Japanese Yoga is a very distinctive yoga form that changes in sync with the seasons. Based on which season it is – fall, winter, summer or spring, you perform various movements and the focus of the exercises is on different parts of the body. This yoga form is similar to conventional Chinese acupuncture in that it focuses on different meridians in the body, to help heal specific parts of the anatomy.

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A peek into Japanese Yoga history

In the early 1900’s, a Japanese martial artist named Nakamura Tempu, spent 2 ½ years in the Indian & Nepalese region; and studied traditional Indian yoga. From all these studies, he identified certain universal principles that helped enhance the unity of body & mind. He combined this learning & yoga styles with different Japanese principles and isolated movements related to specific body parts – that’s how Japanese Yoga was born.

By 1919, Nakamura Tempu had begun teaching his own style of yoga; it was called Shin-shin-toitsu-do and he continued to develop it right until his death in the year 1968- he was 92 at the time.

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Some more history…

Tohei Koichi who was born in 1920, became a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido and before long, he became highly-regarded in this space. Soon after the war, Sensei Tohei met Sensei Nakamura. Through the teachings of the latter, he realised that the principles that Nakamura was propagating, were very essential in making Akido more effective.

At that point of time, he held the position of Chief Instructor at the headquarters of Akido, in Tokyo. Here, he began incorporating various exercises from Shin-shin-toitsu-do into his teachings. In the year 1966 he authored a highly-acclaimed book called ‘Aikido in Daily Life’.

To a certain degree, it was influenced by things he had learned from Nakamura. Later in 1973, he went ahead and founded his very own style called Shin-shin-toitsu aikido. This was essentially a trimmed & adapted version that incorporated akido techniques along with those taught by Nakamura.

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Motivations of learning Japanese Yoga

Today, Japanese Yoga is making its presence felt, not just in Australia, but across the world too. Many people wonder if this form of yoga is for them. Take a look at what some of the motivations of learning Japanese Yoga can be:

  • Help you deal with any ongoing physical/mental issues such as body pain caused by performing repetitive actions, sleep issues, anxiety/depression, digestive problems, weight loss etc.
  • You want to take control of your health
  • You feel you need to improve posture, create flexibility and build your strength from inside out
  • Enhance your existing exercise/yoga program
  • Involve yourself in a regimen that will help you strengthen your mind and body

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Take a look at how you benefit from doing Japanese Yoga

Improves mental clarity

Japanese Yoga is an excellent form of exercise. It is very effective in relaxing your mind and helps you de-stress. Even as it does this, it helps improve your mental clarity.

Enhances flexibility & muscle tone

It is the best form of exercise to maintain the flexibility of your body. It assures you are able to be physically agile and helps improve bone health as well as overall fitness.

Releases mental & emotional tension

This form of yoga is an excellent relaxation technique. Practising it helps release endorphins in your system and helps reduce stresses.

For any more information about how Japanese Yoga can help you regain flexibility, strength and maintain overall health, please call New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management at this number – 02 9958 2277. You can also use this contact us form to connect with us.

Best Regards,
Corey Iskenderian