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Dynamic Meditation (Shin Shin Toitsu Do)

Dynamic Meditation focuses on developing mind and body coordination: a calm relaxed state that can be maintained in action and at rest. Dynamic Meditation is also known as Japanese Yoga and Ki Development. In Japan it is called
Shin-Shin Toitsu Do - The Way of Mind/Body Oneness. This practice originated with Tempu Nakamura, who traveled to the Himalayas in 1916, where he spent 3 years training. When he returned to Japan he started teaching what he had learned, from a distinctively Japanese perspective.  There are influences from Zen, Shinto and martial arts practices. Koichi Tohei, the foremost teacher of Shin-Shin Toitsu Do, developed Nakamura's teaching methods further. He is known for integrating these teaching methods into the practice of Aikido.

This practice is very compatible with Yoga practice and Martial Arts training. It includes detailed training in the following areas.

  • Posture
    Good posture fosters a dynamic balance of the mind and body. Proper posture uses all the muscles of the body and avoids overusing muscle groups.
  • Meditation
    Learn to observe the workings of your mind more clearly by developing focus & concentration.
  • Breathing
    Breathing is one of the most basic activities of the body. We teach full, relaxed deep breathing, which is good for general health. Mindful breathing practice improves the ability of the mind to lead the body.
  • Visualization Techniques
    The mind leads the body. Using our imagination in a positive way improves the rest of our training and our life.
  • Calmness & Relaxation
    Through very specific techniques, individuals experience the power of calmness and relaxation. The methods used in class can be applied in daily life.
  • Stretching & Movement
    Simple, light floor stretches and a set of rhythmic movements are taught and practiced. They are used to discover and express calmness and relaxation in motion.

Dynamic Meditation uses visualization techniques, meditation, breathing, stretching, and movement to teach how mind and body are connected and interactive. The training works with the premise that the mind leads the body. Practice develops confidence and discipline, which leads to greater relaxation and physical stability. A light push is often used to test the stability of students in various postures and movements. This “ki test” provides a form of biofeedback, revealing the quality and depth of physical relaxation and mental calmness. Each test helps students cultivate a reliable relaxation response that can be called upon in daily life. Our training uses posture and movement to affect a more positive mental state, while at the same time showing how a positive outlook improves posture and movement.

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