Baron Baptiste was born into a family of yogis. His parents co-founded the first yoga center in San Francisco in 1955. His uncle hosted Yogananda back in the day and his family, in general, was influential in spreading yoga in the states. Baron was a student of Krishnamacharya's, and Iyengar by proximity as they were family friends. He has taken the best of what he learned from both camps and created his own contribution.
The 5 alchemical elements:
- Ujjayi. Breath.
- Dristhi. Vision.
- Tapas. Fiery rigor.
- Vinyasa. Flow.
- Journey Into Power sequence.
All trainings, leadership programs and 40 days to Revolution are centered around the following core practices:
- Asana. Get physical.
- Dhyana. Get still.
- Svadhyaya. Study self.
- Way of being.
- Pervasive presence.
- Eyes. Ears. Words.
The Heat (Tapas)
It levels you. Softens defenses and fortified resilience. There's an honesty that prevails when we allow the heat to permeate us. The sweat factor: the skin is the largest organ and is one of three ways the body detoxifies. Regular purification thus leaves students energized and light in spirit.
JIP (The container)
The flow is S.M.A.R.T. It is inclusive, adaptable, and crosses lines of age, ability, and pedigree. It's sequentially laid out with all family of postures present. The sameness in sequencing can be a familiar background to notice the newness. This frees up the teacher to be a conduit for greater inspiration, it also frees up the students’ cerebral listening which sets the scene for transcending the body. There's something deeply enchanting about aligning the body with breath that dissolves the momentum of mind into stillness. All classes are created from the raw energy of the moment. It's personal, yet impersonal.
What makes a teacher impactful?
They embody the transformation. They ensure trust. They are a conduit for the teaching. They keenly meet others where they are and inspire them beyond their perceived limitations. They leave students empowered.
A good teacher can help us cruise the learning curve. But let's be clear, we can't teach someone something they don't want to learn.
Commitment to something beyond the self. Living our greatness. Radical transformation through self-study. Leaders leave others empowered.
At the time it felt forced ripe, but looking back the intensity and rigor were the medicine. Baron fanned the spark within me. He demanded my excellence and kicking and screaming I evolved.
To be still and know.
A Vedanta teacher who taught me about the more elusive aspects of the practice. He reminded me always Spirit, sometimes Matter. Not two, one.
Precision. Essential language. How to teach students to fish for themselves.
Her joy of sharing is palpable and is absolutely an essential element of an impactful teacher.
Ishvara Pranidhana. Devotion to the Creator. Subjugating one’s superficial desires with a deeper focus on communion with the Divine.
She taught me about the enchanting dance of devotion to source.
They have all challenged and changed me in ways words fail to convey. What I share today is a culmination of time with them and time with self. I am deeply blessed.