For yoga teachers, coaches, nurses, social workers, therapists, health professionals and seekers of inner peace - the generous souls who help the world, and tend to forget to include themselves in the process
If you recognize the value and the multidimensional benefits of Meditation, this Teacher Training will allow you to acquire the expertise to skillfully teach Meditation to groups and individuals. You will learn to inspire others who want to discover its infinite power, AND you will develop and deepen your own practice. Essence of the Himalayas Teacher Training is a beautiful way to learn how to truly help others while including yourself.
Rooted in Patanjali’s Yoga Philosophy and Advaita Vedanta, we will cultivate an organic understanding of the yogic science that is effortless and joyful. The hidden meaning of the scriptures and how they relate to everyday life will be revealed through experiential exploration, chanting and Meditation. We welcome students and yoga teachers from all traditions. While some experience with Meditation is preferred, we are happy to accommodate motivated beginners.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Essence of the Himalayas’ Teacher Training is structured around three interdependent elements to insure a well-rounded learning experience:
Group classes: Starting in January 2014, we meet one Sunday a month over a year
from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST, in a small group of max. 8 participants
Each member of the group works from home, our means of connection being a group-video call over the Internet. Meeting in cyber-space is a symbol and a metaphor for the invisible interconnected space beyond time and geography that we will learn to call our own in Meditation.You will experience first hand that the apparent geographic distance will become in fact a tangible experience of the ability to meet in the Space. Every month we address a specific topic pertaining to the science of Meditation, yoga philosophy, teaching skills and methodology. Every session includes ample practice time, always followed by Q&A to deepen each one’s ability to express and articulate the subtle experiences and deep dimensions of Meditation.
Practicum: For the first 4 months of the training, each participant choses a “buddy” in the group with whom s/he will practice in between our monthly sessions. As your knowledge and skills increase, you will be asked to teach one or more students among friends or family for a Practicum class held in between our monthly sessions. This allows you to test your abilities and bring your questions to the group sessions or to the supervision.
Teaching Supervision: The one-on-one Teaching Supervision is your individual time with Marie-Lou. It offers a forum for your personal inquiry and questions. Its design is to help you identify and strengthen your own unique style and pinpoint hidden patterns that may hold you back. In most people there is a deep-seated unease at the idea of speaking in public that has to do with sanskaars (memories) we carry of being either rejected, ridiculed or punished for standing up for what we know. The one-on-one Teaching Supervision is a chance to address and overcome these issues, taking into account your personal history and individual talents. It is also an opportunity learn the art of teaching from someone who has many years of experience in communicating with audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Main side effects of this training:
This course will cause serious damage to any remaining sense of smallness or lack in you
Lightheartedness in the face of life’s challenges
Increased sense of humor
Mastery over stress and overwhelm
Greater efficiency in navigating everyday life
Increased compassion with yourself and others
Group Class Dates Teacher Training 2014
Sundays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST January 19 February 23 March 23 April 27 May 18 June 22 August 3 August 31 September 28 October 26 November 16 December 14
Appreciation: Marie-Lou's teachings and techniques held me together when I had to face my worst fear; losing the love of my life, my brand new husband, to the deadliest and most aggressive cancer. Marie Lou taught me to step outside and away from the ever-controlling mechanisms of my mind, recognizing them for what they were, and, more importantly, what they weren't - thus allowing me to disengage from the fear and panic fueled thoughts that could've easily taken me down. Marie Lou's wisdom reaches far beyond the average comprehension of the human mind, and coupled with her incredible knowledge of Meditation, I was soon able to connect with my true light in a place of peaceful acceptance and serenity that has forever changed my life.
Juliette Guidara Author of 5.4%: Beating the Odds of Pancreatic Cancer