Senshin no Gyo | 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the 2020 Lunar New Year in Boulder with River Misogi

Sunday, 19 January 2020 | 7:00 am dojo opens, ceremony starts @ 7:30, until ~ 9:15 am
FREE! @ the One Dojo, 3005 Sterling Circle, Suite 105, Boulder, Colorado
Download the Senshin no Gyo PDF for complete info on how to prepare for the ceremony

Sen Shin no Gyo (cold water immersion) and Soku Shin no Gyo (bell ringing and chanting meditation) are two Japanese lunar new year ceremonies held in Boulder, Colorado each year. Also referred to as River Misogi and Bell Misogi, respectively, the rituals serve as a cleansing of the mind and body.

Since 1977, members of Rocky Mountain Ki Society have gathered at the Boulder Ki Aikido dojo to bring in the Chinese new year with vision, courage and determination.

2020 lunar new year image

© 2020 New year vector created by pikisuperstar –

2020 Lunar New Year of the Rat

This year marks a new beginning, as a new rotation cycle of the 12 zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar reset. January 25, 2020 is the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat and goes until February 11, 2021.

The Rat calls for calculated, well thought-out decision making to minimize risks and maximize the chances of success. Instinct also plays a major role in this decision-making process. As the new zodiac cycle begins, all commitments made this year will influence the next 12 years.

And when it comes to physical, financial, and spiritual health this year, the Rat calls for focusing on the self before helping others. Setting oneself up for success this year will help to establish an abundant future with which to help others.

Benefits & Focal Points of the Lunar New Year Celebration

As Shinichi Tohei Sensei, President of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai in Japan (Mind Body Unified Aikido Organization),  explains fully here, there are two primary objectives to this training:
  • “If we are able to maintain calmness at our one point, no matter how challenging our situation may be, with training and experience we are able to go through it effortlessly;”  and
  • “In welcoming a New Year, the icy water helps wash away all the events that have happened in the past year, whether they may have been good or bad.”


  • Live each moment fully
  • Set your intention earnestly toward your goals
  • Clear negative Ki and recharge oneself with positive Ki
  • Harmonize with the energy of the Universe
  • Work for the benefit of all humans and the world
  • Send positive Ki for the health of your family
  • Choose the right life path for yourself
  • Overcome obstacles and flow through challenging phases

2019 Sen shin no gyo River misogi Boulder Creek Colorado

About the 2020 Sen Shin no Gyo

Everyone who is currently participating in Ki training and is in good health is welcome to attend this lunar new year celebration event.

Sen Shin no Gyo is a Ki training to coordinate mind and body—both a symbolic and physical practice to throw away all things past and present to start out the new year clean and fresh. Please come with a positive attitude and plus Ki.


Prepare for misogi by quieting your mind and spirit as you arrive at the One Dojo.

  1. We start with bell ringing (Soku Shin no Gyo) on the mat in the Boulder dojo.
  2. Then we carpool quietly to Ebin G. Fine Park for training in the water (Sen Shin no Gyo).
  3. Afterwards we return to the dojo to complete our training with more bell ringing.
  4. It is a tradition for our community to go out for breakfast after the ceremony.
  • Bathing Suit worn under your Keiko-gi (uniform) onto the mat
  • Protective footwear which you will wear into the river (flip flops are not recommended—snug shoes are better)
  • A towel
  • A bucket and a big bowl that fits inside the bucket (If the weather is dangerously cold we will do an alternate form of Sen Shin No Gyo)
  • Underclothes (to put on under your Keiko-gi after exiting the water)
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Dry Socks and Shoes
  • Something clean to stand on
  • A robe to change inside of
  • Warm, non-alcoholic drink

Download the Senshin no Gyo PDF for complete info on how to prepare for the ceremony.

Soku Shin no Gyo (Bell Ringing Meditation – Misogi)

Watch the video below to see the each phase of the Bell Misogi process, which will book end the River Misogi part of the ceremony.