New Year 2018 Resolve to Dissolve

Join Jeff Bailey and other Yoga Loft folks at the New Year 2018 Resolve to Dissolve!

Starting 10:30 PM

Enjoy community, yoga and open discussion as we bring in 2018

Every new year comes with the opportunity to establish, or perhaps re-establish a resolution for something better.

More often than not, I hear people say they no longer make resolutions because they don’t work. “They” don’t work? Yup, “they” are going to let us down again this year, so why bother making them. It’s as if the resolution is a magical outer force that only “works” at the beginning of a new year. Well, while it is motivational we all know that’s not true.

The only resolution that works is the one that never stops–which means they can be made and reinforced at any time of the year.

But to make a resolution that works, we first need to figure out why they usually fail and let us down.

Resolutions don’t work because they require some sort of behavioral change which suggests that there’s something wrong with the current behavior. Conflict is born the moment this duality is made where one thing is right because another thing is wrong—and self inflicted conflict, no matter how just, is never productive. It really doesn’t matter what time of year it is, when we put conflictual demands on ourselves, the outcome is rarely fruitful and rich. You may very well benefit from changing a certain behavior, but if there is a duality in your mind between who you are now and who you want to be, the result will not be sustainable. And even if it lasts a while, it will come with a feeling of sacrifice, loss of joy and ultimately guilt.

Here’s a New Years resolution that won’t let you down. You can make it at the beginning of the year and remake it all year long and it will serve you in countless ways without fail.

Ready? That’s the only caveat. You have to be ready.

Why not resolve once and for all, “to join?” Our highest yoga is to join by reversing the beliefs and actions that maintain separation. As nebulous as it sounds, once the commitment is made, everything you think and do will have deep meaning. Resolve to watch your mind choose separating thoughts and actions (always fearful, attacking or judgmental) and then realize you have the power to choose against them. Any decision against a fearful thought that separates is automatically a choice for a helpful thought that joins. If you slow down just a little, you will catch yourself in the (separating) act, and you will realize that you have the power to gently correct it before it get’s out of hand.

Let’s use the classic “I want to lose weight” new years resolution as an example. If I fail and don’t lose the weight, then I let myself down. If I succeed then I’m “happy” as long as I can keep the weight off, which not only hinges happiness to outer circumstances, but now I have to maintain it or I’ll let myself down. Both paths lead to guilt which is fearful and separating in nature. The problem is not that I have weight to lose—the problem is that I believe there is a separate self (that is not okay as it is). Whether I succeed or not, I eventually fail. It’s why Oscar Wilde said that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Be careful, the ego puts the hook of separation in everything.

This year, this moment, and every moment thereafter, resolve to dissolve the self-defeating thoughts that separate.

This is the yoga that joins. Never fearful, there is a healed part of your mind that is always kind, appropriate and loving.

From this state of mind, you are resourced and whole. From this joined perspective, there is nothing wrong or right. It just is. It’s accepting. The need to analyze or blame drops away. There’s nothing to figure out and nothing to attain. It sounds frightening and out of control, but it’s not. It’s your mind—the only corner of the entire universe that you can control. Believe it and set a gentle resolution to think and move from this place of joined wholeness. Heal your mind first and let this yoga bring more peace and clarity to your life. Now, From this state of mind, set kind behavioral goals of betterment because with no attachment to the outcome you’ve already succeeded.

We’ll do it together as one.
Namaste,
Jeff Bailey

Maintaining a Calm and Peace During the Holidays

Are you running around as quick as you can this holiday season? Feeling overwhelmed?

Why not ‘unplug’ for 6 minutes with Kundalini teacher, Becca Haydon and learn a rejuvenating short meditation.

Follow along with Becca and take a quick break today.

See Becca’s class schedule here.

Becca Haydon is a wellness coach and educator who has lived, worked, and taught in various places throughout the world. Her life experience in classroom education, kinesiology, and vision therapy weave its way into all she does. Inspired by the wisdom and penetrating experiences of Kundalini Yoga, Becca became a KRI certified yoga instructor in 2003. In 2015 she became certified in Yin Yoga and now has created a unique class to help improve eyesight through combined yogic and optometric methodology.

