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. During the Trauma Conscious Somatic Movement & Mindfulness portion of this training we will explore how the state of the body reflects the mind, and the state of the mind reflects the body.
THIS MODULE CAN BE TAKEN IN STUDIO OR VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM. IN STUDIO SPOTS ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE CONTACT US TO LET US KNOW WHICH OPTION YOU PREFER.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
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
Principles of Mindful Somatic Movement to examine implicit patterns of stress/tension and contentment/joy in the BodyMind by understanding the nervous system and embodied flight, fight, freeze, fawn survival states.
PolyVagal Attunement Practices - explore Polyvagal Theory and the Polyvagal Pathway through sound, movement, breath and awareness.
Trauma Conscious Mindfulness - the meaning and purpose of offering trauma conscious meditation practices through the understanding of trauma physiology.
Expand your teaching ability and create safer spaces by incorporating trauma conscious modelling, language and awareness to your classes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.
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.
Christine Wushke began her yoga teaching career in 1997, and is now the author of Freedom is Your Nature: A Practical Guide to Transformation and creator of the “Easy Yoga for Beginners” DVD. A long time Yoga Teacher, Meditation Instructor, Myofascial Release Therapist, and a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, Christine decided to merge her specialties. She began to incorporate the principles of Myofascial Release and Mindfulness into all her yoga classes and, noticing the amazing results and effectiveness, she designed her own system of Myofascial Yoga. In this practice, she blends the profound principles of Myofascial Release with the mindfulness of Hakomi and the biomechanics of movement, all while keeping intact the essence of Yoga as an 8-fold transformative path and holistic healing system. Christine is committed to bringing you the latest information from not only the world of fascia research but the science of the brain and nervous system, while offering the opportunity for you to go inward and discover the benefits directly for yourself. Her aim is to create a sacred space for students to effortlessly find the presence of stillness and an inner silence. Her mission is to raise consciousness on the planet by empowering people to realize their own Divinity and to uncover a deep peace within. She runs the Journey to Light Wellness Center in Canada and regularly conducts myofascial yoga retreats in the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii. In addition to yoga classes and retreats, she is also a registered massage therapist specializing in both John Barnes Myofascial Release and Hakomi. “She is up there for me with Patricia Walden and Rodney Yee. I love her emphasis on breathing and inward awareness.” — Neri Christine offers a 200 & 300 hour yoga Alliance registered Myofascial Yoga teacher training in Alberta Canada.
Friday, March 4, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 5, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 6, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, April 1, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
50 Hour Module: $800
EARLY BIRD: $700 before February 7, 2022
PAYMENT PLAN: Pay a $300 deposit, then pay the remainder before or on the first day of class. Email for payment plan.
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Cancellation Policy: Refunds (minus a $300 Administration Fee) are available up to 14 days before the starting date. Send your written cancellation notification to . No refunds on or after the course begins. Deposits are non-refundable.