Life happens…and then somewhere along the way, the “happening” catches up to us and we find that our bodies don’t 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, both physical and nonphysical, and the compensatory patterns they generate in the body. What usually happens is we ‘chalk it up’ to old age and we justify our condition, but you don’t have to fall into that trap! A consistent Avita practice will reverse the effects of time on your body.
I’m no different. I’ve experienced the trials and tribulations of life and I am grateful to have 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 my hip. For the first time in my life, 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 finding a way to help more people, something that really works. 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 guided as 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. But read on, Kaiut was just the tip of the iceberg.
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 and Yin. I studied with Francisco Kaiut for almost three years. During that time I attended numerous Kaiut Yoga classes and workshops and completed the Kaiut Yoga Teacher Training, most of which I sponsored at Yoga Loft in Boulder. I selflessly promoted Francisco and his method until it began to get the best of me. I outgrew him and had to move in a different direction. As is always the case in life, when one door closes fully another one opens, and a new door opened to a heartfelt collaboration with Francisco’s former founding partner and creator of the method, Luciana Ross.
In studying with Luciana, I gained an understanding of the roots and original intent of the practice, which has led to the development and evolution of Avita Yoga. Avita is a moving meditation that heals in body and mind because it uses the body to access the mind–where all healing occurs. It is a practice of inner self-reflection that uses physical shapes and movements, sometimes active and sometimes passive, to stimulate the body’s healing physiology while continuously paving the way to the stillness of the mind. In addition to the amazing physical benefits, Avita Yoga embraces the Perennial Philosophy inspired in the Neo Vedanta and popularized by Aldous Huxley in his book by the same name. It is an all-inclusive approach that can be summed up with the following three attributes:
1) There is a Constant that transcends a world of constant change.
2) This Constant is available to us all as a loving Guide that always has our best interest in mind.
3) It is the purpose of a lifetime to discover It (in fact deep inside, this shared Truth is what we desire above all else).
To experience the power and presence of this continuous Guidance is the goal of Avita Yoga. But because this Constant Love is ever-available to all, it cannot be amplified or increased. It must be gently revealed. Like cleaning the lens of a lightbulb that is always fully on, the Avita practice removes the obstacles to It. The result is a steady and gentle return to the light and love we never really left, all the while experiencing the side-effects of a healthier, more mobile body. This is what makes Avita Yoga unique. To be effective, the body must become a vehicle to heal the mind which is then reflected back into the body. The mind is not limited to to the space between the ears, it is everywhere. And so, Avita Yoga is the gentle resolution of inner conflict – both physically and nonphysically–a revelation of the power and presence of Self. There’s nothing like it.
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, self-forgiving approach, yoga can heal almost anything if we are willing to use the body to get closer to the healing power of the mind…and as you heal the mind the body will follow.
Jeff Bailey Trainings, Certifications
I hold four yoga teacher certifications: two 200-hour, one 300-hour, and one 500-hour. I currently lead Yoga Loft’s Avita Yoga Teacher Training. As a trained Rolfer, my hands get used a lot. 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 aligns us with both practice and purpose. When we find something that works, we naturally want to share it and feel that I have a lot 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. I am the proud father of our sweet daughter, Georgia, who attends Concordia College in northern Minnesota. Go Cobbers! 🙂