Meditation Teacher Training Program

Finally! A high-quality Meditation Teacher Training Program suited just for you!

“The course is uplifting and inspirational and offers practical techniques and skills to manage obstacles that prevent us from achieving freedom and awareness.” M. Bell

Dates: 2014 Sept 21 to Oct 4.  For participants of the OM Meditation Retreat in INDIA, 2014, please see the very bottom of this page for information.

Times: Two weeks intensive in India plus online finishing components.

FINAL Weekend Workshops: ONLINE

Retreat Location 2014: Kullu HP, India

[note color="#eeeeee"] REGISTER for the entire program [/note] Become a certified Meditation Teacher. This inspiring and unique workshop series consists of six workshops, totalling 108 classroom contact-hours with Padma.
Curious just to try out one workshop? REGISTER for any one of the first four workshops and learn to meditate.  Welcome!

“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,” Wendy, Graduated Student

“Padma has a wealth of knowledge to share. She is a competent and engaging instructor. She is an amazing and inspirational teacher,” Karen, Graduated Student

[note color="#eeeeee"]Overview of  The PADMA MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING Program: [/note]

Announcing the Padma Meditation Teacher Training program, a series of six original and unique meditation training workshops. The first four weekend workshops are open to everyone!

Become one of Canada’s first certified Meditation Teachers. Enrol in the entire program, or just join us for a single transformational weekend workshop.

Please read details of the whole program below, and email us for more information.
Register for the workshops here online.

Everyone is welcome to attend the first four Workshops, regardless of wanting to complete the entire Teacher Training Program.

“This workshop 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.” Francoise,  Quebec

WHY A MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?
“Awaken Intuitive Intelligence.” 

“Padma’s meditation teacher training is essential for anyone teaching or practicing yoga or meditation.  Padma makes the yogic philosophy accessible and applicable to modern day yogis.  This program and practice will transform your life.” Tracy, Owner of Unison Yoga, BC

The Padma Meditation Teacher Training Program was created for those who want to enhance their inner strength and calm, achieve a sense of freedom, have focus, enjoy self-confidence, inspire creativity and to become excellent leaders in any field.

Padma designed this unique and inspiring program for you to learn meditation, and then be able to share this valuable life skill with others. Padma offers an innovative and fresh approach to practicing and teaching meditation. Based in her education in an authentic yogic lineage, she created these workshops to be relevant for our modern world. Know the real benefits of meditation: deep, real joy and satisfaction.

This 108-hour Level 1 program is Canada’s highest quality series of workshops of its kind for Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers. Padma also offers the Meditation and Yoga Philosophy components that are required in Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
Email to inquire if you are offering a Yoga Teacher Training and would like Padma to enhance your education program with expert meditation and yoga philosophy workshops.

Register here.

WHAT MAKES THIS  PROGRAM SO UNIQUE?

The Padma Meditation Teacher Training is soundly based in a classical meditation and yoga wisdom tradition, and has been designed to suit modern culture. Padma developed this program after 30 years of yoga and 25 years of advanced meditation study.

The essential philosophy of Padma Meditation is ‘Know your freedom’. The essential practices are classical yogic studies and skills.

After having taught the meditation and philosophy components in many yoga teacher training programs, as well as hosting meditation and philosophy workshops over the years, Padma thoughtfully designed this program to stay true to yogic wisdom and also to suit the needs of our current lifestyles. While not being a Hatha Yoga teacher training program, there are some hatha yoga exercises and purifying yogic techniques  throughout the workshops. These were originally designed to assist meditation and Padma has carefully selected the best practices that support meditation. The program includes a clear overview of  Meditation Philosophy studies, based in Advait Vedaant and Yogic thought, plus some Buddhist philosophy. Students learn to teach the art and science of meditation and to deepen and refine their own personal practice. The program lays the foundation for a deep personal practice and the ability to offer meditation to others.

