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YOGA POSES TO IMPROVE YOUR ZENKUTSU DACHI AND RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN (1/3)

YOGA POSES TO IMPROVE
YOUR ZENKUTSU DACHI AND
RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN (1/3)

Lets look closer to one of the most used stance in our basics, forward leaning Zenkutsu dachi. This is a long stance where the weight is mostly on the front foot. Your back foot is turned out 30 degrees from the center line, front foot parallel to the back foot. Your front knee is over the ankle and back leg is straight. Both feet are firmly pressing towards the ground. Your feet are slightly wider than hip-width apart for better balance and hip movement.

Now lets look at the prerequisites for a proper Zenkutsu dachi;

  1. Strong quads and glutes to hold your weight down and forward,
  2. Flexibility of the hips for a lower and longer stance,
  3. Mobility of the hips for better expansion and contraction,
  4. Flexibility of the ankles to ground the back heel down for stability and power.

Here are some yoga poses that can help you with the flexibility required for a good Zenkutsu dachi.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure your body is warmed up before getting into stretches. Move slowly and mindfully at all times. Feeling tight muscle pain is normal but having sharp pain is NOT! Always listen to your body.

 

  1. DOWNWARD DOG (ADHO MUKHA SVASANA):

Start on your hands and knees (table top position), hips directly above your knees and shoulders over your hands. Spread your fingers wide apart, pressing through the whole hands then tuck your toes under. Press your toes towards the floor, push on to your hands to lift your hips up towards the ceiling. Straighten your knees as much as it is available to you; then press your heels down one at a time stretching your hamstrings and calf muscles. Relax your neck and let your head hang freely or look towards your thighs. Pull the navel in and stretch your chest towards your toes for a nice shoulder opener. Breathe deeply.

 

  1. LOW LUNGE (ANJANEYASANA):

From downward facing dog, extend one leg up and swing it forward and step it between your hands. Press firmly through your front foot and reach your back leg as far back as possible while keeping your front knee directly over the ankle. Relax your back toes flat on the mat then gently push your hips down and forward towards the floor. Make sure your hips are still square. You can choose to keep your hands up, on the knees, or on the floor.

to be continued…

Namaste!

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Hasu Dojo

Tuesday: 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Enzan Dojo
Saturday: 10:00am – 11:15am

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Taiko Drumming Performance on June 10

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Nagata Shachu & DRUMHAND
Jun 10, 2017

Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave (Bloor / Spadina)
Venue Phone: (416) 924-6211

Cultures and genres clash as the rhythms of taiko, New Orleans parade bands and roots music come together in a unique collaboration between Nagata Shachu and the acclaimed ensemble DRUMHAND. Increasingly known for their innovative performances, DRUMHAND introduces listeners to inventive orchestrations and previously unexplored blends of sound and texture. Hands, sticks and mallets pound out old and new rhythms on weathered skins. Add traditional Japanese drums and instruments to the mix and a rare and exciting performance is sure to result!

Tickets are available here:
http://torontotaikotales.bpt.me/

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Mother earth’s Chakras

This Is Where Earth’s Most Powerful Energetic Points And Chakras Are Located…

Just like we have our own energy centers or chakras, Mother Earth also has hers.

When you start looking into the nature of this Universe and the Earth, you will start to see how everything is a mirror. Within us is a Universe, around us is a Universe and we are all connected.

We are connected to Mother Earth through the subtle electrical current that runs around the entire planet. These electrical currents are known as “Ley Lines” and are almost like Mother Earth’s veins.

Just like we have veins that flow in and out of the heart, Mother Earth has Ley Lines, which are lines of energy that coil around the earth in a similar fashion as a strand of DNA.

In fact, where the Ley Lines intersect are believed to be high points of energy or high concentrations of electrical charge. Usually places where most scientific anomalies happen.

These Ley Lines are also said to be able to take information or energy from these higher vibrational points and carry them around the world, spreading knowledge and wisdom to all inhabitants.

These exact intersecting points are ‘coincidentally’ home to some of the most sacred temples and monuments in the world including the Egyptian Pyramids, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge and Angkor Wat.

When you look into advanced civilizations like the Ancient Egyptians, it is clear that they seemed to understand the energy and power of these energy currents.

In fact, most ancient cultures probably had some understanding of Ley Lines. In China they are known as Dragon Lines. In South America the Shaman’s referred to them as Spirit Lines, in Australia the ancient Aboriginals called them Dream Lines and in the west they are referred to as Ley Lines.

The most interesting thing to note is that the points where the Ley Lines intersect, are perfectly aligned with astrological constellations.

If you think of these Ley Lines as Mother Earth’s energy currents, you will begin to see how it is possible that Mother Earth also has energy centers or chakras.

 

Source: Forever Conscious

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Timing by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

Kake Waza – charging without the opponent making a move
Osi Waza – responding to the opponent’s attack – a counter.
Sen – ahead – beat the opponent to the punch.

Go No Sen –

Late arrives ahead – when you know how an opponent fights you know when to move in on him, or if you’re very skillful you know when he’s thinking- (body language) and you come in ahead of him. Ahead not only of his action but ahead of his thought.

Sen No Sen –

Ahead of ahead – when you don’t just know when he’s thinking , but you can dissipate his evil intent.  Set up techniques to get him to move as you will.

Set him up for the foot sweep. Inviting techniques.

Feigning techniques. – If you’re hurt pretend you’re not and vice versa.

Kamae

If you line up at 6:00 o’clock, your opponent is at 12:00 o’clock.

When the opponent attacks, you never go from 12:00 t o 6:00.

Shaa moves in a straight line. Chi moves in a circle.

Move to 3:00 or 9:00.

MAAI

If you are beyond 36 inches apart – Your hands can be down.
But as you move in the hands must come up.

