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

  • 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
  • May
    Drop-In Meditation: Meditation on the Tactile Experience or "Feel with the Whole Body."
    When teaching Ki Principles and Ki Meditation, Kaichou Tohei Sensei gives us the simple instruction to "Feel with the Whole Body." This practice calms the mind and opens us to the experience of mind-body oneness. In our May classes, we will continue our study of the senses as support for meditation, and begin to explore this foundational element of Ki Meditation. 

    Drop-In Aikido: Ma-ai, Maintaining Proper Distance
    When we are too far away from another, we lose connection. When we are too close, we cannot respond properly. Ma-ai, or "proper distance" is an important principle in Aikido and in daily life. In our May Aikido classes, we will explore how to find and maintain ma-ai on the mat by learning what "proper distance" feels like in our body. As we experience this for ourselves, we will also learn to take it off the mat and apply it in our daily lives.

    Resources
    Read Kaichou Tohei's articles Learning about the sense of distance, and Distance

    The Dojo will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 1:00 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
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