Expanding consciousness: the essential purpose of education and life. There is a dimension of consciousness that runs through all of life. At the upper end of this spectrum we find a vibrant, expansive energy that reveals itself in qualities like kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, generosity, self-respect, love, and joy. At the least developed level, it flickers with a low level of energy in a constricted range of behavior, manifesting in such qualities as obstinacy, negligence, lack of self-confidence, superstition, procrastination, callousness,and duplicity. In the middle range of consciousness we find a mixture of behaviors where the energy is generally high, but with a turbulent, egotistical expression as in the qualities of selfishness, impulsivity, pride, fastidiousness, revengefulness, worry, and arrogance.
Education for Life (EFL) teaches individuals to assess the psychological and behavior spectrum of consciousness inchildren and adults, and to implement strategies for raising levels of consciousness. Teachers learn to cultivate their own level of consciousness through whatever practices they find to be helpful, including meditation,prayer and mindfulness practices. Experiential practice helps prospective teachers realize the importance of compassionate and empathetic student-teacher relationships. Key EFL learning objectives include expressing one’s ideas clearly and concisely, living harmoniously with the environment, understanding the motivations of other people and appreciating life’s interrelationships. Of special concern is the nurturing of a balanced development of the body, feelings, will, and intellect. Students who develop physical vitality, emotional maturity, dynamic will power, and a clear, practical intellect are prepared to lead a genuinely satisfying life of personal accomplishment and growth.
During the first two years of study, students attend classes from multiple disciplines, experiencing how the principles of yoga permeate all areas of life. Afterwards, students begin participating in elementary and high school classrooms—first observing and then helping to create learning environments that manifest yogic principles. Graduates of the Education for Life program receive certification, and are prepared for careers in teaching, counseling, school administration and educational research and consulting. To learn more about our Living Wisdom Schools, which are based on Education for Life principles, go to edforlife.org.
EFL Certificate Program
This certification is ideal for graduate students, credentialed teachers and individuals with professional educational experience. The purpose of the certificate program is to train students to work in an EFL or Living Wisdom School, to apply EFL principles to other educational settings, or to start new schools or learning programs. The standard program involves a one year series of classes and internships that provide both the theoretical and experiential components necessary for becoming a successful EFL teacher. Some students may need a second year of study to attain the necessary proficiency. At the completion of the course, students are awarded an EFL Teaching Certificate. The EFL Teaching Credential is reserved for those who have completed two or more years of successful teaching utilizing the principles of EFL.