Meditation for an Active Mind – Online
with Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
October 3 - 4, 2020
“Meditation is the key to Everything.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda
In this online workshop, learn to use strategies for meditation with an active mind. If you’ve tried meditation or mindfulness, and wondered what to do about the obstacles that arise, then come join us for a refreshing look at uncovering peace of mind. Learn to use strategies such as body scans, breath, and mindful witnessing to calm your active mind.
There are hundreds of studies that show us the benefits of meditation: it calms the mind and reduces stress and anxiety. It can promote good health and emotional resilience. We need all of this in these times of change, challenge and stress.
Your COVID life may be busier than ever, or suddenly feel meaningless and boring. And our electronic devices bombard us with news, views, and info-tainment to help keep the mind active day and night. You may want to meditate, but not find the time. Or perhaps you sit to practice and bump into distractions and complex emotions. All of this is an opportunity to use meditation for profound growth and inner healing—if you know what to do with these obstacles as they arise.
In this online workshop, you’ll learn:
- How to find the time and the motivation to meditate
- Simple techniques to ground the body, breath, and emotions
- Ways to dive beneath the mental distractions in meditation
- How to develop mindfulness and relax in your practice and your daily life.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, most of us go through periods where the mind itself is a challenge to finding peace and freedom from stress in meditation. This workshop will show you the deep benefit of meditation, especially at these times.
Live sessions with Swami Vidyananda on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am–12:30 pm and 2–4 pm EDT.
In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talk with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.
You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until November 29.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 8 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
Swami Vidyananda makes meditation easily accessible and gives great tools for personal practice. Her class has been motivational and inspiring. — Past Participant
Swami Vidyananda is a profound thinker and a very insightful teacher. It is a privilege to attend any of her lectures. — Sumeeta S.
Swami Vidyananda’s way of showing the teachings of Integral Yoga along with her experience and stories makes it all so accessible. It’s a blessing to be in her presence. — Nieda P.
Swami Vidyananda is so fun and spontaneous. She made meditation into something even I can do and showed how to use it in daily life. — Program Participant
Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga and meditation teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India. She presently lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on meditation, stress management, Yoga and the emotions, and mid-life meaning. Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda…
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