In the previous blog on Kaiut Yoga I wrote about accepting pain as an inevitable part of life. Whether we like it or not, when we accept anything, just as it is, it helps us respond to the situation with greater intelligence. Our resources are broadened. But if we quickly react to pain (or anything we don’t like) there is a cascade of negative effects: our nervous system is triggered in a negative way, our focus narrows, and we reach for “quick fixes.” We grow impatient and important steps to a healthier body are missed. No matter how urgent the situation, panic does not serve us well.
Francisco learned early on that while related, pain and it’s source are usually not in the same place. The sequences in Kaiut Yoga take us through a systematic method so we don’t get fooled and misled by our symptoms. In Kaiut Yoga we don’t chase the pain, we seek the source of the pain. Ida Rolf, another pioneer in body work, said, “The problem is never where the pain is.” At first, it may feel this way: you have an injury and it hurts at the place of the impact. As time goes by, the place of impact heals and you feel better. But over the long-term, there are a multitude of unconscious ramifications that take place in the body. It’s not acute pain, like that from the initial impact, that bothers most of us on a daily basis. It’s the chronic, ongoing pain that is most troubling. Kaiut Yoga targets the sources of chronic pain.
We point to the pain assuming that’s where the problem lies. We try all kinds of therapies to make the pain go away—often attacking the same spot over and over never realizing it could be a combination of physical, psychological, physiological and even emotional reasons that contribute to the pain. This does not mean you should stop doing things that make you feel better! It just means that if your body continues to signal that something is amiss, you might want to try something else.
This is where Kaiut Yoga really shines. People often feel better but they’re not sure why. This is beautiful because it means we didn’t overanalyze our experience to figure out the problem. We don’t need to know why. We just want to feel better. Kaiut Yoga’s elegant sequences do the work while “we” stay out of the way. There is no single pose or “correct” way of doing any pose that will solve the problem. Remember, the pain is not the problem. It’s the sequences practiced with an open, willing mind that makes all the difference.
Be sure to catch Francisco Kaiut, a yoga pioneer and the founder of this great method. He will be at Yoga Loft this July 1-12 teaching both classes and workshops. The classes are experiential and transformative, while the workshops are largely didactic but with plenty of practice.