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Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation Paperback – May 1, 2001
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"I think that this is a great book for anyone interested in meditation and healing techniques."
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"Will make many yogis feel right at home. . . Davey's readable, friendly guide is definitely worth a look." -- Yoga Journal, July 2002
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Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation is part of Stone Bridge Press's MICHI: JAPANESE ARTS AND WAYS series. From chado--"the Way of tea"--to budo--"the martial Way"--Japan has succeeded in spiritualizing a number of classical arts. The names of these skills often end in Do, also pronounced Michi, meaning the "Way." By studying a Way in detail, we discover vital principles that transcend the art and relate more broadly to the art of living itself. Featuring the work of H. E. Davey and other select authors, books in the series MICHI: JAPANESE ARTS AND WAYS focus on these Do forms. They are about discipline and spirituality, about moving from the particular to the universal... to benefit people of any culture.
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If you are practicing Yoga for some time, you will know that Yoga is not all postures. Living life to its maximum is yoga; letting that universal energy flow through you uninterrupted is yoga. The author writes about the teachings of his master - Nakamura sensei. While acknowledging the roots of Japanese Yoga lies in the ancient practice from India, Nakamura sensei went on to form the foundations of Japanese yoga through his own interpretations and experiences.
As with staying positive, concentration of the mind is a big part of the book. There are several exercises/techniques (candle gazing, listening to the fading of the ringing bells to eternity) explained in the book and how, with such exercises once can connect to the universal energy. The exercise with a pendant is a simple and profound way to illustrate the effects of the mind on the body. You will find the many gentle stretching and ki stimulating exercises easy to learn and practice. This is one of the yoga books that I could read through without the express need to 'know' the steps of postures, the sequences and combinations of different categories of postures, etc, etc.
I found the book to be simple and devoid of the numerous asanas that one needs to learn to 'practice' yoga. You need to read quite a bit of the book to get a sense of what Dynamic Meditation is. That's how this book is different. If Yoga were to be condensed into a two-page booklet readied for a crash course, then there wouldn't be so many books on the subject. Each author and each way of yoga uses a different and often unique way to get the message across. H. E. Davey speaks from his own experience and practice in writing this book and in it you will find a different and welcome way of practicing yoga. This book will be a unique addition to your Yoga library.
Yesterday I decided to resume the exercises again and even on the first day I limbered up and my stance improved. Of course I can only perform the positions 50-60% of the poses as pictured, but I will continue until I can come close to 90%.
Very easy to read, shows some exercices of cohordination mind- body ( so called "shin shin toitsu do") and explains what's the meaning of "unification mind- body", i.e. a way to use better our own energy.
It's important to say that the writer does not want to "sell" any religion or truth: this kind of yoga is good to enhance our abilities, whatever we do, but it's not in any way a faith he's forcing to believe in.
For people practicing aikido is interesting too, because many teachers (like Koichi Tohei) took these teachings and used them to perform a better aikido, more powerful and calm.
It was exciting for me to read the first authentic introduction to Nakamura Tempu Sensei and his methods in English. I was really interested in how the principles and methods I knew in Japanese were explained in English. And while I was reading the book, I felt as if I was enjoying some familiar foods in an overseas country thousands of miles away from my hometown. I also noticed that the author tried to make every effort to help readers understand the essence of Shin-shin-toitsu-do.
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Ki Aikido has adopted a number of these principles & techniques.
Tempu, founder of Japanese Yoga, referred to it as "Shin Shin Toitsu Do" -...Read more