A Vitality-Boosting Baptiste Yoga Sequence

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis demonstrates an energizing sequence for vitality from Baron Baptiste's book, Journey Into Power.
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Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis demonstrates an energizing sequence for vitality from Baron Baptiste's book, Journey Into Power.

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who will lead YJ's upcoming online course Pillars of Power Yoga (sign up here to be the first to know when it launches), demonstrates an energizing sequence to boost vitality from Baron Baptiste's book Journey Into Power.

I just spent 10 days in Sedona, Arizona, at a Baptiste Yoga Level One training, and I’m feeling inspired, refreshed, and revitalized. There is something magical that happens when 180 people gather for a week of practice and purpose. Together we explore what’s possible when we break free from the comfort of our day-to-day and align with greater purpose both on and off the mat.

We can't always get away for a week to recharge, but it’s possible to tap into a similar vibrant energy when we turn up the heat on the mat. The element of fire is present in these 7 dynamic poses that create the Vitality sequence in Baron Baptiste's book Journey into Power. Through twists and Warrior poses, you will get your heart rate up as you begin to fan the internal, purifying flame.

Before you begin this sequence, warm up with a rag doll Standing Forward Bend for 10 breaths and at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. Set the rhythm for your practice with ujjayi breath. After you complete the sequence, I recommend finishing with 10 breaths in Half Pigeon on each side, a Seated Forward Bend, and a supine twist on each side.