quarta-feira, junho 13, 2018

Meditation Teacher Training Course 250hrs - September 2018, Lisbon

 Meditation Teacher Training Course 250hrs

with  Marco Peralta

This course is designed to train teachers of meditation, the intention of the course is to teach meditation in all its aspects and aspects, physical, emotional, psychological, metaphysical etc. without any kind of belief, or tradition in particular, giving before a Background of meditation with practical application for our day to day life and to work with groups or individually, but always keeping in mind the original purpose of meditation practice.

- Meditation with and without attributes (object and objectless meditation)
- Practical teaching of various types of meditation (mindfulness, guided, using symbols and images, sounds, yantra dhyana , mantra dhyana, yantra mantra dhyana, vipassana, zazen, etc.)
- Classical meditation postures and adapted postures: with chairs, cushions, bench, etc.
- Yoganidra - Deep relaxation techniques as a preparation for meditation
- Asana sequences to prepare the body before meditation (hips, neck, shoulders, etc.)
- Meditation and Movement
- Pranayama – conscious breathing as a preparation for meditation
- Bandhas
- Drishtis - the eyes in meditation practice : Eyes open vs. eyes closed
- Mudras - Hand gestures for meditation (how to put your hands to meditate)

Teaching Methodology
- Philosophical dialogue, Satsanga, inquiring dialogue, group facilitation: with themes, open and free; ways of inquiring, , mahavakyas, koans, scripture study, study groups, etc.);
- Teaching complex philosophical concepts in interactive dialogues in a non-invasive way
- Always teach based on your personal experience
- Teach in a way beyond your personal beliefs
- Teaching Meditation techniques that have beginning, middle and end (create scheme to create the practice ex: yoganidra type scheme)
- The language of teaching the different techniques of meditation: how to start and end meditation practices, create content for meditations, key words, how to guide a meditation, etc.
- Work with beginners: recommendations, special attention, etc.
- Meditation for physically handicapped practitioners: using chairs, benches, bolsters and cushions
- Integrated teaching: combining various techniques for a meditation class (ex: sequences of positions to prepare the body, deep relaxation, meditation, questions and answers)
- Teaching of traditional meditation positions (and knowing how to give modifications, alternatives etc according to the practitioner)
- Observation: in the sense of perceiving if there is dispersion in the practice of meditation ex: facial expression, shoulders, spine position, etc.
- Teaching Styles: various ways to teach meditation - depending on the audience, circumstance, location, intent (purpose), etc.
- Teacher Qualities, roles / functions, ethics and responsibilities of a Meditation teacher: yama and nyama , Gita values, etc
- Meditation Teaching Ethics
- Mental Health and Meditation
- How to distribute meditation students in the room: patterns : checkers, line, circle, facing the wall, etc)
- Music in the practice of Meditation
- Create thematic content in a Meditation class: acceptance, loving kidness, etc.
- Manifest your vision, dream and ideal as a professional teacher of Meditation
- Establish yourself professionally as a Meditation Teacher
- Work market for a meditation teacher : yoga schools, hospitals, prisons, airports, private lessons, etc.
- Pedagogical, ethical and legal aspects of the profession of Meditation Teacher
- How to set up / prepare a meditation lesson: create meditation lesson plans, monthly schemes, 8 week programs, retreat schemes, etc.

Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology
- Greater emphasis on application in practice and not just on theory
- Basic anatomy of the brain and central nervous system
- Basic anatomy of the respiratory system: physiology of respiration (see effects on states of consciousness) (bandhas and respiration)
- Anatomy of Meditation postures
- Energetic and subtle anatomy (chakras, nadis, Kundalini, Koshas, etc.)
- Benefits and Contraindications of Meditation
- Meditation and stress management

History, Psychology and Philosophy of Meditation

- Philosophy and History of Meditation: Eastern and Western approachs: India, Tibet, Japan, South America, Ancient Greecee, etc.
- Philosophy applied to meditation: Consciousness, self, free will, non-duality, altered states of Consciousness, memes, creating small introductory texts to themes and combining them with the practices, etc.
- Several meditative approaches: extactic , with movement, using sounds, images, etc.
- Meditation on values
- Meditation and the concept of Consciousness don´t belong to a single school, tradition, culture, etc. they are and always were universal concepts
- Teacher should teach based on experience; It is important not to make statements that cannot be substantiated, etc.
- Meaning of the terms: meditation, mindfulness, vipassana, zen, Dhyana,etc.
- Introduction to the roots and History of Meditation
- Chronology of the evolution of Meditation in the West, teachers and circumstances that guided this evolution (beat generation, hippies, etc.)
- Philosophy of Meditation
- Ethical Principles of Meditation
- Introduction and study of the main scriptures concerning Meditation and its central themes and contemporary authors (No duality and duality, yoga sutra, hi hsing ming, tao (tao te ching) ashtavakra gita, heart sutra, vijnana bhairava tantra, ribhu gita, Cloud of Not Knowing cloud, eckhart tolle, krishnamurti, etc.
- The history of Meditation establishes the fact that Meditation prevails and gives rise to all religions and philosophical systems hence its Universal nature
- Sexuality as meditation: tantra, maithuna, etc.

