Meditative Movements: Mind Body Exercise Program
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Who Receives a Fitness Meditative Movements™ Teaching Certificate?

Certificates Available Teach Seniors, Adults, Youth

How We Are Different

Why We Offer Teacher Training?

Picture of Ellie Peterson

We offer our certificate training because being a teacher is rewarding. Ellie, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, began teaching fitness classes in 1980. As a divorced mother of three children under the age of 5, exercising her mind, body and spirit felt so good, she wanted to share her love of exercise with others. She saw how her students increased their self-love as well as other healthy changes were occuring naturally like losing weight, overcoming depression, and reduction in medications.

She was working as Ellie from the deli part time earning $80 a week while receiving sporadic child support payments. At the height of her fitness teaching career, she taught 14 workout classes a week to supplement her deli income. For her to stay healthy, she needed some of her fitness classes to be less of an impact on her physical body. Hence, we offer cardio, flexibility, balance, and strengthening exercises that are adaptable to any ability so teachers can stay healthy while instructing others.

Ellie wants you to have this same opportunity to teach in your own community. You too can create a space where others can practice Meditative Movements™, earn a good income or volunteer your time, and teach classes that meet your and your student's needs and schedules.

Fitness Instructor Benefits

  1. You receive a script that meets your own physical abilities as well as your participants. You can create a cardio, flexibility, balance, strengthening class that uses seated, standing and floor Meditative Movements™.
  2. No other fitness related certification is required. If you are a new instructor and need more education and experience, we guide you through this process.
  3. Receive good income for work you love doing and stay fit while doing it. You can teach anywhere: in a studio, at a park, on the beach, in your clients living room. After you become a seasoned teacher, you could join Fit Bodies, Inc. on Fitness Pro Travel and teach in exotic destinations.
  4. Portable work - wherever you go you can take your expertise with you.
  5. Work as little or as much as you want. Volunteer, teach part or full time, evenings and weekends. You make your schedule because you own your own business.

New Fitness Teachers

If you have no prior group fitness instruction experience, we guide you through this process. For example, the American Council on Exercise offers Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Health Coach Certfications.

As part of our process, you will complete an instructor profile identifying additional areas you may need in order to be successful. Our Meditative Movement™ certificate is cost effective and is an easy way to start your own practice. Your income potential is unlimited. We support you so you can reach your success goals.

Investment of $590 includes:

  1. 8 - 12 hours of in person classroom training
  2. Tailored 60 minute customized Meditative Movements™ routine
  3. Training handbook
  4. Brief business planning
  5. Expect to practice on your own for at least 30 hours
  6. Class promotions on the Power of Positive Workouts website
  7. Additional 1-2 hour test out (written test and successful demonstration of technique)
  8. Ellie can help cohost your first class kickoff
  9. Instructor online support site
  10. Ongoing Educational Classes

Existing Instructors

Meditative Movements™ can easily be added to existing health fitness professionals teaching skill set. Group fitness instructors already teaching yoga, Tai Chi, Qiqong and other body work practices can integrate a few Meditative Movements™ into their existing routine or teach an entire class. Because the technique fits youth up to the elderly, you can choose the movements that fit your physical abilities and needs.

If you are looking to teach classes that are easy on your own body, this technique is great for Senior, Independent and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Facilities.

 Upcoming Trainings

 Thur, Oct 18 (2 sessions)

Times: 6:30-9:00pm for classroom instruction. Schedule test out with instructor.

Location: The Carlyle, 100 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN


 Wednesday, Nov 7 (1 session)

Times: 9:30-3:30pm for classroom instruction and test out.

Location: Longevity Studio, LaPlata, Maryland

Registration & More Information

 $125 Teacher Certificate Includes:

  1. 2.5 hours of in person classroom training
  2. Access to videos and written directions of 10 Meditative Movements™
  3. Teacher handbook
  4. Students practice on their own and then show successful demonstration of technique and complete written test (approximately 1 hour)
  5. Certificate of Attendance Letter 3.5 CEU
  6. Online teacher community
  7. Ongoing educational classes

*Recertification is required after two years and cost is $45.

* We offer scholarships if the certificate fee is higher than you can afford. If you are going to teach Meditative Movements™ as a volunteer, we support you by reducing your teaching certificate fee to be the current cost of the printed materials. Remember if you want to teach, everything is possibility. Please contact Ellie to learn about your available options. To schedule a training class in your area, contact Ellie

Research & Effects of Practicing

The University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Department's feasibility research study concluded that Meditative Movements™ may be effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue, while improving emotional well-being and functional well-being for persons with chronic health conditions. The findings suggest that Meditative Movements™ may be used as an alternative and complementary therapy or rehabilitation program for persons with chronic health conditions. Here's more information about the study.

