When I first started teaching meditation in Los Angeles, I had never taken a formal “meditation training.” I had studied with my teacher in India and had learned most of my understanding of meditation with him. It didn’t occur to me to get a formal training, not to mention, I don’t think there were much of any back then.
When I was first asked to teach meditation, I assumed it was a short-term thing, but the opportunity for teaching continued on for over 12 years. Over the course of a decade, sharing meditation became a personal passion.
Teaching meditation teaching felt purposeful, impactful and meaningful. It also gave me a calm lasting energy that lasted for days. I loved it.
Perhaps meditation has touched you, and you thought about teaching to others. If you’re looking for a meditation teacher training, I’ve created this guided video for you to consider important life questions that will hopefully lead you in your right direction.
There are many meditation teacher trainings today. It can be overwhelming to find the right one.
In this article, you’ll receive 7 insightful coaching questions that can shed light on helping you find the right answers for yourself when it comes to looking at different trainings.
Note ** The video section will also share the distinguishing characteristics between meditation teacher training and meditation coach training.
There are so many teacher training programs, it can be overwhelming. Many of these trainings require a large financial investment and time investment as well, so it’s important to do your due diligence and see which training is going to work best for you.
Before we get started, I’d like to ask you to do a little exercise to prepare before we dive into the coaching questions. Consider having a pen and paper nearby. You may find it helpful to write these questions and answers down.
So just sit back, find your center, and take a nice deep breath.
Now slowly exhale, and let it all go. Let yourself receive these questions like a meditation, a gentle inquiry, and just notice what arises for you, as you ask yourself each question.
So with this calm awareness, it’s important to ask yourself what your intention is.
Coaching question #1: What is your intention for taking a meditation teacher training?
Let yourself focus on a core intention. Ask yourself what the reason or purpose is behind taking your teacher training.
This reasoning could be anything, whether it’s just for your own internal process or starting a meditation business. Setting an intention can help you focus on what it is that is important for you. This can also help you get really clear and help you create an inner guide that best suits your intentions and needs.
Coaching question #2: What is important to you?
Asking yourself what is important can help you focus in on your goals and what you want to create in your life. This might be to create a more restful or meditative lifestyle or create a life that feels more balanced and in harmony and in sync with who you really are.
You might also consider the top three things that are important for you at this moment in life. This might be your health, your relationships, or even your lifestyle.
The next question is all about asking yourself what you want and need in a training, or perhaps making a list of bullet points.
Coaching question #3: What do you need in a training program?
Make a list of bullet points that you need. What would serve you in your training experience?
Create a list with 2 columns. In one column list what you need, and in the other column, list what kinds of programs might support this desire.
Perhaps you need a training that suits your busy lifestyle, or a training that will allow you to go at your own pace. On the other hand, you may want a more structured training, or a training that meets in person, every week, for a certain amount of time.
Some additional questions you can ask are:
- What kind of structure or flow do you need?
- What aspects of this type of training appeal to you?
Coaching question #4: What kind of meditation style are you looking for?
What kind of meditation style do you want to learn or teach? Do you want to learn and teach or just learn for yourself?
Perhaps you’re still exploring this question. There are many different kinds of meditation techniques out there, so it’s important to stop and ask yourself what kind of style resonates with you.
Coaching question #5: How do you envision applying your training?
Write down all the ideas you have.
Do you see yourself integrating this training into the work that you do now? Do you see yourself starting new courses and programs?
Perhaps you see yourself applying it mostly for yourself and your family. That’s OK too.
As you ponder this question, try and sit with it and meditate on it. Allow your imagination to be free and wild. Any answer that comes up for you is valid. Asking yourself these guided coaching questions is perfectly okay because they’re your truth.
Coaching question #6: What kind of teacher and teaching approach supports who you truly are?
As you ask yourself this, you may want to consider making a list of qualities you’d like to see in a teacher or coach. You can also investigate what would best serve you.
Does the teacher embody and walk their talk? Do you resonate with what they share? What do you notice about the way they teach?
Coaching question #7: What truly and deeply resonates with you?
As you ponder this question, think about what kind of meditation style or practice resonates with who you are. Don’t get caught up in what you think you should be teaching. Think about who you are on a core level.
What do you feel in your gut? What do you feel in your bones? What do you feel in your energy when you look at different programs? Try and connect to that place inside you, listen to your inner core and see what truly resonates with you.
Types of Meditation
Many different types of meditation exist including:
- Zen meditation
- Buddhist meditation
- Yoga meditation
- Qi Gong
- Insight meditation
- Much more…
You can even get on YouTube or Google different meditation styles to see what you like. These types of venues are a great way to explore and experience different guided meditations, and how you feel they serve your true spiritual practice.
The Three Ways You Can Start to Prepare
1. Establish your daily practice.
2. Do your research and listen to your inner guidance.
3. Speak to the teachers and trainers.
Establishing your own daily practice is a great place to start. Getting into the habit of practicing consistently every day is a beautiful way to begin.
Practicing consistently is the perfect way to ultimately inform you as to which training is going to best suit you. Meditating every day is like an attunement to your spirit. You get to connect to your higher self. Allow yourself this time to attune to your own consciousness each day and start there.
It’s also important to do research and do your due diligence. Listen to your true inner guidance.
There is no better way to determine if a practice is right for you than talking to the teachers hosting the training. You can also ask to speak with past graduates and ask them about their personal experience.
Speaking to the teachers and trainers who are actually doing the training is a wonderful way to get a sense of what the training is all about.
The Benefit of Meditation Coaching
Meditation is very healing and revealing and it wipes away the walls of conditioning, or what you think you should do or should be.
Combining meditation and coaching is a great way to help you access your own inner wisdom and insight and it can also help you find the answers you need.
By facilitating a short guided meditation and asking those powerful coaching questions while the client is in a meditative state, you can help people awaken and discover who they truly are.
As a meditation coach or teacher you are teaching and coaching from your own unique experience. You are sharing your passion and sharing your joy with others.
It’s much more than a one size fits all approach. It’s customizable. You are sharing your knowledge with other like-minded people and sharing a practice that truly excites you.
You are coming from a space where you are truly embodied and coming from that dynamic space within yourself. Once you realize what meditation has done for you, and you’re sharing that passion with others, you will find a deeper purpose.
LIBERATE Meditation Coach training, a 6-month immersion
We offer a training course called LIBERATE, a Certified Meditation Coach training course that is six months long.
The first 12 weeks are intensive and a process where you are fully engaged. The training combines meditation, energy healing, and leadership coaching.
You learn how to integrate these three very powerful modalities seamlessly with your clients. In this training, you can teach other how to establish a daily personal practice, while helping them get really clear on what their life goals are.
This highly engaging course:
- Gives you an opportunity to share your passion with others.
- Teaches you how to create and guide creative meditations for any particular person or purpose.
- Helps you learn how to write, create and produce your own creative meditations to help clients overcome anxiety, find their spiritual purpose, or help solve other life problems.
- Allows you to learn how to customize meditations for individual needs.
If you would like to learn more, I invite you to check out our course LIBERATE. We’d love to serve you in your meditation journey. Thanks for learning about meditation teacher training.
I hope you find the right meditation teacher training that serves you in your highest path.