Hi, my name is Stephen. I’m a husband, a father, a teacher, and a Kaiut Yoga practitioner just to name a few. I met Francisco about 5 years ago. I didn’t know it then, but he was about to introduce me to a practice that would profoundly influence the course of my life. I had been teaching vinyasa for almost 6 years and was hooked on downward dogs.
My classes were popular, yet I witnessed in myself and my students chronic injuries in every major joint from the feet to the hips to the shoulders to the neck that were not improving. There seemed to be an unspoken understanding that we were all supposed to just live with the pain and imbalance. In retrospect, I’m not surprised that I also felt fragmented and disconnected. I had an understanding of what the fruition of yoga might be for a practitioner, but it wasn’t happening for me.
My friend and fellow teacher, Michelle, invited me to a Kaiut Yoga class. I was hesitant about yet another kind of yoga, however, I respected Michelle so I went to check it out. It was different than anything I had experienced before. It wasn’t rigorous, yet it was intense. I didn’t sweat, but I did meet myself. It was edgy and uncomfortable. After class, I felt a tremendous sense of liberation; however, I wasn’t really sure how or why. I continued taking classes from Francisco whenever he was in town.
In 2014 I met my now-wife, Sara, and that winter she accompanied me to Francisco’s classes. This time it was different. I had fractured my foot several months earlier and this triggered severe pain and numbness through my leg up to my hip, where I had been run over by a car as a child. The break and ensuing arthritic inflammation made it painful for me to move and I worried that it would get worse and one day I wouldn’t be able to walk. This injury was a portal for me to deepen my understanding and commitment of Francisco’s work. This time it somehow sunk into my bones. I felt to my core what this work could do for me, and what it could do for others.
I’ve been practicing Kaiut Yoga on a daily basis ever since and now teach only this style of yoga. I have more healthy mobility from my pelvis through my feet now than I did before I broke my foot. My wrist and shoulder issues, exacerbated by years of overuse and excessive downward dogs, are also diminishing. The chronic pain in both places has been dramatically reduced. The freedom that I now feel in my body and mind is beyond my wildest dreams. In Kaiut Yoga I’ve found a holistic practice that I can root into whether I’m fatigued or exhilarated, joyous or heartbroken. I’ve found a practice that meets me no matter what is going on in my body and life. Life still occurs, there’s still suffering for me, but now I have a different way to meet it. More than ever before, I have an ability to be with what is.
Kaiut Yoga helps me to be strong and mobile, present and centered, and free. Francisco’s technique and studies are nothing short of mind-blowing.