Last week I was in Boulder, Colorado where there are 3 to 4 classes of Kaiut Yoga daily across various studios. They are all taught by students of Francisco that I met last summer in the Colorado teacher training. (See the photo above)
While the classes were not Francisco's classes they were definitely his work. As soon as I lay down on the mat and each teacher opened the practice a sense of home swept over me. It was comforting and familiar. And yet while each class felt familiar, each class was also different.
The teachers all used one of the series of sequences provided by Francisco, so 'what' we were doing was familiar but each teacher had their own style of teaching, and thus 'how' they presented the work was different.
One teacher was quite nurturing in their teaching approach. It brought a calming energy to the room and the class left me feeling wholly nourished. Another class was taught with a singular dedication to physical precision which helped the students stay focused and 'in the room'; enabling a mindfulness that was deeply cleansing. A third teacher had a wonderful sense of humour that built a true sense of shared experience and connection amongst the students; upon realizing we were all having the same reactions to the work!
We were also lucky enough to have yet another teacher lead a private class for us. This teacher was skilled enough to adapt the teaching approach to a crowd of two. The class was deeply personal in the interaction between teacher and student.
So while the positions, pacing and sequencing were all Kaiut, all Francisco, each teacher brought their own personality and intuition into the practice and into the room. And it worked super well.
Same yet different. Different yet the same. It's wonderful to see Kaiut Yoga come to life in a variety of forms, voices, spaces and places. This is truly yoga for everybody.