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 - 7:00

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 7:15 - 8:30

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

  • August
    Drop-In Meditation: Half, half, half...
    When we allow our mind and body to settle naturally, movement does not stop. Instead, movement concentrates at the One Point in the lower abdomen, settling by half, half, half... As we practice allowing this natural calming to take place, we experience increasing clarity and stability of mind. This month, we will learn physical and mental exercises to experience this natural, calm settling of our mind and body.

    Drop-In Aikid
    o: 5 Principles of Ki-Aikido
    Soshu Tohei taught 5 Principles of Ki-Aikido, which he also called 5 Principles to Lead Others. These principles can guide us both in our Aikido and in our daily life as we learn to move in harmony with others and meet the challenges we face with equanimity. This month, we will explore these principles and learn to embody them through our practice of Ki-Aikido techniques.

    Resources:
    Read William Reed Sensei's discussion of calmness through half, half, half here.

    Read a short description of the Five Principles to Lead Others on the Eastern Ki Federation website.
    Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post on Leading People
    Posted Jul 26, 2018, 12:16 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
  • July
    Drop-In Meditation: Walking Meditation
    Soshu Tohei taught us "It is easier to coordinate mind and body when we are sitting or standing still than when in motion. But true unification means to maintain the coordination of mind and body even when we are moving." Walking meditation is a practice that helps us begin to carry the calmness of our meditation practice into the dynamic world of our everyday life.

    Drop-In Aikido: "Just Down"
    The basic rhythm of every Ki-Aikido art is up and down. Despite the constant tug of gravity on every part of our body, it takes time and attention to learn to move down naturally. This month, we will examine just what "down" is, and learn practices to build our recognition of it while standing still, then in motion, and ultimately in the middle of our Ki-Aikido art.

    Resources:

    Read Kaichou Tohei's article on Unification during Movement and Action
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 7:54 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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