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 1:1 mentoring session
  • 7 live classes + recordings (210 min each)
  • Extensive hand-outs (PDF)
  • Weekly assignments with assessment
  • Daily personal practice
  • Guided practice teaching
  • Specialisation as a meditation teacher

LIVE SESSIONS bi-weekly on Sat, 10am-1:30pm, starting 9th Jan via Zoom. These will be recorded and shared with course participants for a limited time.

Training days: 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March, 20 March and 10 April

These 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 meditation in 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: £549, 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 1:1 introductory 2-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 1 is a basic orientation and introduction to meditation practice and the ‘Teach Meditation’ course. It consists of an 2-hour-long 1:1 Zoom class with Swami Saradananda. She will help you to evaluate your personal practice and ensure that you have the skills and tools to further participate in the course.

If your level of practice qualifies you, your £150 non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the £549 cost of the entire course (balance of payment is due 3 weeks before the start of the course).

If your practice does not meet the basic criteria necessary to participate in the ‘Teach Meditation’ course, you will be offered an additional hour-long 1:1 mentoring session with Swami Saradananda. No portion of your deposit will be returned to you.

Modules 2-8 will meet from 10am-1:30pm on Zoom; on alternate Saturdays: 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March, 20 March and 10 April

These are live classes and you are expected to attend all of them.

Module Contact Hours with SYT Contact hours with others (practice teaching) Non-Contact Hours Total Hours
Module 1: Your personal practice 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

3.5 3.5
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

3.5 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

3.5 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

3.5 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

3.5 1 18 23
Module 6: visual techniques

·   Introduction to visualisations

·   Tratak

·   Focus on brahmacharya, ishwarapranidhana

·   Pratyahara

3.5 1 18 23
Module 7: Deepen your practice

·    Samyama

·   Chakra meditation

·   Yantra meditation

·   Stress reduction

3.5 1 18 23
Module 8: Summing it all up

·   How to continue

·   Loving kindness

3.5 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.

Your deposit entitles you to an hour-long 1:1 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 19th Dec.

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 be absent only with 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 90% 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 homework is non-graded, however written assignments will be either 'pass’ or ‘refer'. If a piece of work is referred, it should be resubmitted when the necessary amendments have been made. The tutor will support and advise you through this process and detailed feedback will be given.

Students must complete each assignment to the tutor's satisfaction 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.
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 Teacher'.

 

Certificate is given upon satisfactory completion of course.