The course is made up of 9 weekends and a 5 day residential Ashram Experience held in Quinta do Rajo, Portugal, the HQ of the Karam Kriya School. The topics and content of each module are provided below.
Introduction and course guidelines.
What is yoga? Origins & history up to present. Relevance for the transition into Aquarian Age.
Types of Yoga: Traditional & modern.
KY as the mother of all yogas. Householder’s Dharma. Balance of Shakti/ Bhakti.
Golden Chain: Adi Mantra, class structure. Baba Sri Chand, Guru Ram Das, Yogi Bhajan.
Code of Ethics – Professional Code & 16 Facets of the Teacher. 7 Steps to Happiness.
Quantum Shabd Guru: 4 Yugas, Kali Yug and Naam as the supreme yoga of Kali Yug.
The nature and age we live in, the transition between Piscean and Aquarian era.
The changes & challenges of the times & what is needed.
Sensory human: The body as a communication system.
Mantra: The meanings, effects & how to chant the mantras of Kundalini Yoga.
Sadhana: A daily discipline of exercise & meditation. Building your sadhana slowly & steadily.
The Map: Yogic & Western Anatomy
Western Anatomy: Body systems & specific organs.
How stress & lifestyle can effect & how yoga & diet help.
Addiction & how yoga helps. Cautions & pitfalls. Power/money/sex.
The yoga process: Concept of energetics & rejuvenation/ balance/ elimimation (G.O.D.).
Yogic Anatomy: Gunas, Tattwas, Chakras, Nadis, Vayus, Prana & Apana.
The Path of Kundalini & the Three Locks/ Bhandas.
Breathing & Living:
Pranayama: Body – Breath – Brain – Consciousness.
Its nature, importance, variations & effects.
Yogic Lifestyle: Guidelines, wisdom & tips for all aspects of life.
How to wake, hydrotherapy, diet, times of day, getting teh best sleep.
Addiction: and how yoga helps, link to Cautions & Pitfalls.
Relaxation: Its importance, different techniques.
The Technology of the Times:
Posture, Kriyas (concept & practice), Asanas (angles, triangles & rhythm).
The effects/ benefits/ cautions. Including shivasana.
Mind & Meditation:
The techniques, types, effects over time, stages.
Patanjali: Pratyahaar, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.
The 3 Minds. Training the mind.
Humanology: We are Spirits here for the Human Experience.
The possible Hu-man Be-ing. Soul’s choice, soul’s journey, birth, 120 days, the mother. Being fe/male, growing up, Moon Points, Lifecycles. Meditations for wo/men. Relationships – the highest yoga. Venus Kriyas. Communication.
Roles & Responsibilities: In & out of the class setting.
The art of being a student, 5 Steps to Wisdom, the 4 Errors, 2 Laws – keep up & deliver. The nature & art of a teacher – Teacher’s Oath.
Teaching in different spaces, different levels, different groups.
Before, during & after the class. Managing the time, space, ambience & the people.
Message, marketing, media. Preparing yourself & preparing the class.
Yogic Philosophy; Death & Dying
Philosophy: Key terms & common concepts in Yogic Philosophy. Sutras of Patanjali. Importance of concentration.
Yamas & Niyamas in detail. From Pranayama to Samadhi.
Maya & the cycle of manifestation – the ladder of subtlety.
Death & Dying: What happens when we die & after we die?
The stages, issues, opportunity & technology. Dead/ Liberated while alive.
Ashram Experience (5 days)
Completion & Continuity
Ten Spiritual Bodies & The Applied Science of Spiritual Numerology.
Kundalini Yoga & Sikh Dharma: Differences & Similarities.
Resources for the teacher. Questions & Answers. Preparation for the exam.
Viewing & experiencing Yogi Bhajan through videos; exploring the Master’s words – The Master’s Touch (book). Personal check in. Improving teaching skills.