Law 5: Shift Your Vision 60 MInute Baptiste Power Yoga Audio Recording

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This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL. We are on a twelve week journey to personal transformation by focusing on each of the Baptiste Laws of Personal Transformation. The fifth week is Law 5: Shift Your Vision. Develop a heart of faith and take the leap of faith.

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Certifiable! Baptiste Yoga Tier One Achievement Unlocked

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Over the past four months, I've been in the process of submitting videos of my teaching and receiving feedback from the Baptiste Institute representative assigned to me. Yesterday I received the CONGRATULATIONS email! It is official. I am one of ten certified Baptiste Yoga instructors in the state of Florida. I'm thrilled!

Law 4: Commit To Growth - 60 Minute Baptiste Power Yoga Audio Recording

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This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL. We are on a twelve week journey to personal transformation by focusing on each of the Baptiste Laws of Personal Transformation. The fourth week is Law Four: Commit to Growth. No matter what comes up, we learn to STAY right where we are.

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Seeking Your Silence - 60 Minute Baptiste Power Yoga Audio Recording

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This class was taught at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL and the idea for the day was to seek the silence that is within. The reading was from "Silence In The Age of Noise" by Erling Kagge.

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Law 3: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone - 60 Minute Baptiste Power Yoga Audio Recording

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This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL. We are on a twelve week journey to personal transformation by focusing on each of the Baptiste Laws of Personal Transformation. The third week is Law Three: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone. Drop the patterns and stories of the past & step out of your comfort zone.

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Law 2: Be Willing To Come Apart - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL. We are on a twelve week journey to personal transformation by focusing on each of the Baptiste Laws of Personal Transformation. The second week is Law Two: Be Willing To Come Apart / Don't make things happen, allow them to happen.

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Practice Gratitude - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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This class was taught at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL and the idea for the day was to access joy by practicing gratitude.

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Law 1: Seek The Truth - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL. We are on a twelve week journey to personal transformation by focusing on each of the Baptiste Laws of Personal Transformation. The first week is Law One: Seek The Truth / The highest form of repentance is self acceptance.
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Ground Yourself - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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This class was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL. The reading of the day was from Journey To The Heart, titled Ground Yourself: pastebin.com/8kURDm0U

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Make Today A Healing Day - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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This track was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL and the reading was from Journey To The Heart by Melody Beattie for the 25th of November. pastebin.com/C1CbX8Kk

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Five Pillars - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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Working with the five pillars of Baptiste yoga (drishti, ujjayi, foundation, vinyasa & tapas), this class was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL on 11/19/17.

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Give Up What You Must - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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Working with one of the three themes of Baptiste yoga (Give Up What You Must), this class was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL on 11/11/17.

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Baptiste Tier 1 Certification Feedback Process

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The email from the Baptiste Institute about my feedback call arrived mid-week of the 8th week post application submission. The turnaround is typically 5-6 weeks, and I can only assume the delay was due to the Certified Teacher Global Summit taking place and a few Baptiste Affiliate studios who had key teacher applications in the process. I understand prioritizing in-person certifications and putting affiliate studios in the front of the certification line, that just makes sense. I scheduled my call with Sarah for the 23rd of October. True to form, the call was about 30 minutes long and she gave me feedback with the format of keep, stop, start. Things I should keep doing, stop doing and things I should start doing.

The feedback she gave was supporting and encouraging and any of the stop feedback was constructive. I have a tendency to use the words crawl, shine and pounce when other words could be more direct and impactful. My main takeaway from her feedback was for me to use simple, clear and direct language and assist more. She challenged me to call the pose and then offer one cue based on what I observed in the room. As part of her review of my certification video, she observed that I give 8-10 cues per pose which is more than the students can process. She said that students actually hear 25-30% of what the instructor says. Therefore, if the instructor says less, the words will have more impact for the students.

I appreciated her candid, constructive feedback. I asked her for advice about how to address a student's alignment if your verbal cues are not landing with a person in class. She suggested using the 80/20 rule. If 80% of the class are not using safe alignment, stop the class and workshop the pose or transition. She recommended to ask the person if they had a few moments after class to work on the pose and explain to the person that I wanted them to have a safe, long-term yoga practice and using safe alignment will help them to have a yoga practice for a lifetime. Again, this is great advice and I appreciate her experience in addressing a student's form without it coming across as judgment or criticism.

Soon I'll be shooting my second video, completing the self-assessment and awaiting what happens next!

Stop Looking For Confirmation - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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Continuing with reading from Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown, opening with a longer quote about stop looking for confirmation that you do not belong, as you have set yourself up to see only that. This was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL.

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Braving The Wilderness - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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Continuing with the themes of bravery and courage from "Braving The Wilderness" by Brené Brown. This class was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL. This class was a fundraiser for The Spring of Tampa Bay.

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The Making Of A Battery Powered Yoga Teaching PA System

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Teaching at a brewery is not a quiet environment like your typical yoga studio setting. I invested in a wireless mic and have been fine tuning the rest of the audio system with the help of my husband. He found a compact digital amplifier by Stellar Labs which can run off of batteries or off of a 12V adapter. When the amp is running off of AA batteries, the audio began clipping when we turned up the volume but it operates as expected when it is running off of 12V AC power (so we opted to not use the battery option for the amp). He found it on close out on MCM Electronic's site, but it's still super cheap on Amazon at $25.

Guitar Center had the tiny Behringer MicroMIX MX400 mixer for $25 and it's on Amazon for the same price. The Audio 2000 wireless MIC was $97 on Amazon. It came with a wireless mic headset, the receiver and a power supply. This whole setup has three devices which need 12V power. Each has a corresponding power supply (wall wart) which terminates in a barrel connector. The speakers are Audio Research "The Edge" speakers and can be had for as little as $10/pair on eBay.

Since we're not aiming for fidelity, we used a cut up extension cord for speaker wire (that's why one speaker cable is green). If you have unused speaker wire laying around, use it - otherwise for amplified speech, you can use an old extension cord. It'll get the job done.


Here's an easier to read cabling map explaining what is connected to what and with which kind of cable.
MicroMIX
Input 1 <- 1/4 in mono to 1/4 in mono -> Wireless MIC AUX port
Input 2 <- 1/4 in mono to 3.5 mm stereo -> music player (phone/mp3 player etc)
Output <- 1/4 in mono to 3.5 mm stereo -> Stellar Labs Amplifier stereo IN

Here's a better look at the back of the components with notes on what connects into where.

For now, this is a simple, lightweight, portable setup which only needs an electrical outlet and a multi outlet adapter for the three power supplies for the mic, amp and mixer. We are working on making this rig battery powered so that I can teach places (outdoors) where an AC power outlet might not be available or convenient. I'll update this post when we've reached a solution for powering these three 12V devices.

--Updated--

The BEATIT Tech 600A comes with a cigarette lighter adapter which can be used to power devices like the mixer, amp and wireless mic receiver with a few simple modifications. You may already have an assortment of old cigarette lighter adapters lying around the house (if your house is like ours). If you don't, this cigarette lighter adapter on Amazon will be your starting place to make a three ended cable which can power each of the three devices with the appropriately sized DC power connectors. Alternatively, you could use a EC5 Female pigtail to connect to the three 2.5mm DC power connector wires.

You'll need an AC power barrel connector which fits each of your audio devices (wireless mic receiver, mixer and amplifier). You will need (3) 2.5mm pigtails to connect to your devices.

In order for your power plugs to be interchangeable with the wireless mic, amp and mixer, the pigtails must terminate in an end that has a black plastic ring around the barrel as seen in the photos below. The mixer will only accept the DC plug that has the black plastic end, but the other connectors shown in the picture work interchangeably between the amp and the wireless mic receiver. For this reason, I recommend getting the 2.5mm barrel pigtail that has the black plastic ring at the end of the barrel so that all your plugs will connect into all of the pieces of equipment.

Connect red wires to red wires and black wires to black wires. Solder connections or twist wires and tape connection securely. Alternatively, use heat shrink tubing to seal the wire connections.


Battery longevity testing was done with the BEATIT fully charged to capacity. A voltmeter was used to test the output of the BEATIT battery before powering on any of the audio equipment. The voltage output was 12.3 at the beginning of testing (this is good). The system (mixer, wireless mic receiver and amp) were powered on with an audio source (an iTouch, Sansa and Samsung Galaxy S7) playing music into the system for well over two hours. The BEATIT voltage tested after two hours at 11.8V (which is also good). The BEATIT battery was capable of powering the system for longer, but two hours is plenty of time for this system to be used for a yoga class from beginning to end.

