Mindful Yoga Education with Jonathan Weber

Integrating mindfulness and compassion as healing and transformational elements in yoga practice.

About the program:

The education is offered both ONLINE and IN-STUDIO. Please sign up for the version you prefer.


This is a continuing education program on how to integrate mindfulness and compassion as therapeutic and transformational elements into yoga practice. In this training, we emphasize the wisdom aspect of the yoga and mindfulness traditions, exploring how to transform suffering into greater freedom and self-awareness. The entire 100hr training runs over 6 weekends and is divided into two modules at 50 hours each, which can be taken separately.
 

This program is beneficial for:

  • anyone who wishes to deepen their own experience of meditation and yoga as tools for transformation, healing, or self-realization

  • yoga teachers who aim to use mindfulness and compassion elements in their classes

  • Mindfulness/ MBSR instructors or students who want to learn more about how to bring yoga into their teaching or practice.


Mindful yoga is founded in the contemplative practices of the Buddhist and yoga traditions and informed by modern research in neuroscience, psychology, and physical therapy. In the most time-proven and scientifically verified methods, Mindful yoga is an effective way to access deep relaxation and meditation states using the breath and body, understand the sources of unhealthy stress in the system, transform psychological suffering through working with the emotions, and re-program negative patterns of thinking or behavior into the freedom of making positive, conscious choices.

Prices:


Module 1
kr. 9000

Depending on space restrictions at the time due to Covid regulations, we cannot guarantee that everyone signing up from 17.12 will have a space in the studio, in which case it will be held online with Zoom


Module 2
Ordinary price: kr 9000
Early-bird price, before February 1: kr. 8500. 


It is possible to split the payment when signing up for both modules. Please contact us after signing up for Module 1, to request an invoice with a later due date for Module 2.

For student or unemployed discount, please contact Jonathan: jonathan.rigpa@gmail.com

All students that are signed up for in-studio version will be transferred to online if needed due to Covid-19-restrictions.

Cancellation policy: 
If you cancel up to 14 days before the start of the education, we will give you a 75% refund of the payment. If you cancel later than 14 days before the start, we will not give any refunds, but you may enroll in next year's education.

You will learn:


-To embody a present-moment, heart-centered yoga practice -How to practice and teach mindfulness and compassion meditation -Mindfulness; its history, benefits, science, and methodology -To manage chronic stress, pain, depression, and anxiety -The basics of Buddhist psychology in relation to yoga asana -To understand the roots of psychological distress and suffering -How to design and sequence Mindful yoga classes or home practice -How to work with difficult emotions or negative habits -To develop loving-kindness for increased happiness and connection -How to achieve greater clarity, wisdom and insight




Format:


This is a 100-hour training over 6 weekends. The training is divided into two modules of 50 hours each, and both modules can be taken in any order to complete the entire training. Each module represents 40 hours of teachings and 10 hours of individual study, homework, or reading.
Each weekend is based on a theme and may also be taken as an intensive workshop, see weekend dates for information about individual themes.
The first module of training emphasizes Theory: the fundamentals of mindfulness and compassion, their therapeutic properties and applications, and how to transform suffering into wisdom and insight.

The second module of training focuses more on Practice: how mindfulness and compassion are integrated with asanas and movement, creating custom yoga classes or sequences, and the Foundations of Mindfulness in yoga practice: Body, Feelings, and Mind.




Certification:


All participants who successfully complete the entire training of Module 1 and 2 will be given a Mindful Yoga certificate for 100hrs through Oslo Yoga. Successful completion of the 100 hr training means full attendance to both 50 hr modules (unless otherwise pre-approved by the teacher) and the submission and approval of all homework assignments.
All participants of Module 1 and 2 will receive a Mindful Yoga Training manual.




Requirements:


It is recommended that you already have some basic knowledge and experience of yoga and/or mindfulness practice to attend, though not required.
You should have a basic understanding of English, as the teachings will be held in English. However, questions and dialogue in class can be done in Norwegian.




Application:


Email Jonathan and introduce yourself before registration. Tell a little about your background, with any reference to yoga or meditation practice, and your motivation for taking the training.

Email: jonathan.rigpa@gmail.com




Dates and hours


Hours both modules:

Fridays 16:30-19:00
Saturdays: 10:00-17:00
Sundays: 10:00-16:00

Module 1:

Introduction and Orientation meeting via Zoom - January 13 at 10:00–12:30. Weekend 1: February 12-14
Weekend 2: March 12-14
Weekend 3: April 16-18

Module 2:

Week 4: May 7-9
Week 5: June 4-6
Week 6: July 3-4





Module 1: Principles of Practice.

