inkBoat workshops provide awareness practice to hone internal sensibilities and physical expression stemming from Japanese experimental and traditional performing arts. We work with physical/psychological risk and embodied images to train and refine the body, utilizing Body Weather Training, Action Theater™, Dao Yin, Qi Gong, Butoh Dance, MovNat®, Yang Sheng Gong and Noguchi Taiso.

Our live online workshops provide a space for both activating and giving form to your practice at home. The online work is focused on building a consistent and lasting physical practice to serve you in life.


Workshop 1: Coordination and Efficiency within Movement: July 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday), 9am – 11am PACIFIC TIME

Workshop 2: Performing Actions: July 23-26 (Thursday-Sunday), 9am – 11am PACIFIC TIME

Both workshops taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Coordination and Efficiency within Movement

We focus on developing resiliency in the body by opening the joints while maintaining elasticity and strength. We differentiate the movement muscles from the stabilizing muscles, allowing the body mass to drop, properly stressing the soft tissues (facia, sinews) and allowing them to knit together. Connecting up the tissue fibers within the body creates a supported and durable structure. Coordinated movements then allow for various parts of the body to work together more efficiently. Efficient body functioning could be one way to define health.

Performing Actions

Starting with a healthy body, we investigate the performative act through physical challenges and attentive improvisational training that tunes the activities of the mind into the actions of the body. Even in the confines of our own home, the mind’s attention includes the space around us as well as the symphony of players that comprise our bodies. The communication within the confines of ourselves becomes more attuned and congruent. Once our instrument is prepared, meeting others becomes easier.

Ongoing class: Yang Sheng Gong with emphasis on Circulation and Breath: Mondays in July, 9:00 – 10:30 CENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Yang Sheng Gong includes a series of physical exercises designed to soften the body, develop functional flexibility and promote general health by increasing the power of the immune system, strengthening connective tissue, tendons and joints and increasing the flow of Qi, blood and subtle fluids. Lung resiliency develops through breathing techniques (Tu Gu Na Xin). Standing meditation postures help cultivate internal energy and regulation of the mind and consciousness by uniting movement and stillness.

Yang Sheng Gong reduces stress, tension and anxiety; celebrates breath; opens brachial pathways; clears stagnation; expels toxins; develops balance and coordination; oxygenates the muscles; promotes healthy organ function; regulates the nervous system.

Outside of the subscription, with separate costs:

Pre-Recorded lessons
For Vimeo subscription only: $20 
Discounted price or July Live Online monthly subscribers: $3
To support your daily practice on your own schedule, we have recorded a number of exercises for developing greater mobility, flexibility, circulation, alignment and strength.

Movement mentorship with Dana in July, 2020. A supported journey into self-cultivation, using movement as the ground from which to grow. Small group~ 5-7 people
Who is this for? Anyone who is interested in establishing or going deepening a personalized movement- based inquiry in an intimate community setting. Guidance will be provided in creating and maintaining a regular and sustained physical practice. Weekly assignments/proposals will be offered. Suggested readings will be provided. Four weekly group meetings via Zoom, Wednesdays, 9am PST (18:00 CEST) First materials given Friday, July 3rd. First Zoom meeting Wednesday, July 8th. Participants will be encouraged to work toward a final project, which can take any form imaginable. This is a pilot program. We will co-create the experience based on all of our collective needs and interests. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
Cost~ Sliding Scale, $200-400 For more about me, please visit my website: With questions, or to register please email [email protected]

Weekly Class: Mobility for Qi Gong: Tuesdays 9:00am – 9:45am PACIFIC TIME
For movers of every level and age
, taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Register in advance (registrations closes one hour before class begins) through Athletic Playground (you must establish an account):
To prepare for Qi Gong, certain qualities need attention: circulation, alignment, resiliency and vitality. We soften the tissues, develop functional flexibility, clear stagnation, develop balance and coordination to develop a more energy-efficient body. As part of the practice, we discover how thoughts and the mind’s attention can change the quality of the physical form to develop the connective tissues.

