Pondering the Gifts of Kaiut Yoga - Part 7
This is Post 7 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.
When I first came to the Kaiut Method, I had some arthritis developing in my hands which was really concerning as I use my hands a lot as a craftsperson, cook and gardener. Arthritis is another of those ailments that most people simply accept as an inevitable part of aging. In fact the Mayo Clinic says, “Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.” And for many, once you have it starting, you just think that you will always have it. In fact, I’ve even had doctors say to me about my foot “Isn’t that too bad, now you have arthritis” as if it were a life sentence!
But what I found, pretty quickly actually, was that my arthritis diminished greatly in my hands and in other areas of my body as well. With my returned mobility in hands and fingers, I honestly felt like I had new toys at the ends of my arms! My hands feel more expressive and capable! There’s more vitality all the way to the tips of my fingers! The old adage of “Use it or Lose it” is especially true where arthritis and the joints are concerned! We have pain in the joints, so we stop using those joints, then we lose the ability to use those joints and we have to come up with a workaround!
Francisco Kaiut says, “From what I’ve seen with my students in the classroom, Kaiut yoga is an effective tool in preventing continual loss of mobility in the joint. Though some mobility may have been lost, my purpose and the purpose of this method is to help our students prevent further deterioration of the joints.Through the Kaiut approach, every joint is used even if it has low mobility, each joint is educated (in each position) to use what is available. Over time, this diminishes losses and eventually results in gains in mobility and your cognitive connection with the potential mobility in those joints that are suffering.”
We all spend so much time with our hands curled about our electronic devices and typing on our keyboards, but the Kaiut sequences provide a way to counteract all the limited ways that we use our hands, to awaken the functionality of each and every joint and to bring new life to our bodies.