Warm Vinyasa

This class is taught by:

Kara Stafford

Kara has a passion for movement and anatomy. Her love of movement began with dance and extended into teaching Pilates as an apprentice at the age of 17. A few years later, she was the youngest teacher to enter and complete the certification program from the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Kara's love of anatomy led to a certificate and career in diagnostic ultrasound but after working in the field for several years she realized how much she missed teaching movement. Kara came to yoga hoping to cope with stress, but she left with so much more: a peace and a sense of calm that she had never known before, as well as a physical challenge that was different from her previous forms of movement. After her first yoga class Kara knew she had to teach! There was no way she was going to keep this secret to herself. She completed Baptiste’s Level 1 teacher training program in 2012 and Tiffany Cruikshank’s (Yoga Medicine) 200-hour program in February of 2014. She is also certified and teaches Aerial Yoga Play and loves spending time hanging upside down! She is currently working towards her 500-hour certification with Jason Crandell. She enjoys studying various styles of Yoga from international and local master teachers. Combing love of movement and anatomical alignment, she hopes to spark and inspire joy and playfulness through her teaching. In addition to teaching, she is the owner and creator of her own custom yoga wear company, Zebra Mama Yoga.

Jeni Tracy

I found yoga to be the first exercise I look forward to doing and the only one I miss when I can't practice. I have found my passion and its hot YOGA. I left my classes exhausted, but smiling. I kept coming back to experience that feeling of accomplishment. Now that feeling of accomplishment has become fuel in my life.
I practice yoga because it continues to teach me about myself, how to process my thoughts, determination, patience, and relaxation. I feel healthy. I feel strong. I love yoga and yoga teaches me how to love myself.

In June 2011 I completed my Level 1 Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Training and completed Level 2 in 2012. In 2013 I attended a weekend TAP program for Assisting and earned a certificate in teaching kids yoga. In 2014 I completed Baptiste’s Art of Assisting program.

In 2015 Lululemon Athletica named me their Alderwood Ambassador. This is a huge honor for me as it allows me to get more involved in my community and touch more lives through the practice and discipline of yoga!

In July 2015 I became a 200 hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor.

Outside the hot room I'm an accountant and a mother of two beautiful children. What a gift to be able to practice yoga with my husband and children. What a life! Namaste~

Brian Pittman

Brian started practicing Hot Yoga about 9 years ago from the advice of a friend.  He grew up playing sports, mainly soccer and snow skiing. He was a ski instructor for several years, realizing years ago that teaching others was something he had a passion for. Brian then got into Martial Arts. Studying Taekwondo, Kung-Fu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brian also likes to spend time writing songs and playing music, as well as an occasional game of golf. Brian also has a passion for traveling and experiencing life to it's fullest. He has backpacked in over 35 countries to date because of a burning desire to understand the world and his place in it. Yoga has not only helped Brian with his ailments from many years of being active, but also helped him on his spiritual journey as well. “Only those who practice yoga actively can understand the positive effects it has on the entire mind, body and spirit”. Loving yoga and knowing his passion for teaching others, combined with his desire to help others receive from yoga the same benefits that he has, Brian decided to go to Baron Baptiste Level 1 teacher training in August of 2010. He then went on to complete his Baptiste Level 2 training in May 2012. Brian is now a full time yoga teacher and he could not be happier, because..... “living your passions is the best gift you can give yourself” !

Katy Tavog

Katy has been practicing yoga since 2005 and began teaching in 2009, after attending Baron Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training. Katy continued her training by attending Level 2 with Baron Baptiste, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark. Initially attracted to yoga by the heat and the challenge, Katy soon learned the benefits of yoga are much deeper than just physical. Yoga has helped Katy to embrace change and to accept the things she cannot change.
With a background in competitive gymnastic coaching and judging and outdoor fitness training, Katy found teaching yoga a natural progression. She feels everything she has done so far in her life has led her to this point, to teaching yoga. Incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many inspiring teachers and students, Katy looks forward to learning more about yoga, learning more about herself, and inspiring her students to transform their limitations into power!