Becca infuses each class with a dynamic balance of playfulness and directed focus. Her classes offer the opportunity to improve health & fitness, move beyond self-imposed limitations, deepen self-understanding, and connect with innate inner wisdom. Becca works as a Vision Therapist under Dr. Jennifer Simonson at Boulder Valley Vision Therapy as well as an educator at Practical Wellness Plus. In addition to her ‘regular job’, Becca’s passion for yoga finds her joyfully teaching classes here at Yoga Loft.

Look what’s happening in 2018 at Yoga Loft

Yoga Loft is Growing

All real outer growth is a reflection of inner growth. If we do the outer growth without the inner, it can lack meaning and substance. Deep down we all know this. It’s the inner yoga and the slogan we have used for the last five years, come grow with us. Whether it’s personal, professional or spiritual, this inner growth is what we all really want. It brings meaning to our lives. For us as owners, along with our entire staff of committed teachers, cleaners, managers and desk staff, this growth translates into value that we bring to you, our students and guests. We hope you feel this–both in your yoga practice and how it weaves into your daily life.

With growth comes change…
More classes and an additional location

Jeff Bailey and Lori Kemmet, Yoga Loft Founders

When we opened Yoga Loft back in August of 2012 we never dreamed we would open another location. It was never part of the plan, but perhaps that’s exactly what makes it all work. In a way, our only “plan” was to provide yoga practice that was doable and beneficial for anybody that walked through our door. I’m thrilled that we have accomplished this one simple goal and that we as a Yoga Loft team, get better at what we provide every single day. We grow together! Yoga Loft has become a melting pot for those who simply want to feel and live better. And when this amazing Gunbarrel location found us, we felt we had to take the next steps–more than we expected. You’ll see what we mean by this as a little more time goes by. It’s exciting. 🙂

So if good things take time, then this new location will be very good. We are pleased with the process and we can’t wait to share it with you! We’ll keep you informed. Our grand opening is slated for April–late March with a little luck. 

With Love and Light,

Lori and Jeff

Yoga Loft Boulder and Gunbarrel Colorao

Yoga Loft Expands Membership in 2018

Effective January 15, 2018 Yoga Loft will be increasing membership fees and expanding benefits for our loyal members. Membership benefits are now extended to Class Pack holders who Auto Renew. We appreciate every one of you and look forward to growing with you in 2018.

Sign Up now through January 15, 2018 and LOCK IN the current rates through July 31, 2018!

~ See Chart Below for Cost Comparisons ~

AUTO RENEW is an agreement to provide automatic payment from a credit card or checking account. Payment occurs Monthly for our Monthly Membership, and periodically to replenish for our 10 and 20 Class Pack Membership.


FREE Guest Passes for all Yoga Loft Members

Member Benefits

  • Access to TWO Yoga Loft locations by April 2018
  • 10% off of all regularly-priced workshops taught by Yoga Loft teachers and guest presenters
  • 10% off of all regularly-priced items in our retail section
  • 10% off one-on-one yoga privates
  • Additional specials throughout the year (e.g. seasonal offerings, advanced sales for popular workshops, and more…)
  • The Class Packs never expire!
  • All of the benefits that yoga has to offer — priceless
  • And remember, these benefits extend to anyone with Auto Renew

10 and 20 Class Pack Members

For those in our community that enjoy our 10 and 20 Class Packs, the Packs remain the same price when you sign up with Auto Renew.

  • There is no time limit on using them and they don’t expire.
  • Receive one complimenatry Guest Pass each time you Auto Renew your Class Pack. It will come attached to your e-receipt.
  • Please note: Regular Non Auto Renew pricing will be $20 more per Class Pack (after January 15, 2018).
  • If you attend 2 or more classes per week you may consider the added savings of our Auto Renew Monthly Membership…

Monthly Members

  • If you attend 2 or more classes per week you may consider the added savings of our Auto Renew Monthly Membership.
  • Beginning January 15, 2018 membership fees will go to $119 and $109 for students and seniors
  • Receive one complimentary Guest Pass each month to share with a friend, co-worker, or family member. Attached to your monthly e-receipt, each guest pass is valid for 30 days from receipt date.

– Bring anyone you like, but they cannot be a 10 or 20 Class Pack Member

– This benefit is worth $360/year for Monthly Memberships and is our way of saying Thank You!

  • Monthly unlimited access to all classes
  • Freedom to pause your membership anytime — 3 week minimum
  • Freedom to cancel your membership anytime after your first 2 months

New Membership Fees for Yoga Loft 2018

Our thank you, *Current Auto-Renew will remain at 2017 rates through July 31, 2018

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New to the Boulder Area or Yoga Loft?

Yoga Loft special pricing $20 Drop In

Who is eligible for a Guest Pass?

Guest Passes are redeemable by anyone who is not already a member. This includes Monthly members, 10 and 20 Pass Pack members.

Bonus …

New Year Guest Pass for all Members on Auto Renew

To launch the new year all Auto Renew Monthly Members AND Auto Renew 10 or 20 Class Pack Members will receive a FREE Guest Pass!


A Few FAQs

Do I save on my per-class cost?

Yes, the monthly membership provides the greatest value if you plan on attending more than 2 classes a week.

Is there a time limit on the 10 or 20 Class Pass?

No, you can spread it out according to your needs. It does not expire.

Do I have to be present for someone to use my Guest Pass?

No, you can share your Yoga Loft Username and they can redeem it before class. Share it with your friends, family and visiting peeps.

I’m a current member, how does this effect me?

If you have a Monthly Membership that is setup to Auto Renew then your rates will remain at $109 /month until August 2018 when they increase to $119. AND you will begin receiving a FREE Guest Pass monthly with your e-receipt.

If you have a 10 or 20 Class Pack, you need to setup your Auto Renew payment on your account to maintain the current pricing. Remember these Packs never expire!

What is your cancellation policy?

You can cancel without incurring any fees after 2 months. Read details here on the Membership Agreement.

Can I freeze my membership?

You can freeze/pause without incurring any fees after 2 months. If you need to freeze due to injury or illness there are no fees charged. Read details here on the Membership Agreement.

Can I share the Guest Pass as a Punch on my class pack.

NO

Can I share a 10/20 Class Pack with my friend, brother, sister, spouse.

Yes, please do!

Which membership allows me to come to as many classes as you want

The Monthly Membership.

Does everyone go to the new pricing structure on Jan. 15, 2018?

Your rate will increase on your renewal date. Remember you can lock in a lower Auto Renew rate before January 15, 2018.

Can I bring the same person every month with my Guest Pass?

YES. (As long as he/she does not currently have any class pack.)

With my Class Pack, how do I renew?

Any AUTO RENEW will be with credit card or voided check.

What happens on August 1, 2018 for me?

Monthly Members rate will increase by $10 to $119/month if you lock in your current rate.

If I’m a current Monthly member, when will the price increase?

On your August 2018 renewal date.

What do I need to do to lock in the current rate?” This is being asked by members.

If you are already an Auto-Pay member, you needn’t do anything. You’ll be charged the current rate until the end of July and then the membership price will go up $10 in August.

I’m a senior and I haven’t been being charged the senior rate. Can you please change that?”

Yes, we can. Please call or next time you’re in give us enough time before/after class to take care of for you.

YOGA LOFT TERMS and POLICIES

Movement is Not Enough

When movement is not enough for your everyday life.

Often times on my way to work, to teach yoga, I see elderly people walking and using a cane or walking sticks to help them move along. It is a fine form of exercise and a good reason to be outside enjoying the day. But beneath the activity, is a voice that says, “I need to keep moving. If I stop moving, I’ll lose my ability to move altogether.” The motivation? Movement today, will ensure movement tomorrow. The problem is that we walk and exercise in a way that accommodates and often reinforces the very patterns that contribute to the restrictions (in and around our joints). We move around the restriction (instead of through it like are meant to), which means movement alone will not increase mobility. If we want to remain mobile and youthful in our bodies for a lifetime, we need a way to identify and resolve the patterns and the rigidity they create.

