Syllabus of 'Teach Meditation'

Total Number of Hours of Course: 120

Main Teacher:  Swami Saradananda

Description of the course: This is a 3-month course for yoga teachers who would like to teach meditation and/or integrate meditation into their existing classes.

You will learn:

  • to structure meditation courses and workshops
  • to lead group meditations
  • to perfect lecture techniques
  • when and how to lead discussions
  • how to help students to make meditation a part of daily life
  • breathing exercises, including how to use the breath to overcome distractions
  • mantra meditation
  • tratak, visualisations, subtle energies
  • mudras and yantras
  • to understand the nature and function of the mind
  • how the mind and body interface in meditation
  • asana and pranayama practices specific to meditation
  • effects of lifestyle and diet on meditation
  • how to encourage students in their meditation practice
  • Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
  • how to organise courses; teaching methods

Requirements for participation:

  • Completion of yoga teachers’ training
  • 2 years of regular meditation practice
  • Committment to 30 minutes minimum daily meditation practice during the course
  • Basic computer literacy and an email address

Cost: £495, includes an extensive manual and teaching aids; you will not be requested to purchase any other books.

To book: a £150 deposit will hold your place on the course. Classes are small, so please book early. This deposit is non-refundable. The balance of payment is due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

See full Terms and Conditions below

Contact Hours with Swami Saradananda
Contact hours with others
Non-Contact Hours
Total Hours
Module 1: Dhyana: Introduction to the practice and teaching of meditation in the yoga tradition 7 1 28 36
1.1 Establishing your own practice
1.2   What is meditation; why meditate
1.3 The nature of the mind and thoughts
1.4 What to expect when you begin to meditat
Module 2: Deepening your concentration and using the power of sound 7 2 28 37
2.1 Introduction to mantra theory, saucha, ahimsa
2.2 Mantra practice, chanting, satya, santosha
2.3 Prayer, contemplation, tapas,  asteya
2.4 Use of affirmations, aparagraha, swadhyaya
Module 3:  Deepening your practice and use of visual techniques for meditation 7


2 28 37
3.1 Introduction to visualisations, brahmacharya, ishwarapranidhana
3.2 Pratyahara, prana
3.3 Samyama, mudras, chakras
3.4 Yantra, stress reduction
Module 4: Summing it all up; how to continue 7 1 10 18
4.1 Loving kindness; formatting your lessons

Terms and conditions

To book: a non-refundable £150 deposit will hold your place on the course. Classes are small, so please book early. The deposit is non-refundable and non transferable. The balance of payment is due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

Refunds and transfers: once payment has been made, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer to another session of the course; there is a £100 transfer fee. You must complete the course within 3 years.

Attendance: students are expected to attend all course days and only be absent for good reason. If you are unable to attend because of illness or other emergency, you must inform the tutor before the start of the class.

Students are required to register 75% attendance – the first class cannot be missed. If a course day is missed, it is student's responsibility to make up the content. This may be done in a variety of ways and your tutor will advise you on what is most appropriate in the circumstances.

Students who do not reach the required attendance will not receive their certificate until they have made up the time/practice and assignments and this may incur additional costs. If you miss more than one class, you will be expected to transfer to a subsequent session of the course, with payment of £100 transfer fee.

Homework: all courses are non-graded, however written assignments will be either 'pass’ or ‘refer'. If a piece of work is referred, it will be resubmitted when the necessary amendments have been made. Tutors will support and advise you through this process and detailed feedback will be given.

Students must complete each assignment satisfactorily before going on to the next assignment.

As well as completing written assignments, students are expected to arrange their own teaching practice groups. This serves to enhance the student's knowledge and develop the skills needed to be a good teacher.

Students will received practice teaching assignments and must report on each session taught in writing by answering self-assessment questions.

Students will evaluate their own practice and progress through their own reflective self-assessment and are required to keep a reflective diary showing learning progress.

Complaints must be submitted clearly in writing and will be forwarded to a panel of Yoga Alliance Professional Senior Teachers.

Code of conduct: students and teachers are expected to act with mutual respect and kindness. Students are expected to remove their shoes before entering the classroom – and to wear loose comfortable clothing (no jeans).

Students are requested to turn off their phones (not simply put them into silent mode). No eating in class.

Accreditation: this course meets the stringent requirements of accreditation set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance Professionals having the specialty of ‘Meditation