Meditation Teacher Training
with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500 and Integral Yoga Senior Staff
July 22 - August 4, 2024
For Yoga teachers and health professionals
Our whole life experience is based on the condition of the mind, how we perceive and respond to situations. Meditation enables us to understand and gain mastery over the mind, helping us to improve the way we experience our lives.
Practical and profound—these words describe meditation best. Practical as it strengthens the mind, allowing it to be clearer and calmer. Profound because this leads to greater harmony in our relationships, efficiency in our work, and emotional balance as we move through daily life. Because of the mind-body connection, our physical health improves greatly as well. There is real personal transformation that is available to all of us through meditation.
Ultimately, meditation enables us to transcend the mind and realize our true nature, which is a state of supreme peace and joy, free of all sorrow, fear, suffering, and delusion. Swami Satchidananda would say: “Meditation is the most important practice. Most of our problems in life would be solved if we meditate regularly.”
The Integral Yoga Meditation Teacher Training will show you how to deepen your own meditation practice and guide others in establishing a practice of their own. This teacher training is for Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.
The curriculum includes:
- Meditation theory
- Principal meditation techniques, including: mantra, witnessing, Self-inquiry, visualization, and prayer
- The role of asana (posture) and pranayama (yogic breathing) in meditation
- Obstacles to meditation practice and how to overcome them
- Methods for integrating meditation into daily life
- Instruction in leading guided meditations
You will develop a personal practice plan and emerge with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to teach a six-week course in meditation. In a world struggling to find peace, meditation is a time-honored practice that will empower you and your students to discover the peace within and share it with others.
This course is available to healthcare professionals and certified Yoga instructors of all traditions who have had a regular daily meditation practice for at least six months. Applicants should be familiar with the Integral Yoga style of Hatha practice. If not, you can subscribe to iytv.online and practice various Integral Yoga classes. There is also a YouTube video available of our Level 1 class. Also recommended is the Guided Relaxation CD by Swami Satchidananda. Please verify if you can qualify for enrollment by contacting us (info below).
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 105 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Integral Yoga 300-hour: 105 hours towards RYT 500 designation.
There are no words to describe the feeling I get from being with Swami Karunananda. Her words just draw me right in. I love her use of storytelling, both traditional and from her life. She is brilliant, as well as kind, authentic, and really funny! What an inspiration! — Jnana
This experience has enriched my life and every past of my being. I am forever grateful for this course supporting this significant start to a new chapter in my life. — Bhuvaneswari
Such a wealth of knowledge, I’m so blessed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! — Pam Farwham
Swami Karunananda has had 50 years’ experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. She designed and conducts teacher training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation. She served as president of Satchidananda Ashram in California and in Virginia, and as director of the San Francisco and Santa Barbara Integral Yoga Institutes. She compiled and edited The Lotus Prayer Book and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Her book, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization through Integral Yoga, makes the Yoga teachings accessible and provides inspiration and guidance for the spiritual journey.
Learn more about Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500