I will say that distortion in the music was audible when playing from a 5th generation iTouch device using the 3.5mm stereo to 1/4 mono cable into the mixer. This is due to the signal coming out of the iTouch being stereo and then converted to Mono over the wire to the mixer. For best music fidelity a stereo to mono converter would be used, but this also means you'd need a 3.5mm stereo to RCA cable and an RCA to 1/4 mono cable. I prefer to have less cables and not worry so much about the music fidelity since mostly it will be me speaking through the PA system.

Overall, the audio distortion was not as noticeable when the audio source was a Sansa MP3 player or a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but I'll be trying out a cheap mp3 player as the audio source in hopes that a less sophisticated mp3 player than an iTouch will have better audio results.

***update 10/09/17***
This last weekend, we used the system on battery power and I had a lot of noise in the mic audio when the mixer and the wireless mic receiver were both powered via the battery pack. The noise went away when either the wireless mic receiver or the amp were on AC power. David attributes this noise to the potential for a current ripple effect since all the components are sharing the same DC power source. The workaround is to use the battery powering option of the amplifier (8 AA batteries) which we could not do that day as we only had 2 spare AA batteries. We tested the setup at home but did not encounter the mic audio noise when testing.

Parts list:
Tools needed:
  • Soldering gun/electrical tape or wire nuts (which you use depends on what you already have and how neat you want your connections to be)
  • Heat shrink tubing and a heat gun (for optimal wire neatness)
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You Belong - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The reading for the day was a quote by Maya Angelou “You are only free when you realize you belong no place—-you belong every place—-no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” and came from Brené Brown’s book Braving The Wilderness. This class was recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa, FL

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Open To Universal Love - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme for this class was a reading from Journey To The Heart by Melody Beattie's titled "Open To Universal Love". This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL.

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My Application Process Is Underway: Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher

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I am pleased to report that I have submitted my application to become a certified Baptiste teacher! The process was long and involved but totally worth it! Once I'd completed Level Two training, I received an email to complete the post training survey. When I completed the survey, I then received an email back with my course completion certificate PDF attached.

A couple of days after I received my Level Two completion certificate email, I received an email from the Baptiste Yoga program. It had links to the Certribution Guidebook, the new Certification Application, and the Online Submission Portal. I then have one year to complete the application process once I've submitted my documentation.

