Kaiut Yoga: Working With Pain (part 3)

If you read the previous articles, you are probably beginning to feel the paradigm shift. But don’t worry, there’s no understanding required. Just show up and enjoy the ride. The practice can certainly be done on your own, but Kaiut Yoga is best practiced with an experienced teacher who guides you through the process. There are demanding moments but overall the practice is calming and simple. As the body is exposed to various positions, the mind simply observes. Most of the work takes place on the floor so nearly everyone can do it.

We are creatures seeking comfort, but living a life destined for pain. The more we chase comfort and avoid the pain, the more limited our range of motion becomes! Our world narrows, the body tightens and the likelihood of pain increases. It’s a vicious cycle that nearly everybody falls into. The third guideline for Kaiut Yoga addresses this innate biological fact head on by acknowledging that going to the source of the problem may be painful and/or irritating. In this practice, we investigate and shine light on the dark, stuck, unused corners of the body. It may be frustrating and it will likely bring up old thoughts, patterns, and visions of injury. To give practitioners time to adapt, Kaiut Yoga goes at a pace that the nervous system not only tolerates but appreciates. This is the healing journey.

What problem in your life ever got better by avoiding it? What problem was ever solved by going around it? Kaiut Yoga leaves no stone unturned. It takes a direct path, knowing the only way to truly correct any problem is to work through it. Sound scary? Maybe. But that’s why the correct pace and a skilled teacher are so important. We don’t try to fix anything in one session! To heal, time must be on our side. It took years for patterns to form and injuries to accumulate—it will take some time to unwind it. But the body has an amazing capacity to heal once given the space. Kaiut Yoga is a practice that provides the space for your body and mind to heal together.

Give it a try and watch it work. Be sure to catch Francisco Kaiut, a pioneer of yoga and the founder of this great method. He will be at Yoga Loft this July 1-12 for classes and workshops.

 

Kaiut Yoga: Pain is NOT the Problem (part 2)

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.

Kaiut Yoga: A Method for Pain Management (part 1)

I’m grateful for my body’s rigidity and pain. I know it sounds strange, but it has been a very good friend. Sure there are times when I wish it would just “go away” and leave me alone, but that’s not how pain works. It demands my attention. I imagine you have an “inner friend” a lot like mine who asks you to notice what is happening in your body and mind. If not today, then eventually.

Somewhere along the path, I learned not to let pain and rigidity rule my life. Rather, my friend and I have learned to work together. Pain has taken me on an inner journey that is infinitely more rewarding than any outer, worldly journey could be. As an athlete and yogi for over 30 years now, pain and injury have been a constant in my life. Of course, you don’t have to be an athlete (or a yogi) to experience rigidity and pain. Regardless of one’s occupation or pastime, stresses accumulate in the body and compound one another over time. It’s part of the deal of being human. To paraphrase Buddha’s first noble truth: If you live in a body, there will be pain. We can deny it, we can take pills to avoid it, and we can distract ourselves with activities that hide it, but if Buddha is correct, life and pain—whether it is mental, emotional or physical—go together.

Kaiut Yoga acknowledges this “painful” fact and does not try to avoid it. Having been accidentally shot in the hip at the age of 6, Francisco Kaiut developed an intimate relationship with pain. We can assume he experienced a time when he hated living with pain. We’ve all been there to some degree or another. Why me? Why this? But hate gets us nowhere. At some point, the fight stops and acceptance moves in. It does not mean we quit seeking resolution, it just means we stop fighting. Over the years, I’ve found that the more people identify with and focus on the pain, the harder it is to move past it. The fight holds us hostage to the pain, and the mind and body harden making healing impossible. For the willing however, there IS a way out!

Kaiut Yoga is the most effective pain management tool I have ever known. It operates under a few simple guidelines that I will highlight in this series of four short articles. The first guideline is: Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. This approach is what makes Kaiut Yoga not just a physical practice, but also a deeply spiritual path. And it fits nicely with Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. Suffering is an attitude not a certainty. Pain is part of life, but suffering can be transcended. The former is a fact, the latter a state of mind. Pain ranges from mild to debilitating, but one’s attitude toward it makes all the difference in the world.

