50 Hour Neuroscience, Psychology, and Somatics Module

This training will explore the new frontiers in the science of meditation. It is designed to give you a strong foundation in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and somatics, as applied to meditation. These are some of the fastest growing areas of study surrounding meditation and with them we can really develop a deeper state of understanding towards the inner workings of our being. 


Neuroscience looks at the structure and function of the nervous system and brain, which can give us great insight into what is actually happening when we meditate. Scientists have been making some groundbreaking discoveries on the positive effects of meditation, offering proof of what meditators have been reporting for thousands of years.

From a psychological perspective, benefits of meditation are various and can include decreased stress and anxiety, increased memory, increased emotional stability and increased productivity. A regular meditation practice can also increase awareness to the point where the probability of self-actualization is increased, along with confidence, creativity, and empathy. 

Somatic meditation takes meditation out of our left-brain, thinking mind and into our body. It involves connecting with the inherent wakefulness that is already present within the body. Unlike many contemporary approaches to meditation that emphasize the intentional thinking of the conscious mind, somatic meditation develops meditative consciousness through the felt senses of the body.


  • Triune Brain Model

  • What Connectomes are and how they relate to meditation

  • How to develop Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis

  • Understanding ways to support students in regulating their nervous system and emotions to sustain awareness in meditation 

  • How the brain is studied to show impacts of meditation

  • The effects of meditation on the Prefrontal Cortex, Limbic Brain, Amygdala and Hippocampus

  • What is Mindfulness and what are it’s benefits

  • Teaching meditation from a trauma informed pedagogy

  • Supporting students in understanding and practicing meditation from their window of tolerance

  • Interpersonal skills and the art of creating safe spaces for students to explore their inner experiences through meditation 

  • Practices: facilitating individual and group transformational process in mindfulness for self discovery

  • Techniques that can be used within a clinical practice

  • Adapting mindfulness meditation for specific populations

  • Self-Compassion and Loving Presence Practices

  • Ideal qualities of a teacher and how to be an effective teacher

  • Cueing and the use of Voice

  • Class Composition and setting Intention’s/Themes

  • Somatic Explorations such as bodymind unwinding, undoing fixations on attention and contemplation of opposites

  • The Art & Science of Self-Care and Ceremony


Learning is experiential as well as conceptual. In this training, participants will be supported in developing their personal meditation practice with the intention of incorporating the concepts, techniques and processes of neuroscience, psychology and somatics as they relate to meditation.

The format will include a balance of lecture, practice, and informal conversation and mentorship.

To help deepen the practice the following will be offered:

  • A YogaMCC Teacher Training Manual

  • Recommended readings and a reading assignment

  • Homework including a 28 day dedicated personal practice

  • Personal Practice Journal

  • Group process web calls with teachers


Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson

Why is Buddhism True by Robert Wright
The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen W. Porges


A Certificate of Completion for the 50 Hr Neuroscience, Psychology, and Somatics Module

This course will count toward your 200 Hr or 300 Hr YogaMCC Meditation Teacher Training.


Robin Campbell (Prem Sagar)

Robin is a Registered Psychologist and a Certified Yoga Therapist working in private practice in Calgary. Prem has pursued the art of yoga and meditation since 1999, when he first met his teacher, Yogi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India.
Since then, Prem has been part of the teaching faculty for the World Conscious Yoga Family, an organization founded by Yogi Visvhketu that emphasizes the importance of yoga’s holistic path for transformation. As part of the teaching faculty, Prem has
developed courses on Yoga psychology and offers therapeutic skills training. In addition, Prem has been part of the teaching faculty of Mt. Royal University Yoga Therapy program for the past decade and teaches courses on ‘Yoga for Mental Health
and Wellness’ and ‘Therapeutic Relationships’. In his training's, Prem offers a unique blend of experiential exercises that supports a deeper integration of the wisdom teachings from yoga and mindfulness based practices.

David McAmmond

At age 16, David’s interest in meditation and yoga started from his passionate reading about Eastern philosophy. By 1964 when he turned 20, he was the first Canadian student receiving initiation into Transcendental Meditation (TM), founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Although he had a strong practice and connection with the TM group his curiosity had him looking further afield. By the early 70’s he had connected with Swami Sivananda Radha, who was best known for her integration of eastern spiritual practice with western psychology. Her meditative personal development workshops, and her introspective approach to Hatha Yoga captured David’s attention which influenced his teaching later. At the same time David studied and practiced with the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. By 1975 teaching Yoga and meditation became David’s full time commitment. The meeting with Anagaraika Dhammadinna in 1978, a nun from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, changed the direction of David’s meditation practice from a concentration form to an insight based form. The next decade until her death in 1990, David participated in her retreats yearly plus daily personal practice and guided study.

Not until 1990 did serious scientific western research on meditation begin. The Dalai Lama encouraged a group of pioneering western scientists to use modern research methods and tools to investigate the neurological basis of a variety of meditation techniques. The results can be observed in David’s current upgrading, practice and teaching.

Stacey Madden

Stacey Madden is a Mindful Somatic Wellness Practitioner, Meditation and Yoga Teacher, with training and certifications in the fields of Somatic Experiencing (ADV 3), Mental Health Counselling, and Movement for Trauma (L2).  Stacey combines the sciences of both Mind and Body through various therapeutic Somatic Modalities (Clinical and Essential Somatics), Hatha and Energy Medicine Yoga & Stress Reduction Meditation Practices, Conscious Breathwork and Subtle Body Theory to assist you in remembering and reorganizing yourself on all levels of being for greater health and wholeness.


Friday, March 6, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 8, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday, April 3, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 4, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Sunday, April 5, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm


50 Hour Module: $800

PAYMENT PLAN: Pay a $300 deposit, then pay the remainder before or on the first day of class.

Register for the entire 300 Hour YogaMCC Meditation Teacher Training for the best value.

CLICK HERE for more information on the YogaMCC Meditation Teacher Training.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds (minus a $300 Administration Fee) are available up to 14 days before the starting date. Send your written cancellation notification to info@yogamcc.com. No refunds on or after the course begins. Deposits are non-refundable.

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