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Published September 30th 2012
Wonderful Japanese Yoga
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I saw the sign for Japanese yoga in front of Affordable Fitness in Balmain and I was intrigued. "What is Japanese yoga?" I thought," I've never heard of it." I was soon to find out as I decided to try a Japanese yoga class.
Japanese yoga is a yoga practice which changes in accordance with the seasons. Based on the four seasons, fall, winter, summer, and spring you do different movements and focus on different parts of the body. Japanese yoga is also similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture which focuses on the meridians in the body in order to heal specific parts of the body. Since I began in spring, we focused on the liver and gall bladder, which represents a detox in the body (we detox from the liver) and new beginnings.
Jacole practising an earth posture to transition between the seasons
I was fascinated by this seasonal approach to yoga. It made sense to me that our bodies follow the same rhythms of the seasons. After a class I feel revitalized and restored with the dynamic movements which are different from traditional yoga. Jacole Toope is the friendly down to earth Japanese yoga teacher at Affordable Fitness. I've really enjoyed her classes and learned so much from thinking about my body's needs according to the seasons. I asked her what led her to this style of yoga.
She said she's always loved yoga in general but with Japanese yoga she got real results from it. She had had some back issues and was able to heal them through Japanese yoga. And each class is different so the movements are never repetitive or boring. Of course I had to do some further research and find out who invented this marvelous style of yoga? Nakamura Tempu, a Japanese martial artist in the early 1900's spent two and a half years in in the Nepalese and Indian region and learned traditional Indian yoga. He fused this style of yoga with Japanese principles, isolating the movements to specific parts of the body and voila Japanese yoga was born.
Check out one of Jacole's classes. She teaches all over Sydney. Japanese yoga is very different from traditional yoga and I feel so refreshed and relaxed after a class, give it a try and you will feel the difference too.