This blog is taken from Meditation Personal Trainers’ guest blog on the REPs website: “Taking the mystery out of meditation”. Click here to read the blog on the REPs website.
Clearing Up Some Ancient Myths About Meditation
Calling all personal trainers, Yoga and Pilates instructors. Are you ready to change the outdated perception of meditation?
The long-held belief, almost without exception, is that meditation is taught by a guru, Yoga teacher or a Buddhist monk in a small and often offbeat religious centre somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
It is also considered by most people to be difficult to do.
Two questions I have been asked repeatedly:
The answer to both questions is, IT IS!
The truth is, meditation is nothing more than a series of physical exercises that can be learnt by anyone.
“No way,” I hear you say. “No way can I learn to meditate, my mind is way too active. Meditation is mystical and you have to be at one with yourself and the universe, eat lentils and wear orange and sandals.”
Nope, nothing of the sort. Let me repeat, meditation is nothing more than a series of physical exercises that can be learnt by anyone. If it is taught properly, we are basically looking at a repetitious bicep curl for the mind.
There are three tiny provisos.
1) Our client must really want to learn to meditate. It is no good his/her mum, wife, husband, partner or parents wanting them to learn to meditate if the client doesn’t want to himself/herself. But then that principle goes for participating in any other form of exercise too.
2) The client must regularly practise what we teach them. Preferably daily, for a few minutes at least.
3) PTs and instructors must be competent and fully qualified to teach meditation.
Looking to the future
So how do we get meditation to be taught in gyms, homes, offices, village halls and parks by fully qualified fitness professionals, as well as those self-styled mystics and religious gurus referred to earlier who have, until now, monopolised the whole concept.
Well, before teaching your clients to meditate, I would highly recommend you learn how to meditate yourselves. Again, it’s really just following the same principle you do now with your existing clients in terms of physical exercise. You just need to be able to teach them somewhere that is quiet.
“How do I do that then?”
Well, you could go about it the same way I did – but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. I was a former Counter Terrorism Special Branch Officer. The immense stress involved in the job led to me being diagnosed in 2001 with complex PTSD. I had two options that would give me a way out of my predicament: lifelong medication or the self-help option of lifelong meditation.
Ever since then, I have travelled the world, learning as many different forms of meditation and relaxation techniques as possible that I have fused with my own Personal Training skills to create probably the best, non-religious, high intensity meditation system there is. Yes, HIT in meditation too!
I then jumped through more hoops, and over more hurdles, than Lassie ever did in the movies to convince, in my humble opinion, the best Personal Trainers’ course endorsement body there is, PD:Approval, that my Meditation Personal Trainer (MPT) Course was viable.
My teaching methods stood up to their intense scrutiny and followed the strict teaching criteria and guidelines that all their endorsed CPD courses are renowned for, and thereby earned REPs’ own coveted stamp of recognition.
Join me on my fully endorsed Meditation Personal Trainers (MPT) weekend course to firstly learn to meditate yourself, then be taught how to successfully teach your clients to also meditate, so that together we can change the world’s outdated perception of who can teach people to meditate, how and, indeed, where.
Peter Francis, CEO and Founder of Meditation Personal Trainers
What do people think of the course?
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“Excellent course for myself and clients. Enjoyable, thorough and informative. Will definitely help my clients de-stress and improve quality of life.”
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