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Old 01-20-2017, 06:42 PM   #1
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Aikido at Work

Does anyone do any training/exercises while at work?

I work for a very wellness conscience company and they encourage stretching and exercise every 20 minutes. Been thinking of some Aiki taiso variations that would be simple to do in a small office.

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Old 01-22-2017, 01:59 AM   #2
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Re: Aikido at Work

I don't do any formal or group stretching while at work, but I do the various aiki taiso wrist stretches fairly often throughout the day (I don't need to get out of my chair to do those, and can even do them when I'm stuck sitting in a meeting or whatnot). I occasionally do other stretches on an "as-needed" basis.

I even get coworkers occasionally asking if I know stretching exercises for whatever body part happens to be ailing them. So... I figure I must be doing something right!

If you are going to be leading stretching exercises, keep it to the simple stuff that any stiff, out-of-shape person can do even in their present state. I would also throw in the basic breathing exercises.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:23 AM   #3
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The wrist stretches. They're good if you type all day.
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Old 01-26-2017, 12:50 AM   #4
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Re: Aikido at Work

Thanks for the replies. In addition to the wrist exercises I have also found the sayu and ushiro tori waza easy to do in an office environment. Although coworkers do look at me funny sometimes.

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Old 01-26-2017, 12:25 PM   #5
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i just got done doing all our ki exercises at work. Of course, with no coworkers I don't have to worry about weird looks. I do, however, have to be careful of the lights when I do jo practice inside.

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Old 01-26-2017, 06:38 PM   #6
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Breathing, meditation, and mental rehearsal.
Move the body by moving the mind.

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Old 02-02-2017, 11:15 AM   #7
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Since December, I've added wrist stretches in my pre-stretch warmup before every yoga class I take. The wrist stretches really help prepare the joints in the hands and wrists for the rigors of some of the yoga poses.

Yoga gal training in Aikido
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:36 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. Got a new office room mate today so my exercises are pretty much limited to wrist stretches and mental/visual training

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Old 02-08-2017, 09:24 AM   #9
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Oh thank goodness I am not the only Aikido geek to practice at work: keeping good posture as I walk around, try to notice and remove tension from the body, yes mental and visual training, asking coworkers to grab my wrist or push on my body, stretching on long elevator rides, moving from center/keeping one point (whatever that means), walking and doing kokyu-dosa (aiki-age) to the air

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Old 02-08-2017, 12:30 PM   #10
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Hahaha thanks Hung. I remembered another one today. Practice keeping my center/hara and after opening a door continue to push it open with one finger while walking 'through' the doorway. Use my ki to direct the door and tell it where to go.

Yes, geek would be the applicable term here

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Old 02-27-2017, 07:16 AM   #11
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Re: Aikido at Work

Noticed the other day that oftentimes coworkers have mastered the ability to tenkan away from and redirect work assignments.

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