Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation
Yoga Alliance-Approved Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training
Dates: October 27 - 29, 2017
CEC: 20-Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Mendota Heights
Enter the World of No Separation & Vast Exploration
As yoga has evolved in the Western world, students and their teachers often separate the practice of meditation from that of asana: Now I am meditating. Now I am practicing poses. Frequently the experience becomes even more fragmented: Now I am engaged in pranayama. Now I am meditating. Now I am doing poses. These separations inhibit students from mindfully feeling the full power and joy of absorption into each present moment. They interrupt entry into the vast awareness of an integrated practice which unifies body, mind, and spirit. They prevent the rising up, and the subsequent falling away, of physical sensations, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that make it possible for students to fully know themselves and to receive the full benefit of physical and emotional health and well-being.
“This training sings to my soul!”
- Lindee P
Mindfulness Is the Missing Ingredient
Yoga, as Anne Cushman, a pioneer in the melding of mindfulness meditation with the eight limb path of yoga, describes it, "is this state of intimate, untangled presence - and it's also the tools of body, breath, heart, and mind that we use to cultivate it." She goes on to write, "You can enrich your asana practice by seasoning it with mindfulness; you can enrich your meditation practice by grounding it in your body. Together, these practices can generate a quality of connected, intimate presence."
As you sprinkle and mix mindfulness generously into your asana practice, you enrich it. When you anchor your meditation practice in your body, it becomes richer. By integrating these practices, you can set yourself free from ingrained thinking and repetitive patterns not only of thoughts but also of actions that limit the flow of our lives. You can bring to the large world of yoga a fresh approach that attracts more students with this accessible and deeply personal experience.
Shift the Focus of Your Teaching
Most yoga students are not able to spend weeks in explorative mediation and yoga retreats. Now you can bring this experience of a deeper inner journey to them in their local yoga and meditation centers and in their homes. How do teachers lead their students to integrate meditation into movement? What is the pathway from asana to the cushion and the cushion to asana? How do students meld the two? What is the role of pranyama, stillness, and movement in the skillful weaving together of all three? Participants will learn to mindfully teach students the intimate and integrated relationship between meditation and asana by:
- Focusing on the how of the practice rather than the what of the practice
- Feeling the practice of meditation and asana as embodied experiences
- Becoming comfortable with leaving spaces for silence and authentic movement in the practice as they teach
Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training Faculty
“This has been the piece I’ve been missing from my teaching. Wonderful words, magical imagery, and themes.”
- Judy J
Required Books & Materials
Students are required to read the following books prior to the training:
- Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners by Anne Cushman
- Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind by Frank Jude Boccio
- Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.
All training sessions will be at our Mendota Heights center. Hours are as follows:
- Friday: 6 - 9 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.
Additional Course Requirements
These requirements can be completed at either Green Lotus Center.
- Two Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation classes with Marcia prior to training. For times and locations, please check our live schedule for this class.
- Students are required to teach one of Marcia's Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation classes within six months after the weekend training and will receive oral and written feedback about the class.
“Marcia has a great passion and understanding of the material.”
- Melissa O
Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount; registered 300-hour students receive a 15% discount.
Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks' advance notice when you cancel. Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund.