The KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Level 1 Aquarian Teacher Training Program is a 220-hour professional certification program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
The Level 1 Training sets the foundation and introduces the student to the principles and practices of the self-sensory human, explores how Kundalini Yoga and yogic lifestyle can harmonize and uplift the human experience, and awakens your true potential.
The training is 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.
Graduates of Level 1 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.
6 principle components in a Level 1 program:
1. 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).
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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
5. The Master’s Touch:
Cultivating a Connection to the Master Connect with Yogi Bhajan through DVD classes and study
6. 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.
13 things you’ll take away from your teacher training:
1. How to Teach a Great Kundalini Yoga Class
Now listen here, there’s no PERFECT Kundalini yoga class. Everything flows perfectly as it should but that doesn’t mean there are never hiccups. But there are GREAT Kundalini yoga classes, and as you deepen your connection with the teachings, you’ll grow into teaching one. In the Level 1 program, you’ll get to practice teaching to your fellow students and you’ll learn and grow from one another’s classes, until you’re ready to teach.
2. Benefits and Technology of Mantra
Mantra is a science and a power. It has so many layers and levels. It’s a new language and a new technology to many and getting to jump into its power and function is so meaningful.
3. How the Physical and Spiritual Bodies Function
Did you know you have 10 Bodies, both physical and spiritual? Learn about each of these ten bodies and how to maximize their health and your vibrance through Kundalini yoga.
4. How Your Mind Works to Serve You
Well, it SHOULD. You’re going to learn a LOT about the mind in Teacher Training. In fact, way more than you realize. First of all, you have 3 minds, not 1. And then there’s 81 facets. In fact, the mind is so complex that its’ an entire module of Level 2 Teacher Training. But you’re going to begin to learn about how the mind works and realizing that it’s your SERVANT. This is a big key to Level 1. Is your mind telling you something harsh about yourself? It has forgotten it’s your servant not your master.
5. How to Live with and Support Your Fellow Students under Pressure
Here’s the thing. Kundalini yoga teacher training isn’t easy. You’re going to be pushed, both physically and mentally. Your stuff will come up. So will other people’s stuff. And you’ll be together in community so you can support each other through it. This will help train you to be a teacher, because when you teach Kundalini yoga, your student’s stuff is going to come up and you’ll need to know how to guide them through it.
6. How to Take Care of Yourself in Stressful Times
This is such an important piece of Kundalini Yoga. Stress makes us crazy and turns our minds against us. But Kundalini Yoga offers us many tools to directly help us manage stress in a healthy way. There are many meditations and kriyas that dissolve stress from the body. Here’s a sample…cup your hands in front of your heart as if receiving communion. Inhale from the nose and exhale blowing out your breath into your cupped hands. On each breath, think of a negative thought and blow it out. Then think of another negative thought and blow that out. You can do this as long as you think negative thoughts but try just 3 minutes. See if that doesn’t change your mood. This is just one of many techniques for stress management.
7. How to Improve Your Relationships
Relationships are a fact of life, whether they are romantic, family, business, or friend. And learning how to use conscious communication, control your energy and take responsibility for yourself is a huge key to improving them. There are many ways to improve your relationships and this course will teach the skills to do that.
8. How to Serve and Uplift Yourself and Others
Service is a key part of Kundalini Yoga. You’ll be put into service during the training and will experience what it’s like to live in seva.
9. Learn the Business of Yoga
Want to start a yoga studio? Teach full time? You’ll be surrounded by teachers who have done it…and by students who want to. Network and get inspired
10. How to Meditate and Develop the Habit of Meditation
Meditation is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Likely if you’re thinking of teacher training, you’ve meditated before and you want to deep your practice. You will be meditating SO MUCH during teacher training you’ll feel like an Olympian.
11. How to Speak Your Truth
You’ve got to be you and speak your truth in this life to feel fulfilled. The Teacher Training program inspires us all to speak out and speak up for truth, for our hearts, and to live in truth each day while allowing others to do the same.
12. How to Integrate Your Yoga Practice into Everyday Life
Kundalini yoga teachers live a practice. You’re going to be in an environment where Kundalini yoga is a daily part of your reality and it will become easier to integrate your yoga into your life.
13. Tips on Creating Varied and Delicious Vegetarian Meals
Eating “yogically” is delicious and learning to create wonderful vegetarian meals is a perk of this training! You might discover Kitcharee, the quintessential Kundalini yoga meal, with is mung beans and rice made with Indian spices. It is delicious!
Training At ZenSpot Institute
This course is offered over an eight-month period of time at ZenSpot Institute in Boise, Idaho. Level 1 Teacher Training is an interactive course in the theory, practice and basic skills of a Kundalini Yoga instructor. This course is in-person.
Training weekends include:
- Kundalini Yoga Classes and Sadhana
- Experiencing kriyas and meditations
- Small group interaction
- Lectures and Demonstrations by incredible trainers.
All the information is presented in a highly interactive learning environment. You will explore topics and discuss them with other students in both small and large groups.
In the course you will gain the tools to help yourself and others face the challenges of the times. You will meet an incredible group of like-spirited souls also interested in delving more deeply into the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. And, you will have support and encouragement on how to practically improve your everyday life using this powerful technology.
The science of Kundalini Yoga, and the heart and soul of the 3HO – Happy, Healthy and Holy- community is ready to welcome you.
Program Dates – 2021 – 2022
Weekend 1: September 16-19, 2021: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 2: October 15-17, 2021: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 3: November 19-21, 2021: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 4: January 7-9, 2022: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 5: February 11-13, 2022: Thursday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 6: March 11-13, 2022: Friday – Sunday: 8am -6pm
Weekend 7: April 22-24, 2022: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Weekend 8: May 13-15, 2022: Friday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Early, Early Bird Rate: $2,700 if paid in full by June 1
Early Bird Rate: $3,000 if paid in full by Monday, July 5, 2021. If payment plan $300 non-refundable deposit due at time of application.
Standard Registration Rate: $3200 if paid in full after July 5, 2021 . If payment plan $300 non-refundable deposit due at time of application. Limited payment plans available.
All payments by check or money order to:
Mantra Simran Yoga, 4720 Savannah Ln, Boise, Idaho 83714.
If paying by PayPal and additional charge of approximately $100 will be incurred for fees.
Venmo – @Mary-Baker-251
- 180 hours of classroom training
- Required course text and materials
- One-year membership to IKYTA
- Once in a lifetime experience of transformation
- A lot of love and support!
1. All cancellations/withdrawals must be made in writing (email with date in of withdrawal included) and received by the Program Administrator to be confirmed. Once written confirmation is received from the Program Administrator, withdrawal is complete. Any necessary refunds will be processed within 30 days by Yoga West. Funds will be reimbursed in the form of payment received.
2. Withdrawals prior to the first day of the course:
-Paid in Full: A full refund will be issued less $300 administrative fee.
-Payment plan: Your $300 deposit is non-refundable. The payment plan
will be cancelled.
3. Withdrawals after the start of the course will be dealt with on an individual basis with the Lead Trainer.
Please do not hesitate to email or call —
Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa at firstname.lastname@example.org 505.901.1349 or
Mantra Simran Kaur (Mary Baker) email@example.com 208.440.3220