If we can accept that pain is part of life, then we are not enslaved to it. The irony is that when they adopt this approach, many people (for the first time in their lives) begin to experience more mobility and less pain! Steeped in this mindset, Kaiut Yoga uses a systematic approach that addresses the whole body and it’s inner systems while navigating the sources of pain and gives those sources of discomfort (usually the joints) the attention they want and need. This yoga goes past the symptoms that normally distract us to the heart of the problem. It’s brilliant and it works.

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 for classes and workshops. The classes are experiential and transformative. The workshops are largely didactic but with plenty of practice.

Blending the Old with the New

Dear Yoga Loft Family,

Just over 4 years ago, my wife Lori and I received a deep, heartfelt nudge to open a yoga studio.  This wasn’t something we planned, but we learned to trust the inner voice of love and began to follow through.  Shortly after, we met Nikki Rogers, and then we found the perfect location in South Boulder. We each brought unique contributions to the vision. It was perfect, and still is.  

Owning a business is hard work. You have to thrive on solving a myriad of problems on a daily basis. Last summer, Nikki came to us, wanting to move in a different direction.  We were concerned that we couldn’t run Yoga Loft without her.  We knew it wouldn’t be the same and there’s just no replacement for her.  It was not easy taking on her responsibilities and then eventually finding someone to take on her considerable role. We are grateful Nikki still teaches at Yoga Loft and wish her the best. Thank you Nikki, for who you are and all you have done for this community. 
 
The only thing constant in this world is change. Some of you have been with us long enough to notice other changes at the studio. We have said goodbye to some beloved, long-time teachers in recent months. Some have moved away, while others have found new opportunities. We thank them all for sharing their gifts and wisdom with Yoga Loft and we wish them well as they continue on their paths.  Whether change is wanted, needed, or thrust upon you, it’s rarely easy. In many ways, it’s how we grow. How we react or respond to change is perhaps our higher yoga. 
 
I have come to realize that it is my life path to work through the problems of business ownership and be both yoga teacher and leader at the same time. It’s my Dharma. I liked working with Nikki, because I didn’t have to fully step into that role. Well, guess what? Change happens and it’s pushed me a little further down my spiritual growth path. 
 
Yoga Loft is a manifestation of the love that inspired it. We felt the importance of having a place where anyone can go to “get away,” practice and share the peace. The other big part of our vision was to create a space for a style of yoga that was available to every body. I didn’t know what it was, but I trusted it would eventually come. In spite of my efforts, creating this alternative seemed nearly impossible.
 
Thanks to a very random email invitation to attend a yoga class being held in the basement of a church, I discovered Kaiut Yoga. In the first 20 minutes of the first yoga class, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Francisco Kaiut is a modern-day yoga pioneer.  Many other studios have rejected Kaiut Yoga, and while it may not be the yoga many are accustomed to, it is yoga and it has proven helpful for many people. I was well aware that bringing Kaiut yoga to Yoga Loft would change our perceptions of yoga. 
 
Are we transitioning into a Kaiut Yoga studio? Not at all. In fact, we are excited to watch our vinyasa program grow!  With the newly renovated third space, it allows us to add classes and be more creative with our scheduling. Starting next week we are adding several new teachers and ramping up our vinyasa program. Click here to see the new schedule of classes. Our new schedule begins Monday, April 18th.  
 
Another important change at the studio is that Hannah Cunha has accepted a managerial role at Yoga Loft. Hannah is a wonderful yoga teacher and her previous managerial experience has become a tremendous asset as we work through the many changes at the studio.  Please trust Hannah with any questions or concerns you may have when Lori and I are not on site. 
 
