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Are you interested in teaching Kundalini Yoga (as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan) or learning more about this sacred technology? It is a beautiful practice that will surely enrich your life and develop fitness of mind, body and spirit.

Be aware during your search for a teacher training about who your trainers are, their qualifications and legitimacy, and what association you will be certified with once you graduate. Too many students have been misinformed and have had to re-take their training with legitimate teachers once they discovered they were not properly trained or certified after completing their training.

Currently, KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) 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.

Once a trainer is approved by KRI, they can list their trainings on the following site:

http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/kri-trainers . Here you will find listed the international courses with legitimate trainers. If you don’t see a course here, it’s not an approved course, and you won’t be certified by KRI or be able to be a member of IKYTA once you have completed it. This dramatically limits your legitimacy and future as a Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Here are some useful questions to ask to recognize a legitimate Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:

1. Who will I be certified with once I complete this training? (correct answer: KRI, and possibly also Yoga Alliance ) 2. What are the course textbooks? (correct answer: Aquarian Teacher, Master’s Touch)

3. How many hours is the course? (correct answer: 220)

4. Is this course recognized by the Kundalini Research Institute? (correct answer: yes)

5. Is this course trainer and program listed on http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/kri-trainers (correct answer: yes)

6. Is the course trainer approved by the Kundalini Research Institute as a trainer? (correct answer: yes)

7. Is White Tantric Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan a part of this training? (correct answer: yes)

8. Will I be able to attend the 5 Aquarian Teacher Level Two courses once I complete this training? (correct answer: yes)

9. May I be listed in the IKYTA international Kundalini Yoga teacher’s directory when I complete this course? (correct answer: yes)

10. Will I receive the monthly KRI newsletter once I complete this course? (correct answer: yes)

If you have asked the above questions and received the correct answers from your trainer, then you have done your homework and can trust that you will receive quality training. If not, then please be aware that you are registering for a training that is not approved by the KRI regulatory body or the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association


Deepen your personal practice, broaden your knowledge and skills, serve both Self and community. Take the next step on your path and become a Teacher. 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, a 40-day meditation, 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 a Level One 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 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.


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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.

Currently under development, Level Three is being designed as a uniquely personal journey to the Self and to one’s personally authentic identity as a Teacher based on 3 Qualities:

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 towards building and serving the community.

To receive a Level Three certificate, one will need to complete the requirements for each Quality.


More information about Level Three will be available soon.

“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






Summer Solstice Sadhana 2010 Post Tantric Lecture by Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®

June 22, 1989



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