Mindful Yoga Training 120hr with Jonathan Weber

The Mindful Yoga training is a continuing education program on how to integrate mindfulness and compassion with asana/postures for a gentler and more therapeutic style of yoga practice that promotes optimal well-being

Sted:HiYoga Aker Brygge
Start:10. februar 2023
Slutt:24. september 2023
Tid:Se beskrivelse
Instruktør:Jonathan Weber
Varighet:120 hours

Mindful Yoga Training 120hr with Jonathan Weber

The Mindful Yoga training is a continuing education program on how to integrate mindfulness and compassion with asana/postures for a gentler and more therapeutic style of yoga practice that promotes optimal well-being. In this training, you will realize the essence of yoga practice as a meditative tradition, learn how to listen to your body with kindness, and develop tools supported by modern science for the management of stress and emotional reactivity. If you are interested in deepening your own practice of meditation or yoga and discover the potential for transformation, healing, and self-realization, then this training is for you. Led by senior mindfulness and yoga teacher Jonathan Weber, this training runs over 6 weekends and includes a weekend retreat at Dharma Mountain.

About the program:

This 120hr Mindful Yoga training is a continuing education program on how to integrate mindfulness and compassion in yoga asana. Mindful yoga is a gentle and therapeutic style of yoga practice. In this training, we explore the intersection of Buddhist yoga and Classical yoga with science and psychology to achieve optimal well-being. The emphasis of this training is how to transform difficulty into greater awareness, ease, and balance. With the therapeutic tools of Mindfulness in yoga, we can learn to let go of distress and suffering, develop more positive attitudes, increase our resilience, and make healthy choices in life.

This training is designed as a journey of self-transformation, as well as providing tools for teachers to use in their profession. The program covers both the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and a mindful approach to postures. Although meditation is the cornerstone of traditional yoga practice, very little is taught in modern yoga training. This program goes deeper into meditation practice, and how to bring more mindfulness into yoga asana and movement, finding meditation in motion.

The entire 120hr training runs over 6 weekends, approximately one month apart. As a part of the training, there is a residential retreat at Dharma Mountain meditation center, located in the mountains outside of Oslo. The training retreat, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, is an opportunity to experience deepening in the practice.

All participants receive a Mindful Yoga Training manual, along with recorded meditations and practice material.

This program is for:

  • Anyone who wishes to deepen their own practice of mindfulness and yoga with tools for transformation, healing, and self-realization.

  • Those who are interested in a softer or more therapeutic approach to yoga.

  • Yoga teachers who aim to use Mindfulness and Compassion in their classes or teach Mindful yoga.

  • Mindfulness/ MBSR instructors or students who want to bring more understanding of yoga into their teaching or practice.

What is Mindful yoga?

Mindful yoga is a gentle practice which blends mindfulness and yoga. Also called Mindfulness yoga, it integrates the practices of mindfulness meditation together with yoga postures and movement as a holistic mind-body approach to wellness. Mindful yoga is an effective, evidence-based training to rest in the present moment, receive the benefits of a therapeutic approach to yoga practice, and develop a compassionate response to our experiences. It promotes deep relaxation and stress relief, brings clarity and insight into our present condition, and fosters beneficial attitudes such as non-judgement and self-kindness. Mindful yoga is ultimately a path of practice that leads to more inner calm and balance in life.

Mindful yoga brings together the ancient Buddhist and Classical yoga traditions with modern research in neuroscience, psychology, and physical therapy as a method for achieving greater balance and well-being. It is inspired by such pioneers as Jon Kabat Zinn, who helped popularize modern Mindfulness with the creation of MBSR, or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

You will learn:

Mindfulness; its history, benefits, science, and methodology

Mindfulness and Compassion meditations

How to practice and teach Mindful yoga

Breathing/pranayama techniques for the nervous system

Buddhist psychology for working with suffering

Tools for stress relief and stress management

How to transform difficult emotions or negative thinking

Self-compassion for increased happiness and connection

About the teacher:

Jonathan Weber, E-RYA 500, is a certified teacher of Mindful Hatha yoga and educated in MBSR/MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy). He has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 30 years and teaching in Norway for 15 years. Jonathan has been a leading teacher in the integration of mindfulness with yoga. He started teaching mindfulness and compassion meditation to yoga students in 2006, introduced Mindful yoga to Oslo in 2015, and established the first Mindful Yoga Education through Oslo Yoga studio in 2018. He has been a co-therapist and program developer with Maja Thune in the first Therapeutic Yoga Teacher training in Norway, using mindfulness and yoga as therapeutic tools in psychiatry. With a background in traditional Buddhist yoga practice, he has studied with many respected Buddhist and yoga teachers, including Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Allan Wallace, Ani la Tsering Chodron, and Ram Dass. Through a decade of leading international retreats, trainings, workshops and classes, Jonathan has become known for his calm, open-hearted presence, and wisdom.

Format:

This is a 120-hour training over 7 weekends. Between weekends there are home practice assignments to be completed that are part of the training hours.

