Vocational Enrichment Programme: Transformational Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine
Meditation is not only in itself one of the most rewarding and life changing practices to migrate from the east to the west, so too is the capacity to teach it to others. Many who immerse themselves in the world of meditation begin a journey of understanding like no other. Practice changes from a discipline to an embedded quality in daily living that nurtures one throughout their whole lives. Meditation offers benefits of a mind shaped on the values of mindfulness, compassion, and contentment. Meditation has the capacity to cultivate unshakable inner peace: teaching mediation has the compassionate capacity to offer this same ability to cultivate unshakable inner peace to others.
This course will enable you to combine three of our meditation speciality intensive training electives, supporting a comprehensive understanding of philosophy, psychology, and the physiology of meditation. People who suffer with stress or anxiety, chronic pain, depression and ill health often find powerful relief through meditation, and so this course offers adept understanding in suffering from a biopsychosocial perspective including the prevalent mental illnesses within our current culture. Moreover, this course illuminates how to best assist a multiplicity of clientele in finding the wellbeing they seek.
What You Will Walk Away With
Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills to teach a rich and informative, educated class. You will be able to understand and deliver your teachings with confidence, convey the latest research in the field to students, as well as provide more personalised support to a diverse range of mental health areas.
Whether you do this course full time or part time for yourself or to teach others, it is a highly valuable practice to live by and share with others. Meditation is an innovative lifestyle medicine of the 21st century.
What You Will Learn
- Understanding Disconnection: Suffering, Stress, & the Maladapted Mind
- Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine: Our innate ability to change
- The Path to Wellness: The Philosophy Behind Practice
- The Ethical Philosophy of Practice
- Understanding the Body-Mind Connection: Anatomy, Physiology & Neurobiology
- Theory of Teaching-Technique
- The Altruistic Teaching Methodology: The Science of Compassion and Connection
- Mindfulness: The Science of Attention and Attunement
- Pranayama: The Science of Respiration and Regulation
- Meditation: The Science of Concentration and Clarity
- Specialty Intensive Training (CPD) of your choice
What You Will Experience
Three face-to-face specialty intensive training electives
Throughout the course, there is an essential face-to-face face component that incorporates training tailored to your course. This includes 99 hours via three 33-hour weekends offered year round (details below – The BIYOME Difference).
PLUS Foundational Content Provided Online
Additionally throughout this course foundational training in Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine is provided online. This includes:
- Understanding the Buddhist Tradition of Disconnection: Suffering, Stress, and the Maladapted Mind
- The Buddhist Tradition of Suffering
- Stress: Tradition in the West
- Our Innate Meditative Ability to Change
- Our Innate Meditative Ability to Change: Tradition in the East
- Our Innate Ability to Change: Tradition in the West
- The Meditative Path to Wellness
- The Meditative Path to Wellness: Tradition in the East
- The Path to Wellness: Tradition in the West
- The Ethical Philosophy of Meditation Practice
- The Virtues of Teaching Meditation
- Understanding the Mind-Body Connection: Tradition in the West
- The Fundamental Nature of Reality
- The Constituents of Human Anatomy: Biology & Physiology, Neurophysiological Psychology, The Embodied Brain, The Vagal (Vagus) Nerve, The Heart-Brain Connection, Heart Rate Variability,Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis, Psychoneuroimmunology, & The Gut-Brain Axis, Sociology, Energetic Communication, Epigenetics, & The Polyvagal Theory
- Theory of Meditation Teaching-Technique: The Altruistic Teaching Methodology
- The Science of Compassion and Connection
- The Science of Attention and Attunement
- The Science of Respiration and Regulation
- The Science of Concentration and Clarity
Leanne Davis (Yoga Australia President, Vinyoga)
Sam German (Kundalini yoga)
Craig Smith (Viniyoga)
Jamie Denham (Iyengar Yoga)
