Frank tried Yoga before, but she didnt get hooked on it
until she took Sherri Baptiste Freemans class at Elan fitness
Center in San Anselmo. That was six years ago. Now, the TV commercial
producer says, I feel better. I look better. The difference
was Sherri Baptiste Freeman. This isn't just something
she kind of does; this is something that has been in her blood
since birth, Frank says. Shes inspiring.
Marin Independent Journal
Baptiste teaches the Baptiste Method of Yoga, which she learned
from her parents yoga legends Magana and Walt Baptiste. Her Brother,
Baron is also a well known yoga teacher. Sherri not only continues
in the family tradition teaching workshops, classes and retreats,
she also recently released her own yoga video.
Marin Independent Journal
Baptiste Freeman, one of Marins most respected yoga luminaries,
is a recognized master in the yoga revolution.
- I love the
way your soft spoken words fill my heart with joyful wisdom
and the way you masterfully awaken and strengthen
as you so gracefully move us through the Baptiste yoga classes.
I am inspired to do my very best. Your classes have enlightened
my being and enriched my health far beyond my greatest expectations.
As you know I have studied and practiced yoga with the masters
in the 60-70s only to have realized they were preparing me for
love Dr. John C - Marin , Yoga for Men Over Fifty
- This whole purification process and teacher training
has been truly a wonderful enfolding of the yogic path. I needed
purification process very badly because of a digestive problem
I have. I am doing beautifully and feel great. It has given me
the opportunity to get light and sattvic and to train my mind
to continue with a purer diet.
body is leaner and stronger, as well as more flexible. Mentally,
I fell more calm and in control.
Rob Jensen-Marin Co.Ca
- Private lessons
with Sherri have taken my practice to a deeper dimension. Sherri's
attention to my breath is uncanny -- giving me instructions to
breathe into my collarbones or the small of my back -- she is
constantly scanning my body and finding places where I need to
let go of tension. Sherris worked to help me gain hip flexibility
and ease hip pain. Shes taught me to really breathe and
approach my practice with gratitude. I dont remember if
the Buddhist saying is that when the teacher is ready, the students
will appear, or the other way around, but I know that when I found
Sherri, I was ready for yoga with a heart, a spirit, and a great
physical, strengthening, toning practice. I found all that, and
a dear friend when I began studying with Sherri.
Jean - S.F Business
- Thank you
so much such a fabulous re-treat / re-energizing / re-centering
week in Tulum.
I had such an incredibly transformative week and my colleagues
and friends continue to tell me that I "look" different
-- more relaxed, more in my body, and definitely more in my mind/spirit.
I continue to honor the gains I made during the week and hold
onto the sights, sounds, smells and other sensations from the
intense practice and gorgeous surroundings. Many, many thanks
for all of your inspiring teaching and
K. OMalley, Attorney Boston, Massachusetts
- Re Green
Gulch I just wanted to thank you again for a really
beautiful and powerful experience, I just had such a really great
time. I dont even know what words to share with you at the
moment, I just wanted to send you lots of love and gratitude and
let you know how much I enjoyed you, and your energy. It was just
a quite a rich and full experience, and I really appreciated the
environment and the beautiful care you took of all of us. The
hikes! every participant!... I just loved it, and the multitude
of wonderful experiences that I want to keep touching. I thought
of you this morning as I began my meditation and really practiced
the breathing. I loved it, thank you so much take very good care.
- Each class
is a breathing class. Thank you for teaching me to gently
open this body, and spirit slowly, gradually- as nature
Tom - Real Estate -Colorado
- I have
heard few people with your gift of gentle expression. Your Yoga
instruction was powerful [it had the feeling of private instruction]
and the inner journey really spoke to me.
Steve -Author and Public Speaker
- You have
made a huge difference in my life and I will always feel blessed
Teri - Commercial Film Set Designer
- You have
been & will continue to be an extraordinary teacher that has
had an enormous impact on my health & well-being. I am very
Tama - Nutritionist and Chef
Yoga Class has taught me to be more patient in my workouts and
my approach to life. The increased flexibility has made me actually
feel younger and has enhanced my other sporting ventures such
as skiing and sailing. I feel very fortunate to have discovered
William E. James - Marin Co.Ca
Yoga training is more than just physical. Through her training
she has helped me to become aware of my emotional, physical, and
mental state as well. Through her training I have learned to live
in the present , and know myself as I exist on different levels
Pat Lum - San Francisco
- Sherri has
been and remains a very important person in my life since she
has the great ability to encourage and assist me in my exploration
of yoga. The classes, and your thoughts have opened my mind and
body. Yoga is a choice, a lifestyle. I am very willing to be on
this path, for the best is yet to come as I continually unfold.
