Practices related to Aikido

This page shows all Seishindo Practices related to Aikido by date with the latest practice at the top of the list. Click on any to read more.

  • Katsugen Undo on a ball (Video)
    July 24, 2013

    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 ...

  • Balance in a fluid environment (Video)
    July 24, 2013

    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.

  • Seishindo Anger Management – say both “Yes” and “No” (Video)
    July 23, 2013

    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 ...

  • Walking With Grace and Power
    January 19, 2007

    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 ...

  • Heartbeat Breath—Calming Breath
    November 17, 2005

    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 ...

  • Whole Body Breathing
    November 17, 2005

    (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 ...

  • Breathing Together, Becoming One
    November 17, 2005

    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. ...

  • Standing With Grace and Power
    November 17, 2005

    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 ...

  • Breathing With Grace and Power
    November 17, 2005

    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 ...

  • Stand in “Hanmi”
    November 17, 2005

    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, ...

  • Riding the Horse
    November 17, 2005

    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 ...