Today, our newsletter features the testimonial from our dear Eve Pisani, a Kaiut Yoga teacher. She participated in the 1st Kaiut Yoga Workshop in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), in 2015, and now she will tell us her journey with the practice, which started when she was just a teenager.
Inspired by Eve’s life story, who was a yoga teacher of a different method but decided to change her path and learn the Kaiut way, I’d like to share what I observed in many other teachers that have been practicing yoga for over 30 years. In most cases, there’s an inability to understand the purpose of the practice and a tendency to attribute injuries to genetics.
I hope you enjoy this content, which I wrote with the same passion from my practices. Enjoy!
“The unsuccessful yogis, upon death, go to the abodes of the virtuous. After dwelling there for many ages, they are again reborn in the earth plane, into a family of pious and prosperous people. Else, if they had developed dispassion due to long practice of Yoga, they are born into a family endowed with divine wisdom. Such a birth is very difficult to attain in this world.”
(BHAGAVAD GITA – CHAPTER VI. 41-42)
Mukundananda, Swami. Chapter 6, Verse 41-42 – Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God – Swami Mukundananda, Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog, USA, www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/6/verse/41-42.
By Eve Pisani*
“Yoga respects the reality of each body and leads it to freedom.”
I cannot deny that finding yoga as an open door was quite fortunate. It was opened by my mother, Ivete Pisani, and at a time, becoming a yoga teacher implied being a very different kind of student. Imagine that, at the beginning of her career, she was asked by her teacher to replace her.
In Brazil, teacher training courses were not very common. So, she had to study hard on her own. This leads her to search for different courses, such as those with Professor Hermógenes, Jean Pierre Bastiou, and Paulo Murilo Rosas, among others.
Around 1977 I, being the stubborn teenager that I was, under the guidance of my mother, was introduced to her teacher, Sister Itamira. Yes, a nun. Today, I can see that it was a positive way for me to drain my rebellious impulses. With this meeting, the universe of yoga became part of my world of activities that included: contemporary dance plus yoga, tennis plus yoga, studying psychology plus yoga, having a psychological clinic plus yoga and, so on. It was a mark. I started to practice yoga through my college years, which ended in 1986, and haven’t stopped since.
In 2001, I did my first training in the area of yoga. And it was truly a time of suffering! The practice was really “draconian” and teached under iron discipline. A massacre, for a soul that yelled for that “moksha” (the real freedom, that is mentioned in ancient yoga texts).
In 2002, I started my career as a yoga teacher, having my own practice space next to my house, where my mother had been teaching since 1978.
My training went on until 2006. It was when I was instructed to withdraw from that school since I did not recognize the teacher as my “master.”
As for my students, I took them into a more fluid practice, with mantras and incense (which actually made me sick since I am allergic). I started to attract more yogis, but as soon as they came, they left. Some were unable to follow the classes due to age or physical conditions. Others were frightened by the “weird” images and mantras. I ended up following my students, and I started looking for other methods, with different teachers that would add a new perspective to my practice.
In 2015, a dear friend of mine, Camila Moscarelli, introduced me to a teacher who had created a different, and revolutionary method. When I met him, I found a smiling and friendly face, who was wearing jeans and a white shirt. I instantly thought: “What a relief! No Indian clothes! He looks like a regular person!”
Walking into the classroom, he proudly showed me the handout he had prepared for the event and, honestly, I was delighted with such zeal. On the following Friday, we had a special lecture in Gramado (Brazil), where an amazing workshop took place. It was the 1st Kaiut Yoga Workshop in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).
During the event, Francisco put me in the famous sukhasana position, which we usually translate to “easy posture”. Easy? I cried in pain! I hated it! And everything that was hidden in my body came to the surface. It was when Francisco told me that my neck didn’t move. What? I did not feel any pain in my daily life! I thought that I had a body that, in its 54 years, still did some juggling. Despite the pain, he won me over in his first line: “Where do small mistakes go after a long time?”
That question kept echoing in my mind.
On Monday, all I could think was: “What a relief! I will return to my normal, fluid, and painless practice”. But the truth is that what I experienced, added to an understanding that went beyond any intellectualization, did not allow me to return to what I called “normal”.
I asked myself: “What do I do now with everything I have always believed in? What about pranayama? The mantras? Should I continue or abandon it? I need to understand this better!” It was when I started to participate in several meetings with Francisco before deciding to start his teacher training course.
The Kaiut Yoga teacher training course would begin in 2017. But, before I decide to go through this route, I had to be sure about it. I went São Paulo/Brazil to take a course with another renowned teacher and it was a shock when I did not find the same zeal or the same commitment to the content as Francisco had. That easily made me decide to do the Kayiut Yoga training course.
