My personal journey with Kaiut Yoga has been filled with profound insight, revelation and understanding - like those that come with the teacher training Homework. As teachers-in-training, we are to practice daily and read books about the human mind and neuroscientific discoveries, not yoga books.
Two months have passed since my last training in Toronto, Canada and the importance of the homework has been fascinating to me. Personal practice really does bring deep insight into the method: the more you practice, the more you increase your understanding of your body, your mind, the connection between both, and ultimately yourself. It’s the nurturing of what we hear during the training: pay attention to your body and learn how to listen to it. It’s amazing to feel how the human body calls for the practice.
And practicing daily, I found the sensation: the physical feeling or perception that results from the postures in this Method. And paying attention to the sensation is the key: per that feeling, per the volume of sensation in our hips, legs, arms, feet, neck, back, that each posture and sequence is designed for, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest, or “feed-and-breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest.
When I was at the Kaiut Yoga School in Brazil a couple of weeks ago, between the front building and the studio buildings in the back, there is an outdoor walkway and signs that say: “PISE NA GRAMA. PISE NAS PEDRAS” (STEP ON THE GRASS. STEP ON THE ROCKS). And I did. And I felt. And I stayed there for a few minutes. I paused from a busy day visiting family and friends. I let the sensation come. And I let it stay.
Speaking with Francisco after class, I relayed my experience inspired by the signs and the connection for me to the Kaiut practice. He shared with me that in current day society, the human being is moving at such a fast pace (mentally and physically) that sensations are not welcomed; if we feel something, we block out the sensation, because it’s easier not to feel. In modern daily life, humans don’t have time to feel, they have too much to do.
That’s why in the Kaiut Yoga Method we stop and we feel when we practice. And that’s why this method is so unique in it’s results for the wellness of the human being.
I close this reflection with some words from my first homework reading: “by redirecting our focus – where we place our attention – we bring a new course of events into focus while at the same time releasing an existing course of events that may no longer serve us”. “The Isaiah Effect”, by Gregg Braden.
To allow sensation to impact the body and mind, we might need to work on our ability to change our focus - close our eyes during class… perhaps the most challenging homework for me due to my English skills, according to Francisco! :)
Teacher-in-training, Dallas TX (& formerly Curitiba, Brazil)