste methodology, Chelle’s dynamic style of teaching challenges you to live boldly, love openly and laugh freely. Expressive and energetic, her classes encourage you to surf your edge, seek out what is possible and be at play.

 

A Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor and E-RYT 500, Chelle’s zest for life is contagious and her passion for yoga radiates through teaching and mentoring yogis and fellow teachers alike.

 

When she’s not teaching in Seattle, assisting Baptiste programs around the world or running retreats in Mexico, Chelle can be found traveling with her husband, creating new recipes, or fostering homeless cats.

 

Find out more .

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.

 

To learn more about Lisa and the history of SHAKTI read this Q&A.

 

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

These strong, steady-paced classes flow through the complete, traditional Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer modifications and variations throughout the class so that students of all levels can experience a deep and meaningful practice.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Mar 30 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Fri Mar 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Sat Apr 01 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Liandren Brown
  • Sun Apr 02 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Dusty Thompson
  • Tue Apr 04 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Tue Apr 04 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Christina Russo
  • Wed Apr 05 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ariel Ray
  • Wed Apr 05 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessica Russo
  • Thu Apr 06 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Betsey Strater
  • Fri Apr 07 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Sat Apr 08 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Liandren Brown
  • Sun Apr 09 9:45 am - 11:15 am with Eva Lasprogata
  • Tue Apr 11 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Tue Apr 11 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Chelle Swierz
  • Wed Apr 12 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Lisa Black
  • Wed Apr 12 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessica Russo
  • Thu Apr 13 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Betsey Strater
  • Fri Apr 14 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Ariel Ray
  • Sat Apr 15 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Liandren Brown