All Seishindo Practices A~Z

This page lists all Seishindo Practices in alphabetical order.

  • 1… Breathe, 2… Breathe

    This is a very simple Seishindo Practice and yet it embodies an important principle of Seishindo – In almost all instances people overheat their system when talking about their perceived challenges. In Seishindo we pay attention to assure that the words we speak are fully supported by a relaxed physiology and copious amounts of oxygen. When ...

  • Active Dreaming

    This Active Dreaming will take you about 30-45 minutes to explore. The first time around you are advised to read through all of Level 1 (Steps 1-8) once or twice before beginning, so you feel confident you know what to do. Level 2 on the other hand, can be gone through step by step as ...

  • Balance in a fluid environment (Video)

    This video shows a protocol based on the practice of Ki Aikido. When we balance our body, we tend to balance our thinking and our emotions as well. When we balance our whole self we feel more alive and at ease in the world.

  • Body + Language = Emotional Experience

    We fully realize that this exercise might prove to be a bit too complicated for you to try out without having attended a Seishindo workshop. Nonetheless, this is one of THE classic Seishindo exercises and thus we wanted to introduce you to the concepts involved. Hopefully you will enjoy your exploration. We have not included hormonal ...

  • Breath-Talking

    This Practice will help you become more solution oriented by learning how to use your breath to calm your thinking mind, and thus communicate more clearly.

  • Breathing Together, Becoming One

    This is a very simple Practice, and yet it is one of the most powerful in the entire Seishindo repertoire. As usual I suggest reading through all of the instructions before actually beginning. This Practice requires at least one partner. You can do this Practice with a friend, a spouse, your child, a colleague, a fellow student. ...

  • Breathing With Grace and Power

    Open expansive breathing and your physical and emotional well being are very much intertwined. Exapansive breathing = Life…  Expansive breathing = An oxygen rich blood supply…  Expansive breathing = Movement…  Expansive breathing = Calmness… Expansive breathing = Freedom. Most everyone has a tendency to restrict their breathing when they are frightened, anxious, or feeling overwhelmed. It ...

  • Connecting and extending out into the world

    This Practice is meant to help you further develop your sense of being connected to other life forms in the world. Friends, allies, enemies, colleagues, loved ones, family members, people with similar interests and concerns, animals, nature, art. When we feel connected we tend to feel more empowered and more at ease. When we feel connected to ...

  • Do nothing (Being vs Doing)

    In this Practice you are invited to feel the difference between “being” and “doing.” The difference between exciting the nervous system as a way of preparing for action, and quieting the nervous system as a way of preparing for action. You can experience letting your somatic intelligence take over getting the task done. Trusting in ...

  • Heartbeat Breath—Calming Breath

    If you are in your own space it is nice to do this practice with some low and slow background music playing. If you choose music with lyrics, be certain that the lyrics do not distract you. As you go through this practice you might notice that your body takes on a subtle rocking motion. Although ...

  • Heartbeat Mantra For General Calming

    The Heartbeat Mantra Practice is an excellent Practice for developing a state of calmness. It is especially good to do if you find yourself becoming excessive in your thinking, or if you are feeling stressed. [You will need to understand how to perform the Heartbeat Breathing Practice in order to take part in this process. If ...

  • I am – a Concept of time and identity

    “Whatever you believe in today, makes a specific tomorrow that much more likely.” Learn how to formulate your intentions in a more productive manner. Find out why telling yourself what you want to accomplish, often will take you further away from your goal. This Practice assumes you have an issue, relationship, or circumstance in your life that ...

  • Jazz Chanting

    It is a fairly new Seishindo Practice and my clients and myself have been finding it to be particularly enjoyable, and effective in helping to bring about a change in the way we approach what we perceive to be “problems.” 1. State your “problem” or what you want to be able to accomplish. If you are stating ...

  • Katsugen Undo

    The basics for this exercise are taken from Haruchika Noguchi Sensei and “Noguchi Seitai”. “Seitai” basically means “properly ordered body.” (If you go to the “Video Practices” section of our site, you will find a video lesson of the basic protocol I am presenting here. Likely much easier for you to follow as you watch me ...

  • Katsugen Undo on a ball (Video)

    This video teaches you the exercise protocol known as “Katsugen Undo” as developed by Haruchika Noguchi sensei. Noguchi Sensei was the originator of Noguchi Seitai. By following the protocol shown you will little by little, release muscular holding patterns and feel more relaxed and “in the moment”. In simple terms Noguchi Sensei said that we all ...

