All my bags are packed I’m ready to go….I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…don’t know when I’ll be back again….
just kidding! I’m coming back Wednesday night. I could never leave you guys forever.
For those of you that don’t know, I’m going to the Baron Baptiste Power Immersion at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado next week. This isn’t a “blog trip” or a paid-for company endorsement. This is me spending my own money to go get my butt thoroughly kicked by Baron along with 500 other yogis from around the country. I’ve never done anything like this before (did I really give up my free ACL ticket?) but am nervously excited. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog at all, but I’m thinking about getting my teacher certification this Spring so this trip is for me to really test out the waters.
Over the past couple years I’ve fallen desperately in love with Baptiste Power Yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for eight years now and have done pretty much every style under the sun—and Baptiste Yoga just makes the most sense to me. The flow of the postures, the emphasis on alignment and the intense sweat that goes along with the Baptiste style has me hooked. It’s also the style of yoga that I feel most comfortable practicing (and maybe teaching someday!) as a Christian.
I mentioned last year that I quit the gym for good and I did! Finding this style of power yoga has completely changed my outlook on health and fitness. Now, I practice 4-5 times a week and relish every sweaty second of it. I’ve given up the treadmill for sun salutations and the free weights for handstands. It just works for me.
That all being said, I feel like the past two years have really brought me to the point of actually wanting to pay a ridiculous amount of money to deepen my practice, which is why I’m going to the Baptiste Power Flow. You can see the schedule online, but basically I’ll be in a 4-hour class with Baron in the morning followed by a “Breakout Session” (aka another butt kicking class) in the afternoon. Three vegan meals a day are provided by the YMCA. I think it will be a great time for growth, journaling and self reflection.
To battle the altitude and the heated classes, I’m bringing plenty of these:
And have already downloaded a new book on Kindle based on your recommendations!
I can’t wait to share my experience with you guys when I get home and have a fun lineup of surprises set for you while I’m gone.