Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and we’ve been training teachers for almost 50 years. We can offer you online training in how to teach and share meditation informally with others. (For more about our comprehensive, professional certification training, see Ananda Meditation®Teacher Training.)
Ananda Meditation® and related techniques offered in this course are time-tested, traditional practices, based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India, as brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda. You will learn how to help others become calm, develop concentration, and have a fruitful meditation practice. When you share meditation with others, you give them a tool to become calm, concentrate better, improve their health, become more effective in their lives, achieve a balanced perspective on life, and above all, cultivate lasting happiness.
You’ll receive a course manual (in pdf format) as well as other resources, including access to videos. You’ll also have regular opportunities to ask questions of Ananda’s expert meditation teachers. Following are some of the topics covered in the course:
- What meditation is and what it is not.
- Exploration of the Hong-Sau meditation technique.
- How to find a comfortable sitting position for meditation.
- Concentration techniques to overcome mental restlessness.
- Keys to sharing meditation informally with others.
- How to answer questions often asked by new meditators.
Your course experience:
You can move through this course at your own pace as you:
- Study course materials, both written and video-recorded.
- Practice meditation and related techniques each day via guided routines.
The only assignments will be to study the course materials and follow the daily guided practice routines; there will be no written homework or projects. Expect to spend about 20 hours total on the course.
Although this course bears some similarity to the first 4 weeks of the online Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training, it is less comprehensive, it has no specific requirements, and you have unlimited time to complete it, even though you can easily complete it in 4 weeks. And since all course activities are asynchronous (not “live”), you’re free to adopt a participation schedule that suits your lifestyle.
Nayaswami Diksha, co-director of Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training, is one of Ananda’s most popular teachers. A multi-talented woman, Diksha is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in teaching meditation and many related subjects, and she supplements that experience with a broad array of knowledge beyond Yoga: biology, medical research, Ayurveda, counseling, even art. She is an Ananda minister, counselor, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, Raja Yoga teacher, and E-RYT 500.
Nayaswami Gyandev directs Ananda’s Yoga Teacher Training course as well as Ananda Yoga worldwide. Known for his clarity of presentation, deep insights, high energy, kindness and humor, Gyandev has taught meditation for nearly 30 years. He is also an Ananda minister, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, Raja Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, and a co-founder of Yoga Alliance.