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Would you like to become an instrument in enriching the lives of others? Enrich your own life immeasurably? Embark on a one-on-one personalized study of Raja, Kundalini, and Jnana Yoga meditation practices with a seasoned master-teacher? Then consider this exclusive, live, online, one-on-one Meditation Teacher Training Program with Ajayan. Since 1970 he has traveled India and the world exploring and teaching meditation. He is the founder of Effortless Mind meditation and author of Whispers of the Himalaya and Effortless Mind: Meditation with Ease. Enjoy the benefit of direct, one-on-one mentoring with Ajayan, as has been the tradition in India for millennia because that is the most personalized, precise, and effective way to learn. You will emerge not only an expert meditator but uniquely qualified to teach profound meditation practices. There is no comparable program offered anywhere in the West today.
This online meditation teacher training course is open to anyone, but previous yoga and/or meditation experience with regular practice is expected.
A graduation certificate will be awarded to those successfully completing the meditation teacher training course. After successfully completing this course, you will be certified to teach Effortless Mind meditation at the beginning and intermediate levels, which involves pranayama, chakra meditations, and mantra meditation. You will be able to impart a deep and thorough understanding of the benefits, mechanics, and goals of meditation, and most importantly, you will have a basis for teaching in your own profound experience of the benefits of meditation.
The training is flexible so you can arrange your training time later with Ajayan prior or after the booking.
This teacher training course will thoroughly prepare you to teach Effortless Mind, a uniquely effective meditation practice.
Your training will be four-fold:
You will learn Effortless Mind meditation (beginning through advanced stages), which includes several highly effective meditation practices that draw from the Kundalini, Raja, and Advaita Yoga traditions. You will also learn traditional “psychophysiological” techniques. These vastly deepen the experience of meditation and accelerate an individual's progress on the spiritual path. As you learn each practice, you will explore the process of teaching that practice to others. As you learn to do, you will begin to learn to teach.
What is meditation? How does it really work? What does it really do in the body, the subtle body, the mind? What are its benefits spiritually, mentally, physically, in relationships, and for the environment? What is the goal of meditation? What is samadhi? What are the types of samadhi? What about the integration of the benefits of meditation? Where does service (seva) fit in? We will explore all of these questions, and more, in-depth, giving you a thorough understanding of meditation and how to present it to others.
There are many forms of meditation. As a teacher of Effortless Mind, you should have insight into the nature of meditation that allows you to understand the basic principles of any approach, be it mantra meditation, chakra meditation, Advaitic meditation, devotional meditation, or related practices such as japa and samyama.
One can have a myriad of possible experiences in meditation. Without the proper guidance, a student of meditation can easily become confused or fearful, begin to resist the natural process of meditation, go off on a tangent that will spoil their meditation practice, or stop meditating altogether. As a teacher, you must understand the full range of experiences that can arise in meditation and know how to guide students faithfully towards the goal.
As a teacher, you will need a clear vision of the goal of meditation, enlightenment, and the various landmarks of higher consciousness along the way, as well as potential pitfalls. We will explore the meaning of enlightenment in detail, the signs and stages of the development of higher consciousness, and its significance in relation to other spiritual traditions. We’ll also discuss the psychophysiology of evolving consciousness, what it means in terms of the conscious and subconscious mind, the storehouse of impressions of past experience, the ego, the body, and the subtle body.
What are mantras? What are their effects? How do they work? How do you select a mantra for a given individual? And how should they be used?
You don’t need to become a Vedic scholar to teach meditation, but you will find it helpful to have an overview of Vedic literature, the systems of Indian Philosophy, and an understanding of important terms, for instance, the three gunas, the levels of speech, types of samadhi, the eight limbs of Yoga, Atman, Brahman, manas, buddhi, asmita, etc. We will also read from The Bhagavad-Gita, The Ribhu Gita, The Rig Veda, The Yoga Sutras, and perhaps others. (See Suggested Readings at the bottom of this page.)
The art of teaching is an exciting and complex process that takes years of experience to master. We will begin the process on the course. You will be given a detailed outline for teaching all the meditation practices, but you will also design your own introductory talks for different audience types. You will have the chance to hone your public speaking skills, practice teaching other participants, fielding questions, and so on.