  • Lucky or Unlucky?

    Take a few moments when you are in a quiet space, to note down four times/events/relationships in your life that were seemingly very important at the time of occurrence. Best to choose “two and two” meaning two times that you felt lucky or blessed, and two times when you felt unlucky, or cursed. Place these four ...

  • Melting The Thinking Mind

    So often in life we ineffectively try to take control of ourselves when we find that we are caught in a trap of worry and excess thinking. Rather than trying to conquer or tame your thinking mind, this Practice offers you the experience of simply letting it melt away, like a piece of ice on ...

  • Old Memories, New Learnings

    Here is a Practice that I have found very helpful. It is an important Practice because it gives you the opportunity to change the meaning that past events have for you. In Seishindo we believe that we often face continuing difficulties not because of what has taken place in our lives, but because of what ...

  • Only Don’t Know

    This practice is designed to help you dissolve your usual sense of “knowing” about the world you live in and who you are. It can help you to open up to new ways of thinking and perceiving, and assist you in creating the future you want to work towards fulfilling. You will most likely want to ...

  • Only one, Only moving, Only calm

    You can initially perform this practice as you follow the instructions step by step on your computer screen. In a short while you will find that you no longer need to read the instructions and you can just take a pleasant wandering journey on your own. Then you might find that your experience deepens and ...

  • Open Perspective

    1. Make a statement of intention stated in “positive” terms as to what you would like to accomplish today. 2. Turn your statement of intention into an “I am” statement. Here is how to develop an “I am” statement: Make believe that you have already achieved the results of something you would like to work on during the ...

  • Opposites Attract

    This Practice can help you to have a fuller, more appreciative perception of yourself. It has proven to be a Practice that helps people to feel more at ease with who they are, and takes away the need to label yourself in a manner that is restrictive in nature. So often in life we state things ...

  • Peak Performance Coach Var.#1

    The main thrust of this Practice is to help you to begin to understand the early stages of peak performance states. Rather than “trying” to achieve a peak performance state, and wondering why it isn’t quite happening yet, this Practice is designed to help you start from where you are, and begin the journey from ...

  • Relaxing into Awareness

    Once you can do this practice without looking at your notes, it’s great to perform this practice in front of a mirror when one is available. Please sit comfortably, with your hands on your lap, and your feet placed firmly on the floor. ___________ 1) Please state in a calm, clear voice: “Now I am aware of seeing ……” (Name ...

  • Releasing into the floor

    Lie on your back, on a mat, or a carpeted floor. If your body is really supple you can lie directly on a warm floor. If you can do so, lay on the floor without any pillows or anything else underneath you. If it hurts you to do so, use a pillow under your knees or wherever ...

  • Releasing Into Your Mood

    During this practice you will listen to a varied range of musical selections (Up tempo, slow tempo, music without words, music with touching lyrics, etc). It is important to choose a wide range of music so that you can feel how different music genres affect you. Choose a minimum of about fifteen minutes of music ...

  • Riding the Horse

    Think of the image of riding a horse, and the position you would be in while riding. This is the basic position that you are to assume now. Feet at shoulder width, knees bent as much as makes sense for you and your current physical condition. Breathe fully in and out through your nose. Your abdomen should ...

  • Seishindo Anger Management – say both “Yes” and “No” (Video)

    I have spent years studying and teaching Aikido, and along the way I have gleaned a lot of valuable information regarding managing anger. In this video, I share some of my learnings with you. I talk about how to slow down and be more present, the “real meaning” of what people are communicating when they ...

  • Self-regulating Steady States

    This Practice can give you a first hand experience of how you can use your own personal speed governor to regulate the overall speed of your system. Coming in touch with “too much and too little” will help you to find the Goldilocks place of “juusst right.” In Seishindo workshops we usually work with people sitting ...

  • Somatic Self-Hypnosis

    This Practice is rather unique, yet still quite simple to perform. In order to make the instructions as clear as possible, the instructions read quite a bit longer than when I teach this Practice in person. The purpose of this Practice is to help you understand how the way you use your body creates a different ...

  • Stand in “Hanmi”

    This is a basic activity taken from Aikido and further elaborated on for our purposes in Seishindo. Performing this Practice from time to time will give you an active experience of developing a calm presence. When you are feeling fully present you will notice that your thinking mind and your feeling mind are both calm, ...

  • Standing With Grace and Power

    When adjusting and testing: Person A stands in a natural posture facing in the direction of the arrow The feet should be placed at somewhat less than the width of the hips. The knees are not locked and not bent, but just ever so much feeling soft. The head and neck are an extension of the ...

