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40 Days to Personal Revolution [Paperback]

Baron Baptiste
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Oct. 12 2004
From Baron Baptiste, author of Journey Into Power and the “spiritual master driving the yoga revolution” (Self), a hands-on, step-by-step guide to adapt to your needs and lifestyle to make your body sleek, your mind clear, and your spirit light.

In 40 Days to Personal Revolution, Baron Baptiste—one of the world’s most beloved master yoga teachers—inspires us to transform more than body and mind: He gives us the tools we need to set ourselves free to live the healthful life we’ve always imagined. In the next 40 days you will create a whole new way of being and living. Tapping ancient wisdom and his own personal experience, Baron has created a relevant and completely practical program that will lead you to the clarity of mind, body, and spirit that awaits on the other side of your revolution. Each week includes:
  • A yoga practice to do every morning
  • Principles to cleanse your diet along with eating plan
  • Instructions to begin and deepen a meditation practice
  • Excavation questions to root out limiting beliefs and patterns

Let the Revolution Begin Now!

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Ana T. Forrest Founder of Forrest Yoga and owner of the Forrest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica Baron's fresh and synergistic approach to yoga has excited and turned on many people who previously thought yoga had nothing to offer them. He has contributed greatly to spreading the benefits of yoga in the United States.

About the Author

Baron Baptiste is the son of two of America's yoga pioneers. He began to seriously study yoga at age twelve and trained extensively in all the major traditions before creating Baptiste Power Yoga in the mid-eighties. Baptiste has trained both celebrities and athletes, including Helen Hunt, Randall Cunningham, Raquel Welch, and Elisabeth Shue, and for four years he was Peak Performance Specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles. He divides his time between his yoga studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Sundance, Utah.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 days to transformation May 12 2004
By Chris
This book is very well written and I've not been able to put it down since I got it. I'm in the middle of my fourth week of the 40 day program and things have been unbelievably smooth. The practices have awesome flow from one to the next. The progressions are so natural. When I saw "40 days to transformation," I conjured up some grueling process, something I'd force myself to get through and then move on. But around the end of the first week I realized these 40 days are transforming my life. The physical changes have been powerful, I've dropped weight, stress and a lot of tension. The lessons I've learned about myself are permanent. They'll be with me always!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really will help you! March 21 2004
By Tyler
I have been practicing yoga at the Baptiste Studios for over 4 years. I used to be a gym hog and since discovering Baptiste, I have all but given up the gym. The book shows a person how to get into the yoga little by little. I think it would be frustrating not to be able to go to an actual studio with Baron and his teachers and this book offers something special to those people especially.
It is difficult to explain what this yoga can do for you-it is so multi-faceted. Because I have the luxury of actually going to class, I don't really do the yoga on my own, but I can guarantee you that if you do what Baron says in this book, in terms of the postures, diet, etc, you really will change. And if you ever are in the greater Boston area, definitely check out one of the studios. There is one in Boston and one in Cambridge.
Also, just to set the record straight, there were never any crazy happenings at the Cambridge studio as one reader has described. The Cambridge studio is the most peaceful, beautiful place I know. There is no place I feel better or safer. I think I know the class this reader is talking about where someone voluntarily left following a disagreement-it was a little strange, but I recall no handcuffs and no arrests. Maybe I missed something but yeah, I was definitely there on that day. I think that reader was really exaggerating for some reason-strange for a Harvard student to feel the need to do so-tho the commute from NYC to Cambridge must be stressful and daunting!!!! Huh????
The book is a must have for beginning yogis especially. You will be transformed if you make the committment. If not now, when?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real yoga, no drama March 23 2004
By A Customer
Baron has a knack for bringing yoga to the people in a way that seems real and authentic. This book presents a personal improvement program that goes beyond what we think of as "yoga". It's simple, straightfoward, and REAL. Set aside your expectations that a yoga program should involve a lot of esoteric Sanskrit and terminology and Hindu fables. Real yoga is about real life. 40 Days worked for me on every level - spiritually, physically, intellectually, nutritionally. Baron knows what he's doing, and he makes it so simple.
Any leader who speaks real truth will have detractors, and Baron is no exception. But beyond the drama is a real authentic message that comes straight from the heart of 40 Days to Personal Revolution.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, nice thoughts, mediocre execution Jan. 26 2004
By Phil
The concept of having one book that covers spiritual philosphy, detailed yoga sessions, meditation practices and alternative diet theory is a noble goal. It is difficult to execute that goal though, especially in an easy-to-read format like Baptiste tries. This book may be useful for those already with some experience in yoga, and spiritual quests, but may be disjointed for beginers.
The first part of the book lays out 12 good spiritual "laws" and is a great mixture of Eastern and Western spiritual guidelines, quoting Jesus, Buddha, Ghandi, and others. This is worthwhile reading, and may touch on a foundation for spirituality that will resonate with many Weterners. Very Intriguing, I wish there was more here.
The Yoga Vinyasas are much more difficult to follow, with over 30 pages of writing and photos showing the first 20 minute session alone. Yoga appears to be Baptiste's primary fame to date, and where most of the pages of the book focus. Video may be a better format to get Yoga across. I run one of Rodney Yee's videos (albeit with a different sequence of Vinyasas) and use Baptiste's photos and description to give me details if I don't know a pose.
The diet sections are confusing, I saw Baptiste in a lecture and I'm not sure he even understands what is written here ( was there a ghost writer helping?) Still, their focus on balance in a diet, and balance from many viewpoints (including building vs cleansing, cooling vs heating foods)is good.
The meditation emphases and "Excavation questions" are good also.
Can one have a personal revolution in 40 days with this book? The book is too new to know so stay tuned. From what I see, there needs to be significant supplements as far as reading and instruction for this to be the main catalyst for such a revolution.
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By Nikki
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I would take the 40 day challenge at a studio nearby if you really want to take on this as a life changing book. Sharing the process w others makes all the difference. I took the challenge, signed up for training and I have been at my local studio for just barely a year! Spend time with people that bring the best out of you and soar. Buy the book, find a studio teaching the challenge, give your all to the process and watch your life change :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great read and activity to follow if you are looking ...
It's a great read and activity to follow if you are looking to invest some time in yourself. As a newer yogi I enjoy it because it has taught me some much needed discipline. Read more
Published 8 days ago by CiCiCiCI
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, honest and powerful.
An essential book for self improvement and guidance through transformation. I've used this book through my own practice as well as lead several groups through this journey. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erin Konantz
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it as part of 40 days
Bought this as part of the 40 day revolution program at local yoga studio. Very helpful, easy read, good content.
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Finnen-Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
More than words and pictures, this teacher with this book, assists in taking you beyond who you thought you were. This author offers the reader the whole package through this book. Read more
Published on June 28 2009 by Doug and Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!
I'm in my fourth week following 40 Days To Personal Revolution and I have no intention of "quitting" as some readers have. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Irene
4.0 out of 5 stars History will treat this with reverence
Change is not an easy thing to do. Jesus tried to teach us that when our enemy hits us, we must turn and offer the other cheek. Ghandi taught that civil disobedience was the way. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by jack bunn
2.0 out of 5 stars We need a new workout
I read this book twice, and gave up on the 40 day program after a week because I was bored and was applying nothing new. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!!
I took this book hiking, as a companion. It is easy to understand and perfect for those reaching for somthing more in life. The pictures are beautiful.
Published on Feb. 10 2004
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