Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

Online: Jan 25 – Apr 8, 2023

Give the Gift of Meditation

Join Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha—and trainees from around the world—in this uplifting, professional, highly experiential training. It’s a dynamic and diverse learning community, where you’ll discover new dimensions of your own practice as you help others build theirs.

Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and we’re eager to share its power with you, so you can share it with others. It’s classical meditation at its finest, in the tradition of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

10-Week Certification Course

Tuition: $1075 (early bird) $1195 (regular)

$1075 (early bird) $1195 (regular)

Free Zoom Info Session

Saturday, January 7, 2023  10:00 AM PT

Join us for an introductory session to meet the teaching staff and learn more about this training.

“The right method of meditation is the only way to all-round freedom and lasting success.”

“The right method of meditation is the only way to all-round freedom and lasting success.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda

— Paramhansa Yogananda

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You Will Learn How To:

What You'll Receive

Learn, apply and teach a broad spectrum of techniques and insights:

“The relaxation required in meditation is a relaxation upward, toward superconsciousness,
not downward, toward subconsciousness.”

“The relaxation required in meditation is a relaxation upward, toward superconsciousness,
not downward,
toward subconsciousness.”

— Swami Kriyananda

— Swami Kriyananda

Swami Seated Pronam

Learn from the Experts

At Ananda, we have been offering top-quality certification trainings for decades. In this course, Gyandev and Diksha combine that expertise with best practices in online teaching. You will enjoy a user-friendly online environment that offers plentiful interaction within a highly engaged learning community, including:

Course Curriculum

For more information, view the course syllabus.

Paramhansa Yogananda

“Meditate more and more deeply, until calmness and joy become second nature to you.”

“Meditate more and more deeply, until calmness and joy become second nature to you.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda

— Paramhansa Yogananda

Meet Your Instructors

Nayaswami Gyandev, PhD, E-RYT 500

A dedicated meditator since 1974, Gyandev is known for his clarity of presentation, deep insights, high energy, kindness, and humor. He has been teaching meditation for more than 35 years to people from all walks of life.

Gyandev is a Certified Online Instructor, and director and a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California. He is also co-director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs. From his base at The Expanding Light Retreat, he also teaches across the U.S., and in India and Europe.

Gyandev is director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, a Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga), co-founder of Yoga Alliance, and an E-RYT 500. He is the author of three books (including Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness) and numerous audio and video products.

Nayaswami Diksha, E-RYT 500

Diksha is a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California, and she co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 30 years, and training meditation teachers for more than 18 years. A powerful and dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared yogic teachings across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe.

A native Israeli who moved to the U.S. in 1990, Diksha brings a broad background to her teaching—from physical wellness to Ayurveda to profound spiritual understanding. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will to make positive changes in their lives.

“Meditation is the way to expand your consciousness from the body to the Infinite.”

“Meditation is the way to expand your consciousness from the body to the Infinite.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda

— Paramhansa Yogananda

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FAQs

To consider teaching, you need already to have established a regular meditation practice. And for a professional-level online training like this, you need to be organized and a self-starter, because you’ll need to have time for 7–8 hours of coursework every week (part of that is 2–3 hours of guided practice). You’re expected to participate online multiple times per week, at times convenient for you. Finally, you need to be comfortable with computers or mobile devices, because although it’s not difficult, it is part of the course.

Everyone moves through the course together, week by week, and you’ll have assignments due each week. That’s the only way to have extensive, quality interactions with classmates and build a dynamic learning community.

All coursework can be done at times that are convenient for you. It’s ideal to attend the ten “live” webinars (on weekend mornings, Pacific time), but they are recorded for those who cannot attend.

You are free to do your coursework at whatever times of day suit your schedule. We expect you to log in and do some work (often just 15 minutes) on multiple days each week. Also, during several weeks of the course, you will need enough flexibility to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with classmates for practice teaching via internet video (using Zoom); this is usually quite doable.

Yes, you’ll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of your assignments require it: discussion forums, Q&A forums, “live” one-to-one practice teaching fellow trainees via Zoom, and a final team project. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning, and this course is structured entirely around best practices. You’ll love being part of the supportive learning community that forms.

Yes, and we recommend it! We open the course web page about 2 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of the course, and we send a notice to enrolled students at that time.

Yes. This course takes place within the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, so participants should be interested in teaching his approach to meditation. Those who come from a different tradition—or no tradition at all—should register early so as to get familiar with Yogananda’s techniques before the course begins. In any case, we do not ask that you discontinue your current meditation practices if they are different; we simply ask that you do the practices that are required for this program.

