AN ONLINE YOGA AND MINDFULNESS TRAINING
INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Remski E-RYT500
3-PART ONLINE COURSE / 5 CEUS
A unique training that offers a naturalistic approach to meditation practice and instruction, informed by trauma sensitivity, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience.
This training is ideal for yoga instructors, therapists, meditation teachers and mindfulness practitioners. Open to those who are new or experienced.
- Create a sustainable and trauma-aware meditation practice
- What meditation has been in various times and places
- Differences between Vipassana, Tibetan and Vedic/Vedantic orientations
- Psychoanalysis and meditation
- Key points of relaxation for sitting
- Distinguishing between transcendent and therapeutic motives and urges
- Learn to facilitate and guide meditation sessions within the context of yoga class
- Meditation as self-inquiry versus mindfulness as self-regulation
- Reflections on meditation research
- The "conversational model" of meditationLearn when to say less
- Asking tough questions about spiritual bypassing
- Therapeutic dimensions of the practice
About the Course
Designed for new and experienced practitioners, this training will show you how to create a sustainable practice for yourself and how to facilitate and guide meditation sessions and classes for others. Drawing on data from Indian wisdom traditions, neuroscience, yoga psychology and psychoanalysis this program questions the conventional script about mindfulness. What is meditation when stripped of religious goals and cultural stories? Who can benefit from it? Who might find it intolerable? Why would perpetually-moving human beings want to sit in stillness?
This training references resources from vipassana, Tibetan, and Vedic/Vedantic orientations, comparing their methods, objectives, gifts, and potential pitfalls. It also explores insights about posture and the internal dialogues that occur in meditation. Through this well-rounded and informed lens you’ll gain an understanding of the historical context and differences which shape this very old contemplative art. From a clean slate, we’ll chart pathways for a trauma-sensitive, non-judgmental, exploratory practice for your home, and for your students. This program is ideal for yoga instructors, therapists, meditation teachers and mindfulness practitioners.
What is meditation really? How might it re-pattern our social lives? Rewire neural connections? Alter our reactivity? How can these practices be therapeutic? How can meditation be a form of self-care in difficult times?
About Matthew Remski, E-RYT500
Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1996, sitting and moving with teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist, Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Iyengar streams. Along the way he’s been trained as a yoga therapist and an Ayurvedic consultant, and has maintained a private practice in Toronto since 2008. From 2008 through 2012 he co-directed Yoga Festival Toronto and Yoga Community Toronto, non-profit activist organizations dedicated to promoting open dialogue and accessibility. During that same period he studied jyotiśhāstra in a small oral-culture setting at the Vidya Institute in Toronto. He currently facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, and the social psychology of practice.
Matthew is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction including Threads of Yoga and Studying Ayurveda.