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Hanshi Platt - CMAC Sensei Wallace Platt, 10th Dan, Hanshi CMAC Founder and Head InstructorThe purpose of Budo is ultimately to enhance one’s reality.

From learning the basic skills of self defence to eliminate fear of life itself, to learning how to express the true self as a finely tuned focused individual with a capacity for forming strategy and a character of self discipline, consciously aware of what is happening both in and outside of the self.

This is a ‘WAY or ‘PATH’ that one can build a firm foundation upon, as one walks through the minefield of life.

Many make the mistake of looking at the Martial Arts as, just another thing to do, but we look at it as the way to do all things.

Especially for the parents, when you consider a martial arts program for your child. do so from the perspective that the training will assist all aspects of your child’s life, not just self defence skill.

The value and impact of self discipline, self confidence, self esteem affects all areas of life.

The world does not wait for people to find themselves, so building in success attributes now, will serve anyone young or old, their entire life.

See the Martial Arts as a platform, from which to stage the self in any endeavour, or to face any challenge. Take care to build a foundation that will stand the test of timed it, in turn, will take care of you. This is what the ‘Classical’ concept means in CMAC.

Sensei Platt Hanshi

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Yoga poses for Shiko Dachi and to let-go of Negative Emotions – Part 1 by Ece Savas

Shiko Dachi, also known as Sumo Stance is one of the basic stances in Martial Arts. It is a low stance with both knees are bent, upper thighs are 30 to 15 degrees to your shins, knees are directly over your ankles and feet are 90 degrees angle from each other, back is straight.

But now how is this most painful and difficult pose related to emotional relief. It still stresses me out to remember Sensei encouraging “sink – sink” while I thought I was about to pass-out. It made me feel frustrated, angry, sad… all kinds of mixed emotions…

Allow me to explain; hips are located at the base of the spine where our root chakra is located. All our fears, anger, frustration, worries, financial problems, boundary problems get stored at this area. So when we practice certain poses in yoga such as hip-openers, these trapped feelings and emotions may come out. They may show up as tears coming out of nowhere. If this happens, it’s ok; in fact, it’s great. Allow them to be, be present, be grateful, keep breathing and don’t abandon your posture. You can give yourself a tap on the shoulder after.

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

  1. Strong quads carry your weight down,
  2. Strong gluts and adductors so you can straighten your back, this takes the pressure off your knees.
  3. Inner leg flexibility and open hips for lower and wider stance.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing 5 yoga poses that will improve your shiko 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. WIDE LEG STANDING FORWARD FOLD:

Start by feet two shoulders width apart hands on your waist, draw the navel in, lengthen your spine and start leaning forward from the waist keeping. Avoid rounding your back. Relax the arms towards the mat and the neck. Let the gravity pull you down for few breaths. Bring the hands on the mat or grab your ankles and start gently pulling yourself down while pushing the outer edges of your feet towards the mat. Keep your quad and knees active and upper body relaxed. Hold! You can start moving side to side and bringing your chest to knee. Avoid twisting the hips. Hold each side for few breaths.

  1. GODDESS POSE (UTKATA KONASANA) :

  

Standing with your feet wide apart, turn feet out 45 degrees, exhale and bend your knees bringing them directly over ankles. Your ties should be almost parallel to the floor. Inhale and extend both arms up; exhale, bend your elbows and bring them to shoulder hight. Press your shoulder blades together and down at your back. Imagine holding a big beach ball in your hands.

If you find yourself leaning forward to keep your balance, start by hands on the knees. Pushing the knees out, start engaging your gluts and adductors to pull the tailbone under. Keep your back straight and shoulders away from your ears. You can also try this with your back against a wall.

 

If you find your knees collapsing in, then keep your elbows on your knees and push your knees out with your elbows.

Hold for 30 sec up to a 2 min.

to be continued…

Namaste!

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

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CHAKRAS – part 4 By Ece Savas

There are many ways you can balance and heal your chakras such as meditation, yoga, visualization, crystals, sound therapy, aroma therapy, using colour and mandalas. Imagine your chakras forming a pyramid – the lowest one at the base is your first chakra creating a dense and heavy base and the highest one located at your forehead, sixth chakra, is light and airy.

Each chakra also relates to a sense and an element:statue of Buddha

  • First chakra = smell/earth
  • Second chakra = taste/water
  • Third chakra = sight/fire
  • Fourth chakra = touch/air
  • Fifth chakra = hearing/sound
  • Sixth chakra = “sixth sense”/light
  • Seventh chakra is off the body and unrelated to the sensory world, it is pure consciousness.

As you can see, due to their nature, different healing methodologies are more effective for different chakras. For the first chakra the healing comes from long term physical practices due to its dense quality. Natural crystals, smell oriented treatments and by simply being in nature, touching dirt, gardening is balancing for first chakra. Second chakra is related to water so swimming or being around water, drinking orange colored juices or eating healthy and tasty foods, physical exercise such as flow yoga or tantric yoga practices is healing for your second chakra. Third Chakra is element fire so any workout that is strengthening and empowering is healing; also solving puzzles, confidence building, affirmations, getting out in the sun and eating yellow spicy foods are some of the ways you can balance third chakra…

 

So be creative using your knowledge and understanding about chakras. Remember energy healing happens with your heart’s intention and mind’s attention. Always listen to your self to decide what works for you.