- Abstract and paradoxical philosophical concepts, described in an integrated way in the day-to-day reality, that is in a comprehensive and demystified form
- Brain, Mind, Consciousness, Memory and Meditation
- 5 senses
- Psychology applied to meditation: thoughts, mind, conscience, waking state, sleep, deep sleep, neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroplasticity etc., conscious and unconscious states, emotions, etc.
- Mental health: depression, anxiety, mood swings
- Benefits of Meditation: - List of traditional (spiritual) benefits; List of scientifically proven physical and mental health benefits
- Creating the habit of sitting down to meditate regularly through prior understanding of the scientifically proven benefits that regular meditation practice have (satisfying the mind)
- Basic understanding of psychology concerning contraindications of meditation with people with profound depression or extreme anxiety

Theory of the process of Meditation and Pránáyáma (breathing techniques)
- The theory and practice of Pranayama
- Pranayama and Meditation: Influence of breath in the states of consciousness
- Theory of the process of Meditation: differentiate the reality of the process of meditation from imagination, thus having a point of reference for when you teach and for your own practice
- Creating a "Guide" of reference of "signposts", pointers or qualia that "everybody experiences" in the process of meditation
- Create and study a F.A.Q about the meditation that will inevitably be placed as soon as you begin to teach, to give knowledge, confidence and integrity so that the student / prof. answer these questions.
Teaching Experience
- Great emphasis will be placed on preparing the future teacher of Meditation for the actual practical experience of teaching.
- Practical training with fellow students: train to give all kinds of meditation, yoganidra, asana sequences to open shoulders and hips etc.
- Supervised teaching
- Assistance in teaching practical classes / Assisted teaching
- Creating and presenting lectures on the theme of Meditation
- Philosophical study groups (satsanga) how to facilitate, etc.-
- Work with beginners, intermediate and advanced students
- Different ways to give Meditation Lessons
- Working with private students
- Silence and Meditation retreats : how to work in this environment, what to teach, how to guide the retreat, etc

Other Topics to be addressed
-Keeping a Meditation Journal 
- Non-dual awareness
- Building and developing a personal daily meditation practice
- Meditation and Pregnancy: Benefits, etc.
- Meditation for children: techniques to use etc
- Meditation with a partner
- Applying what you study and practice regularly during the course so that if frictions, doubts, questions, difficulties, etc. arise, this can be dissolved, solved, clarified and can also serve as a study tool of Meditation by teacher and students

Other Topics to be addressed
-Keeping a Journal of Meditation: provide example, talk about apps, etc.
- Non-dual awareness
- Building and developing a personal daily meditation practice
- Meditation and Pregnancy: Benefits, etc.
- Meditation for children: techniques to use etc
- Double Meditation / Pairs
Apply what you study and practice regularly during the course so that if frictions, doubts, questions, difficulties, etc. arise, this can be dissolved, solved, clarified and can also serve as a study tool by teacher and student

Criteria for joining the course:
- 1 to 2 years of regular meditation / yoga practice (minimum 5x per week)
- at least 25 years old

The course includes two weekend retreats (silence from Friday night to Sunday morning)

sábado, maio 26, 2018

Yoga Therapy Training Course 250hrs - November 2018, Lisbon

Yoga Therapy Training Course 250hrs
with Gonçalo Correia and Marco Peralta

This Yoga Therapy Training is intended for Yoga Teachers who completed a 200 hours Teacher Training Course and who are teaching for a minimum of 2 years.
Yoga therapy is the therapy that uses the techniques, philosophy, physiology and psychology of yoga to promote and restore physical and mental health, as well as complement any allopathic or natural therapy and to alleviate, treat and cure disorders and illnesses while always keeping in mind the actual goal and purpose of Yoga which is self realization.
Yoga therapy is a fundamental contribution of yoga for modern life, based on ancient principles, offering natural solutions and using what you already have with you, (your body and your mind) to heal yourself and see yourself whole and complete despite your circumstances and in this way contributing in a very real sense to an integral and healthier human being.
Therefore, Teachers will learn to apply the Yoga Therapy principles in themselves, which in a way always was the main process of Yoga, to remove the obstacles (mistaken views, beliefs, diseases) that one might have to the realization of yoga. Therefore, become themselves an living example of Yoga Therapy applications.

Each person is unique, some students face mental, others physical and others emotional challenges especially if they come for yoga, Teachers should know the dos and don’ts , teachers should take this in consideration and know how to teach, guide and adapt the practise and orient the student on a personalized way.