This series of workshops is also a unique and revolutionary fusion of western stress-management skills and scientific research data, combined with the time-proven techniques of eastern wisdom, awareness and wellness practices. Effective skills help individuals to recognize stress symptoms and to make educated choices in managing challenging situations, plus avoiding stress in the future. These time-tested practices unfold self-confidence, clear inner freedom, and eliminate doubt, worry and anxiety. Padma Meditation includes a select variety of meditation and yogic techniques, from simple to more advanced. The teachings are enjoyable, simple and intensely effective.

You are welcome to take any of the first four single workshops on their own without obligation to complete the teacher training, or take all six workshops and complete the whole program.

Students PRE-REGISTERED  for the ENTIRE PROGRAM will receive for free:

  • 6 Manuals (1 for each of the workshops)
  • 5 Padma Yoga DVDs 
  • 11 songs of Padma Chants (downloads)
  • 1 free follow-up Padma Workshop (the following year)
  • Certificate of “Padma Meditation Teacher, Level One”

HOW MANY LEVELS OF TRAINING CAN I COMPLETE WITH PADMA?

LEVEL 1 This program consists of six workshops, totalling 108 hours of classroom contact time with the teacher, Padma, plus extra practicum and preparation hours. The total hours of Level 1 therefore comes to over 165 hours including meditation, reading, writing and study times.

  1. FOUNDATIONS OF PADMA MEDITATION: Learn healing yoga and meditation. (12 hours)
  2. RELAX AND RENEW: Relieve stress and refresh your soul. (12 hours)
  3. FOCUS & EFFICIENCY: Maximize efficiency; Minimize effort. (12 hours)
  4. END STRUGGLES: Understand your mind and ego. Have a clear mind. (12 hours)
  5. LIVING WISDOM: Classical meditation philosophy and practice. Explore classical meditation philosophy. (42 hours)
  6. HOW TO TEACH MEDITATION: Skills of becoming a great teacher. (18 hours)

LEVEL 2 This is an additional 192 hours of study and practice. Total 300 hours. (TBA)

LEVEL 3 This is another 200 hours of study and practice, mentoring plus practice teaching. Total 500 hours. (TBA)

UPON COMPLETION YOU WILL:

  • Be invited to attend one free workshop, one year later, as a refresher workshop for your studies and to practice assisting Padma teach with new students. Participate in yearly Meditation Teacher Training upgrade programs.
  • Own 5 DVDs and manuals for your study references
  • Have 11 songs of Padma Chants (downloads)
  • Receive a certificate of “Padma Meditation Teacher, Level One: 108 hours”
  • Receive a “Padma Meditation” logo to add to your own marketing materials
  • Be included on the “Padma Meditation Graduate”s page of this website (Under Construction)
  • Know how to skillfully organize and market your classes
  • Be a part of a community of meditators teachers
  • have an established personal meditation practice
  • understand yoga meditation philosophy
  • know what meditation is and what it is not
  • identify sources and symptoms of stress and know stress-alleviation practices
  • be comfortable in long, silent, sitting meditation
  • be a truly dynamic teacher
  • know therapeutic yogic practices for the body and for the breath
  • conduct guided meditations and understand their purpose, benefits and applications
  • assess students in order to best select the exact meditation technique suited to them
  • demonstrate meditation and breath techniques
  • be aware of some teaching precautions
  • offer knowledge and skills through multiple teaching methodologies
  • use wisdom and experience to inform discussions and question and answer sessions
  • communicate clearly, confidently and professionally with students
  • be knowledgeable of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • chant key verses of the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit
  • chant essential Upanishadic Mantras in Sanskrit
  • be able to proceed with Level Two Meditation Teacher Training.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Yoga Teachers
  • School Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Parents
  • Mental Health Care Workers
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Health Care Practitioners
  • Massage therapists
  • Executives
  • Managers of Business
  • Athletes
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Actors
  • Spiritual Seekers
  • Anyone interested in learning to practice meditation and deepen their own awareness.

