Every Saturday we have Misogi and flowing Keiko class. What is Misogi? Well literally Misogi is purification. Traditionally it was done by dousing yourself with cold water either from a well or waterfall or in the sea. One practices abdominal breathing to alleviate the cold and focus the mind. It also relates to the use of breathing techniques for purification of mind and body. I
n the Saturday class we do a series of Misogi exercises (without water) that is usually preceded by seated meditation and seated Misogi breathing. Saturday class is the one day where there is NO FOCUS ON COMBAT OR PRACTICALITY. The idea is to harmonise all the esoteric elements of Aikido and integrate them into our basic training. As such we practice Ki exercises and flowing technique and integrate the Misogi and meditation into the daily Keiko.