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John Friend

Online workshop

Love from Japan!


This is announcement for John Friend workshop.


The workshop will be held on online 4/19 and 4/20 6:00-8:00pm EDT.

It have a Japanese interpreter, but anyone can come.

Day: April 19th & 20th

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm (EDT)

Fee:$70 (2days) ,$40 (1days)


If you would like to sign up, please pay from here.



The Bowspring practice reflects 7 principles of Zen philosophy, which describe a harmonious state of mind-body that gives access to higher levels of universal consciousness, radiant health, and the natural artistic beauty of daily life. 


The 7 Zen principles in Bowspring practice:
1. Simplicity (Kanso) – essential nature of the mind-body; reduced variables in the mathematical equation; efficiency of movement; purity of action aligned with Nature. 

2. Naturalness (Shizen) – in harmony with Nature; reflecting the flowing directionality of crystal, water, breath, light, and vibrational lifeforce (Ki). 


3. Elegance (Shibui) – divine beauty of refined simplicity; high vibration of expression; sophisticated beauty integrated with Kanso. 


4. Asymmetry (Fukinsei) – non-linear; wavy, non-rigid sameness; dynamic, changeable, flowing; 

Dynamic symmetry; spontaneous wildness of Nature


5. Subtlety (Yugen) – Sublimity; mystery; depth; profound complexity beyond rational understanding


6. Tranquility (Seijaku) – quietness; slow movement, calm, smooth waves


7. Emptiness (Kū) – spaciousness, openness




The first workshop in this series is the practice of Kanso / simplicity in Bowspring and in daily life to create harmony with Nature. 

There is simplicity in the Bowspring method and its practice that reflect the beauty of the Universal Source in Nature. 


The principle of Kanso encourages the student of Bowspring to focus on the spiritual essence of the mind-body practice (yoga) rather than complicated, disjointed alignment instructions of modern postural yoga. 


By embracing the principle of Kanso, Bowspring students aim to cultivate clarity, efficiency, and effectiveness in their techniques, enabling them to respond spontaneously and precisely in each Bowspring dynamic pose towards optimal alignment, while maintaining the calm presence of inner knowing. 



Kanso in Bowspring Method:

·      Bowspring uses Katas or set sequences of movements and positions – refining to precise, minimalistic forms.

·      You don’t need a special studio or special equipment to practice Bowspring. You can practice it practically anywhere at any time since it can be done while standing, sitting, or walking. 

·      Bowspring is the same template of general wavy relationship between the head, neck, upper back, lower back, and hips in all poses. Simple optimal template. 

·      Natural body mechanics in Bowspring. 

·      Bowspring focuses on mastering the fundamentals.


Simplicity of Bowspring practice:

·      Minimal amount of effort to find the balance between Source Current and Freedom Current in every pose. Maximum results with minimal effort = efficiency

·      There is no unnecessary movements or extra flourishes or embellishments of movements or complexity of forms which reduce the balanced alignment or whole body awareness. 

·      Avoid unnecessary distractions when practicing –

·      No overthinking when practicing. 

·      Simple, essential intention – flow with Nature to increase Life force. 

·      Simple attitude – calm and centered mindset. 

Any questions, please let me know.


Thank you.

Have a good day!


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