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  • Published: 27 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781645470847
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 216
  • RRP: $32.99

The Practice of Freedom

Aikido Principles as a Spiritual Guide



Drawing on the poetic wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, American sensei Wendy Palmer translates the powerful teachings of aikido for use in everyday life. With poignant reflections on her own life, including teaching inmates in a woman's federal prison, she describes how we can regain our sense of freedom, vitality, and integrity when under the duress of life's "attacks" by transforming our negativity into budo, or unconditional love. The Practice of Freedom is invaluable not only for students of aikido and other movement and martial arts, but also for those who seek to live with confidence and self-reliance, to establish clear and compassionate boundaries, and to deepen their capacities for relationships.

  • Published: 27 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781645470847
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 216
  • RRP: $32.99

Praise for The Practice of Freedom

Wendy Palmer holds a sixth-degree black belt in aikido, is the founder of Leadership Embodiment, and acts as senior instructor at Aikido of Tamalpais. She has practiced aikido and mindfulness over forty years.

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