Cristin joined a RYT-200 teacher training in power vinyasa in 2014-15, with two inspiring teachers, one of whom trained with Baron Baptiste personally. Cristin had been a certfied Teacher/Trainer (E-RYT500) for years, but wanted to get back to better physical shape (after twin pregnancy) and stretch herself mentally, as well as gain depth in hatha poses and understand assisting. She found vinyasa, taught as inspired by Baptiste, challenging and transformative, physically and psychologically. The repetitive sequence, especially vinyasa connecting poses (upward/low push up, up/down dog) is an area where she saw students need guidance and modification to be safe from injury. Based on experience and experimentation, she offers students a practice that is accessible, assuring safety, especially for shoulders and low back, and provides powerful benefits to anyone wanting to experience vinyasa yoga.
Here is information and some ideas that Cristin integrates in her teaching (from The Baptiste Yoga™ website):
The physical aspects of this style are inspired by Hatha Yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with. It is a potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation – encouraging participants to reclaim their full potential, discover creativity, awaken passion, and create authenticity, confidence and new possibilities. The practice supports you to raise your vitality and physical power, and empower you to create accelerated results in your overall body strength and confidence. This practice will challenge and support you in attaining the results you desire and deserve in your life. Baptiste Yoga™ is practiced by people across the world and from all walks of life; from professional athletes; parents, teachers, Fortune 500 executives, and community leaders; individuals who have shaken depression, dissolved anxiety or lost weight and kept it off; people who have created inner peace, passionate relationships; sparked inspiration in their life’s work and created new possibilities in virtually every realm of life. Living the practice and using the tools of Baptiste Yoga™ you can truly experience the powerful momentum that comes from living life at the peak. The distinctions, practices and tools of Baptiste Yoga™ supercharge those aspects of your self and your life where you are already able and successful and produce breakthroughs in power and ability where your vitality and way of being or dealing with your life circumstances and challenges has been less than optimal. People get real results in an astonishingly short amount of time. People often notice and comment that they are amazed that such potent and concrete results can be produced in so quickly.
This type of yoga is an experience to stretch, strengthen and empower you in body and being, and in a fun way! Your commitment to your own empowerment will not be effortless — but will be extraordinarily rewarding.