Like many Americans, I’m overweight. I had practiced yoga but stopped going to classes when I kept getting injured with pulled muscles and pinched nerves. Little wonder: I tried lots of classes, and they were all run the same way, with a teacher positioned in the front of the room demonstrating poses and everyone copying the teacher. I was never certain I was doing everything the right way (I wasn’t), and though there were a variety of bodies, everyone was expected to do the same thing. So I had increased pain on top of the pain I already had, and I wouldn't go back to class.
Then, in 2015, I met Alessandra Grando (“Ale”) through my friend Bruno Prager. He had met Ale at a yoga studio in Brazil where they practiced something called the Kaiut Method. They encouraged me to give it a try. I did, and discovered a completely different experience.
Instead of demonstrating poses, Ale would walk around the room describing specifically which muscles to engage and where my body should feel the work. She looked at each student individually to correct seemingly tiny movements of a pose that made big differences.
It was comforting, even critical, to know the teacher was present and aware throughout. She seemed more aware of my body than I was, and met me where I was. My weakest points were evident quickly but rather than being pushed to work beyond them or ignore them in pursuit of a fancier pose, I was guided to work directly and specifically with these areas.
For me, the practice has meant building strength and working through layers of restricting patterns (both mental and physical!) while finding deeper levels of relaxation in the process. It's also helped me build lung capacity so I have had fewer asthma attacks.
Better breathing and stronger muscles means I am better able to do one of my favorite things – some real south Louisiana festing! I am deeply grateful to have found the Kaiut method through Bruno and Ale, and cannot recommend Sati Yoga Studio highly enough.