Movement is not enough.

Movement everyday with kaiut yoga support at Yoga Loft, Boulder

To complicate the restorative process even more, the restrictions often lack feeling while having painful effects on other parts of the body. In a way, pain is a decoy. In an ongoing effort to eliminate it, we chase the pain and thus avoid the real problem. Rigidity shows up as limited range of motion, loss of strength and balance. Rather than moving more or doing more exercise, we need a way to isolate the problems so we can do something about them. “Moving” or strengthening our way out of a problematic pattern or restriction brings temporary benefits at best because neither gets to the heart of the problem which is almost always in and around the joints and hardwired into the nervous system.

We have an endless foray of activities and methods to get fit, but very few that promote lasting mobility and health—both of which are the keys to restoring the energy and freedom of our youth.

In my 52 years of life and 32 years of yoga, never have I found such a complete method of practice as Kaiut Yoga. It clearly identifies the restrictions and the patterns that maintain them while simultaneously providing the “tools” to resolve them. Most feel benefits after one or two classes and once real freedom is felt, you just want more! Kaiut Yoga is taught in a way that accommodates all body types and all ages. As the restrictions are discovered and relieved, greater range of movement and comfort is experienced in the body and mind. With Kaiut Yoga as a regular practice, all of life’s activities can be experienced with more freedom of movement—including that casual walk down the street.

See our schedule of Kaiut Classes

Kaiut Yoga Boulder, CO – Teacher Training

It is through Yoga Loft that Boulder, Colorado has become the hub of Kaiut Yoga in North America. Kaiut Yoga is taking root in the USA. When something works, people are drawn to it and Kaiut Yoga is a method that works—for every body. Anyone willing to try will soon discover that it unwinds painful patterns created over time and helps heal even the deepest problems and injuries. It brings comfort, ease and a sense of youth to people of all ages and abilities.

In years past, the teacher training stretched over a period of three years. Some students dropped out over time while new ones came in. Francisco taught the first 100 sequences in thirds with no firm sense of progression, but Yoga Loft will host the first progressive yearlong Kaiut Yoga teacher training north of the equator! The method will be conveyed in a way that allows students to build upon, practice and integrate the material all within the same cohesive group. The training will be an intimate, healing experience and the knowledge gained will be a powerful “box of tools” you will carry with you the rest of your life.

A Brief History
Francisco Kaiut, has been sharing, teaching and growing this method for nearly two decades in Brazil. Some 10 years ago, he was invited to teach at the Yoga Tree in Hotchkiss, Colorado, one of the states smallest, most unexpected places for a practice like this to take root. But root and grow it did and perhaps it was the perfect place to test the method. If farmers, ranchers, miners and hippies would come “out of the woodwork” to try this method and feel better, then it would surely appeal to people anywhere else.

Those people lucky enough to learn about the Kaiut Yoga Method began to flock to Hotchkiss once or twice a year to practice with the founder. They learned through intense one and a half hour classes (and longer workshops) and oftentimes practiced two or three times a day! Yes, it seems like a lot, but once acclimated to Kaiut Yoga, most bodies thrive on more of it.

Francisco taught intensively because he had to. He wanted students to understand the method well enough to continue their practice while he was away in Brazil. He taught longer classes to leave a strong impression of the work on their bodies and minds. It worked and soon he was invited to teach in Boulder, CO. He began teaching in the basement of a large church on Spruce Street, which is where I was lucky enough to
find him in January 2014. I walked into the room and was amazed to see some 40 yoga mats prearranged on the floor. Most of the mats were taken, but Francisco greeted me and gently introduced me to a practice that would soon restore the bodily youth I desired.

Since then, I have practiced nearly every day for 3 years and I am amazed at the improvement I continue to have in my body. In a recent phone call, Francisco shared a story from one of his most practiced students—a man who is now 82 years old but began the practice when he was 62. He told Francisco that if it were not for looking in the mirror each day, he would think he was in his 30’s or 40’s. This is the only practice I know of that can reverse the effects of aging, and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried most of them.