[note color="#eeeeee"] CURRICULUM[/note]

TECHNIQUES & TRAINING:

  • Meditation skills, applications, variations, benefits and precautions.
  • Meditation practices including inner awareness, breath-work, mantra, chanting, concentration, mindfulness, awareness-enhancing techniques, and some techniques from Advait Vedaant, Zen, Vipassana, Mindfulness, Mind-Management, Tantra Yog, Kriya Yoga, and Raaj Yoga.
  • Mantra Yoga, including Sanskrit chanting.
  • Classical Hatha Yoga postures that enhance meditation, health and wellness.
  • Meditation breathing techniques: Praanaayaam.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY:

  • In-depth exploration of what makes an excellent meditation teacher, utilizing various up-to-date professional teaching and coaching methods.
  • How to observe, assist, adjust, coach, facilitate and instruct groups and private students.
  • Class design, marketing and making an income as a teacher.
  • Understand various learning styles of students. Includes an education in Coaching, Adult Education and Leadership training.

PHYSIOLOGY:

  • The physiology of the subtle bodies : Chakras, Nadis, Mudras and subtle bodies observed in meditation.
  • Awareness of health practices for the physical body, including yogic diet  and exercise.
  • Purification practices.
  • The process of ego manifestation.
  • The powers of mental concentration.
  • Modern Scientific research on meditation and the effects on the personality, stress levels and on the brain.

PHILOSOPHY:

  • Philosophy of Patanjali Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, aspects of Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, the Vedic Vision of Advait Oneness, Tantra Yoga, Ayurveda Health, Sanskrit, Dev Nagri script.
  • Modern Stress-Management, mind-management, Yoga Psychology, Meditation Therapy.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICUM:

  • 45 hours minimum at home meditation practice to be completed by three months after the beginning of the program. This is 30 minutes a day for 3 months.
  • Demonstrate teaching as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others.

COURSE ADVISOR and CONTINUING SUPPORT:

As you take the six workshops, and afterwards as well, you’ll be able to email to Padma for support, answers to questions that arise and information. In some cases, an apprentice teacher or assistant will answer your questions. Skype classes will also be available for your continuing studies after graduation.

[note color="#eeeeee"] MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATION  REQUIREMENTS:[/note]

100% ATTENDANCE AT ALL 6 WORKSHOPS

  • All 108 hours of in-class workshops must be attended to become certified. Email to Padma to apply for any exceptions or substitutions.
READ at least 5 BOOKS ON THIS READING LIST

Submit a list of the minimum of five books completed from the following PADMA MEDITATION READING LIST:

  • HESSE, HERMAN. Siddhartha. Tandem, 1951.
  • SUZUKI SHUNRYO. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1970.
  • THICH NHAT HANH. The Art of Power. Harper One, 2007.
  • PEMA CHODRON. Start Where You Are. Boston, MA: Shambala, 1994.
  • JOHN O’DONOHUE. Beauty, New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2004.
  • TRUNGPA CHOGYAM. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Boulder, CO: Shambala, 1973.
  • GOLEMAN, DANIEL. Emotional Intelligence. New York, NY: Bantam, 1995.
  • SHAH, INDRES. The Way of the Sufi. Toronto, ON: Penguin, 1968.
  • EPSTEIN, MARK. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1998.
  • FEURSTEIN, GEORG. The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2003.
  • DALAI LAMA. The Way to Freedom. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1994.
  • MUKUNDA STILES. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. San Francisco, CA:  ed Wheel/Weiser,  2002.
  • IYENGAR, BKS. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. San Francisco, CA:  Aquarian/Thorson, 1993.
  • SHARON SALZBURG.  The Force of Kindness. Boulder, CO: True Sounds, 2005.
  • NISARGADATTA, SRI. I Am That. Durham, NC: Acorn, 1973.
  • STOLER-MILLER, BARBARA. Yoga: The Discipline of Freedom. New York, NY: Bantam, 1998.
  • WILBER, KEN. A Brief History of Everything. Boston, MA: Shambala, 2000.

COMPLETE A WRITTEN ESSAY

  • Write 750 to 1000 words on a topic assigned to you.

