By Jeff Bailey, Kaiut Yoga Teacher, Yoga Loft, Boulder Colorado
It's not about the pose, it's about the sequences. Wait. What!? Not about the pose!? How can that be? Isn't yoga about getting better at the poses? Pick up any yoga magazine and you will see, if not the image on the front cover, then certainly the content itself will lead you to believe that you get better by getting better at the pose. Without really being aware of it, most of us are programmed for accomplishment—so much so that we are prioritize external image or shape over results. Not so with Kaiut Yoga.
Francisco does not want us getting better at yoga. It's not about the panacea of working until thepose is perfected. With the best of intentions, when we diligently work to improve the pose, we use and reinforce our compensatory patterns that work against us. We may feel better for a little while, but the underlying problems persist. In Francisco's words, "The underling compensatory patterns are driven deeper into the system."
Rather than the pose, Kaiut Yoga relies on the sequences. Rather than focus on the proverbial "tree," we use the sequences to see "the forrest." Isolating any one part of an ecosystem, (or the body) limits the complex interactions of all the parts that make up the whole. It is the intelligence of the sequences, practiced over time that unwind and reveal the layers of rigidity and patterning that work against us. Francisco encourages us to develop this broader perspective. Focus only on the pose and you miss the point. The life-changing, long-lasting results develop over time. He says it takes at least 100 classes in all the different shapes and combinations for the teacher to begin to truly see the student and their underlying patterns.
This approach requires us to "squeeze our brain" (one of my favorite Francisco-isms) to see the forest AND the trees. It teaches us to see the deeply hidden patterns in our bodies and our minds. It gives us time to grow and understand so we can draw upon our ever-increasing "bucket of tools" to deliver results. And ultimately, it's all about the result—predictable results that only years of practice and patience yield. It's about inner results that others cannot necessarily see. And we may not even see ourselves.