The Power of Play Bootcamp with Baron Baptiste

Get serious about your yoga right now. Power up your spirit. Fire up your mind. Detox your body. Join Baron Baptiste as we go deep into what a real yoga practice is. It's not scorpion pose people. It's living, breathing and sharing yoga. Maybe you're going through the motions in class, showing up in life but bailing out when it gets tough, and posting yoga selfies but not living it. Maybe your asana is amazing but you aren't growing as a person or living your yoga as you envision. Now is the time to spend four weeks with Baron Baptiste to take your own private journey into power. If you've been searching for a total-body, open mind reset, this course is for you. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome.

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Baron Baptiste

For more than 25 years, Baron Baptiste has devoted his life to creating and sharing transformational yoga practices and programs. He shares the Baptiste Yoga methodology through workshops, books, yoga teacher trainings and his continued work with non-profit organizations. An entrepreneur and visionary, Baron is committed to sharing Baptiste Yoga in ways that make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people across the planet. His approach to yoga has been a catalyst for society’s acceptance of yoga as a popular practice and is now being used by millions of people globally.

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About the Course

Signature to Baptiste workshops, this journey requires your full commitment and mind-body focus. The class is for anyone.

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FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Course

Signature to Baptiste workshops, this journey requires your full commitment and mind-body focus. The class is for anyone. You can have a new practice and hope to move deeper into yoga or the methodology, or you can be a seasoned professional looking for inspiration, your own intention, or personal retreat. All that we ask is that you set a clear intention and stay the course. We will support you through these four special weeks and set you and your new yoga-self free.

EACH WEEK YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN BARON-LED WORKSHOPS. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PRACTICE THE SELF-STUDY THROUGHOUT THE COURSE.

Course structure and goals

Each week you can expect:

  • A guided asana practice (video)
  • A guided meditation (video)
  • Self-inquiry readings and a practice + homework (text and video)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1: Introduction and Waking Up
  • Week 2: Clearing Out
  • Week 3: Centering
  • Week 4: Playing Full Out

GOALS
This course will help you reboot your body, mind, and spirit! And the Baptiste team will be there every step of the way to help support you.

Disclaimer
Please consult a doctor before beginning any form of exercise, including this program. If something does not feel right in your body, or you experience any pain while performing the exercises in the course, stop immediately and consult your doctor. The creators of this program cannot guarantee that this practice is safe for every individual. Any liabilities associated with the use of this program are expressly disclaimed.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much is The Power of Play Bootcamp?
The cost of the course is $300.

2. When does the course begin?
This course is On Demand and begins once you purchase the course.

3. How can I purchase the course?
You can purchase the course either through www.MyBaptistePractice.com or through AIM Healthy U Online Courses – the course content is identical.

4. What is the difference between this course and the AIM Healthy U version?
The course content is identical on both sites. But by purchasing the Power of Play Bootcamp course through MyBaptistePractice.com, you get a coupon code for 3 free months’ access to the platform – so you can practice with your favorite Baptiste teachers, anytime, anywhere.

5. Does this course give me credit towards Yoga Alliance certification?
Yes, this course counts as 30-hour non-contact education hours for Yoga Alliance. You will receive a letter stating that you took and completed the course.

6. What if I cannot keep up with the weekly coursework?
No problem! In all of our courses, students work at their own pace. The course is designed to be done at a specific pace for 4 weeks total, but feel free to experience this on a timeline that works best for you. The material is yours to keep so it will not expire.

7. How much time should I set aside each week for this course?
It’s recommended that you give this a minimum daily commitment of 1 hour/day in week 1 with 2 days off each week if you want them.

If you’re having problems and would like to have a representative contact you, please email us at [email protected] or  [email protected].

Week 1

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Week 1 - Welcome!

In these 4 upcoming weeks together we will be at play with 3 essential practices

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Safety First

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Reading - 'Resistance'

Working Through Your Resistance

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Asana

The theme of this 43-minute asana is to Play Full-Out to Wake Up

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Meditation - Commonly Asked Questions

How can I stop my thoughts?