Clare Sillence (Social Worker & Mental Health Specialist)
Swami Mukti (Satyananda yoga)
Marian Cavanagh (Registered Relax & Renew Instructor & Senior Yoga Teacher)
Edwina Kempe (Licenced TCTSY Specialist, Social Worker)
Dr. Sue Jackson (Flow & iRest Specialist)
>>Find out more about our faculty & staff
The BIYOME Difference
Selection of three (3) speciality intensive training electives for continued professional development from the following 33-hour intensive retreats offered for 2020 course intakes (some course topics yet to be confirmed and may be subject to change):
- CPD1 Meditation and Mind Body Medicine Teacher Training (January 2-5, 2020)
- CPD2 Yoga Nidra Teacher Training specialising in iRest with Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota** (April 10-13, 2020)
- CPD7 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training with Dr Shanti Kaur Khalsa** (May 29-June 1, 2020)
- CPD10 Compassion Focussed Yoga Therapy and Meditation Teacher Training with Dr James Kirby (December 4-7, 2020)
- CPD6 Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life (Year-round monthly Fridays 9:30-12:30; 11 classes for 33 hours course)
Detailed information on specialty intensive training electives (CPD’s) available here
**Courses featuring special overseas or interstate guests incur an additional $250 deposit to be paid upfront on CPD booking.
Your 330MTT Training Requirements
- 80% face-to-face attendance
- Completion of three (3) Specialty Intensive Training Modules (CPD) and associated multiple choice questions
- The submission of the multiple-choice questions at the end of each lesson within the online 330MTT content
- Evidence of having taught nine (9) classes
- Daily Practice sheet – 9 months
- Required Books
- Recommended Books
- Required Props
We highly recommend at least 12 months regular practice or a qualification within the field of health and wellbeing; however, we take all cases individually – please complete an application form and we will contact you directly to discuss.
- Siegel, D. J. (2010). The mindful therapist: A clinician’s guide to mindsight and neural integration. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
Please note that there are also required texts for each intensive elective undertaken
- Siegel, D. J. (2012). Pocket guide to interpersonal neurobiology: An integrative handbook of the mind. New York: W.W. Norton.
- Ricard, M. (2015). Altruism: The power of compassion to change yourself and the world. Tullamarine, Australia: Bolinda Publishing.
- Doidge, N. (2016). The brain’s way of healing: Stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries. London, United Kingdom: Penguin Books.
- Davidson, R. J., & Begley, S. (2013). The emotional life of your brain: How its unique patterns affect the way you think, feel, and live – and how you can change them. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam.
- Seligman, M. E. (2018). The hope circuit: A psychologist’s journey from helplessness to optimism. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.
- Hanson, R., & Hanson, F. (2018). Resilient: How to grow an unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness. New York, NY: Harmony Books.
- Hanson, R. (2013). Hardwiring Happiness: How to reshape your brain and your life. New York, NY: Harmony Books.
- Feuerstein, G. (2014). The psychology of yoga: Integrating Eastern and Western approaches for understanding the mind. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications.
- Feuerstein, G. (2008). The yoga tradition: Its history, literature, philosophy, and practice (3rd ed.). Chino Valley, AR: Hohm Press.
- Carrera, J. (2006). Inside the yoga sutras: A comprehensive sourcebook for the study and practice of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. Buckingham, VA: Integral Yoga Publications.
Props attain a 15% discount when purchased from Yoga King Products
- zafu (meditation cushion)
- 1 yoga mat
- 1 yoga strap
- 1 bolster
- 2 blocks
- 2 blankets
- 1 Iyengar yoga chair (specific design to be purchased from EMP Industrial)
- zafu (meditation cushion)
- zabuton (meditation cushion base)
Please note that there are also required props / variances in prop requirements for different specialty intensive electives
Your 330MTT Investment
Investment to becoming registered with Yoga Australia starting from $2,999*
(1) Deposit payment – $249
(12) Monthly Payments – $250
*Upfront payment discount applied
**Certificate of completion / registration is not offered without complete payment.