My Yoga Journey
Photo: Learning to embrace new poses, Sito Gloria Kaiut Yoga Retreat, Brazil.
I first learned and regularly practiced yoga in the summer of 1974 daily at
6 a.m., in a cornfield in Boulder, Colorado. Yoga was something where I easily incurred injury so never went too deeply into my own practice. The community of yoga has provided a necessary non-judgmental place for me during traumatic periods in my life.
While visiting friends in Telluride, Colorado in May 2017 I was taken to Yvonne Mosser's Kaiut Yoga class, it was so different than anything I imagined and left me curious since it was a Yoga of Biomechanics. Having recently become certified in biomechanical exercise through Katy Bowman and her Nutritious Movement work. I wanted to understand what made this the "yoga of biomechanics" so signed up for the September 2017 ten day teacher training and arrived with a torn medial meniscus. I understood within the first couple of days how to heal on my own.
I brought Kaiut Yoga to Martha's Vineyard because I found everything I'd studied in the last decade happens in this practice. Every one has a unique Kaiut Yoga story. I was not looking for another modality in my life, but found the quiet practice of Kaiut Yoga to be so much more powerful than each modality I previously taught or practiced, it has given me greater freedom in my body and range of motion while also changing my experience of pain and a deeper calm in my whole system. I have studied with Francisco Kaiut, Cristiane Sprengel, and Luciana Ross to deepen my understanding both as a teacher and practitioner.
Peaked Hill Yoga is all about biomechanical health (or said another way, your freedom of movement). It has been designed to work through chronic pain & injuries, general aches & stiffness, and work for the inflexible, hyper flexible and the aging body.
Unlike most yoga that stretches muscles in extraordinary ways, Peaked Hill Yoga works from the joints. As such, it has a dramatic impact in countering the harmful effects of modern living – where most of us sit most of the day – as well as the harmful impact to our bodies of repetitive movement patterns from sports, work or our compensating behaviors for old injuries.
Peaked Hill Yoga is about maintaining or returning the body to optimal structure and functionality. It’s about freedom of movement, physical system and energy flow. It’s about keeping us as healthy, mobile and pain free as possible for as long as possible. With more freedom of body comes freedom of mind. It’s about a better quality of life.