Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Certification
SINCE 1999 at Spirit Rising Yoga
Spirit Rising Yoga's 19th Teacher Training course has begun!
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Are you interested in teaching Kundalini Yoga (as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan) or learning more about this sacred technology of consciousness?
It is a beautiful practice that will surely enrich your life and develop fitness of mind, body and spirit.
Currently, the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) is the official international training organization that promotes the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and oversees teacher training programs in 52 countries, graduating over 3000 new Kundalini Yoga teachers annually. The Level One KRI Aquarian Teacher Training Program consists of a 220 hour program (180 hours in class; 40 home practice) with a comprehensive well-organized course textbook called “The Aquarian Teacher” and a companion text called “The Master’s Touch”. Graduates of Level One earn the title of KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, are registered with the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) and fulfill the Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour requirement. The primary regulatory body for Kundalini Yoga teachers is IKYTA, not Yoga Alliance.
Becoming a trainer for a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program takes years if not decades of practice and study. Potential trainers must have taught over 1000 hours of Kundalini Yoga, completed a Level One and 5 Level Two Modules totaling over 500 hours of study, and have spent several years mentoring with existing trainers. Potential new trainers are assessed by an international certification committee on their competence and maturity as teachers before being designated as associate, professional or lead trainers by KRI. On average it takes about eight years of mentoring before one is approved as a “lead” trainer.
The Aquarian Teacher™ is a comprehensive, experiential program offering three progressive levels of certification:
Level One Instructor: Foundations
The KRI Level One Aquarian Teacher Training Program is a 220-hour professional certification program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ®. An interactive course in the theory, practice, and basic skills of a Kundalini Yoga instructor, it includes 180 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of independent study: service projects, 40-day meditations, and White Tantric Yoga. Graduates of Level One earn the title of KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and fulfill the Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour requirement.
Foundations introduces the student to the principles and practices of the self-sensory human, and explores how Kundalini Yoga and yogic lifestyle can harmonize and uplift the human experience and awaken your true potential.
There are six principle components in this Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program:
Kriya and Meditation: The foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
The theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga kriyas (yoga sets), asanas, and mudras. Explore the nature of the mind and its training through Kundalini Yoga meditations, mantras, and pranayam (breathing techniques).
Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
The history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy behind all yogic practices. The technologies of Kundalini Yoga as they apply to healing and Humanology (the science of daily living), including diet, nutrition, and relationships.
Anatomy & Physiology: Essentials of Yogic and Functional Anatomy
Traditional Western anatomy, its purpose and function, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems and their relation to the practice and teaching of yoga. Also Yogic anatomy and the energy systems of the body including the chakras, nadis, pranas and vayus, and the ten yogic bodies.
Consciousness of a Teacher: Virtues and Values of Living in the Golden Chain
The skills and techniques to become an effective instructor, including practical strategies for teaching beginners, ethical guidelines, curriculum development, and the transformational role of the teacher in developing a successful yoga practice.
The Master’s Touch: Cultivating a Connection to the Master
Connect with Yogi Bhajan through DVD classes, the personal experiences of the Trainers and study.
The Practicum: Teaching from Day One
Practical experience instructing a yoga class under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer, receiving written evaluation and student feedback.
Level Two Practitioner: Transformation
Develop the inner growth and personal discipline of a truly excellent teacher. Open to KRI Level One Certified Instructors, this 300-hour certification program consists of five, 62-hour modules. Graduates of Level Two earn the title of KRI Certified Practitioner of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and combined with Level One certification, fulfill the Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 500-hour requirement.
Building on the foundation of Level One, Level Two Teacher Training is about personal transformation and deepening the core capacities, character and consciousness of a Kundalini Yoga teacher.
In this level, the Instructor cultivates the yogic capacities of intuition, neutrality and self-assessment within the five mirrors of consciousness:
• Conscious Communication – Uplift and penetrate through the power of the word.
• Mind and Meditation – Conquer the mind and conquer the world.
• Authentic Relationships – Unfold your true identity in the matrix of conscious relationship.
• LifeCycles and LifeStyles – Discover mystery and mastery through every cycle of life.
• Vitality and Stress – Cultivate the caliber to guide yourself and others through life’s challenges.
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Level Three Teacher: Realization
Discover the spiritual maturity of a Teacher and leader in the Aquarian Age, as all facets of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan permeate every aspect of your being.
This is the third stage in the development of the Aquarian Teacher Training program as envisioned by Yogi Bhajan. It is very different from Level 1 & 2 in that it is not a series of classes, but a lifestyle experience.
Level Three is being designed as an uniquely personal journey to the Self and to one’s personally authentic identity as a Teacher based on 3 Pillars:
I. Spiritual Maturity: To develop an authentic fully integrated presence as Teacher, achieved through self-reflection, spiritual lifestyle practices and peer dialogue support.
II. Meditative Mind: To cultivate and refine one’s meditative mind, as achieved through focused application of specific Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditation practices individually and in intensive group practices*.
III. Selfless Service/Seva: To develop an ongoing attitude of Seva/Selfless Service. To align individual passion, purpose and destiny to build and serve community.
To receive a Level Three certificate, one will need to complete the requirements for each pillar. One of the requirements for the Meditative Mind Pillar will be the completion of the 21 Stages of Meditation course. If you are interested in pursuing Level Three, you can already fulfill that requirement now, (even if you have not yet completed Level One or Level Two).
Beyond the attainment of a Level Three Certificate, we are co-creating and participating in a Level Three culture and community of peers representing a communal link in the Golden Chain. This deepening realization process may never end. More information about the content and format and how you may join the Level Three program will be made available when TTEC completes its development project.
“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” —Yogi Bhajan