14 Days 100 hr Meditation Teacher Training in Himalayas, India

Meditation Teacher Training

If you are looking for a comprehensive meditation training course and want to deepen your practice, or aspire to pursue the path of a professional meditation teacher, this course is for you. It is also a great opportunity for certified yoga teachers to take part in a continuing education program, particularly in the field of meditation, to expand the knowledge and bring more value to life. Join the course to be inspired, and inspire others with intensive meditation practice!

Retreat highlights

  • Learn various meditation techniques
  • Supporting gentle yoga and pranayama
  • Classes on asana, mantra, anatomy, and physiology
  • Dedicated and individualized supervision in every session
  • Daily vegetarian meals throughout the course
  • All tuition fee, yoga kit, and study material
  • 13 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer included: Kangra Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

During the training course, you will stay at Oasis Guesthouse in Upper Bhagsu, about two and a half kilometers away from McLeod Ganj town. Its geographical location makes it comfortably away from main markets and distractions, which results in a calm, quiet, and contemplative environment for yoga and meditation practices. As the area around the center cannot be reached by motor vehicles, one can enjoy a true serenity and the peaceful atmosphere of the Himalayas.

While the geographical location of this yoga center provides a calm and quiet atmosphere, the topography of the area naturally brings a meditative disposition, creating an experience of peacefully merging with nature. One can feel that he or she is relaxing in the lap of nature. Located on a flank full of green palm trees and boasting a vibe of a beautiful valley and chirps and tweets of birds, the center truly provides a conducive and spiritual environment for yoga and meditation practices.

The Oasis Guesthouse has 12 nice luxurious rooms for yoga students only. Each room has a western-style toilet with 24-hour hot shower, a safe locker, a wooden wardrobe, a big double bed, blanket, a mosquito net, a table, two chairs, and free Wi-Fi. These rooms have enough space for two people.

Sarvaguna Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Program

The 100-hour meditation teacher training program provides the training, support, and supervision to individuals wishing to deepen their own personal practice, teach friends and family members, incorporate meditation training into their existing professions, or develop a private meditation teaching practice. This program incorporates yogic, non-religious, and scientific meditation practices. Many topics focus on the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind.

Classes involve Restorative yoga and pranayama practice, facilitated discussions, exercises, and deep connection with your peers. The course requires no experience and all body types are welcome.

In this course, you will be immersed in meditation practices, supported by gentle yoga and pranayama. You will learn a foolproof way to teach anyone how to meditate, and practice teaching what you have learned in this course as well as your personal experience accumulated during the sessions. You will be thoroughly coached by dedicated teachers to enhance your presentation and teaching skills and pratice how to share what you have learnt with a variety of audiences.

Course standards

This program meets the standards and curriculum of Yoga Alliance as a continuing education program for yoga teachers.

  • Techniques training and practice: Includes preparatory asana, pranayama, kriya, chanting, mantra, meditation, philosophy of meditation, teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, yogic lifestyle, modern and scientific meditation techniques, energy anatomy and physiology, chakras, naadis, and so on. This includes both the study of the subject and applications of the principles to yoga practice, such as the benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, and more. You will also receive analytical training on how to teach and practice the techniques, and guided practice of the techniques themselves.
  • Practicum: Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing / giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Overview of the course content

Preparatory practices

As a preparation for meditation, gentle Restorative yoga will be taught twice a day. This helps to improve muscular relaxation.

Pranayama

Pranayama is breathing techniques. Pranayama has two aspects: breath regulation and breath observation. Pranayama is a very important aspect of meditation practice. Pranayama purifies the mind and prepares the mind for meditation. It facilitates oneself to deeply concentrate while meditating. It detoxes the mind and the body, as well as helping you to reach the inner realm of awareness.

Mudra practices

Mudras are the flow of energy in the body. The position of the hands while practicing a meditation technique is very important. Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements which alter the mood, attitude, and perception and which deepens awareness and concentration. Mudras enable the meditation practitioner to develop awareness of the flow of prana, the vitality energy in the body. Ultimately, they establish pranic balance within the body and redirect the subtle energy to the upper chakras, inducing higher states of consciousness.

