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Bryan Kest
Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga since 1979 and has been teaching since 1985. He developed his unique, distinctive style of yoga, Original Power Yoga, in 1979. Over the years, this style, an amazing workout for the body, mind and spirit, has made him a well-known, popular teacher across the country and around the world. His mainstream popularity is matched by an authentic foundation in the ancient practice of yoga and a long path of development as a yogi (a practitioner of yoga). At age 15, Bryan uprooted from his native Detroit home to make a life change in Hawaii. He moved to live with his father, a doctor, who understood the benefits of yoga. Like many of us, Bryan originally thought yoga was nothing more than strange contortions, but that changed when his father introduced him to a physical style of yoga called Ashtanga. This appealed to him immediately, and he soon observed great changes in himself, both physically and mentally. Yoga quickly became his passion, one that would take him to India for a year to study with the great yoga masters of the world, Pattabhi Jois. He has been continuing on his yoga path ever since. Bryan founded and teaches at two studios in Santa Monica, CA. He also teaches at workshops and retreats around the world; provides an intensive teachers training program; and is featured in his own Warner Brothers video series from 1995, as well as a newer video series and audio CD series. His most recent endeavor is www.PowerYogaonDemand.com. This on-line tool features streaming video of Bryan’s classes in Santa Monica, which are recorded live and streamed to students around the world. For articles by Bryan and more information about Power Yoga, visit www.PowerYoga.com.
Tami Hafzalla
RYT 500
 
 
It is in the spirit of bhakti, (devotion) that Tami approaches her yoga practice & teaching. Since taking her first class in 1993 Yoga has served as her greatest anchor and guide.

 

Yoga is the path in which Tami has nourished & enlivened her body, heart & mind. Her practice offers her space to connect to her subtle energy, peaceful sacred essence, ultimately to spirit and to love.

 

Tami has studied extensively with master teachers in India, Australia Europe & the U.S. She began teaching in 2000, & draws most from her classical training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Ayurveda. Her artfully sequenced classes are at once strength building and nurturing. Tami shares insightful, relevant and practical tools from Yoga & Ayurveda for modern day living. She offers hands on adjustments that are skillful & intuitive. Tami creates a practice space that is soft & welcoming so that others are deeply nourished as they expand awareness & connect to the wisdom & light within.

 

With gratitude & joy Tami shares the delights of yoga. She teaches weekly classes, workshops, trainings & routinely offers retreats in gorgeous settings throughout the world. Additionally she teaches prenatal yoga, serves as a labor support doula and is an Ayurvedic wellness counselor. She continues to attend retreats & workshops regularly to deepen her practice & inspire her teaching. She feels blessed to be on this unending journey of renewal & transformation.

 

Tami’s greatest teacher is her son Indi Kainoa. From him she has learned unconditional love, patience and the joy of being fully alive and awake in the present moment.

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.
Hannah Losser
RYT 200
 
 
Hannah Losser is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Growing up in the mountains, she developed a deep connection and love for the natural world. Hannah earned a biology degree at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In addition to her science background, she also trained as a modern dancer for many years. She stumbled upon her yoga practice in the same way that many former dancers do: after a series of injuries. Giving up her dreams of a dance career was initially heartbreaking, but yoga was the lifeline that helped her reconnect to herself and her passions.
 
 
Hannah moved to Seattle, Washington in 2014. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lisa Black through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga. She completed additional training through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga's teacher mentorship program in the Spring of 2015. Hannah continues to train with teachers from varying lineages and backgrounds. Her biggest inspirations are not necessarily the most well known teachers, but the people she meets that are bravely showing up as their most vulnerable and authentic selves. She thinks that being able to learn from and with people from all walks of life is the universe’s greatest blessing.
 
 
To Hannah, yoga is about celebration and gratitude. When life becomes stressful or chaotic,
our mat is a place where we can return to remind ourselves of the simple joys that surround us.
Whether it be relationships, movement, food, the mountains, music or the moon, we have countless things to be grateful for. Hannah challenges her students to harness this gratitude as they find balance and ease on their mats. Her classes are powerful and challenging, yet playful and nurturing. She teaches from the idea that when we show up with an open heart, we discover that the possibilities within us and surrounding us are endless.
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.

Lara Ederer
RYT 200

 

Lara was introduced to yoga in 2002 by a newly certified friend who needed practice students. Over the next several years she ventured in and out of the practice as well as different styles until she found her "home" in Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions. In 2012 she completed her 200 Hour with Be Luminous with a primary focus in Power Vinyasa. Her teaching style is playful and sprinkled with humor yet it is evident that she is influenced by deep rooted traditions such as chanting, Pranayama, and Sanskrit.

