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.
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