Come and practice with us! In addition to other  forms of yoga, we offer
over 25 Kaiut Yoga classes per week at Yoga Loft. But if you want the experience of a lifetime, consider the Kaiut Yoga teacher training that begins in late July. Most who take the training have no intention to teach—they only want the knowledge and the keys to the practice, 100 prewritten sequences that will serve anyone for a lifetime of health! It does require a commitment in time, but this is a practice that will save you time (and money) down the road. Consider the cost of lost health
and mobility. Consider the cost of the countless ways we try to fix ourselves often to no avail. Consider the cost of a joint replacement. Wouldn’t you rather keep the one you have? The time and money you dedicate to this practice is not really a cost at all. It’s an investment in yourself that pays big dividends over time. Kaiut yoga Boulder is a sustainable practice that will serve you for a lifetime, you just have to want a better way.

Contact us to learn more and come to Yoga Loft to sample some classes. Regardless of your condition, our trained teachers are eager to know your story so that we can best accommodate you in class. We’ll even arrange a private session for you, but the magic happens in the classrooms. Give it a try and you will feel the difference it makes.

Thank you and Namaste,
Jeff Bailey
Kaiut Yoga Teacher
Owner Yoga Loft

The Art of Giving—To Yourself

Back in December, I wrote a blog about the healing yoga of true giving. It emphasized the idea that a gift truly given is a gift received. When given freely, the gift given is therefore a gift to oneself. Gift giving can take many forms, but with healing intent, giving and receiving are one in the same.

This way of giving contradicts worldly thinking. We are programed to give in order “to get,” which brings me to the point of this article—the art of giving to oneself. To the ego, giving to yourself would be perceived as selfish. “How dare you take this time to care for yourself and heal your heart and mind,” the ego valiantly declares. “Think of the others that should come before you!” And the closer you get to feeling good about yourself, the louder the ego shrieks. These false feelings are chosen because they foster the ego’s ideals of separation. The ego knows that once you get a glimpse of your joined, healed Self, you will never go back to it’s old, painful, lonely, desperate ways of being.

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Yoga joins. It is a healing path that unites you with Self, healed and whole. How do we practice this? Follow your heart and not the fear. How often do we deny ourselves the simplest niceties? Are they necessary? Of course not. But if they are simple acts of kindness that foster the healing process, why would you deprive yourself of them? The practice of yoga is a gift to yourself. On an ongoing basis, our yoga is to remain watchful for the voice of fear and simply recognize it’s purpose to uphold a separated sense of self. Notice how often this false voice governs your daily thoughts and actions. As you start to recognize the ego, and choose against it, doors will open. Follow your heart and healing will take place and life will become more fulfilling. On a periodic basis, we come to the mat, surrounded by others who share similar intent. And while our paths are deeply personal and unique, we all share the same healing process in body and mind.

Yoga is a gift

We here at Yoga Loft are no different.  We are here to heal through the joining path we call yoga. If there is anything we can do to help you along your way, please let us know. Perhaps it’s help finding the right class or teacher? Maybe it’s help selecting a pricing plan that meets your attendance needs or desires? Perhaps it’s a chat about a recent injury and how yoga might help? Regardless, we are here to help. It is our true gift to you.

Namaste,
Jeff Bailey

The Eight Limbs of Yoga — A Non-dual Approach

The Eight Limbs of Yoga form the backbone to the many forms of yoga we know today. They are outlined and elaborated on in Book Two of the Yoga Sutras and include timeless mind training practices that move us toward a healed and whole state of being.

The Eight Limbs Yoga:
Yamas – ways of thinking that prepare the mind for freedom
Niyamas – ways of practicing that ensure success
Asana – movement that supports the goal of peace
Pranayama – breathing methods that calm the mind and body
Pratyahara – gentle withdrawal from the senses
Dharana – gentle steadiness of mind
Dhyana – a way of perceiving that provokes inner peace
Samadhi – a purposed way of living in the world, but not of it

Together they provide instruction that move us toward a liberated state of mind, free from attachment and joined with the Oneness we all share. Remember, yoga means “to join.” It is a journey without distance to a “place” we never left. It is a process—a gentle, inner practice. It is not something that you do, it’s how you do it. It is a way of thinking—and how you think is everything.

