'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.
Unlike many meditation trainings, this course explores a variety of approaches and techniques, from the concentration based meditation practices of the early yoga traditions to Buddhism and contemporary mindfulness.
The two course teachers each bring to the course their own unique background in meditation practice and experience in teaching meditation. We do not give you meditation ‘scripts’: rather, we focus on giving you the tools to develop your own voice – and your business – as a meditation teacher. You will be teaching each other regularly from the first course weekend.
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
- meditation postures
- āsana and breathing practices to prepare for, and release from, meditation
- the practice and teaching of 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
- business aspects of teaching meditation
- self-care and boundaries
- resources for continuing and deepening practice.
The course is offered as a blended learning course, with a small number of pre-recorded lectures combined 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
- small group practical teaching exercises
- group discussions and feedback
- teacher led discussions.
Pre-recorded lectures will cover:
- the historical context of meditation across a range of traditions
- the neuroscience of meditation and mindfulness.
As a member of the community of Yogacampus meditation teachers, you will also have the chance to join two live online sessions with one or both of the course teachers after the course finishes, in order to share with fellow graduates your questions and insights about teaching meditation, and to discuss topics of interest.
You will 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 15 September from 18:00 to 19:30, 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 be three teaching weekends on the following dates:
- 24 and 25 September
- 22 and 23 October
- 12 and 13 November
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
- maintain a diary of your own regular meditation practice and submit a summary of your reflections and insights
- be observed teaching 5 different meditations to one or more fellow participants during the course weekends
- complete an online quiz after each weekend and after each pre-recorded lecture
- practise guided meditations of minimum 20 minutes each, either in person with a teacher or online, and submit a reflective report on 5 of those
- record yourself teaching a guided meditation and receive peer feedback
- design a 4 week meditation course.
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
- find your own way to structure and teach guided meditation in a number of different styles
- understand the historical context of meditation within a number of different traditions
- understand the effects of meditation on health and wellbeing
- assess the benefits and risks of different meditation techniques
- develop your own business delivering meditation classes and courses.
Who is the Course for?
The course is ideal for you if you are:
- a yoga teacher or trainee yoga teacher
- an experienced meditation practitioner
- a professional from a relevant related field (e.g. school teacher, counsellor, therapist or health care professional)
and you wish to
- add or deepen your ability to bring meditation into your regular yoga classes
- share standalone meditation practices with others, in an individual or group setting
- develop and teach your own meditation courses.
To be eligible for the course, you will have a regular personal meditation practice.
Certain parts of the course will be recorded, and the recordings shared with participants. However, 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
- recorded lectures
- the online discussion forum
- recordings of the Teaching Weekends.
You will also receive a detailed course manual containing articles, textual extracts, and lecture notes.
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 for 100 Hours, which are eligible for Continuing Education Credits through Yoga Alliance.
Yogacampus Diversity and Accessibility Bursary
We are offering one part-funded bursary (50% off the full course price) to a dedicated yoga student with a demonstrated financial need and active involvement in a community that could benefit from yoga.
The bursary is provided by Yogacampus – The Life Centre Education, a not-for-profit educational body committed to sharing knowledge and making yoga accessible to all.
Bursary places will be awarded to teachers or trainees who have the ability and commitment to take the course teachings into a disadvantaged community and play their part in the drive to increase accessibility to these profoundly healing practices.
Priority will be given to those who themselves are from marginalised or vulnerable groups or are from a minority ethnic background.
Notification of bursary acceptance will be sent out the following week.
Meet the Teachers
The course will be led by Isabell Britsch and Graham Burns, with contributions from specialist teachers.
Dr Graham Burns 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.
Isabell Britsch 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.
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