Find out more about Zen Kokyū
The Zen Breathing Method
Most people think of breathing as an action our bodies perform automatically. However, many are unaware that there are ideal types of breathing for every situation.
Zen Kokyū, or Zen breathing, encourages us to be more mindful of our breathing, and can be used as a tool to improve our health and wellbeing. It is based on a breathing method written by Zen master Hakuin Ekaku in the 18th century, which is said to improve concentration, blood flow, and relaxation levels in its users.
Modern day mindfulness
Through Zen Kokyū, it becomes easier to connect your body and mind, making you more aware of the inner workings of your body.
People around the world have become fans of the method, as they seek mindfulness within their modern lifestyles.
Yuki Shiina is an expert of zen breathing techniques, author, and the founder of Zen Kokyū.
Inspired by the effect breathing techniques had on her life, Yuki combined Hakuin’s original writings with her own personal experiences to create Zen Breathing. In doing so, she hoped to make the concept more understandable and accessible for people across the world.
Spreading the art of Zen Kokyū, one class at a time
Today, Yuki teaches Zen Kokyū not only from her studio in Tokyo, but also at locations across Japan. Through her work, Yuki hopes that she can inspire others to take their health into their own hands, and transform their quality of life.
Yuki has a good sense of humour, and I had a lot of fun in the lesson
When I listened to Yuki speaking directly, I found many of the things she was saying to be very valuable. Everything she said left a deep impression on me. Yuki also has a good sense of humour, and I had a lot of fun in the lesson.
It was an eye-opening experience
I loved the experience, it was very eye-opening for me. I never realized how much my posture and breathing could affect my overall well being.
I have a new awareness of my body
I feel so much more aware of my body, and where and how breathe comes and leaves through my body.
A lesson we'll treasure for life
We learned many things that I am certain will help us for better health throughout our lives.