Kriyas

This is the daily practice of therapeutic yoga which includes neti - yogic nostril cleansing, trataka - gazing at the flame to improve concentration, and shambhavi mudra - preparatory practice for Third Eye meditation.

Meditation friendly diet

The diet plays an important role in meditation practice. As the well known proverb goes “the man is what he eats” - the food we consume influences our mind and body. This course focuses on yogic or sattvic diet, which makes meditation more effective.

Energy anatomy

Energy anatomy involves the theoretical framework of energy body (pranic body), nadis (energy channels), chakras (energy centers) and the application of its principles in meditation practice, benefits of opening the nadis and chakras through meditation. the movement of healthy energies within the body, characteristics of a person whose chakras are opened, the kundalini system and kundalini awakening meditation techniques.

Discussed theories of meditation

  • Various definitions of meditation, its roots, its theories, its aims and goals, and the myths and misconceptions about meditations
  • Preparatory practices for meditation, including both internal and external preparations
  • Meditative psychology
  • Difficulties faced during meditation and how to overcome them
  • Different types of meditation practices and their applications
  • The scientifically proven physiological and psychological benefits of a regular meditation practice
  • How meditation trains your attention
  • The mind and the body connection and creative well-being
  • Stress and its effects on the mind and body
  • How to shift the stress response from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” and the need for cognitive change
  • Transcendental experiences in meditation and the role of spiritual intelligence
  • The spiritual side of meditation, mystic and wisdom traditions, awakened states of awareness, and self-discoveries
  • Creating a personal practice and nourishing daily routine

Different types of meditation

  • Relaxation meditation
  • Concentration meditation
  • Awareness meditation
  • Chakra balancing meditation
  • Kundalini meditation
  • Metaphysical meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Pranic awareness meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • Meditation
  • Silent sitting meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Loving Kindness meditation
  • Gratitude meditation
  • Mindful eating meditation
  • Mindful walking meditation
  • Group meditation and Nature meditation
  • Full moon meditation
  • Regression meditation
  • Third Eye meditation

Certification

After completing the course successfully, you will be certified to teach meditation. You will be able to design your own meditation training program to suit the people you come across. It can be any of the techniques you have learned or a mixture of different meditation techniques. You do not have to have any particular method. Every method, if practiced diligently, will give results.

You will be able to offer and share with your students a comprehensive meditation method that can propel their spiritual practice or help to discover inner peace, harmony within oneself and in relationships, inspiration, creativity, wellbeing and a sense of fulfillment, better physical and psychological health, and self awareness.

As a certified meditation teacher, you will likely be asked to present meditation classes and lead programs in a variety of settings. On this course, you will learn how to do that, whether you are invited to present at a lunch-and-learn at a corporate headquarter, or to a classroom full of kids who want an experience of mindfulness. You will have everything you need to do it!

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Mantra chanting, pranayama, and guided meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Asana practice and kriya practice
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Theory class and workshops
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Theory class, Workshops, and Q&A sessions
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Techniques training, special workshops, and chakra workshops
  • 17:00 - 19:00 silent sitting, self-guided meditations, and trataka practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Satsang, Q&A session on meditation philosophy, and spirituality related topics on Tuesday and Thursday

Included excursions

A day trek to Triund, a popular hill dubbed the jewel crown of Dharamsala, is included in the package.

Instructors

Dr. Keshava Murthy
Keshava has been teaching yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, therapeutic yoga, principle teachings of original tantra, Sanskrit language and poetry, and Vedic mantra chanting in various academic settings and yoga teacher training centers. He taught more than 25 yoga teacher training courses. Keshava lives a monastic life practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and spirituality. He is committed to bring a deep change in the personality of a seeker in order to have a meaningful and blissful life with peace, harmony and universal awareness
Babu Raj Babu Raj
Babu Raj Ji, – ERYT-500, Experienced Traditional Yoga Teacher Babu Raj ji hails from South Indian state Kerala. He had an early exposure to Traditional Yoga both is physical and Spiritual dimensions. Studied Under his master for many years and also completed his TTCs at Sivanandashram, Madhurai, Thrissur Yoga Association, South India and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusanandhan, Bangalore. For last two decades he has been teaching in various teacher training programs (TTC), workshops, retreats in India, Europe and South Asian countries, which helped him to attain excellence.

