Learn to teach meditation in the tradition of Patanjali, London
April 25 @ 9:00 am - April 27 @ 6:00 pm
Become a teacher of natural breath awareness meditation, known in Sanskrit as Prana Samyama.
Based on Sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, this course is suitable for those who wish to explore the depths of Yoga and learn how to work with the mind in order to bring deep transformation and peace. Of particular interest to yoga teachers and trainees looking to integrate meditation into their teaching, in an authentic, informed and systematic way. Also for meditation practitioners who are inspired to teach within their own profession or community.
Why teach natural breath meditation?
Meditation on the natural breath is an essential element of the path of Yoga. It is also central to the Buddhist traditions from which modern mindfulness has developed. It has a unique place in these traditions because of its potential not only to bring balance and harmony to the mind, but to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace. This is because of the connection between the natural breath and our state of mind. Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, describes how the natural breath is a mirror of our state of mind as it changes from moment to moment. When we are stressed this is reflected in the breath, when we are at peace this is reflected in the breath.
Training Course that includes experiential learning through meditation practice with group discussion, and theory lessons to introduce the principles of the technique and how to teach it:
Saturday 24th to Monday 27th April 2020- 9am-6pm
At the heart of the course is the teaching and guided meditation recordings of Dr. Kumar. These recordings are given as a teaching resource to those who complete the training.
The Bhavan Indian Arts Centre, 5 mins from West Kensington Tube.
Serving vegetarian Indian food on Saturdays.
Training and Certification
- Practice the technique and understand it through experiential learning and discussion.
- Understand the theory behind the practice including the key concepts within the Yoga Sutras.
- Understand this technique within the context of broader Yoga and meditation systems including Hatha, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga.
- Learn about the values and ethics that underpin good practice, based on The Yoga Sutras.
- Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development.
- Learn the skills to facilitate your students practice and answer their questions
- Discuss lesson planning and approaches to course delivery.
- Be provided with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs
All students will be issued a Traditional Yoga Certificate of Attendance following the course. You are welcome to attend the training without completing the other criteria outlined below, however, these are required in order to receive a Certificate of Competency:
Certificate of Competency:
- Requisite self-practice component for certification: To attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique before you begin to teach. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation. Click here for the Weekend Course calendar.
- Course assignment: A reflective statement on the subject of natural breath meditation that can be submitted either as a 1000 word essay or a 5 minute video or audio recording. This will be based on the content covered during the training and details will be given at the end of the course. This must be completed within 6 months of the training course.
- A certificate of competency to teach will be issued to students who already hold a qualification in yoga or a complementary therapy, (for example a 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification) and who complete the additional steps above.
Course Fee: £200/ Early Bird £160 by 24th February 2020
Suggested Donation: £200
The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £100 to cover the course fee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. All applications must be received by 24th February 2019. Please note that we occasionally have last minute cancellations so feel free to contact us after the deadline if you wish to apply.
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If you have any questions about the course content or would like to speak with Anna Bhushan before booking please mention this in your email.
All course participants will be given two exclusive handbooks, beautifully illustrated, printed and simply bound for easy use in class.
Understanding Prana Samyama gives the background, context and theoretical basis of the technique. (Sample pages are on the right)
Teaching Prana Samyama is a practical step by step guide on how to teach the technique. It includes a frequently asked questions section, practical tips as well as an outline of key guidance.
All participants will also be given the slide presentation resources from the course for reference.
Guided Meditation App
An App for iphone and android is available for attendees of the course, containing guided meditations that can be used for home practice and/ or as a teaching resource.
Only available for course participants.
A popular feature of the course is that as a charity we offer a mentoring scheme for everyone who attends the training, to help them get started and to support them during their teaching on an ongoing basis. We also hold teachers meetings around 3 times a year which all course graduates are invited to. These are experience sharing sessions and they include meditation, discussion, training refresher and development, and general advice. People value the community aspect of these and find them very supportive and helpful.
Course designed by Dr. Kumar
Dr. Kumar is internationally recognized as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher aswell as an award-winning scientist. His
teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, developed through his education in more than 37 schools of Hatha yoga and 50 traditions of meditation and progressed through decades of self-practice. This training program designed by him keeps us connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original techniques and benefit from them fully. They are not adapted, modified or decontextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in their whole and undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all graduating teachers.
Click here to read more about Dr. Kumar.
Course taught by Anna Bhushan
The course will be taught by teacher trainer, Anna Bhushan based on a systematic program conceived by Dr. Kumar. Anna has practiced in established meditation traditions since her childhood. Since 2003 she has been training closely with Dr. Kumar and working to bring the benefits of meditation to people in the UK. Outside of her work as a trustee and teacher for The Yoga Healing Foundation, Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Art & Design. Her academic research explores the application of meditation practice into Higher Education contexts, particularly for the purpose of enhancing wellbeing and creativity.
Video testimonials by meditation teachers and practitioners
Testimonials from previous training courses
“The Traditional Yoga Meditation Teacher Training course was exactly what I had hoped for, and more. Since the course I feel energised and have gained momentum to continue deepening my own personal practice. I was taught by Anna Bhushan whose knowledge and explanations resonate immense clarity and spark further interest. There was a perfect balance between theory (spiritual, psychological and scientific) and practice with great emphasis on the origins of the Traditional Yoga meditation method as well as different types of meditation practices and the differences between them all. The environment was one of support and non-judgment creating a safe space to learn and practice together. The booklets received titled Understanding Samyama and Teaching Samyama are structured enabling great reference points for when you do go on to teach. I would highly recommend this course.”Jigna Modha
“Highly recommend this course to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of meditation. I have been meditating for several years and have learned so much more from attending this course. The teaching was clear, precise and supportive.”
“I came away from this course with a full understanding of the requirements to teach this method of meditation.”
“It has been a life changing experience. After nearly 16 years of meditation and yoga this was the training that helped me find my way.”
“In enjoy the wholesomeness of learning with such an honourable organisation as The Yoga Healing Foundation”
“Brilliant course materials”
“Anna explained the theory and the practice in a clear and concise way breaking down difficult concepts.”
Testimonial from Vanessa Nelson, a yoga teacher who graduated from the 2016 course and then registered as a Traditional Yoga Meditation Teacher. She is now teaching weekly classes and has had excellent feedback from her students.
“Fantastic course for anyone wishing to teach meditation. The course was wonderfully presented by Anna, an incredibly inspiring teacher, and the supporting teaching materials and recordings we received are invaluable resources for any teacher. The mentoring scheme and ongoing support for all new teachers is very reassuring – to know that no question will go unanswered has given me the confidence to teach and share this life-changing meditation technique with my students. Teaching Prana Samyama is incredibly rewarding, I highly recommend this course!” – Vanessa Nelson