I have put 40+ hours into aikido practice. It it is becoming very obvious that training in class is not sufficient. I need to stretch more and work on cardio to improve my physic.
What I'm having huge problems with is finding my center or hara as the aikidoa refer to it.
I tend to stick out my butt out and tense up in my shoulders which seems to be common among beginners. I asked my sensei but he just said it requires constant practice and patience and it will come in time. I'm fine with it, but I was hoping someone can suggest meditation, breathing, or visualization technique that could help in the long run.