This training provides an overview and exploration of meditation as presented in yoga and various yogic practices including Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma (Kriya) Yoga and Jnana Yoga. A deepening of meditation will be experienced through mantra, japa mantra, and sound, which have been an important aspect of yoga practice since Vedic times. Yogic meditation explores the state of unity or oneness that one seeks when one follows the yogic path towards liberation or union with the Divine.
You’ll also learn about the Yoga of Sound, a deepening of meditation through vibration. This will include practice with mantra, japa, voicework, environmental and instrument sound, and deep listening - all of which have been important in yogic practice since ancient times. Intentional sound is a powerful meditation tool and this training offers an introduction to how to use both live and recorded sound in your mindfulness practice.
This training also provides a rare look into the most common pitfalls that a lack of mindfulness of the voice can cause in the yoga and meditation classroom. Your voice it the conduit through which you teach; this training will show you how to speak more authentically, speak in a safer way, and make your voice ultimately listenable.
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
A definition and brief history of the beginnings of yoga
Patanjali and the 8 Limbed Path
Yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras
The benefits of yogic meditation
How to develop a personal sadhana using pavan muktasana and mudra meditation
Meditation: Self-Mastery or liberation? A yogic perspective
The Ego and the nature of the mind
The Tattvas as part of yogic cosmology
Mantra for meditation
Bandhas, mudras and yoga asana (mudras as meditation, asana as one of the 8 limbs)
About mantra and how mantra work to impact our body/mind
6 simple japa mantras for meditation (recordings available)
About Om and the power of Sanskrit sounds
The benefits of sound as a multi-dimensional vehicle for bio-psycho-socio-spiritual wellness
How instruments and sound tools (metallic singing bowls, tingshas, shruti box) can be used in meditation
Hands-on practice with instruments
Tips and for selecting recorded sound for meditation
How to practice and lead mantra
Learn how sound as a multi-dimensional vehicle can impact us bio-psycho-socio-spiritually
Several instruments and sound tools (including your own sound) will be presented and discussed with opportunities for some hands-on experimentation
Gain a greater awareness of your vocal quality and be able to pinpoint areas of improvement.
Become more in control of your voice and the message/image it sends.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This module is designed for all levels, from the seasoned practitioner to the curious beginner looking to deepen their practice, experience and understanding of meditation from a yogic perspective, as well as incorporating movement and sound as they relate to meditation. This module includes both discussion, practice and teaching opportunities. You will be given plenty of support and mentorship as you gain the confidence to share your unique voice, style and passion for the practice.
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
The Yoga of Sound by Russill Paul
Bringing Yoga to Life - Donna Farhi
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Mukunda Stiles
The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga - Georg Fuerstein
A Certificate of Completion for the 50 Hr Yogic Sound and Movement Module
This course will count toward your 200 Hr or 300 Hr YogaMCC Meditation Teacher Training.
Tiffany Sparrow, BMT, MTA
Tiffany Sparrow is an accredited music therapist, singer-songwriter, kirtan artist and yogi. She currently specializes in music therapy at bedside in medical settings, weaving the power of music with breath, movement and meditation to facilitate pain reduction, emotional balance, relaxation and wellness. Sparrow studied yoga and mantra in India, obtaining her 500hr yoga teaching certificate in Akhanda Yoga through Yogrishi Vishvketu as well as recording two mantra/kirtan albums with local traditional musicians. She has traveled extensively around the world and brings her awareness of global music and holistic spiritual and health practices to her work as a clinician and educator.
George started breathing at an early age and has had the good fortune to continue almost daily ever since. He is happy to be in the moment, teaching or practicing the pleasurable art of noticing life in all these bodies. A full time professional teacher since 1995, George is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT (500), is fully certified in iRest® Yoga Nidra, has an honours degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern religions and a graduate diploma in Mental Health and Addictions. In spite of this, he has resisted taking responsibility for any particular school of belief or thought. George has had the immense pleasure of learning from and teaching with the inimitable Donna Farhi and has also been largely influenced by Dr. Richard Miller and his contemporary evolution of Yoga Nidra. Laughter, love, and surprise are guaranteed.
Allison Smith is an internationally-known voice talent, who specializes in voicing telephone systems and AI platforms.
She is also a life-long yoga practitioner, and has an endless fascination with human speech: how we say what we say.
It became clear to her — through her years of practicing yoga — that very little emphasis is put on yoga teacher’s training on the *quality* of the voice, and that few things can disrupt an otherwise strong yoga teaching paradigm as repetitive, bad speech habits, upspeak, vocal fry, or an artificial “sweetening” or “raising” of the vocal register — even unconsciously adopting a “character” as you enter the studio to teach. In the Finding Your Voice workshop, Allison provides a rare look into the most common pitfalls that a lack of mindfulness of the voice can cause in the yoga classroom. Yoga is not necessarily a visual medium; it’s your voice which guides your students through their practice. It’s the conduit through which you teach; the Finding Your Voice workshop will show you how to speak more authentically, speak in a safer way, and make your voice ultimately listenable.
Your students will be more engaged; your voice will experience less strain; and your yoga teaching will be enhanced and forever expanded.
Friday, January 6, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 7, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, January 8, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday, February 3, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 5, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
50 Hour Module: $800
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