Yoga Meditation Diploma Course

An internationally recognised School of Yoga …………………providing excellence in training

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

Meditation is our Natural State


Director of Studies

Roy Griffin(Ireland)



Roy Griffin

Joanne Maguire

Clare Bassett



20 Days( weekends run over 12 months) OR

15 day Intensive


Next course in your area

Dublin Intensive: Summer 2016 The Crown Centre, 6 Dartmouth Place, Ranelagh, D. 6

Dublin weekends: 23rd January 2016 The Crown Centre, 6 Dartmouth Place, Ranelagh, D. 6





Course content

Meditation is a natural state were we all find our True self or Authentic self. Practising meditation is the development of awareness of this natural state and living it consciously moment to moment. It is about living in the now.


The course takes you on the journey of discovery that will be with you for the rest of your life.


There are many methods and techniques that help you maintain that state of being but to maintain that state of being present we must anchor ourselves into the present moment, physically, emotionally and mentally.


We explore the workings of the body and how to find that place of ease within the body that is called the centre, our natural integrity. Where being physically connected to the now is the natural state. The body has its own natural integrity and we will explore this through very simple limbering movements so as to prepare the body for meditation.


We explore the energetic state with an in-depth focus on Breathing practices (Pranayama) that open us up to the energy of the now. By activating the breath with awareness we open the space within. As with physically centring there comes the awareness of our natural integrity, by breathing into that integrity we find the natural breath, that flow of energy that is constant and effortless. The inward journey of discovery truly begins when we sit with ease; turn in to the breath that is effortless, breathing our inner space.


We explore the mental state with an in-depth focus on concentration that awakens us to the awareness within the mind that is intuitive, that part of the mind that is not thought but pure awareness, effortless presence within a contained inner space.


Once we have established a contained inner space, we are ready to embark on the voyage of discovery that is our inner world. The world of the Chakras, simply put the Chakra are multi dimensional centres within us that can be experienced through many different meditation techniques.


The course will integrate the different limberings, breathing and meditation techniques to give you a fully rounded understanding of how to develop a meditation practice for yourself and importantly, how to teach these techniques to your own students with confidence and safety.


To do this we must start at the beginning, break down the basics, understand how they work. Then build them back up with the understanding how they work together as a unified practice.


Aims and Objectices

The Aims of the Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Diploma Course are:


1. To provide the foundation on which trainee teachers can develop and evolve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

2. To build on the trainee teacher?s knowledge of Yoga Meditation.

3. To provide trainee teachers with the knowledge, skills and attitude to teach Yoga Meditation safely, confidently and professionally.

4. To produce Yoga Meditation Teachers who by taking responsibility for their own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health are true ambassadors of the ancient system of Yoga Meditation.


'At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.'

Lao Tzu


Accreditation and Hours

While there is no body or governing body to seek accrediation in Ireland or Internationally, the course follows the most contemporary methods and practice, while keeping close to the classical structures set down in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Backed by a dedicated team of YTTC tutors who have many years experience in practice and training.


The course comprises 180 hours, 90 of which are Tutor Contact hours; Home Assignments cover the remaining 90 hours. The course duration is 15 days within a period of 12 months or 15 days intensive.


There are no special entry requirements but a basic knowledge of meditation is helpful. A good measure of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course and a genuine desire to learn and grow from the teachings of yoga meditation.


Trainee Teachers are required to attend all tutorials and are expected to arrive 10 minutes before the start of each training day. Punctuality and commitment are expected throughout the course, and in keeping with the ethos of Yoga Philosophy, Trainee Teachers will be expected to show awareness both ?on and off the meditation cushion?.


Any training days that are missed must be made up by attendance at other suitable seminars, at the discretion of the course tutors. Assignments are given throughout the course and are designed to equip the Trainee Teacher with the necessary skills to enable them to teach safely and with confidence.


Teaching practice will take place throughout the course.


As well as providing each student with the necessary skills for teaching Yoga meditation, the course gives an excellent opportunity for personal development and growth. Knowledge of meditation practice will be enhanced and encouraged by the ?meditation For You? sessions, which begin the typical training day.


Evaluation sheets are provided at the beginning of the course and are available for ongoing feedback at the student?s discretion.