Not all of your students will be adults in perfect emotional, physical, and psychological conditions. You will need to know how to instruct people with special needs, such as someone experiencing psychological distress or instability. You will need to know how various substances (drugs, alcohol, caffeine, medications) can affect the experience of meditation, and how to advise people using such substances. You will also learn how to teach children, even as young as kindergarten age.
People from all walks of life, with widely varied lifestyles, meditate. Nevertheless, as a teacher and potential guide, you should be aware that lifestyle can greatly impact the rate of growth a person experiences through meditation. Such factors as diet, routine, exercise, attitude, sexual behavior, etc. will be discussed in terms of traditional guidelines—the yamas and niyamas, and an understanding of the three gunas: rajas, sattva, and tamas.
Before the start of the course, you are suggested to read Effortless Mind: Meditation with Ease by Ajayan Borys, and if you would like, Whispers of the Himalaya, also by Ajayan. Effortless Mind will give you a solid foundation of understanding and practice that will save days of instruction and allow you to get the most from the course. We think you’ll find Whispers to be inspiring and informative.
You might find it helpful to read all Ajayan's blog, which contains related to meditation.
You will learn how to talk about meditation and gain additional insight into the practice and benefits of meditation by listening to interviews of Ajayan about Effortless Mind. Though it is not required, you are highly recommended listening to these radio interviews before attending the course.
Reading alone will not actually prepare you to teach meditation, but if you’d like to do some general background reading, there are a few books that are recommended (in order of importance as background for the course):
This meditation teacher training course is not just for yoga teachers. However, if you happen to be a yoga teacher, you are in an especially good position to make use of this course.
Perhaps you have found that some of your students, having experienced the benefits of yoga, are curious about meditation as well. This offers a great opportunity for both you and your students. Your students know you, trust you, and like you. Having already helped them experience the profound benefits of yoga, no one is in a better position to guide them to the next level - a deep, clear experience of pure being, their own inner essence. This is the most natural situation, where students can find expert instruction from one teacher in all the eight limbs of yoga.
This will not only add substantially to what you can give your students but to your fulfillment as a teacher as well. Ajayan's first teacher used to say that as we guide others to experience the self, we integrate our own state of self-realization. Ajayan has found this to be literally the case. The teacher gains even more than the student. And because the field with which meditation is concerned is the very nature of fulfillment, what the teacher gains, in this case, is beyond words. It is to bask in grace, the light of the divine.
At the same time, this requires that the meditation taught should be precise and effective, and our instruction perfect. Thorough and exact training in teaching yoga can make all the difference in a student’s experience. This is at least as true when teaching meditation, which deals with something so subtle as the mind. Poor instruction in a given asana can lead to an injured muscle; a single wrong word when teaching meditation can create an attitude that will obstruct a student’s experience and progress.
Over the past two to three decades, what the thousands of yoga teachers in the world have accomplished is remarkable. Yoga is now literally a household word and is practiced by people who wouldn’t think of doing such a thing just ten or twenty years ago. As a group, yoga teachers have raised the world’s consciousness as to the value of yoga.
At this time, when the world is clearly in turmoil, something, even more, is called for. Yoga teachers as a group can continue to make a difference. By unfolding the next layer of the wisdom of integration of life that is at the heart of yoga philosophy, we can uplift world consciousness further, bringing even greater peace and happiness into the world now, when it is needed most.
This is my hope in offering this meditation teacher training course. May you bring the bliss of meditation to your students and friends, and contribute to the level of peace and harmony in world consciousness.
Ajayan Borys is an internationally renowned meditation instructor and founder of Effortless Mind® meditation, author, Reiki Master, hypnotherapist, and certified Enneagram teacher. He is is author of Whispers of the Himalaya (Purna Press, 2017), Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease (New World Library, 2013), The Way of Marriage: A Journal of Spiritual Growth through Conflict, Love, and Sex (Purna Press, 1991; HarperCollins, 1993), The Sacred Fire: Love as a Spiritual Path (HarperCollins, 1994), and numerous articles on meditation and relationships as a spiritual path.
This meditation teacher training is held online. Ajayan Borys from Effortless Mind is based in Friday Harbor, Washington, USA (Pacific Time, GMT-7) and he will live-stream the classes via Zoom which you can participate in from the comfort of your home by just using your phone or computer.
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