As part of TO FREE, our meditation trainer program, was perhaps the most important question I heard during the COVID epidemic: "How do I teach meditation online?? "Well this is the right place to find the answer to that question. Through this article I am going to show you how to teach meditation online successful.
Let me start with a story first – my story. Many find it fascinating that I left a job on Wall Street to travel to India and study meditation. Although I was there to learn all I could to help myself personally, at that point I had no intention of becoming a meditation coach. But I didn't want to go back to my previous work lifestyle. This led me to lead meditation because I was asked to teach others based on my own meditation practice. At the time, I hadn't had any coaching training at all.
Since then I have built my own business and started Sura Flow entirely online, where I have been training other trainers for over 12 years. If you are one Meditation beginners If you have been meditating for a long time, you will find this information helpful in building your own online meditation business.
I'll start with some information on how I taught myself meditation. I started Zen meditation: I learned how to count my breaths from 10 to 1 and count each breath. This is where I started when I was leading my first group – with something that I loved and felt strong for and something that really worked for me. I started adding in other ways to guide the meditation. The more I led, the easier it got – all with practice. Soon I was asked to teach others how to train, internationally. I have taught online, over the phone, and via email so I have lots of ideas on how you can teach!
Online teaching has many advantages that I would like to share with you:
Benefits of Online Meditation Classes
1. Meditation classes are incredibly fun and fulfilling – even online!
About 4 years ago I started teaching online via video conferencing and making online video presentations. People still wondered if meditation could be effectively taught online using video. However, we have found that there are many benefits. After teaching by phone and email, the video seemed like an exciting opportunity.
Videos like Zoom are amazing ways to connect with others. That's how I started leading online meditation coaching training.
2. Online teaching has incredible flexibility
These three aspects of flexibility make the appeal clear:
- You can teach from anywhere.
- You can teach on your schedule.
- You can teach students worldwide.
This is an incredible opportunity! The global scope alone shows that the scope of meditation is limitless. Meditation is expected to be a $ 2 billion industry soon. The pandemic is a time when people are socially isolating and unable to take classes in person. People are incredibly stressed, isolated, lonely and in need of help. It opened the doors to online meditation classes even more.
Here's how you can get started
1. The best teachers start with their own personal practice
I started like this. As I stated in the introduction, I had no intention of teaching meditation. Starting your own personal practice is helpful as teaching is a way of creating a space for others, just as you are doing for yourself in your own meditation practice. This will strengthen your practice if you choose this approach.
Becoming a successful meditation teacher doesn't necessarily mean what you know. You don't have to go to school or meditate for many years to become a meditation teacher like you do for other professions.
As you teach, you enable yourself to be immersed in your own personal practice as well. It will be easier to teach this to others when you can demonstrate it and not have to rely on describing it on your own. As you connect with those you teach, you will realize how joyful and blissful it is to meditate with others. Meditation increasingly changes your life as you experience and live in this vibration.
It is interesting how meditation has affected other areas of therapy and practice. Yoga teachers increasingly add meditation to the beginning and end of their yoga practice and have seen how it benefits their class. Meditation helps participants anchor and center themselves in their bodies before entering the part of the class that is rigorous exercise. Then they ground and re-center participants as they cool down physically, then mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
There is a greater sense of flow, connection, and peace between teachers and their students when they are guided into meditation in addition to yoga. Same goes for other professions: massage therapy, aromatherapy, psychotherapy and so on.
One trend that is becoming increasingly evident is that most people have their own open practice and not a specific school or style of practice that they stick to. You can start with silence in the morning, but over time your practice may shift to something else.
2. Go deeper
When you have flow in your personal practice there are several ways you can go deeper. You can check out online platforms like Insight Timer Meditations. If you do, I strongly recommend that you start with a class, meditation, approach, and focus on it.
You don't have to be perfect, not an expert, or do all of your workout before you start. As you teach, you will be motivated to learn and practice more in order to develop your approach. It happens of course. You can also log in Meditation teacher training or coaching courses or enroll to get one Meditation certificate. So do a retreat, start an online course, or go deeper to see what works best for you.
Check out our online training program. TO FREE, at the https://suraflow.org/liberate-meditation-coach-training-course.
Tips for teaching
1. Plan your first class
An easy step to get started is to make your own 5 minute video. You can invite a few friends and record yourself. Use a platform like Insight Timer to post your video. The goal is to start with these things: what is my intention, what is the subject, who is it for, and how will it help them. Think about your intention as you begin your guided meditation.
You could say, “This is a meditation for pregnant mothers. Our goal is to have more contact with your baby in the womb. These are the benefits (and list them). “This approach makes it clear who the class is for.
