There are many benefits to meditation, some documented by modern science. They range from changes to brain structure (for the better) to inner peace, health and spiritual awakening. But meditation is hard to do, particularly without guidance. Over six months of study and practice, this course offers you a solid conceptual basis for different approaches to meditation—time enough to learn and practice various techniques as a group, receiving support from one another. You will learn multiple practical approaches to silent and guided meditation practices, so that you can develop a personal practice suited to you. You will also learn to teach meditation to beginners. Jasmine Grace, and guest faculty will lead three in-person workshops and bi-monthly phone conferences.
September 8, 2017 Meditation TT Kick-Off Ceremony and Meditation Evening - 6:00p to 9:00p
October 7 &8, 2017 Meditation Teacher Training Weekend - 9:30a to 5:30p
January 13, 2018 Meditation TT Evening Meditation – 6:00p to 9:00p
March 31, 2018 Meditation TT Closing Weekend - 10:00a to 4:00p
These training dates will explore:
- A conceptual overview of Hindu philosophy including dualism and non-dualism
- An overview of styles of mediation
- The koshas as a way of exploring the physical and subtle body as it relates to meditation
- Understanding the mind—states of consciousness and sleep
- An overview of the relationship between pranayama and meditation
- How to set up for meditation and how to teach the set-ups to others
- Creating a consistent, personal meditation practice
- Basics of teaching meditation to beginners
Throughout the workshop weekends you will practice meditation techniques including body scans, chanting and japa meditations, mindfulness meditations, creative visualization, chakra meditations, yoga nidra, pranayama practices, tantric meditations and more. You will also have an opportunity to practice teaching meditation to your peers and to get feedback. On the final weekend you will present a 20 minute meditation for beginners.
Throughout the course you will have ample time for questions and answers, and to talk about your experiences.
In addition to the many types of meditation you will learn during this teacher training Jasmine Grace and Dandapani will share a simple concentration meditation for your daily home practice to help you cultivate and prepare your mind for deeper states of meditation.
Weaved throughout these weekends will be guest teachers, experts within their disciplines, including Marcia Miller, Michele Vinbury, Linda Oshins, Holly Moretti & Dandapani.
Days & Times: Calls will be held twice a month. Choose from Thursdays 12:30p-1:30p and Sundays 7:30p to 8:30p
Every two weeks throughout the course, your group will meet together on a conference call. During the calls you will do specific meditation practices together as outlined in the curriculum and have time to discuss how to teach the practices. This is the time to bring all your questions to the group and to be able to share your experiences in meditation together.
Faculty & Guests
Jasmine Grace was first introduced to meditation at 13 years old when she learned Transcendental Meditation (also known as TM). At a young age she developed a passion for exploring the inner landscape of meditation, devotion and consciousness. Currently she studies iRest (yoga nidra) with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez and travels yearly to India, leading spiritual adventures in meditation and yoga with her teacher Dandapani. Jasmine Grace has over 20 years’ experience exploring meditation and yoga and is dedicating her life to this inquiry and to sharing the benefits of meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. Learn more about Jasmine Grace here.
1 month prior to the beginning of this course you will receive a syllabus, reading list and access to online resources through Yoga on High’s educational portal.