Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali - Manchester

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

Dates

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January 2019

9.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch

  • Early Bird Cost £450 until 24th October
  • Cost £500
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    Bursaries
    Traditional Yoga are offering two half bursaries for this course (£250 off the full price). Please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. The deadline for applications is 10th January 2019.

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    Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali - Manchester

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  • Venue Yogacampus Manchester
  • Location Manchester
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    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. The 4-day training can be attended by any yoga teacher (qualified or in training).

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    Maximum participants: 30

    Number of hours: 24

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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.

The common thread that runs through all of the ancient Indian systems of thought, including Patanjali’s Yoga Darshana, is the simple idea that we have the potential to transform ourselves, to develop a freer, purer, happier way of being human and to share this great peace with others. At the heart of Yoga Darshana is the practice of meditating on the natural, uncontrolled breath referred to as Prana Samyama. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise and is central to all Yoga and Dhamma systems.

Our mental and emotional state is always reflected in the breath. When we observe the breath, we are observing the fluctuations of the mind. When we are agitated so is the breath. When we are at peace, so is the breath. The breath is directly connected to the unconscious mind, specifically referred to by Patanjali as ‘citta’, the mind of feeling. Over time in observing the natural breath, we notice our breath becomes harmonious as does our mind. By bringing ourselves to a state of calm awareness, we can then work to transform deep-rooted habits patterns of the mind in order to realise lasting peace within.

“By becoming an observer inside, you nurture the tree of happiness, the reality of your own mind” – Dr Kumar

Through meditating on the natural breath we strengthen the conscious mind and cultivate its ability to be aware. Without awareness we cannot bring about change. Unlike concentrating on other objects of meditation, the natural, uncontrolled breath offers a way to observe and become aware of the subtle reality of the mind at conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious levels. The natural breath is entirely unconditional, objective, free from liking or disliking and brings us into the reality of the present. These qualities of the breath give it a special status within classical meditation traditions and single it out as the purest method for cultivating samadhi (tranquil concentration).

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 an undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. The lineage of yogis and teachers that have preserved these techniques for centuries are respected and referenced. 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
• An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
• Increased will power, independence and compassion
• Transformation of unskilful, negative and inhibiting tendencies of the mind
• Subtler awareness of self and others
• Mindfulness in the present moment
• Greater concentration, insight and focus

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 and Buddha’s teaching.
• 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*

All graduates will have the opportunity to have ongoing access to teaching support and mentorship and be part of a UK wide community of Prana Samyama teachers.

Pre-requisites

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 info@traditionalyoga.co.uk

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.

Certification

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.

Bursaries

Traditional Yoga are offering two half bursaries for this course (£250 off the full price). Please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. The deadline for applications is 10th January 2019.

Testimonial

“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

I couldn't have asked for a better course facilitator (& team). Anna is eloquent, engaging and most importantly she follows and believes in the practice. The team were fantastically welcoming as well! Yogacampus Student on Meditation Teacher Training - Patanjali's Prana Samyama Technique , February 2017

Accreditation

Yoga Alliance UK

Course Information

Dates

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January 2019

9.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch

  • Early Bird Cost £450 until 24th October
  • Cost £500
  • Cost Details Full Details

    Cost Detail

    Bursaries
    Traditional Yoga are offering two half bursaries for this course (£250 off the full price). Please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. The deadline for applications is 10th January 2019.

  • Booking Full Details

    Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali - Manchester

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Manchester
  • Location Manchester
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    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. The 4-day training can be attended by any yoga teacher (qualified or in training).

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 30

    Number of hours: 24

Book Now