This is Yoga. -Thank you for showing me the way. Your light burns
bright and radiates to all around you.
Faye- Executive Secretary Marin Co, Ca
- Thank you
for your great yoga classes. I appreciate your emphasis on spine,
breathing, stretching and strengthening the body and mind. I look
forward to each class and feel such great benefits from them.
Having studied at the calif Insatiate of Integral Studies and
elsewhere I have come across numerous yoga teaching practices-by
far for me, yours is the best! With appreciation for the quality
of your work and the quality of your presentation.
David Keller - Finance and Real Estate Marin Co Ca
- Thank you
so much for being such a positive influence in my life- your class
has made such a difference in my physical and psychological well
Stephanie- Marin Co, Ca
- I have yet
to come down from the wonderful Yoga Intensive-that is to say
my level of consciousness has reached new heights, while my being
feels totally grounded. Im so grateful for your encouragement
and support. thank you for consistently sharing your gift and
wisdom and enriching our space.
Emily - Executive and Administrative Assistant Marin
- My greatest
discovery of was right at home in San Anselmo, a yoga class with
Sherri at my local gym. I began attending classes [three times
per week] about this time last year, hoping it would bring some
relaxation to a some what stressful holiday season. Needless to
say, it worked so well that I returned again, and again and again....
Now a year later I am happier, healthier, stronger, and thinner.
I have found yoga to be an amazing practice able of maintaining
optimum mental and physical health throughout life. I cant
say enough about it.
Anyra.---Tech Industry San Francisco, Ca
- As a coordinator
for photo shoots, I travel a lot and am often subject to high
pressure situations. I can always hear your voice saying, Remember
to breathe, when Im under stress and its really
made a tremendous difference. Somehow Im able to keep a
cool head and glide trough the chaos. So, thanks, Sherri, for
the delight of your inspirational classes, and for taking the
time to teach us something that will continue to be such a positive
force in our lives.
Helie - Photographer .. San Francisco, Ca
- Dear Sherri....Thank
you so much for sharing your words, thoughts, music, heart and
soul with me this week. Your Life is Truly Your Message and you
lead by example. all those who see you come to profoundly understand
them meaning of the word Love. YOU GO GIRL! Uplift the Race and
do the Planet Proud.
Connie - Fitness Coach & Teacher Rancho La Puerta
am so thrilled to have had the time with you at the Ranch. Thank
you, thank you thank you. I feel cared for ....centered...physically
healed/relaxed and very, very grateful to you Sherri Baptiste
Freeman. You are a beautiful loving bright light...and your radiance
shines in the work you do! I am so thrilled to have had the time
with you at the Ranch.
Tina - Guest at Rancho La Puerta Spa
- The effects
of last weekends retreat are still with me. I want to thank you
again for bringing all your knowledge, wisdom and beautiful soul
to the retreat. For me the experience was beyond my imagination.
Im looking forward to sharing another workshop/retreat with
your very soon. As you said Drink it all in...Im
thirsty for more!
Barbara- Teacher..Marin Co, Ca
- Thank you
so much for a beautiful weekend retreat. We found it to be healing,
fun, enriching and magical and hope to return. Youre such
a beautiful and gifted teacher and friend-we cherish our window
of time with you always.
Fritz and Karen- Green Gulch Zen Center
- Your special
style, beauty and inspiration last weekend is still resonating
in Me. I tried to soak up all the sights and peaceful sounds of
such a tranquil place. For all of this and much much more, I thank
you again for leading all of us through our yoga and meditation
with all your grace and wisdom. I feel truly blessed to be one
of your students. Thank you! Thank you!
Barbara- San Diego Ca
- Green Gulch
was a beautiful experience and your students are wonderful! You
have made a significant impact on my life, my yoga and my career,
I cant even begin to thank you enough.
Gaylynn - Yoga Teacher/Studio Owner
- Thank you
for offering The Baptiste Power of Yoga Teachers Training.
All of the workshops have been excellent and profound. Ive
learned that the branches and roots of yoga are very deep and
can be studied a lifetime. Im very appreciative of how generously
and graciously you give of yourself.