The training includes a long weekend residential retreat that will be held at the Dharma Mountain meditation center, a 2-hour drive outside of Oslo.

Dates and hours:

Weekend #1 February 10 – 12

Weekend #2 March 10 – 12

Retreat April 20 – 23 (at Dharma Mountain, Thursday – Sunday)

Weekend #3 May 19 – 21

Weekend #4 June 16 – 18

Weekend #5 August 25 – 27

Weekend #6 September 22 - 24

Hours for the weekend trainings Fridays 16:30-19:00 (online) Saturdays: 10:00-17:00 Sundays: 10:00-16:30

Certification:

All participants who successfully complete the entire training will be given a Mindful Yoga certificate for 120hrs. Successful completion of the training means:

full attendance, including retreat

the submission of all homework assignments

completion of final presentation

Requirements:

It is recommended that you already have some basic experience with yoga or mindfulness practice to attend, though it is not required. Many take this training for their own personal development, without the objective to teach it.

You should have a good understanding of English, as the teachings and manual are in English. However, questions and dialogue in class can be in Norwegian.

Price:

Ordinary price: kr. 19.500, plus retreat cost (see below)

Early-bird price, before November 10: kr. 18.000

Deposit: 3.000 (to secure registration, not an additional cost to the training price)

Retreat price:

4.150 Lodging in single room and meals 3.430 Lodging in shared room/or loft and meals (note: this is approximate cost based on 2022, price may vary)

The retreat cost is in addition to the training price. As different lodging options vary in price, registration is made separately through Dharma Mountain. Information on how to register for the retreat will made available after you register for the training.

Questions and inquiries:

If you have any questions about the training, feel free to contact Jonathan: Email: jonathan.rigpa@gmail.com

Contents of the training:

The first part of the training emphasizes theory: the fundamentals of mindfulness and compassion in yoga, their therapeutic properties, applications, and how they transform suffering into wisdom or insight. The second part focuses on Practice: how mindfulness and compassion are integrated with asanas, working with postures and movement, and creating custom yoga classes or sequences. Then both theory and practice are blended into a method of practice that extends into our everyday lives.

Weekend #1: Fundamentals of Mindfulness in yoga

In this weekend, we explore the essential principles of mindfulness and compassion that are used in Mindful yoga. We begin with an overview of mindfulness; its definition, roots in Buddhist yoga, evolution into a modern secular movement, and how it relates to Classical yoga. We will learn basic mindfulness techniques and the principles of a modern approach to mindfulness-based therapies, including compassion practices, which are at the heart of a mindful approach to yoga.

Weekend #2: Therapeutic elements of Mindful yoga

In this weekend, we explore the basic principles of how mindfulness and yoga can have healing and therapeutic effects. We look at the scientific research, the psycho-somatic connection of mind and body, and its clinical applications and therapeutic uses. We investigate the causes and symptoms of physical and psychological distress, and how to treat our bodies in a mindful and compassionate way. Learning how to approach difficulty with kindness rather than avoid it, we can develop greater resilience in our system, and understand the healing effects of connecting with the heart.

Weekend Retreat: Insight Meditation in yoga

In the supportive environment of Dharma Mountain retreat center, we will learn how to practice mindfulness meditation to develop more calm and clarity. We further explore the essential goal of both Buddhist yoga and Classical yoga as a meditative path which leads to insight and awakening. Through mindfulness we can investigate our minds, dis-identify with habitual thinking, and recognize the nature of our authentic self. As we learn to quiet the busy mind, we can experience the peace and clarity of resting in our natural state.

Weekend #3: Asana practice in Mindful yoga

In this weekend, we will explore asanas, the physical practice of Mindful yoga; the common postures or movements, and the different styles that support a mindful and compassionate approach to yoga. In this practical weekend we will examine various postures, common positions, and movements, and how to practice each one. This will provide us with a toolbox of asanas that can be used to create a Mindful yoga class or sequence.

Weekend #4: Meditation in Motion

In this weekend, we will explore Mindful yoga as a moving meditation. 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 how we do it. During this weekend, we will work with exercises using the body, breath, and attention to make our entire yoga practice a meditation session. We will also discuss flow and the use of vinyasa and examine the guidelines for Mindful yoga practice.

Weekend #5: Mindful yoga Sequence

In this weekend, we will use our understanding of asanas and Mindful yoga principles to create our own Mindful yoga class and sequence. We will look at general class design, and how we might make different styles of yoga classes in a mindful way. From here we can learn to guide others into intelligent series and be able to make a sequence that is best suited for ourselves. We will bring all the different techniques and practices together into making and guiding a Mindful yoga class.

Weekend #6: Teaching Mindful yoga

In this last weekend, we will explore Mindful yoga in a teaching context, and support each other in developing our ability to share these practices. Everyone will have the opportunity to practice teaching, with encouraging feedback. Even if your intention is not to teach in the future, this way of study and presentation gives valuable insight into the practice of Mindful yoga, and your own process of understanding it. We conclude with a topic around learning to listen and trust your inner wisdom, and how to take this practice further into your everyday life.