HISTORY & MISSION

 

Mission


To empower and inspire everyone to live healthy, balanced lives on their mat and in the world.


Since opening in 2003, SHAKTI has been the pioneer in bringing Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga to the Pacific Northwest. As one of the first Baptiste Affiliated studio in the world, our core foundation and philosophy is inspired and aligned with Baptiste methodology. For more than a decade, SHAKTI has profoundly impacted thousands of students as well as trained and mentored hundreds of skilled instructors.

We believe in personal growth and transformation as a daily practice. As SHAKTI matures and grows, so have our class offerings, to challenge and support our diverse community. We offer Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, creative flow vinyasa, Prana Flow and a variety of workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. 

 
Shakti Instructors

History


In 1999, Lisa Black made a life changing decision. She left her job, sold her car along with everything she owned, and left for India to practice and explore yoga.

“In India, every morning I committed to getting up and going to the rooftops of these hotels. I would practice yoga as the sun was coming up; that was my huge inspiration. I studied yoga wherever I went and ended up for a week at an ashram in Rishikesh. It was a very powerful experience. I stayed for an extra month and did my first teacher training in Kerala at the Sivananda ashram which was life changing.” – Lisa Black, on her experience in India

Feeling that yoga was her true calling, Lisa returned to the United States in 2000 and began teaching yoga full time. In 2001, she flew to Mexico to study under Baron Baptiste.

“When I met Baron and was on my mat for the first time with him as a teacher, I felt like I had finally come home. It was challenging, which I loved, it was mind focused, breath, and inspiration, really speaking to heart. His teaching really clicked for me. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga has been the main style I’ve been teaching ever since.” - Lisa Black on her first experience studying with Baron Baptiste

In 2003, Lisa opened her first SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga. It was the first studio in Seattle to focus on the dynamic, heated flow Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Two years later, Lisa opened her second studio in Bellevue, which like Seattle, grew a large community around it. Over the years, SHAKTI has profoundly impacted thousands of students as well as trained and mentored hundreds of Baptiste instructors. As SHAKTI matures and grows, so have our class offerings, to challenge and support our diverse community.

Learn more about Lisa and SHAKTI.