 

 

  1. ANAHATA CHAKRA or HEART CHAKRA
    unstruck sound’

 

Associated with the element AIR – colour GREEN – shape HEXAGON

Located at the middle of chest, centre of the 7 chakras where inner and outer worlds converge.

Develops between the ages 4 – 7 

Negative Emotion: Grief

Basic Right is to love and to be loved

 Basic Need: Acceptance of self and others

 Symbolizes awareness and manifestation of love. Social identity. Cultivating love beyond personal emotions but with awareness of divine love, unity and connection.

 Physically if effects the immune system, lungs, heart, upper back, shoulders and neck.

 When balanced: Loving, empathetic, peaceful, altruistic, good immune system

 Deficiency: we feel lack of connection with others, get sick easily, sense of withdrawal, loneliness, judgement, intolerance, fear of intimacy,

 Excess: Codependent, poor boundaries, clinging, demanding, jealousy, attachments, over sacrificing

 Balancing yoga and healing practices focuses on the breathing practices, chest and shoulder stretches, backbends. Tapping into compassion, love and acceptance of self in very cell of our being. Hugging (even self hugging) can boost and balance your heart chakra.

 

The Earth’s Heart Chakra

Stonehenge, EnglandStonehenge, England

Stonehenge as well as the surrounding areas of Glastonbury, Somerset, Shaftesbury and Dorset all form the heart chakra of Mother Earth. Where Stonehenge is constructed is the strongest point of all of this energy. Again, the Female Great Dragon Ley Line connects Uluru to Stonehenge.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

 

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Hasu Dojo
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Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Zen Meditation Workshop – June 18th

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/238941122/ for full details.

To Register for this event, you will need to create an account on Meetup and RSVP to the event.  Look for the Join and RSVP button at the upper right.

(Workshop) **Price includes exta (Zazen) class. Also includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, mats and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class (please arrive 15 minutes early).

Join Hae Kwang Sunim for The Full Bad Stress Out “‘Inner Peace” Qigong – Don’t Miss It! **THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER QI-GONG YOU EVER EXPERIENCED** TORONTO Class also Includes full lying down guided Inner Peace Qigong.

People that attend this class also receive an extra class FREE called “Zazen: Learn and become skilled in the art of MEDITATION at a later date (See Bottom of this page for Link and full details on FREE Bonus Class).

Workshop / Investment: Only $20.00

**Benefits of attending this class**

***Soft ‘Inner Peace’ Qigong leads to the deep release of dis–ease / stress and the restoring of ones energy channels and the infusion of fresh Qi and Peace through the body (reconnection to the Universal Qi field).

Workshop **Please Register on this Meetup as early as possible **Register Today** Conveniently located just steps from St.Clair Subway station.

**Includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class. Please arrive 15 minutes early / at 12:15 p.m. (class starts promptly at 12:30 p.m.). 

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/238941122/ for full details.

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  • Dojo Holiday closures  we will for example be closed the Saturday, Sunday and Monday, for the holiday weekends.
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8. Both Bull and Self Transcended

Both Bull and Self Transcended

Whip, rope, person, and bull – all merge in No-thing.
This heaven is so vast no message can stain it.
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YOGA POSES TO IMPROVE YOUR ZENKUTSU DACHI AND RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN (3/3) By Ece Savas

This is the last blog-post for this yoga series to improve Zenkutsu dachi and release lower back pain. Take your time going through the previous poses before you come into one legged king pigeon, the deepest stretch of this series. This pose reaches deep into hip flexors (psoas muscles), stretches the groins, gluts and outer legs. As difficult and painful this pose can be, it is also one of the most powerful poses in yoga.

Be patient with yourself as it may take some time to get comfortable in this pose. Use your breathing to open tightness, and as always be observant of your mind and emotions. We hold a lot of emotions at our hips, especially women. It’s where our fears, traumas and worries get trapped in. So be open to whatever may come up without any judgement. Come to a complete stillness of mind and body, relaxing the face and shoulders. With each breath allow your body to feel heavy and visualize realising all that is un-pure down towards the earth.

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.

 

Start with poses 1-4

 

       

  1. ONE LEGGED KIND PIGEON (EKA PADA RAJA KAPOTASANA)

From downward dog position bring your right knee towards your right hand and place your knee on the floor, extend your left leg back making sure your left heel is aligned with your left hip. Your right shin is almost parallel to the front of your mat. If this is too much, bring your foot closer to your hip. Press your hands firmly on both sides of the hips, pull shoulders back, lengthen the spine up and expand your chest forward. Make sure your hips are not falling on one side or the other.

 

Hold for few breaths then keeping the length of the spine walk your hands forward and slowly lower your self down on your elbows or all the way down. Breathe deeply and relax here for 30 sec. up to 5 minutes.

To come out of this posture, tuck your back toes under and press on your hands to push the hips up to downward dog, shake your leg off, let your circulation come back to normal then change sides.

10 minutes of stretching will help you achieve better posture; longer stances, high kicks and most importantly prevent injuries.

Namaste!

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Warrior’s Yoga Flow

Hasu Dojo

Tuesday: 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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