So what kind of misogi do you do?
Breathing exercises are considered misogi (purification ritual). I've done that one mostly.
Another misogi I've done is dousing yourself with a cold bucket of water.
Mostly I do misogi around the New Year's. Although I haven't done it recently, a few years ago I've joined the St. Louis Ki Society in their New Year's misogi weekend. This includes bell misogi, chanting and (of course) river misogi. Jumping into a cold river in January really wakes you up!!
I remember watching O Sensei do the paper wand misogi (he also used a jo in another film clip) in an old AikiNews film from the Hawaii dojo opening. Watching the spiral pattern he made in the air, helped me to devise an entire class on spirals in Aikido techniques.
[Edited by tedehara on September 1, 2000 at 03:12pm]