Journey Into Power

The Essential Baptiste Yoga Practice.

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About The Course

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Meet The Instructor - Lisa Taylor

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Course Introduction

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Recommended Text for Course

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Preparing To Practice

Meet The Instructor - Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is a certified Baptiste Yoga teacher and owner of Evolution Power Yoga, which operates four Baptiste-affiliate studios in the Lancaster, PA area. The mother of three daughters, Lisa began yoga as a follow to her athletic career as a gymnast, but her passion for yoga deepened as it infused and informed every area of her life. With the highest industry standard demanding 500 hours of formal training to qualify as a yoga instructor, Lisa has surpassed 5,000 hours of dedicated instruction, and in turn has taught hundreds of teacher trainees the mind, body and soul of yoga.

Course Introduction

  • Intention of the course
    • Explain intention of 11 sequences of JIP and JIP as a whole
    • understanding = customizing your practice.
  • Promise of the course:
    • Explanation of each section of JIP via peak posture or movement.
  • Big picture:
    • HISTORY
      • Begun in the 1940’s,
      • Effective + accessible
    • Baptiste Yoga its own limb
    • 4 Definitions:
      • Asana
        • physical poses on a mat
        • access to vitality, power and freedom
      • Meditation 
        • seated, internal, contemplative practice
        • access to awakening and getting present to life
      • Inquiry
        • Looking Deeper – asking self questions
        • access to discovery and new possibility
      • Power
        • access to being effective + impactful
        • wherever, whenever with whomever
  • Entry point is JIP practice
    • Series of 11 sequences of postures
    • Access to vitality power and freedom.
    • Adaptation = accessible to all
    • Focus on “Peak Pose” for each section
    • Leave students with both an experience of the energetic title of each section and its physical manifestation.
    • Examining the principles that underscore the 11 parts of the JIP practice
    • Experience those principles through a peak pose for each segment.
    • The poses selected are not “the most important or the best” pose.
    • Infinite choices are possible.

Recommended Text for Course

Baron Baptiste’s best-selling book, Journey Into Power, is the ideal companion text for this course. In this book, Baron explains in detail the alignment and goals of every pose in the Journey Into Power practice, as well as customizations to fit every body and ability. Baron also writes eloquently about how to take your yoga practice off of your mat and into every area of your life.

Preparing To Practice

  • Room Temp:
    • Warm vs cold. 90-degrees. 
  • Space:
    • Clear area
    • Firm surface

  • Self-Care Support:
    • Water
    • Towel 
  • Props + Gear:
    • Mat
    • Block
    • Strap or towel 
  • Wardrobe:
    • Clothes you can move in

The Components of the Journey Into Power Practice

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Integration & Awakening

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Vitality

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Equanimity

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Grounding

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Igniting

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Stability

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Opening & Release

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Rejuvenation

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Deep Rest

Integration & Awakening

  • Principles Integration
    • Life “time out”
    • opportunity to start again with focus and breath
    • Be where you are
    • present to what is
    • Work from that space
  • Principles Awakening
    • Match movement to breath
    • Foundation for change
    • Expression of natural self vs. technical 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Integration
      • Difference between Ragdoll and Forward Fold
      • Basis for healthy movement
      • Partnership to feet
  • Peak pose for Integration:
    • Ragdoll (lower back)
    • Forward fold (hamstrings) 
  • Peak pose Awakening:
    • Chaturanga Dandasana (stability+strength)

Vitality

  • Principle Vitality
    • Energy source vs. just having more energy 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Creating Rotation:
      • Neutral pelvis
      • Ground/ anchor/ fix the base
      • Extend
      • Rotate
        • Rotate spine
        • Rotate Lateral Lines
        • Not just move gaze 
  • Peak pose for Vitality:
    • Crescent twist
      • variations
        • kneeling
        • knee up
        • seated

Equanimity

  • Principles Equanimity
    • Balancing of opposites
    • Need Drishti and Ujjay
    • Bandhas / Vore as foundation
      • limbs move in response to the core
    • Cardiovascular 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Push boundaries while
    • Maintaining center 
  • Peak pose for Equanimity:
    • Eagle
      • Variations:
      • Standing
      • Seated
      • Lying down
    • Arms and legs are moving simultaneously
    • Challenge focus and balance

Grounding

  • Principles Grounding
    • Side bend 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Open the lateral lines
    • Hands+Feet as foundation
    • Expand Core
    • Ease in large muscle groups 
  • Peak pose for Grounding:
    • Triangle
      • Neutral pelvis
        • Hip crease – a la ragdoll + ffold
        • Back hip stable
      • Add back bend

Igniting

  • Principles Igniting
    • Backbend out of broad posterior pelvis
    • Tailbone descends
    • Chest expands 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Back bending + Heart Opening
    • Equal and opposite
      • Tail down
      • chest up 
  • Peak pose for Igniting:
    • Camel
      • Broad back pelvis
      • Tail descends
      • Create safe chest + throat opening

Stability

  • Principles Stability
    • Abdominal strength, NOT momentum 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Stable torso
    • Support low back
    • Neutral pelvis
    • Engage abdominals 
  • Peak pose for Stability:
    • Scissor Kicks
      • Move on exhale
      • Lower just before the low back kicks in
      • Thigh bones deep in pelvis

Opening & Release

  • Principles Opening + Release
    • Access to greater results
    • greater awareness and perception
    • Diminished resistance 
  • Action + Purpose
    • Opening
      • No stimulation in knee joint
      • Femur rotation from hip joint
    • Release
      • Stay purposeful – body is most open to change
      • Deepest hamstring stretch opportunity
      • Exit deep work via rag doll shape 
  • Peak pose for Opening:
    • Pigeon
      • Intentional alignment
      • Action for collected pose
      • Growing focus vs. “checking out” 
  • Peak pose for Release:
    • Seated leg extensions
      • Differentiate forward-fold, then ragdoll version

Rejuvenation

  • Principles Rejuvenation
    • Inversions = actions unique to yoga
    • Many health benefits
    • accessible, customizable
  • Action + Purpose
    • Body as still, upside down
    • Inverse of earlier strength work
    • New life, new energy
  • Peak pose for Rejuvenation:
    • Waterfall
      • Customization versions:
        • headstand
        • handstand
        • child’s pose
        • More
      • Engage core slightly
        • Stable torso
        • “W-shaped” arms
        • Ankles over hips
        • Knees soft as needed
        • Sacrum neutral (+/— block)
          • Restorative adaptations:
            • Wall
            • sandbag

Deep Rest

  • Principles Deep Rest
    • Preceding postures = prep
    • Give time
    • Not space-out time – focus by:
      • Breath
      • Periphery
      • Whole body
  • Action + Purpose
    • Least movement or effort
    • Greatest access to awareness
    • Space between stimulus and response
  • Peak pose for Rejuvenation:
    • Savasana

Putting It All Together

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20-Minute Practice

20-Minute Practice

This concise 20-minute practice is comprised of the ‘peak poses’ featured in the Journey Into Power: The Essential Baptiste Practice course videos.

This practice is one part of the Essential Baptiste Yoga Practice Course

 Poses are:

  1. Forward Fold
  2. Sun A (focus on chatturanga) & Sun B
  3. Revolved Crescent Lunge
  4. Eagle
  5. Triangle
  6. Camel
  7. Scissor Kicks
  8. Pigeon
  9. Seated Leg Extensions (2 ways)
  10. Waterfall
  11. Savasana