Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Felicia Ackerman

Felicia, Teacher,
Felicia took her first yoga class at the local YMCA in her small hometown; her mom had to drop her off because she wasn’t old enough to drive yet. Over the years she has been a student many different types of yoga including Bikram, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Ashtanga. Felicia was drawn to yoga for the quiet, for that small period of time where you focus just on your breath and movement allowing everything else to fall away. Yoga has brought balance to her life and she is passionate about helping brings that balance to the lives of others and sharing her love of yoga. After much deliberation Felicia finally made the leap and completed her 200 hour teacher training at Spira Power Yoga in 2016. In her classes she strives to give her students space to enjoy a moment of quiet and connect with their breath while simultaneously increasing mobility and building strength both physically and mentally.

Audrey Benton

Audrey, Teacher:
Audrey has been practicing yoga since the 1990’s, first with Erich Schiffman and Bryan Kest videos and later taking Bikram Method Hatha Yoga from local teacher Marta McDermott in a gym. Later, she walked into Belltown Bikram Yoga (now closed). It took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be a calling. Audrey’s first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed Power Vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). From 2004-2005, she also completed 3 teacher trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved niece and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra puts her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller’s iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding Yin Yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published. She's been teaching Yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of Yin Yoga. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously.

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"Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive." -- Arnaud Desjardins

Lesley Thompson

Lesley Thompson is excited to be a part of the Be Yoga Burien team! She is a Barre Instructor, dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and yoga teacher. Lesley grew up dancing and has danced professionally for many years. After moving to Seattle from Las Vegas, she took her first barre class and fell in love with the physicality and gracefulness of the movement. In early 2015 she attended barre teacher training and has been teaching barre ever since. She began teaching yoga a short time after.  Lesley's background in dance, yoga, and barre have built a foundation for a class that is physically demanding and draws inspiration from all forms of dance and music. Her classes are authentic and focus on bringing out your strength, confidence, and connection to self.

Ashleigh Blor

Ashleigh discovered the magic that is yoga in 2008; she has been a dedicated student both on and off her mat ever since. An avid traveler, her yoga practice has been one of the few things with the constant ability to rival the thrill of seeing and experiencing a new place. Yoga has provided her with tangible tools to live a life inspired by authenticity and growth and she is continually moved by its transformative powers. She received her 200 hour teaching certification in 2013, eager to share her passion and delight for yoga with those around her. Her classes seek to uplift, inspire and challenge students to honor and celebrate where they are each and every day. She truly believes that a dynamic flow, coupled with a little bit of sweat can remedy just about anything.

Lyndsie Couet

Lyndsie, Teacher,
Lyndsie is a yoga teacher, RYT 200. After first trying yoga in 2002, she practiced inconsistently and tried several types of yoga, but it was after several years in a stressful, sedentary job that she came back to her practice for physical health and fitness as well as stress relief. It became apparent that yoga would remain a necessary part in her life. Yoga has made such a difference in her health, happiness and overall satisfaction with life that she decided to share her passion for yoga with others by teaching.

Lyndsie's goals as a teacher are to impart joy and passion for yoga to others, for students to see yoga not just as a way to fitness, but as a way to relax the mind, de-stress, slow down and achieve greater focus. Her goal is to help others listen to their bodies and gain self-awareness, while encouraging a positive self-image, feelings of empowerment and self-care. To do this, she focuses the class on proper form and technique, prioritizing alignment and safety, and strings it all together with her unique delivery of enthusiasm, fun, and words of encouragement.

Lyndsie considers herself forever a student, attends training and workshops whenever able, and reads books and articles on yoga, anatomy, meditation, health and nutrition. Her goals for her students are to love practicing yoga as much as she does, get in and out of postures safely, feel awesome, become healthier and happier in their lives on and off the mat, and ultimately spread kindness to others.

Sasha Brown

Sasha, Teacher,
Sasha's journey into becoming a dedicated yogini began in 2008 in the midst of experiencing imbalance on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. In conjunction with other natural health practices, yoga quickly became a cornerstone of her transformation in health. Solely practicing the Bikram method for six years and being grateful for the strong foundation, the exposure to Vinyasa further ignited her passion for the practice, soon manifesting as the strong desire to teach. Vinyasa's mix of flow, music, synchronization of breath with movement, and the opportunity for creativity that the style provides drew her into completing a 200 hour teacher training in the winter of 2016. Sasha seeks to embody and carry on the core messages inherent in Yogic philosophy which she understands as union of body, mind, and spirit, and the recognition that all life is interconnected. She believes that transcending perceived barriers and personal transformation is available to everyone, and yoga provides such a path. Sasha is extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to be of service at BYB!

Nina Granatir

Studio Director:
Nina is impassioned by yoga and the ways it connects to life off of the mat. She began practicing in 1993. She was immediately in love with the practice of yoga as it began to transform life on physical and emotional levels. She has studied many styles over the years, learning from various traditions such as Anusara, Bikram/Ghosh/Sanchez lineage, Yin, and Vinyasa/Baptiste Method. She completed her teacher training with Bikram Yoga Head Quarters in 2005, in 2013 with Tony Sanchez, with Baptise Institute in 2015, and most recently with Hot Body Barre. 
 
After managing yoga studios in the Seattle/Bellevue region, as well as in Northern California, Nina knew she was ready to open up her own studio. In 2011 Be Yoga Burien was born! Nina says, "Teaching yoga is the true gift of my life; it gives me the continuous opportunity to be a student."
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Invigorate your body with these amazing sequences designed specifically to allow breath and movement to come together as one, while aligning, detoxifying and strengthening your body. These intentional flows, combined with the heat, constitute one of the most powerful forms of physical and mental fitness.
Vinyasa yoga is designed to promote lower and upper body strength, balance and flexibility all while coordinating the body, breath, movement, and spirit. It will strengthen your cardiovascular system, sculpt and tone every muscle in your body, and build your endurance Come prepared to work at your level that day, but know you will get a strong practice. Room Heated 95-100 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jun 22 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Felicia Ackerman
  • Fri Jun 23 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Sat Jun 24 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Lesley Thompson
  • Mon Jun 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashleigh Blor
  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Felicia Ackerman
  • Tue Jun 27 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Lyndsie Couet
  • Wed Jun 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Wed Jun 28 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Sasha Brown
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Felicia Ackerman
  • Fri Jun 30 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Sat Jul 01 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Lesley Thompson
  • Wed Jul 05 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Wed Jul 05 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Sasha Brown
  • Thu Jul 06 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Felicia Ackerman
  • Fri Jul 07 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Sat Jul 08 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nina Granatir
  • Mon Jul 10 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashleigh Blor