Traditional Japanese Stress Management

"Breath, Presence, and Tranquility" - Traditional Japanese techniques to help you calm your body, mind, and emotions.
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

The course contains over 3.5 hours of video and audio content based on the Seishindo Transformation Method.

Introduction

If you would like to stress less and live in a more emotionally fulfilling manner, this program can benefit you greatly. In this course, you are taught various traditional Japanese breathing methods for nourishing and calming your brain, your body, and your emotions.

This course melds the exercises and theoretical principles of Aikido and Noguchi Seitai with Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Self-relations Psychotherapy, and recent discoveries in neuroscience research.

The course employs a mixture of images, music, and verbal guidance to lead you through a process that helps you feel more alive and at peace in your everyday life. Little by little, you will notice that your stress melts away and is replaced by a feeling of calm confidence. You will wind up feeling healthier, more at ease, and better able to enjoy the positive aspects of your life.

What makes our course special

Our video and audio tracks communicate directly to your unconscious mind. You will find that you are influenced on a level of experience that comes prior to thinking. Rather than suggesting what you "should" be doing, we give you a direct experience to engage in. We feel this is the most effective way to learn to manage stress since most of the stress we create in our daily lives is generated on an unconscious level—we simply aren't aware of what we do to generate our stress. In taking part in our course you will learn how to change what you do with your body as a way to change the way you think and feel. This is the essence of what Aikido and Noguchi Seitai teaches.

We provide you with the music that accompanies each exercise. By listening to the music at your leisure, you will revivify the learning you received when engaging in the exercises. You have had a similar experience many times in your life when hearing a piece of music you associate with a particular person, activity, or circumstance. Hearing the music leads you to recall the memories and feelings connected to your experience.

All of our videos and audio content is downloadable and we also provide you with the mp3 version. This makes it possible for you to engage in our program on your mobile phone, portable audio device, and computer, whenever and wherever you like without having to access your web browser.

Structure of the Course

This course contains five main lectures (including 13 downloadable files): Two of the exercises are videos accompanied with music and verbal guidance. I walk you through the exercises as you passively take in the music and visual images. The other three exercises are audio tracks with music and verbal guidance. Make sure you go to the "Download" section of the course (to the right of each Lecture) to get all the files. You will also find detailed notes there as well about the lecture you are participating in.

While you are free to engage in the course in any manner you wish, we suggest that you progress in the order the exercises are presented.

A foundational concept of the program is this: You will be learning step by step, and the more you practice the more you will replace old debilitating habits with new more beneficial habits. It is my hope that you will find great enjoyment and learning, by engaging in the exercises for many years to come!

Course exercises

1. Mushin Breathing. This exercise is based on the Japanese concept of mushin. When you experience mushin you are centered and calm, yet active. At such times your thinking mind and your body are coordinated, and act as one.

You do neither too much or too little, as you release all extraneous action and thought. Nothing comes between your thought and your action, and nothing is left over or undone. This is the experience you can have at any given moment, prior to reflecting on your experience in any way.

In this exercise you are guided through a process to help you become fully present in the moment, by breathing, moving, letting go, and living fully in the here and now. The more often you can let go of your concerns about the past and future, the healthier and more emotionally balanced you will feel.

2. Slow Expansive Breathing. The way you breathe is crucial to cultivating high quality physical and emotional health. Breathing fully can help you to slow down, and feel more in control of yourself, and your life. The better able you are to breathe fully the better you will feel during the course of your day.

Breathing fully increases blood flow throughout your body, providing your system with copious amounts of oxygen, while also cleansing your body of carbon dioxide and other toxins.

This exercise offers you a core component in learning how to breathe fully while remaining relaxed. By engaging in this exercise, over time you will come to feel calm and solution oriented. Relax, take in what I have to say, listen to the accompanying music, and breathe… simple to engage in as I guide you through the entire process.

This exercise leads you through a breathing cycle that is six seconds in, a second or two of rest, six seconds out, and another second or two of rest. The idea being that it is really important to take in copious amounts of oxygen.

