MEDITATIONS FROM THE TANTRAS: TEACHER TRAINING || LEVEL 1
Our Meditations from the Tantras: A Pranayama and Meditation Teacher Training Course is one of the Core modules for our 500/300 Hour Teacher Training Programs. This course can be taken as a standalone training to supplement your previous education or as hours towards earning your 500/300 Hour certification through AOTS.
This training is also open to anyone wishing to seriously deepen their meditation practice with the intention of supporting and leading others in the transformational Tantric techniques we will present.
In our Level 1 course, you will receive 60 hours of in-class support, over 4 weekends, with required at-home study excercises. In addition, you will receive support and mentoring over the course of the remaining year. This includes group meditation meet-ups, one-on-one skype calls and free access to our Tantric Pujas (ceremonies). Developing a strong awareness to lead others in these techniques takes time. Becoming a meditation teacher cannot be taught with a script. Some time, practice and play will be required by you in the stillness of your own space to integrate these techniques.
In our time together, you will be guided through various Tantric techniques of concentration and meditation including: classic techniques from the transformational Tantric text Vijnana Bhairava, Yoga Nidra, and Vipassana or Antar Mouna. Level 2 of our program is optional and will expand on these techniques, including more from the Vijnana Bhairava.
Weekends 1 - Vipassana/Antar Mouna
Weekend 2 - Yoga Nidra
Weekend 3 & 4 - Meditations from the Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Vijnana Bhairava Meditation #90
Yatra yatra mano yati bahye vabhyantare pi va /
Tatra tatra sivavastha vyapakatvat kva yasyati // 116
Wherever the open uncontrolled mind is directed, whether towards the exterior objective experience or towards the interior objective experience, everywhere there is the state of Siva. Siva is omnipresent Consciouseness. Pure awareness. See all as the expansion of God Consciousness, as the expansion of your own Consciousness.
TYPES OF MEDITATION
Meditation is both a [R]ealized state of being and a process. As a process, it is the practice of sitting with the spine erect in a comfortable and steady posture while directing the attention towards an object of focus. In the meditative state, we are brought closer and closer to the realization of ourselves as Awareness Itself. We begin to experience ourselves as Consciousness - as the same Consciousness or the same Intelligence that is the ground of Existence Itself. It is in this state of "I Am"ness that we experience our mind as no different than the Universal Mind and our heart as no different than the Universal Heart. Free of limitations. Free from the identification of the body, the thoughts, the ideas and the social concepts that we have mistakenly identified ourselves to be. Free of the dualism, fragmentation and separation we are almost always unconsciously saturated in.
The following are the main types of meditation techniques:
Concentration is an important doorway into the omnipotent "I Am" that is the state of Yoga spoken about for centuries. As the concentration becomes steady, the mind follows much more easily and Awareness shines clearly. We place the attention on the breath or the body or a space inside the body or a mantra or a picture or a flame or an idea for an extended period of time. There are many ways to do this. We will make use of techniques like Japa (mantra) and during the course of a 2 weekend immersion in the tantric text Vijnana Bhairava, we will explore many of the 112 techniques the text offers.
These mindfulness practices ask us to take in the totality of what we are experiencing. What we are feeling in our emotional body. What we are feeling in our physical body and what we are thinking. What is happening inside of us and around us in our immediate environment. We will explore, practice and teach Yoga Nidra and variations of the Buddhist meditation technique Vipassana known in Tantra as Antar Mouna (Inner Silence)
These techniques can be varied with the practitioner's attention focused on any type of feeling or idea or deity that may invoke feelings of Love, Compassion and/or heightened states of the experience of "I Am". We will practice and dissect classic techniques that address these concepts and more, such as the "Who am I" meditation and the Buddhist practices of Tonglen and Loving Kindness.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:
- the philosophy and meditation techniques of the non-dual Kashmiri Shaiva text Vijnana Bhairava. You will learn how to teach and more importantly how to decide which method is most suitable for the individual practitioner
- masterful guidance and cueing for your students
- the philosophy and teaching technique of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
- philosophy and technique of Vipassana or Antar Mouna
- meditation using Tantric Yantras and Mantras.
- to teach (through experience) how to guide the students' attention towards the experience of Self. In order to take them there, you must also go there yourself!!
- physical structural alignment and the effects on the mechanics of proper breathing and the vital energy body
- how to create the most appropriate 'meditation seat' for each student's unique physical needs
- systematic approach to developing Nadi Shodhana Pranayama with Maha Bandha for health and vitality and support of super-charged meditation
- practice and discussion of other key Pranayama techniques
FACILITATED BY AARON PATRICK
Aaron has been practicing [Yoga] meditation and studying philosophy for 14+ years. He discovered Tantra during his first trip to India in 2010. In 2014 he ventured back to northern India to support his interest for the teachings of the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He attended the Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga to further his learning (some of) the 112 meditations or techniques of the revered text Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. Aaron has been teaching non-dual Tantra and Hatha yoga privately, publicly and in support of developing Tantric Lifestyle practitioners and teachers for nearly a decade.