Darryl Aiken-Afam

Darryl Aiken-Afam is a martial artist and a practitioner of the Taoist healing and meditation arts, Meridian Cleansing Qigong, Zen Shiatsu and Taoist psychology. Darryl created his own system of Chi energy based yoga called Meridian Touch back in 2000, derived from Chinese Tao-In exercises and blended with Zen Shiatsu, Athletic Training, and Martial Arts philosophy. He is the CEO of the Afam Consulting Group and has taught this unique and effortless form of healing yoga to collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes, and has had notable clients likes Ahimir “Questlove” Thompson, Curtis Granderson of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Craig Robinson (older brother to Michelle Obama).

Darryl is also very active in the world of social justice. His “Contact & Conversation” events, designed to help everyday people to converse deeply and successfully about race, uses mindfulness meditation, yoga, human touch, and social psychology to bridge the gulf of pain and emotion associated with discussing race. Darryl is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Psychology from Penn State University, and played keyboards on tour for the funk group Cameo back in the 90’s!


Upcoming Olios with Darryl Aiken-Afam


Seeing the Subconscious: Mindfulness, Psychology, and the Road to Healing Racism

Venue: Online

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

July 5, 2020, 7 p.m.


Past Olios with Darryl Aiken-Afam


The Way of Virtue: Studying the Tao Te Ching

Venue: None

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

May 20, 2020, 6 p.m.

Self Care & The Way of Virtue

Venue: None

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

April 24, 2020, 7 p.m.

Taoism and Self-Care

Venue: None

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

April 18, 2020, 6 p.m.

Playing in the Tao

Venue: None

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

March 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Venue: None

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Feb. 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Feb. 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

Yin-Yang, Stress, & the Western Mind

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Dec. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Ancient Healing for Modern Anxiety: Qigong Workshop

Venue: St John's Episcopal Church

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Nov. 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

*SOLD OUT* Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Venue: The Assemblage | NoMad

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Aug. 28, 2019, 7 p.m.

Seeing the Subconscious: Mindfulness, Psychology, and the Road to Healing Racism

Venue: Living Room

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

June 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.


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