This course will examine what meditation is, why we do it and how to do it, from a variety of viewpoints: from Eastern Yogic and Buddhist views to Western Psychotherapeutic understanding. The course will include personal, one-on-one training in Deep Meditation (practiced in silence with mantra), as well as group instruction, to give the student an experiential basis for the practice of meditation. Students will be expected to meditate twice daily by themselves. Knowing why meditation works, and the range of benefits we can receive from meditation, helps to motivate us to establish and keep a regular daily practice. Knowing the obstacles that may arise during the practice will help us to be more vigilant, and to take things as they come. This course will be a balance of theory and practice helping you to establish a solid meditation practice.
The course is open to all students regardless of whether they have never meditated before or already have a regular practice, even if it is not in the Deep Meditation tradition. However, we do request that all students, even experienced students, for the duration of the course, use the Deep Meditation technique so that everyone can share in the common experience, which will assist in group discussions and personal feedback. While various styles of meditation will be discussed, we will only practice this one style of meditation.
The Meditation Revealed Course will include:
- Personal Instruction in Deep Meditation
- A Historical Overview of Meditation
- Understanding the role of Meditation in Various styles of Yoga
- The Differences in Intention of Various Styles
- The Anatomy of the Mind: Eastern and Western Views
- The Benefits of Meditation – Physically, Psychologically and Spiritually
- Triggering the Relaxation Response
- Creating Sacred Spaces and the Time to Meditate
- Dealing With Obstacles
- The Importance of Praxis
- A Meditation Revealed Workbook
- A Certificate of Completion
- Follow-up Meetings After the Course
Personal Instruction is limited to 20 students.
For 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teachers the credits of the course can be applied towards the 500 hour certification, and is eligible for 40 hours CEU with Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher.
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Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions, and psychology.
All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. His teaching, workshops, and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life, and the source of true joy.
Bernie’s yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga. His meditation experience goes back to the early ‘80s when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada’s oldest and largest hi-tech companies, assisting it to become a world renowned leader in its field. He has two children who have launched successful careers of their own.
Nathalie has been a meditator for more than 20 years and has taught Deep Meditation since 2005. Her meditation practice started in 1991. From then her inspiration in sharing the experience of inner peace led her to deepen her studies. She was transmitted the knowledge to teach this meditation technique between 2001 and 2005. Believing that continuous learning requires a commitment to teaching, she is enjoying the path under the guidance of her principal teacher, Denis Cléroux, senior instructor since 1973, formally trained by a great master. Her passion for learning and sharing the depths of meditation is the core engine of her life and vocation.
Nathalie has also been a Hatha Yoga practitioner since 1997. She has been teaching it since 1999, right after she completed her first Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. She later completed many Teacher Training Courses (achieveing R.Y.T 500hr Yoga Alliance Certification): in the Ashtanga tradition with David Swenson in 2001, in Viniyoga with TKV Desikachar in 2003, as well as in Anusara from 2006 to 2010. More recently, in 2011, she began studying Yin Yoga and added this approach to her offerings. Yoga asanas bring to the body what meditation practice brings to the mind.