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meditation training from Expanding Light

meditation training from Expanding Light

My husband Gyandev and I were invited to teach a 3-day meditation training for Evolation Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Barbara, California.

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The directors Mark and Zefea decided to start incorporating meditation into the training; they also wanted more influence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual tradition in their training. They had us teach during the first weekend of TheHotTT because they wanted to carry a meditation element throughout the program.

There were 20 people in the program — a very energetic group!
We had to keep them engaged by using creative ways to practice different aspects of meditation.

Using experiential practices along with sharing the subtler teachings, allowed the students to absorb and assimilate each segment, using the mind and body.

The program went very well and we hope that the students were able to maintain a daily practice of meditation, during the training, to help them remain centered and calm.

Nature Meditation Exercises

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With Evolation Yoga people at the end of the 3 day Meditation Training

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How-to-Meditate Class

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Practice Session: Guided Energization Exercises

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Diksha McCord

Diksha has taught all aspects of Yoga in the Ananda tradition since 1993. She currently directs Ananda Meditation Teacher Training and Spiritual Counselor Training at The Expanding Light, Ananda’s retreat center near Nevada City, California (ExpandingLight.org). She also teaches throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, India and Europe. She has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than 20 years, and she is an ordained Ananda minister. A native of Israel, Diksha received a B.S. in biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a B.F.A. in ceramic design from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Diksha is an accomplished artist and has received numerous awards for her work, Diksha spent three years in a Master’s program in Fine Arts at Kyoto Art University in Japan.