April 3, 2019


Aiki Consciousness Institute

“Pathways to the Heart of the Matter”

January 2021

Many people are feeling ungrounded and uncertain as the Covid Pandemic rages on. Anxiety and isolation are now familiar states of being. Our students and coaching clients are reporting powerful results when embodying Aiki Principles. Embodied connection is a soothing balm for anxiety.

In our practices, we acknowledge how we are and we acknowledge how we would like to be. For example, if one starts out a session feeling anxious, the desired state may be that of feeling calm. Throughout each session we explore the variety of dimensions of each Aiki Principle and discover the benefits as we go along. Inherent in each Principle is a greater feeling of ease, calm and confidence with the ultimate goal being to rest in one’s own wholeness.

Having a steady practice is an important part of any healing journey. It grounds us in something steady. Doing so in community, grounds us in compassionate connection and helps to bear witness to each others journey.

If this speaks to you and to what you might need in these uncertain times, please feel free to contact us.

We are currently offering:

Group Zoom Classes

Private Coaching Sessions

We wish you peace and good health in this coming year.


Welcome to ACI!

After being the owner and Chief Instructor of a traditional Aikido dojo for the past 25 years, the evolution of my practice has brought me to the realization that the world needs the teachings of Aikido now more than ever. Coupled with this reality is the truth that fewer and fewer people have the time or the inclination to devote themselves to the commitment and years that are required to truly advance and master this comprehensive Art.

The Aiki Consciousness Institute is being birthed in order to bring the teachings of peace that are inherent to the practice of Aikido, to a greater number of people. While many people do not have the time or even the physical health to engage in rigorous training, they do have the desire to feel more present, centered, balanced and connected in their daily lives. These internal states of consciousness are far easier to master than the physical movements of Aikido.

It comes down to engaging and answering the questions of who am I and how do I want to live my life? If you want to live a peaceful life, you have to practice being peaceful. If you want to live a meaningful life, you have to embody what matters to you. If you want to live an embodied life, you have to practice living in your body. If you want to live a spiritual or compassionate life, you have to embody what matters to you despite the strong energies that are swirling around you and perhaps calling you to react rather than respond.

To live the life of your choosing, requires practice.

When practices become integrated, mastery ensues. When mastery is at hand, freedom is available. We do not become free through a lack of structure or commitment. We become free when we commit ourselves to doing what it takes to cultivate the qualities of being that matter the most to us.

Aiki is the path of Love. Through the embodiment of O’Sensei’s teachings, we are practicing to awaken our hearts in order to live more joyful and fulfilling lives

We are living in unprecedented times. Our commitment here at ACI is to do our part to help make the world a more peaceful, loving and healthy place. We will be doing this through course offerings, coaching, writings, service and compassionate leadership. Through these offerings, we aim to share the founder of Aikido’s vision of a peaceful and beautiful world with all who seek to embody these qualities.

We are just get started. In time, this website will come alive with more offerings, more teachings and more possibilities.

As we navigate Covid-19, all course and coaching offerings are being conducted online.

We look forward to creating a more loving and peaceful world with you.

Denise Barry M.A. 6th Dan

Aiki Consciousness Institute Founder/Director

Upcoming ACI events:

  • Mary Heiny 30th Annual Celebration Seminar February 7-9 2020
    • Friday, Feb. 7:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Saturday, Feb 8:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Sunday, Feb 9:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm
      • The Seminar is full, please email Sensei to be added to the waiting list
  • Aiki Module: Getting off the Line
    • February 19 thru March 11
    • 4 Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm
    • Pre-registration required, for payment options email Sensei, for more info visit Aiki Modules

Upcoming schedule changes:


Please contact Sensei if you would like to join us to practice embodying Aiki Principles in daily life.