Meditation Training and Workshops

DSC_0088September 5 & 6, 2015

Don’t miss out: There’s only this ONE PADMA MEDITATION workshop in 2015!

“I have been on weekend retreats with Padma for the past two years, and every year, I am blown away. My practice is renewed, I’ve gained clarity and insight and I’m always glad I made the time to learn from her.” Tracy, Yoga Teacher.

“It’s necessary to study with a good teacher to gain maximum results. I’ve been studying for several years on my own, but I’m always amazed at how studying with Padma feels 10 to 20 times as powerful as studying on my own.” Wendy, Yoga Teacher


FREEDOM FROM STRUGGLE: A MEDITATION WORKSHOP

This weekend workshop will reveal the nature of the mind and let you become free from all habitual negative thinking patterns. You’ll learn applicable and effective yogic psychology, and practice to become a master of your mind rather than being overwhelmed by it. You’ll practice time-tested yogic methods that un-block your life energy and expand your experience of life’s joy and freedom.

This workshop includes a manual of:

Topics

  • Living with Awareness/Conscious Living
  • How to Not Feel Overwhelmed
  • Facing Changes in Life
  • Stopping Negative Self-Talk
  • Allowing Yourself to Fully Enjoy Life

Psychology

  • The Inner Instrument of the Mind
  • Qualities of Concentration
  • Five Kinds of Perception
  • Structure of the Ego
  • The Main Emotional Obstacles
  • Skills of Discernment and Freedom

Methods

  • Watchfulness Meditation, ‘Dhyaan Yog
  • Breath Work Classes: ‘Praanaayaam’
  • Yoga Classes with exercises specific to assisting meditation, ‘Hatha Yog’
  • Dialogue and Discourse, ‘Gyaan Yog’
  • Small Group Discussion, ‘Satsang’
  • Yogic Relaxation, ‘Yog Nidra’
  • Sanskrit Terms and Chanting, ‘Mantra Yog’

REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE! Limited space available.

LOCATION: VANCOUVER, BC,
Hollyhock Room, #400-163 West Hastings St.
DATE: September 5 & 6, 2015
Times: 9AM to 4PM Saturday & Sunday


STUDENTS’ WORDS:

“Practising your meditation skills, I have immediately noticed profound changes in myself that are wonderful.”

“The conscious living theme really emphasized for me that I am on the right path. I am learning how a positive feeling can be felt as a type of meditation. I.e. Gratitude, love, peace.” E.G. Ontario

“It was such a pleasure to meet Padma in person, to realize how down to earth and very humane she is. Learning about the deeper aspects of how yoga is a gateway to conscious living was the beginning of path I really want to travel.” R.M. Ontario

“The workshops increased my understanding and awareness of my personal practice and allowed me to go to a deeper place within myself.”

“I value the effects of the benefits of yoga and meditation. It helps me with dealing with a chronic neurological illness & it has made it go into remission.”

“The variation of activities kept things fresh & gave time to absorb what was learned.”


THE COMPLETE PADMA MEDITATION TRAINING PROGRAM CONSISTS OF 6 WORKSHOP. JOIN A 2015 WORKSHOP AND JOIN MORE IN 2016.

MEDITATION TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Workshops #1, #2. #3, and #4 are open to everyone. Join us for a weekend.

FULL 108-HOUR Level 1 MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM: Complete all six training workshops. Everyone welcome to register in the first 4 weekends: #1, #2, #3, and #4. Join a transformational weekend.

#1. ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS : Learn essential meditation. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#2. RELAX AND RENEW: Relieve stress and refresh your soul. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#3. FOCUS & EFFICIENCY: Maximize efficiency; Minimize effort. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#4. END STRUGGLES: Understand your mind and ego. Have a clear mind.A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#5. LIVING WISDOM: A 5-day retreat. Classical meditation philosophy and practice. Explore classical meditation philosophy. (42 hours) For Students in the 108-hour program, Yoga Teachers, and by written application. See details below.

#6. HOW TO TEACH MEDITATION: A 3-day retreat. For students completing the 108-hour Teacher Training program. See details below.

Go here for more details on the TEACHER TRAINING Program
Check the Calendar page for UPCOMING Workshops
REGISTER HERE for upcoming workshops.


DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL SIX WORKSHOPS:
#1. ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS: Learn Classical Meditation Skills and Philosophy
Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. Learn all the foundational essentials of a full personal meditation practice, including: classical yoga, meditation, breath exercises and philosophy. Practice easy, useful and delightful meditation skills. Develop a solid personal practice of both yoga and meditation and bring balance, concentration, strength and calm into your body and your life. Learn to sit in ease and get in touch with the natural elements. Learn how meditation relates to your regular life.
Date: TBA
Times: Sat 2 to 5 and 6 to 9; Sun 10 to 1 and 2 to 5
Location: TBA
This workshop includes:
  • Gentle stretches, exercises and postures that supports your meditation practice, Hatha Yoga
  • Hand postures, Mudras
  • Ethics of a yoga lifestyle, Yaama
  • Breath work, Praanayaam
  • Yoga Psychology, The Four States of Mind
  • Foundational yoga philosophy, Gyaan Yoga
  • Simple Overview of various meditation schools
  • Simple chanting, Mantra
  • An Overview of the Elements of Practice:
      • EARTH- Padma will expertly lead your practice through the balancing nature of earth within and help you find your inner stability. You’ll learn about the physical body.
      • WATER- Then we go on to the element of water and discover and experience the healing flow of the life force inside. You’ll learn about the breath/energy body.
      • FIRE- Next we build and concentrate your inner fire power and help you to work with your energy and creativity in the most positive way possible.
      • AIR- You’ll study the mind body. The air element topic takes your practice subtler and to the more powerful realm of yoga of the mind. Learn classical yoga psychology and the time-tested tradition of guiding the mind to clarity and enlightened awareness.
      • SPACE- You’ll learn about the intellectual body. The space element concludes the weekend with a look at the deepest, most expansive and subtlest elements of yoga and meditation. You’ll also learn about the bliss body.

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:


#2. RELAX AND RENEW: Be Calm and Cool! Relieve Stress and Refresh Your Soul

Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. This is a weekend of experiential learning as well as philosophical examination of what creates stress in us and how we can be free from it once and for all! Learn profound physical and mental renewal practices of yoga and meditation. Train your body to let go of tension and release all the stress you carry. Find true balance and regain your full state of health. Relax and refresh your inner energy and your emotions.

Through breath exercises and subtle energy purification, become established in calmness, rebuild your strength and stay happy. Learn ways to take your mind to a free space and refresh your consciousness. Re-connect with your purest inner power. Touch the depths of peace in yourself.

Date: TBA
Times: 9am to 5pm
Location: TBA

This workshop includes:

  • 4 Yoga Classes
  • 4 Meditation & Breath Work, Pranayama, Sessions
  • ‘Subtle Bodies,’ Koshas Workshop
  • Philosophy of Energy Forces, Gunas and Doshas, Workshop
  • Traditional Heath, Ayurveda, Workshop
  • Stress Management Workshop
  • Plenty of time for Discussion/Questions

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:


#3. FOCUS & EFFICIENCY: Maximize efficiency, Minimize effort. Focus with Energy, Master your Mind

Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. Increase your powers. This workshop emphasizes understanding the power we have, both energetic and mental. A yogic saying is “Maximum results with minimum effort” and this workshop reveals how we can access this inner dynamism and learn to manifest perfectly in the world. The workshop also includes an exploration of your creative and artistic expression and how to allow and direct the free flow of your divine power of imagination.

This workshop is aimed at executives, athletes and anyone desiring to be efficient, gain easier results, and achieve the highest goals in whatever you want to put your attention on. Master your mind!

It is also designed for artists and naturally creative people who want to unfold more freedom, creative inspiration and delight in whatever mode of expression of choice. Unveil your passions.

 

Date: TBA
Times: 9am to 5pm
Location: TBA

This workshop includes:

  • Ways to manifest with freedom, ‘Karm Yog’
  • Self-discovery through meditation
  • Types of Concentration, ‘Samaadhi’
  • The essential messages of the Bhagavad Gita
  • 4 yoga classes, ‘Hatha’ Yog
  • Guided meditations
  • Silent meditation, ‘Dhyaan Yog’
  • Guided breath work
  • Dialogue and discourse, ‘Gyaan Yog
  • Small group exercises
  • Yogic relaxation, ‘Yog Nidra’
  • Sanskrit terms and chanting verses from the Gita, ‘Mantra’

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:


#4. END STRUGGLES: Meditation for a Clear Mind. Be Happy. Understand Mind Management

Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. Know the map of the mind. This workshop will reveal the core functioning of the mind and let you become free from all habitual negative thinking patterns. You’ll learn incredibly effective yogic psychology, and practice to become a master of your mind rather than being overwhelmed by it. We’ll explore the classic nature of mind, plus address some general topics and also focus on specific, real life situations that we encounter. You’ll practice time-tested yogic methods that block your life energy and your experience of life’s natural joy and freedom.