While tradition and history have important elements to any practice, I believe we must continually embrace new information and insight. I am personally incorporating massive paradigm shifts around pranayama and yoga into my practice that have unbelievable benefits.  Blending the old with new to find a better way is how we grow and innovate. If you are inspired to learn more, our teacher training program is a great way to immerse yourself into the healing growth and power of yoga.
 
I understand that yoga is a deeply personal practice, both physically and spiritually. Yoga Loft may never be all things to all people, but we remain true to the vision of creating a space where everyone wanting a better way to live in their body feels safe and welcomed.  We hope that is your experience and you will continue to grow and evolve along with us.
 
If you have feedback or suggestions on how we could improve, I hope you make a point to share your insight with us. I appreciate you and your dedication to your practice. Without you, my vision would be limited to a self-practice, but it’s much more creative and rewarding to share it with you! It’s how we grow. 
 
Thank you and Namaste,
 
Jeff Bailey
 

The Secret Effects of Yoga by Aleah Sommers

The deepest and most meaningful effects of yoga do not need to be talked about, or photographed, or even explained. I am talking about the secret practices, the subtle experiences that only you can know from your own practice, moving on your mat, breathing the stillness, following your instinctual nature – those moments of spaciousness, embodiment, and deep knowing, for which validation is unnecessary.

This is what nobody else can properly articulate – and no teacher can teach – but maybe somebody or something helps you find the way, or find it again, or again and again, always coming back. It is that feeling of absolute contentment, full connection, a feeling of understanding what is – including the shadow, the light, the clarity, and the unsteadiness.

Yoga shows up in innumerable and unexpected ways; your practice may change the way you move through and interact with the world, the effects spiraling exponentially outward, creating clarity and balance in everything that you do, and also helping to navigate the imbalances.

Your yoga practice comes with secrets that you cannot and do not need to show off or even try to define – because nobody else needs to explicitly know.

 

Embodying the Dharma by Sarah Lynch

 

Defining Success

Recently, a fellow middle school parent and I spent some time talking about grades.  She was struggling with how to talk to her son about the importance of grades without making grades too important.  This is a critical question for both of us because as students we each felt that our need to get good grades bordered on unhealthy. In fact, even now, she confessed that part of her desire for her son to pull up his GPA is that it would make her feel like she is “making the grade” as a parent.  Strong is the power of the report card!

I often look back on my college years and wish I had spent less time studying to get the A’s, and much more time experiencing life.  I was so sure as a young adult that the sacrifices I made to the alter of my GPA would be paid back once I reached “real adulthood” because I was playing by the rules.  Grades were not just letters and numbers, they were the currency for success and achievement.

 

Experience Over Outcome

It has taken decades to unwind my self-worth from the outward markers of achievement and my yoga practice has been essential in helping me see the value of process—and truly experiencing a moment—over outcomes.  When I first started a regular yoga practice, I wanted to “get” all of the advanced poses.  I worked extra hard in class to get my alignment just right so that I would receive praise from a teacher or lift my leg an inch higher.  I was working for the phantom good grades of yoga, so I could get my report card at the end of class and tack it to the fridge for all to see.   It was the outcome of the practice that I valued.

Over time, the words of my teachers started to penetrate my single-minded focus on making the grade.  I began to value the simplicity of my breath and my practice started to slow down.  My attention shifted to how the poses felt and the quality of my thoughts during practice.  It was not that I stopped working hard on the mat or that I gave up learning new poses, but instead that I cared more about what I felt than what I did.

It was this shift in the emphasis of experience over outcome that inspired me to teach yoga.  You can imagine that yoga teacher training, with its conspicuous lack of grades, was a challenge for this former GPA junkie.  But now that I tasted the freedom that comes with letting go of the markers of achievement, I could learn for the sake of learning, practice for the sake of practice and do yoga for the joy of moving my body and quieting my mind.  I want to share this gift with others and, for me, teaching yoga—specifically a new class we are offering at Yoga Loft called Dharm Yoga–offers the ideal platform to do just that. 

