OM yoga Meditation Teacher Trainings & Immersions

 

2016 Trainings

Meditation Level 1, Lynchburg, VA – June 17-18
Meditation Level 2, Lynchburg, VA – September 9-10

 

Cl meditating gardenCyndi teaches shamatha or mindfulness/awareness meditation as the foundation for cultivating self-knowledge and confidence in our own goodness, insight and compassion. Buddhist teachings say that the ground of our being is unconditional wisdom and compassion.  But we don’t always recognize this in ourselves or others, because of obstacles such as mental discursiveness, grumpy inner critic, fear, discouragement, or lack of focus.

Shamatha meditation, taught for over 2,500 years, offers a simple, yet profound technique for helping us focus and relax at the same time, so that we can allow our true nature to flower.

The fruit of this practice is the ability to connect to our inherent strength, stability and clarity.  These are the same tools we use when teaching meditation to others.

OM Meditation Teacher Trainings & Immersions include two parts,
Practice & Study:

Practice:

  • clear meditation instruction and daily practice
  • sitting posture work
  • simple stretching and some restorative yoga
  • specific instruction in how to teach meditation talks for a group
  • teaching practice in front of the group, with feedback from Cyndi
  • shamatha, vipassana, maitri and walking meditation instruction and practice
  • how to develop a healthy meditation practice

Study:

  • overview of the stages on the Buddhist path
  • Understanding the Four Noble Truths and how that relates to all of us now
  • purpose of meditation
  • journaling homework
  • small study group assignments
  • reading assignments

Who is eligible for this training? 

  • People who have never meditated before
  • Experienced meditators who would like to deepen and refresh their practice
  • People who want to offer meditation instruction in a group setting, ie.  yoga class, school groups, therapy sessions, social work environments,corporate retreats
  • People who want to give one-on-one meditation instruction

 

Level 1
Pre-requisite:  anyone with a genuine interest in meditation practice, with or without an interest in teaching meditation.

Overview:

  • Get inspiration for beginning a daily meditation
  • Refresh your current practice
  • Learn/clarify your understanding of the fundamentals of meditation practice
  • Gain understanding of the Buddhist path

Practice:

  • Shamatha or mindfulness meditation
  • Introduction to Vipassana or awareness meditation
  • Introduction to Maitri or lovingkindness meditation
  • Walking meditation as a bridge practice between formal sitting meditation and the more interactive experience of our daily life
  • Stretching and restorative yoga, supported with bolsters, to help your body stay pliant and reawaken stagnant physical energy
Schedule:

  • Dharma Talk by Cyndi  “Getting Familiar”
  • Detailed Shamatha Instruction
  • Short Practice Period
  • Shamatha practice
  • Overview of the stages of Meditation and the Buddhist Path
  • Q & A
  • Dharma Talk: “Motivation & Dedication:
  • Introduction of Maitri/Lovingkindness practice

Level 2:
Pre-requisite: completion of Level 1 & regular meditation practice

Overview:

  • Learn how to give meditation instruction to a group
  • Deepen your own practice, mindfulness & contemplative meditation
  • Structure and deliver a pithy 5-minute dharma talk
  • Explore your way to field questions and lead group discussions that are compelling and inspiring.
  • Practice teaching to a group and receive feedback from Cyndi
Practice:

  • Shamatha — Mindfulness
  • Vipassana — Insight/Awareness
  • Maitri — Lovingkindness
  • Contemplative Meditation
  • Introduction to Tonglen — Compassion meditation
Schedule:

  • Shamatha instruction review & practice
  • Dharma Talk: “The Four Ennobling Truths”
  • Q & A
  • Meditation Teaching Methodology, part 1
  • Participants create short meditation talks
  • Shamatha practice
  • Shamatha Practice
  • Participants practice giving meditation talks/instruction in small groups
  • Meditation Teaching Methodology, part 2

Level 3:
Pre-requisite: Completion of Level 1 & 2;  meditation practice of 30 min/day 4-5 x week.
  • Learn and practice how to work one-on-one with meditation students
  • Discussion of the Preceptor role as Hinayana Teacher
  • Practice teaching individuals, receive feedback from Cyndi
  • Sit longer meditation sessions to develop stamina and insight
  • Emphasis on study and practice of heart practices, cultivating bodhicitta
  • Dharma talk on the traditional stages of compassion
  • Review and deepen practice of tonglen: exchanging self and others

 

Upon successful completion of Level 3 and teacher approval you will receive an OM yoga Meditation Teacher Certificate.

