Japanese Yoga also commonly known as Okido yoga or Ki yoga, has the ability to enhance your well-being by improving your strength and fitness levels, enhancing digestion, circulation and reducing stress and cortisol levels. Japanese yoga also relieves mild to severe back pain and assists those with anxiety and insomnia.
Japanese Yoga is a very therapeutic form of yoga – working with the meridians (energetic pathways) as Zen Shiatsu or accupuncture. There is focus on developing the core (the Hara) and stimulating ki (energy) around the body. It is a dynamic, strong and sometimes vigorous style of yoga involving movement and asanas (postures) with the breath in a specific way.
Japanese yoga changes in accordance with the seasons and the time of day. It aligns the body with the changes of each season, concentrating on the appropriate meridians and organs for each season according to the principles of Eastern Medicine (in the West, commonly well known as ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ and the Five Element Theory).
A large component of our classes are done laying on the back and front of the body in order to intensely work on the internal body. Intrinsic to the philosophy of Japanese yoga is that if we fix the internal body – the digestive organs, the circulation, our respiration, the reproductive system and the endocrine system, then the appearance of the outer body, our moods, emotions and behaviour change.
For many people, Japanese yoga can serve as a complete health maintenance system, and works along the premise of the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Part of traditional Japanese yoga lifestyle is to include a wholefoods diet – including fresh seasonal produce. If this element is of interest, we will be running regular Workshops on Macrobiiotic/Seasonal Eating and the Five elements.
How often do I need to do Japanese yoga to experience the benefits?
Attending just one class a week will give you noticeable benefits – improved mood, increased circulatory system and digestion.
The best results are gained from attending 2 to 3 times a week – that’s when you’ll see big changes – toning the body, burning calories and maintaining a more balanced emotional state.
The therapeutic nature of Japanese yoga shows improvements in your health very quickly & gives a wonderful sense of wellbeing. It really is a complete health maintenance system if done three times a week and a macrobiotic or wholefoods diet incorporated.
How do you lose weight with yoga?
Unlike many other forms of yoga, Japanese yoga is a dynamic, sometimes vigorous form of yoga. It also includes a lot of ‘little big moves’ – in other words…it might be a small movement, but you’re using mighty strength to achieve it. The heart rate is increased and sustained in bursts with this form of yoga. We also can target specific areas such as flabby butts & thighs, ‘wings’ on upper arms and bulging bellies. Yoga alone will not shed enough calories to make a big difference if weight loss is what you are after. For substantial weight loss, we recommend our low impact UBOUND cardio classes.
I’m not Flexible enough. How can I do yoga?
The body is amazing at adapting to whatever it is subjected to. You do not need to be flexible to start yoga, infact you NEED to do yoga if your body is not flexible! As the body ages, our fascia throughout the body can build up with adhesions especially around joint areas, and you’ll lose range of movement and become stiff.
By doing yoga to the best of our abilities, we achieve results. Yoga is not about obtaining the perfect asana. It is about doing it to the best of your capability on the day, and still getting results. Through attending regular class, even just once a week the body will benefit and movement capability will improve vastly.
Benefits of doing Japanese yoga include:
- Improved digestion and metabolism.
- Increased immunity and better circulatory system.
- Switching off the Sympathetic Nervous System \(Fight or Flight).
- Detoxifying the Liver.
- Improved oxygenation to our cells.
- Improved joints and flexibility.
- Balancing the upper and lower body, and the left & the right side of the body.
- Better structural stability.
- Calming the adrenal glands which improves stress & anxiety
- Improved focus and clarity of mind
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