serving marginalized populations.

addiction recovery



According to SAMHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) recovery is defined as: "A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential."

Why Baptiste Yoga Methodology for Addiction Recovery? 

  • Supports the self-efficacy needed to promote a recoveree's ability to change.

  • The practices and techniques of Baptiste Yoga are complementary to many recovery maintenance pathways, of which everyone recovers differently and we welcome that. 

  • Baptiste Yoga's Source Principles are also principles of sustainable recovery:

    • Physicalness (Using the body as an instrument and gauge for what is happening moment-to-moment in real time, or as commonly stated in the recovery community "one day at a time".)

    • Empowerment (Making the decision to act and commit to the tools and rituals that sustain lasting change.)

    • Possibility (Developing hope and optimism in order to encourage the consideration of change.)

  • We create safe, confidential, environments for people to move through challenging circumstances. 

Change is possible. Everyone is recovering from something.

"Baptiste Yoga compliments my recovery process, it's opened it up.  When a person is suffering with any kind of substance abuse, they are really suffering spiritually, mentally, and physically... Baptiste Yoga was the missing puzzle piece for me. The most important part of my recovery is serving others and yoga is what had taught me that." 

Lafautima J. | teacher at The Leadership Studio | Atlantic City, NJ

 
disadvantaged youth



Environmental trauma, transgenerational trauma, poverty, and underserved school districts perpetuate cycles for at-risk youth. Baptiste Yoga breaks the cycle, starting with those that serve our youth.

We support school teachers and first-responders to develop a trauma-informed lens, develop techniques that nurture resiliency, and the ability to see beyond behaviors and start interacting with children as whole and complete. 

We address teacher burn-out rate. Baptiste Yoga re-connects dedicated teachers to their North Star, to the difference that they are out to make through education, and supports them in self-care techniques to replenish and re-commit to what is most important to them.

Over 47,000 students are using the practices and techniques of Baptiste Yoga off the mat and in their classrooms today.

"There is no such thing as other people's children." - Unknown Origin

 
veterans

Heal the warrior. 

  • The same conditioning that kept the soldier alive in combat and our society safe, now needs to be transmuted and re-integrated.

  • Hypervigilance keeps people outside of their bodies, the practices and techniques of Baptiste Yoga bring them back.  PTSD and physical traumas can and must be healed. 

  • We believe people heal in community: Military culture generates a strong sense of community. When that time comes to an end, they are left searching for a benevolent network. Baptiste Yoga provides a place to belong and for all kinds of people to heal together. 

  • Beyond concept: Baptiste Yoga is much more than philosophy, it's an art and a science. The practices and techniques of Baptiste Yoga re-program the body and the body's survival response.


Be the invitation: being all-connected.   

  • The conventional trauma-informed programming that exists doesn't work. Regaining a sense of wholeness and re-establishing a sense of community works.

  • In most environments, those that have the experience of PTSD are treated as broken or dangerous. We take a firm stand against that and work to proactively create an inclusive environment for all, in the name of true service. 

 

Recover together.  

  • Recovery work is as much for the family as it is the individual: spouses, parents, children, co-workers. 

  • Having family members enlisted for months at a time can leave people with the same trauma and loss as those serving. 

  • Military and first-responders suffer an alarmingly high rate of divorce, homelessness, substance abuse, family issues, and un/underemployment. 

 

Not revolutionizing recovery is costing us. 

  • 1 in 5 returning veterans suffer from PTSD, and lacking treatment, the number could be as high as 1 in 3 (2008 RAND study).

  • Roughly 22 veterans are dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. 

  • Suicide is not solely the result of illness or inner conditions. The feelings of hopelessness that contribute to suicide can stem from societal conditions and attitudes. Therefore, everyone concerned with suicide prevention shares a responsibility to help change attitudes and eliminate the conditions of marginalization. 

 

"I want the military community to know that Baptiste Yoga is for everyone, including them. I think the stigma is that yoga is for weak or flexible people... I invite them to come take a class and let the practice speak for itself."

Brian T. | Active Duty Military, teaching twice per week at the 161st Air Refueling Wing | Phoenix, AZ 

 
first responders

Serving those that serve.

Career-related stress and career-related trauma is an inevitable component for those working in emergency services. The practices and techniques of Baptiste Yoga generate a necessary and often culturally underappreciated resiliency (mental, emotional, and physical).

The prescient. The firehouse. Your house.

We train trainers, social workers, first responders, counselors, therapists, organization leaders, and volunteers to master an empathetic-lens.

"My brothers and sisters in blue are the ones who are called serve others. Experiencing trauma comes with the job, but traditionally self care and healing does not. The Unbreakable training gave me the confidence and tools to be able to take the Baptiste yoga practice that significantly changed the course of my life and immediately share it with over 75 members of the law enforcement community."

Lynn Sooy | Police Officer | Atlantic City, New Jersey

 
underserved communities

We can agree that yoga is for everyone, yet not all people have access to it.

Baptiste Yoga Teachers and community organizations that use Baptiste Yoga Methodology worldwide are bringing yoga outside of the conventional yoga studio and to all people, every where. 

Baptiste Methodology is an answer in creation of an entirely new way to address social determinants of health and wellness. Social determinants of health include factors like: socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. Western medicine is catching on to measursing joy and life-satisfaction as an indicator of health and acknowleding certain social determinants as barriers to wellness.

There is a gap and we train people to go stand in it so that together we can close it. We stand for a world where no one is left in the margins, in the periphery, or left behind. Social narratives and social divides create loneliness, service and human connection take dissolve those divides.

The life-altering work of Baptiste Yoga doesn't just change our outlook, our attitude towards life, or our choice of actions... it allows for the disruption of percieved social-structures and all of the ways one interperates their circumstances.

By bringing Baptiste Yoga to all populations, we generate a deep, diverse, community that otherwise wasn't going to happen. In turn, causing impactful leaders of every race, ethinicity, and gender.

 

 
the incarcerated

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." -  Carl Jung

From Nairobi, Kenya to Nashville, Tennessee, Baptiste Yoga Teachers are bringing Baptiste Methodology behind bars. 

"Only about five percent of those incarcerated actually belong excluded from society for psychological reasons. Nearly everyone else was acting out of survival and response to the environment around them. Most of these criminals need rehabilitation and reconciliation, not exclusion." - Judge Sandson, New Jersey State Drug Court

 

"We teach skills that promote healing, inspire personal transformation and positivity during imprisonment to promote rehabilitation upon release."

Irene Auma | Founder of Peace Within Prison Yoga