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Richard Grace
RYT 200
 
Richard Grace has been teaching yoga since 2012. He is a classical pianist and organist, and began his practice of meditation while studying music in graduate school. Eventually he found yoga, and since becoming a teacher of yoga, has worked to incorporate his love of meditation, music, chanting, and sound healing into his classes. He gives a variety of workshops that incorporate Alchemical Crystal Singing Bowls. Richard is passionate about helping other teachers, and works with local yoga teacher training programs in the areas of meditation, chanting, chakras, music sequencing, and energetic body attunement through sound.

 

Richard also operates a full-time piano teaching studio in Bellevue, and is a long time church musician. Before moving to the Northwest, he was on the piano faculties at the University of Oklahoma and the State University of New York in Potsdam, where he worked with music education majors and taught piano pedagogy.

Heather Helfrich
RYT 200
 


After many years of practicing Bikram, Power and Hatha Yoga, Heather had a calling to deepen her practice and the yearning to learn more about yoga. Heather completed her first 200HR training with Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School in Brooklyn, NY. Diving into teaching once she returned home to WA, she still wanted to learn more. Her additional trainings include Yin Yoga 50HR training with Pamela Chang, 25 HR Kids Yoga Certification and intensive trainings from world renowned senior teachers Kino MacGregor (Ashtanga), Sri Dharma Mittra, Ana Forrest, Edward Clark (Tripsichore Advanced Vinyasa), Day Christensen (Ashtanga) and continuing workshops with Jared McCann.
 

Heather’s home practice includes Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and Meditation. Heather loves to share the healing and transformative power of yoga with all of her students through challenging and creative sequencing of postures, safe and proper alignment, pranayama breathing and meditation.
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.

Anna Johnson
RYT 200
 
 
Anna is an energetic teacher who will bring possibility to your practice. She values connection and believes in the power of coming together, in support of each, to practice yoga. Her path to yoga began with an injury, and through continued physical, spiritual and intellectual dedication, Anna’s personal practice evolved into a call to help others. She believes in yoga as an open door, an invitation to experience physical growth but also love, self-awareness, compassion, and even enlightenment.
 

Anna has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Baptiste training and has continued her training with Bryan Kest, Lisa Black, Jason Crandell and Seane Corn. She has over 40 hours of Teacher Assisting training and is invested in helping students experience yoga with a sense of freedom and exploration. Anna is also a Wanderlust Wayfarer and holds community benefit classes several times a year for causes such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer research and Hope Link. She also volunteers for Joined Forces Yoga, teaching yoga to our enlisted men and women.

 

You’ll enjoy Anna’s playful approach as she guides you through class, and you will also be challenged to take your practice to a new level.

Mistilyn Miller
Baptiste Certified
RYT 200
 
 
Mistilyn loves movement! She has been athletic her whole life; gymnastics, water sports, running, and dance always gave her a sense of balance.
 

Unfortunately her ankle could not keep up with her zest for impact sports. An unsuccessful surgery and extensive physical therapy did not seem to be the answer to her immobility. Searching for some way to regain her need for physical expression, she limped into a yoga studio for the first time. After that class, Mistilyn knew yoga was the answer to reclaiming her body. Keeping up with her commitment (even sometimes going twice a day) she found the way for her mind, body, and spirit to move freely!

 

Having spent over 25 years coaching in the gymnastics community, Mistilyn brings a unique perspective to her classes. Her passion for movement with body alignment, shaping, and a love for teaching continues through yoga.

 

After completing her 200 hour training she choose to specialize Baptiste Yoga,
Baptiste Institute training:


Level 1, 2, & 3
Art of Assisting
Advanced Art of Assisting
TAP from Shakti
Yoga Behind Bars

Mei Ling Ellis
RYT 200
 
 
Mei Ling sees yoga as a powerful tool to help calm the body and mind, which can provide clarity and reduce stress--something that is often needed in today’s fast paced world. Mei Ling is trained in a flowing, devotional, and classical form of Hatha yoga, with additional training in Restorative yoga and mindfulness. She believes in the inherent strengths and skills in all students, and appreciates the uniqueness of every ability, body, and culture. Her teaching style is grounding, and supports students to move mindfully between the push and pull of life by honoring themselves and deepening the connection to their inner voice. Her personal practice consists of Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative yoga; including meditation. In addition to teaching yoga, Mei Ling is an applied researcher, clinician, and rock climber.
Susan Hawkins
 RTY 200
 
 
Susan wandered into a yoga class while in college in the late 1980’s and still remembers the instructor's soothing and loving voice guiding students to relax in savasana. She was moved deeply in that first class so many years ago. Throughout the years since then, Susan tried several different styles of yoga. In 2006, she found her home and passion at Shakti and in Baptiste Yoga. This powerful, physical, sweaty practice grounded her, empowered her and gave her freedom on the mat and in her life. In 2015, after years of regular practice at Shakti, Susan took the leap and attended Level One training with Baron Baptiste. Heart cracked open and body and mind expanded, she went on to complete the Teacher Assisting Program (TAP) with Lisa Black, a 200 Hour RYT training at Be Luminous Yoga, and Baptiste Level Two training. In 2017, Susan was mentored by Jo Parsons and Nicole Tsong in the Shakti Teacher Mentorship Program (TMP).

 

 

It is both a joy and an honor for Susan to be teaching at the studio where she has spent so many hours on her mat as a student. She has found yoga to be truly transformational as it has allowed her to live more authentically, with greater purpose and with connection to not only herself but to her community and to the world. Susan’s classes balance strength with softness, allowing students to connect to breath, body and the present moment. Yoga embodies more than asana, the physical poses, and in Susan’s classes you will connect with your higher self and awaken to the peace, power and possibility that already exist within you.

Catherine Looke Thompson
RYT 200
Baptiste Certified
 
My passion for health, well-being and physical movement inspired me to become a yoga teacher. I want to be able to inspire others the way my teachers have inspired me. I believe yoga to be a practice of awareness; it is about tuning into your body and connecting with your true self. Yoga has provided me with the access to feel empowered in my own body. My mission is to share that access with the world through the integration of nutrition, wellness, and yoga.
 

I teach a Baptiste inspired creative vinyasa flow with the intention of leaving students connected and present. In my classes I like to mix it up and try new things, take risks, test limits, laugh, and let loose.
My yoga journey began in high school when exploring different varieties of fitness. After a few classes, I noticed a new strength in my body and sense of clarity in my mind. Over time, I experienced less anxiety and felt more grounded. I started to lead my life with more intention and vision, which has inspired me to pursue the things I love such as travel, cooking, food styling, writing, and exploration.
 
 
I was born and raised in Houston and grew up with seven siblings, so there was never a dull moment! My husband and I recently moved to Seattle where outside of the studio I work with individuals overcoming eating disorders. I love being outdoors, camping, traveling, gardening, trying new restaurants, and making homemade potions and lotions. You might find me in the kitchen trying new recipes while playing around with food photography or out in the mountains. I have been inspired to weave the principles of yoga into my everyday activities. I love the practices of yoga and mindfulness and how beautifully it is integrated into all aspects of life. I am committed to loving large, having fun, and living a vibrant life.
 
 

“The only place you are needed is here and the only reason for being is now.” – Rodney Yee

 

For more information visit me at omnourishthrive.com

 


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