Vishoka Meditation® Teacher Training (October 2024)

Our Vision

Imagine a life free from pain and sorrow, and infused with joy and tranquility. The ancient yogis called this state vishoka, and insisted that we all can reach it. Vishoka Meditation is a comprehensive system of meditation designed to help us reach this experience.

The heart of Vishoka Meditation is a technique that is spiritually-grounded, yet highly systematic and experiential. But Vishoka Meditation is more than technique—it is a living practice supported by a rich body of wisdom, refined over countless generations.

The Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training certification program was created to share the practice of Vishoka Meditation by certifying teachers to teach Vishoka Meditation and the Vishoka Meditation Course far and wide. We believe meditation is a powerful force for positive change.

If you’re passionate about changing the world, and are a yoga teacher or advanced yoga practitioner interested in sharing meditation with your students and community, this meditation certification program is perfect for you. 

About the Tradition of Vishoka Meditation

Vishoka Meditation is grounded in the authentic wisdom of an ancient, yet living, tradition embodied by luminaries including Buddha, Patanjali, and a long line of Siddha masters. Drawing upon both yoga and tantra, Vishoka Meditation shares the essence of ancient source texts including the Yoga Sutra, Lotus Sutra and Shiva Sutra.

Passed down for thousands of years, the practice of Vishoka Meditation was distilled for the 21st century practitioner by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, a modern-day master, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, and successor to Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Vishoka Meditation is the culmination of decades of work by the Himalayan Institute to bring the Himalayan Tradition’s deeper teachings of meditation to the West. This system of meditation is fully grounded in the eight limbs of yoga, and further enriched by essential teachings of tantra and yoga lifestyle.

About the Training

The Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training (VMTT) provides you the opportunity to advance your own understanding and practice of Vishoka Meditation, and to become a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher (CVMT)—a growing community of Vishoka Meditation teachers around the word certified to:

  • Teach Vishoka Meditation practices as part of public or private yoga and meditation classes
  • Teach the full 15-hour Vishoka Meditation Course

The VMTT is a six-week (70 contact hours) online teacher training certification program beginning on October 12th and concluding on November 22nd, 2024.

Training sessions are a combination of on-demand home study (approximately two-thirds of the content hours) along with two to three weekly live touchpoints that include integration and assimilation sessions with Himalayan Institute Vishoka Meditation Faculty as well as peer-proctored sessions to practice and refine your Vishoka Meditation teaching. Read more about the VMTT format below.

Training Curriculum:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the main body of Vishoka Meditation as well as all of its supporting and preparatory practices, as noted in the Vishoka Meditation book
  • A focus on understanding and gaining experiential proficiency in a precise set of meditative techniques designed to unite mind and breath, and turn them inward
  • Thorough review of how diaphragmatic breath training and sitting posture are the foundation for Vishoka Meditation
  • Understanding the role of prana, pranic-awareness, pranically-oriented asana and systematic relaxation in Vishoka Meditation, including both theory and practice
  • Key principles of yogic lifestyle and holistic wellness that underpin Vishoka Meditation
  • The methodology for sequencing and prioritizing the various practices, particularly the preparatory and supporting practices, which fall within the system of Vishoka Meditation
  • Understanding how the practice of Vishoka Meditation can be expressed to meet your student’s unique needs
  • Key teaching techniques which are required to effectively teach Vishoka Meditation and its supporting practices
  • Exploring the relationship between Vishoka Meditation and other styles and traditions of yoga and meditation
  • Exploring the wisdom tradition which is the source of Vishoka Meditation, including key masters and source texts in this tradition and their relationship to Vishoka Meditation
  • Comprehensive training in the family of Vishoka Meditation educational products that the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training certification qualifies you to teach, including reviewing class outlines and other curriculum materials which you can use to teach Vishoka Meditation
  • Vishoka Meditation brand guidelines and best practices to be an effective Vishoka Meditation ambassador

Program Format:

  • 6-week online format with a total of 11-12 hours per week, organized thematically
  • On-demand sessions drop once per week (7-8 hours), with 2-3 live sessions per week (4-4.5 hours) that reinforce the content, practices and teaching techniques covered in the on-demand sessions
  • Sessions are a blend of lecture and practicum to create an experiential learning environment
  • Guided practice sessions give you a direct experience of how Vishoka Meditation can be integrated into a yoga class or be the anchor element for a guided meditation class
  • Small group breakout sessions to discuss and assimilate key concepts with both HI Faculty proctored and peer-proctored sessions
  • Peer-proctored practice teaching sessions
  • Opportunity for additional informal sessions—such as a virtual chai party, and more!

