Sleepless in Seattle? Elina’s Adventures at Baptiste Yoga’s Advanced Art of Assisting

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Sleepless in Seattle? Elina’s Adventures at Baptiste Yoga’s Advanced Art of Assisting

 Elina Art of Assisting

22 hours in the air, 4 days away from my family, the first time away from little Matilda and an 8-hour time difference should in theory make for a challenging trip. But as I stretched myself over three empty seats on the flight over and realised that for the first time in a very long time I had time to read a good book, watch TED talks and SLEEP, I knew I was in for a treat. Therapy for the mind, body and soul.

Baptiste Yoga’s Advanced Art of Assisting training in Seattle, Washington ignited something in me that pushed away any feelings of exhaustion and made me feel energised from the moment I walked through the doors or Shakti Vinyasa Yoga – a beautiful studio owned by the amazing Baptiste teacher Lisa Black. Lots of dots were being connected as Lisa was one of Ari’s first teachers in the Baptiste Yoga community and I had heard so much about her before.

The 3-day programme, led by world-class Baptiste Yoga team and the one and only Brandon Compagnone, was an incredible experience. In addition to learning the importance of biomechanical principles, we were encouraged to play, discover and practice powerful assists. Speaking of play, me and my partner did win the wheelbarrow race :). I have always been a bit competitive…..I have also always been a “hands-on” teacher and the power of touch has been a big part of my work for a long time, starting with massage and holistic therapies years ago. The Advanced Art of Assisting refreshed my toolkit, and most importantly gave me time to explore how to truly support others in their practice using my imagination with blocks, straps, hands and the entire body. Jessica, a fellow participant summed this up nicely by saying that creativity is an energy saver! (you can read her blog here:

I am a firm believer that the best teachers never stop being students and it was wonderful to soak up the experience as a student, with a beginner’s mind. When I received amazing assists it reminded me first-hand of the impact touch can have. And from that, it’s enhanced my ability to relate to others in their practice, struggles and joys.

For any teacher at any level, the importance of human touch and the intention behind your assists has an invaluable impact on your connection with your students. As I was getting ready to head back to London, it became abundantly clear that I was not on this course for me, but for the amazing yogis at Lumi that are craving growth and depth in their practice. My mission is to be of service as best as I can to my students on and off the mat, so it’ll be more long-haul flights, more growth and more Baptiste Community connections ahead – can’t wait!

The Advanced Art of Assisting inspired me at deep level. And I’m so excited that we have the Baptiste Art of Assisting programme coming to Lumi so that you can experience the magic for yourself. It’s rooted in the same principles I just talked about and is perfect for teachers and students alike. I will be there and I hope you will too!

Baptiste Yoga’s Art of Assisting workshop is coming to the studio on the weekend of 8 –10 May. Learn more about the weekend and reserve your place soon, as there are limited spots available: