Okido yoga training, with Tomoko Mori (UK)
A week for people who are looking to bring more harmony between mind and body and encounter life force with refreshed creative motivation. A unique opportunity for body workers, yoga students and teachers to experience and learn how an integrated view works.
We are aiming to offer an intensive, yet amiable way for you to reflect upon your daily routine on both physical and mental levels, then to become self-responsible both happily and creatively and to become more harmonious with other people.
Okido Yoga, founded by a Japanese master, Masahiro Oki, is a comprehensive and modern version of classic yoga combined with the Japanese Zen tradition. Practice of Okido Yoga approaches to diet, breath, movement, mind-heart, and interaction with other people, considering life holistically.
According to Oki sensei, three keys of yoga practice are: Natural State of Body, Natural State of Mind, and Coordinated Breathing. With the important motto: Force Not, Waste Not, but Continue.
He explained about four essential points to keep a natural state of body, which are: Keep your muscles flexible, Keep your spine stretched, Keep your breath deep, and Keep your blood clean. For our mind-heart, he said: comparing with other animals, only human beings have a good conscience; so-called Buddha nature, or holy nature. This is nature of human being as much as we can acknowledge our spontaneous desires and emotions are natural ones. So, we are to cultivate our own ways to transform desires and emotions to positive ones so that these can be helpful for our development, as he explained this view by his casual words in ‘Last Lectures’.
Tomoko Mori, together with Paul Bauwens and Bert Lambrechts.
7.00 – 8.00 a.m.
- Morning exercises: do-in, chanting, meridian stretching, qi-gong.
- Breakfast at 8.00 a.m.
9.00 – 12.00 p.m. :
- Jokaho : purification exercises
- Pranayama: breathing exercises
- Asana: yoga poses
- Kyokaho: hara strengthening exercises and dynamic games
3.00 – 6.00 p.m. :
- Meridian exercises, stretching, dance, group discussion, herbal walk, make some lovely snacks (sushi)
- Shusei Taiso and Asana: corrective exercises, posture and yoga poses
8.00 – 9.30 p.m. :
- Relaxing time: ginger compresses or ginger oil massage, group discussion, walking, moxa, or shiatsu …
All above Okido Yoga physical exercises are designed to correct imbalance, coordinate breathing and movement, and focus strength on the centre of gravity (hara) as bringing softness in the upper body. The exercises take forms as individual, with a partner or working in a group. Whether dynamic or static, they help recreating a stable physical condition and leading to comfort of relaxation or meditation.
Tomoko Mori (JP)
Tomoko (°1954) studied in Mishima Dojo under Masahiro Oki Sensei 1980-1984, and in 1984 started her life in the United Kingdom, working for Okido Yoga activities. Since then, she has been searching her teaching ways and gradually developing her subtle yet deeply-penetrating ways. She approaches to Okido Yoga practical philosophy using various physical exercises. Conversely, she stresses that the Okido Yoga practical philosophy, when put into practice, enhances effects of these physical exercises. Tomoko is the principal teacher of Okido Natural Health Education Trust Ltd, a UK-based charitable organization (www.okidoyoga.org.uk ). Before entering Okido Yoga, she studied geography and mathematics at Japanese universities. She lives in England and has raised four children.
Bert Lambrechts (B)
Marcella Geijsen (B)
Arrival : Sunday at 3.00 p.m.
Departure: Saturday 2.00 p.m.
• 525 euro, full board, twin room, all lessons, tea
• 495 euro, if paid before June 1st
• 465 euro for your partner or child, if paid before June 1st
(Single room + 100 euro)
DATES: From 17 JUL To 24 APR, 2016
DURATION: 7 days
COST: 465-525 euros
LOCATION: Antwerp, Belgium
The International School of Shiatsu
tel: + 323 309 17 02