Online Training Specifics/Requirements:

  • Weekly multiple choice quiz with answer key given after submission to help assimilate key concepts and practices each week, and to help prepare for post-training at-home proficiency assessment (see Becoming a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher (CVMT) section below)
  • Live participation in weekly live online lectures and practice sessions is strongly encouraged to ensure the highest level of learning experience
  • Live participation in peer proctored practice teaching sessions is strongly encouraged
  • Students must submit a brief summary of 3-5 bullet points of the main ideas for each live session not attended live
  • Students will need to coordinate with other students in order to participate in the independent group work assignments, therefore individual email addresses will be shared within the training group
  • All sessions will be recorded and available to watch four hours after they air live
  • All sessions will be available to view for twelve months after the end date of the program

Program Schedule:

Prerequisites:

Recommended Background:

  • 500-hour yoga teacher training certification from a Yoga Alliance recognized yoga school
  • Prior participation in advanced trainings with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and other HI Faculty
  • 3+ years of experience teaching yoga

Application Information

  • Attendance in this certification program is by application only.
  • Due to time-sensitive pre-training assignments, applications will be accepted through September 12th, 2024
  • Price:
    • $1,349 (includes Teacher Manual, handouts and other course materials)
    • $108 additional non-refundable application fee

Pre-Training Assignments

Two pre-training assignments must be completed by October 5th, 2024, one week before the start day of training:

  • Vishoka Meditation Book Study Assignment
  • Pre-training 40-day Vishoka Meditation at-home practice and written assignment

Becoming a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher (CVMT)

Post-Training Assignments and Certification Process

  • Successfully complete the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training course
  • Complete the following three post-training assignments:
    • Knowledge Assessment. This is an at-home proficiency assessment on the material covered in the Vishoka Meditation book and Vishoka Meditation Teacher Certification course.
    • Post-training 40-day Vishoka Meditation at-home practice and written assignment.
    • 30 hours of practice teaching of Vishoka Meditation and written assignment
  • Review and sign the Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher License Agreement 
    • The CVMT License Agreement exists to clearly delineate parameters around CVMT teaching opportunities and responsibilities so that the teachings, supporting lectures, slides, handouts, and marketing materials, all work together to preserve the richness, coherency, and integrity of Vishoka Meditation and thereby empower each CVMT to confidently and enthusiastically share the practice of Vishoka Meditation with others.
  • Annual certification dues of $108 (first year included in the cost tuition)

Benefits of being a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher (CVMT):

  • Authorization and privilege to teach the Vishoka Meditation offerings covered in this certification:
    • Teach Vishoka Meditation practices as part of public or private yoga and meditation classes
    • Teach the full 15-hour Vishoka Meditation Course after submission and approval of your Vishoka Mediation Course Proposal 
  • Ability to use the Vishoka Meditation brand in relation to those offerings (subject to approved brand usage guidelines)
  • Listing on the VishokaMeditation.org directory of Certified Vishoka Meditation Teachers
  • Ability to officially reference your credential as a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher
  • Receive class outlines and curriculum materials for all the Vishoka Meditation educational offerings this certification covers, so you can offer the Vishoka Meditation Course and guided practices to your students
  • Ability to bundle the Vishoka Meditation Digital Companion Course with your offerings of the Vishoka Meditation course at no additional cost.
  • The Himalayan Institute will issue a Certificate of Completion to all students who successfully complete your offering of the Vishoka Meditation Course.
  • You will receive wholesale discounts for any Vishoka Meditation products which you purchase in bulk for resale (subject to wholesale terms and conditions)
  • Only Certified Vishoka Meditation Teachers will be eligible to participate in advanced Vishoka Meditation teacher training offerings
  • Access to exclusive online Vishoka Meditation Teacher events such as quarterly online satsangs with Vishoka Meditation Faculty
  • Opportunities to receive ongoing personal guidance from the VMTT faculty
  • This program qualifies for 70 Yoga Alliance CEUs
  • Ongoing access to all VMTT training videos and other training materials for as long as you retain your Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher credentials

More Information:

Application deadline: September 12th, 2024

Scholarships Available
The Himalayan Institute is pleased to introduce its Mission Scholarship Fund, established for yoga students of all backgrounds and levels of proficiency (yes, beginners too!) to attend a Himalayan Institute Mission Program as well as yoga practitioners inspired to become a Himalayan Institute Yoga or Vishoka Meditation Teacher.

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Himalayan Institute Core Faculty

Steeped in the wisdom of the sages, the Himalayan Institute Core Faculty brings you the authentic teachings of the lineage. Our faculty embodies decades of personal study and practice and draws on the philosophical and practical teachings of the scriptures as well as the oral tradition that has been passed down from teacher to student for over 5,00...

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Ishan Tigunait

Growing up at the Himalayan Institute, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and has continued his spiritual education for the past 30 years under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Ishan serves as Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute, and has been a driving force for the Hi...

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Greg Capitolo

Greg Capitolo is a certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher who has studied, practiced, and trained with the Himalayan Institute since 1995. Greg’s teaching combines precise alignment-based instruction with breath-centered movement, pranayama, systematic relaxation and meditation, leading students of all levels to experience the transformative power of yog...

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Sandra Anderson

Core faculty at the Himalayan Institute, Sandy teaches yoga, meditation, and philosophy, and is a key instructor in the Institute’s teacher training programs. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and a frequent contributor to the Himalayan Institute Online. Her work draws on her immersion in the living ora...

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Shari Friedrichsen

Shari Friedrichsen has been teaching and studying yoga for more than 45 years and is a key facilitator of the Himalayan Institute’s Vishoka Meditation Course and the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training program. She conducts classes, seminars and trainings, nationally and internationally, sharing the Wisdom of the Himalayan Tradition, of which she h...

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Judy Moulton

Judy Moulton is a Himalayan Institute certified and Yoga Alliance recognized E-RYT 500, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Judy is also the director of the Himalayan Institute’s professional certification programs and an integral faculty member teaching with...

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait...

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