House of Ascend presents "Awakening Your Inner Teacher", a virtual 10-hour intensive on creating a meditation practice, under the guidance of our co-creator, Suraya Sam. Done over the course of; 5-weeks Sundays only from 10:00 - 12:00 CST on October 3rd - 31st, this meditation intensive creates the foundation for you to cultivate a mindful practice as you connect with your inner teacher.
Meditation helps to bring about harmony in the body, peace of mind, and connection with the Self. A meditation practice requires a lot of time, discipline and patience, but it is ultimately rewarding. Some of the benefits of a regular meditation practice include promoting relaxation, easing fear and anxiety and bringing clarity of mind.
You will learn:
Breath-work as a foundation to your meditation practice, to help you release attachment to mental clutter and ground into the present moment.
Postures that will most benefit each participant, regardless if you have never meditated before, or if you already have years of practice.
Aromatherapy to bring all the elements of nature back in the body into balance.
Mantras to support mental clarity.
Mudras that can enhance your meditation experience through the regulation of energy throughout your physical body.
Koshas to learn their role in establishing greater harmony in the body, mind and spirit.
Writing your own meditation script using the above elements.
& many more...
Each participant will receive virtual course materials from House of Ascend. Upon conclusion, participants will also receive a Yoga Alliance continuing education certificate of completion for 10 hours.
Regardless of your past experience, merely showing up for yourself is an important step towards understanding your inner landscape - a vital practice in an increasingly disconnected world. We invite you to take this step with our 5-week meditation intensive.
Learn more about your faculty.
What to expect:
You'll have weekly 2-hour live, interactive online teaching and Q&A. A total of 5 live calls, over 5 weeks - Sundays, 10am - 12pm cst (please take note of the timezone).
You'll receive weekly prescribe Rituals & downloadable PDF notes of sacred Ritual tools to practice each related topics for each week to nourish the Mind, Body & Spirit.
You'll get weekly collective connection with the HOA community participating in the intensive.
Kindly take note that in any event you can't make it to any of the weekly sessions, they will be recorded and shared inside the intensive.
"Each individual sessions were very different for me. Sometime I can feel my muscles twitching, other times I don't feel my body at all. Sometime I can stay still throughout, other times I would need to move around. Many times emotion could stirred up, but it all leads to calmness and lightness. I find myself at peace and well rested after each individual sessions. Once I attended the session with aches and tightness in my right lower back, and I was rather uncomfortable when we had to mediate sitting up. However, when I channel my awareness onto my breath counts, it takes my mind away from the pain and discomfort that I am experiencing. As we progress further into the mediation, I also realised how easy it is to send loving kindness to the people I love, but it was extremely difficult for me to speak kindness to myself. It made me realised that I have been blaming myself for not able to achieve certain goals, most the the stress that I am facing in life was due to self-expectation instead. With the stress accumulating, it was one of the most liberating experiences that I ever had, and I feel so much as ease thereafter." - Jun
"Thank you so much for teaching and facilitating my discovery of meditation… I felt like I took away a lot from the intensive! That divinity resides within me and everyone else gave me a whole new frame of seeing myself and the world. I feel more confident yet grounded at the same time. This has given me reason to really build meditation into my daily practice – which is exactly what I joined the intensive for." - Melanie
"Though I was intentional, my intentions didn't actually follow through so strongly when I attended my first two single sessions. But I realised it took me some time to absorb the teachings from Suraya about peeling and uncovering the physical layer through techniques in order to allow the body and mind to receive the energy I am seeking. And that definitely became more obvious in concept to me during the intensive training and I learnt more about myself and the different sides of me in the process :)" - Pixie
"Gosh, I want to write ‘thank you’, but that doesn’t seem to capture how big the thank you is... this weekend was amazing, relaxing, challenging, transformative, transcending, miraculous and I will forever be grateful. I am not the same person I was on Friday, only 3 days ago. My mind is clearer, I feel calm and creative..." - Katie
"Thank you so much for an enlightening, informative and most importantly, enjoyable weekend. Very special of you to share all that you've learnt and embodied over your lifetime and that which has been passed down from your ancestors. To honour this knowledge is important and makes for a better world." - Hilda
