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

  • 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 28, 2017, 8:26 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
  • June
    Drop-In Meditation: Breathing, Part 1: Following the Breath
    Ki Breathing is one of the five methods of training in Ki Society. This month, we begin our exploration of Ki Breathing through the foundational practice of bringing awareness to our breath. As Soshu Tohei wrote in his book Ki Breathing, "Ki breathing does not require you to control you breath nor to stop your breath intentionally. You just breathe easily with a natural posture."

    Drop-In Aikido: Kokyu Dosa
    In Aikido, as in our daily life, we may think we need to use force to move others. But Aikido is not about forcing others--it is about securing another's agreement so they follow us gladly. Kokyu Dosa is an exercise to practice leading another while you are both seated in a very stable posture. The stable posture makes it difficult to move your partner by force, helping us understand how to truly lead another.

    Resources:
    Download Curtis Sensei's Ki Lecture on "Breathing as Living" here

    Kaichou Tohei translated Soshu Tohei's book Ki Breathing in a series of 36 blog posts. You can read them here
    Posted May 24, 2017, 10:45 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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