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Japanese yoga, also called Shin-shin-toitsu-do, was founded by Dr. Nakamura Tempu in the early 1900s. Shin-shin-toitsu-do, which means «the way of mind and body unification,» offers seated and moving meditation, breathing and stretching exercises, self-healing techniques and autosuggestions for thinking positive thoughts. The emphasis is on developing ki, or life force, and focusing on the hara, the area just below your navel, to help you realize your full potential.

Concentration

In his book «Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation,» H.E. Davey writes about Dr. Tempu’s «Four Principles to Unify Body and Mind,» which are the foundation of Shin-shin-toitsu-do: «Use the mind in a positive way; use the mind with full concentration; use the body naturally; train the body gradually, systematically and continuously.» To experience the power of concentration, Davey suggests an experiment. Bring your thumb and index finger together to form a ring, and ask a friend to pull it apart using his or her index fingers. Use your muscle strength to keep your fingers together. Then, try again but use your mind to imagine fully that your fingers are an indestructible iron ring. See what happens.

 

Autosuggestions

These autosuggestions help keep the mind positive. Before you go to bed at night, think positive thoughts one after another. Look in a mirror, state one positive sentence and watch your face between your eyebrows. When you arise the next morning, repeat the suggestion from the night before and repeat during the day.

Kumbhaka Breath

Kumbhaka breathing technique, adapted from Indian yoga, helps regulate your nervous system and settles you into your center. To do kumbhaka, relax and lower your shoulders, and keep your body tension-free without collapsing. Inhale and hold for several seconds as you focus on your lower abdomen, or hara. Exhale and pause before repeating the sequence.

Meditation

Two styles of meditation heighten your senses of sight and hearing. For Muga Ichi-Nen Ho, you gaze at and concentrate fully on an object such as a candle flame. With Anjo Daza Ho, you ring a bell and then focus on the tone.

Self-Healing Exercises

Called Hitori Ryoho, self-healing exercises include movement for your arms, shoulders, wrists, back, sides, abdomen, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, face and neck. The one called abdomen therapy involves placing your right palm on your abdomen, covering with your left palm and rubbing energetically in a clockwise motion around your navel to enhance blood circulation, relax torso muscles and improve digestion.

References:

«Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation»; H.E. Davey; 2001

Sennin Foundation: Japanese Yoga

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