Are you on a journey towards deepening your commitment to mindfulness practice and mindful living? Becoming a certified mindfulness teacher can be an important step on that journey. As the popular Seneca quote says, “When we teach, we learn.” One of the best ways to deepen our own mindfulness is to learn and practice teaching it to others. Taking on the role of a teacher can seem daunting, but going through teacher training has many benefits, including a greater understanding of mindfulness, new insights living mindfully, and stronger leadership and communication skills.
Mindfulness certification training varies depending on the provider, but generally involves the study and practice of mindfulness, including different types of mindful meditation, mindful movement, and informal mindfulness techniques. Certification training also naturally includes a teaching element, including developing skills for leading classes and creating customized meditations using your own language.
Here are things to consider when choosing a mindfulness certification program:
- Price – Mindfulness certification trainings can be priced from $500 to $5,000 or more. Decide on your budget for training.
- Length – Mindfulness certification trainings can vary from 20-200 or more hours. Decide how much time you are willing to commit.
- Teachers – Make sure that your teachers are experienced in teaching mindfulness and meditation (and have their own teachers!). See what types of training they have been through and attend one or more of their classes to make sure you enjoy their teaching style.
- Requirements – Check what requirements there are for your course. There might be outside work and classes you should be aware of.
- Program elements – See what makes your training program special. Learn about which skills and techniques you will learn. If you’re passionate about one particular aspect of mindfulness (e.g., mindful eating), make sure that topic will be covered in the course.
- What you receive – Look at what you will be given access to during and after your course (including a certificate, teaching outlines, recordings, etc.). Higher quality programs should provide you with resources and support for teaching your own classes and continuing your growth after the certification ends.
If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness certification programs, please consider the one led by us at Mastermind! We offer a live 60-hour Science-Based Mindfulness Certification Program taught by our Chief Mindfulness Officer Dorsey Standish and supported by mindfulness psychologist Dr. Marty Lumpkin. The training includes studying the brain health benefits of mindfulness, practicing mindfulness techniques, and leading practice mindfulness exercises. Learn more and apply today!
About the Author: Sonia Dhingra is a rising high school senior and an intern at Mastermind Meditation. She has spent the last two summers interning with the Stress Solutions team at the Brain Performance Institute (part of the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth). In her free time, she enjoys practicing photography and piano.
Mastermind provides research-driven mindfulness and emotional intelligence learning for corporations, nonprofits and individuals across the U.S., including national brands like American Airlines, United Way, Peloton and FedEx. Mastermind’s science-based approach is designed to support mental wellbeing and build focus, awareness, compassion and connectivity that help us all build stronger, healthier lives and relationships.