The teacher trainees
and others who were interested in this theme gathered at an Okido
Yoga residential seminar in the weekend of 21 - 23
February 2014, in Laren Dojo, Holland. After arrival on Friday evening,
participants enjoyed chamomile
Saturday morning till Sunday lunchtime, I gave a total of
lessons in 3 blocks. This was
the second intensive seminar on the same theme following February 2013,
Yoga, Asana is a practice of the state of dhyana in one action
whether it is static or dynamic. Body, Mind and Breathing are to
be united in
In order for the participants to
experience this, I neither chose advanced asanas due to their
different conditions nor asked them to do any poses so many times.
Instead, in their
first trial of one asana I explained the points
which must be
their awareness, and then I said, 'Now please do for the other side (or
more) under your own instruction'.
Engaging one's mind thus responsibly
is essential for this three-hold principle: coordinating Body, Mind and
I noticed any important points were not applied well, I
with somebody being a model. So, they had to observe more properly,
which is another important mental attitude for this process.
With slow and deep
approach, 3 hours of each block pass fast. When lying down for
they immediately respond: no lips are closed tightly, some are
gently snoring, nobody moves, silent time passes by, and then the
room changes its atmosphere. I silently stand or sit nearby, witnessing
Apart from my lessons, Mizue led the morning chanting with the Heart
explained the meaning of 'void' from the point of view of Okido Yoga.
teacher trainees also reviewed Do-in exercises with Hatsuko. The other
and Vera supported all to go smoothly in almost silent communication.
Participant's Report – Cathy Robbers
Every time I arrive at the dojo I realize what a special
it is and how easy it is to leave all thoughts behind when entering the
pleasantly surprised how many people joined the seminar. It was also
see that some people from the past attended, which made the start of
weekend even more joyful. It was
great to start with chamomile
compress on the liver area.
was a nice way to start the first day of the seminar weekend. The
sounds we produce
give vibrations in my chest and relax my mind.
did great preparation. The handouts were clear and it was nice that
during the exercises we could fully focus on our own feelings and
could be taken during the short breaks.
I also loved the long warming-up exercises with the
part. They really emptied my mind and I was fully ready and
asanas. The experience of lying on your back with the legs up
wall was special. I never knew that it would bring such a feeling of
After all this stretching it was good to do some kyoka-ho. The first
experienced was quite heavy. It was a 3-hour-long block and the
deep. I was pretty tired when lunch started.
After a good rest during lunch break I was ready and curious what the
would bring. Starting with dances from different cultures was so
joyful to do. The
laughter was good.
we worked on posture to get into the extended triangle pose was very
worked out great for me. Experiencing the postures and looking for your
boundaries or limits felt amazing. For me the
principle became even
more clear in this way and I was proud of my own performance. I had
never done the
base of the trikonasana so “easily” and more importantly
only struggling with the sphinx. That posture needs more investigation
to find a way to execute it more easily and without pain in arms or
and meditation, all my senses were on edge but I was at the same time
relaxed. Head was relaxed and clear. I felt very strong.
joined the do-in class during the evening. It appeared that Hatsuko and
explained some exercises different and therefore confusion arose. I
think it is
wise to make a new version of all exercises and spread that one among
always you make my day by starting with a long walk. Seeing the sun
hearing the nature waking up by singing birds and seeing spring come is
time a special gift.
first time during a longer walk I didn’t have stiff shoulders or
arms. My hara
part was still so powerful and that felt superior.
During her lessons, Tomoko
kept mentioning and showing the line ‘heels
– sitting bones
– shoulder blades – skull’, which worked out very
well for me. I learn best
when I repeat and see things often. Therefore I was also glad we
next day with the long warming-up and some exercises from the former
pleasantly surprised how easily I could get into the warrior pose and
it felt with the instructions given. The full trikonasana also went
weekend was a great follow up of Tomoko’s seminar of last year. I
a lot and this time the line from heel to skull was extra help in
the ‘do-be-do’ principle. It gives food for thought, and
also encouragement to
explore more at home.
had advised us in advance to read some parts of the book
‘Meditation Yoga’ in
order to prepare well for the seminar. It was very helpful.
weekend was intensification in my Okido study and the seminar made me
Participant's Report – Katrien Dermaux
Okido Yoga Teacher Training Course
standing positions are some of my favourite asanas, but I realized that
I hadn't really got them. Before this weekend seminar, I had
never put enough
weight or pressure on my foot at the back, which had made
put strain on the foot
and knee in front. Following how Tomoko suggested, I could feel
breathing was better, I was more stable and could stay much longer in
without "struggling". My upper body felt lighter.
was my third weekend seminar with Tomoko and I was looking forward to
general, it felt like a deepening of experiences that I lived during
weekend last year.
principles of do - be -do, not going to the "end point" in one go,
but with intermediate stops at which you reconsider: "do I go
further?" or "do I reset?" went deeper into my mind and body.
These stops were not a simple break or rest in the exercise, but really
for evaluation of mind and body. I felt once more that the most difficult part
is not to "do", but to "be" and really feel what my body
wants, more than
thinking what my mind wants to achieve. And this without
having bad feelings of giving up when I push the reset button.
it amazing on the first day, how quickly the day passed. In the late
I first felt as if I was still completely fresh, not having done a
until the moment where I was really calm and reflective enough to
relaxed I was. And in my whole body,
every muscle, every nerve seemed to be completely relaxed. My breathing
calm and deep. My breathing tells me how
my posture and my mind are and this time it told me that I was very relaxed and
down to earth.