Origin + History:
According to its website, the practice began in the 1940s and "it has evolved into a practice that holds true to the spirit of its creation while remaining accessible to anyone today. The physical aspects of Baptiste Yoga™ style are inspired by the Hatha Yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age."
It's said that Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga stands for leadership, community, service, possibility and transformation…on and off the mat.
There are three elements to the practice:
1. Physical practice of yoga postures
2. Meditation, the practice of focusing the mind
3. Inquiry - the practice of self-transformation.
The structure of each class is inspired by Baron’s book, Journey into Power. Alignment, themeing and sequncing is key. The alignment principles are clear and concise, enabling students to experience the power associated with physicality, movement and breath.
Through 60, 75, or 90 minute classes in a room heated to 90 degrees, students are encouraged to challenge their bodies and minds.
What Makes It Unique:
Baptiste Yoga is a physically challenging practice that will make a person sweat and build tremendous strength. It is a modern form of yoga.