Then go into the meditation practice itself. There are three general types:
- Focus meditation promotes concentration.
- Consciousness / Insight meditation where you let everything arise.
- Visualization promotes relaxation.
An encouragement: Teach from your “go to” in your own private meditation. You can conclude with contemplation, affirmation, or intent to end your class. This is a general form your meditation can take.
2. Follow your Dharma!
When people start teaching meditation classes, they usually want to do the most practical (e.g., make money, meet most needs, etc.). But I encourage people to start with their passion (i.e. what you love, your personal passion, or who you enjoy working and helping with).
Don't get complicated on yourself or worry about the technology, how you look or what you are wearing. Join a platform and upload it to an online system. You can help many people at the same time by taking this approach and finding different sources of income.
There is no limit to what you can do. Teach on one platform. Coach individuals. Teach in a company. There are many opportunities!
How to Teach Meditation Online
How do I start an online meditation practice?
When I talk to people about it how to teach meditation onlineI usually start with three categories of information: what's great about teaching online, how do I start? And practical instructions on how to teach online.
FirstThere are great things about teaching online that you want everyone to know.
- Meditation classes are incredibly fun and fulfilling – even online!
- Online classes offer incredible flexibility in terms of places, times, and people you can teach.
SecondI direct those who start teaching online to do the following:
thirdThere are practical tips I am happy to share while others start teaching online:
- Plan your first class. Take into account your purpose, target audience, and the beginning, middle, and end of your class.
- Follow your Dharma! This is your dream, not a set program, style or technique.
What is the difference between online meditation classes and personal meditation classes?
I want to emphasize the freedom that teaching on the Internet offers. You can teach from anywhere. You can teach on your schedule. You can teach students worldwide. Together, these are some incredible ways to teach online! The pandemic has shown us that people are incredibly stressed, isolated, lonely, and looking for ways to help them, and opened the doors to online meditation coaching.
In both types of meditation classes, I encourage you to follow the same techniques to guide out of your own personal practice and carefully plan your purpose, target audience, and aspects of your class.
How do I start teaching meditation online?
I recommend the following to every aspiring teacher: Simply with your personal practice. I started like this. In fact, I had no intention of teaching meditation. I was asked to teach my first grade instead of looking for it. However, this is helpful because teaching consists of creating a space for others, just as you do for yourself in your own meditation practice. This will strengthen your practice if you choose this approach.
Notice what it's not so good. Becoming a successful meditation teacher doesn't necessarily mean what you know. You don't have to go to school to become a meditation teacher like you might for other professions. For more information on training, please see this article which explains the reasons why you might want to get certification: https://suraflow.org/do-you-need-a-certificate-to-teach-meditation/
There are also practical tips I am happy to share when I start teaching online:
- Plan your first class. Take into account your purpose, target audience, and the beginning, middle, and end of your class.
- Follow your Dharma! This is your dream, not a set program, style or technique. Teach from your “Go To” meditation as well.
Where can I study meditation?
At Sura Flow we have our own training program for managers and trainers. You'll get essential coaching tools for progress and success, and learn how to get insights, rephrase, feedback, and reflection.
This includes learning 4 meditation techniques. Learn the best approach for you to develop your own daily meditation practice. You will learn practices that use focus, awareness, visualization, and intent-based meditations.
You will get to know 4 approaches to energy healing. Learn how to improve meditation through essential healing practices, including: Self Healing, Practical Healing, Auric Healing and Distant Healing.
In this program you will learn about the energy of meditation and energy management. Learn how important energetic boundaries are, how to increase your energies, and how to consistently maintain your energies while seeing customer for customer.
You will also learn the basics of leadership coaching, how to ask the right questions and encourage the presence of leaders to get the best results.
Learn how to bring your personal intentions to life through meditation. Gain insight into the intimate connection between healing, creativity, and manifestation.
Our program includes webinar training videos, individual and group exercises, handouts, meditation and coaching assignments. It takes about 8 to 10 hours a week to fully participate in intense training. As part of the curriculum, participants take part in a variety of exercises including meditation, writing, meditation relief, and observation sessions. By doing LIBERATE trainingYou will learn how to:
- Do calming meditations for others.
- Teach from your own personal experience.
- Become a more conscious guide.
- Be “in the flow” and lead meetings intuitively.
- Help others develop a daily practice.
- Find your voice in the lead meditation.
How do you lead a meditation group online?
To lead a meditation group, I encourage people to ask the basic questions reporters ask when investigating a story, and then consider the practicalities of a session.
