Meditation for Yoga Teachers

Philosophy, Practice, and Communication

Facilitator: Prof. R. S. Bhogal 

Medium of Communication: English 

Time: 16:30 to 19:15 (IST) (15 minutes pause)

Dates: 

Series 1 17th, 18th & 19th Sept 2021

Series 2 15th, 16th & 17th Oct 2021

Series 3 12th, 13th & 14th Nov 2021

Fees:

  • 9000 INR is a full payment for all 3 series
  • 4000 INR per each series

Medium: Online/E-learning

Application: Zoom

II dhyānaheyāḥ tadvṛttayaḥ II
“klesha (inborn afflictions) can be transcended from their active state through dhyana”

– Patanjala Yoga Sutra II.11

Yoga Meditation:

The eight limbs of traditional Yoga progress from the physical to inner dimensions of human consciousness. The Patañjala Yoga Sūtra proposes a holistic and transcendental awareness for this integration.

Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Pratyāhāra provide a strong foundation for the practice of Yoga. Grasp and knowledge of the first five aspects equip one for the journey within, through dhāraṇā, dhyana, and samādhi. As powerful Yogic meditation techniques, dhāraṇā, dhyana, and samādhi help in gradual and effortless concentration for achieving complete stillness of the body and mind.

Yoga Meditation:

The eight limbs of traditional Yoga progress from the physical to inner dimensions of human consciousness. The Patañjala Yoga Sūtra proposes a holistic and transcendental awareness for this integration.

Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Pratyāhāra provide a strong foundation for the practice of Yoga. Grasp and knowledge of the first five aspects equip one for the journey within, through dhāraṇā, dhyana, and samādhi. As powerful Yogic meditation techniques, dhāraṇā, dhyana, and samādhi help in gradual and effortless concentration for achieving complete stillness of the body and mind.

Ancient Wisdom & Consciousness: 

Several ancient Indian traditions have dealt with the methods and benefits of advanced meditation. The Bhagwat Gitā, Patañjala Yoga Sūtra, Gherānda Samhitā, Vijnāna Bhairava Tantra, Shrimad Bhāgvatam, Hatha Pradipikā, Shiva Samhitā, and Siddha Siddhānta Paddhati explain the concepts, problems, and solutions for practice of higher stages of consciousness.

As a spiritual quest, traditional Yoga works on one’s Citta (psyche) and Pranic dynamics. The stages of dhāraṇā, dhyāna, and samādhi lead the meditator into subtler stages of consciousness. This helps a Yoga practitioner to make the mind a fit instrument of the buddhi (intellect) and establish a harmony amongst the senses, mind, intellect to manifest all our potentialities here and now.

Ancient Wisdom & Consciousness: 

Several ancient Indian traditions have dealt with the methods and benefits of advanced meditation. The Bhagwat Gitā, Patañjala Yoga Sūtra, Gherānda Samhitā, Vijnāna Bhairava Tantra, Shrimad Bhāgvatam, Hatha Pradipikā, Shiva Samhitā, and Siddha Siddhānta Paddhati explain the concepts, problems, and solutions for practice of higher stages of consciousness.

As a spiritual quest, traditional Yoga works on one’s Citta (psyche) and Pranic dynamics. The stages of dhāraṇā, dhyāna, and samādhi lead the meditator into subtler stages of consciousness. This helps a Yoga practitioner to make the mind a fit instrument of the buddhi (intellect) and establish a harmony amongst the senses, mind, intellect to manifest all our potentialities here and now.

Session Plan:

The ‘Meditation for Yoga Teachers’ Workshop by Kaivalyadhama, one of the oldest and best Yoga Institutes of the world, follows a systematic and progressive approach to Yogic meditation. This advanced-level course for Yoga teachers focuses on intense self-awareness, in-depth theoretical perspectives, and comprehensive practice methods.

Under the guidance of a highly experienced and well-respected Yoga master, the curriculum covers insights from a variety of traditional texts and makes it relevant to popular techniques. The session plan ensures continuity from learning acquired in the previous classes.

