Who is Baron Baptiste, and what makes Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga so special?
Unlike most power yoga in the West, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is not based on the ashtanga style of K. Pattabhi Jois. The physical aspects of Baptiste Yoga are inspired by the hatha yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students BKS Iyengar and Desikachar.
Baptiste Yoga was founded in the 1940's by Walt Baptiste, and has since grown under the leadership of his son Baron. The Baptistes were among the earliest yoga teachers in the U.S. and were close family friends of BKS Iyengar and his son Desikachar. Baron personally studied with both from a young age.
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga adapts the practices and processes of yoga to individual needs and talents—placing emphasis on clear language and strategic technique that makes it accessible to everyone regardless of fitness level, age, experience, or background. Our teachers are trained to specifically look and listen for the needs of the student, and to give tools that makes transformation in their practice possible.
I'm a beginner. Will this be too hard for me?
Students at Evansville Power Yoga range in age from 17 to 81, and most started with us as beginners. The Baptiste style of power vinyasa yoga was developed with the goal of making yoga accessible to as many people as possible. We welcome beginners, and offer "Power Basics" classes especially for those who are new to yoga.
We encourage students to respect their current fitness level, to allow their practice and ability to grow in a natural way. We'll work with you to make sure that happens.
What should I wear?
Lightweight clothing is best. Wear clothing that's appropriate for sweating and moving.
What should I bring to class?
Bring a mat. (If you do not have one, you may rent a quality Jade mat from us for $3 for use during the class.)
Filtered water is provided free of charge, so bring your water bottle.
Towels are provided free of charge. (At our EASTSIDE location only.)
What's the temperature of the room?
You have a choice!
• The majority of classes at our EASTSIDE location take place with the studio temp set at 90°. The only exceptions are "Power Basics" classes (82°) and "iRest" classes (76°— 80°). If you're unsure about which classes are hot—or cooler—give us a call and we'll be glad to answer your questions.
• ALL classes at our DOWNTOWN location are held in a cooled, room temp setting.