Life happens…and then somewhere along the way, the “happening” catches up to us and we find that our bodies aren’t able to function with the same ease and comfort that they did in the past. No one can avoid the effects of time and gravity on the body, not to mention the injuries, karmic patterns and normal wear and tear that happen over a lifetime.
This is very true for me. I’ve experienced the trials and tribulations of life and am grateful that I discovered yoga at the age of 22. It breathed fresh life into my body and soul, but a few decades later I found myself searching for ways to recover from a ski accident that severely impacted one of my hips. For the first time, yoga wasn’t solving my problem. Lying on my back in Savasana one day after yoga class, I willed a better way. I closed my eyes and, without attachment, I asked for a way to resolve my hip pain and fulfill my vision of providing yoga that could help every body. The answer came a few weeks later in a random email inviting me to a Kaiut Yoga class in a church basement in Boulder, CO. I trusted the sign and enrolled in four classes. In the first 10 minutes of my first class, I knew I had been given the direction for which I had asked. This was in the winter of 2015, and while I still have work to do, I now have a practice that has restored my sense of youth and transformed my understanding of health, fitness and our potential to heal.
I discovered yoga in 1986 in my hometown of Gunnison, CO. I remember walking out of my first class feeling as if I had taken my first full breath! I fell in love with the physical and spiritual intelligence of the practice of yoga and never stopped. I have a diverse background in the yoga traditions of Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and Kaiut Yoga. I studied with Francisco Kaiut for three years from January 2015 through January 2018. During that time I attended numerous Kaiut Yoga workshops and completed the Kaiut Yoga Teacher Training, most of which were sponsored by and held at Yoga Loft in Boulder. Francisco and I chose different paths in late 2017. As is often the case in life, when one door closes another one opens, and this opened a door to a collaboration with Francisco’s former founding partner, Luciana Ross.
In studying with Luciana, I have gained a deeper understand of the roots and original intent of the practice, which has led to the development and evolution of Avita Yoga. This is a practice of inner self-reflection that uses physical shapes and movements, sometimes demanding and sometimes passive, to access the healing power of the mind. In addition to the amazing physical benefits, Avita Yoga embraces the Perennial Philosophy inspired by Neo Vedanta and popularized by Aldous Huxley in his book by the same name. Its all-inclusive approach can be summed up with the following three attributes:
1) There is a constant Truth that transcends a world of constant change.
2) This Truth is available to all.
3) It is the purpose of a lifetime to discover It.
To experience the power and presence of our shared Truth is the undoing of all inner conflict which is the only way outer conflict will ever be resolved.
What better goal could exist? It’s what makes Avita the yoga of a lifetime, for a lifetime.
I have always had an appreciation for the introspective power of yoga as a healing meditation – an element that naturally finds its way into my classes. I have found that with a curious and self-forgiving approach, yoga can heal almost anything if we are willing to use life’s challenges to get closer to the healing power of mind and body.
Jeff Bailey Trainings, Certifications
I hold four yoga teacher certifications: two 200-hour, one 300-hour, and one 500-hour. I currently teach Yoga Loft’s 200-hour and 300-hour Avita Yoga Teacher Training. As a trained Rolfer, I weave structurally integrative elements into my classes that have practical applications in life. Yoga and the business of yoga is my dharma, a word that inspires both practice and purpose. When we find something that works, we naturally want to share it and I have a lot I want to share. Along with my wife Lori, I am the proud owner of two Yoga Loft locations – the original one in South Boulder and our newest one in northeast Boulder, aka Gunbarrel, which is also the home of our new Up Dog Cafe. I am the very proud father of our sweet daughter, Georgia, who will be heading off to college in the summer of 2018.