Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali

This course is primarily aimed at yoga teachers looking to integrate meditation into their teaching, in an authentic, informed and systematic way. The training is also open to meditation practitioners who are inspired to teach within their own professional context.

Course Information

This 4-day Meditation Teacher Training will be of particular interest to yoga teachers and trainees looking to integrate meditation into their teaching in an authentic, informed, and systematic way.

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems. Referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise. An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice. Dr. Kumar keeps us connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original techniques and benefit from them fully. They are not adapted, modified or decontextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this Teacher Training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in their whole and undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all certified teachers to use in their classes.

Benefits of the technique include:

  • The release of deep stress
  • Mindfulness in the present moment
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind
  • Subtler awareness of self and others

During the course you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
  • Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices, and why it is central to Patanjali’s eightfold path
  • Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
  • Learn the skills to facilitate your students’ practice and answer their questions
  • Access a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs*

After the Course

All graduates will have the opportunity to become a registered Traditional Yoga meditation teacher and:

  • Have ongoing access to teaching support and advice. Each new registered teacher will be assigned an experienced teacher as a mentor to go to for guidance and will have the opportunity to attend top up training events
  • Be part of a UK network of Traditional Yoga Meditation Teachers
  • Supplement your income with meditation teaching, while making a difference to people’s lives by sharing the benefits of this profound technique
  • Be listed on the Traditional Yoga website as a recommended teacher and have help with the promotion of your classes, from poster templates to web listing and newsletter features
  • Be given an exclusive set of guided meditation recordings by Dr. Kumar to use in your classes


In order to complete the training and certification you are required to attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. We suggest that this is prior to the training where possible. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique immersively before you begin to teach. Please click here for details of the weekend courses and retreats. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation.

Please note that the above mentioned weekend courses are managed directly by Traditional Yoga and any queries can be directed to them on

Bursary Place

The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £260 to cover the course fee. Please contact to apply. All applications must be received by 1st March 2018.

Dr Kumar discusses the difference between concentration and awareness in meditation
This footage was taken during the Traditional Yoga Winter Retreat in Hyderabad, India in 2015.. Read more here about meditation on the natural breath.


You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance.

A certificate of competency to teach will be issued to students who already hold a qualification in yoga or a complementary therapy, (for example a 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification) and who complete the post-course assignment. You will have 6 months following the end of the course to complete your assignment.

Course Assignment

The assignment will be to make a reflective statement on the subject of natural breath meditation that can be submitted either as a 1000 word essay or a 5 minute video or audio recording. This will be based on the content covered during the training and details will be given at the end of the course. This must be completed within 6 months of the training course.


“Fantastic course for anyone wishing to teach meditation. The course was wonderfully presented by Anna, an incredibly inspiring teacher, and the supporting teaching materials and recordings we received are invaluable resources for any teacher. The mentoring scheme and ongoing support for all new teachers is very reassuring – to know that no question will go unanswered has given me the confidence to teach and share this life-changing meditation technique with my students. Teaching Prana Samyama is incredibly rewarding, I highly recommend this course!”

-Vanessa Nelson, yoga teacher who graduated from the 2016 course and then registered as a Traditional Yoga Meditation Teacher. She is now teaching weekly classes.

What our students say

Warm, open, welcoming, an in-depth knowledge…amazing Student on Meditation Teacher Training - Patanjali’s Prana Samyama Technique, July 2016


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