My hot yoga practice is located at the MBody studios in Jacksonville, Florida. I have found that the Baptiste style yoga practiced at MBody is just what I need for my health. The calories burned in hot yoga makes Baptiste yoga the best choice for my regular workout. I like burning calories while also having a program that changes each time I go and that keeps me busy moving and not thinking. I find Baptiste yoga to be the perfect yoga for my attention deficit disorder personality. The practice is designed to focus on where each person is and build from that foundation to have each practitioner experience the rewards to body and soul. The benefits of being stronger, increased flexibility, and more relaxed to empower each practitioner with the focus to achieve strong results in all areas of the practitioner’s life.
Baptiste yoga was founded by Baron Baptiste and his father, Walt Baptiste. It is a yoga practice that is held in 92 degrees Farenheit. The positions are inspired by hatha yoga which Baron Baptiste learned underKrishnamacharya and his students, starting an early age. The physical aspects of Baptiste yoga are important and enjoyable, but the true blessing is not the calories burned in hot yoga. The true blessing is transformation that occurs inside each practitioner – the discovery of the creative nature, the authenticity in daily life, the awakening of passion and confidence and the ability to look for new possibilities. I have felt this internal transformation as I have practiced Baptiste yoga for the past two years. I have burned calories in my hot yoga class, but more importantly, I have seen my body and soul grow stronger.
Yoga is accessible to everyone and that is part of the focus of Baptiste yoga. New practitioners are able to see where they are physically and use that starting point as their base. Each practice will improve your skill level and increase the strength to push for new goals. Being gentle with oneself and acknowledging where each person is that day focuses on the benefits of the practice and not the guilt of not being able to get into a certain positionor hold a pose for the “required” time. Hot yoga is not about doing all of it all the time. It’s about doing what you can each day and reveling in each milestone that is achieved. The calories burned in hot yoga are just the icing on a cake that changes your life. I know that it’s changed mine.