I started to practice with Alessandra in 2014 when both of us still lived in Brazil, in Curitiba. With my mom’s advice, I went for one of Ale’s classes, longing for a “complement” for my treatment against anxiety and depression, and an insistent and painful bursitis.
I remember that for the first two or three months of practice I dealt with a lot of resistance from my body and mind. Especially whenever I sat down in the Sukhasana pose, I recall not being able to breath properly, and felt that maybe the anxiety was being triggered by the pose itself.
I told Ale, and she approached me very gently, as usual, and told me very peacefully, that I could embrace it, the anxiety that was coming along, and that it “was only me and my mat”, nothing else in that room to worry about.
The Kaiut Method helped me to understand the limitations of my body, and to gradually overcome them, gaining more mobility and freedom. But different than other methods I had tried before, it works in a very gentle, yet firm and clear, way.
Now I’m writing this from Italy, where I currently live, and preparing myself to have one of Ale’s and Bruno’s classes in a few hours via streaming from New Orleans, USA. It’s funny how life goes, and how we can still connect ourselves to people, despite the distance, despite the difficulties we might be going through. I no longer experience shoulder pain from that bursitis. I still experience anxiety issues nowadays, but the change is that Sukhasana is today one of the best poses and “places to be” whenever I’m dealing with it, and I always recall that learning: “It’s just me and my mat”, and I feel safe.