"I haven't done the combination meditation/movement before, other than Qigong, and not with affirmations like this, so this class was fascinating, helpful and empowering. I tend to be resistant to affirmations, so I appreciated this new approach. Voicing / speaking the phrases was difficult but probably good for me. Thanks for keeping it simple." Pathways Participant

"Like yoga, Meditative Movements™, connects the body, mind, and spirit...but what is unique about Meditative Movements™ is the way in which I can claim my own power to authorize immediate change within myself. By saying affirmations out loud AND intentionally including the body in the expression of myself, I am being touched on an emotional level. There is a very powerful emotional experience to be had in saying the affirmations out loud while also expressing yourself with bodily movement. I have FELT change within myself in a way that is both tangibly powerful (I can really feel it). I now recognize how important it is to include the body (and body movement) in my practices toward becoming a more calm and centered person who is effective in the world." Bekah Rieke, Integrative Nutrition Coach

"I entered the class with a headache and feeling wiped out. I left feeling on a more even keel and no headache. Even after six hours it has not returned." Pathways Participant

" The mantras with the movements imprint the messages into my muscles. Another highlight was when I kept making mistakes yet I didn't feel bad. It's nice to know and hear yourself saying nice things to yourself." Pathways Participant

" I like affirming myself. Saying the affirmations is easy and they make working out more fun. My relationships are changing and I have found myself saying I am loved and I am strong more frequently throughout the week." Marge

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is the new teacher training process?

  1. Attend the in person class room training. You will complete an instructor profile identifying additional self development needs. Sign the Certificate Promises.
  2. Visit other Meditative Movement™ instructor classes.
  3. Practice your customized script on your own. When comfortable, start inviting friends and family to participate so you can experience teaching with others. You can also volunteer your time.
  4. Learn the information from the training handbook and other required assignments.
  5. Complete your self development action items. Take any additional classes that are needed.
  6. Teach your test out class and take the written test.
  7. Upon successful demonstration of technique, receive teaching certificate. If you fail to pass the certificate test, additional fees will be applied for test redos. Your teaching certificate is valid for one year.
  8. Market your class or receive additional business support. Additional fees may apply.
  9. Stay connected with other Meditative Movement™ instructors via online community and other social/business gatherings.
  10. Have fun teaching your class and making a difference in other's lives.

Q. What is the existing instructors training process?

  1. Attend the in person class room training. Sign the Certificate Promises.
  2. Practice the movements on your own. We estimate 4-6 hours of practice time.
  3. Learn the information from the training handbook.
  4. Upon successful demonstration of technique, receive teaching certificate. If you fail to pass the certificate test, additional fees will be applied for test redos. Your teaching certificate is valid for one year.
  5. Have fun teaching your movements and making a difference in other's lives.

Q. How long is the Certificate valid?

     A. Each year you will be required to follow the recertification process.

Q. Am I an employee of Power of Positive Workouts?

     A. No. You are responsible for all business functions.

Q. How much money can I make by teaching Meditative Movements™?

     A. That depends on how often and where you teach. For example, Community Education typically pays $15/hour. This can be beneficial as they market your class for you. If you hold your own class, you can rent studio space for approximately $15-35/hour. You can charge your students $10/time or offer packages. If you are hired at a facility, you could earn $60-$100 per class.

Q. Do I need to be CPR certified?

     A. It is highly recommended that you are CPR certified. Based on the location, the facility may require CPR certification in order for you to teach or they may have someone on staff that is CPR certified.

Q. What if I pay the certificate fee and I am unable to attend the in classroom training on that day?

     A.The fee will not be refunded. However, you can sign up for any future classes.

Q. Do you recommend having liability insurance to teach?

     A. We recommend working with the facility that you will be teaching at and determine your insurance needs.

Q. Are you an approved Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program?

     A. Because we do not teach the 200 hour and five Yoga Alliance educational categories like anatomy & physiology, we do not meet their requirements. Our specialty is teaching you the Meditative Movement program. As part of our new teacher training, you will complete an instructor profile identifying your additional self development needs. We guide you on various ways to obtain those skills.

Who is currently teaching Meditative Movements™?

Meet fitness instructors who have received certificates to teach Meditative Movements™ and links to their class schedules. By becoming a Meditative Movement™ instructor, you can be the change you want to see in the world. Empower your mind, move your body and your life changes naturally.

Affirm Yourself, Move Your Body, Enjoy Your Life

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