When Sara first encountered Kaiut Yoga, she had been practicing yoga for a number of years, but had not found a yoga community in Boulder in which she felt fully safe and comfortable. After just one Kaiut Yoga class, she knew she had found her yoga home.
I immediately fell in love; in the first class it was a yes.
She continued following that yes, taking more classes, and eventually enrolling in Francisco Kaiut’s teacher training, not with any intention of teaching, but simply to deepen her understanding of the method. She began learning about all the many ways in which Kaiut Yoga was different from other approaches to yoga, in particular the ways in which it supported a kind, non-judgmental attitude:
I hadn’t realized that I had spent years judging myself in relation to my yoga teachers and to other unspoken standards/expectations in the yoga world.
I would compare myself to the teacher who was modeling a pose and was always giving me the message that this is the full expression of the pose…That self-judgment affected my body image, the way I was perceiving my aging process, my weight, my physical abilities, how I was supposed to look as a woman, my clothing… I didn’t realize how much comparing myself to the teacher was impacting me.
When I took Kaiut Yoga classes, the instructors were rarely modeling shapes with their own bodies. There was every type of body in the room: deeply practiced yogis, athletes, different body sizes, different ages, and that is the kind of community I want to be in and that is the kind of world I want to live in. [Read more…] about Meet Our Teacher – Sara Truitt