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A Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Diploma is awarded on successful completion of the course.


Finally, we want you to enjoy the Course, and the YTTC prides itself in providing a relaxed and supportive environment. Our tutors are all approachable and available at all times to give advice and support. It is hoped that you will make many new friends on the course. Feedback from former students tells us that even if you choose not to teach, the course is a valuable and life-changing experience.

Course Modules

What is meditation

Types of meditation

Benefits of meditation

Yamas and niyamas

Developing concentration

Establishing daily practice

The mind and consciousness

Effects of meditation practice


Meditation for life



Loving Kindness


Insight meditations

Ajapa Japa

Antar Mouna

Meditation on spaciousness

Chakra Meditation

Creative visualisation

OM chanting




Sitting for meditation

Joint releasing series

Simple limbering movements in preparation for meditation




The natural breath

Breathing techniques

Breath awareness

Connection between breath and mind

Significance of the breath

The importance of pause



Yoga Nidra(Relaxation)

understanding Yoga Nidra

Progressive relaxation

Letting go




Rotation of consciousness

Relaxation in daily life



Subtle Anatomy

An exploration of the chakras and the etheric body

Location & Function

Physical correlatives

Level of awareness


Elements (tattwa)




Nature of awareness

Being present


The field of awareness

the void

The Chakras

Cultivating compassion

The law of Atraction(Empowerment)

The law of Abundance(Vitality)

Action inaction



Teaching & Communication Skills

The student will learn the systematic and structured approach to teaching Yoga meditation that will provide a foundation for their teaching career. This will include a structured and progressive approach to teaching meditations, planning a class and safe practice, in a safe and sharing environment, the student will be encouraged to build on his/her confidence in teaching a yoga meditation class.


Presentation skills compliment the teaching practice throughout the course and include observation, speaking and listening skills.



Small Business Practice

Yoga teaches us to be practical, and how to live in the world responsibly, and with awareness. This pragmatic module is a User?s Guide to establishing to setting up a business, self-employment, and the often baffling, income tax regulations. Students are advised of sensible practice and of potential pitfalls.



Advertising, PR, Getting Started and Promotional Support

Another practical module- students are informed of various methods of letting the world know who, and where you are, and what you are offering! When possible, at the graduation ceremony PR photographs are taken and issued to your local press, if you wish, to start raising awareness of your yoga classes. The YTTC has developed a Corporate Qualified Accreditation for graduates where the practitioner only has to drop in their details.


For every module, course supplements will be given to each student in support of the material taught during the training days. We will also recommend a list of relevant reading material.


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?'Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.' Lao Tzu


All applicants must be members of the YTTC, members are entitled to discounts on selected events and will receive regular online issues of our magazine ?Yoga for You.? Each issue is packed with up to date information about courses and events at the centre, details of our ever-popular weekend workshops and news stories of graduates who share experiences of how they have progressed since graduation.


Members also benefit from advertising their yoga classes on our webite on the "Find a Yoga Class in your Area"


Membership also qualifies you to partake in our group insurance scheme where the cost of yoga teaching insurance is greatly reduced.


Roy Griffin

Roy has been practising Ghana yoga since his youth and has a strong interest in Asanas, Pranayama and living meditation. His initial training was with Sivananda Vedenta International and his continued studies included time in Ashrams in Canada and the Bahamas. In 2003 he began his YTTC Yoga Tutors? Certificate Course and was awarded his certificate of competence in 2005. In 2007 Roy became director of the YTTC.


Clare Bassett

Clare has qualified with the YTTC Level One and Two Teaching Diploma. She has been tutoring on the YTTC courses for a number of years and has received her YTTC Tutoring certificate. Clare brings a wealth of wisdom and compassion to her teaching in a playful and light hearted way.


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Duration of the course: 20 days, run over 12 months or 15 day intensive

Cost: €1500, deposit of €500 plus 10 instalments of €100 per month over 10 months.

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Return / Refund Policy

• Deposits for all courses must be received 14 days prior to the scheduled course date to ensure your place.

• Cancellations within 14 days will not be refunded.

• Cancellations prior to 14 days will receive a credit towards a future class based on availability and similar cost.


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