Most people will find this duration of breathing to be fairly easy to follow. But if you find yourself struggling to keep up with me, simply breathe for one or two cycles, rest while not attempting to keep up, and then breathe with me for another cycle or two, when the timing is right for you. After a bit of practice you will find that your breathing capacity expands, which will help you to relax even further.

3. Mu Breathing. This exercise is based on the Japanese concept of mu. Mu can be said to mean “emptiness or nothing". When you have nothing, then everything is possible. When you “think nothing" you are free from your daily concerns. Experiencing mu gives you a sense of the full potential that life can offer you. In Japanese culture, nothing is more revered than nothing!

When you focus on nothing and bring mindful awareness to your breathing process, you increase your overall health and vitality. Mindful breathing also calms your thinking mind, and lessens unnecessary internal chatter and “worry", so you can feel your rightful place in the world.

In this exercise, you will learn how to experience and benefit from the potential of mu, as you open up to all that life is offering you.

4. Aikido Breathing - Demonstration. This exercise offers you a classic breathing technique used in Aikido. I teach you some theory, and the “how to" of the exercise and then we engage in this breathing process together.

The idea behind this exercise is for you to slowly take in copious amounts of oxygen in order to feed your brain and calm your overall system. When you breathe slowly in an expansive manner, your brain gets the resources it requires, and over time you find that your thought process slows down, and you wind up feeling more at ease in the moment.

After engaging in this exercise numerous times, you will likely find that your thinking process fades away completely for short periods, and this is a great aid in helping you to feel safe and calm. You will discover what a wonderful treat it is to have no internal dialogue at times! Less internal chatter leads to less stress and greater self-confidence.

The act of slowing down your thinking mind, also calms your body, and thus your overall system will feel a great sense of rejuvenation. Without thoughts running through your mind, you will be free to simply attend to your moment to moment experience, and you will have a great sense of wonderment and exploration.

5. Aikido Breathing- Practice. This exercise offers the same practice as the previous exercise but this time with most of the explanation stripped away.

Once you feel confident with what you need to do in Aikido Breathing- Demonstration, this Practice version of the exercise will wind up being the recording you will likely use the most often.

A bit of theory

An insufficient intake of oxygen plays an important role in creating stress.

And the less oxygen you take in, the less you breathe out carbon dioxide and other toxins. Thus your system gets clogged and you wind up with “brain fog" – the inability to think clearly and stay focused.

Tight muscles and bad posture also play a role in creating stress by inhibiting blood and oxygen flow to your brain and the rest of your body, which leads you to magnify the challenges you face. Thus you wind up fixating on your potential problems rather than focusing on your potential solutions.

Glucose, oxygen, and the proper levels of nitric oxide and carbon dioxide are all important elements in fueling, rejuvenating, and healing yourself. When you breathe expansively, you maximize the synthesis and supply of these various elements throughout your system. In the process you prepare yourself to meet the many challenges you face, with presence and tranquility, and thus lessen the stress in your life.

Follow our program and little by little you will find yourself living with greater presence and tranquility.

What are the requirements?

  • There is only one requirement for wanting to take this course- That you have the desire to live a less stressful, more emotionally fulfilling life!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The goal of this program is to help you significantly lessen the stress you experience on a day to day basis. The less you stress the more you will enjoy and appreciate your life. Little by little, you will learn how to optimize your breathing and feel calmer in the midst of your everyday challenges.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for anyone who desires less stress in their life and a greater sense of emotional fulfillment.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the course
05:00

This lecture provides a short introduction to the course. Feel free to skip this if you want to dive right into the material.

Before you begin...
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Section 2: Main Course
14:01

This lecture is based on the Japanese concept of Mushin. When you experience mushin you are centered and calm, yet active. At such times your thinking mind and your body are coordinated and act as one.

You do neither too much or too little, as you release all extraneous action and thought. Nothing comes between your thought and your action, and nothing is left over, or undone.

This is the experience you can have at any given moment, prior to reflecting on your experience in any way.

In this lecture, you are guided through a process to help you become fully present in the moment by breathing, moving, letting go, and living fully in the here and now. The more often you can let go of your concerns about the past and future, the healthier and more emotionally balanced you will feel.

