Have you considered teacher training in meditation and mindfulness?
There are many programs and courses to be found, for sure. You can “qualify” after a weekend course, if you look. On the other hand, if you are interested in a thorough immersion, you will start your teaching journey with an understanding that is broad and deep, rather than coasting on the surface.
By thorough, we mean 200 hours over the course of a year, and a real-get-serious practice of one hour daily. Through committed practice, you will get to know yourself a whole lot better… and you will be better placed to recognise what is happening in the minds of those whom you aspire to teach.
The Diploma of Mindfulness and Meditation includes a personal and theoretically supported exploration of stillness meditation – the pinnacle of yogic practice – while taking into account modern, westernised approaches from the medical or complementary health perspective.
You may discover in the long run that, while both approaches are similar in the beginning, they diverge in ultimate outcomes. Traditional meditation goes deeply into the experience of self, being and reality, while the more “complementary” approaches are about helping the individual to self-validation and healthy ego-function. Both are valuable. Practitioners of the deeper traditional methods can understand and offer or teach health or goal-oriented meditation, while the the deeper processes are a riddle to those for whom the sole purpose is health and self-validation.
Through the course you will understand
the connection between stress and its biological connections, which is how the complementary medical approach found its reason for being.
the history of Meditation and its expression in various schools, such as Zen or Taoism.
critical issues such as cautions and limitations for teaching meditation, and conditions under which meditation might be contraindicated. You will explore research findings on reported negative effects of meditation, and learn how to access research.
possibly there are two paradigms of meditation and two paradigms of health… and the implication of both for teacher and client.
Class planning and the principles of teaching
You will have to allow yourself a year of study and practice!
Our teacher training course is accredited by Meditation Australia, the peak body for meditation teaching in Australia.
The next intake starts in February 2019
INFORMATION DAY: SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER AT 2.00 PM, at 6A Main St Blackburn
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