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Meditation

This 19-minute meditations centers on the work of Playing Full Out to Wake Up.

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Inquiry

"What we resist, persists."

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Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Write down a list of all the areas in your life, people included, where you have resistance.

Week 1 - Welcome!

Welcome to the Power of Play Bootcamp!

In these 4 upcoming weeks together we will be at play with 3 essential practices: asana, meditation, and inquiry. The work that you do through this bootcamp will expand your awareness, empower you to let go of things not serving you, and encourage you to be at play both on the mat and in your life. Trust the process. If you commit to doing the work each week, this bootcamp promises to leave you with an immense breakthrough. Let’s get started.

Safety First

Reading - 'Resistance'

Working Through Your Resistance

Along with any growth process comes resistance. The two are as intertwined as the moon and the tides.

As a person who has been involved with yoga and personal growth for years, I wish I could tell you that I have conquered resistance. But I have not. Sometimes I still have to drag myself to the mat. The first five minutes are pure resistance, but then it starts to melt and I get into the flow. Ironically, the days that start with the most resistance usually turn out to be the best practices.

Resistance can be a great teacher. It exposes your state of mind and being—your fears, attachments, and limiting beliefs. Then it’s up to you to choose whether to continue protecting your existing patterns or to expose them to the light.

The postures are designed to open up and reveal every pocket of resistance in the body. They give us the opportunity to dissolve this resistance and break through to the other side. Facing resistance without fighting it is the only way to grow out of it. Ignoring your resistance ensures you’ll stay stuck in it. You can try as hard as you like and find ways to move around the blocks in your path, but the thing that blocks your path is your path. The resistance that surfaces is the next place you need to look, the next edge you need to play.

The key to working through your resistance is always a radical inner surrender, a calm determination, and a commitment to letting go!

In yoga, you encounter all kinds of resistance—resistance in the tissue, resistance in the mind, resistance to doing your daily yoga, and resistance to changing the habits and lifestyles that impede growth. Anytime you feel stuck, look for what it is that is blocking you—your blind spots—and the path you need to take will reveal itself.

Asana

The theme of this 43-minute asana is to Play Full-Out to Wake Up. Come from ‘you are ready now,’ play at your edge, and let your intuition guide you.

Meditation - Commonly Asked Questions

Meditation: Commonly Asked Questions

How can I stop my thoughts?

The goal of meditation is not to stop our thinking or even clear our minds. In fact, that would be impossible. In the same way that our hearts beat, our minds think. Meditation is the practice of being less immersed in our thoughts and knowing the difference between thinking and being lost in thoughts. If we don’t know the difference, we live in the stories in our heads and never come out of ourselves long enough to see the world as it really is.

Don’t try to stop your thoughts. Don’t block them: Let them come up, and then let them go. See your thoughts as clouds floating through the sky of your mind. Stand back and watch them drift by. This practice lets you see just how impermanent your thoughts really are, and takes away their power to rule your life. It teaches you the important truth that you are not your thoughts.

From time to time, you’ll forget to be present and get wrapped up in your thoughts, but as often as you forget, remember to let them go and come back to your hands. Again and again, you simply begin again.

What am I supposed to do with all the great or creative ideas that come up while I am meditating?

Ignore them and go on meditating. This is exactly what you are supposed to do. This is a commitment question: Are you committed to your spiritual practice, or are you committed to it only as long as it is easy or convenient? If you made a sacred commitment to your spiritual path, it may be tempting to write down the profound thoughts when they come up, but the point is to let the thoughts go, no matter how juicy they are. The good news is that if your insights are really profound and really true to you, they will still be present for you when your meditation practice is done.

How do I find the time to meditate when my life is already so busy?

