Meditation Teacher Training
Meditation Techniques Taught by Ancient Masters
Types of Meditation– Ancient Yogis Categorized all types of meditation techniques in two broad categories namely:
1. Focus on Single Object (Ekagra or Concentration):
This technique requires focusing the attention on a single object during the whole meditation session. This object can be your breath, a word or a mantra, visualization, part of the body, external object, etc. Slowly with practice the subject get better at his ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object, and distractions become less common and short-lived.
2. Awareness of the Present (Sakshi or Being a witness):
This technique doesn’t require putting attention on any object rather it is just being a witness of (aware of ) everything around you. Here distracting thought are not avoided rather going with them too far is to be avoided. Slowly these distractions become less frequent and thoughtlessness is achieved. Some of the techniques are discussed here for students. Many others are explored in course by different teachers.meditation-teacher-training-in-rishikesh-india
1. Breath Meditation: This is the most practiced and ancient technique of the world. Here each breath is a cycle of meditation . You need to be see how many cycles you can perform with full attention. There are various methods of meditating on the breath. At SriYogaPeeth we teach few of those techniques. One of my favourite is step breathing. For this inhale in three small steps with a pause of one second at each step and then exhale in three steps in the same way. We also call it 10 second meditation technique.
2. Third Eye Meditation : This technique is also called as Shambhavi Mudra. Focusing the attention on the “spot between the eyebrows” (called by some “the third eye” or “ajna chakra”). Initially attention is focussed there by various helpful tools like Sandal Powder, turmeric etc. The attention is constantly redirected to this point, as a means to silence the mind. This spot has a nature of holding the attention. Meditation Teacher Training In Rishikesh India
3. Chakra Meditation-: This is the technique from various tantra or kundalini literature. The practitioner focuses on one of the seven chakras of the body (“centres of energy”), with some visualization or Om or other mantra or breath. In a few days he starts experiencing some sensations at chakras.
4. Sakshi (Mindfulness) Meditation: This technique is quite simple but effective. You need to sit at a quite place and be aware of the place but nothing particular. Don’t allow the mind to do the mental commentary but don’t even stop it. Slowly silence starts coming.
5. Meditation on Sound (Nada Yoga: It starts with being aware of external sounds, such as calming ambient music (like Native American flute music), birds chirping, children playing, river etc. It can be done by putting attention or simply being aware of this. Slowly the practitioner evolves and starts listening internal sound of his body, chakras and finally the sweet sound of OM.
6. OSHO Meditation: Simply called as dynamic meditations, OSHO’s techniques are great for beginners and provide the possibility to do meditation in whatever way you like. Walking, talking, laughing and even dancing are the techniques here.
Various other techniques are also taught in the course to make a student a good practitioner and accomplished teacher
7. Transcendental Meditation (TM)
8. Tantra Meditation
9. Chakra Dharna
10. Prana Healing Meditation
11. Kundalini Meditation
12. OM Meditation
13. Mantra Meditation
14. Open Eyes Meditation
15. Jyoti Dhyaana Meditation
16. Buddhist Meditation
17. Jhen Techniques
3. Guru and disciple relationship
4. The importance of meditation and mechanism of these techniques
5. How to chose which technique is good for someone
Mantra Chanting and Meditation for Healing and Benefits
The unique thing in our course at SriYogaPeeth is the mantra chanting and mantra meditation. The science of mantra is very ancient and was once widely practised in all parts of the world. Reference to mantra is found in the oldest Vedic scriptures, which are claimed to be more than 5,000 years old. Mantras are not created by anyone rather according to the ancient texts, mantra means a sound or a combination or sequences of sounds which are listened in the consciousness by the great masters. These mantras were revealed to sages and anyone who reaches the same level also listens these sounds.
Mantra works as a guided meditation. Mantras do not have any specific meaning. But still whatever positive meaning they produce works like a guided meditation. When awareness remains with the mantra those benefits start coming in life.
