Meditation and Facilitation for Mental Health
How can meditative practices facilitate mental healthiness? Accredited by Yoga Alliance as a further training course in meditation, we look to uncover the root of this question and enhance our ability to hold the space for modern-day humans.
Underpinned by a revolutionary fusion of meditation practices, neurobiology and embodied facilitation. The training helps students to understand how mediation and breath work can affect physiology and restore equilibrium to the mind.
What the training offers
Our quest on this training is to explore the bio-spiritual systems that make up the human being and how meditative practices support them. It looks at the cellular building blocks that make up our bodies and discuss the functions of the nervous system. We cover modern life and how our systems are responding to the increase in stimulation. Explore the neurobiology of the stress response and how conditions such as anxiety and depression affect quality of life (QOL).
Transferring attention to the mind, we look at the development of the personal self, transpersonal awareness, the effect of the collective consciousness and the unified field. The training offers techniques that support the distinctly different layers of self.
Considering the nature of life itself leads us to explore waves of consciousness and sacred geometry as the true architecture. To justify the concept that we are all connected, we study (in brief) non-local atomic entanglement and realise our quantum natures.
Students leave this training with:
- A thorough understanding of the meditative process
- A perspective of how the modern world is impacting our biological systems
- Connection to our bio-psycho-spiritual ecosystem and the wider field that contains and connects each individual
- Mind and body problem-solving tools to restore equilibrium
- The ability to competently deliver meditative practise to the general public, including vulnerable minds
- Knowledge and ability to work with the relationship dynamics that arise in the helping professions
- Knowledge of the Doorway to Meditation 8-week course
- Support to develop and facilitate their own meditation course
Who the training is for
It is open to all teachers and healthcare professionals who desire to deliver meditation to individuals or groups within a framework that is both scientific and spiritual. It is particularly suited to yoga teachers and people in the medical or therapeutic community but can also be taken by anyone who wishes to learn.
It is also most suitable for people who work with vulnerable minds or supporting people who are undergoing psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Facilitators, coaches and integrators who are already working in that field will find it very useful.
This training consists of five modules that are delivered over at least seven months; online journeys tend to be longer to support the learning.
The training comprises in- person hours, at home tutorials, peer support, online practice sessions. The modules build upon each other to provide a robust understanding of using contemplative practices for systems that are out of balance.
Each module is made up of 16 contact hours, and 4 non-contact hours. The topics are accompanied by specific techniques appropriate for creating balance and, where appropriate, justified by empirical evidence.
Each module has three components: an exploration of meditative processes, a discussion of how our biological systems respond, teaching and practising psycho-therapeutic holding skills for groups and individuals.
Participants will be expected to practice meditations and home, practice holding space in the large group, their peer support group, in dyads and triads. They will also be given tutorials to watch at home and will be asked to explore the material in their peer group.
Why it is useful NOW
The last ten years have seen a great leap towards the coming together of the Western and Contemplative approaches. Interest in their findings has grown; much research has been done on meditative practices, and contemplative teachers have undergone training to learn more about the Western approach. And so, we stand on the threshold of a time when pieces of the puzzles will be joined together.
This course brings the information that people are searching for into a digestible format that includes the use of practical tools from the meditative and psycho-therapeutic domains.
Our aim is to empower participants with the medical language and tools to reach out and work with those who cannot yet engage with a spiritual dialogue.
Shaura imparts information, tools and techniques that successfully
integrates this amazing science into the technology of Kundalini yoga.
A must-have course for yoga teachers and therapeutic professionals everywhere.
“Grounding and connection to the physiological systems“
- Understanding the meditative process
- Exploration of the differences between meditation and mindfulness
- Understanding of mindful enquiry
- Barriers to meditation
- Introduction to cell biology, including genetics and basic epigenetics
- Understanding how the central and peripheral braches of the nervous system communicate
- Using psycho-therapeutic skills to create safety and deliver mediation practices
- Incorporating grounding into your teaching and why this is important
- Practical tools for delivery of weeks 1 and 2 of the Doorway to Meditation Course
“Directing our physiological experiences “
- Using focused breathing meditations to balance the physiological systems, and why it is important
- The workings of the autonomic nervous system
- Understanding the respiratory system to inform our teaching
- Making relationships with our cells
- Yogic energy and pranic systems
- The energetic science of breath, as defined by yogic wisdom
- How to know where we end and the student/client begins
- Transference and counter-transference of energy in groups and 1:1 settings
- Jewels in group dynamics
- Practical tools for delivery of weeks 3 and 4 of the Doorway to Meditation Course
“Adapting to changing conditions“
- Language and safety during meditation in today’s world
- Understanding the human reaction to environment and using meditation to promote self- efficacy and positive adaptation in mind and body
- The psychology and sociology of vulnerable minds
- Using meditation to illuminate our patterns
- The stress response
- Neuro-architecture of specific conditions and where the starting point might be for each individual
- Neuroplasticity and how it can be enhanced through mind and body practice
- Making use of information offered by Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to support our clients
- How to bring someone back to the present moment from traumatic material and memory
- Practical tools for delivery of weeks 5 and 6 of the Doorway to Meditation Course
“Working with transformation“
- Consolidating what have we learned to help us hold the space for deeper meditative processes
- Deepening our own knowledge and ability to work with the more powerful meditative practices
- Further exploration of stress and neuro-architecture of specific conditions
- Introduction to the endocrine system
- Creating a safe environment for people with differing brain types
- Exploring the need to manage expectations when it comes to working with vulnerable people
- Preparing ourselves to use partner work in sessions
- Understanding the importance of self care when working with mind and body practices and a range of techniques
- Practical tools for delivery of weeks 7 and 8 of the Doorway to Meditation Course
- Practice and consolation of learning objectives
- Group delivery of complete Doorway to Meditation Course
- Support and discussion of how to move forward with the knowledge
Your investment for the online version of the 100-hour training course is £990.
You can book your place on the training by either payment in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of £400.
The remainder of the fee is due before the course commences.
An enrolment form will be emailed to you following receipt of deposit/payment.
The format of the course is offered to support an online journey. The first and the last weekends are over two days; there are seven days and eight shorter practice sessions in-between days. The practice session times are decided in the group to ensure that all can make them.
8 – 9th January Opening weekend
12-13th November Closing Weekend
85% attendance needed for certification.
Face to Face Investment
Your investment for this 100-hour further training is £1,200 (in England).
You can book your place on the training by either payment in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of £450.
An enrolment form will be emailed to you following receipt of deposit/payment.
Prospective students are required to complete an application form that outlines their background and describes reasons for wishing to do the course.
Students need to have an interest and enthusiasm for exploring the subject matter, however, no prior physiological or scientific study is required.
Assessment + Professional Certification
Students are observationally assessed throughout the training and will be asked to submit five pieces of reflective work.
This is a Yoga Alliance 100 hour further training course in meditation. One hundred per cent of the contact hours in this training is delivered by a Senior Yoga Teacher.
85% attendance is needed for certification.