Drop-In Classes

Join us any Monday for a Drop-In Meditation or Ki-Aikido class. These enriching classes teach core principles of Mind-Body Meditation and Ki-Aikido, and require no prior meditation experience or martial arts training. Simply show up dressed for movement and enjoy the unique experience of mind-body oneness.

The classes are offered free of charge, and donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your class.



Meditation
Monday 6:00 - 7:15

Whether you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner looking to deepen your practice, please join us every Monday as we explore practices of mind-body meditation.

Tohei Sensei's approach to meditation focuses on the unification of mind and body: building the experience of oneness "on the mat" and learning to carry that experience into daily life. Each meditation class includes guided meditations, short presentations on basic aspects of meditation practice, and discussion. Drop in anytime!



Ki-Aikido
Monday 7:30 - 9:00

If you are interested in Aikido, non-violent arts of self-defense, or simply learning to move with coordination of mind and body, join us for our Drop-In Ki-Aikido class. No background or previous experience is required.

Ki-Aikido helps us bring the calm and peace we find in quiet reflection or meditation into the dynamic and sometimes stressful world of our daily lives. Every Ki-Aikido session begins with exercises to relax, focus, and coordinate mind and body. Through the class, we learn to carry this calm, focused attention into increasingly challenging situations. With regular practice, we learn to perform to the best of our ability even in all circumstances. Every Monday offers a stand-alone class. Feel free to join us anytime.

Monthly Drop-In Topics

  • January
    Drop-In Meditation: Meditation Posture
    Posture is the foundation for meditation. In his book, Ki Breathing, Soshu Koichi Tohei teaches: "Mind moves body. Therefore, our state of mind reflects in our state of body completely... If your posture is stable, your mind is also stable." This month, we will explore basic meditation posture and experience how a natural, balanced posture supports a calm and stable state of mind.

    Drop-In Aikido: Move From Where You Are Not Held
    On the mat, and in our daily life, we get grabbed and held--by people, by situations, by emotions. When we move from where we are being held, we get stuck. Learning to move from where you are not held frees you and allows you to perform to the best of your ability in all circumstance.

    Resources:
    Read "Shisei (in Japanese) has two meanings" from Ki Breathing by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei
    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 12:53 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
  • December
    Drop-In Meditation: Supporting Others
    Ki training helps us to maintain stability. When we keep one point, we can naturally provide this stability to others. This month, we will learn to apply Ki principles to assisting people who have difficulty moving because of age or illness. We will explore how to support someone who has difficulty walking, and how to assist people getting up from a chair, a bed or the floor.

    Drop-In Aikido: Sankyo
    Sankyo is a basic wrist control techniques. In "Living With the Wind At Your Back" (p98), Shaner Sensei describes Sankyo as an effective arrest control technique and "a basic wristlock that can be secured from any position--it's that good." In addition to it's martial applications, Sankyo teaches us how to take slack out between ourselves and our partner so we can move together as one.


    Resources:
    Read or listen to Curtis Sensei's discussion on Shokushu 20: Intoku
    Reading: Chapter 7: The Art of Service in "Living with the Wind at Your Back" by David Shaner.

    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:02 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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