Session

Dates

Theme

Session 1

 17th, 18th & 19th Sept

Introduction to philosophy, practice and communication of Meditation

Session 2

15th, 16th & 17th Oct

Delving Deeper into Theory & Practice of Meditation, as a Teacher

Session 3

12th, 13th & 14th Nov

Honing the skills of administering/communicating Meditation

Session

Dates

Theme

Session 1

 17th, 18th & 19th Sept

Introduction to philosophy, practice and communication of Meditation

Session 2

15th, 16th & 17th Oct

Delving Deeper into Theory & Practice of Meditation, as a Teacher

Session 3

12th, 13th & 14th Nov

Honing the skills of administering/communicating Meditation

Key Takeaways: 

  • Physiological and Psychological understanding of meditation: ancient texts & living traditions
  • Unified approach to Dhyāna based on ancient wisdom
  • Overview of select popular and good meditation techniques
  • Importance of Ashtanga Yoga for Dhyāna practice
  • Understanding Pratyahara, Dhāranā, Dhyāna & Samadhi
  • Observation & Experience: Meditative effects in Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras, breathing awareness, body awareness, mind-awareness, Self-awareness etc.
  • Interactive sessions: Problem solving in Meditation
  • Teaching in Meditation: Practice and demonstration for trainees with evaluation

(for details, please see Schedule)

About the Facilitator:

Prof. R. S. Bhogal is Joint Dir. Research at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, with more than thirty years of research and teaching experience. Formerly, Principal of Yoga College of Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla), he is Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Mimamsa (a biannual scientific Journal) of Kaivalyadhama, and is author of seven books, including
i) Psycho-physiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean)
ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German)
iii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (published in English, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese & Korean languages)
iv) Yoga-Psychology & Beyond (English)
Prof. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of many National & International awards and accolades. Widely travelled for spreading the message of classical meditation in many cities across Asia, America and Europe, he is meditation expert of International repute.

Prof. R. S. Bhogal
Facilitator

Series 1: Introduction to philosophy, Practice and Communication of Meditation

Date

Topics

17th Sept 2021

i. administering psychological tests (Google forms): i. Self-Perception Rating Scale ii. Current Health Status Questionnaire

ii. A brief introduction of Yoga and Meditation (Dhyana): Traditional and psycho-Physiological Understanding based on Ancient texts, living tradition, Yoga relaxation & meditation (theory & practice)

iii. Understanding the unified approach to Dhyana in Bhagwat Gita, Patanjala Yoga Sutra (P.Y.S.)Gheranda SamhitaVijnana Bhairava TantraShrimat Bhagwat, Hatha Pradipika, Shiva Samhita and Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati

iv. Philosophy, concept, basic tenets, eye closure techniques, breathing awareness techniques & practice of Subtler Yoga techniques, that prepares one for Dhyana, such as Kriya Yoga & Sagarbha Pranayama

 

18th Sept  2021

i. Qualities desirable in a Meditation Teacher: How to communicate Yoga Meditation (Dhyana) ; precautions and the points to be taken cognizance of while engaging students in meditative practices.

ii. In-depth understanding of Dhyana in Bhagwat Gita (B.G.) and Patanjala Yoga Sutra (P.Y.S.)

iii. Actual practice of Dhyana-oriented practices, having bases in B. G. and P.Y.S

iv. Actual practice sessions in Dhyana corresponding to meditational practices, inferable from PYS and Shiva Samhita, through simple yet effective techniques

v. Importance of practices of Ashtanga Yoga for one’s Dhyana practice: Theory & Practice

vi. In-depth Understanding of  Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi: Theory & Practice

vii. Interactive session

19th Sept   2021

i. subtler points relating continuity and specificity in the concepts of Samapatti, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi: Theory & practice

ii. Conceptual understanding of Dhyana in Shiva Samhita: Theory & practice with discussion

iii. Interactive Feedback Session in Meditation experience both as a practitioner, as well as, as a teacher in meditational practices

iv. Preparing oneself, as a Meditation Teacher for individual practice session & for practices/techniques to a group of individuals–traditional & psychological approaches in view of eminent masters of Meditation, with respect to Guru-Shishya Parampara

