Lisa Black

Lisa Black, M.Ed., E-RYT 200/500 Hours

Senior Baptiste Yoga Instructor

Founder/Director of SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga East, West & Redmond

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Lisa Black is the founder/director of SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga East, West & Redmond studios, voted Best Power Yoga Studios by 425 Magazine in 2010, Seattle Magazine in 2009, and the Seattle Weekly in 2007. Lisa has been featured by Yoga Journal several times, including a March 2008 article highlighting her as one of the most talented upcoming yoga teachers in the country. Recognized as a Senior Baptiste yoga instructor, Lisa brings her extensive training and over 12 years of yoga teaching experience to her daily classes, workshops, and retreats offering a broad range of knowledge, techniques, perspective, and a great sense of fun! While guiding you with essential alignment cues, Lisa keeps you moving fluidly and breathing deeply. Lisa often shares personal experiences, insightful readings, and philosophical nuggets to support living happy and balanced. Lisa believes in Baptiste Yoga as a powerful tool of transformation. During a 6-month journey around India in 1999, Lisa was first certified as a Sivananda yoga instructor. In 2001, Lisa first met Baron Baptiste and completed his very first Level 1 & 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings. Since that time, Lisa has become one of the few Senior Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructors under Baron Baptistes direct training and mentoring. Lisa has been assisting and teaching with Baron Baptiste at teacher trainings and boot camps nationally and internationally since 2001. Lisa has co-taught three Baptiste Week-long Bootcamps with Senior Baptiste Instructor, Gregor Singleton and she has taught workshops at many national conferences including Yoga Journal Estes Park, Yoga, Pilates and Show Toronto and Vancouver, BC, and Whistler Wanderlust. Lisa founded SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga (West) in September 2003, opened SHAKTI East in January 2006 with her husband, Peter Avolio, and opened SHAKTI Redmond in January 2011.She lives a full life of teaching yoga, directing three yoga studios, training new teachers, and raising her two children. Healthy Mom, Happy Baby: Prenatal Yoga: Dr. Anna Davis and Lisa Black, M.Ed.

Question & Answer with SHAKTI Founder Lisa Black, interview by Nicole Tsong (January 2011)

In 2003, Lisa Black opened a yoga studio in Ballard called SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga. The studio was the first in Seattle to focus on a dynamic, heated flow known as Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Two years later, Lisa opened a second studio in Bellevue with husband Peter Avolio and opened a third in Redmond in January 2011. Here, Lisa, a Seattle native, shares her journey from yoga neophyte to senior Baptiste teacher and owner of three busy yoga studios. Q: What were your first experiences with yoga like? I got my yoga teaching feet on the ground. It was there I literally got the vision and the image of opening a yoga studio that would have classes, workshops, and retreats and many different components. A: There are so many different styles of yoga out there and we focus on Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. I love to teach yoga. A: My passion is teaching teachers, and my passion is teaching yoga. --Interview by Nicole Tsong


When Lisa leads a yoga class, she is 100% present to students and the whole studio environment. You can fully expect that when you take class with Lisa, to leave inspired and challenged, on and off the yoga mat. --Isabelle Casey (Yoga student/SHAKTI Instructor 2002-2006)

"Lisa is a Senior Baptiste Teacher and an influential member of the Baptiste community, as well as the owner of 3 successful studios on the Seattle WA area: Shakti Vinyasa Yoga. I have known Lisa for several years and have had the honor of mentoring with her during my early years as a new yoga teacher as well as teaching at her studios. She is the true embodiment of a yoga teachers teacher. --Melissa Longfellow (Newman), member Three Oms Yoga, LLC, Bellingham, WA

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