I often get asked why do I do yoga? What do I get out of it? Why yoga and not something else? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer beyond ‘it feels really good’, which doesn’t really answer the question! So I asked Francisco. Why is yoga so hard to describe?
It’s complicated, he said. Well that I already knew. But then he went on to explain why it’s so complicated and suddenly it made a lot of sense to me.
In North America, we tend to think yoga is about stretching – that each pose stretches a different muscle in our body. Instead, Francisco talks about yoga as resonance and all the bodies’ systems.
My simple analogy for resonance is a phone line. It’s like there is a phone line between the different parts of your body through which they communicate to each other. Whatever you do with your feet as you walk has an impact on all the joints in your body. How you choose to sit on a chair and thus position your hips does the same. As does your sleeping position and so on.
Imagine you have an old injury in your shoulder. By not using your shoulder fully, overtime this will diminish not only the range of movement in your shoulder but all the joints around it, and then the impact on those joints overtime impacts the joints around them and so on. And as you impact your joints they impact the soft tissue, your circulation, your immune system, your digestion, your nervous system and even your organs.
Kaiut Yoga does the same thing but in counter balance. It works with different joints to not only positively impact that one joint but in doing so impact the joints that are speaking to that joint, and all the body systems that are speaking to all the joints. It’s like one big, highly productive conference call!
Or as that iconic nursery rhyme put it ‘the knee bone’s connected to the…’