Have you reached the point where you want to dive deeper into your yoga practice to create a life of more health, happiness and self expression? Do you feel a calling to teach and want to enhance your skills to be able to teach safe and effective classes? Then join us for the 200-hour Japanese Yoga FOUNDATION Course and watch your life transform.
Japanese Yoga (Okido and Ki Yoga) incorporates elements from many disciplines including Hatha yoga, Zen, Taoism, traditional eastern medicine, the martial arts and shiatsu. Its original inspiration comes from the late Japanese zen yoga master, Masahiro Oki, and is a holistic way of cultivating the life force that addresses four main areas: movement, breathing, mind-heart and diet.
WHY JOIN OUR TRAINING?
- Our comprehensive course is registered with Yoga Australia and is led by two senior registered teachers with more than 50 years combined experience. You’ll be guided and supported safely in a step by step way, covering the basics first which will hold you in good stead whether you wish to become a teacher, or simply want to take your personal understanding and practice to the next level.
- Join a group of like minded people and develop deep friendships while you learn unique Japanese yoga and self-healing concepts and practices.
- The training is held in a well-established, fully equipped studio specialising in Japanese yoga with access to additional workshops with international teachers in this lineage.
- Opportunities to gain student teaching experience are available in the studio where you train. This will include opportunities to assist in classes, and on Intensives and Workshops gaining more practical experience.
- Ongoing mentorship providing support, encouragement, and inspiration.
- Recognised qualification with Yoga Australia, with further modules available to reach Level 1 membership if desired.
Whether you intend to be a teacher or not, this course is a life changing and worthwhile experience.
It’s very holistic, not only covering the physical aspects of yoga but also the spiritual, energetic,
nutritional and philosophic. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made – it has really give me the tools
to take care of my wellbeing and to live to my full potential.
It has also given me the tools to support others wellbeing and full potential.
BA Communications, Dip.Shiatsu STAA Senior Level 3 Registered Teacher with Yoga Australia
Peter is a senior Australian Okido Yoga teacher with a wealth of experience to share. He was Director of Zen Central Yoga Studio in Brisbane from 2002-17 and has been leading the Yoga Life Training yoga teacher training course in Brisbane and Sydney since 2000. The East West Centre in Sydney was Peter’s original place of training in the early 80’s and he trained with Dr Masahiro Oki at the International Oki Yoga Dojo in Mishima, Japan in 1984. Peter’s taught widely in Australia leading numerous workshops and retreats and he’s also led many overseas yoga study trips to Japan, Italy, Bali and Hawaii.
Peter’s been teaching at Mosman Village Yoga in Sydney since it opened in 2012 and is a practitioner of Zen Shiatsu and other areas of study and practice include Qigong, Feng Shui and Meditation.
Senior Level 3 Registered Teacher with Yoga Australia, CERT III Psychosomatic Therapy, Director Mosman Village Yoga
Anne is the studio’s founder and director. She has been practicing yoga since the mid 1990’s, and completed her initial Ki Yoga teacher training diploma with Jack Marshall at the Zen Renaissance Centre in 2004. She subsequently completed the Yoga Life Training with Peter Masters in 2013, including delivering some aspects of that training course, and over recent years has undertaken many specialised masterclasses with visiting Japanese and Brazilian Okido yoga teachers.
Anne has undertaken further training in Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga as well as completing a Certificate III in Psychosomatic Therapy . She has also completed Level 1 Somatic Movement Education training in the Hanna Somatics method. She has a background in Naturopathy, Herbalism, Homoeopathy and Remedial Massage, and is a Reiki Level 1 practitioner.
I loved the whole course, it was awesome learning about the Japanese way.
Give yourself a whole year of dedicated yoga learning. Make the change!
Wow what a year – best decision I’ve made in a very long time. I’m looking forward to teach now.
The Yogic Physiology component of the course comes from Taoist and Zen philosophy. In particular, the course will cover: Hara and Bussho / Ki (life force, energy) and Five Element Meridian Theory
TECHNIQUES OF YOGA
Traditional Yoga Asanas are studied using the Japanese yoga approach.
- Yoga for the Seasons : learn effective Ki Yoga sequences that will enhance your understanding of meridians in the body.
- Self Massage (Hogushi) for Asana Preparation and self-care
- Creative or Zen aspect where the imagination is used to visualize the Asana
- Mind Body Breath (San Mitsu).
- Warm up sequences (Do-In) which stimulates many major tsubos along the meridians.
- Strengthening exercises (Kyokaho) created by Dr Oki. Often done in partners they derive their inspiration from animal and natural movements.
- Pranayama – 9 Step Pranayama that has as its focus the nourishment and balancing of the hormonal and nervous systems, lengthening the exhalation and bringing experiential awareness into the hara.
- Meditation, AOM, Heart Sutra, Pledges, Sound Exercises
PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS & LIFESTYLE
The study of ‘Meditation Yoga’ by Masahiro Oki (Japan Publications 1978) , Patanjali’s Yoga sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. In addition studying the Okido Yoga Sutra Book which is a practical manual of Okido Pledges and Chanting. The Okido Yoga Guidelines for a Yoga Leader and the YA Code of Ethics are also studied and discussed during the course.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Major body systems and associated musculo-skeletal anatomy: • Cardiovascular • Lymphatic • Nervous • Endocrine • Respiratory • Digestive
Assisting and Observing
INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE & TEACHING
Regular review within the training
Assisting and Observing at Mosman Village Yoga
Practical Class Preparation
The course runs over a 6 month period, (February to July) – one weekend per month.
Friday evenings (6-9pm)
Sundays (8am – 4pm)
Feb 9 / 10 / 11
Mar 2 / 3/ 4
April 6/ 7/ 8
May 4 / 5/ 6
June 1 / 2/ 3
July 6 / 7/ 8
For course pricing, please request a Prospectus. Payment plans are available.