Aikido as Transformative and Embodied Pedagogy

Teacher as Healer

  • Michael A.  Gordon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. A Psychospiritual View of Self-Cultivation

  3. An Intersubjective View of Knowing and Being

  4. A Relational View of Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Michael A. Gordon
      Pages 163-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-192

About this book


Drawing on the author’s lifelong practice in the non-competitive and defensive Japanese art of Aikido, this book examines education as self-cultivation, from a Japanese philosophy (e.g. Buddhist) perspective. Contemplative practices, such as secular mindfulness meditation, are being increasingly integrated into pedagogical settings to enhance social and emotional learning and well-being and to address stress-induced overwhelm due to increased pressures on the education system and its constituents. The chapters in this book explore the various ways, through the lens of this non-violent relational art of Aikido, that pedagogy is always something being practiced (on the level of psychological, somatic and emotional registers) and thus holding potential for transformation into being more relational, ecological-minded, and reflecting more ‘embodied attunement.’ Positioning education as a practice, one of self-discovery, the author argues that one can approach personal development as engaging in a spiritual process of integrating mind and body towards full presence of being and existence.


mind-body practice embodied learning holistic education mindfulness meditation contemplative education enactive intersubjectivity psychospiritual development

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael A.  Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.Simon Fraser University VancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23952-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23953-4
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