 


Lara is also a co-founder of Yogalab Northwest, a grass roots collaboration that hosts world class teachers in the Seattle area as a way to celebrate the strong local yoga community. She has had the privilege of hosting and learning from Sri Dharma Mittra, AmyIppoliti, Tiffany Cruickshank, Kino Macgregor, Jason Crandell, and has several more scheduled events on the horizon.

Ana Forrest
Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years. An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience. With thousands of licensed practitioners around the world, Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.

 

By teaching asana, breath and an awareness of the movement of energy through the body, Ana teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. With her meticulous guidance, Ana’s students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing and healing. For Ana, this is her intent. “In teaching Forrest Yoga, I am doing my part to mend the hoop of the people - to inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly in a healing way, in a Beauty Way.”

 

Ana took her first yoga class at age 14 on a dare and became a certified instructor at age 18. Her extensive study and clinical application of healing modalities, including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, anatomy, reflexology, pressure point therapy, craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic, polarity and hands on healing, always informs her work. In her life-long pursuit of becoming a better teacher and healer, Ana has undertaken intimate studies in Sweat Lodge, Pipe Ceremony, Vision Quest and Sundance with various Native American and African healers.

 

Ana is an ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine, a Reiki Master, a Certified Regression Therapist, and a graduate of Anthony Robbins Master University. She is a Faculty Member at The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and sits on the Boards of F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education) and Earth & Sky Circle (organization for Native American Ceremony). She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community, the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini. Ana is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and a consultant to the USAF 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath, UK), Exalted Warrior Foundation (Tampa, FL) and hiwecanhelp.org (Newcastle, UK).

 

Ana has generated extensive worldwide media coverage. She continues to teach throughout the year around the world. Her book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit, (HarperOne) was released May 2011.

 

Forrest Yoga's therapeutic credentials are based on over 40 years of research and experience from working with thousands of people across the globe.

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.
Amy Andrews
RYT 200
 
Inspired by her mother to take a yoga class, Amy fell in love with yoga in the start of 2008 while working a high stress job. She didn’t realize at the time she had stepped into a Baptiste Affiliate studio. Baptiste Yoga became her saving grace. Amy found so much rest, restoration, and hope in her classes that she was inspired to teach, yet it wasn’t until almost 6 years later she took the leap of faith after encouragement from a friend and signed up for Level 1 training with Baron in 2014.
 
 
Baptiste Yoga broke her heart wide open, and she finally allowed it to lead the way. Immediately after Level 1 training and discovering Baptiste Yoga had brought her back full circle, she knew her life was transformed. Amy attended Level 2 in April of 2014 and has now completed and is Baptiste certified.

 

As a dedicated practioner, Amy aims to balance effort and ease in her own practice, and brings this into her teaching style, encouraging students to find a sense of playfulness and ease in their lives. You can expect lots of laughter, smiles and even some silliness in class- playing and exploring is a big part of her practice and teaching style. Yoga makes Amy SMILE and SHINE bigger than she ever imagined, and she encourages her students to find their inner shine and take it out into the world.

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”.
Angela Tepper
RYT 200


Angela is passionate about sharing her love of yoga. She wants to help guide others in their practice of asana, meditation and pranayama to still their mind and rejuvenate their body.

 

As a married mother of three boys, she is more invigorated than ever to maintain a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle—yoga reenforces that mantra. She wants to help others do the same, while mindfully moving toward their goals.

 

Angela was born in the Philippines, is a graduate from the University of Washington, performed for four years as a Seattle Seahawk Cheerleader, and studied theater in Los Angeles. Through it all, she has always prioritized a strong mind and body through thoughtful exercise.

 

Angela completed the Teacher Mentorship Program at Shakti in April 2016. She found the experience to be rewarding and insightful, allowing her to grow as a yoga teacher in a supportive community. Angela received her teacher training from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, training with Ganga White and Tracey Rich.

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.

Rachel Burklund
RYT 200

 

Rachel has taught consciousness meditation to a small group since 2008 and this passion for stillness and inner peace led her to become a yoga teacher. Rachel believes that the way to heal is to go within oneself and yoga and meditation are powerful vehicles for us to connect to our greatest potential. In Rachel’s classes you will have the opportunity to grow physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. She has a vision to help people tap into their highest awareness.

 

Rachel has practiced various styles of yoga since 1999, however in 2014 she came to yoga for a different reason. Yoga was a calling for her to physically heal from an injury and to emotionally heal in a time of extreme challenge. From that point forward yoga took a new direction, it became a way of life. She received her 200-hour Teacher Training certification in December 2015 through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga and in April 2016 she also completed their Teacher Mentorship Program.

 

Rachel is also a jewelry designer, a mother and she is originally for the Seattle area.


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