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Yoga phenomenon Baron Baptiste has taken an ancient art form to the next level with his unique brand of power yoga. The innovative, athletic form of Vinyasa yoga taught at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute provides an intense workout that will tighten and condition the body while challenging the notion that yoga is not serious exercise. In fact, even regular gym rats are sure to work up a sweat with the moves and postures prescribed in this book.
Of course, practicing yoga is about more than attaining that fantastic "yoga butt" we've all heard about. The point of engaging the body and mind in such a concentrated way is "excavating the amazing, radiant self already inside" all of us, according to Baptiste. Spiritual focus suggestions accompany each of the illustrated exercises, ensuring that the point of practice is not overlooked. Meditation is also key, but that comes later -- first it's important to detoxify. Baptiste recommends a cleansing diet that prepares the body for the tremendous physical and mental work to come. After this detoxifying phase has been completed, the mindfulness and awareness that readers are instructed to bring to their yoga workouts are to be their mealtime companions as well.
The book ends with a chapter on meditation that will entice even the most skeptical reader. "The purpose of meditation," writes Baptiste, "is simply to cultivate a quiet consciousness from which your emotions and intellect can flow." Offering tips for opening the door to that quiet consciousness and then incorporating it into other aspects of life, Baptiste rounds out a complete wellness program that is at once physically invigorating, spiritually enriching, and totally addictive. (Karen Burns)