The purpose of the IJYA is to make the practice of Shin-shin-toitsu-do available to people all over the world regardless of age, gender, or nationality. All members are treated equally and varying styles of Shin-shin-toitsu-do are accepted. The IJYA is a not for profit organization.
The founding members of the IJYA are Sawai Atsuhiro Sensei and H. E. Davey Sensei. Sawai Sensei acts as President and the Director of the IJYA World Headquarters in Kyoto. Dav
Shin-shin-toitsu-do, "The Way of Mind and Body Unification," was founded in the early 1900s by Nakamura Tempu Sensei. Nakamura Sensei lived in India, where he studied the art of Raja yoga, the yoga of meditation. After studying medicine at Columbia University, he blended Indian meditation and health improvement with his background in medicine, psychology, Japanese healing arts and meditation, and Japanese martial arts. He taught for many years in Japan, authored best-selling
The IJYA is the first Japan-based association to offer Shin-shin-toitsu-do teaching certification to people living outside of Japan. This is important, because with the exception of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts (www.senninfoundation.com), no organizations outside of Japan can validly certify teachers of Tempu-style Japanese yoga (Shin-shin-toitsu-do). With so few legitimate Shin-shin-toitsu-do instructors outside of Japan, the Western public needs t