KRI Badgekytt-level1-badge-smallParticipate to receive certification in the KRI Kundalini Yoga Level 1 International Teacher Training Program, as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, or to immerse yourself in the science of Kundalini Yoga. Learn meditation skills and Kundalini Yoga exercises to take you to the next level of awareness, clarity and high performance in your life. This course provides the foundation to be able to teach specialized courses.

Master yourself and awaken your potential using the science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. The Aquarian Teacher™ KRI Level One Teacher Training Program is for everyone, whether you would like to become a certified teacher or just wish to deepen your personal experience of Kundalini Yoga.

Upcoming Level 1 Training Programs

“The Kundalini teacher training with Sat Dharam Kaur inspired a kind of learning that is deeper and more lasting than any other spiritual or other training I’ve experienced. It manifests in surprising ways, and has given me a set of important touchstones that have helped me be more attentive to living purposefully, and brave in the face of ever-changing circumstances.”
—C.M.

“Taking the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training has given me an incredible body of knowledge to use daily in my practice and to teach others. I have matured into my true self. The course has allowed me to find inner strength during difficult times by using the power of the pranayams, kriyas, and meditations. It was very empowering, reflective, compassionate, and supportive. These are tools for wisdom and strength in a changing time, tools to use forever.”
-B.M.

Benefits of this Course

  • You will receive a thorough grounding on all the basics of Kundalini Yoga.
  • This course is a blend of lecture, reading, and exercise to give you a powerful, deep experience.
  • Personal guidance and feedback in key teaching skills will be given.
  • You will be introduced to a network of people committed to self-improvement, healing and professional development.
  • Receive professional certification that meets the requirements for the 200-hours Yoga Alliance membership, and internationally recognized certification with 3HO and IKYTA.
  • Train with experienced, professional and knowledgeable yoga instructors.
  • Excellent teaching materials are included in the cost of the course.

Reasons to Take this Training

  • These techniques provide you with a lifetime of benefits and tools that allow you to maintain your flexibility, balance your glands, tone your muscles, and switch your mood, state of mind and level of energy in a few minutes.
  • The world is changing. Kundalini Yoga is a technology to raise our consciousness to a level where we can recognize our connectedness and live for one another.
  • There is no better way to learn than to teach and share. An excellent way to master something is to practice it and teach it.
  • The new millennium is here; leaders and teachers are needed and are in high demand. Kundalini Yoga will help give you the stamina, courage and insight to manifest your highest potential.

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Postures: Exercises for Strength and Healing

  • How to avoid common errors – modifications for limited mobility and health, strength and flexibility; avoiding injury, e.g., to the neck and back; avoiding R.S.I. (repetitive strain injury) that can sometimes show up in wrists and knees.
  • How to get maximum value from each posture – form and alignment precision to attain the full expression of each exercise.

The Power of the Word

  • The science of sound – how to get the most value from chanting, understanding the mechanisms by which it works.
  • The use of the word to heal, transform and uplift.
  • Overview and experience of different forms of mantra meditations. Kundalini Yoga incorporates dozens of mantras, each with its own vibratory effect. Mantras can be used for very specific purposes. Some will enhance our magnetic field or balance the tattvas (elements); others can open the heart chakra or strengthen the navel centre. Specific mantras may develop courage or improve interpersonal communication.
  • While we use postures, philosophy, breathing and relaxation, it is the scientific use of sound that most distinguishes Kundalini Yoga from other forms of yoga.

Yogic and Western Anatomy

  • In this course, you will gain an understanding of how the respiratory, nervous, immune, musculo-skeletal, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems function and how they are influenced by the practice and teaching of yoga. In addition to traditional Western anatomy, you will learn about Yogic anatomy and the energy systems of the body, including the chakras, the nadis, the pranas and vayus, and the five koshas (yogic sheaths). We will also explore the relationship between Western anatomy (the physical body) and Yogic anatomy (the subtle body) through practical yoga exercises, breathing practices, and relaxation techniques.
  • Learn the necessary anatomy for teaching yoga and understand how it works through the physical body. There will be a strong emphasis on many of the therapeutic aspects of Kundalini Yoga and meditation.
  • You will learn how specific yoga exercises can rejuvenate the vital organs.
  • A study of the Chakras and the Ten Bodies; Prana, Apana, the Nadis and Kundalini energies and how this subtle anatomy relates to and overlaps the physical body.

History of Yoga

  • A survey of its roots and current day applications.
  • Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.
  • The historical stages and the development of yoga in general and Kundalini Yoga specifically.
  • This section of study is particularly useful for both your own understanding and because students will ask you many questions about yoga and the more you know, the more you can serve.

Yoga Fundamentals

  • This comprehensive introduction to fundamental yoga techniques gives you tools and concepts essential for a thriving personal practice. This covers:
  1. physical practice of yoga asana
  2. the basics of yogic breathing practice called pranayama
  3. the practice of the three major locks called bandhas
  4. the power of word and sound in yogic mantra practice
  5. the use of hand and body positions to direct the flow of energy through directed use of mudras
  6. the nature and purpose of meditation
  7. the effects and practice of relaxation techniques

Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

Yoga practice comes from a rich historical, philosophical and literary tradition that addresses and enriches all areas of life. In this educational module, you will learn about the psychology, philosophy and history of yoga, its literary and cultural heritage, and the basic concepts that underlie all yoga practices. From this basis, you will learn how to practically and effectively integrate the teachings of yoga into your life in interpersonal relationships, your personal health and hygiene habits, and your daily diet.

Foundations of Kundalini Yoga

This provides hands-on training so you can build a strong personal practice. Students will explore the theory and practice of asanas (postures) and kriyas (yoga sets), as well as learning the basics of meditation and mudras.

Techniques of Kundalini Yoga

This module develops the skills and techniques to become a skilled practitioner and teacher of yoga. Students will explore and practice the techniques of Kundalini Yoga as they apply to healing and humanology (the science of daily living), as well as the transformational role of the teacher in developing a successful yoga practice.

Teaching Methods of Kundalini Yoga

The methodology of teaching yoga includes practical suggestions for teaching beginners, ethical guidelines for teachers, the language of teaching, student-oriented teaching techniques, curriculum development, and the role of a teacher. In addition to 18 hours of in-class lecture and practice, two outside hours are spent in developing a curriculum for your own teaching purposes. The emphasis of the module is learning and implementing practical methods that create a successful learning experience for yoga students.

Classroom Practice in Kundalini Yoga

The classroom practice module develops an appreciation and understanding of yoga from a teacher’s perspective. You will attend 20 Kundalini yoga classes with a certified teacher and record your observations and experiences as you begin to develop your teaching skills. In addition, you will participate in five early morning Sadhana classes.

Teaching Practicum in Kundalini Yoga

The teaching practicums provide practical experience in instructing a yoga class. You will teach in small groups with fellow students under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer. The teaching groups will give feedback to each other, and you receive a written evaluation about your teaching experience from a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to practice teaching skills with your fellow students in study groups. Finally, you will teach a public yoga class of your own time and choosing.

Kundalini Yoga: The Chakras

We will examine the major and minor chakras (energetic centers) in the context of a yoga practice, with practical considerations given to the effects of various asanas, meditations, and yoga practices on specific chakras.

Kundalini Yoga: Ten Bodies

We will discuss the concept and use of the ten yogic bodies (physical body, soul body, pranic body, subtle body, and radiant body, arc line, aura, and positive, negative and neutral mind) in practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga.

White Tantric Yoga

You will experience a cleansing meditation practice done in a group setting with a partner. For more information about White Tantric Yoga, contact 3HO directly at www.3ho.org or at www.whitetantricyoga.com. Please check with your course facilitator to see if the cost of White Tantric Yoga is covered in your course fee.

Highlights

  • The cycles of the intellect
  • The structure of a thought
  • The use of meditation as a key to happiness and success
  • How to make your mind your most powerful friend
  • Teaching yoga to beginners
  • Teaching in diverse environments
  • Exploring the myths and misconceptions about Kundalini
  • Experiencing sadhana
  • Five stages of spiritual growth
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • Yoga for pregnancy and exercises for men and women
  • Breath and pranayam
  • Yogic views on food and nutrition, with recipes
  • Teacher’s code of ethics
  • The importance of relaxation
  • Healing circles, full moon meditations
  • Teaching resources

Requirements

  1. This training program is typically ten weekends long. Please refer to the specific course offering for additional details.
  2. Sadhana: 4:30 – 6:30 am early morning practice. Approximately 1 hour of yoga and postures plus 1 hour of beautiful, chanting meditations. Challenging and exquisite, it gives you victory and strength in your life.
  3. Home Practice: 40-Days Meditation/Yoga Set. A 40-day practice is an opportunity to break down outdated mental, emotional and physical patterns, replacing them with new, empowering ones.
  4. Written Exam, in class
  5. Practicum: Practice teaching sessions. Three shorter sessions in small groups and one full class for course evaluation. To master something, teach it!
  6. Attend a minimum of 20 Kundalini Yoga classes. Twenty classes must be completed with certified Kundalini Yoga instructors during the course and prior to certification. These classes are not covered in the course fee.
  7. Home Study. Reading course materials, some written homework.
  8. Yogi Bhajan video lectures. Several will be shown during class time.
  9. Participate in one White Tantric Yoga course (one day). White Tantric is an exceptional experience, a full day meditation course that unloads the subconscious burden. One day courses generally cost from $110 to $150 US. This course fee is not covered in your teacher training tuition. Please check with your course administrator. See www.whitetantricyoga.com
  10. Graduation ceremony

Certification

To fulfill the requirements for KRI Level 1 Certification you must:

  1. Attend all scheduled weekend sessions (for unavoidable absence, the teacher training team will decide how and if a student can make-up missed classes)
  2. Do five Sadhanas
  3. Attend one White Tantric Yoga course
  4. Complete assigned 40-day yoga set/meditation
  5. Have a passing grade on the written exam
  6. Have satisfactory practicum presentation
  7. Take 20 additional Kundalini Yoga classes during the duration of your training. (These classes are not covered in the teacher training fee.)
  8. Become an associate member in IKYTA (International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association) – the cost of your first year membership is included in the teacher training fee. This membership will help you become known as a teacher, network with other teachers and keep you up to date with the quarterly teacher’s newsletter “Kundalini Rising”)

Get Ready

  • There is work in this course – make a commitment to excel in it.
  • Write into your schedule all the weekends, reading time, home practice time, times for classes, etc.
  • This is an intensive training program, and it is totally worth the effort!
  • Because Kundalini Yoga is a powerful system for transformation, be prepared for your life to change.

“The Kundalini teacher training with Sat Dharam Kaur inspired a kind of learning that is deeper and more lasting than any other spiritual or other training I’ve experienced. It manifests in surprising ways, and has given me a set of important touchstones that have helped me be more attentive to living purposefully, and brave in the face of ever-changing circumstances.”
—C.M.

“Truly the best course I have ever taken. When I started this course my intention was to enhance my Hatha and Ashtanga teaching practice. I never expected the benefits that would come from this course. Kundalini Yoga allowed me to build my nervous system which allowed vitality and energy to course through me. I know have more energy than I did when I was in my 20s. My body is now more flexible and youthful. This change is so obvious that many of my family and friends have asked, ‘What are you doing?’. I also am now able to enter to a state of peace at will within 10 mins. of practice. These practices work with everyone!!! I practice Kundalini Yoga with my high school students for a few mins. at the start of every class. Although the students were initially resistant they now crave the relaxation and confidence that this brief practice brings. My teacher Sat Dharam Kaur lives these teachings. She was able to give practical and inspiring teaching as to how to enter the zone. I was amazed at how generous she was with her teachings, time and love. I have had many teachers that initially seemed to be kind and trustworthy, who only later showed their true colors. She is the real thing!!! Sat Dharam is 100% committed not only to her students but to every person she encounters. Shabad Saroop was a wonderful guide who mentored us through many practical aspects of the practice. He always had a smile and a great sense of humour. My life has been altered from taking this course. Thank you…”
—T.A.

“This year has been one of the best things I’ve ever experienced and I just wanted to say thank-you. I’m feeling very different since the course ended…just so grateful, lighter, happier. I find now if I’m crying it’s more because I’m just so in awe of how overwhelming and incredible God’s love is.”
—L.B.

“Sat Dharam I can not thank you enough for this past year. You have given the guidance I could only hope from my Mother, except the radiance and space you came from was so different, without judgement of any of us. I am soooo appreciative of that. The words I read in January ‘be prepared to change’ your life, ring in my head this week more than ever. My life has changed 100% this year, all for the better, and all because of the Kundalini Yoga course. My thanks and appreciation to to all of you in the course and you Sat Dharam, words are not enough. My life flows much easier.”
—K.P.

“For me, I relate the experience of Kundalini Yoga and the Teacher’s Training to the music of Snatam Kaur, when she sings ‘and I’m Coming Home.’ What a beautiful spiritual Home it is. Thanks to each and every one of you.”
—S.C.

“The Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course helped me to cultivate my inner awareness and guide my journey. This was made possible with great teaching and coaching throughout the course. This course also helped me to realize my potential. It gave me a foundation and knowledge of Yoga and tools to use in my daily life. About Sat Dharam – “a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, a GREAT teacher Inspires.” Sat Dharam inspired me through the course and made this journey possible. She is an awesome and generous teacher. She lives by her teachings and practices. She is a source of inspiration and strength. I respect her ability to share her knowledge and strength generously with each and every student in the class. She is extremely knowledgeable in Kundalini Yoga and its science. I am truly blessed to be guided by such an awesome gifted teacher.”
—P.K.

“I loved every moment of the course. I could barely wait from one weekend to the next to continue. The training helped me to heal many of my issues and to regain faith. After each weekend of training I felt uplifted, energized and motivated to conquer my fears, pain, sadness and darkness. I learned how to establish new boundaries and most importantly learned how to access my neutral mind. My everyday coping skills are now stronger than ever in my life and I am able to help those around me with loving detachment. I am particularly grateful to Sat Dharam Kaur, who approached each of us with exceptional understanding, love and compassion. She was always available to address our deep spiritual, emotional and physiological needs by sharing with us her great wisdom not only from the yogic perspective but also from the perspective of a Naturopathic Doctor and highly advanced spiritual being.
I loved the panel of teachers:
I would like to thank Daya Kaur- for her gentle yet solid, reliable presence and helping me with understanding the learning process.
Lee Majewski – for sharing with us her great yogic knowledge and teaching me not to be afraid of asking questions.
Har Prakash – for his expertise and deep understanding of the meditative mind.
Sat Amrit – for his broad perspective on the spiritual aspects of life.
Nirmal Singh – for his humble and detailed evaluation of us. This great contribution helped us to perfect our kriyas and postures.
Thank you and love to you all.”
—A.K.

“I would like to take a moment to reflect on my experience during the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. When I first inquired about the training I had only taken one prior Kundalini class! Although I had been practicing Hatha Yoga for years, I felt that something was missing in my practice, I wanted to go deeper, to learn and experience more about the traditions, breath-work, meditation, and mantra.
On the first day of class I felt like I had arrived home, the Teachers were knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate. I felt at a very deep level that this was the knowledge that I had been searching for. As the months passed I felt myself open to the fact that this training would greatly deepen my own practice, and be something beautiful to share with the world. Of course it was not always easy, and there were many challenges, but there was always support and encouragement along the way. As our group of teachers-in-training progressed, we became like a family, sharing and building upon our success together.
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of Yogic technology, as well as a stronger connection with themselves.”
—A.D.

“Taking the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training has given me an incredible body of knowledge to use daily in my practice and to teach others. I have matured into my true self. The course has allowed me to find inner strength during difficult times by using the power of the pranayams, kriyas, and meditations. It was very empowering, reflective, compassionate, and supportive. These are tools for wisdom and strength in a changing time, tools to use forever.”
-B.M.

I wanted to thank you one more time for all that you are and all that you’ve given.
Your indomitable spirit, drive, seemingly endless reserves of energy, passion, compassion and utter devotion to the teachings that you so totally embody are indeed the spark to light the inner fire and spirit of those whose lives you touch. I am certainly the grateful beneficiary of that spark of radiance. You inspire others and gather around you those who in turn inspire others. And so the Golden Chain grows.
– O.D.