"Journey Into Power" by Baron Baptiste

Journey into Power is an excellent introduction into Baron Baptiste's Power Yoga. Referred to as Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, the program combines many of the foundation yoga positions and adds its own flavor of connecting movements and pace.

The pace is what sets this program apart from most yoga techniques. And it's not something that is clear in the book. I highly recommend supplementing the book with one or two of Baron Baptiste's tapes/DVD's of his live workshops. I personally like the Live Series. Without the correct pace, the programs are not clear. The DVD above has 3 different and unique 60-minute sessions.

Baron Baptiste is the son of two yoga practitioners and started seriously studying yoga at a very early age. He has an impressive list of clientele including the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Part 2, the Daily Power Yoga Practice section, each movement and transition is discussed in great detail. The level of detail for each movement is something I really like about this book. Each movement is broken down and discussed regarding it's background, health benefits, building blocks (how to correctly create the position), body alignment, modifications (how to add or reduce stress in the movement depending on your level of practice) and spiritual focus.

An important facet of yoga is focus. Where is the mind during the movements and positions? This differs greatly from traditional exercise routines. Baron Baptiste addresses this important aspect throughout the book.

The five parts of the book are:

    • Part 1: Rewiring Your Mind
    • Part 2: Daily Power Yoga Practice
    • Part 3: The Cleansing Diet
    • Part 4: Meditation For Truthful Living
    • Part 5: Journeying Into Real Life

If you don't know anything about yoga, I recommend starting with this book. It is not strictly a beginner's book. In fact, a beginner would not be able to start yoga practice with just this book. Supplement the book with the DVD above or find a good local class that teaches these techniques. Whether you think yoga is for you or not, there are many things to learn in this book that can be applied in other exercise routines so be sure and get a copy.

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