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From The Yogis

  • Terri Bender Morrison, Owner, Mindful Motion Yoga, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi, I feel that my teaching has shifted a bit - sequencing is more interesting and effective. As I was driving home tonight, I thought about the statements of "leaving crumbs" and "connecting the dots". While you meant that for us as direction to be better teachers, I recognize you were doing that for us as well. I believe I am just now processing some of the things you taught this summer. The subtle parts of classes escaped me, but I am getting them now. Thank you for the crumbs, for leaving plenty of space between the dots....I think I see the moon."

  • Zan Margolis, OM 200 TT , 2012

    "The more yoga I experience, the more I realize how special it is that in your teacher trainings you actually teach your yogis how to *teach*"

  • Susan Golden, Studio Owner, Maine

    "Cyndi’s sense of humor and genius teachings have made this OM 500 TT very, very stimulating every minute of the day. I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to let it all come together and bring this to my teachings and to my life."

  • Natalie Levin, OM Yoga Graduate, OM Warrior Weekend Teacher Training Program 2003

    "I am a graduate of the OM 2003 Warrior Weekend Teacher Training Program.  I had the honor to teach at OM yoga in New York City for several years.  I have since moved to another city and was instantly offered teaching jobs based solely on the fact that I had been a teacher at Cyndi Lee’s OM yoga.  Studio owners in my current city thought so highly of Cyndi Lee’s OM yoga Teacher Training that they hired me immediately and I found and continue to find that my OM yoga Teacher Training opens door after door for me.  OM yoga (practicing there, teaching OM yoga, and learning from Cyndi Lee) helped me professionally in my own yoga-teaching career.  Even more meaningfully for me, I feel that the path of mindfulness and attention to alignment that pours through the pores of OM yoga has influenced me and helped me to soften enough to become more “myself” since I first walked into the OM yoga studio."

  • Jeri Wilson, Studio Owner, Maine

    “I’m Jeri and I’m a studio owner in Maine and I just finished my 500 hr TT with Cyndi Lee. It was an excellent experience, partly because I had been trained primarily in Anusara and I was challenged to think very differently. I found it was very helpful to come back to teach with Cyndi’s influence. She is very, very funny and she will work you and challenge you and you will feel like you have actually gained something really deep from the training.”

  • Jeanie Gasque, Yoga Teacher, South Carolina, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi's skillful guidance lead me to a greater clarity of alignment based vinyasa.  The yoga combined with the charm of Lynchburg made the Sun Session an unforgettable experience."

  • Gina Callendar, Yoga Teacher, Yonkers, NY, OM 500 TT 2015

    "Cyndi truly follows the middle path and instills that in her teachings.  She combines disciple and humor to create an engaging, thought provoking and enlightening experience.  I had the pleasure of taking her 500 hour OM Yoga Teacher Training.  I have deepened my practice, work to continue challenge myself and never want to stop learning.  I am pretty comfortable teaching, but withCyndi’s guidance I am more confident in my hands-on adjustments and clarity of instruction with my students.  Thank you Cyndi for reinforcing my foundation, challenging me as a student and becoming my teacher.  I hope to continue to learn from you for many years to come.  Namaste."

  • Erica Settino, Founder, , Karuna for Animals

    "I have been teaching yoga for 12 years and over those 12 years I have often felt burned out and at a loss for inspiration. Now that I have taken Cyndi Lee’s OM 500 Teacher Training, I feel completely different, completely inspired, and so, so blessed. If you are even considering it, you must do it."

  • Donna Levenstien, Yoga Teacher, Lake George, NY

    "I am a student of the OM 200 and OM 500 TT. I keep learning from Cyndi Lee who is just a master teacher, every class I take, every hour I’m here she says something wonderful that I can bring into my life, onto my mat, into my classes with my students. As a teacher and a student, I feel enriched every time I’m with her and in her class."

  • Ann Megyas, Actor, Yoga Teacher, , Hospice Worker

    "I’m so glad I decided to take Cyndi Lee’s 500 hr TT. It advanced my personal practice in ways that I could not imagine. There is no pose I am afraid of anymore. It’s advanced my teaching practice, it’s advanced my dharma study. It’s just been a thrilling experience the whole time."