Many “tech-challenged” people have done very well in this course. The course web page is easy to use and intuitive, and it offers many “how to” instructions to help you. We also offer personal tech help for those who need it; the first hour is free. If you think you will need help making videos and uploading them to the web, we recommend that you get help early in the course, whether through Ananda or a friend.

Not if you use a computer. You’re required to video-record your Zoom-based teaching assignments, which you can do with a computer and a free Zoom Basic account. With a mobile device, you can record only to the Zoom cloud, which requires a paid Zoom account ($15/month) for two months of the course.

Yes, you can pay for the course in installments. Continuation in the course depends upon receipt of timely payments. Certification is available only after receipt of payment in full. Please contact us for details.

 

Yes, it offers credit toward Level 2 Ananda Meditation® Teacher certification and Level 2 Ananda Yoga® Teacher certification.

Yoga Alliance RYTs and California nurses can earn 40 hours of continuing education units, provided they earn certification. CEUs for other nurses depends on your state board’s policies.

Absolutely. Our faculty are always available, plus you’ll have lifetime access to all course materials. You’ll also become part of the online Network of Ananda Meditation Teachers, which offers resources, inspiration, and community.

More Questions? Please email us.

“The secret of meditation is radiating blessings outward from your heart to all the world.”

“The secret of meditation is radiating blessings outward from your heart to all the world.”

— Swami Kriyananda

— Swami Kriyananda

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Course Testimonials

Connie Hernandez
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You can hardly help but transform your individual meditation practice when you take part in this profoundly enriching Meditation Teacher Training with Gyandev and Diksha. They are Master Teachers. Through creative interchange, readings, research, affirmations, visualizations, meditations , quizzes, journaling activities and even a cross word puzzle, you will learn the science and art of meditation. In being taught to teach others, you will be given precise instruction. You will experience the art of meditation in the deeply inspiring guided sadhana practices. You will find yourself wanting to dive ever more deeply into these teachings.
Manozi
Manozi
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An excellent, informative course, with wise, caring instructors. I am happy that I made the effort to complete the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training – I feel it will be an invaluable asset in my further life and work.
Gayatri Regester
Gayatri Regester
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Gyandev and Diksha are very knowledgeable and experienced practitioners and teachers of meditation. They have created a well organized online course, with great anticipation of the student’s needs. I feel more confident now to share meditation with others, while also deepening and refining my own understanding of these teachings. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to become a meditation teacher or to go deeper in their own personal practice. I have a lot of gratitude to Gyandev, Diksha and all the others behind the scenes that have made this course available. Thank you :)
Minh Tran
Minh Tran
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This Meditation Teacher Training is beyond my expectation. The course structure was great, and very effective. It takes me from a beginner to a confidence meditation teacher in such a short period of time. I really like the discussion forum, where I learned from others perspectives and how they approach challenges. EOTO sessions helped me practiced with others and be confidence in my approach and also sharpen my teaching skill. Thank you, Gyandev, Diksha and all others staffs behind the scene for making this program available.
Simon Bedwell
Simon Bedwell
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The online meditation teacher training course brings online training to a new level. It’s the perfect balance between readings, viewings and interactions. The course amazingly dissolves time zones, allowing great personal and group interactions. With a wealth of knowledge and experience Gyandev and Diksha guide you through the course bringing boundless energy and joy into the class. This course sets you up perfectly for Yoga meditation teaching, but even more importantly the course embraces and embodies the true essence of Yoga. I am truly grateful for Nayaswami Diksha and Gyandev and the Ananda community.
Karen Saunders
Karen Saunders
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This course was engaging and inspiring. It helped to deepen my understanding of meditation and has added depth to my daily practice. I found the teachers to be wise and supportive, and it was cool to connect and learn online with people from all around the world. Before I started this course, I felt unsure of my ability to teach others. By the end of the course I felt confident in my ability to help others discover the benefits of meditation.
Lynn Rappich
Lynn Rappich
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Thank you for sharing with us your heartfelt energy and the teaching of Hong Sau. The course was great and 100 % perfect. I am grateful for this journey and all the experience I gained for my own practice and my teaching. Also, I met wonderful people from all over the world and in terms of online courses, I doubt there is a better one out there. The material will be useful to have for the rest of my life and I sure will keep up practicing with the recordings.
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Upgrade Your Life—and Help Others Upgrade Theirs

Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

10-Week Online Certification Course

Apply now to recharge your own practice, help your students fall in love with meditation, and change lives.

Dates: January 25 – April 8, 2023

Tuition: $1075 (early bird) $1195 (regular)

For early-bird Tuition: Apply by Jan 9, pay by Jan 11. Payment plan available