What is JIP, the Journey Into Power Sequence?

Have you ever take a class and recognized a pattern or a sequence to the poses you practice at Cleveland Yoga Concord? The “JIP” or Journey Into Power sequence is a 53 pose series developed by Baron Baptiste.  Teachers at Cleveland Yoga use this series as the foundation for each class.

This style of yoga follows the natural movement of the body, which dictate balance and counterbalance, control and surrender, pose and repose, adaptation and acceleration. Baptiste yoga students get all the benefits of the more traditional methods, while still leaving room for creativity and play.

Yoga can be intimidating and the traditional yoga world sometimes perpetuates this. It is the mission of Baptiste Yoga studios to make yoga accessible to anyone looking for physical, mental and emotional transformation, no matter your level of fitness.

The poses in the JIP series are grouped into eleven parts and are practiced in this order:

Integration – Stepping out of your daily activity and focusing inward, bringing yourself to the present moment and your mat (poses like child’s pose, ragdoll and extended mountain pose).

Awakening – Waking up your body and starting to build heat and momentum (Sun As’ and Sun B’s fall in this section).

Vitality – The Warrior Series, focusing on foundation and fire.

Equanimity – The balancing portion of your practice, requiring presence of mind and focus.

Grounding – Focusing on strength and symmetrical stability of the lower body, and your connection to the earth.

Igniting – The back bending portion of your practice including poses such as locust, camel and wheel.

Stability – Core stability and strength (the abs section of a Baptiste yoga).

Opening – Opening of the hips including poses like half-pigeon and frog.

Release – Forward bending poses that focus on lengthening and the creation of traction (seated forward folds, table top, fish pose).

Rejuvenation – Inversions including headstand and handstand, or any pose where your head is below your heart, focusing on moving the blood from your legs and hips back to the center of you body.

Deep Rest – The closing series of the practice consisting of spinal twists, supta baddah konasana and blissful savasana and a complete feeling of letting go.