'Yoga is meditation; and meditation is yoga.’ (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Meditation is a core element of the yoga traditions, as well as an essential practice within Buddhism, Jainism, and other spiritual traditions. Secular ‘mindfulness’ practices have also become increasingly popular in recent years.
This course offers you the chance to train specifically to teach meditation. Covering a range of meditation traditions and approaches, it gives you the tools to develop your own voice as a meditation teacher. It is ideal for:
- yoga teachers looking to add or deepen their ability to bring meditation into their regular classes
- experienced meditation practitioners and/or yoga teachers wishing to share standalone meditation practices with others, in an individual or group setting
- experienced meditation practitioners and/or yoga teachers wishing to develop their own meditation courses.
The course will cover:
- defining meditation – what it is and is not
- the historical background to meditation in the yoga traditions and in Buddhism, and their expression in modern mindfulness practices
- the psychology of the mind in Pātañjala yoga and in Buddhism
- different styles of meditation: concentration, awareness, and heart based practices
- different meditation postures
- āsana and breathing practices to prepare for, and release from, meditation
- specific meditation techniques, including mindfulness practices, mantra, and visualisation based practices
- structuring a guided meditation
- incorporating meditation in general yoga classes
- the use of language in teaching meditation: metaphor, imagery, silence
- trauma sensitive and inclusive teaching
- obstacles to practice
- emotional responses and contra-indications
- the effects of meditation on health and wellbeing: contemporary research
- designing a meditation course
- self-care and boundaries
- resources for continuing and deepening practice.
The course is offered as a blended learning course, with live online sessions delivered via Zoom and supported by Yogacampus’ state of the art online learning system.
Live sessions will include:
- taught practices of āsana, prāṇāyāma, and meditation
- group discussions and feedback
- teacher led discussions
- small group and whole group practical teaching exercises.
You will also be required to:
- participate in an online discussion forum
- maintain your own personal meditation practice at least 5 days a week, and a meditation diary
- participate in, and report on, online or face to face guided meditations
- record yourself guiding meditation
- offer feedback on other participants’ guided meditations
- complete online quizzes and other written and practical assignments.
It is extremely important that you are actively involved in the course, by participating in the forum, your group assignments, and the Teaching Weekends. This is not a self-study course.
There will be a 90 minute Introductory Session on Thursday 14 January, 18.30 to 20.00 UK time, in which you will meet the teachers and your fellow course participants and we will provide you with an overview of the course structure, content, and assignments.
There will then be three Teaching Weekends on:
23 and 24 January
20 and 21 February
27 and 28 March
Each day will run from 9.30 to 15.30 UK time (with an hour lunch break). Between teaching weekends, you will have online and written assignments to complete.
During the course, you will be required to:
- contribute to the online discussion forum
- prepare to teach a 10 minute meditation in the first weekend to a fellow participant, based on your own personal practice
- be assessed on your practical teaching of a range of meditation practices during course weekends
- Complete an online quiz after each weekend
- practise at least 20 guided meditations of minimum 30 minutes each, either with a teacher or online, and submit a report (format to be supplied) on 5 of those of your choice
- record yourself teaching a guided meditation and receive peer feedback
- design a 4 week meditation course
- submit a written post-course assignment on a topic chosen by you from a selection of essay topics
What Will I Learn?
This course will empower you to:
- develop and maintain your own personal meditation practice and integrate meditation into your daily life
- understand the historical context of meditation practice within a number of different traditions
- understand the effects of meditation on health and wellbeing
- assess the benefits and risks of different meditation techniques
- structure and teach guided meditation in a number of different styles
- develop and deliver your own meditation classes and courses.
Who is the Course for?
To be eligible for the course, you will:
- have a regular personal meditation practice; have some experience of yoga practice; and
- be a yoga teacher, trainee yoga teacher, or have experience in another relevant field (e.g. as a school teacher, counsellor, or healthcare professional).
You will be expected to maintain a personal meditation practice at least 5 days per week during the course.
This course will not be recorded and participation in all live sessions is essential for certification.
During the course, and for a period of one year after completion, you will have access to:
- introductory videos
- recorded guided meditations
- the online discussion forum
- recordings of the Teaching Weekends.
You will also receive a course manual containing articles, textual extracts, and lecture notes.
Meet the Teachers
The course will be led by Isabell Britsch and Graham Burns, with contributions from specialist teachers.
Isabell teaches meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion in regular meditation classes and dedicated courses. She has been practicing Vipassana (Insight meditation) and mindfulness since 2003. She is particularly interested in exploring the relationship of our felt experience in meditation, with an understanding of our internal psychology. Isabell also teaches yoga at a senior level and is involved in training new teachers.
Graham has taught yoga professionally since 2001, and has had a daily meditation practice for the majority of that time. He teaches the meditation component of the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course. He also teaches on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University of London, from where he holds a PhD in ancient Indian philosophy.
After the Course
On satisfactory completion of the course, you will be ready to:
- incorporate meditation into your yoga teaching
- teach meditation as a standalone practice to individuals and groups, in yoga and other (e.g. corporate) environments
- design and deliver your own meditation courses.
On satisfactory completion of the course, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.
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