The real power of a mantra is not in the words themselves, but in the sound vibrations created when the mantra is uttered verbally or when it takes form in the mind and is not expressed in the voice. Mantra brings about state of resonance between the individual and the depths of his inner being. They allow the individual to unleash inner cosmic powers, forces and knowledge. The sound patterns of the mantra stimulate a certain effect on the mental and psychic nature of an individual. Each mantra will create, or draw out, a specific symbol within one’s psyche. Meditation TTC
Various mantras are taught with proven benefits with their proper sound and meter. Students are encouraged to reach at the level where a mantra becomes awakened and becomes associated with his being forever. Different mantras also bring various material, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual benefits. Some of the mantra taught and practiced here are:
✓ Gayatri Mantra
✓ Shiva Mantra
✓ Durga Mantra
✓ Beej Mantra for Chakras
✓ Surya Mantra
✓ Mantras for Astrological Benefits
✓ Healing Mantras
✓ Mantras for Love
✓ Mantras for Knowledge
✓ Various restrictions for mantra chanting
Pranayama for Meditation
The practice of Pranayama is very necessary for calming down the mind. The pranayama practices also become the basis of various meditation techniques. Here the pranayama will be taught with great care so students learn the process and get better at their practices. All the following techniques will be taught initially in a beginner manner without ‘Kumbhaka’ (retention of breath) and slowly they will be encouraged to do it with ‘Kumbhaka’ on advanced levels. The following techniques will be covered:
1. Anuloma Viloma, Nadi Shodhan
8. Theory of Murccha
The following topics are explored in philosophy:
1. Meaning of yoga according to Yoga Sutra and Geeta, concepts, history
2. Eight paths of yoga including:
d. Karma Yoga,
e. Hatha Yoga,
3. Ashtanaga Yoga of Patanjali
4. Panch kosha (five layers or sheaths over consciousness)
a. Annamaya kosha (physical sheath) – Gross body – Conscious state
b. Pranamaya kosha (energy sheath) – Subtle body – Subconscious state
i. Practice and Importance of Annamaya Kosha
i. Prana (bioplasmic energy)
ii. Panch-prana (five vital airs)
iii. The chakra system, its qualities, activating and balancing techniques
iv. Energy or nadi system
vi. Meditation: introduction, practices, meditation and mind, removal of
c. Manomaya Kosha
d. Vijnanamaya kosha (intuitive sheath) – Wisdom
e. Ananadmaya kosha (bliss sheath) – Causal body – Unconscious state
i. Manas (mind),
ii. Buddhi (lower intellect),
iii. Chitta (memory),
iv. Ahamkar (ego)
i. Practice and importance
i. Practice and importance of Bhakti
The course is an invitation to anyone with an interest in learning and sharing the real spiritual essence of Yoga i.e. meditation; while previous practice of yoga and meditation is not required but their benefits can’t be denied
Students taking part in the Meditation Teacher Training course should have completed the meditation retreat at Sri Yoga Peeth. This is not really necessary but strongly recommended so that student has gained some serious experience in meditation. By completing the meditation retreat you have some insight about the importance of meditation further the capacity to sit for some time has already developed. But this is not anyway very much required for a new seeker/trainee teacher if he is ready to go through the four weeks of this training schedule.
Note, that it is possible to complete meditation retreat and teacher training course one after another continuously.
Who is the course suitable for?
This Meditation Teacher Training course is suitable for all spiritual enthusiast, spiritual seekers, people who are looking for a noble career in yoga and meditation, yoga teachers wanting to upgrade their skills, massage therapists, mental health professionals like counselors, psychologist as well as for those interested in teaching or guiding meditation in their community (e.g. schools, wellbeing centres, etc.). The course objective is to equip the student with the necessary skills to successfully teach meditation and mindfulness in any setting, to enhance your personal and professional abilities, and to gain the knowledge necessary to conduct a meditation workshop or class.
Course Requirements & Certification
All the students taking part and successfully completing (you attend 90% session and classes)meditation teacher training course will be provided with a Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hr Meditation Teacher Training Certificate, which can be used in most places for finding a decent job.
The course covers-:
• The basic meditation techniques
• Meditation mudras, Antar-Mauna, Ajapa Japa
• The food habits and life style
• Mindfulness, Sleeping, walking and eating meditation
• The meditation with eyes open and closed
• Modern relaxation techniques like JPMR
• More than 20 simple meditation techniques for different people with their benefits
• Presenting meditation in easily digestible and understandable terms
• Helpful and complimentary practices of yoga and pranayama
• Guiding students in a meditation skillfully
• Establishing an appropriate setting/place for a meditation class
• Removing misconceptions and difficulties and how to overcome them
• Answering challenging questions about existence
• Theism and Atheism in perspective of meditation
• The importance of food habits in meditation
• The basic philosophy of meditation and yoga
• The role(s) of a meditation teacher The course consists of four, one-week modules. The first two weeks are devoted to develop the understanding of meditation and practice of various supplementary techniques. The next .two weeks are dedicated to develop teaching aptitude with deepened personal practices.
1. Introduction to Meditation Techniques: Mindfulness with basic practices
2. Advance Meditation techniques with relaxation
3. Understanding how to teach and where to start
4. Choosing the right technique for different techniques: Communicating with Students
The course itself includes personal practice, discussions, opportunities to guide the class and assignment work. Also, each module is developed in a manner to be useful for meeting the different needs of different students
Course Registration & Payment
Applications for the Meditation Teacher Training course need to be made online for the course. However, if you wish you may inquire about the course sending email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register you will need to make a non-refundable deposit of $250, and payment in full is to be paid before the commencement of the course at Sri Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh.
If you are a couple or a group of individuals then also you can ask for our concessional prices.
|02 April 2017 To 28 April 2017||US$ 1200||US$ 800||Apply Now|
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Meditation TTC Schedule
|6:15 to 7:00||Pranayama, Mudra, Bandh and Cleansing|
|7:00 to 08:30||Meditation|
|8:30 to 09:30||Breakfast|
|10:00 to 11:00||Philosophy & Discussion|
|11:00 to 12:00||Free time + Karma Yoga|
|12:00 to 1:00||Meditation + Teaching Methodology|
|1:00 to 2:00||Lunch|
|3:00 to 4:00||Swadhyaya (Self Study)|
|4:30 to 6:00||Iyengar Yoga (alignment and adjustment)|
|6:15 to 7:15||Mantra Meditation and Yoga Nidra|
|7:30||Dinner (with silence)|