Private Sessions with Shinichi or Dana
What needs refining or shaping in your practice or performance work? Contact us at [email protected] to arrange an appointment.
$90 per hour. 
Discount for subscribers: $50 per hour.

Training Modalities

Nei Gong, Dao Yin and Qi Gong

This training focuses on the interconnected nature of soft tissues (including fascia), muscle, bone and the various regions of the body to promote vitality and strength.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Qi Gong – Level 1 Instructor with Lotus Nei Gong

Elemental Vessel Qi Gong

By  practicing movement through physical forms while simultaneously focusing the mind we can find greater awareness of our inner state, bring the nervous system into balance, promote better circulation of fluids and energy in the body and find ease of mobility and alignment.
Taught by Dana Iova-Koga
Certified Qi Gong teacher by Holden Qi Gong

Yang Sheng Gong / 養生功

Physical tune-up for health and longevity open to all levels and body types.
Taught by Wudang West (Switzerland): Shinichi Iova-Koga & Dana Iova-Koga authorized by Wudang West / David Wei

Butoh: Deconstruct the Darkness

Never fixed in culture or time, this dance remains a personal investigation.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Action Theater™: Improvisation of Presence

Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Action Theater™ Teacher

Body Weather Training

Cultivate a body that is sensate, sensitive and dynamic, a body that relates in a non-hierarchical manner to the environment, and a body that, like the weather, is capable of shifting and transforming at any moment.
Taught by Dana Iova-Koga

Dance on Land

For all bodies who wish to create artful play between raw, earthy elements, personal expression and development.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga


From the foundational MovNat® curriculum we play with some of the most innate and essential movements for the human body- such as squatting, crawling, and different ways of sitting on and getting up from the ground. Taught by Dana Iova-Koga, authorized MovNat® Level 1 Instructor

Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement)

A system of releasing unnecessary tension and developing a responsive and dynamic body for life, dance, performance and sports.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Performance Lab

For artists exploring the structural development of the performative act.
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga



Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of inkBoat. The company has won five Izzie awards and toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. Long-term collaborations with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, KT Nelson, Yuko Kaseki, Do Theater, Ann Carlson and Yumiko Yoshioka as well as mentorships with Ralph Lemon and Ruth Zaporah have shaped his perceptions and aesthetic.

Shinichi has existed and trained primarily within the contexts of Butoh Dance, Qi Gong, Action Theater, Improvisation, Aikido and Noguchi Taiso. These perspectives formed his approaches to body mobility and circulation, awareness of weight, breath, physical connectivity, feeling states and relationship to the environment. As a teacher and as a maker of performances, he subjects his own experience to re-consideration or re-assembly in order to excavate principles from within the forms.

He teaches both independent workshops and within University dance programs, most notably at Mills College in California from 2009-2017. In addition he is the editor of the book 95 Rituals, a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

Dana Iova-Koga began dancing at the age of 4. Her first performing role was a dancing cloud. Almost 40 years later she is still enjoying the attempt to find the clouds inside her body. Along with the love of movement that has been with Dana since birth is a love of the wilderness. And parallel to her study of dance has been the study of how to be informed by the elements, and how to feel the body in relation to its environment. She has spent many years of her adult life living closely with nature- working on farms and in the countryside. The seminal event which entwined these two interests was the time Dana spent in Japan with Min Tanaka. For several years she farmed green tea and vegetables and danced in dozens of productions under his direction. Since 2006, Dana has been a primary member of inkBoat. For over ten years Shinichi and Dana have co-taught “Dance on Land” in the remote countryside of Petrolia, California. She has been studying Qi Gong since 2014 and is a certified Holden Qi Gong teacher. Elemental Vessel is the name/container that Dana uses for the collection of practices she has gathered over the years.



inkGround in California is situated within a patchwork of diverse and stunning ecosystems- forest, river, pasture, mountains, ocean, and from these intertwining landscapes we and our workshop participants/guests receive much inspiration and rejuvenation.

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