 

Dharma Yoga

I like to think of Dharma Yoga as the perfect college seminar turned into a yoga class: it emphasizes depth of experience, it aims to spark new conversation with your body and mind by slowing down, and it creates the space for each student to move and learn at his or her own pace.   Like all good classes, it pulls from different disciplines and traditions, incorporating elements of Yin, Kaiut and Slow Flow Vinyasa, to make the content richer and more interesting to body and mind.  And, most importantly, there are no grades—the intention behind the class is to fully inhabit the practice you have now and not to seek progression or perfection, but instead let those be by-products of being consistent and present when you are on the mat. 

Take your report card off the fridge and replace it with a schedule of yoga classes. I invite you to taste the freedom that comes from letting go of achievement in favor of slowing down and tuning into yourself and your breath. You’re even invited if you’re still in school–but only if you’ve finished your homework first!

 

 

 

Reverse Aging Yoga

Perils of Time and Gravity
From the moment we are born, our bodies begin to age, and we each age differently depending on our karma, our life events, and circumstances. No one can deny the consequences of time and gravity on the body. With any luck at all, our minds soften and we become wiser as time goes on. If it were not for that possibility, life would indeed be incredibly futile. Our bodies may not last forever, but we can gain control of the aging process. Take a moment and think about the activities you do day by day. In any given week, what do you do to ease and erase the buildup of tension in your body? Whether you run, walk, hike, cycle, sit, drive, compute, read, or even meditate—repetitive behavior creates patterns that adversely impact the body.

A Yoga Practice for You
Yoga is an ancient tradition that tackles this issue head on. It is a way to maintain, if not reclaim our body’s youth. But it takes work, time, and a little dedication. Many are inclined to believe there is no hope. It’s easy to say, “This is how I am, stiff and sore. I can’t do yoga. That’s for flexible people.” Some have been gifted with flexibility. These are usually the ones you see in a dramatic yoga pose in some beautiful setting. Don’t be misled. There is a yoga practice for you, and it will help restore your youth. You just have to truly want it.

Kaiut Yoga
Kaiut Yoga consists of subtle movements that work toward easing the body’s aging process. It is an approach to yoga that specializes in treating injuries, chronic pain, stiffness, and hyper-flexibility. Kaiut Yoga brings areas of rigidity to light, so we can focus our efforts on them to slow down the aging process and create more freedom in mind and body. The goal is to remain healthy and as pain-free as possible for as long as possible. This is the central approach to Kaiut Yoga. It is a system and methodology that pays close attention to each individual’s body, and students receive the greatest benefit when practiced at least two times per week.   Kaiut Yoga works for students of all ages, abilities, and degrees of mobility. It truly is a yoga for every body.

Discover Kaiut Yoga for Yourself
The Yoga Loft studio in south Boulder offers Kaiut Yoga. The studio is located in the Table Mesa Shopping Center, just east of King Soopers. Experience our classes and decide for yourself if it’s a good fit for you. While it’s best to sample at least four classes in a two-week period of time, you will get a good feel for this practice after one class. For more information, visit KaiutYoga.com.

Sublime Self-Realization

Meeting Myself on the Mat

Why don’t people talk about the daydreaming like aspects of meditation?

I know daydreaming and meditation are very different.  But while in yoga class, when I am focused on the doing of the yoga, my mind is so focused on the doing, particularly my effort to maintain balance, the rest of my conscious awareness is just allowed to experience the effort. There is no judgment in this space.  There is no reproach.  It’s just me, allowing myself to feel the experience of yoga, as I am, as my body is able. It’s dreamy.

There With Care, a favorite Boulder charity that serves families whose children are facing medical crisis, advises their volunteers to “meet the clients where they are at.” (Their reasoning is the family is going through enough crisis, so the volunteers should approach their interactions with the families with thoughtful and heartfelt care.)  In my introspective yogic moment, I feel like I am meeting myself in a way that I can’t access when I am not doing yoga.  I am meeting myself where I am at.   Hello self.

