Level 1 Baptiste Power Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Courtney Koslof Barber

RYT 200
 
 
Courtney first found yoga in a set of flashcards from the bookstore in 2006 when Savasana was her favorite pose. She was drawn to yoga because of how accessible it was to do on her own and she stayed for the introspection, self care, and creativity that grew within her practice.

 

After thinking about becoming a yoga teacher for many years, Courtney finally took the plunge into her first 200 hr training right here at Shakti in the fall of 2017. Her skills and confidence flourished during the Teacher Mentorship Program, which she completed through the winter and spring of 2018. Courtney looks forward to continuing to develop her teaching as she shares it with others.

 

In Courtney’s classes, you can expect a sequence based in Baptiste Power Vinyasa that will be challenging and fun. Inspiration for her classes is drawn from yoga philosophies and a belief in not taking yourself too seriously. She hopes that students can use the time they are dedicating to themselves as a tool to help navigate whatever life is presenting to them at the moment.

 

Courtney is a Seattle transplant from the east coast with a BFA in Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology. When she’s not on her mat, you can find her painting, knitting, dancing to Beyonce, and playing with her giant dog, Bruce.

Ben Grieshaber

RYT 200
 
Ben’s love of music and rhythm has sent him around the country performing for crowds some nights and crickets others! Regardless of the circumstance, he has always been grateful for the chance to travel, explore and play. Years of sleeping in vans and on floors, heavy lifting and heavier drumming created a lot of tension in his body. Seeking some relief from the chronic shoulder pain and migraines, he showed up to a power vinyasa yoga class. Shazam! Like magic, he felt the built up tensions in his body melt and begin to fade away. The feeling he got after every class was invigorating and uplifting!
 
As this practice continued to make shifts in him, the urge to explore further sent him to various workshops with master instructors such as Bryan Kest, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest and Seane Corn, among many others. It was after attending the Teacher Assisting Program with Lisa Black that he decided he wanted to share this gift with others through the art of instructing. He spent a year studying closely with Lisa Black and many of the SHAKTI team in the Teacher Mentorship Program. Continuing on the path to teaching he has completed Level I training with Baron Baptiste in 2011, The Art of Assisting with BPYI in 2013 and Level II with Baron Baptiste. He holds accreditation with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200.
 
It is Ben’s intention to guide each class with care and attention focused on healthy alignment while allowing the freedom to find your practice and work intelligently at surfing your own personal edge. His hope is to aid in awakening each and every yogi’s inner passion for life and help bring light to the world one shining heart at a time!
 
Happiness is contagious… pass it on!

Chelle Swierz

E-RYT 500

Baptiste Certifed

 

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.

 

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In this class we will explore the Baptiste Power Vinyasa sequence with a beginners perspective delving in and taking time to break down poses and bring focus on healthy alignment and a strong breath practice. Perfect for everybody!

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Courtney Koslof Barber
  • Sun Nov 25 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Sat Dec 01 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Chelle Swierz
  • Sun Dec 02 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Sat Dec 08 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Chelle Swierz
  • Sun Dec 09 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Sat Dec 15 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Chelle Swierz
  • Sun Dec 16 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ben Grieshaber