Nisei Shinshin Toitsu Do


Shinshin-tōitsu-dō  way of mind and body unification[1]) was founded by Nakamura Tempu and is also known as Japanese Yoga. It is a study of the principles of nature and how they can be refined to help us realize the truths of nature and our full potentials.


Nakamura Tempu created his Japanese Yoga from a variation of Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga, with an emphasis on the latter, which he learned from his Indian teacher Kaliapa who took him to Gorkhe, in eastern Nepal.

In Sanskrit texts, Rāja yoga was both the goal of yoga and a method of attaining it. The term also became a modern name for the practice of yoga, when in the 19th-century Swami Vivekananda equated raja yoga with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.Since then, Rāja yoga has variously been called "royal yoga", "royal union", "sahaj marg", "classical yoga", and "aṣṭāṅga yoga".

Karma yoga, also called Karma marga, is one of the four spiritual paths in Hinduism, one based on the "yoga of action".[1] To a karma yogi, right work done well is a form of prayer.[2]It is one of the paths in the spiritual practices of Hindus, others being Raja yogaJnana yoga(path of knowledge) and Bhakti yoga (path of loving devotion to a personal god).The three paths are not mutually exclusive in Hinduism, but the relative emphasis between Karma yoga, Jnana yoga and Bhakti yoga varies by the individual.

Of the paths to spiritual liberation in Hinduism, karma yoga is the path of unselfish action. It teaches that a spiritual seeker should act according to dharma, without being attached to the fruits or personal consequences. Karma Yoga, states the Bhagavad Gita, purifies the mind. It leads one to consider dharma of work, and the work according to one's dharma, doing god's work and in that sense becoming and being "like unto god Krishna" in every moment of one's life.

Related Arts

Shinshin Toitsu Aikido was founded in 1974 by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th Dan in Aikido. Based on the essential Ki principle which is "Mind moves Body," we learn "how to maximize the ability that people naturally have", and "how to respect and lead others."
These are the fundamentals that can be applied to everything in daily life, and so it is eagerly practiced by people whose fields are in sports, arts, management, education, and others.

We all have mind and body. The state of mind directly affects the state of body. We call this "Ki Principle: Mind moves Body".
Body has its shape, however mind is not tangible. Therefore, people nowadays tend to disregard the effect of mind over body. However, the mind exerts a powerful influence over the body.
By the coordination of mind and body, we can perform to the best of our ability in all aspects of our



Principles and methods

The teachings recognize four basic principles to unify mind and body (shin shin tōitsu no yondai gensoku):

  1. Use the mind in a positive way (fudōshin resulting in "ki no dashikata" i.e. the projection of life energy).

    1. Examine the self.

    2. Analyze suggestions received from your environment.

    3. Examine your attitude towards others.

    4. Discover the present and let the worrying about the future or the past fall away.

    5. Experience the universal mind.

  2. Use the mind with full concentration.

    1. Concentrate on matters you are familiar with.

    2. Concentrate on matters you wish to accomplish in a hurry.

    3. Concentrate on matters you believe are uninteresting.

    4. Concentrate on matters you believe are of no value.

  3. Use the body naturally.

  4. Train the body gradually, systematically and continuously.

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