The information required at the time I applied (8/25/17) may be different from the information required for past or future applicants. Here is a list of the supporting documentation and essays required for my application. Documents should be in PDF or DOC format. All other formats are incompatible with the application system.
  • Letter of Recommendation (from Affiliate Studio owner or direct supervisor recommending you to apply for Baptiste Certification)
  • Documentation of your yoga practice for a minimum of either 1 year or 100 yoga classes (a letter from a yoga teacher or studio can serve as documentation)
    • I used my student visit history from Mindbody Online. I copied the text on the screen and then pasted it into a Word document.
  • Documentation of your teaching of the Journey Into Power sequence for a minimum of either 1 year or 100 yoga classes. A letter or email from my employer or my name published on a teaching schedule can serve as documentation.
    • I've been recording my teaching dates into a Google Spreadsheet, so I copied that data into a Word document.
  • Write a 1-2 page essay on why you have chosen to teach Baptiste Yoga and how this methodology speaks to you.
  • Write one paragraph on the following points. Be concise, specific and not conceptual.
    • The Who:
      • As a Certified Teacher of Baptiste Yoga do you see yourself as a contribution to others? The/your community? To the world?
    • The What:
      • In your being a contribution, what is the promise you are making to yourself, the/your community and to Baptiste Yoga?
      • What is the contribution to your practice, your teaching and your life that you are committed to realizing through teaching Baptiste Yoga?
    • The How:
      • How do you see yourself using Baptiste Yoga (in and out of the classroom) to fulfill on being a contribution?
  • If you were to get certified, write your professional and public bio in 100-200 words.
  • Film your teaching.
    • Video requirements: The class must be 60-90 minutes in length. Do not play any music during any part of your class. The recording must include your entire class from start to finish.
    • Position the camera to be able to see most of the room and you clearly (including full bodies and faces of the students). Ensure that your voice can be heard clearly and that the room is lit appropriately to be seen in the video.
    • The sequence must be consistent with the flow as presented in Journey Into Power.
    • Upload unlisted video to YouTube.
  • Complete a self-evaluation of my teaching as seen in my video.
    • Physicalness
      • Direct awareness to the physical body & speak physical point to physical point. Speak to the form, alignment and action of the pose.
    • Empowerment
      • Look, Listen, Give Tools
        (Look for and speak to what is missing. Speak into each and every. Leave people in their own greatness.)
        Reasoning & time-stamped examples
    • Possibility & 3 Themes of Baptiste Yoga
      • Draw the parallels between physicality and being.
      • Speak to the three themes: Be A Yes, Drop What You Must, You Are Ready Now. Come from we are all connected. Create inspiration.
      • Note specifically when and where you see a physical and energetic result or possibility embodied by your students as a result of your instruction.
    • Use of True North Alignment & The 5 Organizing Principles of Baptiste Yoga.
      Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Space:
      • Which elements were most present in your teaching?
      • When and in what parts of your class were they the most present?
      • Conversely, what elements were missing?
      • When and in what parts of your class were they needed? 
      • When and where did you specifically speak to True North Alignment?
      • Did you exemplify True North in your body language and voice (articulation, emphasis, filling the space)?
      • Are you intentional in your teaching and do you cue your students to practice intentionally? 
      • Do you teach with balanced action - relaxed and firm?
      • Do you speak to internal and external rotation, total body integrity and total body expression? Where and how?
    • Use of 5 pillars of Baptiste yoga: Drishti, Ujjayi, Foundation, Vinyasa, Tapas
      • How did the class flow, and what was the effect of the breath on the class and the tempo?
      • Too much cueing? Not enough? Missing entirely? Effective and united? 
      • Was your teaching forward moving and in line with the Journey Into Power sequence?
      • Did the energy of your class match up with the energy of the sequences - producing heat and a consistent flow?
      • The energy of the class matched the energy of the sequences, the students produced a lot of heat and flowed from the beginning to the end of the class.
      • Did you presence the 5 pillars throughout the entire class?
    • Demonstration & Assisting
      • When used, were they an extension of your teaching?
      • Were they direct, clear and powerful?
      • Were your hands an extension of your words in delivering your cues?
      • Were you visible to your whole class during any demonstrations?
    • Essential Language
      • Where did you notice when you were speaking from a script?
      • When were you speaking to what was actually happening in the room?
      • Did you see your words and in the bodies and hearts of your students?
      • Did you notice use of filler words (like, um, and then) or cues that felt scripted?
      • Did you cue more than needed, just right or not enough to make an impact right now on your students’ experience?
    • Overall Effectiveness
      • In 500 words or less
        • If you felt your class and teaching were effective, briefly describe what did you do that caused you to be effective?
        • If you felt your class and teaching were ineffective, what did you do that caused you to be ineffective?
        • Speak to your connection to your students.
          • What new blind spots are you getting present to in your teaching as a result of your self-evaluation?
        • If you were to put in what was missing, what would your teaching look like?
        • Describe how this will give you access to what is now possible in your teaching.
There are a couple of these items that I had a little difficulty with and I hope that what I've submitted is acceptable. I've been teaching the JIP sequence since I got back home from Level One, but I only teach once a week at Jai Dee (an official yoga studio). The other teaching I've done has been teaching from home to my neighbors and friends, and a handful of donation based classes at community centers. I've kept meticulous records of the class size & locations and I hope this will meet the documentation requirements. I heard somewhere that the class size for the Certribution video should be 5 or more students. I didn't see that called out specifically in any of the information packets, but the yoga class I led as an Africa Yoga Project fundraiser at the Lakeland Brewing Company brought 27 yogis to their mats, so I recorded that class for my Certribution video!

I learned a lot about my teaching by completing the self-evaluation. I observed myself moving without intention as I moved around the 'studio' space. I noticed that I could have given many more hands-on assists during the practice. I noticed that my verbal cues did not land (were not understood) by some of the newer yogis and they might have benefited from me demonstrating the first Sun Salutation sequence. I missed the opportunity to speak to internal and external rotation, total body integrity and total body expression as well as speaking specifically to vinyasa and tapas during the class. The class I taught wasn't the exact flow of Journey Into Power, I omitted the Grounding sequence because not everyone had a block for Triangle (I hope that doesn't count against me, but if it does I have no qualms about recording another class).

I'm eagerly looking forward to the email/phone call from the Baptiste Institute so that I can receive their feedback. It may take 4-6 weeks to hear back from them, and I may need to record a class multiple times or provide additional information. Now begins the waiting... :)

Respect Life - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme for this class was a reading from Journey To The Heart by Melody Beattie titles "Respect Life". This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL.

