40 Days to Personal Revolution Paperback – Oct 12 2004
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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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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?
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.
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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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 morePublished 17 months ago by CiCiCiCI
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Erin Konantz
Bought this as part of the 40 day revolution program at local yoga studio. Very helpful, easy read, good content.Published 20 months ago by Andrea Finnen-Barger
I'm in my fourth week following 40 Days To Personal Revolution and I have no intention of "quitting" as some readers have. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Irene
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 morePublished on March 1 2004 by jack bunn
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 morePublished on Feb. 29 2004
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