If you move straight in from 6:00 –12:00, then you must hit with a vertical punch.

When you move off, to 3:00 or 9:00, then you turn the punch all the way over.

Drill

Left foot forward, hands up step out to 9:00 o’clock with L.F. reverse punch,

Then step out to 3:00 o’clock with R.F. and uppercut.

 

The Storyteller

In Japan in olden days a storyteller would pass from town to town to entertain and make his money.

One day he arrived too late the kids had already gone home.  He saw a Dojo and decided to give a challenge – hoping to get money – charity .

The Master sent his top student.  But the Storyteller rejects him saying that he wants his Master – knowing that if he squares off against the top student he might get killed.

The Master takes a peek.T he guy looks sloppy, but to shout at opponents pretending to be no good, then before they knew it, they were dead.

So they squared off.

The storyteller wonders why the Master isn’t striking, winning the match without hurting him, then offering him some dinner and a warm place to sleep.

The Master doesn’t know what to do. Thinks he can take him at any time, but he can’t make up his mind.  Eventually for his reputation, he decides to go straight in.  At that time the storyteller drops to his knees and says I’m just a storyteller and begs for his life.

From then on The masters school became Mu Nan Yo – No thought school,

In fighting it has to be with feeling.

No thought.

~O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

 

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Holiday Hours for the Victoria Day weekend

Please note our upcoming holiday hours.

Hasu Dojo (Yonge & St.Clair)

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Open as usual on Tuesday, May 23rd

Sakura Dojo (Bathurs & Eglinton)

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Open as usual on Tuesday, May 23rd

Enzan Dojo (Bathurst & Bloor)

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Open as usual on Tuesday, May 23rd

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A quick guide to healthy living?

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CHAKRAS – part 1 by Ece Savas

Chakras are energy centres where mind and body intercepts.

There are 7 major chakra centres in our bodies; relating to our endocrine system that governs our physical and emotional health.

Each chakra centre vibrates at different frequencies, moving from low frequency at the bottom, dealing with basic aspects of physical life, to high frequency on the top, dealing with more subtle aspects of life.

Over the next few weeks I will be introducing each chakra centre in more detail; starting with the ‘Root’ Chakra, where the Kundalini energy sleeps, ‘Hui Yin’ Gate of Death and Life.

 

MULADHARA or ROOT CHAKRA (HUI-YIN)
‘mul’ base, ‘adhara’ support

Associated with element EARTH – colour RED – shape SQUARE

Located at the pelvic floor at the base of the spine.

Develops in the first 12 months of our lives including the 6 months inside our mothers’ belly. Consequently it’s directly related to our very first experiences in this life and our relationship with our mothers or the main caregiver.

 

Symbolizes our connection with the physical existence on this planet, sense of security, grounding, self-sufficiency and trust. Like a tree we need to be firmly rooted in the physical world.

 

Basic Need: Self-preservation, to be Here and to Have.

Negative Emotion: Fear

Physically affects our body structure, bones, teeth, hips and knees as well as our eating habits.

When balanced we are in good health, vitality, comfortable in our body, good balance, stable, feeling a sense of trust in the world.

Deficiency: Lack of grounding, disconnection from body, underweight, fearful, hard time trusting others, irresponsible, restless, anxious, poor boundaries, feeling out of control, insecure, caught up with the matters of money.

Excess: Obesity, attachments or addictions, greed, laziness, rigidness, lack of mobility, clinging to things and people, bad time management

Balancing Yoga practices establishing a sense grounding through the feet, legs and pelvis, moving into stillness, forward bends that evoke a feeling of surrendering to the earth.

 

“For uncontrolled there is no wisdom, nor for the uncontrolled is there the power of concentration; and for him without concentration there is no peace. And for the unpeaceful, how can there be happiness?” _ Bhagavad Gita

 

 

Warrior’s Yoga Flow
Hasu Dojo
Tuesday: 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Enzan Dojo
Saturday: 10:00am – 11:15am

http://www.martialartstoronto.ca

 

 

 

 

Root Chakra of Mother Earth

Mount Shasta, California, USA


Mount Shasta, California, USA

Mt. Shasta is part of the Cascade Mountain Range which runs from Northern California into Oregon and all the way up to the Canadian border. Mt. Shasta is believed to be one of the most electrically charged mountains but the whole area is also buzzing with energy. This area is believed to be the base of Mother Earth’s energy system.

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Grading Results – May 1, 2017

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Karate-Do: Adult

4th Kyu
Joel Buxton
Lionel Ntibayindusha
Natalie Simpson
Rafael Freire Santos
Netta Novich


Kobudo: Adult

3rd Kuy
Lou Piccione


Karate-Do: Youth

Orange/Green
Andrew Esteireiro (S)

Yellow/Orange
Ian Aguiar De Los Santos

Yellow
Chrysler Mathew Molina (S)
Coen Marvey Molina (S)


Karate-Do: Children

Yellow/Orange
Jonathan Wolfson

Yellow
Nathan Worth (S)
Kennedy Coates (E)

White/Yellow
Cameron Goldstein (S)
Matthew Banaag (S)
Ryan Coveyduck (S)
Nevo Kadosh Redinger (E) *P

 


Outstanding Performance

Andrew Esteireiro (S)
Jonathan Wolfson


We expect through diligent study, training and application, there will be further progress in the future.

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7. The Bull Transcended

Astride the bull, I reach home.

I am serene. The bull too can rest.

Dawn has come. I blissful repose,

Within my thatched dwelling I have abandoned the whip and rope.

Comment: All is one law, not two. We only make the bull a temporary subject. It is as the relation of rabbit and trap, of fish and net. It is as gold and dross, or the moon emerging from a cloud. One path of clear light travels on throughout endless time.

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