Mariko Johnston

Mariko is inspired by helping others, learning from others and creating community through the common language of yoga. She loves nothing more than witnessing the evolution of the human spirit once it is discovered and nurtured. She teaches in the hope of sharing the transformative practice of yoga with everyone. She combines her experience and expertise with training, movement and anatomy to create a challenging and safe environment for students to explore their edge. She often encourages her students to surpass their own expectations. Her classes are designed to challenge and strengthen both body and mind.

Mariko completed her RYT 200 at Shakti in 2014 and went on to complete Shakti's Teacher Mentorship Program working with Zak Endicott and Nicole Tsong. In 2016 she completed "Life of a Yogi" 500 hour training, which included training in advanced pranayama and mediation techniques, in New York with her beloved teacher Dharma Mittra. Mariko is also a certified holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer with specializations in corrective exercise, performance enhancement.

Thang Nguyen

Thang, “Tang”, is a transportation engineer that loves being outdoor and with nature. His hobby includes climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, running and photography. Thang started studying and practicing yoga in 2000 to relieve his shoulder and neck injuries from multiple car accidents and as a replacement for his martial art practice. His yoga practice includes a daily 2 hour sitting meditation practice. The benefits of yoga has motivated him to share the yoga practice with others. He began teaching in 2006 privately and at work and got his yoga alliance certification in 2009. Thang strongly believes the yoga practice is incomplete without the mindfulness practice, “yoga without mindfulness is just another physical exercise”. He incorporates mindfulness practice in his yoga classes and trains new teachers how to incorporate mindfulness in their teaching. Thang also teaches meditation workshops at various yoga studios to raise money for his favorite non-profit organizations. Thang teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin yoga, Yogasport, and Myofascial yoga ball; he is also involved with yoga teacher training at various studios.

Emily Mus

I took my initial yoga class from Colette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center when I was pregnant with my firstborn in 2003. It was through pre and post-natal classes that I first experienced the gift of yoga. Three daughters and nine years later, I found myself crawling back to my mat, this time in a very hot room. It was on my mat, and within the astounding community of people at FHY, that I fell in love with the practice of yoga all over again. I first came to FHY for the hard, sweat-pouring workout that I had been promised would help me be a stronger runner, and soon discovered my mat provides so much more. Yoga restores me physically and emotionally. It feeds my soul. My mat is a place where I can be strong and vulnerable all in the same breath. A place I can find myself when the chaos of life takes hold. The transformation, empowerment and possibility that is explored through Baptiste yoga inspires me to share it with others.

Prior to being at home with my three daughters I was a teacher. I earned my Bachelors of Art and Masters of Art in Teaching at the University of Puget Sound. In August 2014 I traveled to NY to attend the Baptiste Institute Level One teacher training. I returned to NY the following summer of 2015 to complete Baptiste Level Two. I've also completed Advanced Art of Assisting and Next Generation Yoga teacher trainings. During these trainings, yoga humbled me yet again. The art of teaching, like the practice of yoga itself, takes practice. I now can combine two of my greatest joys.


A fun and dynamic flow based yoga that links movements with breath to create balance in body and mind. Vinyasa places an emphasis on core and upper body strength, while toning and increasing flexibility throughout the whole body. This class will be warm.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Nov 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kara Stafford
  • Fri Nov 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jeni Tracy
  • Sat Nov 25 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Brian Pittman
  • Sun Nov 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jeni Tracy
  • Mon Nov 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katy Tavog
  • Wed Nov 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kara Stafford
  • Thu Nov 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Mariko Johnston
  • Fri Dec 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jeni Tracy
  • Sat Dec 02 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Brian Pittman
  • Sun Dec 03 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jeni Tracy
  • Mon Dec 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katy Tavog
  • Wed Dec 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kara Stafford
  • Thu Dec 07 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Katy Tavog
  • Fri Dec 08 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jeni Tracy
  • Sat Dec 09 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Brian Pittman
  • Sun Dec 10 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Thang Nguyen
  • Mon Dec 11 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katy Tavog
  • Wed Dec 13 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Emily Mus
  • Thu Dec 14 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Katy Tavog