For 40 years Ananda has trained teachers in meditation techniques grounded in the highest traditions of India, taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. With that experience, we have created an online meditation teacher training that has everything our in-person teacher training offers — except, of course, the powerful spiritual boost you receive from meditating and residing (even for just 10 days) at Ananda Village, home of dedicated meditators for nearly 50 years. With extensive personal guidance from our faculty, plus regular post-training support, you’ll have all you need to become the best teacher you can be.

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We train you to teach any student, whether s/he is looking for stress reduction, or spiritual growth, or anything in-between: sharper concentration, calmer emotions, better health, more effectiveness, or greater happiness. You’ll be ready to share the benefits of meditation with the growing numbers of people who are hungry for them.

Comment from a recent graduates tell the story:

I was so impressed. It was the first on-line class I have taken because I never trusted the integrity of on-line classes, and because I seem to learn best in the presence of others. However, after taking your training I have changed my mind. It is highly professional, accommodates multiple learning styles, and keeps students accountable. I think the best part of it was the instructors. You all were so knowledgeable and respectful. Ananda is fortunate to have you. — K.K., Rhode Island

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Nursing CEU Eligible: 46 hours CEU

Course Content

You’ll receive a comprehensive course manual (in pdf format) as well as a broad spectrum other resources, including access to many videos. All through the course, you’ll have opportunities to ask questions of Ananda’s expert meditation teachers, both in “live” webinars and in online discussion forums. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • In-depth practice and teaching of a classical meditation technique
  • Research-proven benefits of meditation
  • Ways to overcome mental restlessness
  • How to help each student find his or her best sitting position for meditation
  • The art of walking meditation
  • Techniques to enhance meditation and use its power in everyday life: breathwork, energizing practices, chanting, affirmation, visualization
  • Ways to bring individual creativity to classical meditation
  • How to engage the heart for deeper meditation
  • How to bring meditation into daily life, and help your students respond to life’s challenges in positive, effective ways
  • Answers to questions often asked by new meditators
  • Secrets of becoming an effective, magnetic, inspiring teacher
  • How to organize, set up, and market your classes

Your Course Experience

This course is hosted by Online with Ananda, which also handles registration. You’ll benefit from today’s best practices in distance learning, which will give you solid, comprehensive training in the practice and teaching of traditional meditation. In a typical week, you will:

  • Study course materials, both written and video. (The course includes more than 30 video presentations.)
  • Complete review activities to deepen your understanding.
  • Participate in online discussion forums, in which you’ll gain valuable insights into important issues in teaching meditation.
  • Complete a special assignment, such as practice teaching via Skype, making a video of your teaching, or working on a team project.
  • Practice meditation and related techniques in audio-guided sessions at least 4 days per week. (Course materials include more than 30 such sessions.)
  • Answer specific journaling questions about your experiences with the techniques and with teaching meditation.

lady sitting on a blanket outside reading a tabletYou can do your coursework at times of day when it's convenient for you, provided it gets done during the week in which it is assigned. Even the “live” webinars are recorded for the benefit of those who cannot participate “live." (See FAQs for more details.) Expect to spend 7–8 hours per week on coursework; 2–3 of those hours will be guided meditation practice.

Please note: All students must have enough schedule flexibility that they can easily arrange one-to-one course activities with other students. See FAQs for more information.

Graduates receive certification as Level 1 Ananda Meditation® Teachers as well as credit for certain additional trainings (see below).

Post-Graduation Support

Our faculty are available for your questions anytime via email. In addition, you can become part of the (free) Network of Ananda Meditation Teachers, an online platform that connects you with both our faculty and fellow graduates. You’ll benefit from its:

  • A wide variety of practice and teaching resources
  • DIscussion forums
  • Recent research results on meditation
  • Q&A forum
  • Free webinars with MTT faculty

To Apply

Visit Online with Ananda where, in order to apply, you will need to set up a free account.

Additional Credit from This Course

Continuing Education for Yoga Alliance RYT's and E-RYT's: This course offers 80 hours of continuing education credit (non-contact hours).

This online version of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training counts toward Ananda Yoga Therapy certification and becoming an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. However, it does not count toward Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher certification, because Yoga Alliance does not yet acknowledge distance education.

FAQs

Q: Due to my schedule [or due to living in Europe or Asia], I might not be able to participate in the "live" sessions. What can I do?

A: Don’t worry: We have students from all over the world. This course is almost entirely "asynchronous," which means that you can participate at the hours of the day that work best for you. Yes, there are several "live" sessions, but they are video-recorded so those who cannot attend "live" can watch them later.

Q: Do graduates receive the same certificate as for the in-person Ananda Meditation Teacher Training?

A: Yes, exactly the same.

Q: I want to get a head start. Is there a way I can begin the coursework early?

A: Yes, and we recommend it! We open the course web page about 2 weeks prior to the "official" start date of the course, and we send out a notice to enrolled students at that time.

Q: Will I get to interact with other students and instructors in the course?

A: Yes, you'll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of your assignments require it: discussion forums, Q&A forum, practice teaching fellow students via Skype/Zoom/FaceTime, a final team project. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning, and this course is structured entirely around best practices.

