Level 1.5 Baptiste Power Vinyasa

This class is taught by:

Ariel Williams

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”.

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!

Julie Christopher

RYT 200
I am known to trip and fall for no apparent reason, so to say I stumbled into yoga is pretty accurate. Yoga was an alternate method of stretching muscles abused by a lot of running; initially I didn't think it was a long term thing. However, something in me woke up. I continued to practice.


I remember the day I experienced the practice and teacher right for me. BOOM! I fell hard. I received my Baptiste Power Vinyasa 200 hour certification in 2008. I love the peace and the power that yoga offers. What else can I practice, at times working so hard, feeling so empowered, yet in the end so present and calm? I moved to Seattle in March 2017. I am filled with gratitude for the connections yoga is helping me create in this beautiful city! The journey continues.


I am inspired by my family, friends, the mountains and Kermit the Frog. I love to create in my kitchen and read a good book. I have a serious case of Wanderlust. Where next? My yoga mat now goes right on top of my running shoes in a backpack. Without yoga I might not have heard the monks chanting in Battambang as I sat in meditation on the veranda. I definitely would have missed a rainbow in Phnom Penh had it not been for a sun salutation.


It’s the journey, not the destination.

Jodi Boone

RYT 200
Jodi feels that yoga is a precious gift and one of the greatest influences in her life. Drawn to sharing yoga with others, she began teaching in 2001. With a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ananda yoga, Jodi integrates teachings from these traditions to create a fluid, creative and meditative practice. She teaches to inspire students to journey inward; nourishing themselves, deepening their intuition and honoring the divine within. She teaches yoga retreats and trainings internationally, and most recently spent six years living in India, where she co-directed Satsanga Retreat. In addition to teaching yoga, Jodi is a doula, massage therapist and student of Ayurveda, currently working toward her certification as an Ayurvedic practitioner.
Level 1.5 offers the full Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. This class moves at a slower pace than a Level 2 class, but the pace is steady. The instructors offer the modified variations for all of the postures, and students are invited to work at their own levels. This class is the perfect next step for people who have completed the Intro series or for practitioners new to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 19 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Ariel Williams
  • Mon Aug 20 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Courtney Koslof Barber
  • Fri Aug 24 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Sun Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Ariel Williams
  • Mon Aug 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Julie Christopher
  • Fri Aug 31 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Fri Sep 07 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ariel Williams
  • Fri Sep 07 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Sun Sep 09 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Jodi Boone
  • Mon Sep 10 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jodi Boone
  • Fri Sep 14 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ariel Williams
  • Sun Sep 16 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Ariel Williams
  • Mon Sep 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jodi Boone
  • Fri Sep 21 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ariel Williams