Consistency is Key
Darvin here. I wanted to share something that I’ve been thinking about lately.
Since our January event with Francisco, I’ve been reflecting on some of my personal changes I’ve experienced in my practice.
When I first came to Kaiut Yoga 7 years ago, I was experiencing lots of different aches and pains, related to years of outdoor adventuring and consultant work (planes, trains, automobiles and clients across the globe). Overall, I had gotten pretty rigid and suffered from general low back pain as well as severe sciatic sensations on my left side torso and leg.
On some level, maybe instinctual, I just knew that my normal habits and patterns (trail running, cycling and lots of repetitive movements) weren’t healthy and I had to change it.
When I first began Kaiut Yoga, I was immediately intrigued by the practice and kept coming back to the classroom, trying to understand just what this new thing was. And, it wasn’t only physical changes- I felt more relaxed, available to see more clearly and ‘lighter’ in my mindset. (Note: that’s a whole other blog topic).
Over time, I started to feel my body (and equally important, my mind) beginning to loosen up. Eventually I began to sense a depth of new understanding beginning to evolve. Quite simply put, there was this internal desire to come back to the mat. It was both relieving and enlivening- mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I didn’t experience all of my success immediately. It took time and most importantly consistency.
As I’ve matured in my practice, I’m more able to back out a bit and have what I would call a bird’s eye view.
Consistency has been an asset for me in so many ways:
- Regulation of the nervous system: We can’t deny that we operate in a highly over-charged culture. For me, I needed consistency in my practice as a reminder that there are other ways of being in the world. Less anxiety, less stress, more availability to interact with life “as it is”, not trying to mold things into what was most pleasing. Frankly, that just made me more anxious and irritable.
- Relationship to sensation: As an avid outdoorsman, when I started Kaiut Yoga I experienced a lot of sensation. Because I was so new to the work, I noticed from time-to-time I would rely on old habits (avoid sensitive areas, label it negatively, etc). It took consistency and familiarity with the method to develop a deeper understanding and connection to the sensitive places inside of me, but also to feel more confident that I was getting more connected with the natural, healing forces that are built into us.
- Freedom: With consistency comes freedom. Those tender places, they need to be approached on a consistent basis from various angles. While the areas loosen up, we have the opportunity to rebuild neural connections and develop more ‘connective’ pathways for the brain/body.
Over the past seven years, I am blessed to say that I’ve personally experienced more freedom in regards to my body on all levels. I’m truly humbled to be able to share this practice with you so that you can experience the same.
As always, I love hearing from you. If you’ve got questions to ask or successes to share, email me.
See you on the mat~
& the KYB crew