My personal journey of Kaiut Yoga Teacher Training has been a sequence of insights, revelations and understandings.
The first one that caused more impact on me is related to our Homework: as teachers-in-training, daily personal Kaiut Yoga practice and reading authors that don’t write about yoga was a very high point by Francisco Kaiut. Two months passed since the last day of the training in Toronto, Canada, last September, and the importance of the homework has been a fascinate revelation: the personal practice really brings the understanding of the method: as more you practice, more you increase your perception about your body, your mind, the connection between both, and ultimately yourself. It’s the development of what we hear during the training: pay attention to your body and learn how to listen to it. It’s amazing to feel that our body calls for the practice.
And practicing daily, I found the sensation: the physical feeling or perception that results or happens from the postures designed in the Kaiut Yoga Method. And paying attention to the sensation is the key: per that feeling, per that volume of sensation on 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.
And feel the sensation is part of the philosophy of the method. Visiting Kaiut Yoga School in Curitiba, Brazil, this last November, between the entrance of the house and the yoga practice room (with the locker rooms between, so shoes are off when the students step out on the way to the yoga room), there are 2 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. And I let the sensation come, and I let it stay.
Talking with Francisco after class, I pointed the importance of the visual signs and the spots that he created at his School and the link between those and the sensation that is the key in his method. And he explained to me that in our modern society, the human being is living in a fast speed (mental and physical) where sensations are not welcomed; so if they feel something, they automatically block that sensation, because it’s easier not feeling. In our days, humans don’t have time to feel, they have to do a lot and that implicates in a constantly movement.
That’s why we stop and we feel when we practice Kaiut Yoga Method. And that’s what makes this method so unique in its results for the wellness of the human being.
And I close this reflection with some words from my first homework reading (perhaps the one that challenges me a lot because my English skills, according to Francisco!): to let the sensation operates its results on your body and mind (and be able to practice with our eyes closed), we might need to work on our ability to change our focus. And “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.