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Japanese exercise classes

There are a large number of gyms and exercise classes in Japan. You can find many classes in the public civic centers for very reasonable prices which often include aerobics classes and yoga lessons. And there are a number of private gyms that provide in vogue classes like Pilates and Speed Yoga.

Here in this blog for Japanese language learners, Yanaka sensei introduces her new hobby. Yanaka sensei reads the blog herself and you can listen to her and watch the YouTube video to hear some natural Japanese.

ピラティス
Pilates

yanaka

By YANAKA Izumi

Pilates

日頃の運動不足を解消するために、今年の5月からピラティス教室へ通い始めました。教室では毎回ピラティスの基本である呼吸法と体の内側の筋肉の使い方を教えてくれます。最初はよくわからなかった私も何回か通っているうちに、だんだん呼吸と筋肉の使い方がわかるようになってきました。深く呼吸をしながら、ゆっくり体を動かしているだけなのに、一つ一つの動きがとてもきつく感じます。できないポーズもあって自分の体の硬さにがっかりすることもたくさんあります。

それでも、50分のクラスが終わるころには、体の中心にが一本通ったような感じになり、体がとても軽くなります。それから肩こりや背中の圧迫感がなくなり、鏡に映った自分はとてもいい姿勢になっています。そして何より気分がすっきりしてさわやかな気分になります。少しの運動でこれほど効果が出るとは思っていませんでした。まだまだ、動きはぎこちないですが、いずれはしなやかに体を動かせるようこれからも続けていきたいと思います。

To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video.

ピラティス

日頃(ひごろ)の運動不足(うんどうぶそく)を解消(かいしょう)するために、今年(ことし)の5月(がつ)からピラティス教室(きょうしつ)へ通(かよ)い始(はじ)めました。教室(きょうしつ)では毎回(まいかい)ピラティスの基本(きほん)である呼吸法(こきゅうほう)と体(からだ)の内側(うちがわ)の筋肉(きんにく)の使(つか)い方(かた)を教(おし)えてくれます。最初(さいしょ)はよくわからなかった私(わたし)も何回(なんかい)か通(かよ)っているうちに、だんだん呼吸(こきゅう)と筋肉(きんにく)の使(つか)い方(かた)がわかるようになってきました。深(ふか)く呼吸をしながら、ゆっくり体(からだ)を動(うご)かしているだけなのに、一(ひと)つ一(ひと)つの動(うご)きがとてもきつく感(かん)じます。できないポーズもあって自分(じぶん)の体(からだ)の硬(かた)さにがっかりすることもたくさんあります。

それでも、50分(ごじゅっぷん)のクラスが終(お)わるころには、体(からだ)の中心(ちゅうしん)に筋(すじ)が一本(いっぽん)通(とお)ったような感(かん)じになり、体(からだ)がとても軽(かる)くなります。それから肩(かた)こりや背中(せなか)の圧迫感(あっぱくかん)がなくなり、鏡(かがみ)に映(うつ)った自分(じぶん)はとてもいい姿勢(しせい)になっています。そして何(なに)より気分(きぶん)がすっきりしてさわやかな気分(きぶん)になります。少(すこ)しの運動(うんどう)でこれほど効果(こうか)が出(で)るとは思(おも)っていませんでした。まだまだ、動(うご)きはぎこちないですが、いずれはしなやかに体(からだ)が動(うご)かせるよう地道(じみち)に続(つづ)けていきたいと思(おも)います。

Pilates

In an effort to cancel out my habitual lack of exercise, I started to go to a Pilates class from May this year. Every time at the class, they teach me the basics of Pilates which include controlled breathing exercises, and how to use my inner muscles. Even someone like me, who did not understand much at first, but after going a few times, I gradually began to understand how to breathe and use my inner muscles. Even though I am just breathing deeply and moving my body slowly, each and every movement began to feel hard. There were some poses that I could do with my stiff body, and this often made me disappointed.

Then, after 50 minutes class is over, I could feel a single line flowing through the center of my body, and my body had become lighter. And my stiff shoulders and back pressure had gone and my reflection in the mirror had a very nice posture to it. And the best thing was that I felt refreshed and invigorated. I hadn't thought that just this small amount of exercise would be so effective. I'm still moving clumsily but I think I'd like to steadily keep at it and one day make my body move lithely.

呼吸法(こきゅうほう) breath control; breathing

筋肉(きんにく) muscle

(動(うご)きが)きつい hard

(体(からだ)が)硬(かた)い not flexible

筋(すじ) line

(体(からだ)が)軽(かる)くなる feel lighter

肩(かた)こり stiff shoulder

圧迫感(あっぱくかん) oppressive feeling;

姿勢(しせい) pose; posture

ぎこちない awkward; clumsy

しなやかに flexible; lithe

yanaka

Hajimemashite ! My name is Izumi YANAKA.
Through my work as a System Engineer, I have had the experience of teaming up with foreign members of a team. After seeing the difficulties the team members went through with communication and cultural differences, I got to thinking, "If only there was something I could do to help !" Which was what led me to become a Japanese teacher.

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If you have questions like these on your mind, I want to answer them all one by one. And in this way, without even realizing it, your Japanese will come to improve.

Once you are able to speak, it gets to be fun. It's not difficult, and not trying at all ! I will help you widen your Japanese speaking world. Let's enjoy learning Japanese together.

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