No one ever says they don’t have time to brush their teeth or take a shower, but people swear they can’t find five minutes to be in stillness that will make them a better person. The bottom line is that you just need to make the commitment to setting aside a certain amount of time a day and doing it. If you respect your commitment to it, you’ll show up. We can always find ways to carve out time if we really want to.

How do I know if I’m doing it right?

There is no right or wrong. There is just showing up and sitting with the calmest determination you can find. It is important to give up the idea of being a “good” meditator or having any specific results. All that is required of you is just showing up, being present, and reaping the cumulative rewards. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately visible, but over time, they will take effect. Over the years, you can look back and clearly see the subtle shifts in your mind, your perceptions—and your life.

What do I do if my legs fall asleep?

That happens sometimes. You may go through all different kinds of sensations, from a tiny itch that starts to feel like torture to a tingling in your legs. The answer to what you should do is nothing. Do nothing. Continue to sit in committed stillness with strong determination and nonreactivity. Recognize this as just another bodily sensation and stay.

How do I end my practice?

The awareness-based style is all about presence and awareness, and if you are already present and aware, there is no ending that needs to happen to bring you back to your reality—you’re already here. However, because you may have moments in which you drift off, you may want to wait until you have come back to your breath and the present moment, and then simply open your eyes.

Meditation

This 19-minute meditations centers on the work of Playing Full Out to Wake Up. Baron begins with instruction on how to create your meditation seat and offers several modifications.

Inquiry

“What we resist, persists.”

In this first week of The Power of Play Bootcamp, we are invited to examine where in our life we hold resistance. This work is not about changing or judging – just taking a deep and honest inventory.

Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Write down a list of all the areas in your life, people included, where you have resistance.

There is nothing to do about it other than create the list. You don’t have to fix things or try to change things; just notice where resistance lives for you.

Week 2 – Clearing Out

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Week 2 - Intro

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Week 2 - Reading - 'The Garden'

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Week 2 - Asana

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Week 2 - Meditation

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Week 2 - Inquiry

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Week 2 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Week 2 - Intro

Welcome to week 2 of The Power of Play Bootcamp!

The focus of week two will be to be at play with giving up to clear out. The asana and meditation both encourage this deep work, and the inquiry pushes us to be at choice with our resistance.

Week 2 - Reading - 'The Garden'

Cleaning Up The Garden

Transformation means removing the rocks from our garden, the boulders that block our naturalness. The practices in this bootcamp are not so much a learning process as an unlearning process. We unlearn our pride, our anger, our fear, our conditioning, and our resistance, and we come back to our natural way of being. When we were kids, we were free and innocent. As time passed, we accumulated the rocks of resistance, piling them up until they became mountains in our minds.

Transformation comes not by adding things on but by removing what didn’t belong in the first place. We change by peeling away all the toxic layers, emotional debris, and beliefs that we have added on over the years. We forget that there is something perfect already within us; through years of habit and hypnosis we took a wrong turn and now we automatically look outside ourselves for something that will fix us.

The journey of transformation is always a journey back to the center of truth, and once we reach that center, the rocks that clutter our minds begin to disintegrate.

Week 2 - Asana

The theme of this 53-minute asana is Clearing Out. Work your DrishtiUjjayi breath, and pull in to your center line to generate Tapas, your inner fire.

Week 2 - Meditation

The intention for this 16-minute meditation is to Clear Out. Feel free to pause the video when you’ve come to a point of stillness and remain for as long as you feel called.

Week 2 - Inquiry

In week 2 of The Power of Play Bootcamp, the work of inquiry is about getting clear as to which areas of resistance we are willing to let go, and which ones we choose to hold on to. We do this work without judgement – it’s a noting – a choosing. And there is power in both the clarity and the frame of being at choice.

Week 2 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Take out the list you created last week. (Check your email for a link to last week’s responses.)

Next to each item, write a yes or no in response to the question: Am I willing to give this up or let this go?

You may notice that you’ve answered yes to some questions and no to others. Do a double check. Is it costing you something to hold on to resistance—your energy, your well-being, a relationship, etc.? If the answer is still no, that you’re not ready to let it go, that’s okay. You are now in a powerful place of clarity.