Date: Sept 5 & 6, 2015
Times: 9AM to 4PM Weekend retreat

Location: Hollyhock Room, #400-163 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Recommended DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

This workshop includes a manual of:

Topics

  • Living with Awareness
  • How to Not Feel Overwhelmed
  • Facing Changes in Life
  • Stopping Negative Self-Talk
  • Allowing Yourself to Fully Enjoy and Feel Satisfied.

Yoga Psychology

  • The Inner Instrument of the Mind, ‘Antahakaran’
  • Qualities of Concentration
  • Five Kinds of Perception, ‘Vrittis
  • Structure of the Ego, ‘Ahankar’
  • The Main Emotional Obstacles, ‘Klaysh
  • Skills of Discernment and Detachment, ‘Vivek & Vairagya’

Yogic Methods

  • Watchfulness Meditation, ‘Dhyaan Yog
  • 4 Breath Work Classes: ‘Praanaayaam’
  • 4 Yoga Classes with exercises specific to assisting meditation, ‘Hatha Yog’
  • Dialogue and Discourse, ‘Gyaan Yog’
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Yogic Relaxation, ‘Yog Nidra’
  • Sanskrit Terms and Chanting, ‘Mantra Yog’

#5. LIVING WISDOM: Deepen Your Practice and Explore Advanced Meditation, Philosophy and Practices

Exclusive to participants in the Teacher Training Program, for students who have completed the first four workshops, or who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. (42 hour Intensive)

This workshop is presented as a 5-Day-long intensive retreat, concentrating on more in-depth philosophy and longer hours of meditation practice. This workshop is a unique chance to learn esoteric Tantric knowledge directly transmitted to Padma from her guru in the Himalayas of India.

This 5-day retreat will not be offered in 2014.

Every day is structured as an intensive study and practice workshop. There will be hours of discussion, study, dialogue, silent meditation, Sanskrit studies and chanting. There will be overviews of the studies covered in the four signature workshops, synthesizing the information and delving deeper into the ideas. Further topics will also be introduced, such as more Sanskrit, chanting, and deeper insights will be explored and discussed. The philosophy studies will focus on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. There will be Sanskrit studies, chanting, and hatha yoga classes. There will possibly be time for a private interview with Padma during this week.
As well as diving into deeper studies, there will be an exploration of how all of this information and practice is relevant to our daily living as well. You’ll discover how meditation can be apart of daily living and the effects it will have on you and your future students over time.This is an intensive meditation and study retreat for those with an established meditation practice. There will be several hours per day of silent meditation, plus guided meditations, breath work, in depth philosophy classes and group discussions.

This workshop includes:

  • Overview of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Introduction to Sanskrit Studies

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

  1. Elemental Series #5 Space
  2. Modern Meditations #5 Living Wisdom

#6. LEARN TO TEACH: Learn the art of teaching Meditation

Exclusive to the Training Program and only for students who have completed the first five Workshop. (18 hours)

This 3-day intensive workshop will not be offered in 2013.
This workshop focuses on the art , wisdom and skills of being a great teacher. Not only will we go over several pedagogical methods, you’ll come to see how specifically to teach the fine art of meditation to others. You’ll become confident to deliver a short course on Padma Meditation and be supplied with a manual to help structure your courses.
You’ll also learn how to produce a meditation class and market it to new students.
You will earn the chance to deliver Introductory Padma Meditation Workshops.

This Workshop Includes:

  • Coaching
  • Listening skills
  • Meditation guiding
  • Class preparations
  • Precautions
  • Materials to teach

Recommended Padma Products to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

  1. Meditation Shawl
  2. Meditation Mala

Email for information.