The Yoga Sutras, or “threads of truth” are each highly concentrated versions of larger topics. And because they are each a thread of the Truth (of which there is only one), to understand any one sutra is to understand them all. This takes work and dedication, but the Truth is what we all truly want. What we don’t realize and certainly don’t want to admit, is that we are afraid of the truth. Why? Because to learn the truth requires us to drop our own individual version of truth known as the ego. The ego will do anything, and everything to uphold its sense of (false) self, no matter how great the cost. It never has your best interest in mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to be guided by the inner voice of love rather than the one of fear?

Close your eyes for a moment and consider the underlying anxiety and fear behind many of your choices and decisions. No matter what the outcome, have those feelings ever really gone away? Do decisions come easy for you? Or are they wrought with struggle and uncertainty? The Yoga Sutras, when interpreted as a whole (body of work), representing the Whole that we all share (as One), will make sense to you. Free of confusion and contradiction it can be applied to your life exactly as it is now. There is nothing you need to change—except your mind, and that is entirely up to you.

Whether you feel like your life is in a rut, lacks meaning, or if you are simply looking for a better way, this two hour discussion on the Eight Limbs of Yoga will plant the seed for a new way of being. It promises more joy, freedom, and peace. It promises a gentle Guidance that always has your best interest in mind. Please join us for this lively talk. If you are interested but cannot attend, please let us know as a recorded version will be made available.

Thank you and Namaste,
Jeff Bailey

Click here to enroll in Jeff’s talk on the Eight Limbs of Yoga – Sunday, January 15th from 2:30 to 4:30.

Tis the Season for True Giving

To give is to receive. You’ve heard it before—perhaps to the point of it becoming a cliche. But how can it be true? It makes no sense. If I give something to you then I know longer have it. And if you give something to me then you no longer have it. In form, the idea of giving and receiving being equal makes no sense. It’s impossible! In spirit however, it’s absolutely possible.

It’s Christmas! It’s the season of giving, so let’s practice. Let’s practice giving in a manner where we simultaneously receive. We’ll call this true giving. And to understand how it works, let’s examine what it means to falsely give. We falsely give when there are “strings” or expectations attached to the gift. False giving reinforces false self. It originates with the notion that I must get something in return—even if it’s indirectly related and comes years down the road. To even the slightest degree, the false self depends on external gratification and recompense. If I expect anything in return for the things I give, then I am endorsing inner lack and emptiness which, as hard as we try, can never be satisfied. It takes effort to uphold these inner feelings of guilt and fear, which often become the primary motivators of giving, thereby increasing inner pain instead of healing.

 
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True giving has no strings attached. True giving has no agenda because it is an expression of Love. How do we know love to be true? It increases as we give it away. Do we not reap what we sow? As I project fear, fear is what I get in return (in my heart and mind). As I extend love, it increases within. This is why, all real love is an expression of self-love.

True giving is a practice. Start with the small stuff and generalize it to the “bigger stuff.” Because there are no degrees to true love, there are no degrees to giving. “Large or small,” the simplest gestures of kindness can be used to heal, grow and join with the love that is your true Nature.

It’s the season of giving, but why not make it a year-round practice? Make it part of your day, make it a meditation. True self-love is a gift to yourself. And in spirit, what you give to yourself, you give to all. 

Kaiut Yoga Retreat: Magnific Rock Nicaragua

Dear Interested Traveler,

This is a retreat for everyone, even for those who have never experienced yoga!

If you have no idea what Kaiut Yoga is, you owe it to yourself to find out. This retreat will allow you to dive in and begin to experience the benefits immediately, by practicing twice daily in the midst of a carefree, paradisiacal location.

