Seniors: Ki for Every Day Living
Ki for Every Day Living is designed for seniors, but people of all ages and ability are welcome to participate. The exercises and teaching methods are developed from Yuishinkai Aikido and Ki training methods. They have been tailored to the needs of seniors. With a little training, all of the exercises and techniques can be practiced at home. The basic principles can be applied to every day living increasing mental and physical wellness.
Simple, light stretches begin each class. These are basic movements that each participant can do according to their own ability. We have comfortable padded floor mats to sit on for these exercises. Stretching encourages blood flow to the internal organs and muscles, and also helps to improve the range of motion of all parts of the body. A flexible body is essential to good health.
Using Kokyu (Breath Power), participants learn to unify the mind and body. Through simple meditation and deep breathing techniques, participants learn to clear the mind and relax the body. Ki breathing infuses the body with fresh oxygen, sending oxygen rich blood to all parts of the body. This is essential for good health and healing, and can easily be practiced at home.
Posture & Balance
Everyday movements and positions are used to teach principles of balance and posture. Learn how to use the tanden, core or center of gravity, to stabilize the body. A light push is used to test the stability of participants. This "Ki test" provides feedback, revealing the individual’s physical and mental calmness, and balance. Each test helps students learn relaxation techniques that can be called upon in daily life.
Calmness & Relaxation
A calm mind and relaxed body work together more efficiently. These techniques help participants feel the power and effectiveness of using mind and body together.
Benefits of physical exercise.