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WHAT IS KEMPO YOGA?

Kempo Yoga is a series of static and dynamic exercises that include independent work, pair work, breathing techniques, sitting and moving meditation. Kempo Yoga is the ultimate training because it has no boundaries - you set them yourself.

In Kempo Yoga, unlike classical Indian Yoga, the emphasis is on the dynamics of movement.


In addition to static positions (Japanese: Fudo), Kempo Yoga also adds movements (Japanese: Undo) that uniquely awaken the body's self-healing mechanisms.

Yoga can be practiced by everyone, regardless of age, gender, physical condition and religion. Yoga training includes stretching, strength and balance exercises.

 
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WHY PRACTICE KEMPO YOGA?

Every movement that the body naturally performs is healthy. Unnatural movements happen when a relaxed muscle is expected to function as a contracted muscle or when a contracted muscle is expected to function as a relaxed muscle. The result is fatigue. If you exercise with an overly tight body, all the movements become strenuous and slow. You can become stronger by exercising like this because this state is good for the muscles but it is bad for the joints. If you exercise with a completely relaxed and soft body, you can develop fluidity and speed, which is good for the joints but, as it neglects the muscles, it is inadequate and not invigorating. The ideal that Kempo Yoga strives for is a balance between these two extremes.


Kempo Yoga places emphasis on continuous progression. When we reach the full range of positions our bodies were designed to be in, they automatically become irrelevant to our physical and mental evolution. Everything is thus prepared for our progress in Yoga Meditation.

The most important thing for creative evolution is knowing how to do what is intended and understanding the reasons why to do it like that.

We practice Kempo Yoga because we want a balanced body.

A balanced body births a balanced mind and vice versa.

 
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HOW TO PRACTICE KEMPO YOGA?

Kempo Yoga divides body positions into three groups:
▪ standing (Japanese Dachi)
▪ kneeling, sitting and flying (Jalanese Za)
▪ transitional positions (Japanese: Undo), that is, movement
Also, body positions are divided by how they are maintained:
▪ by contracting
▪ by relaxing
Holding the Dachi (Za) positions restructures our body according to the ideal state of harmony and balance. Dachi are ideal positions, and human bodies very often are not.
Kempo Yoga includes approximately 60 positions (asanas) performed in various sequences.
Kempo Yoga meditation practices are called Mokuso. This word refers to a method of understanding that we can directly contact reality within everyday human existence using the method presented in the very name Mokuso. Mokuso means Silence and Thought