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 in-person workshops and bi-monthly phone conferences. You also receive an online course with Dandapani that will guide you towards developing the willpower to have a sustained daily practice.
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
- The history of meditation and Vedic philosophy
- An Ayurvedic approach to meditation and the mind
- A conceptual overview of Hindu philosophy including dualism and non-dualism
- The koshas, chakras and gunas as a way of exploring the physical and subtle body as it relates to meditation
- A basic overview of the neuroscience of how meditation works
- Understanding the mind—states of consciousness and sleep
- Simple life practices for mastering concentration and focus
- An overview of styles of meditation
- Mantra and sound meditation
- Meditation for spiritual connection and awakening
- 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 in-person workshops and conference calls 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 teach meditation to your peers and to get feedback. On the final workshop you will present a 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 the training 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-1:15p and Sundays 7:45p to 8:30p
Every few 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.
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.