Japanese Yoga also known as Ki, Okido, Oki and Ryoho yoga has the ability to enhance your well-being by improving your strength and fitness levels, enhancing digestion, circulation and reducing stress and cortisol levels. Japanese yoga also relieves mild to severe back pain and assists those with anxiety and insomnia.

Why Do Japanese Yoga?

First, let’s take a look at what is Japanese Ki Meridian yoga?

Japanese Yoga (also known as Okido, Ki, Ki Meridian Yoga, Ryoho and Therapy yoga) was founded by the Japanese master Masahiro Oki (1919 – 1985) and is grounded in traditional hatha yoga and the Japanese Zen tradtion, incorporating elements from traditional eastern medicine, martial arts, zen shiatsu, yin & yang and the Five Element theory.  It is the leading form of yoga practised in Japan today.

It is a very therapeutic form of yoga – working with the same meridians as Zen Shiatsu or accupuncture. There is focus on developing the core (the Hara) and stimulating ki (energy) around the body.  It is a dynamic and vigorous style of yoga involving movement and asanas (postures) with the breath in a specific way. Japanese Yoga benefits and challenges even the fittest of participants , as well as being the most powerful natural healing system you will find. It is very effective for back pain, tight neck and shoulders, problematic knees, tight hips and PSOAS, menopause, reproductive issues, anxiety and insomnia.

Japanese yoga changes in accordance with the seasons and the time of day. It  aligns the body with the changes of each season, concentrating on the appropriate meridians and organs for each season according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Element Theory.

A large component of our classes are done laying on the back and front of the body in order to intensely work on the internal body.  Intrinsic to the philosophy of Japanese yoga is that if we fix the internal body – the digestive organs, the circulation, our respiration, the reproductive system and the endocrine system,  then the appearance of the outer body, our moods, emotions and behaviour change.

Japanese yoga can serve as a complete health maintenance system, and works along the premise of the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Part of traditional Japanese yoga is to include a wholefoods diet – including fresh seasonal produce. We introduce this element if the yoga itself does not seem quite enough to fix your issues.

Yogamotion Japanese Yoga is held at Function Playground at Function Physio in Gladesville, Next Gen Health Club at Ryde, The Fitness Edge at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club and Pinnacle Spine & Sports at Concord West. Corporate yoga and Private yoga sessions are also available.

Japanese Yoga - based on Zen Shiatsu meridians - resulting in a therapeutic and healing form of yoga

Benefits of doing Japanese yoga include:

  • Improved digestion and metabolism.
  • Increased immunity and better circulatory system.
  • Switching off the Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight or Flight).
  • Detoxifying the Liver.
  • Improved oxygenation to our cells.
  • Improved joints and flexibility.
  • Balancing the upper and lower body, and the left & the right side of the body.
  • Better structural stability.
  • Calming the adrenal glands which improves stress & anxiety
  • Improved focus and clarity of mind

Frequently asked Questions

How often do I need to do Japanese yoga to experience the benefits?

Attending just one class a week will give you noticeable benefits – improved mood, increased circulatory system and digestion

The best results are gained from attending 2 to 3 times a week – that’s when you’ll see big changes – toning the body, burning calories and maintaining a balanced emotional state.

Most clients find that once they attend one class a week, they want to schedule in atleast one other.

The therapeutic nature of Japanese yoga shows improvements in your health very quickly & gives a wonderful sense of wellbeing. It really is a complete health maintenance system if done three times a week and a macrobiotic or wholefoods diet incorporated.

How do you lose weight with yoga?

Unlike many other forms of yoga, Japanese yoga is a dynamic, often vigorous form of yoga. It also includes a lot of ‘little big moves’ – in other words…it might be a small movement, but you’re using mighty strength to achieve it. The heart rate is increased and sustained in bursts with this yoga. We also can target specific areas such as flabby butts & thighs, ‘wings’ on upper arms and bulging bellies.

I’m not Flexible enough. How can I do yoga?

The body is amazing at adapting to whatever it is you subject it to. You do not need to be flexible to start yoga. By doing yoga to the best of our abilities, we achieve results. Yoga is not about obtaining the perfect asana. It is about doing it to the best of your capability on the day, and still getting results. Through attending regular class, just once a week you will improve vastly.

What our Clients are Saying



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