Take a moment to quiet your mind and body with a meditation class set in the serene backdrop of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. We are now offering Meisou (Meditation) Classes with Aaron Roth inside the garden. Aaron is an experienced instructor who will take you through a variety of styles of meditation, no matter your experience.

Meisou (Meditation) Classes

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All classes include admission to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, bottled water on arrival and a green tea following your class. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class and meet at the Nikka Yuko Visitors Centre for registration.

Zazen Meditation - September 12 (30 minute session)
A meditation technique from the Zen Buddhist tradition, often using breath as a focus. Zazen seeks insight into the nature of existence and allows the practitioner to pose the question "who am I?". In this meditation, posture is important, as is the suspension of judgement over thoughts, feelings, and emotions that arise during the practice. Class is offered at 9:30AM, please arrive at the Nikka Yuko Visitors Centre by 9:15AM for registration. Class is $30/person.

Love & Passion Meditation - September 12 (50 minute session)
Employ meditation techniques to rediscover love of one's self so that they can also expand their love and true connection with others. Meditations included are Loving Kindness Meditation and Expanding Consciousness Meditation. Class is offered at 6:30PM, please arrive at 6:15 for registration at the Visitors Centre. A cash bar will be open following this class until 8PM. Class is $20/person or $40/couple.

East Meets West - CANCELLED
One meditation practice from Eastern Tradition and one from the West. 

Sound Meditation [Waterfall] - September 26 (30 minute session)

Sound meditation utilizes a sound or a vibration as the point of focus in the practice. This kind of meditation brings the awareness into the present in a very accessible way. Often done with singing bowls or bells, you can also use the sounds of nature (and the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden) for this kind of meditation.Class is offered at 9:30AM, please arrive at 9:15AM for registration. Class is $30/person.

Bento Box Meditation & Dinner - September 26 (60 minute session)
Enjoy four, 10 minute sessions of different types of medtiation. Participants will take part in Zazen, Mantra, Guided Imagery, and a Loving-Kindness Meditation. Savour a bento box from a local Japanese restaurant following your session. Menu to be provided closer to the date. Please indicate any food allergies when you register. Class is offered at 6PM, please arrive by 5:45PM for registration. Class is $50/person or $75/couple. 

Mantra Meditation - September 27 (30 minute session)
A mantra is a sound, phrase, or word repeated throughout the meditation practice that, like breath, is used as a point of focus. Class is offered at 9:30AM, please arrive at 9:15AM for registration. Class is $30/person.

 About Aaron Roth

Aaron grew up in Lethbridge and has been a supporter of Nikka Yuko for many years.  He trained in Karate under Sensei Taka Kinjo in Lethbridge for many years, which is where he had his first experiences of meditation.  Aaron has studied various forms of meditation, yoga, and contemplative techniques from different traditions, both Eastern and Western.  In 2018 he completed his Level 1 meditation teacher training with Mandy Trapp from Lifestyle Meditation in Edmonton.  In 2019, he completed his 200 hour meditation teacher training with Caroline Stewart at InspirED Me Meditation and Wellness in Edmonton.  Aaron has also completed courses in integrative health using mindfulness and guided imagery through the University of Minnesota.