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How Kaiut Yoga Can Help You Build Muscle from the Inside Out

When most of us think about strengthening muscles, the image of the gym often comes to mind- the clinking of weights, the whirring of machines, the sweat-drenched exertion. It’s a scene that’s familiar to most of us, and for good reason- traditional fitness routines have long emphasized this outward approach to building strength. However, we’d like to propose a different point of view: Kaiut Yoga.

From the Kaiut perspective, the focus shifts from isolated muscle groups to the intricate network of joints that govern our movements. It’s a subtle yet profound shift in perspective- one that invites us to explore the body’s inner landscape and cultivate strength from the inside out.

One of the fundamental principles of Kaiut Yoga is the recognition that tightness or discomfort in one area of the body can have far-reaching effects, leading to compensatory patterns and potential injury, even pain.  By targeting the joints- such as the hips, shoulders, and spine- students can release tension and create space within the body, facilitating greater range of motion and functional strength. Rather than isolating muscles through repetitive exercises, Kaiut Yoga encourages a more integrated approach, where the entire body works in harmony to support movement and stability. Our joints become a central mechanism in our model of building strength and tone in the system over time.

Here are the top 4 ways that we develop tone through the Kaiut practice:

  1. Longer holds: holding poses for extended durations fatigues the primary muscle groups, enabling deeper access to latent structures within the body that need reintegration.
  2. Activating the PAWS: by stimulating the hands and feet, we initiate a ripple effect of toning that resonates throughout the entire body rather than targeting an isolated area. This approach fosters balance and strength across multiple muscle groups and classifications of tissue, enhancing overall stability and neurologic functionality through and around joint structure.
  3. Activating and holding while opening the joints: maintaining an open joint while actively holding a weight (ie. a bolster, block, or sandbag) fosters comprehensive toning across the body’s structure, reawakening areas that have been neurologically disconnected or under- nourished over time.
  4. Standing passively: Kaiut Yoga, the seemingly passive act of standing serves as a catalyst for muscle toning within the system. This approach stems from the belief that nature inherently fosters muscle tone, with the foundation lying in the feet’s ability to passively conform to various surfaces, activating and harmonizing the entire body.
  5. Working from the parasympathetic mode: often termed the “growth and repair mode”, the parasympathetic nervous system facilitates the body’s rebuilding phase, crucial for building muscle mass and structural integrity as well as building resilience for the system.

Incorporating Kaiut Yoga into a daily practice offers a refreshing alternative to traditional fitness modalities, inviting students to explore movement from a new perspective. By prioritizing joint mobility, this approach empowers individuals to build strength and resilience from the inside out. As the body learns to move more freely and efficiently, the benefits of Kaiut Yoga extend far beyond the confines of the yoga mat, enriching every aspect of life with vitality and well-being.