Baron Baptiste

A few months ago I heard through the yoga vine that Baron was doing a Canadian Tour. I have completed both my Level 1 and Level 2 teacher training with Baron so I was so excited to be part of his workshop in Vancouver. I am inspired by Baron’s teaching as he is such a real authentic teacher. He encourages me to step out of my comfort zone, speak authentically and face my true fears.

At the beginning of the workshop I made a commitment to myself to get involved. Anytime we were asked to share or speak in front of the group I was to raise my hand. There was about 200 people in the workshop a lot of people traveling to Vancouver from Seattle, Florida, New York, and even Australia. Every day I stand up in front of a group of people and teach but for some reason when i stand in front of 200 strangers I feel like I might throw up, faint, and burst into flames it is so SCARY!! That is what I was to work on during the weekend! Facing my fear of looking stupid, my fear of not being liked, my fear that what I have to say may sound dumb and not important. Turns out I was not the only one that weekend that felt this way! During the course of the weekend I got up to the microphone 3 times and stood up many times to share my thoughts and ideas. It was extremely empowering and I cleared space for my new way of being!
Baron had asked us at the beginning of the workshop what we can give up to make some space for something new?

I was willing to give up my high expectations of myself in all areas of my life and replace it with Santosha
Santosha (सन्तोष) (contentment) is one of the niyamas of Yoga as listed by Patanjali. Acceptance for all of it, get present to what is here. I also have been working on a daily meditation practice. I always have good intentions and then get lazy about it. I have committed to a daily meditation practice once a day! It is amazing how grounded I feel even if I sit for only 15′.

Feeling good after a 3 hour Baron Power Class

Feeling good after a 3 hour Baron Power Class

We practiced 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. It felt so good to practice the Journey in Power sequence and more. I woke up early Sunday morning 6 am and ran with Kevin O and Johnny A. We did a 2 hour tour of Stanley Park and English Bay. I found myself thinking how am I going to get through a 3 hour yoga practice after that run. The practice started and I was still running those thoughts through my mind. Baron started to talk about how there is no such thing as a tough practice and that we make it complex. I settled in and had a good breathe and realized what was possible in that moment. I needed to let go and listen do less! Who knew!

Demonstrating Handstand

After Saturday Afternoon Practice

Erin, Lara, Baron, Me Foundations in Actions Complete!

Physicalness { Possibility { Empowerment { Paying it Forward

Thank You Baron Baptiste for a Inspiring Weekend!