Kundalini yoga is based on an ancient form of yoga practice and was introduced to the west during the late 1960s by Yogi Bhajan, founder of the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO). If you want to teach Kundalini yoga at your yoga studio or offer Kundalini yoga classes at a fitness center, you will need to complete a formal Kundalini yoga teacher training program.
These training programs help students develop their skills in awakening each of the seven chakras using different types of breathing techniques and movements, and also guide students through each movement effectively. Kundalini yoga instructor training programs can be completed online or offline, and some schools and training centers award a certificate upon completion.
Completing a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program
A Kundalini yoga teacher training program may run 200+ hours in length, and some studios and training centers offer accelerated, multi-day training sessions. Many of these training programs also require the completion of a 40-day or more personal practice so that the student has the chance to practice different techniques and obtain mastery of their skills. Training programs that are approved the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) are considered acceptable by most yoga studios and fitness centers. When you complete these programs, you will be granted the KRI Teacher designation.
The KRI Level One Aquarian Teacher Training Program is a 220-hour certification program in Kundalini Yoga and is based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. This Kundalini yoga teacher training program consists of an interactive curriculum comprised of classroom instruction, independent study, a 40-day meditation, and White Tantric yoga. This type of Kundalini yoga instructor training program also fulfills the 200-hour requirement to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through the Yoga Alliance.
Kundalini Yoga Instructor Training Courses
The KRI Level One program teaches the following six principles:
- Kriya and Meditation - the foundation of Kundalini Yoga
- Humanology and Philosophy - the lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga teacher
- Anatomy and Physiology - essentials of yogic and functional anatomy
- Consciousness of a Teacher - virtues and value sof living in the Golden Chain and tips for developing a successful yoga practice
- The Master's Touch - cultivating a connection to Yogi Bhajan
- The Practicum - gaining practical experience teaching a yoga class under the supervision of an experienced KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer
Some of the key courses taught in a Kundalini yoga teacher training program include:
- Meditation and the Mind
- Science of Breath
- Yogic Philosophy
- Sound and Mantra
- The Origin of Kundalini Yoga
- The Seven Chakras
- Yogic and Western Anatomy
- Kriyas and Meditation
- Posture and Exercise
- Silence and Intuition
- Infinite Experiences
Most Kundalini yoga teacher training programs also include personal mentorship, home study projects, and some tuition fees include a one-year membership with the 3HO International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA).
Enrolling in a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program Online
If you don't live near a school or yoga studio that offers a Kundalini yoga teacher training program, you may be a good candidate for an online training program. Online training programs can provide you with a general overview of the Kundalini yoga style, techniques, history and postures, but you will still need to practice different postures and complete lessons with an experienced instructor.
Keep in mind that most online programs do not provide certification and may not be acceptable forms of training by some fitness centers or yoga studios. Online courses may include DVD and CD-ROM training materials, online videos explaining each pose, and reading materials that provide in-depth information about the practice of Kundalini yoga.