Introduction to Mindfulness Through Yoga & Meditation

Come explore and learn the basics of yoga and meditation in a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment with Keith Mitchell, former All-Pro NFL player turned internationally renowned yogi and Mindfulness Coach.

This class has been created to provide an accessible immersion that gives you practical skills needed to make yoga and meditation part of your daily life.

In this relaxing, renewing, and inspiring class you will experience the benefits of yoga and meditation which include;

  • User-friendly yoga good for beginners
  • Breathing techniques to calm the nervous system and promote deep relaxation
  • Meditation techniques to steady the mind and improve focus
  • A physical yoga practice to strengthen the body and improve flexibility, circulation, and body awareness.





Instructor: Keith Mitchell
Date: 03.09.2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Location: MGY2, 409 East Main St
Investment: $20 General, $10 SFA and High School students

*The session will last 90 minutes: 15 min Intro, 60 min class, 15 min Q/A.



BIO: Keith Mitchell is a former NFL All-Pro linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars whose career came to an abrupt end with a tragic tackle that left him paralyzed him from the neck down.

The inability to use his physical body put Mitchell on his spiritual path and new life purpose. During the recovery process, Keith became a master of conscious breath, mindfulness and developed a new relationship to Self. After regaining functionality, he used Yoga to rebuild his body and integrate a new level of consciousness.

Keith’s compelling story of healing trauma through holistic practices has captured the attention of a global media audience including Dr. Oz, MSNBC, and CNN. He intends to create change on a legislative level through his Congressional Yoga Association with congressmen Charles Wrangle and Tim Ryan. His care plan, developed in partnership with the University of Rochester, help veterans heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma through holistic practices. He created the Light It Up Foundation as a vehicle for educating a national community on health, nutrition and emotional well-being. More than 10k people participated in the organization’s most recent event in Los Angeles.

Autumn Equinox Meditation

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm

Join Arrie for a guided group meditation honoring the shift of the seasons. This hour-long class will include a short mindfulness practice as well as an introduction to the eco-psychological implications of the shift in the season followed by a nature-based contemplative practice.


  • Place: MGY1, 207 East Main St.

  • Date: 09.21.2017

  • Time: 7:00pm

  • Who: Arrie

  • Cost: Donation

Introduction to Tai Chi Weekend Workshop Series


Introduction of Tai Chi and basic overview of basic Tai Chi concepts.

Students will gain knowledge, practice, and resources to begin a daily Tai Chi exercise routine.


October 7th 10am–12:00 pm

Tai Chi Basics/ Tai Chi Walking
Introduce 108 Yang-Style Long Form

  • History of Tai Chi
  • Benefits
  • Warm-Ups
  • Introduce Qi Gong/ Building the Ball
  • Tai Chi Walking/Shifting
  • Wuji
  • Benefits of practice
  • Introduce Long Form/ Begin practice
  • Video support at home

October 7th 2–4:00pm

Breath Work

  • Diaphragmatic
  • Breathing benefits
  • Warm Up
  • Building the Ball QG
  • Practice Long Form,
  • First Section 70% Rule
  • How does intention influence your Tai Chi?
  • Sensory focus exercises
  • Practice Long Form, First Section

October 8th 1–3pm

Self Massage
Concentration and Meditation

  • Tai Chi for Health
  • Warm Up
  • Building the Ball QG
  • Self Massage
  • Practice Long Form, First Section
  • How can Tai Chi help me meditate?
  • Preparation work for meditation
  • Long Form as a meditative practice



  • Workshop Series Duration: 2 Days

  • Classes: Saturday (2) and Sunday; three classes total

  • Hours: 2 Hours per Class

  • Location: MGY2, 409 East Main St

  • Investment: One Class: $60; Two: $105; Three: $145




Kai Lewis is an instructor of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation and several South East Asian styles of martial arts. He has also completed his 200 yoga teacher hours and continues his studies in anatomy, massage, reflexology and sports science medicine. His interests lie in the practical methods of martial arts, healing, meditation, and yoga and applying these arts and their applications in a modern context. He currently teaches several public classes and is part of the MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Center team, sharing the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong with the hospital’s cancer patients, caregivers, and staff.


Summer Solstice Meditation with Arrie

Join Arrie for a guided group meditation honoring the shift of the seasons.

This hour long class will include a short mindfulness practice as well as an introduction to the ecopsychological implications of the shift in season, then a nature-based meditation.

  • Date: Tuesday, 06.20.2017
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Where: MGY1, 207 East Main St.
  • Investment: Donation class

Winter Solstice Meditation and MGYS Holiday Party

On December 21st at 6:30 pm please join Arrie for a special meditation practice honoring the winter solstice, the official beginning of winter.

This hour long meditation will begin with a brief mindfulness practice, then a contemplative discussion on the ecopsychological effects of the change of the season.

Bring your own meditation cushion if you have one, please, as only a limited number will be available.  We have bolsters, blankets, and blocks available first come, first serve.

Afterward, please join MGYS for food, drink, and merriment and let’s celebrate the Holiday Season with friends!  If you can’t make the meditation but would like to join in on the festivities please arrive around 7:35pm.

Many of you have asked to bring something for the party and we would love nothing more!! We love potlucks at MGYS!  If you would like to contribute please email with your intended dish, beverage, and/or other provisions.  Please, we’d greatly appreciate, meat-free dishes only.  It is not necessary for you to bring anything to attend the party. You are just enough!!

The more the merrier so you come!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Contact [email protected] to reserve your place and to indicate if you’re bringing anything for the Holiday Party.