OM yoga Meditation Teacher Trainings & Immersions
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training & Immersion, Level 1, 2 & 3
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training & Immersion is a three-part course open to:
- people who have never meditated before; (Level 1)
- meditators who would like to deepen and refresh their practice; (Level 1)
- people who want to offer meditation instruction in a group setting such as a yoga class, school group, nursing home, library; (Level 2)
- experienced meditators who want to work with students on a one-to-one basis. (Level 3)
It is recommended for yoga students, yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, health care workers, caregivers and leaders in any field.
Mindfulness Meditation TT & Immersion with Cyndi Lee
Mindfulness meditation is an ancient and relevant method for cultivating self-knowledge and confidence in our own goodness, insight and com-passion. Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition but you do not have to be a Buddhist to learn and benefit from being present with things as they are. Rather than attempting to manipulate our experiences, mindfulness is about cultivating an unbiased mind that is open and can fully meet whatever life offers.
Mindfulness meditation involves specific techniques to help develop our innate qualities of stability, clarity and strength. You may find that when you are more in touch with these qualities you also become more men-tally confident and emotionally open-hearted, less confused or stuck.
The word, “mindfulness,”comes from the Sanskrit word, Sati, which means “remembering”. This meditation method is a practice of remembering to bring your attention back to the present when you recognize that it has floated off. From there, we begin to practice remembering other things, such as being kind to ourself when we bring our attention back. Remembering that it is always ok to take a fresh start. We re-member that thoughts are a product of our brain and not a bad thing and we remember to be curious and open to all the ingredients of our life.
Mindfulness Meditation shows us how our own mind works and this is very helpful. It provides a feeling of familiarity and coming home which is relaxing. If we can remember to practice, and remember how to practice, then we may begin to experience a sense of freshness, stable mind, clear thinking, confidence and equanimity.
It is a simple technique but yet it is deeper than you might think, and so it’s good to study and practice it step-by-step.
Each day will include 1-2 dharma talks, 2-3 meditation sessions, journaling exercises, small group assignments and movement snacks of simple stretching and restorative yoga to reawaken stagnant physical energy. Traditional walking meditation will be integrated into the program as a bridge practice between formal sitting meditation and the more interactive aspect of our daily life.
Built on her 30 years as a Buddhist practitioner, Cyndi has designed this course to include what are traditionally known as the Two Wings of the Bird: Study and Practice.
- detailed instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation (sati)
- detailed sitting posture work (on a cushion or in a chair)
- detailed instruction and practice of Lovingkindness meditation (maitri)
- instruction and practice of walking meditation
- practice mindfulness-in-motion via simple stretching sequences
- practice self-caring through restorative yoga
- contemplative writing exercises
Dharma Talks with Cyndi:
- What meditation is and is not. What mindfulness is and is not.
- What is practice?
- The benefits of mindfulness meditation, and letting go of results
- Understanding the two layers of motivation
- Recognizing obstacles in practice and how to work with them
- Understanding the origin of these practices/overview of the Buddhist path
- Understanding the Ennobling Truths and how that relates to all of us now
- Understanding the Brahma Vihara and how to dedicate your practice
If this sounds serious, don’t worry! One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it clears the way for joy to appear. In the meantime, all you have to do is show up. Just that.
You will find that Mindfulness Meditation practice helps you connect to your inherent strength, stability and clarity, and these are the tools that we use when teaching meditation to others.
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, Level 2 is for people interested in learning to teach meditation to a group. In addition to longer sitting meditations sessions to develop stamina and insight, Level 2 includes:
- how to offer meditation instruction to a group (not one-on-one)
- how to structure and confidently deliver a pithy 5-minute dharma talk
- the chance to practice this several times!
- how to field questions and lead group discussions.
- receiving constructive feedback from Cyndi
* emphasis on heart practices, bodhicitta, maitri,
Study: There will be a Take Home Test between Level 1 and Level 2 to serve as a review and to help imprint your new learning.
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, Level 3 is for more experienced meditators and meditation teachers who want to work with private students. Level 3 includes:
* Dharma Talk: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, Compassionate Action
* Learn and practice how to work one-on-one with meditation students
* Practice teaching in dyads, receive feedback from Cyndi