NHE 107: Teaching from the Inside Out – Personal Development


This course will offer transformative practices that contribute to physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual development.


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Course Description:
This course will offer transformative practices that contribute to physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual development. This holistic set of practices integrates personal and social transformation. To achieve this integration educators must be examples of different ways of knowing, doing and being for themselves and their students. The key to this personal and social transformation is to develop a rationalistic mentality that serves the welfare of all.
How this course is related to Neohumanism?
It is a self awareness journey that has the students experientially perform exercises, maintain a reflective journal and share with other students the balancing of their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual lives. This unique experience supports the Neohumanist principle of expanding our identity to interconnect with all living beings as one family.
What is the result or change students will experience?
Students will exhibit more self confidence personally and as a teacher. They will reflect competence and zeal for Neohumanist teaching that supports the all round growth of children.
Dates of Class: Nov. 2 – Nov. 14, 2023 (Fall Break Nov. 19 – Nov. 25); Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2023
Times of Class:Thursdays, SA: 2pm UTC ; SB: 11pm UTC
Instructor: Linda Baker and Dr. Sid Jordan
Linda Baker is a certified K-8 teacher and holds an M.S. in counseling with K-12 certification. She worked as a teacher and school counselor for grades pre-K through 8 in a public magnet school in New Haven, Connecticut for 33 years. Linda was not only a classroom instructor but a specialty teacher in Science and Social Studies in the middle school grades for ten years. She developed the school’s counseling program, served as a school counselor and supervised counseling and Yale University Dwight Hall interns for over two decades.
Trained in numerous innovative curricula and educational programs, Linda has consulted in a range of areas. Career highlights include training, consulting, online curriculum writing and articles for Neohumanist Education; writing and publishing a curriculum for the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute; PIMMS (Project to Increase Mastery in Math and Science education) Fellow; consultant and founder of Amistad Academy (Achievement First); AVID school coordinator and Student Support Facilitator with an emphasis on ECL (Emotional Well-Being, Creativity and Learning).
Linda completed five years of facilitator training with the New England Institute of Systemic Constellations and additional training with the ECL Foundation. For three years she was a catalyst for ECL by bringing the systemic lens and ECL practices to staff, students, counselors, school leaders and parents at Conte West Hills Magnet School in New Haven. In addition, she led ECL workshops at other schools and conferences.
In September 2017 Linda started Supporting Systems LLC . Her practice provides ECL and Neohumanist education workshops, training, consulting and on-site services to schools, conferences and other organizations. Linda has presented and trained in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Sid Jordan has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and meditation teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught individual, group and family psychotherapy and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of S. C. for 25 years. During this period he also served for five years as Director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services at the Franklin C. Fetter Neighborhood Health Care Center in Charleston S. C.
In 1994 he moved to Asheville NC to develop an eco-village to support the service community of Ananda Girisuta (Daughter of the Mountain) on the French Broad River near Marshall, NC. In 1997 he trained to be an Ananda Marga Family Acarya in India committed to giving personal instructions in meditation and yoga.
He currently serves as president of the Ananda Marga Gurukula Inc. Board in the US, supporting Neohumanist Education pre-K thru college worldwide. He is President of the Board of the Prama Institute on the Ananda Girisuta property where he helps direct programing and teaches yoga psychology and spiritual practices.
At the Prama Wellness Center he teaches yoga therapy and stress management to individuals and groups. Currently he is Director of the Neohumanist College of Asheville on a 33 acre campus next to the Wellness Center that offers online education and mentoring for Neohumanist educators globally. He continues to offer his 40 years of experience and teaching of yoga psychology, philosophy and practices to audiences worldwide.
Class Per Week: 2 hours
Study & Engagement Per Week: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Credit: 2
Registration: Learn more about the Neohumanist Teacher Preparation Program (Blocks 1 – 4)
“I feel that this course enabled me to be more confident and unlocked my hidden potential. Whilst I was studying, I felt called to start a new project in Indonesia, despite all the challenges of Covid. With the support of the material in this course, I was able to see the positive side and be strong in my self-belief in order to nurture this new project.”
– A.Madhupurna
Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this course part of a larger, more in-depth program?

Yes. While this course is open to all and has no pre-requisites, completion of this course can count towards earning a Neohumanist Teacher Certification. To learn more about the Teacher Preparation Program, click here. Interested to apply? Send your interest inquiry to nhe@gurukul.edu.

What certifications do I earn upon successful completion of this course?

A Certificate of Achievement from the Neohumanist College of Asheville, an affiliate of Ananda Marga Gurukula Network.

What are the requirements for successful completion?

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the online virtual classroom sessions. Student will also be required to upload all work to our Google Classroom, for 100% learning activity completion.

More Questions?

Please email us at info@nhca.gurukul.edu if you have additional questions or need help making payment arrangements.


Refunds may be requested up until the second class meeting. All refunds are issued minus an administrative processing fee of $50 USD. Additionally, any refund request will be subject to the Neohumanist College of Asheville Refund Policy.