WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE MODERN BODY?
SATI Yoga Studio offers the Kaiut Yoga Method, a form of yoga that was developed over the last 30 years and adapted to the concerns of the modern person, especially the issues stemming from the Western lifestyle and its particular stresses on the body and mind.
Classes begin with restoring and preserving biomechanical health, where the teacher guides students to uncover rigidity and imbalances in the body and to restore both mobility and strength.
The full form of traditional yoga poses (asanas) are not frequently taught. Different aspects of poses are explored deeply for specific work, beginning with the joints. The results of this work impact the whole system. The modified poses help identify imbalance in the body and those imbalances are progressively addressed through the sequence of classes.
The method has a “less is more” approach where the floor is frequently used so the student is in a more resting state, even while the work is demanding strength and concentration. This approach is an effective means for progressing safely and efficiently.
The Kaiut Method, named after its founder Francisco Kaiut, was meticulously developed and includes hundreds of sequences which students are given over time. Precise instructions, varying levels of pressure and time in the positions are key to the results students achieve.
In the words of the founder Francisco Kaiut: “I prefer people to be without distractions so that they can go deep inside and listen to their bodies. We are working with the very specific blockages in each person’s body and asking their minds to accept and work with whatever arises. If there is joy afterward that’s just an added bonus. It could be anger or frustration that arises, and that is OK too."
YOGA FOR EVERY BODY
In addition to it's success in addressing chronic pain and accommodating injuries and other limitations, it works well for those in robust health.
Classes are appropriate for athletes wanting to enhance their performance as well as yoga practitioners looking to move beyond blockages in their own practices.
In Francisco’s home studio in Brazil, Olympic athletes and octogenarians with hip replacements have worked side-by-side in the same classes. Here in New Orleans, we are have been working with soccer players and other athletes along with older, sedentary folks with knee replacements and battling cancer.
In the words of one student: “For me, an appealing aspect of Kaiut Yoga is the maturity of the practitioners and that its devotees are not just über-athletes doing extreme exposes, but more an assortment of folks from all walks of life."
In the end, the method is offered to provide any and all persons with relief from pain, greater vitality and an added boost on this journey through life.
Due to a traumatic injury at 6 years old and the resulting ongoing pain, Francisco trained intensively in various healing arts, including chiropractic and polarity therapy, eventually finding his way to yoga. In-depth studies of various yoga methods and traditions provided answers he was looking for and sparked his ambitious development of yoga as a healing art. Continually refining his method and tirelessly teaching is his life's work. This video tells the story.
Teaching internationally now, he introduced the Kaiut Yoga Method to Europe via Oxford University (England) where he’d been invited to speak at a world symposium on Movement: Brain, Body, Cognition.
Yoga Journal dubbed him a "Yoga Rebel:" https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/5-teachers-may-change-way-think-yoga