Luke E. Baugh
Luke Baugh has been practicing yoga daily since 2002 and teaching since 2005. His first encounter with yoga was through a difficult circumstance in his life, and since then he has relied upon the practice as a shield and as a sword in regards to the invariable suffering and challenges of life. 2005 was a special year for Luke, he traveled to Hawaii to live and practice yoga, and later that year met Ashtanga guru David Garrigues. After discovering Ashtanga, he moved first to Los Angeles and became a student of Ashtanga Yoga L.A. as well as a student of the infamous Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, California. Eventually, it became obvious to him that his true teacher in this life was David Garrigues, the man that first introduced him to the practice. Luke moved to Seattle in 2006 where he began studying daily with David Garrigues at the Ashtanga Yoga School in Seattle. Ever since then Luke has continued to study and evolve within the structure of the Ashtanga Yoga system of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, under the direct guidance of his teacher. Luke has attended years of daily Mysore classes, as well as workshops and trainings. In 2007, Luke completed their rigorous 200 hour in-depth teacher training at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle.
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, called “Exist Yoga” in Lewiston, Idaho (Note: now the former students of Exist Yoga call their shala “Ashtanga Yoga Lewiston”).
Luke remains a dedicated student to the memory of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle; an original and unique place where yoga truly came to life. AYS has now become a nationwide brand, and David has moved on to teach yoga workshops and retreats all over the world, and is a well published author of several books and videos on the practice of yoga. AYS Seattle was the first of its kind; it was non-dogmatic, subtle, traditional, yet innovative. AYS Seattle was highly influenced by the Iyengar style of practice, and was unusually and meticulously alignment and anatomically focused in its asana.
Luke is currently an accredited E-RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance and is the director of the Registered Yoga School. 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 on the way to his undergraduate degree, 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. This yoga school is a lifetime of work in the study of yoga, as well as how to bring yoga to the world.
Luke has been trained and/or influenced notably by the following yoga teachers and studios: Catherine Tisseront (Satya Garrigues), James Butkevich, Manju Jois, Kevin Kimple, Noah Williams, Kimberly Flynn, Rich McGowan, Anne Finstad, and Tim Miller. After all of these years the relationship between Luke and his teacher, David, remains one of sacred guidance, openness, and change. The twists and turns of living a life devoted to such a dynamic art form mandates a teacher with vast knowledge and patience. 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 has a solid knowledge of the primary series of Ashtanga and has practiced the primary and intermediate. He has been initiated into the studies of Samkhya Yoga Philosophy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and several other aspects of the practice throughout his nearly two decades of study. Luke was also a student of the San Francisco Zen Center.
Luke is very proud to have had the privilege of many diverse yoga teaching engagements, including creating a yoga program for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Luke has taught for multiple yoga studios, his own studios (Exist Yoga, LC Yoga Center, and now Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham and the Bellingham Yoga School) as well as numerous institutional teaching engagements including Gonzaga University, Western Washington University, Lewis Clark State College, and Regence Blue Shield. Luke has assisted and directed several yoga teacher training sessions, and has worked as a consultant for several local yoga studios in regards to class structure and business functionality. He currently practices Ashtanga Yoga daily in order to reap the highest level of possible benefit in his aging and imperfect body. While not doing yoga Luke operates a local outdoor recreation company, rides motorcycles, and loves to watch movies in his yoga oriented Airstream trailer he lives in.