meet our board.

our board is made up of individuals who have
experienced the transformational impact of the
baptiste yoga methodology.
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baron baptiste

President

Baron Baptiste, world renowned yoga teacher, best-selling author, speaker, innovator, founder of the Baptiste Institute and creator of the internationally practiced Baptiste Methodology, has trained more than 25,000 people in two decades of leading trainings worldwide. With over 900 Baptiste Certified Teachers and 165 Baptiste Affiliated studios around the world, Baron’s impact has resulted in a movement that is the greatest influence in the yoga industry today.

 

The son of wellness pioneers, Walt and Magana Baptiste, Baron’s development as revolutionary leader and teacher started as a child. His parents, the founders and owners of the first wellness, yoga and health center in San Francisco in the early 1950’s, were primary influences in causing yoga’s acceptance in the United States. They believed yoga should be accessible to everyone. This would become Baron’s lifelong mission.

 

At an early age, Baron was surrounded by teachers BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi. With other mentors such as Bikram Choudhury, Baron began paving his way and developed Baptiste Power Yoga in the mid-eighties. His teaching was quickly recognized in Hollywood where he became the yoga teacher to the stars. For four years, he was Peak Performance Specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles; and his studio in Boston became the product of the Kennedy family’s desire to have his specialized teaching accessible to them.

 

His transition from teaching classes into leading his first Bootcamp, later recognized as Level One, was born out of the environment of the Boston studio. Baron started developing the first teachers in the Boston studio because of students’ desire to train, assist and teach. His development of teachers couldn’t accommodate the request nor the demand. The development that was done over many months in an immersive experience became Baptiste Level One Teacher Training in 1999. It was more than teaching. It was causing a shift in people’s being. To date, Baron has led nearly 100 Level One Trainings with Journey into Power as the foundation and nucleus. His best-selling book, Journey into Power, was published in 2002 and expanded the Journey into Power sequence and the Baptiste Methodology to populations worldwide.

 

In 2009, Baron visited Africa to deliver Level One Teacher Training to 65 Kenyans. This became the catalyst for a movement throughout Africa. Co-founder of Africa Yoga Project, Baron trained this very first group of AYP teachers to teach and lead from the Baptiste Methodology and the Journey into Power sequence. Today, the Methodology continues to effect 19 different African countries and more than 380 trained teachers reaching thousands weekly.

 

Baron is a Global lululemon Ambassador, and has written and published five best-selling books including 40 Days to Personal Revolution, now in its sixteenth year of distribution. Its impact has empowered thousands of communities with the practices of asana, meditation and inquiry. Baron’s voice is one of universal truth, forgiveness, and personal responsibility. His existence and his commitment to teach and coach from this consistent voice has changed lives and given individuals access to live their best life.

 

His vision for outreach and serving every population through Baptiste Yoga has expanded into the creation of The Baptiste Foundation. With the heritage of his parents’ initial vision, along with his heart for service and deep community, Baron has an even greater passion today for reaching as many people as possible and leaving a lasting legacy for many generations to come. His greatest reward has been parenthood. Standing for others has been Baron’s core value, initially realized through his three sons and becoming a father. His work continues to reach thousands every day through podcasts, videos, trainings, national speaking platforms and his extended voice of the affiliated teachers and studios.

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dan nevins

Secretary

Dan Nevins is a professional speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than a decade.

A highly decorated soldier, Dan was severely injured during combat in Iraq in 2004 after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath his vehicle. He lost both legs below the knee, and lives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the emotional wounds of war.

 

Dan credits Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) with his successful rehabilitation, which instilled a “can-do” attitude, positive outlook and passion for helping his fellow wounded warriors in him. He quickly became an advocate for the organization, inspiring both his peers and the public to create positive change for themselves and those around them, simply by sharing his powerful story. Dan’s charismatic personality and relatable, lively approach resonated with audiences of all shapes and sizes, and he soon found himself sharing his story with hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

In 2008, Dan received WWP’s highest honor, the George C. Lang Award for Courage, for his efforts on behalf of the organization. He went on to become the director of WWP’s Warriors Speak program, where he taught other wounded warriors and their caregivers how to share their stories with the public and serve as spokespeople for the organization, much like he had.