Peggy -Administrative Assistant...Marin Co, Ca
- I returned
from last weekends experience expansive and expanded. I
have a sense of the planning and preparation such a weekend entails,
and your thoroughness was most appreciated. As you know the impact
of the experience continues to unfold, and I am most excited,
thankful for the way in which my soul and body have been touched.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such an effective way.
Robert -Episcopal Minister/Parish Priest
- Sherri Baptiste
Freeman represents, the perfect balance between the physical and
mental aspects of this ancient discipline - no easy task to anyone
who has experienced yoga. She is professional yet approachable;
she is warm yet determined; she knowingly accommodates the personal
physical limitations of participants in the class, while simultaneously
challenging them to gently, yet aggressively progress through
their previously established barriers of resistance. Given her
background, she is thoroughly knowledgeable in The Eastern Philosophy
surrounding yoga. yet incorporates it in such a way that is easily
understood and totally non-treatening to western students. In
short, She is wonderful!! Sherri is very highly respected, revered,
and regarded here in Marin County and is personally responsible
for expanding at least three yoga programs of which I am aware.
Any program fortunate enough to procure her services quickly realizes
the immense wisdom, expertise, professionalism, and value that
she carries with her.
P. Applegate - Atherton,Ca
- To say I
had a breakthrough last Thursday in class, would be the understatement
of the year! I went on every step of that hour long journey with
you and it was the most exhilarating feeling imaginable. I cannot
thank you enough for everything you have given me. It has made
such a tremendous impact. Although Ive studied yoga 25 years,
it took until now to get some real wisdom behind the practice.
I GOT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy - Writer and Graphic Design Mill Valley,Ca
- You are such
an influential teacher for me and find much inspiration in your
beautiful centeredness and strength. In gratitude and appreciation
- Much of who
I am today, Sherri, has been because of your spirit and gifts.
Six years ago I started the yoga classes with you and now today
I see myself as centered, strong, calm, and flexible. Witnessing
my standing postures was a wonderful acknowledgment of this. Thank
you again for sharing your gifts. I feel such gratitude that I
have you as a teacher and above all as a friend.
C. Thorner. -Teacher and Artist
- Sherri Baptiste
Freeman has offered us inspiration and awareness through her classes
in the Baptiste Method of Yoga. Through my practice of the Baptiste
Method of Yoga I have discovered and cultivated an inner dependence
and strength. My physical strength has increased, but more so
I have developed a strong sense of self-confidence. The changes
have occurred from the inside out. The Baptiste Method of Yoga
is practical and straightforward. The only mystery to be discovered
are those hidden treasures within each of us. My experiences continue
to change my life. I have established a healthier and happier
approach to life. The possibilities are endless!
Kelly- RN & Yoga Teacher
- Just a short
note to thank you for your yoga classes and retreat and to compliment
you on your remarkable skills as a teacher. Its not only
the physical work, the way you gently and skillfully guide us
into the poses and then draw attention to just those places I
dont even realize are tense, but also the mental and spiritual
nourishment, which I enjoy so much. Your classes are truly something
Michael Wanger - Award Winning Film & Video Producer
- So, my dear
teacher, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind and
skillful instruction. I am not exaggerating when I say I think
of you with great gratitude every time I do yoga. I just wanted
to thank you for the superb instruction I received from you for
three plus years, not only in yoga but also, just as much for
the superb instruction in breathing. I have been amazed at the
increase in my lung capacity, etc. that developed and health professionals
have commented on it. I am so grateful to you.
Becky White Monk in the Tibetan Buddhist
- Sherri is
an excellent teacher. She is consistent. she is an example of
what she teaches. She is also loving and present. For me, yoga
has become an important balance. It helps me to focus and release
the tensions of the day, exercising my mind and body. Sherris
focus on breathing has begun to break through chronic patterns
I have of shortening my breath when I become tense. I find my
mind telling me to breathe when I am in traffic! Consequently,
a chronic pain problem form arthritis, stiffness in my hips and
knees have all improved from gentle stretching and breathing.
I started this class with the attitude that it was medicine I
had to give myself like a distasteful pill that was good for me.
After three weeks, there was a shift. It began to feel good, and
so did I. Thank you Sherri, for the patience and encouragement
you give the beginners, and the challenge and push you give the
Melissa Horton -Director, Inspirit Counseling Center.