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.
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.
Sean Silvera is a born leader. As a Marine, his life changed forever. Serving from 1987 to 1995 as a Platoon Sergeant during the Gulf War, Sean gained his first understanding of leadership. It would be more than a decade later in 2009 when Sean would attend his first Baptiste Level One Teacher Training. His definition of leadership changed; and the connection between his past to his present life of service was realized.
In his thirties, Sean started the practice of yoga with encouragement from his wife, Jen. He realized PTSD was an obvious by-product of trauma; and he experienced clarity from the practice. It wasn’t until after his Level One Training that Sean discovered his opportunity for change and he wanted to learn more. Completing Level Two, Level Three and Baptiste Apprenticeship pointed Sean to teach. Becoming a teacher in the yoga classroom was his calling back to leadership. It was the first time he taught since active in the Marines.
Sean is the co-owner of Baptiste Power Yoga San Francisco. In 2014 alongside his wife, the studio opened with only three Baptiste Certified teachers. Sean and Jen have grown their team to more than thirty teachers, all deeply committed to the Baptiste Methodology. In a yoga-saturated city, Baptiste Power Yoga SF is growing every month.
As a Bay Area native, bringing Baptiste Yoga back to its birthplace is one of Sean’s biggest successes. However, his greatest reward is what he’s created because of his service in the Marines and Baptiste Yoga’s impact on his life. Bridging the gap between the military and yoga is Sean’s mission. Sean, along with friend and colleague Dan Nevins, work closely together on the Foundation’s newest program, Unbreakable, bringing the Baptiste Methodology to anyone ready to teach veterans, active duty and first responders. Now, in its second year, Unbreakable exists to empower the emotional and mental wellbeing of all service men and women. Sean delivers this from his firsthand experience of using Baptiste Yoga to cope with trauma and his deep understanding of how the worlds must merge.
Sean is self-employed as a contractor in San Francisco and leads the change through teaching the Baptiste Methodology as the tool to transform. His facilitation and support of programs has taken him all over the US. Being a vehicle for Baptiste Yoga to impact service men and women is changing Sean’s life while equally impacting everyone he teaches. Sean has integrated and works closely with large nonprofits and active duty veteran communities, most of which are special forces and special operations. His work is a family affair. And his mission is changing lives.