All Levels Baptiste Power Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Zak Endicott

E-RYT 200

 

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 opened his mind and heart to growth, healing and transformation; and his life has become an exciting and fulfilling adventure ever since. He believes that today’s yoga movement is the call of people saying we want to heal, live, and love deeply. Together we make a difference. Every yoga class is affirmation that the world can be a peaceful place.

 

Zak is E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. He completed Level 1 and Level 2 training with Baron Baptiste in 2010 and advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest in 2014. He teaches workshops and retreats locally and internationally, and facilitates many Shakti programs including Shakti’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Teacher Mentorship Program (TMP). In addition, Zak currently leads Shakti’s Introductory Series on Tuesdays at Shakti Bellevue and on Thursdays at Shakti Seattle.

 

In his personal practice, Zak studies and practices Ashtanga yoga, a more classical form taught traditionally by Sri Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and Forrest yoga, a powerful and healing, contemporary style created by Ana Forrest. He weaves these two influences skillfully into his classes and programs, combining classical practices, along with modern insight and adaptations. Classes with Zak are fun, potent, and unique.

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.

Britta Sedler

RYT 200
 
 

Britta first fell in love yoga when she noticed the balance it brought to her life. For years, her mat continued to pull her back to it and she finally came to see that the physical practice had the power to connect her to the qualities and gifts that she most treasures in life – compassion, love and joy. Britta believes each yoga practice has the ability to teach some of life's greatest lessons and transform us into the brightest versions of ourselves. She loves to foster community in her classes and encourage students to be in inquiry and exploration of their bodies.

 

When not practicing yoga, Britta can be found spending time with her husband and daughter, playing in the great outdoors, writing about the universe's biggest questions, and teaching financial literacy.

Craig Baldwin

RTY 200
 
 
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!

Ashish Arora

RYT 200
 
 
Ashish grew up in Delhi, India where he briefly practiced yoga in Elementary school and learned Sanskrit in Middle and High school. He did not practice yoga again till he went to a yoga class in January 2015 in his office gym at Nintendo. That's when he realized the possibilities yoga opened up for him, both physically and mentally. The same year he completed his 200-hour Teacher Training at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, following it up with a 4 month mentoring program. He has also completed Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste and weekend intensives with Anna Forrest (Forrest yoga) and Kino Macgregor (Ashtanga). After spending 16 years of working as an engineer in the Computer and video game industry, he is currently taking a sabbatical and spending his time practicing/teaching yoga and to travel. He loves to practice different styles of yoga, taking about 12 classes/week across Seattle. In the last year, he has practiced yoga in a few places across the world - Delhi, Bali, Rome, Edinburgh, New York, LA, Boston, Miami, DC and more.
 
 
He likes to practice with a smile and tries to bring his fun personality to his teaching. At the same time, you should come in expecting to push your edge. He would like you to be open to the possibilities which open up on and off your mat when you push that edge. A strong example from his personal life being how yoga helped him get over his fear of water by getting him in control of his breath, which then let him explore scuba diving.

 

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.

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.

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”.

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!

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 two 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 in 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 two 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

Basic Level where modifications for the postures are offered. 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:

  • Mon Aug 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Zak Endicott
  • Tue Aug 21 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Koslof Barber
  • Thu Aug 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Britta Sedler
  • Thu Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Craig Baldwin
  • Thu Aug 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Craig Baldwin
  • Fri Aug 24 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ashish Arora
  • Mon Aug 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Zak Endicott
  • Tue Aug 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Courtney Koslof Barber
  • Thu Aug 30 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jodi Boone
  • Thu Aug 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ariel Williams
  • Thu Aug 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ben Grieshaber
  • Fri Aug 31 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ashish Arora
  • Wed Sep 05 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Lisa Black
  • Thu Sep 06 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jodi Boone
  • Thu Sep 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ariel Williams