”ONCE YOUR BODY GETS BALANCE THROUGH THE YOGA PRACTICE AND YOU FIND YOURSELF FREE FROM PAIN, DISCOMFORT, SWELLING AND THE WEIGHT OF TIREDNESS, YOUR MIND NATURALLY GETS FREE, BALANCED AND COMFORTABLE TO REFLECT ABOUT YOUR LIFE CONDITION.”
Kaiut Yoga founder, Francisco Kaiut, developed his own method in which he addresses his students’ needs through classic and new yoga positions.
Yoga requires individual attention in order to be practiced without injury. So it must be taught with extreme care, making subtle adjustments on each student. Kaiut Yoga method consists of prolonged movements, which work in order to preserve the body.
There is a logic thinking behind each sequence that stems from energy, biomechanics and physiological principles customised for each student individually.
The methodology makes reference to Hatha Yoga and therapeutic trends with modern lines of natural health therapy.
The Kaiut Yoga method chooses the body as their main field of work through physical practice.
In the construction of each position, the student is actually eliminating blockages and creating conditions for the manifestation of the energy of their body potential.
The results achieved can be seen and evaluated, even in the first weeks of classes, in the body where most of the work is done.
From the moment we stop growing, as unpleasant as this idea might seem, we slowly start to die.
Interestingly, as the mind improves over the years, the body imperceptibly bends, stiffens and paralyses, a little bit each year, at each joint.
A sciatic pain here, a sore back there, a stiff neck every winter and suddenly the “old age” crisis along with “stiffness” creeps in. I have seen men and women literally destroy their bodies inside and outside so they can feel young and vigorous again, but sometimes it does not grant them more time.
Our Yoga offers the possibility to identify daily ageing everyday of the week, and neutralise it through practicing.
”AND THE PERSON WILL, THROUGH THE KNEE, UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AS A HUMAN BEING, IN ORDER TO BE SOCIAL AND TO BELONG TO A GREATER STRUCTURE WHICH IS THIS PLANET.”
In order to provide a method, a methodology of work, we’ll talk about an overarching theme, so deep that permeates almost the entire history of mankind.
With respect for time and knowledge, we must be extremely careful, never superficial or simplistic and immature to consider only our own knowledge and try to define what is being presented from it. We deem what is being said about the method itself belongs to the history of Yoga itself.
Having said that, we should notice that what we are talking about is not the side of yoga as we know it, but actually inside a history with countless variables, each inside its own historical moment, in which it was presented to and made sense for that certain number of people.
So when we speak of Yoga, we have to go back in time to reflect on when, what for, how and to whom it was conceived. Furthermore, we have to understand how, where, why and from whom it evolves. We have to reflect on which conclusion that fits into our current reality as there has always been numerous Yogas but many have never establish a dialogue with each other and some have even never been known.
The existence of a yoga method does not imply or exclude other methods. However the root of all are the same. And the great beauty of Yoga itself is the ability it has to make its way into different societies, in different ways. The ability of this or that method to remain alive for a longer time will depend on the understanding of certain group of people who practiced yoga with truth, discipline and care, but above all with understanding of what this Yoga is representing. This is what allows it to survive.
Thus, we are addressing the Yoga as part of the knowledge of mankind, its philosophy, its therapeutical practice from a specific viewpoint which, in turn, will serve a specific group of people in a particular community, which will also experience all results proposed in classic Yoga books with such teachings.
This does not say that the truth is not in many types of Yoga practices. In my view, it means that all roads lead to the same path, which is another proposal and another way that will ultimately lead to the roots of yoga.
The search and the conclusion are the same. The format, however, is different.
You can make a banquet with various ingredients. You can also have a banquet only with seafood, or only with salads or pasta, with dishes of a particular nationality, or from different countries at the same time, and all of the guests leave the event feeling happy and well fed. That’s the idea.