Q: My meditation background is different from the practices taught by Ananda. Is that okay?

A: It's okay with us if it's okay with you. This course takes place within the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, so participants should be interested in teaching his approach to meditation. Those who come from a different tradition—or no tradition at all—should register at least 2 weeks in advance in order to begin to learn and practice those techniques well before the course begins. Then your course experience will unfold much more naturally, and your teaching and personal practice will benefit much more. Please note: We do not ask that you discontinue with your current meditation practices; we simply ask that you do the practices that are required for this program.

Q: What if some emergency comes up during the course, and I am late to finish an assignment?

A: We realize that emergencies can arise. We will work with you to try to find a solution—and the more advance notice we receive, the more likely it is that we can find a solution. But please realize that, because all students move through the course together, we can do only so much to accommodate late assignments, even for emergencies.

Q: How much schedule flexibility do I need to have?

A: You will be free to do your coursework at whatever times of day suit your schedule. We expect you to log in and do some work (often just 15 minutes) on multiple days each week. Also, during several weeks of the course, you will need enough flexibility to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with classmates for practice teaching via internet video (Skype, Zoom, etc.); this is usually quite doable.

Q: Due to travel or another commitment, I will be unable to participate for a  short time during the course. Is that okay?

A: It depends on when, and for how long, you will be unable to participate. To resolve any questions about it, please write to our instructors. We will work with you to try to find a solution. In any case, those who seek certification must participate regularly in course activities.

Q: Does Ananda offer post-graduation support?

A: Absolutely. You will receive a periodic newsletter as well as have access to new resources, opportunities for online Q&A, free webinars, and peer-to-peer discussions with other graduates in the Network of Ananda  Meditation Teachers. You can also take Level 2 Ananda Meditation Teacher Training courses. Ananda also offers a wide variety of other learning experiences — both online and in person — that will benefit your practice, your teaching, and your understanding of practical spiritual living.

Q: How can I decide whether to take the course online or in person?

A: Each format has its advantages. Here are a few:

In person: The uplifting environment of The Expanding Light promotes deep meditation; it cannot be duplicated fully online. Also, you won’t have all the distractions that happen at home. You’ll have daily, in-person access to the instructors, as well as many informal interactions with fellow students. The personal connections that develop during the in-person course are enriching and often enduring.

Online: You won’t have to uproot yourself from your day-to-day life. You’ll have more time to assimilate the material and practice your teaching (particularly helpful for people who like to process their thoughts before expressing them). You'll have a few learning experiences that aren't included in the in-person course. The online course is less expensive because you won't be paying for accommodations and meals.

Our suggestion: Take the in-person training if you can, because your meditation practice — and your spiritual life generally — will receive such a powerful boost being in from the Ananda environment. But the online course, too, is top quality.

Q: Is an online course a good fit for me?

A: To do well in a professional-level online course like this, you need to be organized and a self-starter. You also need to decide whether you can fit one more thing into your everyday life, because the course will require 7–8 hours every week, and you will need to participate online multiple times per week (at times convenient for you). Finally, you need to be comfortable with the technology—it’s not difficult, but it is part of the course.

Q: I am concerned about some of the technological elements of the course: I’ve never done an online training, or used Skype, or made a video of myself and posted it online.

A: The course web page is easy to use and intuitive, and it offers many “how to” instructions to help you. Also, these days everyone knows someone who can help them over such technological hurdles as using Skype, or making videos and uploading them to the web. If you think you will need such help, we recommend that you find a helper soon rather than waiting until an assignment deadline approaches.

Q: When I make a video, how will the instructors see it?

A: You will post it privately on YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive. If you don’t already know how to do that, there are helpful resources on the course web page—and anyway, you probably have a friend who can help you with the process. Don’t worry about the privacy of your video; you can ensure that only people in the course will  be able to see it.

Q: Does Ananda offer technical support?

A: OnlineWithAnanda.org, which hosts this course, offers technical support for using the course web page. We do not, however, offer technical training or support for using Skype (or a similar service), or for making videos, or for uploading them to the web. But you surely have a friend who can help you, and it is not difficult once you get the idea of it.

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What our students say:

Comments from two recent graduates tell the story:

Before signing up, I asked many questions, as I was a little skeptical to embark on a meditation teacher training online. The answers gave me the confidence that the course would be interactive, not dry and impersonal. The coursework was challenging but very informative, well organized, abundant, interesting, clear, and complete. Whenever I had a question, our instructors responded within a very short time. I think the most appealing aspect of this course is that you feel you are right there with the instructors. A direct line. I feel ready and confident to teach meditation.
— M.C., Colorado

Thank you for the excellent training. The class here in Cocoa Beach
began today, and the flow of it was very good. There were 38 primarily retired people with very little or no experience with meditation. We covered all of the basics of a first class, including five full minutes of silently observing the breath. There was a lot of enthusiasm to return for the remaining two classes and perhaps continue indefinitely as a meditation group. It was great, but I wouldn't have had the confidence or the competence without your wonderful training. —Mare

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