The Power of Play Bootcamp with Baron Baptiste

This course is based on Baron Baptiste's New York Times Bestselling Book, Perfectly Imperfect: The Art & Soul of Yoga Practice.

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The Practice of Baptiste Yoga

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The 3 Practices & Techniques

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Making The Highest Call

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Mistakes as Part of the Path

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Truing Up

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Remove The Rocks

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There Is Nothing To Fix

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Energy of Yes and No

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Aliveness and Stuckness

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Monkey Mind

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Bare Bones Physicalness

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Yoga As A Barometer

The 3 Practices & Techniques

When I am pushed to my edge in my yoga practice or in my life, I…

The pose begins the moment you want to get out of it. What happens in the moment when you are pushed to your edge? Do you stay in wonderment and curiosity, or do you run? Journal.

Making The Highest Call

When I am operating below the line, I tell myself…

What do you say to yourself when you are making the lower call in a yoga pose or in a situation in your life? Journal.

Mistakes as Part of the Path

Choose one experience of failure in your life. What did you learn?

Journal.

Truing Up

What are you up to in your life that is fulfilling?

Journal on 2 – 3 things in your life that give you purpose..

Remove The Rocks

Where are you carrying excess marble in your life?

Distinguish out who you are not. List the excess marble or the rocks that are in your way. 

There Is Nothing To Fix

What are you trying to fix about yourself as it relates to your yoga practice or your life?

The first step is to acknowledge the unwholesome and unreal interpretations about ourselves. Journal on 1 – 2 things you are trying to fix. 

Energy of Yes and No

Where in my life am I a no?

Where are you experiencing resistance? Journal.

Aliveness and Stuckness

Where on your mat or in your life are you not accepting what is?

List 1 – 2 areas you are experiencing stuckness. What do you need to put you attention on and what do you need to take your attention off of in those areas? Journal.

Monkey Mind

Describe what is in front of you.

All we have is the present moment. Look around. What do you see? What do you hear? Presence yourself to the space you are in right now. Journal.

Bare Bones Physicalness

List 2 – 3 assessment you have of your body.

Distinguish between the commentary, the story, the beliefs that you have of your body in contrast to the bare bones physicalness. The practice is noting what’s what. Journal.

Yoga As A Barometer

Why do you practice yoga?

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Journey Into Power

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Journey Into Power

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Integration Sequence

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Awakening Sequence

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Vitality Sequence

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Equanimity Sequence

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Grounding Sequence

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Igniting Sequence

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Opening Sequence

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Release Sequence

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Rejuvenation Sequence

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Deep Rest Sequence

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The Receiving Pose

Journey Into Power

What are three concrete results that you have gotten since your started practicing Journey Into Power?

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Integration Sequence

Where in your life are you not present?

The Integration Sequence is the opportunity to get out of your head and into your physical body.

Awakening Sequence

Where in your life do you need to wake up?

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Vitality Sequence

What in your life gives you energy and what in your life drains your energy?

Journal.

Equanimity Sequence

Where are you overworking and where are you not working hard enough?

Journal.

Grounding Sequence

Where in your life are you ungrounded?

Are you wavering? Are you uncertain? Are you unsure? Consider that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Where do you need to ground down and make the higher call? Journal.

Igniting Sequence

What are you holding onto in your body, your practice and your life?

The Igniting sequence can release energy that has been contained or suppressed. Journal.

Opening Sequence

What habitual patterns are blocking you from experiencing what you’re dealing with (anger, fear, etc.)?

Journal.

Release Sequence

What do you need to let go of to be set free?

The Release sequence is designed to allow us space to release whatever is left in our bodies and minds as tension or worry. It’s a chance to reconnect and ground, and to check in with ourselves and let go of anything we need to. Journal.

Rejuvenation Sequence

Where do you need to get upside down to see something differently?

The Rejuvenation sequence is designed to turn our bodies, minds, and worlds upside down. It’s a chance to shake things up and bring about an inverted view of life. Where do I need to turn my world upside down? Journal.

Deep Rest Sequence

Where in your life do you need to stop and pause?

Consider there is nothing to do, nothing to fix and nothing to figure out. Journal.

The Receiving Pose

Think of a time when you weren’t able to receive. What stopped you from receiving?

Journal.

The 5 Pillars of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga

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Drishti (Gaze)

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Ujjayi (Breath)

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Bandhas (Foundation)

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Tapas (Heat)

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Vinyasa (Flow)

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Iyengar Story

Drishti (Gaze)

I need to put my Drishti on…

The first pillar of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is Drishti (Gaze). Where in your life have you lost focus or balance? What do you need to put your Drishti on? Journal.

Ujjayi (Breath)

I experience constraint in my breath when…

Grab your journal and pen, and write about where in your life you are experiencing constraint in your breath.

Bandhas (Foundation)

What in my life do I need to tighten up?

The third pillar of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is Bandhas (Foundation). The three yogic Bandhas are Mula bandha (contraction of the pelvic floor), Uddiyana bandha (contraction of the abdomen toward the centerline of the body), and Jalandhara bandha (tucking the chin close to the chest). The Bandhas work to direct energy and set boundaries. Journal on what in your life you need to tighten up.

Tapas (Heat)

What eating habits do I need to alter? Tell the truth.

The fourth Pillar of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is Tapas (Heat). It is purifying and cleansing. 

Vinyasa (Flow)

The place I feel the most flow in my life is…

The fifth pillar of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is Vinyasa (Flow). What are you doing when you are experiencing flow in your life?

Iyengar Story

Where are you avoiding the thorns in your life and missing out on roses?

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The Three Themes of Baptiste Yoga

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Be A Yes

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Give Up What You Must

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You Are Ready Now

Be A Yes

I am a no for…

Saying no to one thing means you’re saying yes to another. Take out your journal and write about where this is true for you. Where have you said no when you wanted to say yes?

Give Up What You Must

I give up…

The second theme of Baptiste Yoga is “Give Up What You Must.” Where are you clinging to what’s familiar and safe in your life? Journal on 3 things that you are willing to give up in your life.

You Are Ready Now

Right now, I am ready for…

What are you ready for? Journal on what you are ready for now.

Begin Now

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Begin Now

Begin Now

How I am showing up in my life is…

Grab a journal and a pen, and write about how you are showing up in your life right now. What are the results that you are getting? What are the results that you are not getting?

Getting Real In Yoga

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No Thorns, No Roses

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The Myth of the Real Yogi

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Recognizing Limiting Beliefs

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Misperceptions of Yoga

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Mastery

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Being Teachable

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Practice Matters

No Thorns, No Roses

How do you handle challenges or difficulties in your life?

No thorns, no roses. Journal.

The Myth of the Real Yogi

Where are you not being real in your life?

We all have flaws and we all make mistakes. What are you hiding? Journal.

Recognizing Limiting Beliefs

What beliefs have you collected about yourself?

List 2 – 3 limiting beliefs you have about yourself. Journal.

Misperceptions of Yoga

What has surprised you about your yoga practice?

Journal on 2 – 3 ways your yoga practice has surprised you.

Mastery

Where can you put in more rigor in your practice or in your life?

It takes something to become masterful. Where can you up your game? Journal.

Being Teachable

Where in your practice or your life are you closed?

Where can you shift from, “I know” to “I don’t know?” What if you can have an opening where your are closed? What would be available to you? Journal.

Practice Matters

What matters most to you?

Journal.