Our Comprehensive Online Course is the First of its Kind
Whether you aspire to teach or merely want to learn more about meditation, the Danja Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training is for you. You can begin this training anytime and work at your own pace since it is an online learning course.
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.
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.
Develop an Understanding of Meditation's Role in Your Life
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 Credi
Our 150-hour Meditation Teacher Training program will give you a thorough grounding in
- the history and philosophy of Buddhism
- a trauma-informed 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
This Course is Designed for You
This 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 busy schedule, or define themselves as self learners.
Who Else is this Training for?
Our online 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.
And anyone who wants to harness mindfulness to be an agent of change bringing joy, health, and healing to our planet.
What You'll Learn
Our online training helps you 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.
The Eightfold Buddhist Path
7 Factors of Awakening
Riding the 8 Worldy Winds
The Three Characteristics
The 5 Aggregates
Anatta and Self-Forgiveness
Anatomy of Meditation
The Neuroscience of Meditation
The Psychology of Meditation
Mindfulness of Body - Anatomy & Elements
Mindfulness of Feelings
Mindfulness of Mind
Mindfulness of Dharma – Hindrances & Awakening Factors
Mindfulness of Breathing & Clinging
What is Trauma?
How does Trauma affect Mindfulness practices?
How to Teach Trauma Survivors
Radiating Loving Kindness
Working with Neutral & Challenging Relationships, Forgiveness, & Anxiety
Loving Kindness Towards Yourself, Your Body, Difficult Persons, Neutral Persons, All Phemonena
Emptiness & Compassion
Self-compassion from childhood through old age
Compassion for a Friend in Difficulty
Working with Anger, Self Blame, Conflict, Forgiveness, Grief
The Practice of RAIN
Appreciative Joy for a Good Friend
Radiating Karuma & Mudita
Boundless Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, & Equanimity
Equanimity as Spaciousness
Equanimity in Relationship
Establishing Equanimity with the Unpleasant
Equanimity in a Sensitive Body
Equanimity for Different Life Phases
Equanimity with Outcomes
Equanimity with Oneself
Finding Balance in Our Practice
Shamatha (Calm Abiding)
Zen Meditation (Zazen)
Metta (Loving Kindness Meditation)
Tonglen (Sending & Receiving)
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
Third Eye Meditation
Gazing Meditation (Trataka)
Sound Meditation (Naga)
Prana Samyama Meditation
Self-Enquiry and “I Am” Meditation
Mantra (japa and ajapa)
Emptiness Meditation (Zuowang)
Breathing Meditation (Zhuanqi)
Inner Vision (Neiguan)
Inner Alchemy (Neidan)
Sufi Breathing Meditation
Bond of Love Meditation
Relaxation & Body Scans
Finding Your Voice as a Teacher
Seated Meditation Positions
Reclined Meditation Positions
Benefits of Online Learning
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 with no minimum or maximum time constraint.
Access to Course Modules
You'll never have to worry about missing anything. Lifetime access allows you to come back and review the course at any time. This feature makes learning retention easy.
Save Time & Money
Online learning typically costs less compared to in-person training. You can learn from the comfort and convenience of home without having to worry about travel time, airfares, or hotel accomodations.
Are You Ready to Invest in Yourself?
Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training & Immersion
Paid in Full
- Full Access
- 150 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units
- 6 Months of Danja Digital Streaming Classes
Meet Your Lead Facilitator
Danja Yoga's co-founder and Director of Meditation & Mindfulness, Daniel Sernicola, serves as our Lead Facilitator.
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.
Kelly adds depth to our training thorugh her passion and knowledge of yoga philosophy and meditations.
A yoga and meditation student for nearly 20 years, Kelly's journey began with a foundation in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga along with meditation. In 2015, she completed a 200-hour certification through YogaWorks in Bali, Indonesia. Her training was deeply rooted in yogic philosophy which she artfully infuses into classes and trainings she facilitates. Kelly's own personal meditation practice includes a combination of meditations from the yogic tradition including mantra, tantric, kundalini, and pranayama meditation. She's spent the last several years diving into the more subtle aspects of yoga through a daily practice of meditation, pranayama, and mantra.
Fr. Devin Rodgers
Fr. Rodgers will share the wisdom of Christian meditation techniques and practices to our training.
Fr. Devin Rodgers grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from Miami University with a degree in Music Education. He spent five years teaching music in public schools before attending Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California where he graduated with an M. Div. Degree in 2017.
He serves as Rector for St. Alban’s Episcopla Church in Bexley, OH. Prior to this, he served at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California. He also has experience serving in campus ministry and young adult ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
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