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Mindfulness Yoga Immersive Training

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Through this training with Frank Jude Boccio, you’ll learn how to teach or practice any form of yoga-asana as a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Integrating the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (body, feelings, mind, dharmas) and conscious breathing into your asana practice ends the cycle of conditioned reactivity, cultivating an open, spacious heart and mind and informing all your actions and relationships. Remaining intimate with your experience, you learn to respond creatively out of freedom and love rather than from conditioning and fear. Testing these teachings through your own practice empowers your teaching with the experiential insight that unfolds.

This training includes:

·       The Buddha’s Yoga (the Noble Eightfold Path)

·       In-depth practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

·       Language skills, working with the difficulties and questions that arise during practice

·       Sangha building, essential in cultivating the culture of mindfulness back home with your students, creating “communities of mindfulness”

·       A distance component that extends training over 30 weeks at home, involving reading and writing assignments, keeping a practice journal and monthly phone or Skype interviews with the instructor

·       Certificate of Attendance for all participants

·       Certificate of Completion in Mindfulness Yoga for those who complete the full training

 

Course Details

Why? To provide instruction and guidance to yoga teachers wishing to integrate mindfulness practice into their yoga teaching, as well as to assist the cultivation of a deeper, broader approach to yoga practice for all practitioners of any form of yoga. Tools for creating “communities of mindfulness” will also be offered.

Who? This training is open to all yoga teachers (from any tradition, lineage or style) with at least at the 200-hour level training, as well as all yoga practitioners who have been practicing a minimum of two years. This training assumes knowledge of the basic traditional yoga postures and competency in body awareness, including proper alignment. This is NOT a training program in how to teach postures.

Prerequisites

While at least some experience with meditation would be beneficial, no prior experience is required. What is required is the willingness to begin, cultivate and maintain a formal mindfulness meditation practice.

Required Reading

Must bring to the training:

Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind, by Frank Jude Boccio

Must have for the Distance Component:

           Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg

          Mindfulness, by Joseph Goldstein

In addition, one of the following books (or another of its kind, with instructor’s permission) will be read as part of the Distance Component of the training, and a report on it will be sent to instructor:

Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunaratana

The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Insight Meditation, by Joseph Goldstein

Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Voices of Insight, by Sharon Salzberg

Pay Attention for Goodness  Sake, by Syliva Boorstein

The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, by Chip Hartranft

Curriculum

The Mindfulness Yoga Training for Teachers & Experienced Students consists of both in person and distance components. Both components of the training emphasize the integration of philosophy and practice. Theoretical knowledge that has no application in daily life is not philosophy but mere metaphysical speculation. Theory without practice can never lead one to liberation; practice without the context provided by theory is subject to distortion and meaninglessness.

The training will explore the Buddha’s own yogic education and discoveries, later formulated as the Four Realities for the Noble and The Noble Eightfold Path. We will discuss what mindfulness is and, equally important, what it is not. The similarities of Patanjali’s approach to mindfulness will be examined.

An in-depth exploration of the Four Establishments (or Foundations) of Mindfulness will follow. The importance the Buddha placed on body awareness—as evidenced by the first two establishments, “body” and “feelings”—will provide the groundwork for our study of the subtler aspects of our experience: the “mind” and “dharmas” (the third and fourth establishments).

From the first, we will learn ways to integrate the teachings with practice, both sitting meditation and asana practice. Attention will be paid to language, typical questions that come up during practice, common difficulties (the hindrances) that students often confront and strategies to deal with those difficulties.

Each day of the training, we will discuss a topic and then address it in our asana and sitting meditation practice. We will also practice sangha building, which is essential if we are to cultivate the culture of mindfulness back home with our students and fellow practitioners, creating communities of mindfulness.

The distance component takes place over the seven months (30 weeks) following the in-person component. Students will complete six assignments related to teaching or practicing the Four Establishments and an elective assignment. Additionally, they will be expected to maintain a mindfulness sitting meditation practice and keep a journal. 

All students will have monthly phone or Skype interviews with the instructor. 

At the completion of the training, students who have completed all assignments will receive documentation certifying that they have completed Continuing Education in Mindfulness Yoga and, if teachers, can be expected to integrate mindfulness into their yoga teaching as Mindfulness Yoga teachers.

Tuition

$1200 (full price after March 1)

Deposit: $400

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Testimonials

"The Mindfulness Meditation training offered by Poep Sa, Frank Jude transformed my life and my yoga teaching. The training provided an opportunity to deeply reflect on how to embody Buddhist teachings. The teachings continuously provide a guide to living a life filled with loving kindness. The mindfulness meditation training created a foundation that guides my business etiquette and personal relationships.  I’m forever grateful to Frank Jude for sharing his knowledge of Buddhism."

 — Shraddha Hilda Oropeza, Mindful Yoga Studio Owner & Yoga Instructor, Tucson, AZ.

"Frank Jude inspires us to the integrated path of yoga and mindfulness with a true teacher’s voice of clarity, compassion and common sense.”

 — Cyndi Lee, author of OM Yoga

“Boccio’s exposition of the basic principles of Mindfulness Yoga is elegant, lucid, astonishingly comprehensive, and thoroughly accessible.”

— Stephen Cope, Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher, author of Yoga and the Quest For the True Self

"This training has taught me how to live fully in the richness of the only moment that we get: this moment right now! Frank Jude teaches the residential portion of the training in an incredibly engaging and accessible way, but it is the 30 weeks of continuing practice with Frank Jude that really allows the benefits of the mindfulness practice to sink in. Throughout this training, I have not only begun to see things more clearly as they are, but to accept things more fully as they are. When we open to our lives with a sense of non-judgment and compassion, we realize that we do not need to suffer. What an amazing insight to have! I cannot recommend this training highly enough to anyone wishing to live a more connected, more peaceful and more meaningful life."

 — Ashley Keefe, Modo Yoga Teacher, owner/director Modo Yoga Waterloo