About John:

After 8 years of service in the U.S. Marines, John Baldwin found yoga as a way to manage and overcome his service-related disabilities. Having practiced for 8 years now, and taught for 3, he has led hundreds of classes and private sessions at over a dozen top yoga and fitness venues.  Believing that a healthy mind and body is the most abundant form of wealth, John utilizes his personal yoga practice and teaching as a critical component to unearthing this wealth – and helping you do the same. With his balanced approach to stretching, strengthening, and relaxing, you’ll find that ultimately, yoga doesn't take time - IT GIVES TIME. 

His students are a hodgepodge of young and old, big and small, stiff and limber, strong and weak, native and foreign born, male and female, first-timers and veterans because he believes in the universality of yoga - that yoga is for humans because it cultivates our humanity. Through yoga, anyone can improve their strength, flexibility, and mental clarity. All that is needed is time and space to do it - and a knowledgeable guide. 

Off the mat, he'll likely be thumbing a musty volume, singing and strumming a stringed instrument, cooking up a storm, commuting or joy-riding on his bicycle, exploring the waves or wilderness, or wrestling with his friends or two teen sons.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Yoga Fitness
  • Yoga for Athletes
  • Weight Management
  • Postural Improvement
  • Yoga Therapy for:
    • Back Pain
    • Depression and/or Anxiety
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Teaching Experience:





  • Yoga and the Healing Sciences (200 RYT), Loyola Marymount University
  • AFPA Yoga Fitness Level I and II
  • YogaFit Yoga Lean (Weight Management)
  • YogaFit Warriors (PTSD/TBI)
  • YogaFit for Mood Balancing (Depression/Anxiety)
  • YogaFit Teacher Training Level 3
  • Ashtanga Primary Series
  • CorePower Yoga Hot Power Flow Certified
  • SCW Personal Trainer
  • SCW Small Group Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid

John's Favorite Yoga Books:

Meditation Made Easy
Nirvana in a Nutshell: 157 Zen Meditations
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Postural Assessment
The Relaxation Response
Bikram YogaThe Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows byChoudhury
The Athlete's Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, & Focus
The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga For Dummies
Yoga: Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body
Instructing Hatha Yoga
YogaLean: Poses and Recipes to Promote Weight Loss and Vitality-for Life!
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life
Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga
Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
Light on Yoga
Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards