Hello all, Heidi here. It's been a busy few months and I haven't been posting very much. But I'm hoping to get back to it regularly now! Starting with the irony of yoga. The more I learn about yoga and the more I understand Kaiut Yoga the more the irony hits me.
Today most people think of yoga as something that women do. Well yoga was created by men for men. It was men sitting in those caves meditating 5000 years ago.
Many people think of yoga as something that favours the young, when the intention of yoga is to help manage the aging process. You shouldn't do it less as you get older you should do it more! As we age we develop more and more blockages and restrictions in our body and they increasingly impact all our systems from the circulatory to the nervous system to the respiratory. If we keep our joints healthy we minimize the impact of the aging process in all aspects.
People think they have to be flexible to do yoga. Not true. Yoga is designed to work with the inflexible body. In fact, being overly flexibility is something that Kaiut yoga looks to adjust. An overly flexible body is more prone to injury.
Kaiut yoga is a movement practice that involves barely moving. We hold positions for long periods of time so that we can move better. It makes sense when you understand that what we are doing is reminding our joints of all the different ways they can move and giving that knowledge time to imprint in the system.
And my favourite irony? Yoga was created out of a desire to prepare the body to sit. Many of the first yogis practiced in order to prepare their bodies to sit in lotus pose for hours, days, months on end. You can't do lotus pose for very long if your hips are locked. And most of us today have locked hips, coming from our modern way of sitting through life. And yet, when you see someone practicing Kaiut Yoga much of the time they are either lying or sitting on the floor. But of course, sitting as a part of the Kaiut method is a very different kind of sitting. Its about nurturing our hip joints not locking them. In Kaiut, we sit to counteract the harmful effects of sitting so much - now how ironic is that! :)