"I undertook the 'Awakening Your Inner Teacher' program for the purpose of an immersion, exploring and expanding my knowledge and experience of meditation practices. Suraya was an amazing teacher, and the course covered a lot of material, with theory and practical exercises woven throughout. I adopted a lot of new techniques through this course, and the resources provided were exceptional." - Claire
"Awakening Your Inner Teacher intensive is a great program to dive just deep enough to understand the elements of meditation, practice and incorporate them in a daily practice. I'm looking forward to developing what I learned along this journey." - Rebecca
"This course literally awaken the inner teacher in me. From this course, I learn to tap into the inner wisdom that I already have through meditation. Many of the methods and teachings from Sue are simple, yet profound and powerful. This is a lifetime skill that EVERYONE should acquire. BIG THANK YOU SUE!" - Meerly
"Sue is super detailed and knowledgeable on breath work. From methods and mantras to encouraging you to use aromatherapy and experimental methods of postures whilst you meditate. The experience is yours. It was a great course that will help facilitate my personal meditation for years to come, but furnished me with how to support others in their meditation too. Thank you!?" - Annie
"I have wanted to explore more about meditation and the many aspects involved for a while, this course was exactly what I hoped it would be. Suraya has so much experience and knowledge to share. I really enjoyed the information on Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas. The homework exercises are enjoyable and I’m looking forward to incorporating everything I have learned on the course into my practice and to use these insights to assist others in their journey." - Rebecca
"Sue is an amazing facilitator. Her way of instructing the course is very structured which makes it easy to follow and understand how the different elements build upon each other and connect. The course is also very practical - we experience a method/concept, then Sue explains it. The course culminates with a weekly "meditation plan" to ensure application follows the intensive... which is so critical to create new habits and keep the practice on. I also loved that we were a very intimate group, so we got to know each other better, share, ask questions, and feel comfortable to share our experiences. Sue is such an authentic teacher, sharing about her own journey and experience. Thank you for making space for us. Sat Nam" - Laura
"I recommend that you commit fully to this intensive if you choose to do it. The content is broad, insightful and detailed, the guided meditations are some of the most beautiful I have experienced. At the end of ten hours I was excited and slightly overwhelmed: I had so much new knowledge I didn't know where to start. I have taken my simple practice and dived deep beneath the surface to understand some of its inner workings and theory. It's given me the confidence to grow further and guide others, to the point where I have been doing guided meditations for groups of up to 100 in the workplace. This intensive really is a gift to yourself: make the time, you deserve it." - James
"The topics that I find most relevant and interesting are firstly, the incorporation of essential oils to the practice and understanding the effect of aromas to emotions and therefore in enhancing the practice. I love essential oils and it was great to see how I could do this and understand the ‘why’ as well. Secondly, the knowledge on chakras and energies related to it with key things related postures particularly the why and how on keeping the spine straight. The guidebook is great as a reference document and it’s segmented topically into each element. Lastly, the guide’s (Suraya's) deep experience and passion as well as strong articulation in this subject/area was also a key takeaway." - Anushkar
"Suraya is a trusted gatekeeper of ancient wisdom and knowledge. She shares this knowledge openly and willingly in an incredible accessible, easy-to-understand way. She is humble, full of integrity and embodies all that she teaches. She lives her life according to her own Inner Teacher, the source of all. Awakening Your Inner Teacher is a course that provides a key to unlocking your own innate wisdom, your intuition, enabling you to find the true North Star for your life. Through incorporating revered Vedic knowledge about the Vayus, Koshas, Chakras and Mantras – students discover how to work with the physical body, emotional body and tap deeper into their spiritual layers. We have everything we need inside us. We always have. This course teaches us how to slow down, carve out time and space to hear it. In turn, we discover how to holistically honour ourselves and access this sacred wisdom – our inner teacher – who was there all along. Sat nam!" - Christina