During the training process, I came across many differences between Hatha Yoga and Kaiut Yoga, which led me to question some common habits that I had, such as mantras. I did like them, as you may like your own prayers. However, I understood that it was something private. Brining my belief in a classroom was actually disrespectful to other people’s beliefs.
But what about pranayama? For me, it became a natural part of life, and this is a natural result of a systematic yoga practice. In reality, I think that it is what truly matters since you will never remember any technique in extreme situations in life. But, remembering to breathe with a “conscious breathing” will keep you calm, and that’s all.
Over these five years, I realized how the concepts brought by the method, were based on the philosophical precepts of ancient yoga scriptures, such as, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”. I could see how quickly the students answered to the relief of chronic pain, how they conquered freedom in their movements, and how they were visibly lighter and happier. THIS is moksha (liberation/freedom)! This was what brought me to yoga decades ago.
Yoga flows, and at the beginning, I was rigidly attached to form, to habit, and to something that was not yoga. As B.K.S. Iyengar said, yoga is alive and it cannot end with me, it must continue to evolve through each student. The Kaiut method, in my view, is this evolution. A method that respects the reality of each person’s body and leads you to experience freedom. And, since I had this experience, I want to bring it to my students.
Thank you dear teacher for your boldness!
* Eve Pisani is a Kaiut Yoga teacher
Throughout my career, I have seen thousands of yoga teachers. I’ve seen egos, successful stories, arrogance, strength, flexibility, and a lot of frustration. I rarely see teachers that were pain-free after their 50s or 60s.
Recently, visiting a friend in another city, I happened to meet a very well-known former yoga teacher, that I could actually say that she is really famous here in Brazil.
We introduced ourselves and she said: “Ow! you are the teacher that has the method for people in pain, aren’t you?”
I responded: “Yeah, I think that’s me”.
She continued, inelegantly, like any insecure individual: “I thought it was very… still”.
“It’s quite still”, I agreed with a smile on my face.
She: “I have a lot of pain in my arms, wrists, and my neck”.
“Yes, I can tell by the shape of your body and its movement”, I said while waiting for a defense reaction, but also having fun inside because I found everything to be predictable.
She responded by affirming what I already knew to be true for most yoga teachers of other methods: “It has so much to do with the positions… blah blah blah…”
Anyways, after a few minutes, I left the conversation shocked by what happened to the world of yoga in these last few decades. She was not guilty of anything! She was a victim of a vicious circle.
Today, positions are to blame for our mistakes. The yoga positions have been deprived of their true value, due to the poor ability to understand its purpose and also, by a large number of disqualified teachers. They are all over the planet spreading the idea that we should have codependent relationships, and because of this emotional bond, nobody is ever responsible for anything.
Currently, yoga teachers scare me a little. While the world vibrates with the liberating potential of epigenetics, this “tribe” which is actually less flexible towards changes than others (which is pretty curious), uses the convenient “genetics card” to justify their cervical issues, knee injuries, degeneration of femur heads, among other problems.
The practice, which was originally a science of life, becomes an empty search for positions and their aesthetic formats, while it should aim to understand the role that each position holds and the sustainability achieved in the long run.
I see great teachers consecrate themselves between their 40s and 50s and, after that, they hide trying to justify their mistakes with non-yogic theories. By that time, their knees, spines, and vertebrates are a result of a work of pain.
Up until their 50s, they are pure conviction. But then, not so much. Interestingly, karma is not that important anymore. In fact, there is no constructive analysis of their mistakes, just the need to hold someone accountable or outsource the problem to another.
At this stage of life, many teachers come to me very frustrated, because they “supposedly” did everything right. But all went wrong. And it’s surprising to me that they did not develop themselves to be mentally or emotionally more flexible. Typically, they are more rigid. Yes, decades spent on yoga, and they still have a hard time changing their minds. It almost seems like a joke. Only a few manage to change due to desperate pain and fear.
Eve came into my life to present a specific and new point of view. She showed me that yoga can always build a flexible personality when there is pure intention to find a better life, even if the practices or techniques are not perfect. The intention is everything.
She arrived and entered my method. She was an adult woman, mature and with a life dedicated to yoga. She found new and innovative ideas, and also challenges and pains beyond imagination. And, in tears, ended up going from pain to joy. All because she understands that she found yoga as she truly sought, instead of resisting, justifying, or blaming.
So, finally, Eve did real yoga. Here, she found a practice compatible with her intense internal search.
Yoga is not about the body, it’s not about technique, it’s not about breathing. This is all a tool. What matters is the result. Balance in the nervous system. The work in our brain, in which neuroplasticity explodes into infinite connections, emotional intelligence, and incredible focus. This is yoga. The body will respond. But, for it to respond, we need a practice made of diversity, which is very sustainable and intelligent.
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