Teachers will be able to receive and hold in their regular Yoga classes (private or group) practitioners in any physical or psychological conditions, bringing awareness to the immense potential of healing and regeneration that each one has in itself, and also teach and use Yoga therapy in a private therapy setting (one-a-one) Using Yoga Therapy this issues can be dealt with, and a further advancement of this health issues can be avoided (heyam dukham anagatam). 
So that the students should be informed about yoga therapeutic approach, because Yoga Therapy is needed not only for treating, but also primary should be used in preventing health issues.

At the end of the course, the trainees will be able to use the techniques (philosophy and psychology) of yoga for therapeutic purposes in a group or private settings so that their  students should feel improvement in health issues, gain self confidence in their yoga practise/path and specially realize the totality of him/her self in his daily life.

This is a course that requires dedication, study and personal practice.

1-    Training and Practice  

- Preserve health through a balanced Yoga practice

Use in Yoga Therapy of:
-  The practice of asanas, their groups, main effects and its use in Yoga therapy
-  The practice of kriyas, main effects and its use in Yoga therapy
- The practice of bandhas, main effects and its use in Yoga therapy
-   The practice of pranayama, their types, main effects and its use in Yoga therapy
-  The practice of yoganidra,  main effects and its use in Yoga therapy
- The practice of meditation, their types, main effects and its use in Yoga therapy

-Main Principles for Adaptation of Asanas, how to adapt each Asana, benefits and contraindications
-Main Principles for Adaptation of pranayama and bandha, how to adapt each pranayama and bandha, benefits and contraindications

- Practice of Yoga with the use of props for a therapeutic effect

- Practice of Yoga Therapy based on anatomy and physiology principles of the human body
- Practice of Yoga Therapy based on Subtle energy and Chakras

- Importance of the Yoga therapist's personal practice
-Therapeutic perspective (Study and application) according to: Hatha Yoga, Bhakti yoga,   Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra Yoga

- General, specific and concrete physical health issues: Asthma, Chronic diseases, Diabetes, Depression, Cardiovascular, etc
-  General, specific and concrete psychological health issues: Anxiety, Anger, Additions, etc
- Yoga Therapy as a complementary tool in the treatment of any disease

- Combination of techniques (theory/philosophy and practice) to maximize health benefits

2-    Teaching Methodology

- Protocol of a yoga therapy session (how to do, start, middle, end, do and dont´s)
 - Prevention and treatment using Yoga Therapy
- Benefits and contraindications of the techniques used in Yoga therapy
- Disease and Consciousness
- General Psychological and Physical (Body Mind Organism) health issues and specific and concrete Psychological and Physical (Body Mind Organism)  health issues: How to address
- Touch, Indication (orientation, dialogue), Presence (Silence) as a tool in communication and contact in Yoga Therapy
   Context of Yoga therapy in the Yoga classroom (Individual and with groups)
- Yoga Therapy Fundamentals to deepen your knowledge/experience as a Teacher:
- Personal experience (of experiencing oneself),
- Observation (number of cases observed)
- And study / research (research, reading, training and monitoring the work of other colleagues and teachers)

3-    History, philosophy and psychology of yoga and yoga therapy

- Intention and Purpose of Yoga Therapy
-Yoga therapy view in the classic texts: Yoga sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Upanishads, etc.
- Yoga Shastras and their specific therapeutic indications

- Therapeutic perspective (Study and application) of: Hatha Yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra Yoga
- Yoga Therapy: concept, definition and practical application
- Existential Issues and the Yogic point of view
- Illness as a label, reality and illusion and the Yogic point of view
- The Yoga psychology of the teacher and student: traditional and modern points of view
 - Treat the idea of treating in the yogic point of view
- Yoga Therapy with and without a therapist

4-    Practical teaching experience

- Training and practice with the class mates of the Yoga Therapy teacher training
- Case studies: Typical issues that arise at a Yoga therapy session
- Supervised teaching 
- Assistance in the teaching of practical Yoga Therapy classes
- Personal Yoga practice of the Yoga therapist

5- Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga

- Functional Anatomy and Physiology
- Anatomy and Physiology applied to Yoga techniques
- Medical Health Disorders: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Gastroenterological (Digestive), Metabolic, Neurological, Gynaecological, Otolaryngology and Orthopaedic

Yogic concept of the Human Being:
- The 3 Shariras or Bodies: Sthula (gross or physical), Sukshma (subtle or energetic) and Karana (causal) 
- Subtle Anatomy: Chakras, Nadis, Prana and Kundalini and its application or not in Yoga Theraphy 

6- Other topics

- Yoga therapy as a complementary tool to any chosen treatment (Homeopathic, Holopathic, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, etc.) by those who seek us
- Option of not dealing with the health issue and how Yoga therapy can help

-Integrating and presenting Yoga therapy in a secular context

Note: minimum of 2 years of Yoga Teaching before you can be accepted onto the course.

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