Where the Minimalist Movement and Kaiut Yoga Meet: Less is More
Minimalism is not the lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something. - Nicholas Burroughs
In recent years, the minimalist trend has been picking up speed. More and more people are looking to simplify their lives in order to maximize living.
As we continue along the Kaiut path, we hope we have inspired you around one central idea: Less is More.
The Less is More philosophy is minimalism in its purest form. With this idea in mind, below are 4 Kaiut concepts that reflect the minimalist framework.
The practice itself is simple: To make a deep neurologic change in the body, the Kaiut practice is designed to be simple. Throughout the sequences, you will notice that we repeat very simple shapes. It is this repetition that helps to retrain the brain and the body. Essentially we are teaching the body that it’s safe to regain these movements.
Less effort brings excellent results: It’s an American tendency to want to push hard and over press. We’re conditioned to ignore the body and press on. In the Kaiut classroom, you’ll hear us instruct you to meet your edge without engaging in overpressing. Neurologically speaking, when we effort for a particular pose the brain reads only effort. If we back off a bit, then the brain can read all the nuances regarding the function of the pose. This difference is why Kaiut Yoga is so effective in the management of pain and difficult cases.
Consistency is better than will: practicing with consistency is a key component to progression and results. When we practice out of will, we are beginning to practice out from an analytical mindset. Practice becomes a “have to” instead of “i feel like it”. Think of it this way. Ultimately, yoga is like hygiene. It’s something that we do to clean the system up. Brushing our teeth is a simple hygiene practice as well. We brush our teeth regularly because it’s become a habit over time. Brushing our teeth is not something that we will ourselves to do. We brush our teeth because it feels good. We brush our teeth consistently because it’s become a positive habit over time.
Enjoy the “empty” space: Often we have the tendency to want to fill empty spaces. Minimalism appreciates the empty spaces and sees the space between the lines as a restful retreat. We apply this same philosophy in Kaiut Yoga. In many ways, it’s the rest between the poses that is most productive and effective. Over time, we learn to not only have these times, we learn to enjoy them.
In many ways, it is the simplicity of Kaiut Yoga that keeps students engaged and successful. If you’re interested in pursuing simplicity and curious about Kaiut Yoga, take a look at our schedule. We’ve got classes in-person and online.