By Rachel Phillips
The Capital Region has a new Baptiste affiliate yoga studio.
Located at 1714 Route 9 in Clifton Park, Baptiste Power Yoga Capital District is owned and operated by Sheryl Campbell, Jessica Padula and Tanya MacLeod.
“BPYCD teaches a powerful, energetic and playful style of power vinyasa yoga,” said Campbell.
The studio is open seven days a week, and offers classes for all levels, including beginners. They also have corporate wellness programs.
The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art, eco-friendly infrared heating panels that can bring the temperature of the room to 85-95 degrees, providing a therapeutic, deep penetrating heat which assists in detoxication and increased circulation, to help rid of the body of harmful toxins, she said.
Campbell has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for five. She said one of the reasons she likes yoga is that it’s a different experience each time she steps on her mat or in front of the class.
“I am a high-energy individual and the physical practice challenges me to explore new postures and empowers me connect to my true self. I have gained confidence to use my voice and share how I feel, both as a student and teacher, and have accessed a new level of freedom both in my practice and life,” she said.
Campbell, who also works for a valuation and litigation firm in Albany, said that the idea to open a yoga studio came when she and her co-owners were at the Baptiste Institute’s Global Summit in Ojai, Calif., earlier in the year. The three had been working together for years, and after hearing their teacher talk about the history of the Baptiste Sanctuary, they decided to open their own studio. Seven months later, on Oct. 20, Baptiste Power Yoga Capital District had its grand opening.
“Our intention and desire to open a Baptiste Yoga Affiliate studio in the Capital District is to create a space to inspire others to be the best version of themselves, cultivate community and belonging through connection and generate transformation both on and off the mat,” said Campbell. “Our team of highly trained leaders are a stand for every individual who enters the space and possess the training and leadership skills to empower and awaken others to what’s possible in their life through the tools and techniques of Baptiste Yoga.”
Along with offering their standard services and classes, BPYCD is also dedicated to supporting local and global communities. Recently, they hosted Africa Yoga Project, Hugs, Handstands & Happiness Fall Tour. This event raised donations to fund scholarships for aspiring teachers in Kenya.
Campbell also facilitates “Unstoppable Yoga for Youth,” a program that trains youth educators, coaches and teachers on the principles of Baptiste Yoga, so that they can impart them on their students as life skills.
“Sharing the Baptiste methodology and practice is important to us because we know from our own experiences the impact it has in our lives on a daily basis,” said Campbell. “We are committed to sharing and inspiring our students through meditation and self-inquiry to take charge of their personal growth through this work and be up to something bigger in their lives.”
For more information visit their Facebook page, Instagram page or baptistepoweryogacd.com website.
By Rachel Phillips