Why may this seem like a rhetorical question, but take some time to think about it. Identify and connect with a deeper meaning when creating a meditation class as this can be challenging. A higher purpose will anchor and ground you, giving you the confidence you need to move forward when things are not safe. It takes courage to start a meditation group, and that courage will carry you through the ups and downs that you will face. Maybe it's the sense of connection you feel through meditation or the way you can help others.
What matters most is what works best for you. Find a good time when you are not stressed and can make it every week. This is the best time for you to set up your class.
When you consider the higher purpose of your meditation circle and for whom it is intended, you can decide when to offer it: once a week? Twice a week? per month?
A busy professional and a parent with young children may meet at different times of the day. This will also help you decide how long to meet (30 minutes? 1 hour?) And how long your circle will be (6 weeks? 12 weeks?).
The most important thing is that you are consistent. For professionals, after-work lunch breaks and weekends may be the most important time available. For busy mothers, you need to consider having kids in school or offering your class during times when a partner is home from work to watch the kids.
After you have identified your intention to begin a meditation course and when you are available, consider whom you would like to serve. Who are your people Who will be in your group?
You want the circle to be open to everyone and feel accepted. However, it helps if you can let people know how they will benefit from this experience so that they can see if it is right for them.
For example, you could identify your meditation circle to heal, relieve stress, or process painful experiences. You can offer a meditation group for busy professionals, mothers who need a break, or anyone who has to escape life's challenges on the weekend.
Those who identify most with the group of people you describe will, of course, be more attracted to your class than others.
Part of your marketing should also include benefits – what people will get from the circle experience. How are they changed? What will you learn? What can you practically take with you to implement it yourself?
The name of your circle is also important. You can also state your purpose and purpose in the title of your class or group. Make sure you indicate if it is a beginner level or for all levels. So your class could be a beginner's guide for young professionals to stress reduction, or a break for mothers to find inner peace for all levels. The more information you provide, the more you will answer users' questions in advance.
The online classroom platform you choose is important, but many of them offer the same features. Use the tool that you are most comfortable with.
You can find more information on our blog under "So take your work online and expand your business”.
Set the tone for your circle each week. Plan out the rhythm and structure that you want to create in your circle. Imagine something that is fun and you enjoy as someone who leads and supports. If it's something you love that you love yourself passionately, it will really shine through and touch the people you connect with. As you develop your structure, keep in mind what you enjoyed in other classes and why.
How to lead a meditation class: class format
When looking at the logistics of how to lead a meditation classThink of the format of hosting a circle as a beginning, a middle, and an end. Plan your meetings consistently each time as you structure your session and teach meditation techniques and tools. Teach the same techniques and tools every week. This is how people learn – through repetition and practice. Structure and familiarity bring comfort to your circle experience no matter what age group you lead.
Start of class
Introduce yourself briefly. You can give a brief introduction, also known as a Dharma Lecture. You can focus on one topic for that day's meditation. If you are building on one topic each week, this is the time to introduce it and focus everyone's thinking. You can also read poetry or a book, e.g. B. old texts. You will find it useful to speak to your clients about what inspires them and this can help give you ideas for other sources for that time.
Your midsection will be a guided meditation. Focus on the tools and practices that you want to highlight. From the start, let your participants know how long the meditation will last, how much of it will be directed, and how much of it will be silence. That way, people can relax when they know what to expect. Remind them what is next as you move from one part of the guided meditation to the next.
Do you have a certain consistency in your meditation practice. When teaching consciousness meditation you will always have this element of consciousness throughout your meditation practice. Set them up with their posture and gaze, connect them to their breath, and help them feel grounded in their bodies.
Practice the same meditation instructions or cues every week. You can always build on these basic techniques, but practicing the same techniques will allow your students to develop their core practice.
How to finish the meditation class
Always stick to practice consistently. Or, you could say the same words each time, “Your guided meditation is complete. Let us take the energy from this guided practice and invite it into our hearts, into the center of our being, and send it as a blessing to everyone. "Consistency is the key.
I often find it helpful to have a room for discussion afterwards. You can invite anyone to share their experience or ask questions. It opens the space for connection and community.
Show up with an open heart
My advice to you is to come with an open heart. This means that you have to start each group with no expectations or attachments as your circle should be. Start with your sheer intention and what you want to create with your community. If only one person comes, that's fine. It really doesn't matter what those numbers are. What matters is that you show up, that you stay engaged, that you commit to the process and practice.
Creating a class or circle can take some time. What is needed is patience, perseverance, humility, and faith. Think about these qualities, how important they are, and they will give you the strength and resilience to have the confidence to keep inviting people. Be open to a new experience every time, no matter who shows up. We all start somewhere. Stay true to your intention and you will soon discover the joy of hosting meditation groups.