How to Become a Meditation Teacher
How to become a meditation teacher
So you’re thinking about teaching meditation, but you’re not sure where to start. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about how to become a meditation teacher.
But first things first — let’s start with why.
What are your reasons for wanting to teach meditation? Are you deeply connected with the practice and want to share it with others? Or do you see a business opportunity and want to get your slice of the pie?
No prizes for guessing which of the above is more likely to do well.
If you want to teach meditation, it should be for the right reasons. So if you have a true desire to serve others and help them learn to meditate, then let’s dig in.
How to become a meditation teacher: 10 Simple Steps
1. Build a daily meditation practice
Somewhat obvious, but it needs to be said. Make sure you have built a consistent, daily meditation practice first. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until you’ve got ten years under your belt, but just that you’re in the habit of doing it every day.
As a teacher, you should aim to meditate for at least half an hour, twice a day. But even if you sit once for thirty minutes, that’s a good start, and you can build from there. Learn what you can online and do plenty of guided meditations to get a feel for how to lead a session. There are many guided meditations on the Ananda Meditation App.
2. Find a path that you connect with
Instead of teaching a bit of everything, it’s wise (and more effective) to delve into one set of teachings. If you study a range of traditions, it is likely that you will get overwhelmed, and your practice can become a little lost. It’s far more beneficial to choose a path that you connect with, and then give yourself completely to that path. Practice the techniques, go to workshops, retreats, and online trainings. This will help you deepen your knowledge of the tradition.
3. Take a certificate training
There are some meditation teachers out there who don’t have certification. I believe that getting certification is important for many reasons. First of all, teaching is a very different skill from practicing. Some people think that because they’ve been practicing a long time, they don’t need to do the training. But learning to teach requires a completely different set of skills. It will also make you feel more confident as a meditation teacher. Finally, people may ask you if you have a certificate. They want to have the comfort of knowing that you are a professional teacher. If you’re charging, you should be able to say that you are qualified.
4. Lead a small group
When you’re done with your training, it’s time to take that scary step into teaching a group. You can do this by leading a few friends, or you can start a small meditation group in your area. I started a group on meetup.com and it became quite popular after a few months. These things take time to gain traction, but it’s a great place to begin and get some teaching practice. I recommend you charge a small amount or ask for a suggested donation so people are more invested. Increase the price as you become more confident.
5. Decide on a niche
Now it’s time to start thinking about your business and how you’re going to serve people. Essentially you have two options. Try to target everyone or get more specific. I opted for the first option, but to be honest, it’s definitely the harder path. If you want to make it easier to find your people, choose a specific group to narrow it down. You could teach meditation for kids, mental health, pre-natal, family, sleep, or addiction. Choose something close to your heart.
That way, when people come to you, they’ll know exactly what you do and what you’re about, so they’re more likely to trust you. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but if you can cut out 90% of people, those who do find you will be more likely to connect and more willing to invest.
6. Set up a website
You can get by without one for a time, but in the end, you’re going to need to set up your own website. You can do that with one of the simpler platforms like Wix or Squarespace, but I would recommend you get yourself set up on WordPress.org. It’s the most powerful tool to set up a site and you’ll most likely end up migrating over there anyway. It does have a learning curve, but it’s worth it in the end.
Your website is a place where you can share your services, write blog posts, and let people know who you are. Try to be clear, use clean design, and get consistent with publishing new material.
7. Get your marketing on
Marketing may not come too naturally to spiritual practitioners. I found it hard at the beginning and, to be honest, I wasn’t very interested. But when I started getting into it, I actually loved it. It’s such an important skill in today’s world. For serving others, there are few skills more important than marketing. Here are some of the things you can do:
Write a weekly blog post using special keywords that people are searching for. This is called SEO (or search engine optimization).
- Post on social media tips, tricks, and quotes about meditation and spirituality.
- Create a YouTube channel to share your thoughts and give guided meditations.
- Write super helpful answers to questions on Facebook groups and other online forums.
- Get business cards to hand out and flyers to post around your local area.
- Call some yoga studios to see if you can teach a weekly meditation class.
- Learn how to use FB ads to advertise online. You can also use Ads on Google, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube.
8. Do some teaching online
In today’s world, it seems like almost everything is (or will be) available online from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s nice to get the energy of a group meeting in person, it’s also helpful to do some teaching live online. You can do that through weekly calls on teleconferencing apps like Zoom or Skype. You could also use Facebook or Instagram Live to teach or give guided meditations. Some people also put their meditations on Insight Timer.
9. Build an email list
The best way to reach more people and stay in touch with them is through an email list. This is often overlooked, and it’s a huge mistake. Start with your email list in mind so that you can look to build it as you go. Those email contacts will be your tribe and you’ll be able to stay in touch with and serve them in future.
Get set up on Mailchimp or MailerLite, which are free email marketing programs. Then move over to a paid product like ConvertKit or Aweber when you’re ready. It’s best to create something to give away like a video or PDF in exchange for an email address.
If you just write, “Sign up to my newsletter,” nobody will sign up these days. People want something valuable in exchange. And when they do sign up, be genuine and try your best to help them without sounding spammy or salesy. Ideally send a short email once a week.
10. Never stop learning
As a meditation teacher, you want to make sure that your practice is always developing. We don’t get to a final point of expertise and then finish. The spiritual path is an ever-deepening journey and we have to keep educating ourselves.
There will be times where your practice is blooming and others where it gets harder. But you have to keep persevering. People will feel it in your energy if your own practice is not strong. So find ways to re-energize your practice and find new inspiration. Stay up to date on meditation research and news.
Final Words on how to become a meditation teacher
Meditation and yoga are hugely growing industries. People are seeking spiritual solutions to overcome the problems we face in the modern world.
Moving forward, there will be growing numbers of spiritual seekers looking for solutions. As a teacher you can help them raise their consciousness, and therefore raise the vibration of the world.
In this way, we will move slowly towards global healing. Becoming a meditation teacher is not only an enjoyable, fun, and meaningful journey; it’s also exactly what we need in today’s world. I hope this guide has helped you learn a little more about how to become a meditation teacher. If you have any questions, please post them below the blog post.
There are many teacher training programs out there, but the one I highly recommend is Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training. They offer the course both online and in person. The online training is an amazing 10-week course and you’ll get plenty of live teaching practice. Learn more about it here.
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