Recently in a yoga class, I was reaching for my toes in Uttanasana (standing forward bend) and suddenly, I was in awe of my toes.  I was thinking, “Hello toes.  It’s so lovely to truly meet you, and see you, and be grateful for you.”  I was filled with gratitude for my feet, which is not something that happens often enough.  It was a surreal, dreamy experience, to be one with myself while also being fully present with the class all at the same time. 

Personal Revolution

Many meditation teachers make it seem like there can be no thoughts during meditation, which is an unlikely prospect for all but the most devoted students and even then, that can take a lifetime.  But the whole not-judging-myself space, where I am open to myself, and my experience, allowing it to unfold, that experience is just as meditative… but it’s also feels a lot like daydreaming.  The difference between this type of meditative experience and daydreaming is, my mind is not drifting off into outer space.  Instead, I am diving deep into myself.  It’s me-dreaming – seeing the wonders of my body and my life through my own eyes.  Instead of being self-involved, I feel self-evolved and whole.  It’s a magical yoga experience and part of the reason I return to the mat again and again.

Maybe it’s because “daydreaming is looked upon negatively because it represents ‘non-doing’ in a society that emphasizes productivity,” says John McGrail, a clinical hypnotherapist in Los Angeles. “We are under constant pressure to do, achieve, produce, succeed.”  There is so much value to daydreaming itself, that I imagine more people might consider meditating if they knew daydreaming was an acceptable means to access that gently introspective state of beingness.

Daydreaming is not just a temporal experience, but a physical one, which might explain why this type of meditative experience works so well with yoga.  Daydreaming allows us “to access information that was dormant or out of reach.”  It also allows us to “make an association between bits of information” that we might not have considered otherwise. (National Geographic)  “During daydreams, we are slightly detached from our immediate situation. That can mean we are more receptive to ideas generated within our subconscious.” When we daydream our mind naturally “cycles through different modes of thinking, and during this time the analytic and empathetic parts of your brain tend to turn each other off.” (Psychologies)

Brain Matters

Meanwhile, there is plenty of research on the valuable effects of meditation on the human brain.  Studies have shown that meditation affects many areas of the brain, including the lateral prefrontal cortex, the medial prefrontal cortex, the ventromedial medial prefrontal cortex, the dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex, the insula, and the amygdala.   A study from Yale shows that, “meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.”  Reducing random mind wandering quiets the DMN, easing both the panic instinct and the resulting anxiety. At John Hopkins, Madhav Goyal explains, “Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways.”  Another study by UCLA Department of Neurology shows that meditation also increases grey matter in the brain.  Lead scientist, Eileen Luders, believes that “the increased gray matter in the meditators’ brains should make them better at controlling their attention, managing their emotions, and making mindful choices.”

“Over the past decade, researchers have found that if you practice focusing attention on your breath or a mantra, the brain will restructure itself to make concentration easier. If you practice calm acceptance during meditation, you will develop a brain that is more resilient to stress. And if you meditate while cultivating feelings of love and compassion, your brain will develop in such a way that you spontaneously feel more connected to others.” (Your Brain on Meditation) My experience of introspective daydreaming sounds a lot like the benefits of meditation.

Invitation

It seems to me that if we can’t consciously stop thought altogether and just be, then just maybe slipping past our thoughts, into a space of day-dreamy non-judgment might just be the next best thing. Next time you are in yoga class, give introspective daydreaming a try.  The entire universe is inside you, waiting to be discovered, and you might just like what you find.


