Learning Outcomes

 

Meditation Learning Outcomes

Somatics Learning Outcomes

MODULE ONE – BEFRIENDING THE BODY

Gain a foundational understanding of Buddhist psychology and practices.

Experience how meditation practises can support healing from difficult states including anxiety, addiction and and depression.

Understand and experience the importance of connecting directly with the body so that healing can occur.

Directly experience how sensing slow movement, with attention, can unpattern and release the body from tension and worry.

Directly contact and work with the deeper healing energies of the body.

Gain a scientific understanding why meditation and body work are so effective.

Understand how body work and meditation increase parasympathetic tone, bring balance and healing to the body, and reduce stress.

Understand how the brain learns to move the body and what is required by the brain to bring about change to our movement.

Experience how simple somatic movement done with awareness can bring profound change to the body.

MODULE TWO – MEETING THE MIND

An understanding of the philosophy and practises of tantric Tibetan Buddhism and to use these practices to bring healing to the body and mind.

Gain an experiential understanding of the four foundations of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha.

Understand the importance of mindfulness in any healing process.

An understanding of how to work with the breath in different ways to deepen and enrich the experiences of meditation.

An experiential understanding of how to use creative visualisation to connect with the unconscious and cultivate the qualities we wish to manifest.

An understanding of how to work with mantras including Ohm.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE THREE – ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF HEALING

Realise the primary importance of the Yamas and Niyamas as the foundation and culmination of a spiritual journey.

An experiential understanding of how essential the Brahma Viharas are in our journey of healing for ourselves and our relationships. They are a key element in all healing from trauma, addiction, stress and depression.

Understand the power of visualisation to bring about change.

Understand why some modern scientific theories of the mind-body relationships support a primary focus on body awareness.

Gain a basic understanding of the mind/body theories of clinical neuroscience physiologists Damasio and Jason Brown.

Practice in applying meditations, teaching and bodywork to specific situations including trauma, anxiety, stress and addiction.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE FOUR – TRANSFORMING THE ELEMENTS

An experience and understanding of the Dzogchen Tsa Lung practices and how they relate to the energies and emotions of the body.

An understanding of traditional pranayama practices and their relevance to healing and meditation.

An understanding of the elements – earth, water, fire, air and space.

The ability to work with the elements – and the emotions associated with them – through meditation and creative visualisation.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE FIVE – WORKING WITH DIFFICULT EMOTIONS

Through investigating the Bhagavad Gita we will come to understand that a life focused solely in the confusions of the ego is not able to find peace or a clear direction.

An experiential understanding of the qualities and emotions associated with the chakras.

Understand the core distress caused by confusing relative reality for absolute reality. Understand the different ways absolute reality is understood.

Experience different approaches to working with difficult emotions.

Practice in specific strategies and meditations to help befriend and unravel difficult emotions.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE SIX – INTEGRATION AND SELF HEALING

A deeper understanding of the practice of meditation and movement.

An understanding of the power of a dedicated retreat time to accelerate our healing and wisdom.

Experience the power of meditating in a group for a particular purpose through star group mediations.

One-on-one time with the teacher.

MODULE ONE – BEFRIENDING THE BODY

Gain a foundational understanding of Buddhist psychology and practices.

Experience how meditation practises can support healing from difficult states including anxiety, addiction and and depression.

Understand and experience the importance of connecting directly with the body so that healing can occur.

Directly experience how sensing slow movement, with attention, can unpattern and release the body from tension and worry.

Directly contact and work with the deeper healing energies of the body.

Gain a scientific understanding why meditation and body work are so effective.

Understand how body work and meditation increase parasympathetic tone, bring balance and healing to the body, and reduce stress.

Understand how the brain learns to move the body and what is required by the brain to bring about change to our movement.

Experience how simple somatic movement done with awareness can bring profound change to the body.

MODULE TWO – HANNA SOMATICS

A good understanding of the principles and practices of Hanna Somatics.

A basic understanding of the musclo-skeletal system and its relationship to the nervous system.

A working knowledge of the skeleton and the muscles of the lower body. An understanding of how physical and emotional stress affects our ability to move, and how basic patterns of tension affect the organ systems of the body.

The ability to identify which muscles are in focus in the Hanna somatic exercises.

An experiential understanding of how focusing on the bones can re-organise movement.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE THREE – ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF HEALING

Realise the primary importance of the Yamas and Niyamas as the foundation and culmination of a spiritual journey.

An experiential understanding of how essential the Brahma Viharas are in our journey of healing for ourselves and our relationships. They are a key element in all healing from trauma, addiction, stress and depression.

Understand the power of visualisation to bring about change.

Understand why some modern scientific theories of the mind-body relationships support a primary focus on body awareness.

Gain a basic understanding of the mind/body theories of clinical neuroscience physiologists Damasio and Jason Brown.

Practice in applying meditations, teaching and bodywork to specific situations including trauma, anxiety, stress and addiction.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE FOUR – ANAT BANIEL AND NEURO MOVEMENT

An in-depth experiential understanding of the somatic practices of Anat Baniel.

A detailed understanding of how we program movement patterns and the difference between learned patterns of movement and reflexes.

An understanding of the different roles of the cerebral cortex and the brainstem.

A basic understanding of the muscles of the upper body, their relationships and their involvement in breathing.

An in-depth understanding of the respiratory system and the principles of good breathing.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE FIVE – OTHER SOMATIC APPROACHES

An experiential understanding of the practices and ideas of Feldenkrais, who is the founder of modern somatics.

An understanding of how somatic principles have been developed by other teachers including Lisa Petersen and Martha Petersen.

An understanding of the relationship between tension, movement and the organ systems of the body, in particular the digestive system and cardio-vascular systems.

Practice in preparing and teaching classes.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.

MODULE SIX – BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Develop the  confidence to incorporate the different elements of somatics – somatic movement, somatic meditation, Kum Nye and philosophy to create workshops, classes and personal sessions for wellbeing and healing.

 Create programs and workshops for specific health issues like anxiety, chronic fatigue, physical tension, depression, trauma.

Develop a toolkit of practices for ourselves and our clients.