Miles Kessler Sensei is a teacher of Aikido (6th Dan, Aikikai), Vipassana meditation and Integral Practice. He is a dual lineage holder in the Japanese “Iwama Aikido” tradition and the Burmese “Mahasi” school of Vipassana meditation.


Miles lived in Japan for 8 years training at the famous Iwama dojo under the guidance of Morihiro Saito Sensei, serving for one year as Iwama dojo "uchi-deshi" (live-in apprentice). He began teaching Aikido while in Japan and has taught extensively in Asia, New Zealand, Europe, the Mid-East and the United States. In 2005 Miles moved to Israel to live and teach.

Miles is the founder of “Aikido Without Borders”, a non-profit committed to countering cultures of violence through children’s aikido programs in disadvantaged communities in Israeli and Palestine.

In 2009 Miles founded the Integral Dojo - Tel Aviv, a center committed to supporting individuals and the culture they live in towards greater growth and integration through practices engaging the body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Vipassana meditation

Since 1995 Miles has been a practitioner of Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi tradition of Burma. He lived at the Panditarama International Meditation center for 2 years, practicing under the guidance of his preceptor Sayadaw U Pandita. In 2005 Miles completed his formal Vipassana training in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekananda at the Panditarama Int. Meditation center in Lumbini, Nepal.

Miles regularly leads Aikido seminars, meditation retreats, and Integral Practice workshops in Israel, Europe and the U.S.