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You Are Ready Now - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme of this class was "You Are Ready Now" so GO FOR IT! Recorded at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL.

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Set An Intention - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme for this class was for the students to set an intention. Do the work for someone else, have fun, work their edge, do something they don't normally do in their practice. This recording was made at Jai Dee Yoga in Tampa FL.

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Give Up What You Must - 60 Minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme of this class recording was "Give Up What You Must". Recorded at Jai Dee Yoga studio in Tampa FL.

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NaMASHte! Yoga + Beer @ Lakeland Brewing Company

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Coming SOON to the Lakeland Brewing Company - yoga at the brewery!

Beginning August 13th from 12 - 1 pm, I'll be leading asana practice. $15 cover charge for yoga and your first beer is free!!

All proceeds will be donated to the Africa Yoga Project!

2017 Dates
August 13
Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
Dec 10

AfricaYogaProject.org
Over 6,000 people participate in more than 300 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations across 13 different African countries.

More than 200 young people, trained as teachers, are earning a living wage by teaching yoga to people who otherwise not have the opportunity.

Every week up to 360 people from all walks of life in Nairobi gather at our community center to practice yoga for 2 hours together as a community.

Be A Yes - 60 minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Video Recording

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Here is an audio & video recording of a recent 60 minute Baptiste inspired power vinyasa yoga class I taught at Lululemon Hyde Park Tampa FL. The theme for this class was "Be A Yes". Whether that shows up as staying in a pose when sensations arise or embracing change, look for ways where you can be a yes and be open to possibility, opportunity and shift. This class was recorded at Lululemon, Hyde Park, Tampa FL

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Interviews With Baptiste Yogis

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Before the Baptiste Level Two Program began, I had the idea to interview some of the attendees (whoever would agree to sit in front of the camera) about such things as "How did yoga find you?" or "What has yoga done for you?". I (we) managed to get ten people (including me) to sit in the hot seat and be interviewed.

Cameron Campbell was instrumental in getting this footage in the can, as they say. We met at the Southwest boarding gate before our flight but it wasn't until we got on the ground at Menla that I realized she has a background in film and is working on a documentary project as well. She helped with the shooting, interviewing and scene setting and I made sure to get everyone's names and edited the videos into what you see here.

The interviews are now live online!











One OF Many - Baptiste Level Two Menla NY 2017

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Level Two is now complete and I have another trophy lanyard infused with countless drops of sweat and tears.

Looking back on Level One, each of us was called to create a fear inventory, delve into areas of ourselves where we were hiding, pretending or complaining. The first step we took was to put words to where we were not fully self-expressed. There were several practices of seeing others as well as being seen.

My take-away from Level Two is that we were called to self organize, self regulate as a group. We were told that it's not about us, it never was. The times during which we are truly being, listening to others are so rare. We practiced listening with filters and saw how the filter the listener has limits what the speaker can or cannot say as well as what the listener truly hears. Listening filters are the judgements we make upon the person who is doing the speaking (they're smarter/stupider/better/worse/prettier/etc). We practiced pure listening: listening to understand, without filters, without agreeing, speaking in return or only listening to respond.

A major theme was defining what I was hiding, what emotion the hiding locked me into as well as discovering what I was then locked out of. We also did work around "your words define your world" in which words we used were written down on sticky notes by our listeners. The notes were then given to the speaker so that they could see the words they had spoken aloud. The impact of one's words when handed a stack of sticky notes is much different than the what the speaker hears of themselves when they're talking. Often the speaker is not truly listening to the words they use to define their lives. Many people were not fully aware of the negative overtones in their everyday speech when they speak of their lives.

The same Baptiste Institute posters from Level One lined the walls of the Nolanda Conference Center (our main gathering room), but as the week progressed, the meaning of the phrases finally began to land with me and I was beginning to realize what it meant for the words to be as a creation rather than as a concept. As we recited what asana, inquiry and meditation were defined as, each of us were able to feel the words in our bodies and actions. They were no longer sentences simply printed on vinyl posters.

I was fascinated by each persons' transformation as they rode the magic carpet! Every person underwent a visual, verbal and physical transformation right before my eyes (and I had a similar transformational experience witnessed by everyone at Level Two). By the end of the week, everyone's faces were brighter, more open, more giving. Everyone was glowing with self expression, compassion, empathy and love. It would be a fascinating portrait study to photograph every Level Two participant before the program began and then immediately after graduating. The difference that a week at Level Two makes is amazing!

