Becoming a Baptiste Affiliate was a big step in the life of Small World Yoga. As Executive Director of a young nonprofit organization, having the Baptiste Institute’s name associated with SWY was a way to give additional credibility as we look to grow and expand our brand in the world.
The methodology of Baptiste Yoga is closely tied to SWY’s own core values and mission; built around connecting people and creating a sense of community, but also our work of growing people and supporting people in finding their purpose so they can lead their fullest lives.
Baptiste Affiliation has provided broad connections to like-minded, service-oriented resources and yoga studio expertise beyond our immediate local community in Nashville. What’s becoming possible is the potential to influence and grow our local vision bigger with the support of like-minded leaders who speak the same language and are up to creating similar things in their own communities.
In cities like Nashville that are filled with a variety of power yoga and studios, the Baptiste affiliation has helped create clarity around the specific style offered in our community. It has allowed our leadership team to more clearly define the culture within our studio, strengthened our teaching team and ultimately created a more consistent student experience.
One of our core values at SWY is growth. Partnering with the Baptiste Institute to host programs like the Baptiste Power Yoga Teachers Course and encouraging teachers to attend week-long programs is just one of many ways we live out that core value, with opportunities for our students and teachers to grow in life-changing ways.
One of my favorite African proverbs says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. That phrase comes to mind anytime I reflect on my experience as a Baptiste affiliate and is one of many reasons Small World Yoga chooses to be a part of this global community of leaders, entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals making an impact.