The specially-composed music and pleasant visual images will enhance and deepen your experience of feeling alive and well.

In this section of the course, we provide you with 3 downloadable files:

Lecture Files:
1. Mushin Breathing (video)
This is the main video file that you see to the left when you play this lecture. Please engage in this exercise numerous times, and you will benefit more and more as you come to internalize all that is offered.

Supplemental Materials:
2. Mushin Breathing With Guidance (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture without the video in mp3 format (which can be easily played on almost any computer and portable device). Using this file, you are taken through the very same instruction you received in the Mushin Breathing video. Many people prefer to have the audio-only file to listen to the lecture "on the go" rather than also watch the video.

3. Mushin Breathing Instrumental (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture that contains only the background music (without the video and without my verbal instructions) in mp3 format. By listening to the music, you will revivify the learning you received when engaging in Mushin Breathing. You have had a similar experience many times in your life when hearing a piece of music you associate with a particular person, activity, or circumstance. Hearing the music leads you to recall the memories and feelings connected to your experience.

15:11

The way you breathe is crucial to cultivating high quality physical and emotional health. Breathing fully can help you to slow down and feel more in control of yourself and your life. The better able you are to breathe fully, the better you will feel during the course of your day.

Breathing fully increases blood flow throughout your body, providing your system with copious amounts of oxygen, while also cleansing your body of carbon dioxide and other toxins.

This lecture offers you a core component in learning how to breathe fully while remaining relaxed. By engaging in this lecture, over time you will come to feel calm and solution oriented. Relax, take in what I have to say, listen to the accompanying music, and breathe… simple to engage in as I guide you through the entire process.

This lecture leads you through a breathing cycle that is six seconds in, a second or two of rest, six seconds out, and another second or two of rest. The idea being that it is really important to take in copious amounts of oxygen.

Most people will find this duration of breathing to be fairly easy to follow. But if you find yourself struggling to keep up with me, simply breathe for one or two cycles, rest while not attempting to keep up, and then breathe with me for another cycle or two, when the timing is right for you. After a bit of practice you will find that your breathing capacity expands, which will help you to relax even further.

In this section of the course, we provide you with 3 downloadable files:

Lecture Files:
1. Slow Expansive Breathing (video)
This is the main video file that you see to the left when you play this lecture. Since this is an audio only lesson and the video is simply a still photo of Japanese scenery, you may prefer to instead download and use the audio files in the Supplementary Material below.

Supplemental Materials:
2. Slow Expansive Breathing With Guidance (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture in .mp3 format which can be easily played on almost any computer and portable device.

3. Slow Expansive Breathing Instrumental (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture and contains only the music you have been listening to while doing the Slow Expansive Breathing exercise without my verbal instruction. Please enjoy this music whenever and wherever you like.

16:12

This exercise is based on the Japanese concept of Mu. Mu can be said to mean “emptiness or nothing”. When you have nothing, then everything is possible. When you “think nothing” you are free from your daily concerns. Experiencing Mu gives you a sense of the full potential that life can offer you. In Japanese culture, nothing is more revered than nothing!

When you focus on nothing and bring mindful awareness to your breathing process, you increase your overall health and vitality. Mindful breathing also calms your thinking mind, and lessens unnecessary internal chatter and “worry”, so you can feel your rightful place in the world.

In this exercise, you will learn how to experience and benefit from the potential of Mu, as you open up to all that life is offering you.

The specially-composed music and pleasant visual images will enhance and deepen your experience of feeling alive and well.

In this section of the course, we provide you with 3 downloadable files:

Lecture files:
1. Mu Breathing (video)
This is the main video file that you see to the left when you play this lecture. Please engage in this exercise numerous times, and you will benefit more and more as you come to internalize all that is offered.

Supplemental Materials:
2. Mu Breathing With Guidance (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture without the video in mp3 format (which can be easily played on almost any computer and portable device). Using this file, you are taken through the very same instruction you received in the Mu Breathing video. Many people prefer to have the audio-only file to listen to the lecture "on the go" rather than also watch the video.

