Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle
September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On August 29, a Yoga event, “Yoga in Amamikiyo”, was held at the ruins of Chinen Castle in Nanjo. Participants stretched in a relaxed manner, while being healed by the sounds of birdsong, and a breeze that rustled the trees around the ruins.
This event was held as a part of Nanjo City’s wellness events program. It was the first time it has been held at the ruins of the Castle.
The site of the ruins is located in the Chinen forest area, nearby one of seven utakis (sacred places) of Goddess Amamikiyo, the creator of the Ryukyus, who built the shrine when she descended from heaven.
Before the yoga session started, Junko Oshiro, a member of the Nanjo City Guide Amamikiyo Roman no Kai, told participants the story of the ruins and sacred places, including Mi Gusuku (new castle), Ku Gusuku (old castle), Tomuinutaki (central place of worship), in the Chinen Castle area.
Masako Hirano who took part in the event from Haebaru said, “I had a very good sweat while feeling natural energy from the sun, soil, and leaves.”
Yoga instructor Rui Tamaki said, “Okinawa’s ancient worship, in which people give thanks to ancestors, and yoga’s spirit, in which, people give thanks to nature and life, have something in common. The participants learned about the History of Okinawa from a guide. And so, they could face themselves deeply during the yoga practice.”
(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)
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