 

 

November Student Blog by JoAnn Holloway

A Tongue in Cheek (isn’t that a posture?) Essay 

Why I Do Yoga

My relationship with yoga goes back to 2003, when I transitioned from a daily bike commute to a job where I had to drive or hop a bus 5 days a week.  This was not an easy transition for my wonky back.  I shelled out the shekels to join a gym and was cajoled into taking yoga by one of my fellow bus commuter who was really into the hot babe who taught Wednesday nights.  I can’t blame him.  I gravitated more to Peter, who taught an Ashtanga sequence, chanting out posture names in Sanskrit, and improbably incorporating a beautiful meditative atmosphere into an athletic club.    I took classes for about six years, went deeply into postures, looked great in shorty shorts, and finally had to give in to the searing pain shooting down my leg and had my lower back fused.   After I was melded with a surgical erector set in my lumbar spine, and adhered to my orthopedic surgeon’s instructions of no bending, lifting or twisting (not that I ever enjoyed BLTs).  The only physical activity that was allowed was walking or hiking.  It wasn’t so bad, that year.

I’ll be honest here.  I was most excited about getting back on my bicycles.  I willingly kissed off climbing, downhill skiing and running in favor of maintaining a healthy back.  I picked up Pilates again.  It took some experimentation to find the right yoga practice for my Frankenback.   Yoga Loft has been a good testing ground, with a range of yoga styles and instructors without the club scene.  My preferred mix is Jon Kolaska’s Forrest yoga class, with a sprinkling of Vinyasa and Yin.

What do I get out of yoga? 

I can still touch my toes in my late 40s.  That’s nice.  I have reasonably good muscle tone.   That’s also nice.  I have a good sense of humility when I can’t make the Wheel pose, let alone getting more than a few inches up for a Bridge.  I can’t quite reach my ankles on a seated forward fold.   Shoulder stands may never be mine again., but it gives me something to aspire to.   I’m at peace with that.  I’m pretty excited on the days that I can maintain a balancing pose.  I do a pretty good impression of a Tree.  My Crow stands on its head.  I laugh at myself more than I used to.  I’m not going to execute a miraculous transition from gimp to yogini to yoga instructor.  

I am not a yogic phoenix.  I may be more of a yogic magpie. But I have a good time…

October Student Blog – Laura Tyler

My Practice

When I started taking classes at Yoga Loft in January 2015 I was struggling to set priorities in my work as a visual artist.  At the same time, I was working to heal a leg injury. 

Drawn initially by Yoga Loft’s location, I stayed because the range of classes available – so many of them excellent – meant I could almost always find something that matched my schedule and interests and it wasn’t long before I established a regular habit of going. I gravitated toward the slower-paced classes that accommodated my need for extra time to move in and out of poses.  And with time, small but noticeable changes started happening.  

The Art of Yoga

It’s easy to note the physical changes that happen when you start doing yoga.  All of a sudden you can touch your toes or the floor when just last week you struggled to reach your calves. Or a pose that one day seemed incomprehensible becomes something you’re curious about and willing to explore.

One of the most interesting changes that’s happened to me as a result of my yoga practice is that the dialogue I have with myself has shifted. Instead of the nagging, “What I should do is . . .”  And the rueful “Oops, what did I just do?” I started asking myself “What must I do?” a clarifying question*, bigger and kinder than the others, that helped me align my actions with the values I hold most dear.  When I started poking into my own must-dos, one quiet but persistent (and curious to me) project rose up, a series of abstract photos called Future Perfect that explores the arrangement of handmade, wood and wax objects in space.

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

 

Curiosity and Wonder

Imagine you’re a three-year-old lying on the floor of your childhood home. You look up. The walls are raked with light. There’s a hallway made of planes that leads to another room. And the room beyond that has a different tone because of the way the sun is positioned in relationship to the house. You become aware of yourself as a sensing, physical being located in three dimensional space. The moment is infused with wonder.

In the yoga studio, I am lying on the floor in a supine butterfly pose waiting for class to begin. The teacher enters and a feeling of nurturance and compassion fills the room. There is a sense of relief that I’ve come to this place as we begin taking the forms. A catch in my breath smooths out.  Forward bend. Left foot back. I shift and find Triangle.  Back foot slightly forward, I step up into Half Moon Pose and it feels like I’m flying.

Clean Sheets

Clean Sheets

 

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* Fierce Medicine by Ana Forrest