Due to my schedule [or due to living in Europe or Asia], I might not be able to participate in the "live" sessions. What can I do?
Don’t worry: We often have students with this difficulty. This course is almost entire “asynchronous,” which means that you can participate at the hours of the day that work best for you. Yes, there are 2 or 3 “live” sessions during the course, but they are video-recorded so those who cannot attend “live” can watch them later.
As in any high-quality online training, you need to be organized, responsible, and a self-starter. You need to devote an average of 7–8 hours to coursework every week. You also need to be comfortable with the technology aspects of the course, such as website navigation, online written discussions, and making and uploading videos. Though not difficult, those activities are central to the course. If this online course doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, Ananda also offers an in-person Meditation Teacher Certification training.
Yes, exactly the same.
Yes, and we recommend it! One assignment for Unit 1 of the course is to make and post online a 2–3 minute video in which you explain (to a hypothetical classroom of your future students) why you meditate. When you register for the course, you will receive instructions for making this video. It’s easy to do, and you’ll enjoy having done it in advance of the start of the course.
It’s okay with us if it’s okay with you. This course takes place within the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, so participants should be interested in learning to teach the techniques that he taught. Those who come from a different tradition—or no tradition at all—should register as soon as possible in order to begin to learn and practice those techniques well before the course begins. Then your course experience will unfold much more naturally, and your teaching and personal practice will benefit much more.
Absolutely. You will receive a periodic newsletter as well as have opportunities for online Q&A and other resources, individual mentoring (extra cost), and Level 2 Ananda Meditation Teacher Training courses. Ananda also offers a wide variety of other learning experiences — both online and in person — that will benefit your practice, your teaching, and your understanding of practical spiritual living.
We realize that emergencies or illness can arise. We will work with you to try to find a solution—and the more advance notice we receive, the more likely it is that we can find a solution. But please realize that, because all the students move through the course together, we can do only so much to accommodate late assignments, even for emergencies or illness.
You will be free to do your coursework at whatever times of day suit your schedule. During several weeks of the course, you will need enough flexibility to be able to find a time to meet with a classmate via Skype video; this is usually very easy to do.
It depends on when, and for how long, you would be unable to participate.To resolve any questions about it, please write our instructors.
I am concerned about some of the technological elements of the course: I’ve never done an online training, or used Skype, or made a video of myself and posted it online.
The course website is very easy to use and intuitive, and the site offers “how to” videos to support you in using it. Also, these days everyone knows someone who can help them over such technological hurdles as using Skype, or making and posting videos. If you think you will need such help, we recommend that you find a helper sooner rather than waiting until an assignment deadline approaches.
You will post it on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar service. Again, if you don’t already know how to do that, you probably have a friend who can help you with the process. And don’t worry about the privacy of your video: you can post your video in such a way that the general public will not be able to see it.
We offer technical support for using the website that hosts this course. We do not, however, offer technical training or support for using Skype (or a similar service), or for making videos or posting videos online.