This is the first in a series of interviews with the teachers at Supernova Power Yoga. We begin with the guy who started it all—founder Joe Giglio!
When did you start practicing yoga?
What circumstances got you onto your mat for the first time?
Tell us a little bit about your teacher. Why did you choose to study under Baron Baptiste and other Master Baptiste teachers?
The first time I took one of Baron Baptiste’s yoga classes was sometime in 1999. My first few years of yoga was very basic, gentle asana that helped me heal old wounds and build new strength and flexibility. As I was able to do more I explored different styles of yoga. There was an explosion of yoga studios around Boston at the time, and I tried a bunch of different studios, teachers, and styles. Then one day a guest teacher came into the gym at work and introduced us to the power vinyasa flow. I LOVED IT! The freedom, power, and grace of the flow was awesome and made me feel amazing! I was hooked. So I started looking for power vinyasa yoga classes. I came across Baron Baptiste while reading a article about him in Boston Magazine, talking about his background, style and his new yoga studios in Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts. I convinced my two roommates to join me on an adventure to try these studios out—which by the way were heated to 98F for 90 min long. Although I got death glares from both my friends we all survived! I took me several months to go back to Baron’s studio though. It was overwhelming in a good way and I needed time to process my experience. Something big had opened up in that space for me and it was calling me back. I spent the next ten years going Baron’s Cambridge studio just about every other day. It would be fair to say I took over 1200 classes at that studio led by a dozen fantastic instructors during that time period, most notably Baron, Coeli, Claire, Rhea, Gregor, and Brandon among many others. What I loved most about the Baptiste studio teachers was that they were all unified in the practice sequence and methodology but unique unto themselves. These instructors practiced what they preached. They were shining examples of what the practice can do for you if you do the practice and created a studio space that became home for thousands of people going through the same kind of thing that I was going through. We were working together for our own good. It was awesome.