If you have experienced the benefits of Kaiut Yoga on your mind and body, you owe it to yourself to deepen into the next level. There’s nothing like devoting 7 days to Kaiut Yoga, meditation and the camaraderie of like-minded people. With nothing but leisure activities, great food and yoga, your body and mind will relax and evolve in ways you cannot imagine. This is an ongoing gift you can give to yourself. In our meditations, we’ll plant the seed of ongoing health and inner peace so it will continue to grow within you for months after your return home.

Kaiut_QuoteWhat makes this retreat unique?
Yes, Magnfic Rock is a stunning and exotic location, but it’s your practice there that makes the difference. Most yoga favors the classic asanas. The assumption is that once the pose is attainted, one will experience freedom from pain and/or enlightenment. For many, perfection of the pose becomes a never-ending pursuit, the goal of which is always just out of reach. Kaiut yoga slows the process down—a lot. The body and mind must move in synchronicity if we are to find comfort and lasting results the bring greater range of motion and freedom. While easily accessible to those new to yoga, the Kaiut grows with those who regularly practice. It works for any body, and rest assured, there is plenty of work happening in every class. The beauty of the retreat environment is that it allows your mind to relax making it available for deep, long-lasting results.

There is No Right or Wrong
With Kaiut Yoga, we do not push the pose with the idea that doing it “right” will yield physical benefit. Rather, we acknowledge the vast differences that each body brings to the practice and present it in a way that accommodates them all. As a teacher, I am able to control the intensity, direction and pressure of the yoga for each participant—essentially customizing the practice for each person.

Calm Approach
Gravity is removed from the poses as much as possible so that the body is stable and the mind safe. While there is a unique approach to standing poses, the floor becomes the main support for the movement which insures a very relaxed state for the work to resonate through the body and mind. Just as one may experience moments of discomfort or pain with massage and bodywork techniques, the Kaiut Yoga student will also have similar experiences knowing that healing change is taking place.

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As the teacher and leader of this retreat, it is my job to create an atmosphere so that each participant has the greatest opportunity for physical, mental and emotional results. While the retreat takes place in a unique and beautiful location, it’s the yoga that I want you to remember. I want this to be a retreat you would have enjoyed in any location.

Thank you and namaste,

Jeff Bailey
Kaiut Yoga Teacher
Owner Yoga Loft – Boulder, CO

Learn more and sign up here!

Yoga In a World of Constant Change

Everything changes. It’s the way of the world. If outer circumstances change in a way that don’t meet our expectations, then we become upset. If they do meet our personal dictates, then we’re happy. In essence, our happiness seems to depend on things outside of our locus of control. To make matters worse, we then go about trying to fix or “change” these things to make them fit our own personal agenda. We rant, rave, point our finger and blame. What we don’t realize is that, while it “feels so good” to project our thoughts and feelings, we are totally disempowering ourselves in the process. These outer distractions are pulling us each away from our inner center where the real power of change can and does occur. Distracted by the drama of the world, nothing gets better because we are missing the point, trying to establish meaning and betterment where it can’t be had. What if the outer drama was pulling you away from the inner source of peace, creativity and joy? Would you be willing to let this happen?

Distractions

The Yoga Sutras tell us the obstacles lies not in the world outside of us, but in our mind. Our eyes and ears tell us, “The problem is OUT there! Don’t look inside, stay focused on the outer.” What has this way of thinking ever gotten you? This (ego) part of the mind would rather we be “right” than happy and it will fight for it’s “rightness” regardless of the cost. Attack and blame are the ego’s game, but it does not have to be yours.

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He didn’t say, “Do the change you want to see in the world.” Just be. What if the desire (to have things other than they are) is the very thing making it worse? If you perceive conflict, is it not conflict that is made? What if accepting things as they are (a major stepping stone to discovering your true Nature) was necessary for any lasting improvement to occur in the world? Don’t we reap what we sow? If you see conflict, conflict is what you get. If you see confusion, confusion is what you get. If you see peace, peace is what you get. Our yoga is to take back our power and “see” the inner obstacle as a distraction to true Self and the joy and peace that comes with it. It take’s practice but it’s worth it!