JIRIKI WAS CREATED IN THE 1990'S BY YU YAGAMI, AN ACUPUNCTURIST, CHIROPRACTOR, YOGA PRACTITIONER AND INSTRUCTOR LIVING IN JAPAN
In 1976, at the age of 23, Yu opened an acupuncture chiropractic clinic. In spite of its success, he begun to question whether this work was really treating the fundamental issues of his patients' health. He found out that patients were relying too much on their therapist without changing their lifestyle or believing in the body's natural ability to heal, and this meant that they were often coming back with recurring symptoms and asking for further treatments to maintain their health.
Yu started to think that in order to find a long term solution to the patients' fundamental issues and chronic diseases, pains and discomforts, he needed to train them to work on their body awareness and lifestyle, and to learn to apply by themselves some the acupressure techniques in order to tune into the body's natural ability of healing. With all this in mind, he started training to become a yoga instructor in an ashram in Gifu, Japan, and he taught yoga there for nearly 10 years.
In 1993, thanks to the combination of his knowledge and practice as chiropractor, acupuncture therapist, and yoga teacher, Yu created a healing movement practice called Jiriki. This discipline aims to teach practitioners to apply therapists' techniques to their bodies in order to treat chronic disorders without outside help. Jiriki takes also inspiration from various yoga movements, which help to mitigate ongoing tightness and mis-alignments of the body.
Yu has been promoting Jiriki across Japan for the last 30 years, giving classes, holding instructor training courses, organising workshops and retreats, as well as writing articles. To date, there are about 20,000 people regularly attending Jiriki classes throughout Japan, with 500 instructors, trained by Yu, teaching them. Yu has also published over 25 books and DVDs about Jiriki, covering general health issues such as eyesight recovery, weight management, dementia and ageing, all by using his holistic approach.
Today, his daughter Marie has joined him to continue his work, with the mission of bringing Jiriki worldwide. Her classes and workshops are taught in English, allowing a wider audience to experience the healing wonders of Jiriki outside of Japan. So far, Marie has travelled to UK, Spain, France, and Canada to teach her classes.
March 31 2020 14:30-17:00
Cost: 5,000 yen (inc.tax), Mat realtal : 300 yen
2F, Kitahara Building, Tenshojimae-cho, Nakagyouku, Kyoto, Japan, 〒604-8081
Marie Yagami is a Jiriki Seitai and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher.
Despite being born in a yoga Ashram in Japan from yoga teacher parents, she hasn't always been herself a teacher, but actually have started her career as a Performance Costume Designer.
During her early 20s she was entangled in the fast-paced city life working in New York City and London. To cope with it all she reconnected with her childhood upbringing and started practicing Yoga and Jiriki regularly. Excited about the benefits that both disciplines were bringing her, she started to share them with friends and colleagues, and soon she realised that her life mission was to continue her father's work and to share the practice of Jiriki worldwide.
After completing a RYS 250hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training in London, she has deepened her knowledge of philosophy, anatomy, pranayama and meditation and have since applied these components into her Jiriki teaching.
The main objective of herJiriki classes is to guide students to reconnect to their bodies and to scan it to discover potential discomforts, imbalances, misalignments and tensions. By raising awareness on the powerful connection that ties together body and mind, students are invited to tap into the body's innate ability to heal independently if properly tended to.
Today, Marie continues to develop the Jiriki method alongside her father, and has become an ambassador for Jiriki outside Japan.