This Meditation Teacher Training Course is not just for Yoga Teachers. However, if you happen to be a Yoga teacher, you are in an especially good position to make use of this course.
Perhaps you have found that some of your students, having experienced the benefits of Yoga, are curious about meditation as well. This offers a great opportunity for both you and your students. Your students know you, trust you, and like you. Having already helped them experience the profound benefits of Yoga, no one is in a better position to guide them to the next level—a deep, clear experience of pure Being, their own inner essence. This is the most natural situation, where students can find expert instruction from one teacher in all the eight limbs of Yoga.
This will not only add substantially to what you can give your students, but to your fulfillment as a teacher as well. My first teacher used to say that as we guide others to experience the Self, we integrate our own state of Self Realization. I have found this to be literally the case. The teacher gains even more than the student. And because the field with which meditation is concerned is the very nature of fulfillment, what the teacher gains in this case is beyond words. It is to bask in Grace, the light of the Divine.
At the same time, this requires that the meditation taught should be precise and effective, and our instruction perfect. Thorough and exact training in teaching Yoga can make all the difference in a student’s experience. This is at least as true when teaching meditation, which deals with something so subtle as the mind. Poor instruction in a given asana can lead to an injured muscle; a single wrong word when teaching meditation can create an attitude that will obstruct a student’s experience and progress.
Over the past two to three decades, what the thousands of Yoga teachers in the world have accomplished is remarkable. In the developed countries, Yoga is now literally a household word and is practiced by people who wouldn’t think of doing such a thing just ten or twenty years ago. As a group, Yoga teachers have raised the world’s consciousness as to the value of Yoga.
At this time, when the world is clearly in turmoil, something even more is called for. Yoga teachers as a group can continue to make a difference. By unfolding the next layer of the wisdom of integration of life that is at the heart of Yoga Philosophy, we can uplift world consciousness further, bringing even greater peace and happiness into the world now, when it is needed most.
This is my deepest wish and purpose in offering this Meditation Teacher Training Course. May you bring the bliss of meditation to your students and friends, and contribute to the level of peace and harmony in world consciousness.