Syllabus of 'Teach Meditation'

Total Number of Hours of Course: 141

Main Teacher:  Swami Saradananda

Description of the course: This is a 3-month course for yoga teachers who would like to teach meditation and/or integrate meditation into their existing classes. It balances student-teacher contact hours with personal practice.

  • Introductory 1-on-1 mentoring session
  • 7 live classes + recordings (180 min each)
  • Extensive hand-outs (PDF)
  • Weekly assignments with assessment
  • Daily personal practice
  • Guided practice teaching
  • Specialisation as a meditation teacher

Bi-weekly LIVE SESSIONS starting on Sat, 4th Sept, 10am-1:30pm via Zoom. Each session will be recorded and shared with course participants for a limited time.

You will learn:

  • to structure meditation courses and workshops
  • to lead group meditations
  • to perfect lecture techniques
  • when and how to lead discussions
  • how to help students to make meditation a part of daily life
  • breathing exercises, including how to use the breath to overcome distractions
  • mantra meditation
  • tratak, visualisations, subtle energies
  • mudras and yantras
  • to understand the nature and function of the mind
  • how the mind and body interface in meditation
  • asana and pranayama practices specific to meditation
  • effects of lifestyle and diet on meditation
  • how to encourage students in their meditation practice
  • Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
  • how to organise courses; online teaching methods

Requirements for participation:

  • Completion of yoga teachers’ training
  • 2 years of regular meditation practice
  • Committment to 30 minutes minimum daily meditation practice during the course
  • Computer access, basic computer literacy and an email address

Cost: £495, includes an extensive notes and teaching aids; you will not be requested to purchase any other books.

To book: a £150 non-refundable deposit will hold your place on the course. It will also entitle you to a 1-0n-1 introductory 1-hour class with Swami Saradananda, in which she will explain the basics of the course and look at your personal practice in detail.

The balance of payment is due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

Classes are small, so please book as soon as possible.

See full Terms and Conditions below

Module Contact Hours with SYT Contact hours with others (practice teaching) Non-Contact Hours Total Hours
Module 1: Your personal practise of meditation This module is in the form of a personal 1-on-1 Zoom-session with the course tutor, Swami Saradananda 

·   Establishing your own practice

·   Keeping a practice diary

1 1
Module 2: Introduction to yoga’s tradition of meditation•    What is meditation 

•    Why meditate

•    When and where to meditate

•    How long to meditate

•    How to sit

•    Harnessing the power of breath

•    Asanas and pranayama to sit more comfortably

•    Mudras for meditation

4 18 22
Module 3: nature of the mind•    What is the mind 

•    Conditions of the mind

•    Four states of consciousness

•    Benefits of meditation for people with chronic illnesses

•    Obstacles and experiences in meditation

•    Asanas and pranayama to sit more comfortably

•    Mudras for meditation

4 1 18 23
Module 4: Deepen concentration ·   Mantra theory and practice 

·   yama-niyama; focus ahimsa, satya, saucha, santosha

·   Asanas and pranayama to sit more comfortably

·   Mudras for meditation

4 1 18 23
Module 5: the power of sound·   Mantra practice; chanting 

·   Prayer and contemplation

·   Focus on tapas, asteya, aparagraha, swadhyaya

·   Use of affirmations

·   Mahavakyas

·   Asanas and pranayama to sit more comfortably

·   Mudras for meditation

4 1 18 23
Module 6: visual techniques·   Introduction to visualisations 

·   Tratak

·   Focus on brahmacharya, ishwarapranidhana

·   Pratyahara

4 1 18 23
Module 7: Deepen your practice ·    Samyama 

·   Chakra meditation

·   Yantra meditation

·   Stress reduction

4 1 18 23
Module 8: Summing it all up·   How to continue 

·   Loving kindness

3 3
Total hours 28 5 124 141

Terms and conditions

To book: a non-refundable £150 deposit will hold your place on the course. Classes are small, so please book early. The deposit is non-refundable and non transferable.

Once you have paid your deposit, you are entitled to a 1-hour 1-on-1 training session and interview with Swami Saradananda to assess your level of practice and determine your eligibility for the course. The balance of payment is due 3 weeks before the start of the course, i.e. on 15th August.

Refunds and transfers: once payment has been made, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer to another session of the course; there is a £100 transfer fee. You must complete the course within 3 years.

Attendance: students are expected to attend all classes via Zoom and only be absent for good reason. If you are unable to attend because of illness or other emergency, you must inform the tutor before the start of the class.

Students are required to register 75% attendance at live sessions– the first class cannot be missed. If a  live class is missed, it is student's responsibility to make up the content by viewing the recorded sessions and doing additional homework.

Students who do not reach the required attendance will not receive their certificate until they have made up the time/practice and assignments and this may incur additional costs. If you miss more than one class, you will be expected to transfer to a subsequent session of the course, with payment of £100 transfer fee.

Homework: all courses are non-graded, however written assignments will be either 'pass’ or ‘refer'. If a piece of work is referred, it will be resubmitted when the necessary amendments have been made. Tutors will support and advise you through this process and detailed feedback will be given.

Students must complete each assignment satisfactorily before going on to the next assignment.

As well as completing written assignments, students are expected to arrange their own teaching practice groups. This serves to enhance the student's knowledge and develop the skills needed to be a good teacher.

Students will received practice teaching assignments and must report on each session taught in writing by answering self-assessment questions.

Students will evaluate their own practice and progress through their own reflective self-assessment and are required to keep a reflective diary showing learning progress.

Complaints must be submitted clearly in writing and will be forwarded to a panel of Yoga Alliance Professional Senior Teachers.

Code of conduct: students and teachers are expected to act with mutual respect and kindness. Students are expected to remove their shoes before attending class – and to wear loose comfortable clothing (no jeans).

Students are requested to turn off their phones (not simply put them into silent mode). No eating in class.
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Accreditation: this course meets the stringent requirements of accreditation set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance Professionals having the specialty of ‘Meditation

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