v. Understanding different types of Pratyahara, Dharanas, Dhyana in the context of traditional texts along with the related practice

vi. Interactive session

Series 2: Delving Deeper into Theory & Practice of Meditation, as a Teacher

Date

Topics

15th Oct 2021

i. thorough practice of Shiva Samhita Meditation: How to guide the students into subtler states of consciousness, safely, during an actual guided meditation session

ii. How to solve difficulties of meditators who may encounter any type of problems, during their own meditation practice and also while communicating meditation

iii. Understanding of selected popular meditation practices and the underlying common ground in these meditational practices; salient characteristics of a good meditation technique–Pratyahara of Vasishtha Samhita, Chakra Dharana along with Bija Mantras,

iv. Interactive feedback session in understanding the essential features to-be taken-into consideration, while communicating instructions & experience of a meditational technique to students

v. Interactive session

16th Oct 2021

i. Observing/experiencing the meditative effects in Kriyas, AsanasKapalabhati, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras, breathing awareness, body awareness, mind-awareness, Self-awareness etc.

ii. What is a meditative experience? It is nothing but a total freedom, experienced with the experience of a total awareness, culminating into a pranic ascendance towards an existential completeness, here and now. Omkar in the context of three states, three forms and three levels of awareness from the view point of meditation

iii. Meditation theory revisited in the context of  Pratyahara, Pratyaya and Transcendence. How different yogangas, including Cleansing Processes, Asanas, Pranayama Bandhas and Mudras can be meditative for their best results? Practices of Vasishyha Samhita, Lakshya traya, Shodas Adharas, Panchavidh Akasha Dharama

iv. Personal write up, regarding your own progress into Meditation (both as a practitioner and as a teacher) to be submitted for evaluation.

v. Interactive session

17th Oct  2021

 i. How to get rid of this anxiety disorder for a better meditation practice through Breathing Awareness, Mind Awareness and Self Awareness during the practice itself.–Using Pratipaksha bhavanam:in the context of these experiential phenomena. –Practice of a Pratyahara and one Dharana method using the same.

ii. The concept of Transcendence and Absolute Joy will be revisited in view of achieving success in subtler areas of meditation. Concept of Bahyakasha, Antarakasha and Cidakasha will be explained with its correlation with Prayoga, Samprayoga and Samprasada phenomena of yoga in the context of Transcendence– Pancha Tattva Dharana followed by Meditation

 iii. How to make your own meditation, Kriya Yoga, more & more creative and stimulating to avoid these practices from becoming repetitive and mechanical. Practical class will be guided creatively towards reaching Transcendence and Absolute Joy.

iv. Dharanas from Agni Purana, Charandas, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Chakra Arousal techniques– How to transcend instructions and techniques? —Through repetition of certain instruction and through actually acting on the meaning of the instruction. How to transcend the technique?–through making it personalized

 v. Interactive session.

Series 3: Honing the skill of administering/communicating Meditation

Date

Topics

12th Nov 2021

i. Practice Teaching in Meditation demonstration for the trainees and their evaluation through a questionnaire to know the level of effectiveness achieved by the trainees. Pratyahara- PYS concept and importance: Positive Pratyahara-concept & practice, as against Negative Ptatyahara (i.e. Suppression and/or Repression).  Phylo-analysis: Just watch to make the things vanished. Sthanat Sthanat Samakrishya concept: Feel without reaction and comprehensively. Kriya Yoga / Sagarbha Pranayama, Pancha Kosha Dharana, Aindriya Dharana,: To be followed by Meditation. Some quick meditation techniques and discussion on these

ii. Practice of some more Dharana techniques that lead us, effectively, to the state of Meditation. How can we become a better meditation teacher? –Giving attitude, practice and Pratyahara along with regular meditation. Pancha Mahabhuta Dharana, Subtler Breathing Awareness techniques followed by Pancha Mahabhuta Dharana and Buddhist meditation in supine posture. Theory behind Triguna Dharana,Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Dharana and Meditation.

iii. Practice of Pranadharana & Nadanusandhana as expediting agents towards Meditation: How can we become a better meditation teacher? How to turn ourselves on when our mood states are not amenable to meditation?