Weekend #4: Asana practice in Mindful yoga - May 7-9


In this weekend, we will explore the physical practice of Mindful yoga; the common postures or movements, as well as general class design and sequencing that support a mindful and compassionate approach to yoga. Mindful yoga is not a new style of yoga, rather it is a way of practicing yoga. But what postures and asanas do we use, and how do we structure them in a Mindful yoga class? In this practical weekend we will examine the various postures, common asanas to use, why and how. We will explore the sequencing of postures and the use of breath to create vinyasa flows, release of tension, and periods of rest. Also, looking at the design of classes, what are the different styles we can utilize in a Mindful yoga practice? Most importantly, coming to understand the way of approaching and experiencing each posture that makes it mindful. In this way, supporting a safe environment for deeper inquiry and self-kindness. Topics include: -Asanas and vinyasas to use -Heating and cooling, tension and release -Finding your soft edge -Mindfulness in different styles of yoga -Creating and designing a Mindful yoga class




Weekend #5: Meditation in Motion - June 4-6


In this weekend, we will explore Mindful yoga as a moving into meditation and learn how to bring more awareness into yoga asanas. Blending mindfulness and loving-kindness with movement and postures, we can experience an integrated, heart-centered yoga, with meditation at its core. Mindful yoga is not so much about what we do, as to how we do it. Mindful yoga is a way to pay attention and listen deeply to all that is going on inside, with each movement, each breath, and each moment of our practice. As we get more intimate with our bodies, awakening to our senses, breath, feelings, and thoughts, we enter the space and flow of meditation. We can witness the play of stillness and motion and see them in each other. We can find out what is stuck, and ways to release it. The result is a more enriching and personal yoga experience, that can touch all levels of our being. During this weekend, we will work with exercises using the body, breath, and attention to make our entire yoga practice a meditation session. Topics include: -Embodied mindfulness -Awakening to all the senses -Long holds and fluid motion -Using an anchor for the attention -Releasing the breath, natural breathing




Weekend #6: Mindful yoga, Mindful life - July 3-4


In this weekend, we will explore what it means to live our yoga. Bringing together all the elements of a mindful, heart-centered approach to yoga, we will expand into how this becomes a mindful way of living in everyday life. Utilizing the guidelines from these two ancient wisdom traditions, the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and Buddhist yoga, we explore the path of Mindful yoga in a modern context and how we can integrate this wisdom into our daily lives. How can these practices help us cultivate a more healthy, happy and wholesome life? And how can our everyday lives benefit from practicing mindfulness and compassion both on and off the yoga mat? We conclude this sixth weekend of teaching immersions and the Mindful yoga education with a discussion around finding your teacher within, listening to your heart, and following a path of yoga using your inner authority. From Mindful yoga to mindful living. Topics include: -Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga -The Eightfold path of the Buddha -Mindful yoga principles off the mat -Self-discovery instead of Accomplishment -Living with change and impermanence





Module 2: Mindful Yoga in Practice

Weekend #4: Asana practice in Mindful yoga - May 7-9


In this weekend, we will explore the physical practice of Mindful yoga; the common postures or movements, as well as general class design and sequencing that support a mindful and compassionate approach to yoga. Mindful yoga is not a new style of yoga, rather it is a way of practicing yoga. But what postures and asanas do we use, and how do we structure them in a Mindful yoga class? In this practical weekend we will examine the various postures, common asanas to use, why and how. We will explore the sequencing of postures and the use of breath to create vinyasa flows, release of tension, and periods of rest. Also, looking at the design of classes, what are the different styles we can utilize in a Mindful yoga practice? Most importantly, coming to understand the way of approaching and experiencing each posture that makes it mindful. In this way, supporting a safe environment for deeper inquiry and self-kindness. Topics include: -Asanas and vinyasas to use -Heating and cooling, tension and release -Finding your soft edge -Mindfulness in different styles of yoga -Creating and designing a Mindful yoga class




Weekend #5: Meditation in Motion - June 4-6


In this weekend, we will explore Mindful yoga as a moving into meditation and learn how to bring more awareness into yoga asanas. Blending mindfulness and loving-kindness with movement and postures, we can experience an integrated, heart-centered yoga, with meditation at its core. Mindful yoga is not so much about what we do, as to how we do it. Mindful yoga is a way to pay attention and listen deeply to all that is going on inside, with each movement, each breath, and each moment of our practice. As we get more intimate with our bodies, awakening to our senses, breath, feelings, and thoughts, we enter the space and flow of meditation. We can witness the play of stillness and motion and see them in each other. We can find out what is stuck, and ways to release it. The result is a more enriching and personal yoga experience, that can touch all levels of our being. During this weekend, we will work with exercises using the body, breath, and attention to make our entire yoga practice a meditation session. Topics include: -Embodied mindfulness -Awakening to all the senses -Long holds and fluid motion -Using an anchor for the attention -Releasing the breath, natural breathing




Weekend #6: Mindful yoga, Mindful life - July 3-4


In this weekend, we will explore what it means to live our yoga. Bringing together all the elements of a mindful, heart-centered approach to yoga, we will expand into how this becomes a mindful way of living in everyday life. Utilizing the guidelines from these two ancient wisdom traditions, the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and Buddhist yoga, we explore the path of Mindful yoga in a modern context and how we can integrate this wisdom into our daily lives. How can these practices help us cultivate a more healthy, happy and wholesome life? And how can our everyday lives benefit from practicing mindfulness and compassion both on and off the yoga mat? We conclude this sixth weekend of teaching immersions and the Mindful yoga education with a discussion around finding your teacher within, listening to your heart, and following a path of yoga using your inner authority. From Mindful yoga to mindful living. Topics include: -Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga -The Eightfold path of the Buddha -Mindful yoga principles off the mat -Self-discovery instead of Accomplishment -Living with change and impermanence





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