活動理念/Policy

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ティームヨーガの理念と趣意
Concept and Intention of Team Yoga

理念
今日,ヨーガは世界の文化として認められています.国家,人種,宗教,性別,年齢の関係はありません.それは,人間の営みから生じる悩みや苦悩を解決する,総合的な智慧と実践であるからと考えられます.

そして,世界中でヨーガは身体の健康,ウツや神経症,認知症の予防や治療,ストレスやプレッシャー対策,学業や仕事におけるパフォーマンス向上などに役立てられています.また,近年の日本でもヨーガ人口が急激に増加しています.しかし,ヨーガの本当の価値とその可能性については,ほとんど注目されていないのが現状です.
ヨーガの本当の価値と可能性とは,自己変容(Self Transformation)と,社会変容(Social Transformation)とを目指して生きられる自分になることにあります.

ここでいう自己変容は,自己を深く見つめ,自由自在な自分を取り戻し,充実した人生を可能にします.そして,私たち一人ひとりの中にある激しい欲望や,怒り,妬み,恨み,憎しみの心が静まり,豊かな心で「人と人,そして人と自然(体も自然の一分)とは一如である」という自覚を,取り戻して生きる道筋を社会変容と言います.

このようなヨーガをも含めて,ヨーガの可能性を実現する方法を,大勢の人に伝えていくことを,私たちは目指します.

背景
ヨーガは,人生の問題に答えてくれます.
私たちは誰もがそれぞれ,さまざまな問題を抱えているのではないでしょうか.

10代,20代の若者は停滞する社会の中で,漫然とした不安が深刻でウツや神経症が増大しています.
30代,40代は,過酷なストレス社会の中で結婚,出産,子育てで身心ともに疲れはて,ときに突然の心筋梗塞や過労死に見舞われる人が増加しています.核家族の時代,孤独な子育てで苦境に陥っているお母さんたちが,増えています.また,働く女性にとってジェンダーの問題が深刻です.
40代後半から50代,更年期となります.気がつくとメタボ,血圧や血糖,中性脂肪が気になっています.価値観などの,若年層とのギャップに「自分はもう若くない」ことを気付かされる中間管理職は,上下に挟まれて苦境に立たされるでしょう.
50歳,60歳代になると自分の限界が見えてきます.厳しい現実で,若い頃に夢見ていたような幸福な人生など,消えてしまっている人も少なくありません.健康,家庭,経済,地位,…….
70歳を超えると気持は若いつもりでも,身体的にも精神的にも衰えを感じ,忍び寄る死の声が,一層大きく聞こえてきます.子供はとっくの昔に家から出ています.そして肉親や友人などとの死別を経験するなどから,孤独な道を歩むしかない人も少なくありません.糖尿病,高血圧などから脳卒中で寝たきり,あるいは認知症の進行で,介護をする家族が肉体的にも精神にも疲れ果てるだけでなく,仕事を続けなれないことから貧困に陥ることは稀ではありません.
こうした苦境は現代日本に限ったことでなく,形こそ異なっても,いつの時代のどこに住もうと,私たちに迫ってくる問題ではないでしょうか.
ヨーガは,こうした苦境から開放されるために,4500年前に生まれました.今日まで伝わっているだけでなく,更なる広がりを見せています.それは,人間の問題を解決する上で,強力な力となっていることを示しているものであると,私たちは考えます.

歴史と実績

大学院ヨーガコース
2015年,筑波大学体育科学系の征矢英昭教授,坂入洋右教授のサポートを受け,Randeep RAKWALが高橋玄朴をゲストティーチャーとして迎え,大学院共通科目(GGEC)のヨーガコースを開きました.
ヨーガコースの目的は,深遠なヨーガ思想と科学的な理解を周知することとともに,ヨーガを活用することで可能となる実戦的なソーシャル・トランスフォーメーション活動を行える人間性の育成です. これは,2016年,2017年と継続されています.毎年このコースへの受講希望学生数は,募集を大きく超えています.また,学生の出席率も高く,驚くほどの集中力で授業に臨んでいます.

みんなのヨーガ
学生の関心が高い理由の一つは,現代の日本社会に欠けているものがヨーガの中にあるからなのではないか,と考えられます.
そこで,Randeep RAKWALと高橋玄朴は,2016年に一般の希望者を対象として,みんなのヨーガコースをBiViつくば 筑波大学サテライトオフィスで開きました.問合せは茨城県内から寄せられ,回を追うごとに受講者は会場をあふれるほどに増加しました.

プロジェクト
2016年6月21日に,国際ヨーガデイに合わせて,筑波大学中央図書館内でのヨーガに関するイベントを開催し,6月28日には,筑波大学附属大塚特別支援学校の「大塚オリンピック・パラリンピックデー2016」で生徒さんたちと一緒にヨーガをやりました.

ティームヨーガの結成
以上のような経緯を経て,GGECヨーガコースの開催以来の仲間が集り,自然な流れでティームヨーガが結成されました.
私たちの目的は,広がりのあるヨーガの普及を目的とした活動をさらに継続し発展させ,やがてはヨーガセンターをつくり,そこで人材育成と社会活動を行うことにあります.