Retreat location

This course will be held in Dharamsala, close to the Himalayas. The Himalayas, meaning the abode of snow in Sanskrit, are a range of mountains with mighty snow peaks, forming the northern border of the Indian subcontinent. Himalayas have been a great inspiration for spiritual practitioners, yogis, saints, as well as healers. Experienced by many practitioners and yogis as a very powerful energy center on the Earth, these sacred mountains have been inspiring many people.

Dharmashala is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled below the mighty snow clad peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, it is a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.

Dharmashala is the spiritual headquarters of Buddhists all over the world. It is the home of Dalai Lama and the center of theTibetan exile. Dalai Lama has been living here along with his followers since 1959. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying the Tibetan culture.

Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are twin towns located by the Himalayan mountain range. Dharamsala is mainly populated by locals. McLeod Ganj is the abode of Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans have found their permanent settlements in this town and are leading a peaceful life.

Bhagsunag and Dharmakot are twin beautiful hamlets located two kilometers away from McLeod Ganj. These two villages are relatively calm and quiet and give a conducive atmosphere for yoga and meditation practices. Hence, many yoga and meditation learners chose to come here for their training.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served throughout the course with vegetarian, vegan, and organic food, except on Sundays. During the course, the Oasis Guesthouse runs its own restaurant exclusively for yoga students. All Indian cuisines, especially Indian yogic meals are prepared here. One may also ask for additional western or international cuisine. The restaurant also caters for special dietary requirements.

Alternatively, as you walk down from the center, you will find a number of local restaurants offering Indian, international, and Tibetan cuisine at very reasonable prices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Meditate on the mountains
  • Take day trips in the area
  • Visit the Dalai Lama Temple and other Buddistic Monasteries nearby.

Spa treatments

Please note that Ayurvedic Massage facilities are available nearby.

What's included

  • 2 hours Yoga asana practices daily
  • 2 herbal teas daily
  • 3 daily vegan, vegetarian, and organic meals
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • A day trip to Triund Hill Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Course material Daily mantra chanting, pranayama, and guided meditation sessions
  • Teaching methodology and training techniques
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Yoga kit

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals on Sunday
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Gaggal Airport (DHM). Sarvaguna Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The best way for travelers to reach Dharamsala by air is to travel from New Delhi Airport. New Delhi Airport is connected to all most all major destinations and all major cities in India. Daily flights are operated from New Delhi to Gaggal Airport, which is about 25 kilometers away from the yoga center. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Chandigarh (250 kilometers from the yoga center) or Amritsar (200 kilometers away from the center), and then take a pre-paid taxi to McLeod Ganj. It takes four to five hours to reach there. A taxi ride will cost about 4000 INR. If you choose to arrive at Amritsar International Airport, you can reach Dharamsala by taxi, which is a better option.

Arrival by bus

There are daily bus services from Delhi to Dharamsala every evening. It is a 10 to 12-hour journey with a fare of 300 to 1300 INR depending upon the type of bus you choose to travel. Public buses are available from New Delhi and from other major cities. This option is the most economical. Bus services are also available from Manali and Shimla. Sarvaguna Yoga can provide you more information on how to travel to Dharamsala if you need.

Arrival by train

There are no direct train to reach Dharamsala. Pathankot is the nearest railway station to a reach Dharamsala. Pathankot Railway Station is well connected by rail with all other major cities in India. The distance from Pathankot to the center is about 100 kilometers and it costs around 1500 INR to reach the center by taxi.

Airport: Kangra Airport Airport transfer included: Kangra Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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