3. Mushin Breathing Instrumental (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture that contains only the background music (without the video and without my verbal instructions) in mp3 format. By listening to the music, you will revivify the learning you received when engaging in Mu Breathing. You have had a similar experience many times in your life when hearing a piece of music you associate with a particular person, activity, or circumstance. Hearing the music leads you to recall the memories and feelings connected to your experience.

26:10

This lecture offers you a classic breathing technique used in Aikido. I teach you some of the theory involved and the "how to" of the exercise, and then we engage in this breathing process together.

The idea behind this exercise is for you to slowly take in copious amounts of oxygen in order to feed your brain and calm your overall system, When you breathe slowly in an expansive manner, your brain gets the resources it requires, and over time you find that your thought process slows down, and you wind up feeling more at ease in the moment.

After engaging in this exercise numerous times, you will likely find that your thinking process fades away completely for short periods, and this is a great aid in helping you to feel safe and calm. You will discover what a wonderful treat it is to have no internal dialogue at times!

The act of slowing down your thinking mind, also calms your body, and thus your overall system will feel a great sense of rejuvenation. Without thoughts running through your mind, you will be free to simply attend to your moment to moment experience, and you will have a great sense of wonderment and exploration.

In this section of the course, we provide you with 3 downloadable files:

Lecture Files:
1. Akiko Breathing (video)
This is the main video file that you see to the left when you play this lecture. Since this is an audio only lesson and the video is simply a still photo of Japanese scenery, you may prefer to instead download the audio files in the Supplementary Material below.

Supplemental Materials:
2. Aikido Breathing With Guidance (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture in .mp3 format which can be easily played on almost any computer and portable device.

Note: The instrumental version for this lecture is the same as in Lecture 3 - Slow Expansive Breathing and can be downloaded there.

16:21

This lecture offers the same practice as the previous exercise but this time with most of the explanation stripped away.

Once you feel confident with what you need to do in Aikido Breathing- Demonstration, this Practice version of the exercise will wind up being the recording you will likely use the most often.

In this section of the course you receive two files in total:

Lecture Files:
1. Aikido Breathing Practice (video)
This is the main video file that you see to the left when you play this lecture. Since this is an audio only lesson and the video is simply a still photo of koi fish, you may prefer to instead download and use the audio files in the Supplementary Material below.

Supplemental Materials:
2. Aikido Breathing With Guidance (audio)
This is the audio-only version of the lecture in mp3 format which can be easily played on almost any computer and portable device.

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Instructor Biography

Charlie Badenhop, Coach and Consultant

If you're drawn to better understand the intersection and interaction between your thinking mind, your emotions, and how you generate stress, then this course will offer you great value.

I have used my lifetime of study to build this stress management course.

  • I went to Japan to study Noguchi Seitai, and the Japanese martial art of Aikido, and I lived, worked, and studied in Japan for 30 years. I am a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido, and I am one of the few foreigners in Japan to be certified as an Aikido sensei.
  • I have studied extensively with John Grinder and Judith DeLozier (two of the original developers of NLP), and I have taught alongside them on numerous occasions. I'm a certified trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Ericksonian Hypnosis.
  • I have also extensively studied with Stephen Gilligan, the originator of Self-relations Psychotherapy and taught alongside him on numerous occasions.
  • I'm a long-term practitioner and student of many forms of mindfulness, psychology, and health disciplines, including Noguchi Seitai, Seiki Jutsu, Yoga, Gestalt therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and others.

Having worked through many personal and professional challenges in my own life, it's my passion to assist students in doing the same. By taking this course you can rekindle the spirit of your emotional and physical well-being, recognizing and embodying your true heart's desires. Along the way your feelings of stress will subside and be replaced with a deep sense of physical and emotional well-being.

I know you are capable of great change. My experience of life has shown me that every individual already has the resources they need to achieve deeply-desired goals. The challenge I would like to help you face, is to uncover and appreciate the strengths of “your system," and build from there.

I want to gently urge you to have the courage to declare a greater purpose for your life!

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