CORPORATE & SPECIAL WORKSHOPS


PRIVATE MEDITATION STUDIES


RETREAT IN THE HIMALAYAS


STUDENTS’ WORDS:

“The workshops increased my understanding and awareness of my personal practice and allowed me to go to a deeper place within myself.”

“I value the effects of the benefits of yoga meditation. It helps me with dealing with a chronic neurological illness & it has made it go into remission.”

“The variation of activities kept things fresh & gave time to absorb what was learned.”

“Practising your meditation skills, I have immediately noticed profound changes in myself that are wonderful.”

“The conscious living theme really emphasized for me that I am on the right path. I am learning how a positive feeling can be felt as a type of meditation. I.e. Gratitude, love, peace.” E.G. Ontario

“It was such a pleasure to meet Padma in person, to realize how down to earth and very humane she is. Learning about the deeper aspects of how yoga is a gateway to conscious living was the beginning of path I really want to travel.” R.M. Ontario

“I liked the idea that you can and should pause. You can be the observer o f you’re thought and mental functions rather than being those functions.” S.M. Ontario

“This week with Padma was for me a pure delight of peace, friendship, meditation and yoga. I was inspired by the mediation, the capacity of going inside yourself and trying to go deeper in what I call : your tomb.”

F.M. Quebec

“The chanting vibrated through our bodies in perfect harmony and maybe this is a way of confirming that with positive thinking and of loving good thoughts we can make a difference soul by soul”

J.SW Ontario

“PADMA IS “the real thing”. She has a lovely energy and way of being with the students.”

”Padma offers great depth and richness AND is still very accessible.”

“Padma has a wealth of knowledge to share. We can learn about freedom from suffering.”

“Padma is a competent and engaging instructor. She is an amazing and inspirational teacher.

“An inspirational weekend!!”

 

“Re-access your inner space of awareness”, Padma

Email to inquire about hosting a Workshop near you.


PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS include:

OM Meditation Retreat, Himalayas India, September, 2014.
Wanderlust Festival, Whistler, BC, July 31, 2014.

SIGNATURE PADMA MEDITATION WORKSHOPS: Foundations, Relax & Renew, End Struggles, Focus & Efficiency. Vancouver, BC, September to November 2013.

Toronto Yoga Conference, Master Class Workshops: 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012
Vancouver Yoga Conference, Master Class Workshops: 2010, 2011, 2012

Spring, 2012, Vancouver, BC, PADMA MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING: Entire Program of 6 workshops.

November 2012, Roberts Creek, BC, “DEEP STILLNESS.”
October 2012, Shuswap Lake, BC, “FOUNDATIONS.”
July 2012, Roberts Creek, BC, “CONSCIOUS LIVING.”
April to June, 2012. Vancouver, entire six workshop series of “Padma Meditation Training.”
July 22, 23, 24, 2011, Robert’s Creek, BC,”END STRUGGLES: Meditation and Yoga for a Clear Mind.”
November 21, 2010 Brentwood Bay, BC, “RAAJ YOGA” Presented by the Hatha Yoga Association of Victoria.
October 16/17, 2010, Shuswap Lake, BC, “RELAX AND RENEW” Click here (Padma Yoga workshop-Oct 16) for the poster.
October 23/24, 2010, Robert’s Creek, BC, “RELAX AND RENEW” Click here (Padma Yoga-workshop-Oct23) for the poster.
April 25, 2010 – Mission, BC, ‘The Elemental Series’ Workshop. click here for the poster.
Elemental Series Workshop, BC, 2009, 2010

Relax & Renew Workshop, BC, 2009, 2010
Focus & Efficiency Workshop, BC, 2009, 2010
Freedom from Struggle, BC, 2009, 2010

Royal Yoga Workshop, FL, 2005
Radiant Living Retreat, MEX, 2006
Riviera Retreat, FR, 2006

Tantra Workshop, BC, 2008
Living Yoga Retreat, ON
Living Freedom Workshop, ON, 2005
Conscious Living Workshop, ON, 2006
Sanskrit & Mantra Workshop, BC, 2003
Pure Freedom Workshop, BC, 2008
Pure Relaxation Workshop, BC, 2008
Pure Focus Workshop, BC, 2008
All Seasons Retreat, BC, 2010

Stillness By the Beach Retreat, BC
Thanksgiving Retreat, BC, 2002
Raaj Yoga Workshop, BC
Full Lotus Retreat, BC, 2002