Luke Baugh, E-RYT 200
Luke Baugh has been practicing yoga for 14 years consistently and teaching for 9 of those years. In 2005 he met David Garrigues at the Ashtanga Yoga School in Seattle and since then has maintained steady practice under the guidance of his teacher, who is one of the very few certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers in the world. In 2007, Luke completed the 200 hour in-depth study at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle, and later went on to assist his teacher in other workshops and trainings during the years following completion of the program, which he now directs. He is currently an accredited E-RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance and is also the director of the Registered Yoga School at Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham.
Luke has been trained and/or influenced notably by the following teachers and studios: Catherine Tisseront (Satya Garrigues), James Butkevich, Manju Jois, Kevin Kimple, Noah Williams, Kimberly Flynn, Rich McGowan, Anne Finstad, and Tim Miller.
Luke began studying academically under the advice of his teacher and now holds a bachelors degree in Sociology focusing on nonviolence and social justice. He currently attends Western Washington University as a graduate MBA student, focusing on business ethics and sustainability, with the intent of utilizing his eduction to assist the public in accessing yoga through economic means. Luke is also the owner of Triad River Tours, a local whitewater rafting company operating out of Bellingham, WA, where he lives year round.
Luke is very proud to have had the privilege of teaching yoga for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and feels it is a testament to the universality of Ashtanga Yoga and what he refers to as "The Garrigues Method" in honor of his teachers ability to insightfully bring yoga to those who are in need of a teachers assistance. Luke has taught for multiple yoga studios, his own studios (Exist Yoga, LC Yoga Center, and now Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham) as well as numerous institutional teaching engagements including Gonzaga University, Western Washington University, Lewis Clark State College, and Regence Blue Shield. He currently practices Ashtanga Yoga as he was taught by his teacher, 6 days per week, as he learned to do at the school which invented his daily practice; AYS, in Seattle. His personal style as a teacher is results based and forthright. He prefers to challenge his students early and often. His faults include failing to follow his teachers advice in some areas including his tendency to be overly philosophical, so you may not want to take him up on a coffee after class if you aren't ready for a long conversation. He is a devoted student of David Garrigues, in the tradition of guru parampara, in the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.