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November 28, 2005

"Ki Breathing" by Koichi Tohei Sensei (13)

This article is translation of Koichi Tohei sensei's book, "Ki breathing (Ki no Kokyuho)". We will upload new article every Monday.

Shinichi Tohei


I will explain some important points with Ki Testing. It is not important if you move or not move. When you receive Ki test, you can resist “not to move” intentionally. However, if you think “do not move”, you become tense and as a result, you loose natural stability. There is no value in trying to not move. The posture which is in harmony with the Universe or the posture with oneness of mind and body has natural stability. If your posture is correct, your posture is naturally stable. You do not have to brace yourself. The posture with oneness of mind and body is not only stable but allows you to move at anytime. If your body is tense, you cannot move freely at any time. If you tense your muscles in your legs or lower abdomen, you cannot be stable and cannot move freely. The posture in harmony with the Universe is the posture with oneness of mind and body. In this posture natural stability is kept and you can move anytime quickly. Let's do Ki test while sitting (Seiza).

First, rise on your knees as shown in the photo. Many people have a habit of putting their chest out and becoming tense. Move your shoulders up and down. You must move only your shoulder. You will find that it is difficult to move your shoulders up and down when you are tense.
On the other hand, if you have a hunched posture, it is difficult to move your shoulders up and down. The position that allows you to move your shoulders up and down the easiest is the natural position of the shoulder.
Next, sit down calmly. When you sit down, please do not push down on your lower body. When you sit, cross your big toes, one over the other. It does not matter which toe is above.
Check to be sure that you move your shoulders up and down several times. Put your hand on your lap lightly. Do not push down. When you receive Ki test, you will find that you are stable naturally without trying to not move. This is Seiza (sitting) posture with oneness of mind and body.

How to sit seiza correctly
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First photo: Rise on your knees. Move your shoulders up and down several times to find a posture where you can do it easily. You should be sitting with your feet up.
Second photo: Sit seiza lightly. Check to be sure that you move your shoulders up and down several times. Put your hand on your lap lightly. Do not push down. Your toes cross, one on top of the other lightly.
Third photo: When you receive Ki test, you will find that you are stable naturally, without thinking to not move.

Seen from the back
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Second photo: Your right first toes overlaps with left first toe lightly. It does not matter which toe is above or below.
Third photo: You will sit down calmly. Then, move your shoulders up and down several times. Put your hand on your lap lightly.

Seen from the side
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