First in the
series of Chakra Awakening Workshop was held at CIHS on March 27 & 28
inviting Mr. Takeshima from Japan
and Paul & Suzee Grilley from Oregon.
This first series of the workshop focused on Muladhara chakra. Located in the
perineum or the base of coccyx, the Muladhara chakra is said to be the base of
chakras. According to Dr. Motoyama, awakening of other chakras is not
possible without awakening of the Muladhara chakra. It is, therefore, very
important to focus on this chakra first. During the 2-day workshop Mr.
Takeshima lectured on the basic theories of the Muladhara chakra and
demonstrated important series of practices to safely activate/awaken this
As some of the readers may know, Mr. Takeshima has
been Dr. Motoyama's disciple for the last 30 years, and teaching yoga and
meditation at Dr. Motoyama's center in Japan as a senior instructor. Mr.
Takeshima is also an acupuncturist so that he is well versed in the TCM
meridian theory and subtle energy system. In this
workshop his sessions began
with the practice of the meridian exercise followed by pranayama (breathing
exercises). Body movements of the meridian exercise are more subtle compared to
those of hatha yoga, but very effective not only to promote ki (prana)
circulation in the body, especially in all joints, but also to prepare the body
for deeper meditation.
Mr. Takeshima then introduced the attendees to greater
varieties of pranayama exercises and guided them through the 1-hour meditation.
included sushumuna purification pranayama, lower abdominal
breathing, bhastrika, and ashvini mudra etc. According to Mr. Takeshima, those
exercises are very important to balance the physical body and prepare the
person for activation of the kundalini energy as well. Mr. Takeshima concluded
the workshop with prayer chanting of the heart sutra and one of the important
prayers for world peace of Dr. Motoyama's shrine.
If you would like to obtain more detailed description of
this workshop, I'd be happy to send it (pdf) to you. So please send me a mail
with a subject line, "request workshop description."
Most of the attendees gave us good feedback and said
they'd look forward to the next workshop of the Chakra Awakening series. We are
already planning the next workshop to offer next year. The chakra focused in
the next series is Svadhisthana chakra, which is the second chakra located a few inches below the navel. We will inform
the details on our website as well as in this newsletter soon after we
finalized the plan. Please keep in touch with us.