The first part
of the seminar was ‘Yoga and
Non-salt Half Fasting’ in Mr Koji Kunikiyo’s guidance.
Tamaki wrote about it as follows:
The whole week was meant to cleanse what had accumulated in
body since birth or sometimes before birth. When people don’t
feel good, they
are busy with what to take but not with what to get rid of. A natural
of the body is to get rid of what is not necessary, but this function
withstand all the toxins that are taken in, produced in the digestive
is a traditional way to help the body to get rid of
accumulated toxins. However, most fasting regimes are too extreme for
mind and it often leads one to a rebound after the period of
Non-salt Half Fasting system is mild, but not less effective. And
it has proven to be effective for slowing down the aging process,
lower back pain, constipation, etc., that is to say for helping
which cannot be found anatomical causes. By eating less,
changing habits of your eating style, you can cleanse your body.
non-salt?' is a very important topic. I will write about it at another
Anyway, even participants
who have studied
about diet before and seriously practiced for many years get amazed by
the knowledge gained in their direct experience of non-salt fasting and
how the life force
exercises also accelerate cleansing process. The daily
programme alternated between exercises and theory study taught by Mr
study was not study of physiology on the paper but through your own
body. You learn to listen to the life force. This is Yoga.
Kunikiyo has been teaching in Laren since 1992. A non-salt fasting seminar
began in Laren several years ago.
I experience and study with the participants, the
naturally develops in me, for the fact that we are enabled to live by
|The second part
was ‘Okido Yoga Special’. The
programme featured four teachers who directly learnt from Oki-sensei:
Tatsumura, Mizue Tamaki, Tomoko Mori and Hatsuko Kanazawa.
On Saturday Evening
when all programmed lessons were completed, there was held a question
answer session. This was so good as I thought it was the best Q & A
I had ever attended after Oki-sensei’s death. In the panel there
these four teachers
and Ronald Boin, who was trained under Laren‘s teacher training
1990’s, has been a dedicated Okido Yoga teacher for 25 years and
in Laren Dojo as Mizue’s right-hand person for a long time.
were collected at lunch break, were coherently presented by Anna
Mackenzie as follow:
* Did you have any Yoga experience before
going to the Dojo?
* Do you
remember your first impression of the holistic approach of
Master Oki towards Yoga?
* How do
you see the holistic approach to Yoga practice at the present
time in the world?
* In your
experience over all these years, please comment on how Okido
Yoga philosophy and practical application supports the student through
down into old habits, coming up, doing well, and falling back again.
* So, how
to find balance and continuously cope with the changes that
* Is Okido
Yoga a religion?
Break was taken here. By this time, about one hour passed by.
* You have
all lived a life being yoga teachers for a long time. While
still remaining true to the ethical principles of yoga, I would like to
your thoughts on how to balance the spiritual aspects with the business
of teaching Okido Yoga.
* What did Master Oki say about the future of Okido Yoga, and what was
his vision of the future?
* What do
you think of his words about the future now, after
gaining rich experience of teaching?
* What are
your future visions for Okido Yoga?
second generation teachers, what do you expect of your student
teachers, the third generation; many are not Japanese?
questions were digging out what the teachers in the panel have in
flesh and blood and in thought and experience. As they faced these
questions and expressed themselves honestly, the contents and
deeper and deeper. I could recall Oki-sensei’s Q & A
question was made by a 77-year-old
Japanese woman, who
impressed everybody with
her remarkable smiles and positive energy input beyond language
all activities during her stay.
I’m going to be 80 in 3 years' time and some physical problems
occurring. It makes me insecure/worrying. How do I prepare my mind?
should I keep as a principle in my mind?
answered, ‘Imagine what kind of old person you respect and love.
And try to be such a person.’
hours had passed by, we ended the session. The questions helped
the teachers face their honest inner voices. Therefore the answers were
thoughtful, long and deep, especially the one on religion. All
felt and commented it was truly wonderful, rich and blessing. Later, I
said to Mizue, who usually worries how it goes, ‘It went very
well, didn’t it?’
She replied, ‘Yes, because we joined
our efforts and abilities together.’ I thought: Ah, yes, this is
Oki-sensei said about Okido Yoga and the dojo life. There is no single
standing out, but everybody joins their efforts and abilities together
eating from the same pot.