PASS A PRACTICUM TEACHING TEST

  • Design and present a 20 minute class on a topic assigned.

MEDITATION AT HOME

  • Complete the 45 hours of home time meditation practice.

PASS A WRITTEN EXAM

  • Attain at least an 85% grade on a 1-hour written test.

 PASS AN INTERVIEW EXAM

  • Pass a 20 minute interview exam with Padma.

CERTIFICATION:

Once you graduate, you will receive a Padma Meditation Teacher Certificate, Level 1.
Level 2, an additional 192 hours, and Level 3, and additional 200 hours, will be offered in a couple of years.

TEACHER REGISTRY: 

Your name will be posted on Padma’s website ( if you like) as a Padma Meditation graduate, certified by Padma to teach meditation.

MATERIALS:

  • Manuals: Manuals for each of the Workshops are included in the Workshop Tuition. All Manuals are Copyrighted to Padma Yoga and the materials in them is to be re-used only with written permission.
  • Books:  There will be two texts that are required to read to complete the teacher training: Patanjali Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. Versions of these are available from Padma for sale. Ask Padma about these books.
  • DVDs: Students PRE-REGISTERED  for the ENTIRE PROGRAM will receive 5 Padma Yoga DVDs as apart of their free materials. It is recommended to purchase all of the specific Padma Yoga dvds for the workshops. These augment the teachings for each workshop and are available on the Padma Store.
  • Audios: Students PRE-REGISTERED  for the ENTIRE PROGRAM will receive 11 songs of Padma Chants (downloads). Other audios of sanskrit chants and recordings will be available for sale on the  Padma Store.
  • Meditation seats, cushions, blankets, and eye pillow are available at Halfmoon Yoga Products. These are optional and according to your personal preference.

[note color="#eeeeee"] WORKSHOPS OF THE PROGRAM[/note] #1. ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS: Learn Classical Yoga,  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.

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 subtle, energy or breath 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 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.

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. Become Free and Focused with Energy and Mind Management

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.

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.

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 text
  • 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: Yoga and Meditation for a Clear Mind. Clear Your Mind and Be Happy with Mind Management

Open to all.  A 12-hour, weekend workshop. Have a map of your mind and understand how to keep clear and happy. 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.

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

This workshop includes:

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 or by written application. (42 hour Intensive)

This workshop is presented as a 5-Day intensive retreat, in 2013 held at Bodega Ridge Retreat Center on Galiano Island.

This retreat concentrates 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.

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, in 2013 held at Bodega Ridge Retreat Center,  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.
 

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.

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


***NEW:  Those who attend the 2-week OM Meditation retreat in the Himalayas of India in September of 2014 will receive a certificate for 78 hours of OM Meditation Studies. These count towards 78 hours of credits towards the Padma Meditation Teacher Training Program.

A NEW option just introduced is that you can complete the Practicum components, the “End Struggles” plus the “How to Teach” components at the OM Meditation Retreat and then finish the remaining requirements online and by Skype afterwards.

Instead of costing an extra $750 for attending these two final workshops for certification, the cost of online completion will be just another $300. This is a saving of $450.

 Normally, in order to complete the teacher training level 1, you would have to also complete 30 more hours of Padma workshops including the 2-day “End Struggles” workshop (12 hours), plus the 3-day “How to Teach” workshop (18 hours).
Email to Padma for more on this option to become certified.

In either of these cases, additionally you will need to compete the following  requirements:

COMPLETE 5 BOOKS ON THE READING LIST

COMPLETE A WRITTEN ESSAY

  • Write 750 to 1000 words on a topic assigned to you.

PASS A PRACTICUM TEACHING TEST

  • Design and present a 20 minute class on a topic assigned.

MEDITATION AT HOME

  • Complete the 45 hours of home time meditation practice.

PASS A WRITTEN EXAM

  • Attain at least an 85% grade on a 1-hour written test.

 PASS AN INTERVIEW EXAM

  • Pass a 20 minute interview exam with Padma.

EMAIL Padma for more details on how to complete this, thank  you !