Are you ready to deepen your own meditation practice and learn to share meditation with clients, students and family?
The demand for meditation teachers is increasing rapidly as more and more studies demonstrate how this ancient practice dramatically enhances wellbeing. Meditation is being successfully offered by facilitators in many settings, including:
- Psychology & counselling
- Corporate and Executive programs
- Social work
- Yoga classes and retreats
- Community services
- Health and Life Coaching
When: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thurs 3 - Sun 6 May 2018
Where: Adore Yoga Frenchs Forest Campus (Davidson)
This exciting course will teach you how to facilitate meditation classes and workshops in different settings. Grounded in the traditional meditation techniques of classical yoga, you will not only explore a variety of effective meditation styles, but also learn valuable evidence-based yoga skills to support the practice of meditation, including simple breathing and movements. At the end of this training you will have the confidence and skills to teach others how to meditate.
The Meditation Facilitator Certificate training includes:
- How to teach a variety of meditation techniques including mindfulness, japa (mantra), walking and metta (loving kindness) meditation.
- The philosophy of meditation
- How to prepare for an effective meditation practice
- Movement and breathing techniques to support mediation practice
- How to create meditation courses, classes and workshops
Meditation Facilitator Certificate Curriculum
The Philosophy of Meditation
We start with a fascinating introduction to the philosophy of meditation. We will explore the practice of meditation through the lens of classical texts such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita to gain a broad insight into the practice, purpose and experience of meditation.
Eastern Traditions-Western Mind
We will examine the philosophical underpinnings of meditation through an exploration of East-West psychology. Why did Eastern psychology give rise to the rich traditions of meditation and how is it different to the western approach to mental health? How do we integrate our understanding of both eastern and western psychology?
What is the mind? What does it do and what are it's functions? You'll discover the classical yoga perspective on the nature of the mind itself and then explore the benefits - and potential drawbacks - of mindfulness medtation. You'll learn how careful preparation can make all the difference to the mediation experience and look at ways to take mindfulness off the meditation cushion and ito daily life.
How are the body and mind connected? How does the body influence the mind and vice versa? Can we even separate the two? Drawing on ancient traditions and modern neuroscience, we will be exploring how to integrate both body and mind in our meditation practice.
Prana, Energy and Meditation
Discover meditation in the context of the human energetic system. In this fascinating workshop, you will learn about the yogic concepts of Prana (life force energy), Nadis (energy channels) and Chakras (physical energy centres). Find out about the role of breathing in mental health and explore the links between the breath and meditation. This part of the course includes training in key yoga breathing techniques (Pranayama) and how to harness the life-force energy to prepare for and enhance the experience of meditation.
Relaxation and Meditation
How are your stress levels? Relaxation plays a crucial role in the preparation for and practice of meditation. We will be exploring relaxation techniques that prepare for and enhance meditation, including Yoga Nidra/iRest, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided relaxation.
Structuring Meditation Classes
Learn how to create meditation trainings that flow seamlessly, offering your students a rich experience of personal re-integration. You’ll learn how to prepare, plan and deliver courses of different lengths and workshops that meet your students’ needs. At the end of this session you will have a five week mediation training program ready to offer to your students.
Is the course right for YOU?
This course is designed for people with some meditation experience who want to deepen their own practice and learn to share the benefits of meditation with others. Course participants include:
- Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors
- School teachers
- Yoga teachers
- Social and community workers
- Body workers
- Life and health coaches
This course is open to students with a minimum of 3 months personal practice of meditation. The program is suitable for practitioners of all styles of meditation.
This course provides 24 core contact hours and 16 non-contact hours of Continued Professional Development with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.
You will be learning from two of Australia's most experienced yoga and meditation teachers
Nikola Ellis MCAP, C-IAYT
Founder of Adore Yoga, Nikola has been immersed in yoga for over 25 years, studying with leading international teachers including TKV Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ganesh Mohan, and Saraswathi Vasudevan. Nikola has been training yoga teachers and therapists for 14 years and runs a successful private Yoga Therapy practice in Sydney. She develops, delivers and consults on Yoga Therapy programs for organisations including A Sound Life, Cancer Council NSW, The Butterfly Foundation and RSL Defence Care.
Sunita is a yogini, teacher, writer, artist, and coach. She has over a 30 years experience of yoga and over the past 17 years she has taught thousands of students in Australia, USA and India. Sunita has studied yoga, ayurveda and Sanskrit at advanced levels in India (BKS Iyengar Institute), Europe (Yoga Philosophy at the University of Oxford), the USA and Australia. Sunita is passionate about making the sophisticated aspects of yoga philosophy accessible to everyone.
Booking Terms and Conditions
*Payment plan available - ask here for details* Deposit and fees are non refundable. Should you cancel your booking more than four weeks prior to start date, 50% of the balance after non-refundable deposit will be given. No refunds will be made for cancellations made within 4 weeks of start date. See prospectus for full terms and conditions.