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

  • October
    Drop-In Meditation: 
    Dynamic Meditation
    Soshu Tohei taught Ki Meditation as a way for us to directly feel the movement of the Ki of the Universe. By alternating our attention between the infinitely large and the infinitely small, we begin to realize the oneness and harmony of the universe we experience.

    Drop-In Aikido: Getting Off The Line (Respect your Partner's Ki)
    One of the most fundamental principles in Aikido is getting off the line of attack. In Aikido, we do not meet force with force. We do not "block" strikes. Instead, we respect the power that is coming toward us. If an attacker throws a punch, we respect the power of the punch by moving off the line and let the punch to continue unimpeded.


    Resources:
    Watch "Powers of Ten", a short film from the 1970s imagining a journey of "bigger, bigger, bigger" and "smaller, smaller, smaller" to the limits of scientific knowledge.
    Watch "Cosmic Eye", a contemporary remake of the classic "Powers of Ten."

    Watch Shaner Sensei demonstrate respecting another's power in this excerpt from the documentary The Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America.
    The clip beginning at 1:34 is a great example of "getting off the line"

    Reading: Exercise 9: Dynamic Meditation, pp 214-222 in "Living with the Wind at Your Back" by David Shaner.

    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:07 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
  • September
    Drop-In Meditation: 
    Whole Body Breathing
    There are two kinds of breathing. External respiration, the air moving in and out of our lungs; and internal respiration, the delivery of oxygen and removal of waste from our tissues. Healthy breathing is calm and deep, but sometimes stress and tension cause our breathing to become short and shallow. Whole Body Breathing, done with mind an body unified, supplies abundant oxygen to the cells, removes carbon dioxide and other waste matter, relaxes the body, and calms the mind. Practicing this technique builds a habit of healthy breathing that benefits us in every minute of our lives.

    Drop-In Aikido: Feeling the Attack  or "Know Your Partner's Mind"
    The second principle of Soshu Tohei's Five Principles to Lead Others is "Know Your Partner's Mind." When we relax and allow our mind to settle, we can see and feel the subtle cues our partner gives us, broadcasting their intentions and showing us the state of their mind. Learning to relax and observe in this way allows us to interact more smoothly with others--both in our Ki-Aikido techniques and in our daily life.

    Resources:
    Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post on Breath Training.

    Shinichi Tohei also translated Soshu Tohei's book Ki Breathing in a series of 36 blog posts.
    You can read them here

    Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post: Calm the Mind First.



    The Dojo will be closed on Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day holiday. Please enjoy the time with family and friends.

    Drop-In Classes resume Monday, September 11.
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 1:59 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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