iv. A balanced life (A good combination of Worldly Enjoyment and Spiritual Experiencing spell a Yogic Life Style– Tatah Paramavashyatendriyanam: Through Pratyahara, we gain a total mastery over sense faculties. We also get a mastery over Prana so as to direct it to any part of the body for managing any problems with that part, at any time, any place, at will. So also, ability in self healing and healing others may be achieved. Pancha Maha-Bhoota Dharana & Shabdadi Dharana and Pranava Dharana followed by Supine meditation.

v. Interactive session

13th Nov 2021

i. Basic principles remaining unchanged you may have some leeway in making modifications in the practice mode of practice of the Kriya Yoga techniques.—How to ingrain bhava aspect into the techniques keeping your benefits aloft while doing so. The benefits would lead the students towards a regular practice. Eye Closure Technique, Subtler Breathing Awareness,  Aindriya Dharana, Pancha bhoota pralaya Dhyana 

ii. How instructions of meditation are also Prakriti. Not to be enslave by instructions–you may choose the mode of instruction on the spot, as it should be appropriated as per the moment of initiating meditation, as instructor is more important than simply instructions.

iii. Revisit of Samkhya Darshana to explain how Samkhya doctrine is helpful in Meditation Practice in the context of Avidya concept relating drashta  & Drishya metaphysics, as reflected in P.Y.S. II:23. Discussion on different types of Dhyana: Nirguna Dhyana, Saguna Dhyana, Trigunatita Dhyana etc along with practical sessions.

iv. Questions will be invited about becoming a good meditator, as well as, a good meditation teacher following Group Discussion amongst different groups formed out of the students.

v. Interactive session

14th Nov 2021

i.  Watching your own progress in solving your own existential problems each day, each hour, each minute and each moment with a complete mindfulness; administering of psychological tests to see the changes, if any, in your own psychograph

ii. A questionnaire based on Osgood’s Semantic Differential will be administered to students to assess their progress in Meditation. Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi will be explained in Patanjali’s perspectives by citing analogy with day today examples.

iii. How to prepare oneself as an effective Meditation communicator both psycho-physiologically and technically?

iv. Enhancing one’s capability through basic tenets of Counseling-CCT, RET & Cognitive Behavioral

v. Interactive session

Note:

Who can Attend?

  • Participants who has already taken two or more online workshops or has taken one onsite workshop with Professor R. S. Bhogal.

Instructions for Attending the Workshop:

  • Please be seated in a well-ventilated place during the workshop, especially for comfort during the practice sessions.
  • Keep yourself hydrated throughout.

Instructions for Meals Before/After the Practice:

  • In case you have consumed a heavy meal, kindly practice after a gap of at least 2 hours.
  • After snacking moderate foods (solids/liquids), practice after a gap of at least 30 mint.
  • A meal can be taken after 10 minutes of practice.

Recordings:

  • Recordings for each Series will be available for 1 month.
  • Please be mindful that recording/s are being shared in good faith to support you in your practices or study.
  • Kindly honor its intellectual property rights by not downloading it on your device or forwarding it to any other person, lest it may create some confusion in his/her mind for want of practical tips you get during the work-shop.

Certificate of Participation:

  • A certification of participation will be provided at the end of all 3 series.
  • Please register for the workshop with the exact name you would like to receive on your certificate.
  • Kindly note that requests for change of name will not be entertained after the certificate has been issued.

Registration

Requirement

Zoom app downloaded on your tab, smartphone or PC / Laptop with internet connection.

Fees

In INR

9,000 INR is a full payment for all 3 series

4,000 INR per each series

In USD

$120 is a full payment for all 3 series

$55 per each series

Date and Timings

Series 1 17th, 18th & 19th Sept

Series 2 15th, 16th & 17th Oct

Series 3 12th, 13th & 14th Nov

Time: 16:30 to 19:15 (IST)

Payment Option in INR

Full Series 

9,000 INR

Series 1  

4,000 INR

Series 2  

4,000 INR

Series 3  

4,000 INR

Payment Option in USD

Full Series 

$120

Series 1 

$55

Series 2  

$55

Series 3 

$55

No refund policy

Please pay and book your spot through the link above. We will send you email instructions with credentials post registration.

