50 Hour Yogic, Sound and Movement Module
This training provides an overview and exploration of meditation as presented in various yogic practices including Classical Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Kundalini 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.
Intentional sound is a powerful meditation tool and this training will be an introduction to the potential sound holds as a tool for use in your own 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. Yoga and meditation are not necessarily visual mediums; it’s your voice which guides your students through their practice. It’s 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.
THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THIS MODULE WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE ONLY DUE TO THE LATEST AHS RESTRICTIONS.
THE SECOND WEEKEND OF THIS MODULE CAN BE TAKEN IN STUDIO OR VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM, PROVIDED THAT THE AHS RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.
IN STUDIO SPOTS FOR THE SECOND WEEKEND ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE CONTACT US TO LET US KNOW WHICH OPTION YOU PREFER.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
A 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
Understand the path to Self-Mastery from a yogic perspective
The Gunas and the nature of the mind
The 3 Minds (Positive, Negative and Neutral)
Mantra and kriya for meditation
Bandhas, mudras and yoga asana
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 Secret Power of Yoga - Nischala Joy Devi
Light on Life - BKS Iyengar
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Mukunda Stiles
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.
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 Anagarika Dhammadinna in 1978, a nun in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, changed the direction of David’s meditation practice from one based on concentration to an insight and transformation based form. David participated in her retreats yearly plus daily personal practice and guided study for the next decade until her death in 1990.
Shortly after that time more serious interest and scientific research on meditation started to proliferate. 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 of this process had a profound effect on the direction of David’s studies, practice and teaching.
Anita has been practicing Yoga since 1974. Meditation became more in her focus since the early 90's after completing her Yoga Association of Alberta certification as a Yoga instructor. Around that time, because of her own experience and appreciation of the value gained by participating in live-in retreats, she started organizing (and assisting) ongoing retreats in the Edmonton area with outstanding teachers. In the year 2000 she approached David McAmmond inviting him to teach a series of ongoing Yoga/Meditation retreats that would intent to "Deepening your Practice". To that effect, each participant would commit to all 6 yearly retreats. The series is still running uninterruptedly and they have been collaborating on different teaching and writing projects ever since.
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.
Friday, January 7, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 8, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, January 9, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday, February 4, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 5, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 6, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
50 Hour Module: $800
EARLY BIRD by December 13, 2021: $700
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