Two and one-half years ago, at age 71, the back pain Brad had been living with for most of his adult life was getting worse. Many everyday activities, longer car trips, and even the commute by bus from Boulder to Denver had become difficult. An avid long-distance hiker, Brad found that he had to limit himself to shorter hikes because of his back issues.
At the encouragement of his daughter, Brad started coming to Barn Yoga classes twice a week. The teachers supported him by providing many accommodations, including working from a chair, supporting his back leaning against a wall and adding extra bolsters when needed. After just a few months of practice, Brad experienced modest but definite improvement. Encouraged by his results, he invited his wife Angela to come to class with him and they have been coming to class together ever since.
Angela and Brad in Sukhasana
Last year, while spending the winter in Arizona, Brad was able to continue his yoga practice by coming to class online. He increased his attendance to three times per week which greatly accelerated his progress. He found that he was able to move from needing to practice many poses seated in a chair to practicing almost entirely on the floor.
This year, now back again in Arizona for the winter, Brad is practicing Kaiut Yoga almost daily, and the results have been dramatic. His back is much more agile, and he is experiencing very little back pain. He is able to go on six-mile hikes, his blood pressure has dropped to the point where he has been able to discontinue his blood pressure medication, and his sleep has improved.
Brad is also very excited to report that just within the past few weeks, he has been able to come down from a chair and practice 1/2 virasana on two bolsters!
Whether he is on his yoga mat or out and about in in the world, Brad is committed to living by what he is learning from his Kaiut Yoga practice: engaging with his body from a place of greater kindness, applying sincere effort, but only when effort is needed, backing off before sensations start to become aggressive, and resting when that is what his body needs.
These days, when he is hiking in the Arizona high desert, he has taken to stepping off of the trail from time to time to lie down and rest by the side of the trail, stopping not because he Is in pain, but rather to replenish and reset so that pain doesn’t even show up.
After two minutes lying on my back, everything relaxes…
it puts everything back together.
And after resting, Brad gets up and he carries on down the trail…