 

Concept and Intention of “Team Yoga”

Policy
Yoga is recognized as a world culture, today. Yoga has no relation to state, race, religion, sex, age. It is thought that it is comprehensive wisdom and practice to solve the troubles and sufferings arising from human activity.

Yoga is used all over the world for physical health, prevention and treatment of depression, neurosis, dementia and measures for stress and pressure, for improvement of the performance in academic and work, etc. In recent years in Japan too, the Yoga population is rapidly increasing. However, little attention has been paid to the true value and possibilities of Yoga. The real value and possibilities of Yoga lies in becoming a person who can live with the aim of self-transformation and social-transformation.

Self-transformation here means to look deeply at oneself, regain free self and enrich one’s life. In our hearts, there is a heart of fierce desire, anger, envy, jealousy, grudge, and hatred. When this violent heart calms down, a rich heart is born. With this rich mind, we can regain our awareness that “people and people, and people and nature (body is also a part of nature)” is just one. This is Yoga. This is possible for everyone, so we call this “Yoga for All”. This makes it possible for everyone to live a life to realize a better society. This is to say – Social Transformation by Yoga.

We aim at such self-transformation and social-transformation.

Background
Yoga will answer your life problems. It seems that everyone, each of us, has various problems. Now the sense of stagnation is spreading in society in Japan.

Many young people in their teens and 20s have a sense of frustration because they cannot have a hope in the future. Depression and neurosis are increasing due to it. We are in a severe stress society.

In the 30s and 40s, it is the age which is chased by marriage, childbirth, child rearing and repayment of a loan. Overlap these things; people who become worn out in body and mind are not uncommon. For these reasons, there are an increasing number of people suffering from sudden myocardial infarction and death from overwork. In the era of nuclear families, the number of mothers who are suffering from solitary child rearing is on the rise. Also, gender issues are serious for working women.

From the late 40s to the 50s, it will be climacteric age. Before we know, we are now in the age to worry about metabolic syndrome, blood pressure and blood sugar, the neutral fat. It is noticed that “I am not young anymore” by the gap of values between myself and the young people. Middle managers, will be in dire straits, and is sandwiched between the bosses and subordinates.

Comes to 50s-60 generations, they will begin to notice a limit to – “My potential”. They might have been dreamed of a happy life in younger times. However, many people say that such dreams have already disappeared. Health, family, economy, status, and so on…
Feeling will still be young and is here.

But, beyond 70 years of age, we feel weakness both physically and mentally. Then, the voice of the creeping death can be heard even greater. Children have gone out of the house a long time ago. And after experiencing the deaths with the family and friends, people who walk the lonely road, is also not uncommon.

Some people suffer strokes from diabetes and high blood pressure, become bedridden, or advance into dementia. The family who does nursing is also tired from spirit physically from such things, and because the work cannot be continued, it is mot rare to see people fall into poverty. Such a predicament is I think that is not only in modern Japan. Does similar difficulty not approach us, even if we live anywhere in any time?

Yoga was born ~4,500 years ago in order to make people to be free from such predicament. Not only has it been transferred to the present day, it is spreading all over the world.

We think that this indicates that Yoga is a powerful force in solving human problems.

History and Achievements

University of Tsukuba – GGEC Yoga Course
In 2015, Prof. Randeep Rakwal (Faculty of Heath and Sport Sciences and TIAS) got support of Prof. Hideaki Soya and Prof. Yosuke Sakairi at University of Tsukuba Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, and received Genboku Takahashi as a Guest Teacher and opened Yoga Course of a Graduate General Education Courses (GGEC). Students at Yoga Course will learn about the profound Yoga philosophy and scientific understanding of Yoga. By that it is the purpose of this course by them (GGEC) to foster human nature that enables the social-transformation activities. This course continued in 2016 and now on-going in 2017. The number of attendance request by students (both Japanese and International) to this course greatly exceeds recruitment every year. The student’s attendance rate is high, and they are in the class with an amazing concentration.

Yoga for All
One reason why students are interested is that Yoga like this (course of theory linked to practice) is lacking in today’s Japanese contemporary society. Thinking like this, Randeep Rakwal and Genboku Takahashi, opened the “Yoga For All” for the general public in University of Tsukuba Satellite Office at “Bivi” (Tsukuba Center) in 2016. Inquiries were received from a wide range of people and organizations in Ibaraki prefecture. The participants increased every time and overflowed, finally.

Project
On June 21, 2016, in accordance with the International Yoga Day, we did a Yoga lecture and practical in the Central Library of the University of Tsukuba.
On June 28, we did Yoga with the students at “Otsuka Olympics Paralympic Day 2016” at School for the Mentally Challenged at Otsuka of University of Tsukuba.

Formation of “Team Yoga”
Gradually with time and students, ex-students and friends, starting from the time of opening the GGEC Yoga Course, gathered together, and we formed “Team Yoga”. Our purpose is the spread of Yoga more and more, and establishes a Yoga Center before long; and to develop human resources and create social-transformation.