Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Methodology - The Centerline, The 10 Tenets of Teaching Baptiste Yoga

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THE CENTERLINE
The centerline is the place between the right and left side of the body. From the skin to the muscle to the bone PULL INTO each bone... then, all the engaged parts of the body pull into the centerline and core to PRESS & EXPRESS OUT.


THE PRACTICES & TECHNIQUES OF BAPTISTE YOGA

1. Physical (Asana): Journey Into Power as an access to vitality, power & freedom.
2. Meditation (Dhyana): As an access to getting present & awakening.
3. Inquiry (Niyama): As an access to discovery & new possibility.

TRUE NORTH ALIGNMENT
1. Ground down like EARTH
    FEET
        Both feet at 12 o'clock updated 7/17
        Both feet face 12 o'clock
        Ground down the 4 corners of the feet
        Stretch the toes out on the mat
    LEGS
        Inner ankles back, outer ankles down
        Outer shins in
        From the skin to the muscle to the bone, hug in
2. Flow like WATER
    1. Soften the joints
    2. Keep the pelvis neutral
    3. Lift the front of the pelvis as the tailbone descends
3. Build an inner FIRE
    1. From the skin to the muscle to the bone, hug in
    2. Pull the pit of the belly in and up
    3. Draw the front ribs together, expand the mid-back
    4. Expand from the inside out
4. Soften like AIR
    1. Thoracic spine draws in
    2. Upper arm bones back
    3. Shoulder blades move towards the spine & press into the body
5. Create SPACE for something new
    1. Draw in to create full expression out!

THE TEN TENETS OF TEACHING BAPTISTE YOGA
1. Come from we are connected
2. Drop what you know and listen
3. Teach from the methodology
4. Fill the space
5. Leave people in their greatness
6. Speak into each and every
7. Listen for how your words are landing in people's bodies and hearts
8. Create the listening for contribution
9. Look for and speak to what is missing
10. Generate inspiration

THE 5 ORGANIZING PRINCIPALS OF TRUE NORTH ALIGNMENT
1. Be Intentional: in creating the physical foundation of the pose & being up to something bigger than yourself
2. Balanced Action: Create Sthira Sukha
3.  The Five Pillars: Put in and keep present Drishti, Ujjayi, Bandhas, Tapas, Vinyasa
4. Total Body Integrity: PULL IN, PRESS DOWN & LIFT UP to integrate... create muscle to bone connection (pull into centerline & core)
5. Total Body Expression: PRESS, LIFT, MOVE & fully express out (move out from center & core)

THE FIVE PILLARS OF THE BAPTISTE POWER VINYASA YOGA PRACTICE
1. Drishti - Gaze
2. Ujjayi - Breath
3. Bandha/Foundation - Core, Hands & Feet
4. Tapas - Heat
5. Vinyasa - Flow

THE ART & MASTERY OF PRACTICING & TEACHING
1. LOOK: For True North & what's possible. Put your drishti ON the areas you want to transform.
2. LISTEN: Your listening makes the difference and not your knowledge.
3. GIVE TOOLS: That make a difference right now

THE 3 THEMES OF BAPTISTE TRAINING
1. Be a YES: As a creation, not a concept. Put your attention ON what you feast to have happen and be for it.
2. Give Up What You Must: Bring into view & let go the fixed drishti's (perceptions) & Tadasana's (positions) that thwart and constrain you.
3. Come From You Are Ready Now: Move, breathe & have your being from "Right now is all I've got." Make the higher call at each step.

THE THREE SOURCE PRINCIPLES
1. Physicalness
2. Possibility
3. Empowerment