Shiatsu School in Belgium ran its traditional summer courses at
on the west-side bank of the River Scheldt in Antwerp.
Five courses ran in parallel with their independent
time for morning exercises and meal times. The courses other than Okido
were Shiatsu Level 1, Postgraduate Shiatsu, Way to
through Macrobiotics, and Tao of Yin & Yang and
Oriental Medicine. I took part in Okido Yoga with other
Ingrid, Paul and
Having attended many courses of Okido Yoga before does
boredom. Whatever your purpose of attendance is, you are exposed
in a new
situation of life encounter at each time, with new faces, ever-changing
and a new teaching team. Actually behind all these, there is something
and unrefined in oneself that is seeking opportunities to
develop under the
light of one’s awareness and then wants to make a positive
|Everybody brought his own life background to live this
residential training, learning, and sharing week. Thinking about how it
would work this
time, I was nervous on my first day. In 5 days’ time, I found it
had turned out
another marvelous, most special course of life encounter. How did it
Roughly, I may summerise as usual that there were all
food, environment and programmes of excellent exercises and treatments.
what I want to say here is: I don’t think these are all the
reasons. I am now
thinking of people’s good intention, which works for these good
and stimulations to function.
By the word ‘people’ here, I include even my
17-year-old son who managed
to live alone for 10 days while I was in this teaching trip which
Women’s Weekend Seminar in Laren, Holland. He managed not only to
himself, but also to try hard not to forget watering our garden
vegetable every evening. My thoughts are also with my
neighbours who kept their eyes on the safety of my son and house, every
participant’s neighbours unknown to me, the organizing team of
this course and its staff members for their dedicated
work. And the
very students of the Okido Yoga course, who attended with their good
sometimes had to meet physical or emotional bad moments during the
is quite natural in this kind of intensive training, and handled these
with good intention for oneself as well as by supportively standing
other participants who happened to be together, until finally they
experienced something more beyond good
moments or bad
moments, something beyond original expectation. The first comment below
uses a phrase of ‘beautiful
I see ‘beauty’ in people’s good intention.
to Oki sensei, three keys of yoga practice are: Natural State of
Natural State of Mind, and Coordinated Breathing. With
the important motto: Force Not, Waste Not, but Continue.
points to keep a natural state of body, which are: Keep your muscles
your spine stretched, Keep your breath deep, and Keep your blood clean.
mind-heart, he said: comparing with other animals, only human beings
good conscience; so-called Buddha nature, or holy nature. This is
human being as much as we can acknowledge our spontaneous desires and
are natural ones. So, we are to cultivate our own ways to transform
emotions to positive ones so that these can be helpful for our
development, as he explained this view by his casual words in
Participants of Belgian Okido Yoga Week:
"An intense and
special week with beautiful people. It opened up my heart and mind.
experience will stay for a long time in my heart."
"The Okido Yoga week in Antwerp was
my first experience with yoga. Working with the different teachers was
special experience. Ingrid's lessons were physically the hardest
they asked great body and muscle control and we practiced for
a long time
around the same area in the body. With my stiffness and unrest in
and mind, this was a challenge. Paul and Wilfried's exercises gave
of useful tips on a flexible mindset and posture in stress situations.
lessons gave me confidence in my own abilities and accepting my
limitations. Through her exercises I could experience the importance of
posture (balance) and the use of breathing to face my limits. Her
explanations and wisdom - three keys, motto in practicing yoga, the
yes / no / let me think, balance - loosened a lot in me. I am sure that
use these principles in my life. I am convinced they will help me. I am
therefore very grateful to you all!
more than I had expected. I am very happy to have attended the course,
grateful to all teachers, other participants and all that worked behind
Something reached my deepest core. "
continue practicing Okido
Yoga, something I never thought in the beginning of this week.
SO MUCH !!! "
I have attended Okido
Yoga courses before. I thought the atmosphere was familiar. But, as the
progressed, I found this was very different from the past ones as each
so. Some lessons were very difficult, but I found myself enjoying the
challenges, which brought a new discovery in me. It was a wonderful
with all that participated. See you again at another time. "
Visitor from Australia:
was a visitor to our London class, an old aquantance since the
Life Encounter 1984, Mishima, Japan. Peter Masters (right) is the
Zen Central, Brisbane, Australia. He leads intensives, retreats,
yoga teacher training. He also teaches casual classes at Mosman
Village Yoga in Sydney. www.zencentral,com.au