Interview with Keith Bautista
How did you get started in yoga?
I was working with a guy about 9 years ago and he invited me to join him at a yoga class at the gym. I had previously spent many years studying dance and I was interested in yoga so I tried it out. Ever since then, I have continued to expand my practice and eventually became a certified yoga instructor.
Where do you teach now?
I currently teach and practice at The Yoga Factory which is a Baptiste Affiliate studio located in North Dallas and Plano. It offers a 200 hour RYT certification program. I enjoy working there and my students are wonderful.
What is your favorite style of yoga?
I really enjoy Power Yoga because it is a huge release for me. I also love bending and twisting and using my body to its fullest range of motion possible. I have a lot of favorite poses but if I had to single one out, it would be parivrtta trikonasana, revolved triangle. WHY?
Will you share some advantages and disadvantages of being a male yoga teacher?
I love being an example that men can also partake in yoga because it is often stereotyped as being only for girls. Also, as a man, I can teach people that yoga takes a lot of body strength to execute poses where men and women benefit by becoming stronger both physically and mentally along with recovering from injuries.
What do people say to you when they find out you are a yoga teacher?
Usually people can tell I’m an instructor by my posture. Then a lot of people mostly ask if I can turn my body into a pretzel. WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM?
What is your advice to other men about yoga?
I deeply encourage men to get into yoga and I suggest that they take a few classes to get the feel of the power and healing of how yoga works. The only thing getting in the way of a person and their yoga mat is them. I believe anyone can do yoga and everyone’s practice is perfect.