Query for this workshop? Please email us – onlineworkshops@kdham.com

Participants Experience:

Love the workshops of meditation from Bhogalji so much! His teaching is easy to understand and practice. And the most wonderful thing is that I get benefits from following his teaching to practice regularly. My mind is less be disturbed. I become more open or acceptable and more trustable to the world and people. Now I feel less fears or anxieties and more happiness.

Yiwen Yang, China (May 2021)

Excellent training during that pandemic where so many people are afraid or terrified. As yoga teachers we have to manage with many stresses, and we must work and practice regularly. So such trainings are pure happiness for me, I feel myself more stable and stronger with groups, more confident, because my teachers are always there near me and take care of me and my right practice! Please continue! I need YOU in France where spirituality seems disappeared. You are my Family. Namaste, Roselyne.

LHEUREUX Roselyne, FRANCE (May2021)

High quality workshop. Bhogal Ji is one of the people with a lot of experience and ease in transmitting knowledge.

Clara Oliveira, Portugal (May 2021)

This is my third workshop with Sir. My stress and anxieties have reduced to quite an extent. I am much much calmer than before. I am eternally grateful to Sir for making this huge difference in my life by improving my mental health.

Rachana Khandelwal, USA (March 2021)

Kriya Yoga and Sagarbha Prayanam helped me a lot to improve on my psychophysiological health. I can see the noticeable difference in me. There is always more to learn from Prof Bhogalji, hence i would like to attend each and every workshop or the classes conducted by Prof Bhogalji. ( Prefer online, as i am in USA) I follow Sir's teaching since Nov 2014....

Bharati K. Thakkar, USA (March 2021)

Explanations were very clear and demonstrate a deep experiential knowledge of the tecniches

Patricia Menezes Santos, Brazil (March 2021)

The workshop was full of practice, which I appreciate a lot. Indeed, it is learning through experience. Also the voice of the teacher was very calming and soothing, helping to enter the meditative state. It was not my first encounter with meditation (I've been first exposed to the Christian meditation when I was a child and about 11 years ago to yogic meditation), however most of the time I feel like I'm not going anywhere. I have a lot of doubts and questions. The workshop led by the professor R S Bhogal made me to understand that whatever I feel, experience is correct, the doubts are not a problem and I should observe them, I should not imagine anything, visualize anything, but stay focus and experience, I should listen to the silence and do nothing, just let some time pass by 🙂 I also appreciate showing us the eye closure techniques, which I've never heard of.

Aleksandra Zakrzewska, Poland (Sept 2020)

Deepest Thanks to Bhogal Ji for the workshop. It was a very fulfilling experience. He made meditation simpler and more understandable.

Rahul, Netherlands/India (Feb 2021)

I've enjoyed this workshop so much. Very interesting, deep and delicate approach. Super!

Francesca Proia, Italy (Feb 2021)

Meditation was made easy and accessible with clear steps and a pace that allowed practice at one's own pace. Sri Bhogal has a gentle and yet firm presence. He embodies what he teaches.

WASUNDHARA JOSHI, India (Feb 2021)

Excellent In the short workshop Prof Bhogal has covered so many useful techniques for all in a magistral manner. For me it was refreshing and new impulse encouraging me to practice meditation. I hope in the future other dhyana workshop Thanks

Julia Walker, India (Feb 2021)

The workshop was very well produced. The content was appropriate to the theme and Prof. Bhogal is a person worth listening to. The sound and image were in good quality and the time the course took place, at least for Brazil, was quite adequate.

Rodrigo Silva e Silva, Brazil (Feb 2021)

Prof. Bhogal Sir is very knowledgeable and very good Guru ( teacher) in his subject. Sir has mastery. Sir has magic in his teaching and it is so helpful. I am able to solve my psycho-physiological challenges as well. Always looking forward to attend more workshop by Prof Bhogal Sir. Note: Kriya Yoga, Shiv Sanhita is the best

Bharati, USA (Feb 2021)