ananda Meditation teacher Training

This Meditation Teacher Training is a one-year certified training program, tought by experienced meditation teachers.

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Has the practice of meditation impacted your life? Do you have a desire to share your experience with others but feel that you need more science, more background and a toolbox of resources? 

Become an inspiring facilitator confidently ready to open the door for others.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: experience with meditation practice


The Meditation Teacher Training Certificate enables you to become a qualified meditation teacher. It is a highly practical course that has been designed to offer you the knowledge and experience you need to be a competent teacher. This  course is ideal for you if you already practice meditation or another yogic discipline, if you are an alternative therapist, life coach, health professional, counselor, or if you want to expand your practice or career to include meditation teaching, theory, and methods. You can join the training course, even though you do not intend to teach, but simply to deepen your practice and knowledge of meditation. This course would enable you to obtain a solid foundation of daily practice so that you could enjoy the many benefits of meditation.

Why teach meditation?

Meditation has long ceased to be regarded as the exotic practice of converted Buddhists or the idle pursuit of a few artists. It has become quite normal for managers to value their morning meditation, for mothers to participate in meditation classes and for travelers to attend meditation retreats offered by spas as a way to replenish the energies required for modern everyday life.

How did the practice of meditation become a trend in our society? Many people suffer from stress, lack of purpose and disillusionment with materialism, and they long for a more meaningful life. In meditation we may find peace, draw strength and experience freedom. This is a positive influence not only on our own lives, but also on the lives of those close to us, as well as on the world at large.

A new way of life appears possible and we can contribute to it as meditation teachers.

Meditation also has a positive effect on our health and well- being, as has been scientifically proven years ago. The rising fascination and scientific interest in meditation is shown by the fact that from 1970 to 2005, around 200 studies per year were conducted on meditation, whereas by now, this figure has risen to around 1 000 studies per year.

What does the Training offer

Structured lectures with practical experience

A certificate as a meditation teacher

Guidance on how to link meditation practice to ones psychological and spiritual experience and growth, which will deepen the understanding of meditation

Access to one s daily meditation practice as an important basis for teaching meditation

Common obstacles and challenges in meditation, and how to address them with students

Finding individual strenghts and competencies as a meditation teacher

Course Structure

Basics and Theory

What is meditation (and what is it not)? What are the benefits of meditation? How can meditation affect our emotional nature?

What does science have to say about mindfulness and meditation?

Understanding the brain: how does mindfulness affect neuroplasticity?

Code of conduct and ethical values ​​of the meditation teachers 

Participants can distinguish between social skills, method and expertise 

Recognizing individual strengths and skills in students

Basics of Yamas und Niyamas.

Practice and self-awareness

Getting acquainted with different types and techniques of meditation, such as: mindfulness meditation

Meditation in motion: eating and walking meditation

Self ananlysis: where do I stand? Where would I like to be?

You will be supported in defining  your individual learning goals

Self-observation, self-awareness and self-trust

Practicing body- awareness, trusting your intuition, sharpening your perception

Coping: how to deal with difficulties and blockages 

Experiencing and guiding meditation  



Each participant will lead the group in a guided meditation he or she has created and prepared in advance. Constructive feedback will be given immediately afterwards.

Ananda Meditation School

The training is taking place at the beautiful  Ananda Yoga School, next to the train station Wettingen, near Baden. 


02.02.20  Introduction
01.03.20  Basics of meditation
19.04.20  Introduction of mindfulness
07.06.20  Ethics as a meditation teacher
20.09.20  Meditation and emotions
18.10.20  Body- sound- and breath work
22.11.20  Mind is minding- Meditation and Selfrealization
06.12.20 What comes after the stillnes
17.01.21  Preparation for the exam day
28.02.21 Exam

Zeiten: Sundays, 9:30 bis 16:30 Uhr

Ananda Yogaschule Wettingen
Rennweg 6
5430 Wettingen

Meditation Teachers

Irene Elmer

Certified Meditation Teacher / Head of Meditation School and TCM Therapist

More about Irene

Since 1995 I practice yoga and meditation. After my physical therapy education in 2003, I wanted to immerse myself in the wisdom of the East so I studied chinese medicine. I have been working as a TCM Therapist and Burn Out consultant since 2007. I completed my yoga training in Ananda / Seattle, WA. The training included Hatha, Raja and Kriya Yoga with Terry and Padma McGilloway. I lived in the Ananda Ashram for 2 years and practiced yoga and meditation intensively and still integrate them into my everyday life. My further education in meditation I completed in the line of Chögyam Trungpa and various Zen meditations. I am a certified Ananda Meditation Teacher, certified by Gyandev and Diksha McCord, and my inspiration as a meditation teacher comes from Paramahansa Yogananda.

My intention is to recognize thought patterns which are in our way blocking us from inner peace and transform them. My way is that of serving. This meditation school serves as a guidance to inner peace and freedom in order to be able to teach others meditation and help them on their path to inner peace. We are here to live up to our fullest potential by letting go of fears, regrets and negative beliefs. Meditation is the state of inner calm and self-knowledge, as well as selfrealization.

