Aquarian Teacher Training - Level 1

Course Content

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.

Weekend 1

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.  

Weekend 2

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.  

Weekend 3

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.

Weekend 4

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.

Weekend 5

The Technology of the Times:

Posture, Kriyas (concept & practice), Asanas (angles, triangles & rhythm).

The effects/ benefits/ cautions. Including shivasana.

Weekend 6

Mind & Meditation:

The techniques, types, effects over time, stages.

Patanjali: Pratyahaar, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.

The 3 Minds. Training the mind.

Weekend 7

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.

Weekend 8

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.

Weekend 9

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.

Viewing & experiencing Yogi Bhajan through videos; exploring the Master’s words – The Master’s Touch (book). Personal check in. Improving teaching skills.

Ashram Experience

A mandatory component of the level 1 training is the attendace of a 5 day residential in Quinta do Rajo, Portugal.

What is it?

The experience will consist of daily Sadhana and afternoon Yoga Practicums. You will immerse your self in the Yogic life-style; including the spirit of community/holistic living, Yogic diet, seva (karam yoga - lending a helping hand with cooking, cleaning etc, important aspects of community living.), along with open discussions of the teachings. The Ashram is in a natural environment and aims to be eco-friendly based on sustainability principles.

Is it open to others?

In addition to enrolled trainees, the ashram experience is only open to family members and/or baby-sitters; advance notice needs to be given. 
 If someone you know wishes to have a retreat in a yogi setting then they can contact the Ashram to find out about our Ashram Retreat program.

Dates for the Ashram Experience are determined on the first session of training. It will normally be about one year from the start of your training.

For more info about the venue visit the Quinta do Rajo website.

Important Note: Travel expenses to Portugal are not included in the course fees so students will be expected to be able to pay for their own travel.

Course Goals

  • Obtain a Kundalini Yoga Teaching Certificate, issued by KRI, recognized worldwide
  • Gain a sound understanding of the fundamental nature, technologies and concepts of Kundalini Yoga
  • Experience a transformation through the practice of Yogi Bhajan's teachings and related lifestyle
  • Develop the skills, confidence and consciousness required to become a teacher
  • Build a relationship with other participating students local teachers, and the 3HO community
  • Develop a relationship with Yogi Bhajan as the Master of Kundalini Yoga, and link to the Golden Chain

Fees

For details regarding Fees & Payment methods, please contact us.

Entrance Criteria

There are no concrete requirements for entry, however, if the student has little or no experience of Kundalini Yoga then entry will be based on a conversation or interview with the course organiser.Equal Opportunities Policy: While honouring a policy of non-discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or ethnicity the Karam Kriya School reserves the right to refuse entry to any students on grounds of general unsuitability and to refuse continuation of the course as a consequence of inappropriate or discriminatory behaviour.

Completion Criteria

Students must satisfy certain criteria for certification on completion of the course, including:

Fees:

Full payment of course fees by the 7th weekend.

Attendance:

Students must attend all the teaching sessions including the full Ashram Experience. Exceptional or special circumstances may result in a student completing the course by attendance at future KY teacher training programmes. Attendance at a minimum of 5 sadhanas on the training days. Note: maximum length of training to receive certification is 2 years from the start date – which provides the opportunity to catch up on missed weekends in the first year and to complete course requirements.

White Tantric Yoga:

In addition to the course criteria described below, the student is required to attend or have attended at least one day of White Tantric Yoga (in any country).

Additional Classes:

Students must record attendance at a minimum of 20 KY classes during the training period, independent of Yoga on the course.

Exam:

Pass a satisfactory grade in the written or home exam.

Coursework:

  • Complete a 40 day meditation and keep a journal of the experience and progress
  • Design two separate course curricula

Essential Reading:

The Course Manual and two chapters from “The Master’s Touch” by Yogi Bhajan.

On satisfaction of these criteria by the completion deadline the student will obtain the KRI Level I Kundalini Yoga Instructors Certificate for teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This course is approved by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) and qualifies the teacher for registration as a member of the national Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA UK) and the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA), which include internet listings and other professional benefits.

Location

At present we have trainings taking place in Seven Oaks (Kent), Birmingham, Shepherds Bush (London) and Kings Cross (London).

For further details view our upcoming courses.

Additional Information

Insurance:

  • Students will be covered by the tutors insurance only for classes taught on site during the training weekends.
  • After attending five training modules, or upon special request, trainees may request a letter from the school confirming their attendance on the training so they can obtain independent insurance cover as a trainee instructor.

Useful Reading

Recommended books for reading before or during the training, include:

  • Master's Touch by Yogi Bhajan
  • Patanjali's Sutras (and any commentaries on these – can be found online)
  • Any other Kundalini Yoga books
  • Jap Ji Sahib by Guru Nanak
  • Something about chakras (can also be found online)