Week 3 – Centering

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Week 3 - Intro

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Week 3 - Reading - 'The Rice Bowl'

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Week 3 - Asana

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Week 3 - Meditation

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Week 3 - Inquiry

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Week 3 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Week 3 - Intro

Welcome to week 3 of The Power of Play Bootcamp!

The focus of Week 3 of is Playing Full-Out From Center. The asana will encourage us to find and practice from our center of being, and the meditation is focused by the concept of anchoring. This week’s inquiry asks us to examine the consequences – both costs and opportunities – of either holding or releasing our resistances.

Week 3 - Reading - 'The Rice Bowl'

The Rice Bowl

There is a story of a disciple who one day came to visit his master to ask if he could receive his higher ranking as a monk. As the disciple entered the temple, he left his shoes and rice bowl outside. The master asked his student, “On which side of the rice bowl did you place your shoes?”

“What kind of nonsense questions is that?” asked the student. He was very annoyed. “Why don’t you ask me about all the enlightenment I am receiving in meditation, my kundalini rising and my knowledge of God? I am an advanced student of scripture and meditation—why do you ask me such a stupid and ordinary question?”

Once again the master asked the same question, “On which side of the rice bowl did you place your shoes?”

The angry student replied, “What do rice bowls and shoes have to do with spirituality? Frankly, I take pride in not being overly careful about small things like that. I simply don’t remember, because it isn’t important.”

“You are not ready to graduate to the next level,” said the master. “Go and meditate for another nine years, then you can come back and try again.”

“Nine years?” said the student. “Just for this small mistake?”

“This is not a small mistake,” replied the master. “You are not yet living from your center, because you have not awareness of what is right in front of you. You are not present in your everyday activities, and that is what it means to live meditatively—you must learn to have your feet on the ground.”

This story illustrates the need to come down out of our heads and become more intuitively competent and mindful of what is happening right in front of us. It does little good to complain about teachers, husbands or wives, parents, bosses, or lovers. We only accentuate our role as victims when we say, “I’d be happier if only he or she were different,” or “If only they would get off my back, I wouldn’t get so reactive.” Most of us have a side that is loyal to the victim within, but these thought systems of blame and self-pity stunt our growth and strain our relationships.

Our emancipation can only come from within, when we decide we no longer want to live this way. By saying, “I will become centered,” we become responsible people; we own our lives from the inside. We don’t have to wait for others to set us free. As we practice staying centered, we discover that we have the capacity to be aware of the little gremlin voices in our heads and that we don’t have to get caught up in the illusions of our own story.

Week 3 - Asana

In this 61-minute practice, we are at play with our center – the center of our body, our breath, and our Drishti. These foci are also excellent tools to note where we are off our center and to simply and gently bring ourselves back.

Week 3 - Meditation

“Do the thing, and you will have the power.”

Baron invites us to check in with ourselves at this halfway point in The Power of Play Bootcamp – where are we with regards to the meditation practice component of the work?

In this 21-minute meditation, we work to get anchored to the body, the breath, our emotions, and our environment. Feel free to pause the video at any point an sit for the expanse of time that feels right for you.

Week 3 - Inquiry

In Week 3 of The Power of Play Bootcamp, Baron asks us to examine the consequences of our resistances – and what opens up if we let them release their hold on us.

Week 3 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Take out your list from last week. (Check your email for a link to last week’s responses.)

For each of your answers, journal on this question: What do you not get to have by not letting go?

Once you have answered that for each yes and no, journal on this second question: What could you really have if you were to give that thing up?

Week 4

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Week 4 - Intro

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Week 4 - Reading - 'Practice'

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Week 4 - Reading - 'Practice'

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Week 4 - Asana

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Week 4 - Meditation

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Week 4 - Inquiry

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Week 4 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

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Week 4 - Parting Thoughts

Week 4 - Intro

Welcome to week 4 of The Power of Play Bootcamp!

