In December 2018 I went on 300hrs Meditation Teacher Training in Rishikesh India with Shree Mahesh Heritage. Rishikesh is also known as The Home of Yoga it is full of Ashrams and Yoga Shala’s where you can either learn to teach yoga, or just attend classes. But currently Shree Mahesh Heritage is the only school to offer 300hrs of meditation teacher training. Rishikesh is located in the foot hills of the Himalayas along the Ganges. When I first saw the Ganges it was breathe taking. I couldn’t believe how clean and aqua blue it looked after seeing lots on TV about how dirty and diseased it is. Of course this part of the Ganges is nearer to it’s source so it has less pollution. There are lots of Baba’s (holy men) walking around wrapped in orange cloths with no shoes and dreadlocks. The shops are full of silver jewellery, clothes, bags and ornaments and there are 2 bridges across the Ganges where you can walk to the other side, or some prefer to use their motor bikes to get across, you will also find cows crossing and Monkeys on there waiting for food.
On the course I learnt many different techniques to help you get into meditation, like chanting, visualisations, staring, breathing, writing, walking, sounds, vipassana and more. My favourite was chanting and also breathing worked very well for me, but everyone is different so it’s best to sample a few and then choose a technique that you find most useful. We went to fire ceremonies (Ganga Arti) along the Ganges, where Hindus worship the Ganges, as one of their goddess’, which was a very spiritual experience. After 1 month when the course had finished and meditating for at least an hour every day. I did notice a difference in myself. I felt much more calmer than I had previously had. I cannot wait to share what I learnt with people and I will be running meditation classes in the near future.