MTT Upgrade. Posted on March 14, 2012 by Svaroopa Vidya Ashram

As a studio owner in Boise, Idaho, and a Svaroopa® yoga teacher of 10 classes weekly, I find Marlene-Gast-300x225traveling to Pennsylvania a bit challenging. So in the spring of 2011, when I first read the email about an upgrade for my Meditation Teacher certification, I didn’t give it much thought. Even though more than half of the course was offered through phone conferences, there was still a retreat in Pennsylvania in February 2012.  I had been teaching meditation classes four times per year since Autumn 2009, and the series seemed to be effective for students.

But then Karuna (Carolyn) Beaver, CSYT, whose studio is also in Boise, took the first MTT course offered by Svaroopa®Vidya Ashram in June 2011. Returning home, she offered to teach the “enhanced meditation” series at my studio, and I, along with many of my meditation students, took the course. Truly, my mind was blown by the deeper experience into which the empowered mantra propelled me.  And my meditations continued to be deeper than ever before. So I enrolled in the MTT Upgrade.

The phone conferences with Swamiji and fellow MTT students were profoundly informative as well as deep experiences, as we received the deeper teachings. We were given plenty of time for our homework, such as practicing a new mantra technique and writing a report, which we submitted online. Before the next phone conference, each of us received the collected reports, so that we all shared in the experiences of each other.  As part of the next call, Swamiji offered teachings that illuminated the experience of each person. The retreat itself was a restorative immersion in the river of grace. Everything felt so easy: the meditation periods, giving our talks in pairs or small groups, and receiving the best, most helpful feedback imaginable. And miraculously, even though it was late February, my cross-country flights were easy and on time, in perfect weather.

Om svaroopa svasvabhavah namo namah,

Marlene Gast, CSYT

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