Personally, I never really liked yoga. I thought it was a bit boring. I wasn’t able to do it right and wasn’t bendy or particularly strong and watching others made me feel inadequate.
Then in 2016 a friend invited me to try Kaiut yoga in Toronto, Canada when I was back in my native land visiting my mother. I had no expectations and didn’t realize most attendees were yoga teachers from all around the world. Have to say, I didn’t really ‘get it’. Despite being told to keep my eyes closed and focus on my own body sensations, I spent most of the class looking around at what everyone else was doing. Despite Franciso’s gentle suggestion to ‘maybe don’t try so hard’, I efforted my way through the classes trying to do it ‘right’.
I didn’t understand there was no ‘right’ way to do a pose and had I looked at everyone in the room I would have seen there were huge differences in how each person did the movements based on their different body shapes, joint mobility and personalities. This you is not exercise and it’s not a ‘no pain no gain’ zero sum game.
After 4 classes of my ego based efforts, I was in tears and it hurt to move. Francisco suggested rest, water and Epsom salt baths. ‘You have just not moved your body in this way in a very long time’ and you need to go slowly and with kindness to yourself – you can’t rush this progress – like nature it will take time. These words were totally mind blowing to me. I was raised on effort, achievement, attainment, intellect about all else. Work hard, do your best, shoulder to the wheel, graft, effort, no pain no gain.
So I love that about this yoga. Feeling, moving into sensation, and discomfort, finding the edge and learning how to just be there, in a state of calm, keeping the parasympathic nervous system activated – in heal and restore instead of being in constant stress – physically, emotionally and mentally.
Being kind to my body! based on feeling, awakening the lower part of the brain and using your mind to manage how your body moves as a result of the depth of sensation you feel. You are in control. I like that too.
has transformed my life. I’ve always believed that we hold our histories, emotions and all our own answers in our bodies. The purpose of yoga is to access this wisdom by using the body. The ancients used yoga to prepare the body for meditation. It was not meant to become ‘exercise’ as it has in many instances today.
The yoga I teach is based on the Kaiut & YogaMais methods. Honestly, it’s different to any yoga you may have done before! Some refer to it as ‘physio yoga’ and in fact I work with clients and their physiotherapists to make sure they get the most out of both services.
Use natural forces – bodyweight, pressure and time
Ever curious, ever evolving, and always exploring to share proven, practical tools to help manage your ‘whole-istic’ health.
The Kaiut teaching method of teaching also incorporates a number of principles derived from the latest in neuroscience. It’s become one of the fastest growing yoga methods internationally because of its modern approach and focus on relieving the main issues we all face living in the modern world – joint restrictions leading to pain & injury and stress.
I currently practice with a former physiotherapist and Kaiut yoga teacher. YogaMais is equally modern in approach with refined sequences and more relaxation.
The best way to understand how these methods can work for you is to experience them.
Trial classes are available on Monday’s at 10:15am and 8:00pm.