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Whether you aspire to teach or merely want to learn more about meditation, the Danja Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training is for you. Danja Yoga is a yoga studio and school located in Columbus, Ohio. Just as our studio is responsibly eclectic, covering a wide range of styles and approaches to meditation, our teacher training program is broad and deep.

The course is ideal for individuals already practicing meditation and mindfulness. You'll expand your practice or career learning various meditation styles, contemplative Buddhism, neuroscience, psychology, trauma, and teaching. Many join the training, even though they have no plans to teach, but simply want to immerse themselves in the practice and enhance their knowledge of meditation. This course will give you a solid foundation of daily practice so that you could enjoy the many benefits of meditation & mindfulness.

At the end of the program, you’ll have:

  • a new and full understanding of meditation’s role in your life
  • the skills to teach and to explore the approaches that resonate best for you
  • a better sense of connection with meditation, yourself, and your community
  • 150 Yoga Alliance CEU Credits

Our 150-hour Meditation Teacher Training program will give you a thorough grounding in:

  • The history and philosophy of Buddhism
  • A trauma-sensitive approach to teaching meditation & mindfulness
  • The neuroscience of meditation & mindfulness
  • Meditation techniques including Buddhist, Yogic, Taoist, Christian, Sufi, and guided meditation
  • A deep dive into the intersections between mindfulness, compassion, social justice, equity, and systemic change

Upon completion, you'll have a thorough understanding of the various philosophies and techniques of meditation.

Just a few of the key features of our online program

Flexible Study

Accredited Training

Lifetime Access


Online Course allows you to study anywhere, anytime and at your own pace

Accredited with Yoga Alliance. If you are a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, you'll also receive 150 CEU credits.

Unlimited Lifetime access to all course materials and videos


We recommend you have consistent practice before joining our training. However, if you don't already have a practice established, you'll learn how to develop a consistent and meaningful one. To supplement your in-class practice and discussion, you’ll need to commit to a regular personal practice. This will include:

  • Five days of home or class practice each week
  • Attending two meditation or yoga classes per week online through the Danja Digital streaming classes platform

You will also be expected to have donated 10 hours of your time to community service during the six-month program.


Our six-month program is designed for anyone who wants to soak in the experience, expand their practice, and inspire others to improve their lives in meaningful ways

Yoga and Pilates Instructors Wanting to Expand Their Offerings
Health Care Professionals & Healers
Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers, & Life Coaches
Corporate Professionals Working to Enhance Leadership Skills 
Educators, Administrators, & High Achievers
Meditators or People Interested in Meditation, Psychology, & Neuroscience

And anyone who wants to harness mindfulness to be an agent of change bringing joy, health, and healing to our planet


The course begins on March 2. Students have until December 1 to complete all coursework. This means the course can be completed in as little as 6 months and as long as 9 months.

Each Thursday, from March 2 through August 31, a new module will be released and posted on our online learning platform. Content includes:

Instructional Support for Life

Students can ask and discuss questions on our student discussion forum and have teacher support for life.


Includes Course Readings, Practices, & Assignments

Video Lectures

Students will have access to videos embedded in the course covering a variety of topics.

Instant Feedback

Students can submit their work online and receive instant feedback.

The independent self-study course provides flexible ways for students to catch up, fill course gaps, get ahead, and even graduate early. Friendly support is available every step of the way! 

This is a great opportunity for students who

want to learn at their own pace

have a tight schedule

define themselves as self-learners


Self-Paced Learning with Flexibility

Online courses allow you to learn at your own convenience and complete the course on your time. You can also make your own schedule. There is no minimum or maximum time constraint.

Watch and Review Course Materials as Many Times as You Want

You'll never have to worry about missing a thing! You can re-watch the on-demand videos as many times as you'd like. This feature makes retaining everything you've learned easy.

Unlimited Course Support

You'll have access to unlimited teacher support. This allows ease and accessibility for staying engaged with teachers during, or even after the course!

Access for Life

You'll have lifelong access so you can comeback and review the course at any time. 

Save Time and Money

Online training typically costs less compared to in-person training. You can learn from the comfort and convenience of your own home without having to worry about travel time, airfare, or hotel accommodations.


Pricing High


$1,399 Paid in Full by February 1


$1,499 if Paid in Full

$1,525 if paid in 5 monthly payments of $305 each


We accept applications on an open schedule—it’s never too soon to apply. Here are your steps:

  1. Begin by visiting the Danja Yoga website to find out what we're about. Plan to take a class with Daniel on the Danja Digital streaming platform.
  2. If you're in Ohio, feel free to visit on your own! If you aren’t a studio regular, we’d love for you to come in and see the spaces and experience the energy. 
  3. Fill out and submit the application for the program.