I must say a bit about the masterful leadership of Paige Elenson. Her grasp of observing the nuanced 'hiding' we were all doing and calling each of us out on it with love, strength and support was powerful to witness. She was grounded, humble, honest, compassionate and a champion for each and every one of us. My respect for her intuition, masterful choice of words and her ability to hold space for a singular person or a huge group of people is off the charts.

I also had the pleasure of having Bethany Lyons as a co-facilitator at Level Two. Her energy, support and encouragement were solid, strong and powerful. She led us into most of our practice teaching exercises as well as coaching each of us while we were riding the magic carpet. She shared her poem "for the fear-full" with us when we were in savasana and it was then that I finally realized where I knew her from! A friend of mine from Level One shared this poem on Facebook back in February '17. It was so well written and moving - I sent Bethany a friend request which she quickly accepted (to my surprise!). I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and tell her how her poem had moved me when I first read it. She's warm, funny and friendly. I hope to cross paths with her again.

The biggest thing I learned at Level Two (and this may surprise you) is that as the yoga teacher, I'm supposed to look directly at the students and make a connection. I had it in my head that I was supposed to look at shoulders, knees, etc to send the verbal cues to the body parts associated with the verbal cues. As a student, I fix my drishti (gaze) or close my eyes sometimes during asana so I've never fully realized that the instructors were looking directly at me while they were teaching. This tiny bit of knowledge opens up so much possibility for my teaching moving forward. I'm so excited to teach the next class and every class after that!

Technology Primer For Yoga Teachers

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I had the opportunity this past Sunday to lead a workshop during the current Yoga Viva yoga teacher training program. The workshop was titled "Technology Primer For Yoga Teachers".

The workshop covered such things as:
  • password management
  • cloud storage
  • music or no music during classes
  • backing up your phone
  • getting organized online
  • social media
  • creating content
I uploaded the video to YouTube for sharing. The workshop was designed to be an overview into these categories, not to provide a solution for every category listed. I hope that if you have any questions, you'll ask in the comments or drop me an email so that I may help.



Be Up To Something Bigger Than Yourself - 60 minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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The theme for this class was "Be Up To Something Bigger Than Yourself". Whether that shows up for you as donating time or money to your favorite charity or simply "paying it forward" - take this time to be introspective and look at the ways in which you are up to big things for others in your life. 60 minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga class - recorded at Jai Dee Yoga, Tampa FL 06/24/17
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Beginners And Beyond - 60 minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Audio Recording

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60 minute Baptiste Inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga class - recorded at Jai Dee Yoga, Tampa FL 06/19/17 This was a slower flow for a beginners class. Our focus was on proper alignment and sending energy out our fingertips!



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How To Record and Edit Your Yoga Teaching Video Files

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The first thing you'll need to decide on is what type of device you'll use to record your video. In the past I have used cell phones or iPads clipped to tripods, but last year I found a great deal on an older model SJCAM (a GoPro knock off). The model I purchased is the M10, it records in 1080p, doesn't have wifi built in but does have a display screen on the back of the camera so you can see what will be in the frame. Having wifi built in would mean that I could export the video from the camera to my smart device (cell phone) but I don't need that feature. I needed a dead simple video camera to record me teaching yoga (submitting a video of me teaching is a requirement to obtain Baptiste Yoga Certification).

I found a good deal on the SJCAM M10 ($62 shipped). It shipped with a ton of different attachments and accessories (a waterproof enclosure) but it did not come with a lens cap. Luckily, I found a seller on eBay who 3D prints lens caps for the SJCAMs.

The primary accessories I use are the open top double threaded tripod mount, the 3D printed lens cap and a flexible tripod.

I prefer using the open top camera holder/tripod mount because it allows me to provide a local power source to the SJCAM as well as easily mount the camera from the top (clamping the tripod to a wall mounted light fixture) or the bottom (placing the tripod on a flat surface or window sill).

I've had the internal battery give out on me before the class was over and as a result, the video recording was a waste because the camera shut down half way through class. Providing local power to the SJCAM can be done by plugging it into wall power with a USB cable and any USB wall power converter. If you'll be recording where an electrical outlet is not present (or if you don't know if one will be available or not), you can use an external battery pack to provide power to the camera over the same USB cable you'd use with the wall outlet adapter. This gives you the flexibility of not needing an electrical outlet as well as not relying solely on the capacity of the SJCAM internal battery.

