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
Baptiste Certified Instructor
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.
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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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.
After first deciding to try yoga in 2008 as a way to cross train for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Josh found out after just one class that yoga was much more than exercise or stretching. He immediately started practicing regularly and has never looked back...
Josh strives to bring challenge and discipline to students in a fun and light-hearted way, always searching for the perfect balance of work and play.
Josh has completed Baron Baptiste's Level 1 Teacher Training in 2012 and has also completed SHAKTI's Teacher Mentorship Program, working closely with Lisa Black and Gina Skene and many other amazing SHAKTI teachers.
Andreas Fetz took his first yoga class in 2001 and has not looked back since. With a background in acrobatics and circus arts, Andreas is also an NSCA certified personal trainer and brings his deep knowledge of anatomy and exercise science to provide a vigorous yoga practice in a safe environment. Focusing on the basics of breath and postural alignment, he leads flow-inspired classes that help students develop flexibility, core stability, and strength.
Evi Watson was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has been practicing yoga since 2000. Evi began her yoga journey with Ashtanga yoga as a way to improve her core strength and flexibility for rock climbing. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and fell in love with Power Vinyasa. She is truly inspired by what yoga has done for her both physically and mentally, allowing her to see life with an open mind, combined with strength and confidence.
Evi received her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification in 2009 and has been teaching ever since. She has completed level 1 & level 2 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste. She is also a graduate of Shakti's Teacher Assisting Program (TAP), Advanced Teacher Assisting Program and Teacher Mentorship Program (TMP). She has attended teacher-training workshops with Shiva Rea and Anna Forrest and continues her path as a student first, while sharing her passion for yoga with her students. She is excited to be part of the Shakti community as it offers a loving and supportive environment, while providing essential tools for continuous growth as a student and teacher.
Evi’s teaching philosophy is to practice yoga with an open mind and a light spirit with no limitations or judgments. Her classes are challenging yet accessible to everyone with an emphasis on alignment and breath in a fun and relaxing environment.
Cobey studied yoga in NYC with Lisa and Charles Matkin, disciples of ISHTA Yoga founder Alan Finger. He was a founding instructor at Stepping Stones Yoga in New York, and also taught at Devotion Yoga and Bread & Yoga in Manhattan. Through his years as an instructor he has developed a genuine, skilled, and powerful approach to teaching that provides his students with the ability to be creative and dynamic on their mats. He is a strong believer in the importance of ujjayi, and believes that the greatest indicator of the quality of one's asana practice is the quality of one's breath.
Cobey is an actor and has worked on Broadway and on the television shows Law & Order, Grimm and Six Degrees. He is also a voiceover artist and can currently be heard on commercials for Redhook Brewery, Washington Lottery and AAA.
Chamonix is most passionate about making friends with her students. She loves challenging students to go to their limits and then holding a space for them as they face their struggles and growth. Before she found yoga, Chamonix was stressed, lonely, and holding back on life. Yoga opened doors for her to start living a healthier more vibrant and connected life. In practice, she gravitates towards smooth elegant vinyasas (because they feel beautiful) and long deep holds (because they're transformative). Her classes focus on alignment and breath, teaching students to care for their joints while finding deep meditation and rest. She teaches with joy and laughter is always welcome in her classes. When not doing yoga, Chamonix loves singing and hiking.
Mariko took her first yoga class in 2006 and was immediately drawn to the physicality of the practice. Though she did practice sporadically over the years, she spent the majority of her time in the gym training clients and herself. That all changed in the summer of 2013. Recovering from an injury, Mariko came to SHAKTI looking for something therapeutic and physically challenging. By the end of her first class she knew she had found what she was looking for...plus a whole lot more. She felt like she had found her home on the mat. She began practicing regularly and the physical practice soon became a spiritual practice. As she learned to deepen the mind-body connection, Mariko discovered the power of soulfulness, mindfulness and living in the present.
Mariko is inspired by helping others, learning from others and creating community through the common language of yoga. She loves nothing more than witnessing the evolution of the human spirit once it is discovered and nurtured. She teaches in the hope of sharing the transformative practice of yoga with everyone. She combines her experience and expertise with training, movement and anatomy to create a challenging and safe environment for students to explore their edge. She often encourages her students to surpass their own expectations. Her classes are designed to challenge and strengthen both body and mind.
Mariko completed her 200-hour teacher training at Shakti in 2014 and went on to complete Shakti's Teacher Mentorship Program working with Zak Endicott and Nicole Tsong. She has attended workshops and classes with Bryan Kest, Tiffany Cruikshank, Amy Ippoliti and Annie Carpenter. Mariko is also a certified personal trainer with specializations in corrective exercise and performance enhancement.