Meditation Teacher Training

Ananda Village’s guest retreat, The Expanding Light, has been offering meditation teacher training programs for decades. The curriculum prepares you to teach meditation skills to anyone.

Meditation is becoming well known in today’s world as an invaluable tool for enhancing one’s quality of life. Meditation teachers are needed and wanted in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs — the list goes on and on.

The curriculum includes these topics:

  • What meditation is and what it is not
  • How to get comfortable for a silent, sitting meditation
  • Using the breath to calm the body and mind
  • Concentration techniques to overcome mental restlessness
  • How to use affirmations, visualization, walking meditations, and nature meditations
  • How to open the heart and develop your feeling nature
  • Music as an aid to meditation
  • Effective presentation skills and how to overcome stage fright
  • Becoming a truly dynamic teacher
  • How to organize and market your classes

In addition to classes offered by some of Ananda’s most experienced meditation teachers, you will participate in daily meditations and Ananda Yoga practices, and receive a comprehensive teaching manual.

Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and credits toward Level 2 yoga teacher certification (for Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduates).

Course Presenters

Diksha McCord, the Director of Meditation Teacher Training, is one of The Expanding Light’s most popular teachers.  Diksha is a Level 2 Hatha Yoga teacher, Raja Yoga teacher and minister and counselor.  She is assisted by Anandi  Cornell, a wonderful teacher who brings over 30 years of experience teaching meditation.

Dates and Pricing

Please visit the Meditation Teacher Training page at The Expanding Light for current dates and pricing.


Contact The Expanding Light, either online or by calling (800) 346-5350.

How to Sign Up

Please fill out this application. Once your application is received and reviewed, you will be contacted as soon as possible.

My meditation teacher training has most definitely been beneficial, not only to me but to hundreds of people who work at UC Davis.

—Beth A. Cohen, Ph.D., Director, Academic and Staff Assistance Program, University of California, Davis