You will need a microSD card for the camera of your choice to record your video files. Most video camera manufacturers recommend using Class 10 memory cards (Class 10 cards have a much faster read/write speed than Class 1 cards do and are therefore are preferred for use in video cameras). Some cameras won't be able to read a memory card if its storage capacity is higher than 32GB, refer to the specifications for the camera you ultimately choose to be sure you're purchasing a compatible memory card. The microSD card will typically ship with a microSD adapter. You'll use this adapter to connect the memory card to your computer and copy off the video files you've recorded.

Another option is to purchase an SD/microSD to USB adapter (the gold colored adapter in the upper right hand corner of the picture above). This adapter will connect to any USB port on your computer and allow you to view data on SD or microSD memory cards.
Refer to the user manual for your camera for camera specific settings such as auto white balance, ISO, loop recording mode etc. I have set my SJCAM to record at the highest quality, use auto white balance and I've turned off recording audio. The video files the SJCAM will record are 4GB each due to the file size limits of SD cards. One hour of class will typically be in two 4GB 'chunks'. Since I don't record audio from the SJCAM, I sync the audio I record from my Sanyo with the video files in Camtasia (which is not free) but you can achieve the same functionality with an application called OpenShot Video Editor which is free.

As you can see in the screen captures above, the video editing interface for OpenShot is remarkably similar to that of the video editing Camtasia. I'll be using OpenShot as the video editor of choice in this blog post because it is free.
There are a few things you'll need to think about before you copy the video files off of the memory cards. You'll need enough hard drive space to hold the video files you're editing as well as the size of the video files you'll be producing from the original recordings. I recommend having at least 20GB or more free on your hard drive. If you're editing an hour's worth of video, that's 8GB +/- right there, plus at least 8GB for the video file you're creating from the original content. I have problems with Camtasia crashing if my hard drive doesn't have enough space to hold the video file I'm creating and I suspect it would be the same thing with OpenShot.

Use a microSD to SD card adapter or a microSD to USB adapter to copy the files your camera  created to a folder where you can find them. Launch the OpenShot Video Editor application and import your video and audio files. It is common for the video camera to create file names that increment with each clip created. As you can see, I have three files and #1 is has .001.MOV in the file name. Clip #2 has .002.MOV in the file name and so on.

The files you import will be displayed in the 'Project Files' window in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

By default OpenShot video editor puts five tracks at the bottom of the screen for you to add video or audio into (tracks 0-4). We'll only be working with one audio and one video track, so we can remove the unused tracks. Right click each track and select 'remove track' until you are left with Track 0 and Track 1.

Select the first video segment in the series from the 'Project Files' window, right click it and select 'add to timeline'. The video segment will be added into the timeline of Track 1. Click the orange 'jump to end' icon at the bottom of the 'Video Preview' window to move the playback 'cursor' to the end of the timeline for the first video segment you just added to the timeline. Doing this will make it easy for you to add the second video clip at the end of the first video clip.

When adding video clips to the timeline, accept the default settings shown by clicking OK. Select the second video clip and add it to the end of the first video clip. Continue this process of 'jump to end' followed by adding video clips until all video clips have been added to the timeline of Track 1.

Select the audio file to import and add it to Track 0. Doing this will allow the audio file to overlap the video segments which is what we want.

Find the beginning of the audio file by listening to the playback (if you have already edited your audio file using Audacity, you can skip this step since you've already trimmed the audio playback so that the beginning of your audio file is already the actual beginning of class). Once you've found the beginning, click the razor tool and make a cut in the audio file at that spot. Delete the beginning portion of unnecessary audio by hitting the delete key on your keyboard. Deselect the magnet tool (turning off 'snapping enabled') so that you can adjust the audio file freely from left to right to get it to be in sync with the video playback.


When you have the audio in sync with the video, use the razor tool to make a cut to the beginning and end of the video. Delete the unnecessary snippets. Select all of the video and audio sections (edit, select all) and drag them to the beginning of the playback timeline. Export your video.

When exporting your video, give the file a name and save it where you can find it. For video quality, choose YouTube-HD. Your video will export at 1080p HD video quality (most likely the same quality at which you recorded it, depending on your video recorder).

Wait for your video export to process. Preview your video to ensure it is of good quality and that it sounds and looks the way you expected. Now you can upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook.