There are six principle components you will be working with:
◼ Kriya & Meditation: The Foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
◼ Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
◼ Anatomy & Physiology: The Basics of Spiritual and Western Anatomy
◼ The Consciousness of a Teacher: The Virtues and Values of Living in the Golden Chain
◼ The Master’s Touch: Cultivating a Connection to the Master, Yogi Bhajan
◼ The Practicum: Teaching on Day One
Kriya & Meditation
The Foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
Learn the theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga Kriyas & Meditations:
◼ Kriya: Understand the nature of kriya—the completed action—and its application to Kundalini Yoga, your life cycles, and more
◼ Asana: Divine Alignment and the Science of Angles and Triangles as applied to Kundalini Yoga Postures
◼ Pranayam: The Science and Technology of Breath using Breath Retention and the Body’s Bandhas, Breath of Fire, One Minute Breath, Sitali Pranayam and more
◼ Drishti: Dharana, or Concentration, and the Benefits of Eye Focus. The Third Eye, Lotus Point, Moon Center and more
◼ Mudra: Experience the Qualities of the Different Hand Positions. Gyan, Buddhi, Shuni, and Ravi Mudras as well as Venus Lock and their Relationship to Mastering the Elements
◼ Naad: The Power of Sound and Mantra to Raise the Kundalini and Serve the Consciousness in the Aquarian Age
◼ Meditation: Experience Dozens of Meditations to Incorporate into Your Daily Kundalini Yoga Practice
Kundalini Yoga is so vast. I feel like I’ve just gotten a taste of the richness of this path and all its many components. I look forward to continuing on this journey to becoming a practitioner and teacher—and always being a student of these teachings.
Humanology and Philosophy
The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Understand the history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy and concepts that make up the yogic tradition.
◼ The Good Life: Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do? The disciplined life of a Teacher.
◼ Sadhana: The foundation of our lifestyle. Experience the practice of yoga and meditation before the sun rises.
◼ Shakti and Bhakti: Empowering your practice and surrendering through service.
◼ Good Eats: How to live as a vegetarian—and love it!
◼ The Sun and Moon Teachings: What does it mean to be a woman in the Aquarian Age? A man?
◼ Yogic Philosophy and the Aquarian Age: Applying Ancient Wisdom in Contemporary Times
I’m thrilled by the challenge of taking on this new discipline, this way of life, the life of a yogi. For as long as I can remember, I’ve searched for a way to be more truly myself, more truly human; as a friend of mine said recently, Yogi Bhajan has given us the technology to be in the world but not of it. I’m so grateful for these teachings.
Anatomy & Physiology
The Basics of Yogic and Western Anatomy
Explore the purpose and function of the body’s systems and how they support the practice of Kundalini Yoga and the Lifestyle of a Yogi:
◼ Digestive System: What’s the definition of Good Digestion? What are the components of Good Digestion? What’s the role of good digestion in your health and the health of your students?
◼ Respiratory System: How do the various pranayams affect the chemical make-up of the blood? What’s the effect of respiration on the nervous system and vice versa?
◼ Nervous System: How does Kundalini Yoga strengthen the autonomic, motor and sympathetic nervous systems? What is the role of Meditation on the mind, the endocrine system and the nerves?
◼ Endocrine System: What’s the role of the glands in maintaining good health? How does the chakra system inform and strengthen the glandular system? What kriyas and meditations support the glands? What’s the endocrine system’s role in immunity?
◼ Musculoskeletal System: Learn how the muscles, bones, ligaments and others supporting tissues work together to keep us upright and moving through the world. Develop the right cues so that you can help your students find their best possible pose.
◼ The 10 Bodies: What are they and how do they inform your yoga practice and teaching?
◼ Nadis, Vayus, and Chakras: The basics of Yogic Anatomy and how they work through with the breath, the movement of energy and the awakening of the Self.
◼ Integration: How do the Western and Yogic anatomy systems work together to support our understanding of health and the body’s functions?
We made a human chain of the digestive system; it really helped me visualize the digestive process. It made learning anatomy fun!
Your Role as a Teacher
The Virtues and Values of a Teacher
Learn the roles and responsibilities as well as the skills and techniques of an effective instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
◼ Practical Techniques for Teaching Beginners
◼ Ethical Guidelines for Teachers
◼ Curriculum Development: Workshops, Series, and Applied Environments
◼ The Transformational Role of the Teacher
◼ The Consciousness of a Teacher
I came here to explore something in myself that I didn’t quite understand. I leave here knowing I am a Teacher—that I have always been a Teacher—and that destiny begins today!
The Master’s Touch
Cultivating a Connection to the Master, Yogi Bhajan
Develop an awareness of your connection to the Master, cultivate a relationship to the Golden Chain of Teachers, and serve the legacy of the teachings.
◼ Seven Video classes with Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga
◼ Connecting to the Golden Chain: Experience the Master’s Touch
◼ Serving Legacy over Lineage
◼ Experiencing the Subtle Body of the Master: The Tratakam Meditation and the Art of Listening
◼ Celebrate & Meditate with the entire Global Community on August 26th, Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday – the party happens during the Immersion!
Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday Celebration was so much fun; what a gift to have been here to celebrate the life of our Teacher with such an eclectic gathering of people!
Teaching on Day One
Well—almost day one! Develop an appreciation and understanding of yoga from a teacher’s perspective and experience teaching—with focus groups for feedback and encouragement—throughout the course.
◼ Practice teaching Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and Meditation under the guidance of Senior Teachers and Trainers in Training
◼ Teach in small groups under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer
◼ Receive written feedback from Practicum
Some of the most helpful information came out of the experience of teaching in front of my peers. What a revelation! To sit in the Teacher’s seat and actually experience the Golden Chain—really helped to boost my confidence. I look forward to returning home and teaching.