The theme of the final week of The Power of Play Bootcamp is Playing Full Out.  Though this week’s asana, meditation and inquiry, we harness the Power of Play to create ourselves as we know ourselves to be. You’re left with the challenge of creating a plan – an actual plan on paper – that you can reference as a guide and an inspiration to keep the work alive in your practice and in your life.

Week 4 - Reading - 'Practice'

Practice Matters 

The path of transformation has no end. It’s a profound, lifelong commitment to moving up to something bigger, living in an evolving inquiry, asking with each new insight what’s possible, and loving the possibility of growing beyond who you know yourself to be.

You have a North Star that illuminates your path to an extraordinary existence. I don’t literally mean a star, of course, but symbolically and energetically—a spiritual focal point that is within you, beyond you and leads you toward something greater. It’s the bright future that you are living now. Your North Star empowers and informs your actions in this moment. It gives you your thoughts, attitudes, point of view, and body sensations in the present. In Eastern spiritual principles, acting toward that greater purpose is referred to as sadhana, which means that you’re being intentional in life, staying true to creating continual aliveness and expressing it through your everyday activities and commitments.

By committing to a daily practice, you bring forth the possibility of creating yourself and your life as a true expression of who you are. Remember, what you’re given in each moment is the power to choose who you’ll be and how you’ll fill your space and your future.

Week 4 - Reading - 'Practice'

Practice Matters 

The path of transformation has no end. It’s a profound, lifelong commitment to moving up to something bigger, living in an evolving inquiry, asking with each new insight what’s possible, and loving the possibility of growing beyond who you know yourself to be.

You have a North Star that illuminates your path to an extraordinary existence. I don’t literally mean a star, of course, but symbolically and energetically—a spiritual focal point that is within you, beyond you and leads you toward something greater. It’s the bright future that you are living now. Your North Star empowers and informs your actions in this moment. It gives you your thoughts, attitudes, point of view, and body sensations in the present. In Eastern spiritual principles, acting toward that greater purpose is referred to as sadhana, which means that you’re being intentional in life, staying true to creating continual aliveness and expressing it through your everyday activities and commitments.

By committing to a daily practice, you bring forth the possibility of creating yourself and your life as a true expression of who you are. Remember, what you’re given in each moment is the power to choose who you’ll be and how you’ll fill your space and your future.

Week 4 - Asana

The theme of this 69-minute asana is Playing Full Out.

Yes, there is fun inside of play, but the work play is the work of discovery at our growing edge of possibility.

Week 4 - Meditation

The focus this week is Playing Full Out. In this 21-minute meditation, this takes the form of playing full out in being at choice for who you want to be.

Week 4 - Inquiry

This final week of the Power of Play Bootcamp, we are challenged to distill our purpose and intention – and then to create a plan for how to keep the work alive in our practice and in our life.

Week 4 - Inquiry Journaling Exercise

Take out a journal and a pen.

1. What are you committed to in your practice and your life?

Write out the initial responses that come to you. Then, go deeper. Get to what you are really, really committed to.

Next, answer the question:

2. What are you a yes for in one word?

Last, make a plan for the next 90 days.

3. What actions will you take to keep the work alive?

Week 4 - Parting Thoughts

The 4-week Power of Play Bootcamp is now complete. Congratulations!

Thank you for trusting me to lead you through this journey. I have enormous appreciation for you—your commitment to your own growth, your dedication to the practice, and for being up to something greater as a way of life. As you continue on your journey, I invite you to maintain a daily practice and to share your experiences with others. By your sharing in word and action, others will start to take on what you’re up to; before you know it, a community is formed where everyone is exploring, learning, and working together to support a bigger vision.

Find out what the Baptiste Yoga community is up to at baptisteyoga.com – and practice where you are with MyBaptistePractice.com. And I look forward to meeting you in person one day!

Great work, yogi!

Namaste,

Baron