Pondering the Gifts of Kaiut Yoga - Part 6
This is Post 6 of 10. As I move towards my 60th birthday, I am pondering the gifts brought to my life by the practice of the Kaiut Method, my work with Tucker Shelton and Tucker Yoga and my studies with Francisco Kaiut. I’d like to share some of those thoughts with you. I’m thinking one post per day as I count down to 60.
Notes from a recent Kaiut Training, “Aging in alignment with the design and functionality that nature has prepared for us. Aging for decades without experiencing losses and maintaining a child-like level of mobility and functionality.”
Have you ever watched kids play… sitting on the floor, the mobility of their legs and joints, bending over easily to pick something up, changing positions frequently? Believe it or not, this is our birthright! But we spend so much time in our lives sitting. Even from an early age, our bones are growing and forming as we sit in school for all day long.
Did you know that the average American spends 12 hours per day sitting?! Our physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality. The human body simply was not built to sit for long periods of time. When we sit of extended periods of time, the muscles of our legs are weakening, our circulation is impacted, our digestion becomes less efficient, we gain weight, the hips and back develop compression in the discs and we experience premature degeneration.
I love spending time with my young friend Dora, watching her with the eyes of a Kaiut Yoga teacher. I am amazed at how much variety of movement that she has in her day! I’m including a photo grouping of 30 minutes with Dora showing about half of the different positions that she sat in as she played one day! So many simple yoga shapes that we do in our Kaiut practice, all natural and easy for her.
My Kaiut practice has enabled me to enjoy spending time with my favorite little teachers, Dora and Sally ♥️ Being with kids can serve to remind us of the joys of child-like movement and mobility! The joy of throwing oneself on the ground to look through the cracks in a bridge or lying on your back and looking up at the trees!