Telluride, Colorado is one of the most incredible places you’ll ever explore. Mountains and the mesmerizing leaves of Aspen trees are everywhere you look. Playful pups splashing in cool, trickling streams along walking trails are a pleasure to watch. Waterfalls, meadows, and lakes are hidden like gems on hiking paths. Clear nights filled with stars brighten the sky. Bright lights illuminate main street highlighting restaurants, apothecaries, people, and fun. Something special connects everything here.
If you’ve never been, you don’t know. How could you? How could you “really” know?
One sunny day in July 2017, Yvonne Mosser’s Kaiut Yoga came highly recommended. “You have to check this class out! Yvonne teaches 10 classes a week and they are all full.” As a recent yoga teacher graduate, I had to find out what she was doing so I could fill my own classes! Sure enough, the class was full. There were at least 40 people in class from 16 years to 70. What I found was not what I expected. I had never been to Kaiut Yoga. So, I didn’t know.
The first thing Yvonne said was, “Lay down on your mat, bolster behind your head, soles of your feet on the mat, and knees toward the ceiling.” I thought, “Wow! This is nice. We get to rest!” Within the next few poses, Yvonne said, “Keep the bolster under your hands, reach your arms toward the back wall, and straighten your elbows.” Now, there were MANY thoughts going through my head, “What??!!, Why can’t I do this?, Why aren’t my elbows straight? Why don’t my arms touch the floor? This is why I can’t reach my arms toward the ceiling in a “flow” yoga class!, Why haven’t I ever seen this pose?” My initial thoughts turned toward a different theme as the minutes in the pose increased. I started FEELING the pose. My thoughts stopped without effort. I was feeling and experiencing my body in a new way. All within a system that was calm, unhurried, and quiet.
As a former springboard diver, this pose is important to me. Well executed dives are judged equally for aesthetics and technical completion. Clean alignment from the tips of the toes to clasped hands upon entry score the best points. A few things became clear to me, “I have either lost or never had full mobility for a perfect “splashless” dive. I don’t currently have the range of motion in my shoulders to stand in a “flow” yoga class with my hands over my head.” And, finally, “There is hope. I can actually feel my shoulders release as gravity and a sense of calm access a very different part of me.” The intelligence of my own system.
I expected to find entertainment, exhaustion, and fun in Yvonne’s class. Instead, I found my own physical reality, a place beyond my personality, and hope. Something special connects every part of me. That “thing” knows what I need to heal, increase mobility, and reach my potential. And, Yes! I do want to maintain the ability to blow-dry my hair and put the dishes away as I continue to age.
And so it is, if you have never been to visit Telluride, or the intelligence behind your personality, you will never know that both are worthy of spending some time.
Kaiut Yoga Teacher in Training
P.S. After practicing The Kaiut Method regularly for 7 months, my arms have found the floor and I can straighten my elbows. Working within a calm nervous system is an effective way to increase mobility, heal, and work through trauma. It makes sense and I have never seen yoga addressed in this way.