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Old 09-06-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
Dan Richards
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Re: Anybody doing yoga?

The first 10 minutes or so of most aikido classes contain forms of nei king and chi kung. And if they're done correctly, and in the right spirit, that would be yoga.

Many of us also do these movements at home on our own time for much longer periods of time.

People often mistake the movements at the beginning of a class as some kind of "warm up." It's not.

Aikido is based on Taoist principles. Tao Yin is also known as Taoist yoga.

If we reexamine the movements, as well as our attitude towards them, we'll discover the yoga that's contained within Aikido.

You've been doing yoga all along.

Dan Richards - Aiki Research

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