Teach mindfulness and watch your world change! Would you like to make a real difference in the world? If you’re interested in teaching mindfulness, you can make a profound impact on your students and their communities. Mindfulness is a tool that can help people of all ages become more aware and connected to themselves and the world around them. When taught correctly, mindfulness can improve emotional health, cognitive function, communication skills, and more. So if you’re looking for a way to make a difference, teaching mindfulness may be just what you’re looking for.
If you interested in teaching mindfulness. Fantastic! Here are a few things to keep in mind if you would like to teach mindfulness:
1. Make sure you’re adequately trained. There are many different ways to teach mindfulness, so it’s important that you receive proper training before you get started. This will ensure that you’re able to effectively communicate the concepts of mindfulness to your students. Additionally, the training you receive should include a certificate that provides you with an official mindfulness teachers accreditation from a third party, such as IMMA (the International Mindfulness And Meditation Alliance). This way you will also be able to join an Allied Health insurance provider, which will give you and your cliental peace of mind.
The IMMA website provides a list of accredited schools so you can check if the provider you are using is accredited, or compare courses and prices. Try to find a school that will offer you ongoing support through a private community. That way, you will feel connected and be part of a network. Most importantly, you will also have a community of like minded people that you can reach out to whenever you need advise.
2. Start slow. Don’t try to fit everything into one lesson. Mindfulness is a journey, not a destination. So whether you are learning or teaching, remember it takes time to slowly integrate these new concepts into someones life.
Ideally, try to find a course that doesn’t pack everything into a weekender. Since mindfulness takes time to learn, it’s impossible to teach mindfulness within one weekend! A student can’t possible take in and practice the four foundations of mindfulness within a very short space of time. Additionally, unfortunately there is a lot of courses on the market that provide accreditation but don’t really teach mindfulness in a way that allows you to understand its basic four foundations. These basic secular courses are often expensive, and very popular due to the marketing campaigns driving them. However, they leave students feeling ‘the imposter syndrome’ (feeling like you’re not the real deal!). Which usually leads to needing to find additional training elsewhere anyway!
Personally, I’ve also found that choosing a course that allows you to study at a time that suits you, gives you the freedom to begin study sittings when you are actually ready to learn. Additionally, as we all know, life often gets in the way of our plans, which makes these kinds of courses ideal. Moreover, they also provide students with the ability to rewatch lectures, rather than offering a one time sitting where you find yourself distracted taking notes because you know you won’t be able to hear the lecturer again.
3. Be patient. It takes time to teach mindfulness. Teaching anything takes practice! It’s important to be patient with yourself (and your students) and remember that there are no “right” or “wrong” ways to do it. It’s a common experience to feel as if you never knew you were absolutely crazy once you begin your formal training and tune into what has been going on inside your head for all these years.
4. Be flexible. Not every student will respond to mindfulness in the same way. A quality course will gently introduce the variety of ways to teach mindfulness and also ensure your students can begin practicing mindfulness, both formally and informally. Be prepared to tailor your approach towards finding what suits you best and growing your practice from there. And this will also help you to become a great teacher that is also able to provide mindfulness training to each individual student in a way that best suits them and their needs.
5. Have fun! Mindfulness should be enjoyable for both you and your students. Remember to keep things light and let your students know that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mindfulness is a way of living with ourselves in a non-judgemental compassionate way. And when we are able to cultivate our consciousness to adopt this way of ‘being, belonging and becoming’, life is a whole lot more enjoyable.
Are you ready to learn how to teach mindfulness?
Teaching mindfulness can be a rewarding experience for both you and the students you share mindfulness with. It’s an opportunity to help others find greater peace and connection in their lives. So if you’re ready to make a difference, teaching mindfulness may be the perfect path for you.
Here at KOTUS Rising we offer courses in mindfulness, meditation and movement. All our courses provide private communities for ongoing support. We also have the option of gaining accreditation for teaching children, or all ages. And our courses give students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to practice and teach mindfulness to ensure they are confident and capable. So if you feel you are ready to teach mindfulness or just want to view our courses simply click here.