Monday Night Guest Instructor
Sensei Robert Cowham of London came for a visit so our dojo put him to work teaching tonight's class.
We spent the class focusing on our breathing. Bob has mentioned this in the distant past when he taught at Gloucester. I've actually practiced breathing once in a while. How does one practice breathing? Don't you just breath? Well... the thought is that you exhale and inhale with your stomach and not your chest. If you look at a 3 year old and watch them breath you will see the tummy go up and down. Sometime as we grow older many of us lose this kind of breathing.
Sensei Cowham has a blog at http://robertcowham.com/blog/
In one of his posts he says.....
"My sources are mainly Inaba sensei's teaching regarding the breathing, and Peter Ralston's book "Zen Body-Being" for a fascinating approach to relaxation and effortless power which I am finding very rewarding to study."
I'm not sure I can spend the time needed to cultivate any skill in this area but I bet the book is an interesting read.
Unfortunately, Bob was called away from the dojo. He asked if I would drive Robert home and I said no problem. It wasn't until after Bob had left that it occurred to me that it's still Passover. This means I wasn't able to offer to take him for a meal or really hang out somewhere for a drink. I feel kind of bad about it but I really didn't have an option.
Thumb hurts less but is still weaker than normal.