Mari Osanai teaches Noguchi Taiso (water body movement)

By September 11, 2016 ARCHIVES One Comment

inkBoat presents Mari Osanai, teaching a Noguchi Taiso workshop in Oakland October 6-10, 2016.


Mari Osanai’s workshop focuses on Noguchi Taiso (gymnastics) combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight.  Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth.  Exercises in the workshop train the body to embrace its weight and heighten its sensitivity to move from its most relaxed and receptive state. Starting with images, such as washing the body with water, air, sunlight, workshop participants will discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics.   Movement and form result as participants ingest imagery inside their bodies and allow the changes to shift the body’s interior.


All workshops will take place in Studio 1 in the Haas Pavilion at Mills College in Oakland, CA (Located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd, 94613)

Participants make take a single day/evening class, or purchase a package.


Thursday, October 6, 6pm – 8:30pm- 2.5 hours $50

Friday, October 7, 6pm – 8:30pm- 2.5 hours $50

Saturday, October 8, 2pm – 7pm- 5 hours $100

Sunday, October 9, 2pm – 7pm- 5 hours $100

Monday, October 10, 6pm – 8:30pm- 2.5 hours $50


ALL 5 DAYS $300 (totals 17.5 hours, $50 discount)

SAT AND SUN ONLY: $170 (totals 10 hours, $30 discount)


In order to attend any of Mari’s classes, you must submit a $50 deposit by October 1st to hold your place.

There are three ways you can submit your deposit:

1. You can pay it by PayPal to the following email address- [email protected]

2. You can pay by Venmo to Dana Iova-Koga.

3. You can pay with credit card on Eventbrite:

(Please note that using Eventbrite will cost you an additional $3.75 in fees.)

When you send your deposit, please attach a note and/or send Dana an email along with your payment letting us know your full name and which classes you are planning to attend. You will receive a confirmation email. Dana’s email address is: [email protected]

To pay for the balance of your workshop costs (minus your deposit) you may either pay through PayPal or Venmo as listed above OR by cash or check upon arrival at your first class.


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