  • The ebb and flow of life

    This Practice is designed to give you a sense of being connected to the natural world, and knowing you are not alone. Set aside a few minutes and slowly, very slowly, read the words below. As you read, be certain to take some deep breaths where you would normally pause for an instant when reading in ...

  • The Future is Now

    This Practice is designed to help you achieve your current goals, from the perspective of the future. Once you can experience the present from the perspective of the future, you will realize that you already have everything you want and need. As always, you might want to read through the instructions several times so that you ...

  • The Gift of Forgiveness

    This is a simple yet profound Practice. If you have been following and experimenting with our other Practices along the way, you might notice that today’s Practice has a very similar structure to two other Practices. These three Practices (“Today …”, “Today, my anger is about …, and ) follow a particular structure for meaningful personal ...

  • The River of Life – Level II

    Develop your river of life. Now take a moment and let that experience rest. State to yourself an aspiration that you would like to achieve…..Turn your aspiration into an “I am” statement……. Revivify your river of life. Say your “I am” statement out loud and notice your body. Feel which part(s) of your body seem to want some attention…. Give ...

  • The River of Life Flows Through Us–Level 1: Basic

    By engaging in this Practice, you will be able to feel the calmness and life force that emanates when we feel into the continuity that moves through us. As always, we suggest that you read through the instruction below once, twice, or more, until you feel that you can perform this Practice without needing to stay ...

  • Today, my anger is about …

    This is a simple yet profound Practice that follows the Seishindo principles of Absorption, Utilization, and Balance.Absorb your anger as you breathe it in and feel it. Utilize the energy that your anger generates in you. The more consuming or seemingly overwhelming your anger, the more your system will be energized. Remain emotionally balanced and look at ...

  • Today…

    This is a simple yet profound Practice that follows the Seishindo principles of Absorption, Utilization, and Balance.Absorb your challenge as you breathe it in and think about it. Utilize the energy that your challenge generates in you. The more important or seemingly difficult your challenge, the more your system will be energized. Remain emotionally balanced ...

  • Tuning In

    This Seishindo Self-hypnosis Practice is great for helping you to better understand and adapt to the various challenges you face in life. As you little by little come to a place of greater understanding, compassion, and self love, you will find your experience of life and your relationships, being transformed. Eventually you will come to ...

  • Two of Everything

    Most people find this exercise to be a great warm-up for getting their creative juices flowing. Have a seat and get comfortable. Sit in a straight backed chair. Sit up straight towards the front of the chair, and take a couple of deep breaths. Take a moment and think about how many different parts of you act ...

  • Utilizing Your Current Competencies

    This Practice is designed to teach you how to appreciate and build upon the competencies you already have, to help you excel in areas of your life you would like to be more successful in. You will want to have a pen and paper handy. Read through all of the instructions at least once before actually doing ...

  • Waiting quietly for a friend

    “Waiting quietly for a friend” is one of the core activities of Seishindo. In this Practice we acknowledge the presence of “an intelligence greater than myself” and we invite this presence into our life, into our home, into our heart. The concept of acknowledging a presence greater than one’s self is of course found in various ...

  • Walking With Grace and Power

    This Practice serves you well in your daily life, as you come away feeling more centered and calm.Stand comfortably in a posture that feels “at ease” for you. Place your feet so they are just a couple of inches apart. Imagine that your two legs and feet are joined together as one unit, and that you ...

  • What is natural, what is not?

    This exercise is a thought experiment. In order to understand more about one’s own life, it can be helpful to explore how we define terms like “life” “living” “natural” “nature” and “man made.” By understanding more about what we consider and feel to be “live” we might come in touch more with the life within ourselves. Please ...

  • Who am I? Who are You?

    This Practice is quite simple and straightforward. At the same time you can find it to be a Practice that helps you to shift your perception of “self” and “other”, and thus your sense of being in the world. You can benefit from this Practice many different times during the course of your life. Do it ...

  • Whole Body Breathing

    (This Practice has been influenced by the work of Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Linda Hartley, and the study of Aikido and Yoga.) By bringing your conscious awareness to your entire body, you can increase your health and vitality. The explanation of this Practice is rather lengthy, but once you get the hang of it you’ll soon understand the process ...

  • Yes AND No – Saying BOTH at the same time

    This Exercise can be used to help you understand how you often say one thing with your body and another thing with your words; one thing with your heart and another thing with your rational mind. You can also use this exercise to help you better understand what you really want and/or believe in. Get together ...