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

  • April
    Drop-In Meditation: Meditation on Sight

    Sight often dominants our experience. How we see can either create separation or deepen our sense of connection. When we look with soft eyes and allow our mind to settle, we begin to see the world as fresh and vibrant. We begin to see ourselves and others as vital parts of a beautiful and vibrant universe.

    Drop-In Aikido: Randori--Remaining Centered in a Rapidly Changing World
    We know that dividing our attention makes us less effective and more prone to mistakes--witness "distracted driving." Through meditation and basic arts we learn to cultivate calm, stable awareness. But our daily life is often fast paced and ever changing. Randori practice teaches us how to remain centered and calm in a rapidly changing world by giving full attention to what is directly in front of us without getting stuck.

    Resources:
    Read: "Chapter 2: The Art of Compassion" in Living With the Wind at Your Back by David Shaner
    Read or listen to Curtis Sensei's discussion on Letting Go Chapter 6: Meditation without Thinking
    Posted Mar 29, 2017, 8:37 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
  • March
    Drop-In Meditation: Meditation on Sound

    Usually when we listen to sounds we try to understand, interpret or respond to what we hear. When turn our attention to the experience of sound itself, our thinking mind fades into the background and the simple act of listening becomes a doorway to greater calmness and peace.

    Drop-In Aikido: Tenkan--Aligning
    When we experience intense energy coming toward us, our reflex is often to block it or retreat from it. Tenkan is the art of turning to align with the energy of an attack. Practicing tenkan retrains our subconscious mind. As we learn to relax our opinions and turn to see things from others' points of view, we discover that their energy can be a support to us and our lives.

    Resources:
    Read: "Chapter 2: The Art of Compassion" in Living With the Wind at Your Back by David Shaner
    Read or listen to Curtis Sensei's discussion on Letting Go Chapter 6: Meditation without Thinking

    Posted Mar 1, 2017, 8:28 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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