Focus on teaching 

  • Basics of meditation, sitting posture, back and arm position
  • How do I hold the energy, the field in the group
  • The inner path to self-knowledge
  • What are my thought patterns that stop me from living my full potential
  • Recognize and transform beliefs
  • Connecting with our own source of strength
  • Integrating meditation practice into everyday life
  • Developing a technique and guiding meditation

Doris Günter

Yoga teacher, yoga therapist and director Ananda Yogaschule Wettingen

More about Doris

Yoga enriches and inspires her life for more than 40 years. Over the years, her desire to find out more about what exactly resonated with her after a weekly yoga session. So she decided in 1998 to become a yoga teacher herself and had a yoga teacher training with Elke and Peter Oswald (Yoga Academy Basel) with the degree of Yoga Switzerland 2003. Her great interest was early in philosophy and the science of the spirit. 


Since 2008 regular participation in silent retreats with Brigitte Feige. 2014 to 2015 course „Meditation“ with Brigitte Feige with the course contents Buddhist philosophy of loving kindness, lectures on socio-psychological, biographical and evolutionary imprints, own meditation practice. 


Since 2000 teaching yoga and meditation classes. In 2008, she was released from her first job (with commercial- administrative orientation) as part of an outsourcing. Encouraged by the new situation and the encouragement of her husband, she took over the overall management of the Ananda Yoga school in Wettingen. 2010 to 2018 she was a teacher at the Yoga Switzerland recognized Sarvanga Yoga School by Pascal Rohner.

 In addition to the philosophy of yoga and the Buddhist approaches, seminars with Willigis Jäger (mystic, Benedictine monk, Zen master and contemplation teacher) and Peter Wild (theologian, religious studies, meditation teacher, author) influenced her understanding of meditation and her everyday life.

 Focus on teaching:

– „meditation and feelings“, nourish the good in yourself, rest, enjoy, feel connected – away from the head into the heart.

– Deep body and breathing exercises, hand gestures

– Sounding syllables and chanting

Maik Zessin

Experienced Teacher of Meditation and Yoga Classes

More about Maik

Motivated by the desire to look beyond the surface of things and events, I soon realized that the question of „what holds the world together “ quickly leads to the realization what holds my heart. I lived a monastic life in the Buddhist monastery of Thich Nhat Hanh for 5 years, studying meditation, Buddhist psychology, and delving into the teachings of philosophy and world religions. I lived then in different ashram for another 5 years. In order to be able to support people in a professional way, I trained myself therapeutically for many years and still am in constant continuing education.

For more than 20 years I have been on the road and can look back on more than 10000 hours of meditation and more than 100 self-therapy sessions, the Buddhist meditation of mindfulness, the practice of yoga. My extensive therapeutic training and my years of experience are a foundation of my work as a meditation teacher and therapist, I support people on their journey to themselves. In a life worth living, healthy and self-responsible.

Focus on teaching:

Consciousness does not mature for me only through the accumulation of knowledge or intellectual understanding. Only the training of attention and a refined perception enables an experience that penetrates thoughtfully. All consciousness remains empty and ineffective without the direct relation to the actual life. Only when it leaves the meditation and the yoga mat, it affects our everyday life and helps our relationships, it becomes alive and gains depth and strength.

Ela Amarie

Psychologist & experienced Mindfulness Trainer

More about Ela

She has a certification as a meditation teacher from the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, taught by PhD B Alan Wallace. She is an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) trainer, certified by the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (IMA) and a certified yoga teacher by Samahita Retreat.  She is a member of the Swiss Mindfulness Association and her company Mindful Brain has been given the EM-Fit Standard Quality Label for Mindfulness and Stress-Reduction Programs. Since the creation of her company in 2012, Ela has worked with numerous individuals and organizations, advising them on how to use mindfulness to optimize performance and improve quality of life through physical and mental well- being.  

Focus on teaching:

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • What is Mindfulness and why it is so popular these days
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • Understanding the brain and how mindfulness impacts neuroplasticity
  • The benefits of the Mindfulness Meditation
  • The code of conduct and ethical values as a meditation teacher
  • Myths about Meditation
  • Common barriers and challenges with meditation and how to address them with students
  • Experience different mindfulness meditation practices (Mindfulness of Breathing, Body Scan, Mindful Awareness, Self-Compassion)
  • Learning how to teach Mindfulness meditation (practical session)


Do you want to learn how to teach and to receive a certificate?

Learn for one year from approved and experienced teachers.

Duration: 1 year
Place: Ananda Yoga Schule Wettingen
Takes place: on 10 Sundays

CHF 2500


Test your motivation for 6 months, without committing yourself for the full training.

Decide later, if you want to upgrade to the certified program.

Duration: 6 months
Place: Ananda Yoga Schule Wettingen
Takes place: on 6 Sundays

CHF 1600

Meditation with Irene Elmer

Registration for The meditation teacher training

Please check what you want to sign up for and fill in all required fields (marked with a *). After registration you will receive an email from me with the confirmation and further information. For questions, please use the form here.

The closing date for registration: 20.12.2019