Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali
Become a teacher of natural breath awareness meditation. Patanjali’s seminal work, the Yoga Sutras is now the central text referred to by teachers and aspirants who wish to explore the depths of Yoga and learn how to work with the mind in order to bring deep transformation and peace. This teacher training course, offered in partnership between Traditional Yoga and Yogacampus, will be of particular interest to yoga teachers and trainees looking to integrate meditation into their teaching, in an authentic, informed and systematic way; also for meditation practitioners who are inspired to teach within their own profession or community.
Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems, 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.
Benefits of the technique include:
- The release of deep stress
- Bathes the mind and frees it from the accumulated reactions that build up through our lives leaving the mind lighter, clearer and more peaceful
- Greater concentration and focus
- The observed breath (prana) travels to every cell in the body bringing harmony and health
- 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
- Observation of the natural breath enables mindfulness of the present, not just at the surface but at three levels of the mind, the conscious, sub-consious and unconscious
Training and Certification:
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 the Yoga system
- Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
- Learn the skills to facilitate your students practice and answer their questions
- Be provided with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students, and FAQs
You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion following full attendance of the course and assigned homework. You are welcome to attend the training without completing the other criteria outlined below, however, these are required in order to receive a certificate to teach.
1. A certificate of completion 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 additional steps below.
2. Course assignment: 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.
3. Requisite self-practice component for certification: To attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique before you begin to teach. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation. Click here for the Weekend Course calendar.
All course participants will be given two exclusive handbooks, beautifully illustrated, printed and simply bound for easy use in class.
Understanding Prana Samyama gives the background, context and theoretical basis of the technique.
Teaching Prana Samyama is a practical step by step guide on how to teach the technique. It includes a frequently asked questions section, practical tips as well as an outline of key guidance.
All participants will also be given the slide presentation resources from the course for reference.
Guided Meditation App:
An app for iPhone and Android is available for attendees of the course, containing guided meditations that can be used for home practice and/ or as a teaching resource.
A popular feature of the course is that as a charity, Traditional Yoga offer a mentoring scheme for everyone who attends the training, to help them get started and to support them during their teaching on an ongoing basis. In addition, tri-yearly teachers’ meetings are held which all course graduates are invited to – these are experience sharing sessions and they include meditation, discussion, training refresher and development, and general advice. People value the community aspect of these and find them very supportive and helpful.
The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £275 to cover the course fee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. All applications must be received by 15th February 2019.
Course designed by Dr. Kumar
Dr. Kumar is internationally recognized as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher as well as an award-winning scientist. His teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, developed through his education in more than 37 schools of Hatha yoga and 50 traditions of meditation, and progressed through decades of self-practice. This training program designed by him 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 de-contextualized, 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 graduating teachers.
Course taught by Anna Bhushan
The course will be taught by teacher trainer, Anna Bhushan based on a systematic program conceived by Dr. Kumar. Anna has practiced in established meditation traditions since her childhood. Since 2003 she has been training closely with Dr. Kumar and working to bring the benefits of meditation to people in the UK. Outside of her work as a trustee and teacher for The Yoga Healing Foundation, Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Art & Design. Her academic research explores the application of meditation practice into Higher Education contexts, particularly for the purpose of enhancing well being and creativity.
Video testimonials by meditation teachers and practitioners:
Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Sarah Litton discusses about how to use Samadhi for higher purpose.
Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Catriona Brokenshire shares insight about Dr Kumar.
What our students say
Anna is an excellent teacher. She has such a clear way of explaining some complex subjects. She is also very supportive and great at answering questions. I would highly recommend this course to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of meditation. I have been meditating for several years and have learned so much more from attending this course. The teaching was clear precise and supportive. Very valuable! Lisa Forde on Meditation Teacher Training - Patanjali's Prana Samyama Technique , February 2017