One person’s outcome of is not the result of all. However, the result of one adds to the experience of another, and this is what one may call “method”. We can define a method when we experience and what we concluded, are not only ours, but also my neighbour’s. And what they experience and conclude is exactly what I also conclude, within a larger group of people, a reality, and that reality confirms an experience, and that experience confirms a result that stems from a practice. All this chain of mirrors, reflects the other, concludes from the other and they join the third party that comes with their experience and collectively define what we call method. Something that has an equal result for all.
When we define a method, we are taking it from a single individual, we start from a community, an experience, a test, and we came to the conclusion that it will serve all individuals as the best way, because we are all human beings, are bipedal and we all get older. This is the triad of knowledge, challenge, which presupposes the existence of this method as a necessity, so that the bodies of today, dealing with chairs, cars, planes and conditions unimaginable 100 years ago (I’m not talking about 2000 years, only 100 years ago), can benefit from the same Yoga which was produced, written and coded hundreds of years. This for me was the challenge.
HOW CAN I FIND THE SAME FREEDOM, THE SAME HEALTH, THE SAME LIGHTNESS AND MOST OF ALL, THE SAME WISDOM? HOW TO FIND INNER PEACE, IF EVERYDAY I AM MORE ISOLATED AND DISTANT FROM MY HABITS AS AN ANIMAL? TODAY IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT IS DAY OR NIGHT OUTSIDE WHEN WE ARE INSIDE A SHOPPING MALL, A HOSPITAL OR EVEN INSIDE OUR OWN HOUSES, BECAUSE WE HAVE ELECTRICITY AND MANY TIMES WE DO NOT CONNECT WITH NATURE AND THEIR CICLES .
For hundreds of years, Yoga served to balance man and nature, to balance the knowledge that nature gives us, that the universe brings us, that spirituality brings to our incarnated body. Now at this point in the world, we have begun to have other questions, because that same quest that has guided us hundreds of years needs to find answers within an office, inside a store, within a hospital, at home.
So, does reasoning assume that yoga should die? That yoga should disappear and that it is not necessary more within our society?
On the contrary, it is now more popular than ever before. But how, why and for whom?
And these were the issues that, 25 years ago, began to permeate my mind and triggered the process that made me come the conclusions that I present today: how can teaching Yoga – that has always been my passion and gift – be taught to people that will not understand the real need for an asana? How will they fathom why they should or can, or need to build an inverted position or a beautiful backbend, or even a standing position, if they can take a painkiller, one anaesthetic or live sitting on a couch, absorbed in their routines without ever realising the need for a single asana.
It was through the pain and suffering I saw in the chiropractor office on a daily basis, to see people dealing with their body’s malfunction, ageing, hurting and going through a process which they were not able to escape. Aiming at showing them this picture that appeared right before my eyes on a daily basis, I have concluded that the best thing would be to introduce yoga to them, as a self feature to stop pain and discomfort, but that in a second, third or fourth time, taking as long as necessary, eventually reaching the same result of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual comfort that all Yoga books say are possible to achieve.
So, when a person is in contact with their weaknesses, with their problems, it was presented at the same time a resource to deal with them, and this feature was understood by their intellectualised mind, by their emotions, and they see themselves able to overcome the fear and insecurity they feel, and begin, in the same moment that they understand their situation, to establish a relationship, a deep bond with the body, with the healing itself, the treatment itself. At this point, to take on that bond, that responsibility for their improvement, they begin to do Yoga as someone who goes to a new and infinite universe of knowledge. More improvement, more result, more understanding acquired that these small positions can turn them into a healthier, stronger, tougher and what is more, a pain-free individual. In short, when they start to understand that the process of slow ageing is in their own hands begin to commit to their own treatment, that is yoga to me.
So this individual realises that from the understanding of how the knee works, or your ankle or hip, the positions setting is able to neutralize the discomfort he has in various regions of the body, so that pain is understood and treated. Then comes the second, third, fourth, fifth region of the body and the endless discomfort region is not just physical but also emotional, searching for an answer to achieve comfort. And that guy, from the knee will be understood as a human, social being, part of a larger structure, which is this planet.
And so, in my view, reconnecting to the root of this understanding that was there thousands of years, when the Yoga first arose, is the key to my method even though we are now millions of years away from that moment…