Meditation Teacher Training
November 18, 2021 to November 17, 2022
Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9 pm: Meditation, lecture and group discussion
Teaching intensives: Jan 8–9, 2022 12:30–8:30PM
June 25–26, 2022 12:30–8:30PM
Whether you intend to take up meditation for the benefit of your own body and mind or wish to share the practice with private clients, group classes, or retreats, David Magone’s Buddhist Meditation Teacher Training will empower you to become an effective and intuitive teacher.
Perfect for serious students of yoga and teachers alike, this meditation teacher training will help you deepen your meditation practice with a combination of short lectures, guided Buddhist meditation practices, and experiential exercises. You’ll learn practical, time-tested tools that you can use to experience more happiness, peace, and joy in daily life.
In addition to deepening your practice, you’ll also learn to guide others to a happier, healthier, and more peaceful mental perspective with three different types of Buddhist meditation: Yoga Nidra, Shamatha, and Zen walking meditation.
This year long course appropriate for anyone who:
Seeks spiritual growth and inspiration.
Wishes to better understand how Buddhist philosophy and meditation can be used to create a happier, more fulfilling life.
Desires a deeper connection to others.
Would like to reduce stress and anxiety in their lives.
These courses are open to beginners, therapists, yoga teachers, and meditation teachers. It is not necessary to have any previous experience, although it would be beneficial to start attending regular meditation classes before the training.
This program will include:
Weekly classes on Thursdays from 7:30–9PM that will contain:
Textual Study: This year-long course will include instruction on one of the Buddha’s most important teachings: the Four Noble Truths. The sixteen aspects of this teaching are regarded as central pillars of the Buddhist tradition and provide the framework upon which all other Buddhist philosophies and meditation are based.
Guided Meditation: For the first portion of the training, every class will open with a guided Yoga Nidra meditation practice. Yoga Nidra is a secular practice that can be used to calm anxiety, improve sleep, and deeply relax the body and mind. During the second half of the year, students will begin every session with a Shamatha meditation practice. For centuries, Shamatha has been used to improve concentration, calm emotions, slow down mental chatter, and develop experiential insights into the nature of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.
Two Meditation Teacher Training Weekends
These weekends are designed to give students a deep dive into three different types of meditation: Yoga Nidra, Shamatha, and Zen walking meditation.
Jan 8–9, 2022 12:30–8:30PM
June 25–26, 2022 12:30–8:30PM
WEEKEND I: TEACHING YOGA NIDRA
A state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, Yoga Nidra is a profoundly relaxing practice that teaches you how to induce the relaxation response at will. The practice primarily consists of conscious body scanning practices and visualization exercises that can be done pretty much anywhere. Yoga Nidra is very useful for insomnia, anxiety, and a whole host of other ailments as well. Because it focuses on inducing relaxation through awareness of physical sensation, it’s also the perfect meditation for beginners to start with.
WEEKEND II: TEACHING SHAMATHA AND ZEN WALKING MEDITATION
Shamatha Meditation is a traditional concentration practice that can be used to calm emotions and slow down mental chatter. This particular meditation is typically done by practicing single-pointed meditation on an external object or a focal point such as the breath. When done regularly, this practice can strengthen concentration, balance the emotions, even make you more resilient to daily stressors.
Guided Walking Meditation is an excellent companion to seated meditation practice. It’s a traditional practice that can be used to maintain mindfulness and loosen up stiff body parts between practice sessions. It provides an excellent way to ground your body and involves a very deliberate concentration on the subtle motions of walking and moving. Done with mindfulness, the simple act of walking can be used to induce a relaxation response and to develop a deeper appreciation for your body and the world around you.
This workshop is eligible for continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teachers.