What is Kaiut Yoga?

By AYC Instructor Tucker Shelton

The yoga of the ancients was designed to work with bodies that lived and grew very differently from how our modern bodies live and grow. Dwelling in caves, squatting constantly, the ancients did not spend any time in chairs. In today’s Western society we have a culture that revolves around chair sitting. We are taught to sit to learn in school. We sit to work. We sit to eat, to drive, to relax — in fact, you’re probably sitting right now to read this.

The truth is that your bones have grown while you were sitting. Your joints were molded by the way you sat, and now the majority of alignment issues, chronic pain, injury, and disease can be related back to sitting. This is the cornerstone upon which the Kaiut Yoga Method stands.

The Kaiut yoga method is a floor-based practice that utilizes gravity to unwind chronic restrictions in the joints. This practice is most easily comparable to Yin yoga in the sense that it involves long-held shapes and works with the joints. However, there are vast differences between these two styles of yoga.

In Kaiut yoga, we hold poses and utilize finely directed micro-engagements to release adhesions in the connective tissue, which both strengthens and opens the joints.

The results of Kaiut yoga are undeniable:

  • Chronic pain relief
  • Alleviation of inflammatory disease symptoms
  • Joint mobilization
  • Better sleep
  • Improved circulation

That’s just to name a few.

Kaiut yoga is designed for biomechanical optimization. It is a practice for all bodies, no exceptions. Tight athletes, hyper-flexible dancers, octogenarians with joint replacements, persons with chronic illness, traumatic injury survivors, and truly anyone with aches and stiffness from daily life will find juicy nourishment in this classroom.

This burgeoning modality is ready to take the world by storm, and Tucker Shelton is the only Kaiut yoga instructor in Asheville — and one of just two in North Carolina! Join Tucker’s Kaiut yoga class and experience the next evolution of yoga!

Look for Tucker’s Kaiut class on the AYC class schedule under the title “Therapeutic Yin” on Wednesdays 12:30-1:45 pm.

You can also get a deliciously deep dive into Kaiut by registering for Tucker’s Joint and Fascial Tissue Therapeutics Workshop on Thursday, September 13, 5:45-7:45 pm.