By John Stevens
This definitive, profusely illustrated guide covers the basic parts of the philosophy and perform of Aikido, the japanese martial paintings that has been embraced via sleek psychology and lots of Western bodywork therapies.
Useful to the newbie and skilled practitioner alike, the e-book info the normal equipment and methods of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a crucial pupil. famous for the correct execution of quite a lot of thoughts and an emphasis on Aikido as a non secular direction, Shirata Senseis teachings exemplify the way in which of the warrior: enhanced technical prowess mixed with profound non secular insight.
In addition to pictures and outlines of all of the vital Aikido strategies, Stevens recounts fascinating and energetic anecdotes concerning the historical past of Aikido and its founder, Ueshiba Morihei, who built it from a martial paintings right into a religious self-discipline. A biography of Shirata Sensei, whole along with his reflections on sixty years of Aikido perform, can also be integrated.
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Hold for 10 breaths. Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I) ■ Virabhadra = a mighty warrior who was an incarnation of Shiva ■ (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) ■ GENERAL BENEFITS: Similar to the front or bow stance, except the legs are narrower here. This strengthens the quads, knees, and ankles; stretches the hip flexors, legs, and shoulders; promotes proper hip alignment. GETTING INTO POSE: From Mountain Pose, bring your arms overhead and clasp your hands, extending your index fingers to the ceiling. Step your right foot straight back and bend your left knee over your left ankle.
KEY ANATOMY All falls and rolls use the shoulders, back, legs, feet, and, for the most part, arms and hands. The abdominal muscles work to support the back. Essential Elements BODY AWARENESS/ALIGNMENT/CONTROL It takes a lot of practice before the many technical aspects of rolling and falling become second-nature. When rolling, you must simultaneously know where to put your hands, how to turn your head, when to push off, how to round your back, and how to tuck your legs so you get up with ease—all the while making sure every part of your body is properly aligned to protect your body.
Step your left foot back into Plank. Inhale. 16. Exhale and lower down into Four-Limbed Staff (page 114). 17. Inhale as you push your chest through your arms into Upward-Facing Dog (page 30). 18. Exhale and push your hips back into Downward-Facing Dog. Inhale. 19. Exhale and step your left foot, then your right, forward into Intense Stretch Pose. 20. Inhale and slowly roll up your spine one vertebra at a time into Mountain Pose. Once you are done with the sequence, repeat again, substituting “left” for “right” and “right” for “left” where appropriate.
Aikido: The Way of Harmony by John Stevens