Luke Baugh, E-RYT 200
Luke Baugh has been practicing yoga daily since 2002 and teaching since 2005, the year he met certified Ashtanga teacher and devout student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Garrigues. David was the co-director of the Ashtanga Yoga School in Seattle, where, in 2007, Luke completed their rigorous 200 hour in-depth teacher training. In 2008 the Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle disbanded under the news that co-director, and certified teacher Catherine "Satya" Tisseront was terminally ill with cancer. Luke left Seattle and with the blessing of his teacher, and the help of another AYS student, became the first student of AYS to start their own yoga school. After all of these years the relationship between Luke and his teacher, David, remains one of sacred guidance, openness, and change. As a devout student of David, Luke travels annually to practice with his teacher, and "check in" with new insights, and questions that invariably develop along the path. Luke is currently an accredited E-RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance and is the director of the Registered Yoga School at Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham. In addition to teaching yoga in Bellingham, Luke was advised by his teacher to pursue education in order to better understand society and bring yoga to the world. Therefore, under the advice of his teacher, Luke became a college student a short time after taking up study of yoga at AYS. After studying sociology, anthropology, and psychology, he eventually attained a graduate degree in business with a focus on developing and sustaining local yoga schools and contributing to the greater good by utilizing contemporary economic means to distribute and propagate yogic methods to the general public.
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 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 asana in an improvised way in order to reap the highest level of possible benefit in his aging and imperfect body. He invites you to join him in the endeavor to research the science of yoga and how it can improve the condition of individual and collective human existence.