My Memories of the Father of Japanese Yoga (Part A)

New York, N.Y. Masahiro Oki, a pioneer of Japanese yoga

Someone has had a sTONG impact on my life. Masahiro Oki (1921-85) = photograph = is a pioneer of Japanese yoga and is called the father of modern Japanese yoga.

Nowadays yoga has become too fashionable, and it has become an atmosphere that it is yoga to make poses, but in true yoga, poses are around 10%, and how to have a spirit is important.

Mr. Oki was a person who had noticed that FOR THE FIRST TIME, and at the world convention of yoga held in the home of yoga in India, he said that “Indian yoga is dead” and surprised everyone around him. ..

EVEYHTING I LEARNED FORM HIM IS VERY, VERY IMPROTANT. He really knows everything and knows what he listens to … What I learned from this person is still in me. Oki Yoga is a yoga, Yuga, which is based on the traditions of the Nara era in Japan. Based on the practice of thinking and thinking from customs, martial arts BODY TEACHING, various arts, manipulative treatment, natural remedies, etc. It is a special yoga created by Professor Oki.



Mr. Oki WASs a strict person, and he had his own training for a long time. During the war, HE was working as a spy as a special engineer, so I was CAPTURED in Middle East. At that time, the person in the same prison was a great and famous Muslim person, and he learned various things from him and studied.

One day, people trying to rescue him got on a horse and invited him to run with him, so he ran away and then went and visited the Arab countries and trained variously. The teacher’s dojo was the first yoga training dojo in Japan that specialized in training camps.

My younger brother Osamu Tatsumura is now a great yoga teacher in Japan, but when he was a Waseda university, I decided to study physical movements (drama), so I joined Oki as a disciple. inner circle until he died.

became brother is am the director of the NPO Oki Yoga Association.

Akira Tatsumura, another younger brother who was active in Italy as a painter, is a disciple of Mr. Oki and has participated in his training in Italy many times. Now akira’s wife becoming a respectable teacher, she has an Oki yoga class in Milan, Italy to spread her teachings.

Oki sensei was too human to be a human. I was wondering if he was an alien. I thought that he knew everything about human beings. Of course, he knew a wide range of things, such as mental illness, cure of illness, food, nutrition, physical exercise, how to use the body.

He had always been very ill. he had cancer, but I was living a balanced life and never fell asleep in bed. In the United States, saxophonist Sony Rollins was one of Prof. Oki’s disciples who learned to breathe and handle instruments and minds.

I was shocked when he died. HEW WAS CONDUCTING OKI DOJO IN ITALY AND

Emiko, my sister-in-law, was taking care of HIM

while I was camping at the sea in Italy. Three days before he died, when SHE took some tea, the tea in the blue bowl was shining in a very beautiful golden color, so SHE asked Akira Tatsumura, my painter’s younger brother, “Akira, what do you think about this?” Professor Oki called.

So when my younger brother Akira said, “The golden color on the blue background is the color of heaven in Italy,” Professor Oki said, “Oh, THEY CAME TO GET ME FNALLY I’m about to pick you up.” At that time, it was over and the teacher was quietly talking to the pigeon.

Mr. Oki is a person who talkED to birds and animals, and you can see that HE can talk.

After that, when there was a practice method at the seaside of the Adriatic Sea, he said that he should call Akira and another Japanese disciple to watch his swim. And when he started swimming, he put his hand over his younger brother Akira. It’s like not touching, it’s like saying goodbye, and after holding my hand like that, with the light coming out of the sky with a tremendous force, a bar to the offshore like a dragon I was swimming.

Everyone was watching it. After a while, I could see from the beach that the teacher was floating offshore in a recumbent posture, but I thought that I was breathing fish because there were bubbling bubbles around, so I kept it away for a while It seems that the atmosphere was good. SOME SORT OF YOGA POSE

Then, after a while, HE WAS WASHED BACK TO THE BEACH and died. The Italian police said it might be a heart attack, but it was clear to those who were watching that it was obvious that he had swam OUT to die.

(Continued from October 12 issue)

About Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura

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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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