Baron Baptiste – How Yoga can Free Yourself

  • Post Written by Jai Kai on June 29, 2009
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Today, Yoga is being practiced by millions of people all over the world to enhance mind & body performance and to free you from things you no longer need or desire. Yoga opens you up in a whole new way and allows new possibilities for you to experience. Yoga has been implemented in professional sports programs with such organizations as the NBA, NFL and NHL. There are many great teachers and methods of yoga out there and I have personally studied with many world renowned and expert yoga instructors. The one who has been most influential to me as an instructor and mentor is Baron Baptiste.

In recent years, Baron has become a well-known author with his bestselling book, Journey Into Power and has been featured in various media and magazines such as Women’s Health, In-Focus Balance, People, US Weekly, Self, W, Elle, Vogue, GQ, Allure, Shape, Men’s Health, Fitness, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, In-Style, Cosmopolitan, Natural Health, Parenting and Yoga Journal. He has also been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and Natural Health Magazine. But it was in 1994 when Baron Baptiste was invited to join the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff and for 4 years he more fully learned his craft by working personally and closely with Super-Bowl Champion coaches and athletes, like John Gruden, Ray Rhodes, Bill Callahan, NFL all-time kicking record holder Gary Anderson, Bill Romanowski, Ricky Watters, Irving Fryer, Hershel Walker, “The Fridge” Perry, Art Monk Rodney Peete, and quarterback all-time great Randal Cunningham. As the team’s Peak Performance Specialist, Baron designed a program for athletes to transform their performance, and he very successfully did just that. The athletes quickly became addicted to the results. Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles said: “When it comes to training champions, Baron Baptiste is exceptional.”

Baron is also exceptional in training everyday people who are looking to improve and transform themselves on all levels, not only through yoga but also through proper diet, nutrition, breathing, visualizing, self analysis, relaxation and meditation. He integrates self-development education, yoga philosophy and yoga exercises to achieve personal power, authentic health and manifesting a life that has energy and authenticity.

I have attended his Yoga Teachers Training – 1 week boot camp and was completely transformed by the experience. Even today, 4 years later I still use his valuable tools for personal growth. I also share those tools and teaching that I have learned from him with my students in yoga classes. Baron’s training has also given me the opportunity to teach some professional and Olympic athletes.

Watching the video above will give you a little more insight to Baron’s successful teaching methods and styles. Some of the most important messages he make here is

1. Any life challenge is a lesson – Accept, embrace and learn from the challenges you experience; you can use your lesson to help and teach others.

2. Live life outside the box – You need to step out of the box or out of your comfort zone in order to grow; this can be fun, exciting and a whole new experience. What seemed impossible, is now possible and this allows you to grow in other areas of your life

3. Maintain good health – If you lose your health, it doesn’t matter how much money or how successful you are. Our health is our foundation for life. Yoga is an amazing way to maintain health for mind, body & spirit.

To learn more about Baron’s yoga teachings and philosophies I highly recommend his first book Journey into power.

There are many ways to free yourself from things you no longer need or desire. In fact I just read an excellent article at zenhabits that makes some great points on how to get unstuck. For myself, Yoga seems like the miracle drug for freeing myself.

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