When I was first introduced to yoga in small town in central Utah, a friend introduced me to some yoga podcasts that we did together. I found myself drawn to certain podcast yoga teachers. They were teachers that physically challenged me in the practice but were also bright and powerful lights inviting me to shine brighter, too. All through audio recordings. A few years into practicing yoga I figured out what the common thread was between those teachers I was most drawn to because of how they left me standing in a bigger way from their yoga classes. That common thread is a man named, Baron Baptiste.
Shortly before Russ and I moved to China I started my journey to becoming a trained yoga teacher and there was no doubt in my mind who I wanted to train with. It was Baron Baptiste!!!
My yoga teacher training journey as been like this:
It began in Sedona, AZ at the Baptiste Level 1 training where my major takeaways were a giant bag full of tools to help handle my personal baggage. Basically, if I wanted to invite others to shine their lights bright on the yoga mat and in life, then I needed to learn to address my B#%* S@#% so that I could lead by example.
When I got back from a year of living in Beijing I went to the Baptiste Art of Assisting Training in Savanna, GA where I was able to learn practical tools to get students into their fullest expressions of the poses with props and hands on assisting.
Then, in the fall of 2014, I found myself back in Sedona for the Baptiste Level 2 training where I was able to see that all of my yoga students show up to class with their entire life stories and dramas and I am invited to truly be of service to them via the practice of yoga.
All three of those trainings added up to a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate from the Baptiste Institute.
From there I was still committed to growth and learning as a yoga teacher, so in the last year and a half, while opening Container Collective Yoga in Lakewood, CO I have been working on papers and videos for the next steps in my yoga teaching journey to become a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.
This weekend in Park City, Utah I attended a Baptiste teacher training followed by a full circle moment as I received this certificate that illustrates my commitment to growth on and off of my mat, in the yoga studio and in my entire life!!! The same certification as the podcast teachers I started practicing yoga to in 2005!
And what's even better.... I am going to be hosting a Baptiste Institute 200 hour Expand Your Power training at CCYOGA from February-May of 2017!!!!
"Discover for yourself how Baptiste Yoga™ and the Baptiste Methodology™ applies both on and off the mat through yoga asana, meditation, discussion, personal inquiry, contribution, community building, hands-on coaching, assisting and practice teaching. Experience the freedom and effectiveness that emerges from this inspired and embodied practice of Baptiste Yoga™."
Email me, Brittany, at firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and more information!!!