40+ Hours of Live Streaming Content (Available in our library 24/7)

30+ Videos

20+ Guided Meditation Scripts

Additional Meditation Scripts

Exercises & Activities

Facebook Group for Connection, Sharing, & Support

50 Teaching Modules Incorporating Videos, Readings, & Practice

Email Support

Personal Mentoring Sessions with Faculty (optional)

Applicable Teachings for Working in Schools, Studios, Corporate Settings, & Organizations

Daily Mindfulness Practices Including Meditation & Journaling

Foundational Understanding of Buddhism

5 Meditation Class Templates

6 Month Membership to Danja Digital Live Streaming Meditation & Yoga Classes

Meditation & Mindfulness Teaching Certificate


In our 6-month online training, you'll create a strong foundation through the understanding of history, psychology, neuroscience, & trauma of meditation. You'll learn different types and styles of meditation, how to meditate consistently, the benefits of meditation, a trauma-sensitive approach to teaching, and take a deep dive into the intersections between mindfulness, compassion, social justice, equity, and systemic change.

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You’ll buy these books on your own (or borrow them from the library). When we plan to discuss a specific book in class, we will let you know.

Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright

Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Real Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World, by Sharon Salzberg

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chödrön

Self Compassion, Kristin Neff Ph.D.

How to Sit, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Mind Illuminated, by John Yates, Ph.D.

Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg

Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing, by David A. Treleave

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, by Rhonda V. Magee


Suggested Reading

The Road Home, by Ethan Nichtern

Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein

Standing at the Edge, by Joan Halifax

Radical Dharma, by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, & Jasmine Syedullah, PhD

Advice Not Given, by Mark Epstein M.D.

Welcoming the Unwelcome, Pema Chodron

No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva, by Pema Chödrön

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN, by Tara Brach

Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind, by Pema Chödrön

The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

The Three Pillars of Zen, by Roshi Philip Kapleau

Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation & Awakened Clarity, by Tracy Stanlee



You can order these from Amazon or the book store of your choice.


Daniel Small

This training is led by Daniel Sernicola, E-RYT 500, YACEP. 

As a student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Daniel has developed meditation and mindfulness programs inviting others to realize the benefits of meditation in their lives. He has primarily studied in the Shambhala and other Tibetan traditions, and has also studied Zen Buddhism.


Daniel grew up in Canal Fulton, Ohio and was introduced to various spiritual paths by his parents. His mother instilled in him the importance and power of prayer and contemplation. His father's side of the family was deeply rooted in Catholism. Early on Daniel learned the value of tradition and spiritual discipline. Bullied from the beginning of his public school experience, Daniel had a strong desire to fit in and belong.


As a teenager, he landed in the fundamentalist tradition and developed a clearer understanding of Christianity.  At the age of 17, Daniel decided to accept and be his true self and came out as a senior in high school. This admission intensified the bullying and turmoil in his life and instilled in him deep compassion and understanding.


As a 21-year-old, Daniel was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism and began meditating. This was the first time in his life he connected with inner peace. Daniel found meditation to be extremly healing and little by little began to heal both his mind and heart. Daniel's interest in meditation eventually led him to yoga. The somatic mind-body awareness provided Daniel the vision help others achieve inner peace and make yoga and meditation accessible to all.


Encouraged by his mentors, he pursued several teacher training programs and began offering meditation & yoga instruction. In his mid-thirties, he was introduced to the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Though he enjoyed the aspect of sangha, he stepped away due to sexual misconduct originating from Shambhala's leadership. In 2020 Daniel co-founded Danja Yoga Studios in Columbus, OH. He launched Teacher Training programs focused in yoga and Buddhist meditation.


Daniel provided an intimate and open learning experience that helped my practice grow and expand. After completing the teacher training course, I felt confident in my abilities to share my learnings with others and conduct guided meditations in a studio setting. I highly recommend this meditation teacher training course.

- Derek, Meditation Teacher Training Student

My husband and I have been around meditation our entire lives. Through Daniel’s teachings, we’ve been able to understand this practice for the first time. As an Indian woman, I came to this country embarrassed of my physical features including my hair and skin tone. I didn’t feel attractive. Through this practice, I can now look in the mirror and see beauty.

- Maddie, Meditation Student

More than anything, our young people need and deserve a safe space to feel comfortable in their bodies, something they are denied in so many other spaces. Over the course of our yoga and meditation sessions, we saw tremendous growth in our youth. They grew in strength and flexibility, sure, but most importantly, they expressed using yoga and meditation as coping skills to reduce stress. In fact, many youth expressed that their weekly yoga and meditation class was the “highlight of my week” and “when I felt calmest.” Many youth who were initially very body conscious and anxious became more confident and comfortable over the weeks, and most beautifully, perhaps, was seeing our youth meditate quietly together, encourage one another, and laugh hysterically together – which is encouraged by Daniel and Jake. They have skillfully created a warm and affirming environment that our youth look forward to each week.

- Michele Jordan, former Center Program Coordinator, Kaleidoscope Youth Center


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