 

More recently, Dan discovered the life-changing power of yoga, which has enabled him to heal from the invisible wounds of war in a way that nothing else could. He quickly realized that other wounded warriors could benefit from yoga in the same way and knew he had to become an instructor. Dan became a Baptiste Yoga teacher in 2015, and now incorporates the notion of “yoga for every-body” into his speeches and classes, encouraging people from all walks of life – and veterans in particular – to take up the practice.

 

Word of Dan’s efforts spread quickly, and he has been invited to teach yoga throughout the world, from the White House in Washington, DC to the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi, Kenya. Nowadays, when he’s not leading classes for hundreds of participants, Dan can usually be found sharing his passion for life, WWP, yoga and his fellow wounded warriors with the attendees of major events ranging from the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to the Wisdom 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

However, Dan refuses to rest on his laurels, and is continuously searching for new ways to help other veterans. In late 2015, he decided to take his advocacy work one step further and established the Yodha Foundation. Through the foundation, he is developing the Warrior Spirit Retreat, a non-profit that will empower warriors and their families to greater possibilities by providing them with new tools for healing from the invisible wounds of war. Set on a serene organic family farm in St. Augustine, Florida, the holistic retreat will offer a curriculum centered on yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and will be free of charge to veterans and their families.

mary lyn jenkins

Member-at-Large

Mary Lyn Jenkins has been teaching yoga for 15 years and committed to full-time teaching the past 13 years. After a cross-country move to Jacksonville, Florida, from Seattle, Washington, she dug deep on her courage and transitioned from 15 years of set design and Creative Director to serve her new community; in 2010, Big Fish Power Yoga opened its doors. It was the result of her passion for beauty, people, creativity and expanding leadership with power yoga as the medium.

 

An E- RYT 500 and Tier Three Certified Baptiste Influencer, Mary Lyn has spent thousands of hours over the past twenty years, involved in training, developing and leading herself and others to expand their gifts to serve powerfully. For the past six years, Mary Lyn has worked closely with the NFL developing recovery programs with yoga as the focus and was the cover model of Yoga Journal magazine in August of 2016.  Her first book, The Transformative Power of Language, was published in 2019 and ranked #1 as an Amazon Best-Seller. She considers partnership to be the most powerful instrument for positive change.

jenna hills

Member-at-Large

Jenna Hills is a founder of the Training and Culture department of lululemon and for over 15 years designed, developed and delivered practices and programs that grew the company from four to three hundred stores internationally. Now, as University of Royal Roads Executive Coach alumni, she has developed a coaching practice that engages global leaders in a way that activates their connection to their highest purpose, liberating them to be present and immersive in making world-class contributions. 

 

When she attended Level One: Journey Into Power, a weeklong Baptiste Institute training, Jenna got rocked to her core by the transformational potency of a leadership program designed to connect the dots between a physical practice, mediation and the inquiry work she’d been engaging with for all those years. It was like coming home.

 

Jenna is a Baptiste Institute Fit to Lead and Level 3: Beyond Borders graduate, and received her Baptiste Power Yoga Tier One Certification in March 2018. 

 

In March of 2020 Jenna stepped into the role of being a member of the Board of Directors for the Baptiste Foundation. This level of being-of-service has opened up a whole new world and gives meaning to every moment that has led her here to this experience.

aj bishop

Member-at-Large

AJ is a Tier Two Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Educator and owns Baptiste Power Yoga San Diego. She has completed Level 1,2,3 and is a graduate of the Fit To Lead program. She loves to have an active and balanced lifestyle with yoga and her financial background. 

 

She is currently a Regional Sales Manager for Union Banc Investment Services. She leads a team of financial professionals in the San Diego and Palm Springs region. With over 14 years of experience in the investment industry, AJ has held various roles such as Financial Advisor, Investment Manager, Market Director and Regional Brokerage Manager with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. 

 

AJ completed her B.A. degree in Organizational Communications, an A.A degree in Biology and A.A degree in Portuguese at Purdue University. She then completed her M.A. degree in Organizational Development at Seattle University.