Graduation on Sunday, April 19th 2020
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.
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, arrived in the USA in 1969 with a mission: “I have come to create teachers, not to gather students.” Since then his teaching of Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness, took him around the world to share, teach, and uplift humanity. He founded 3HO-the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization, which is based on his first principle, “Happiness is your birthright.” Through the Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Teachers. In 1994, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, (IKYTA), was formed to further spread these priceless teachings through the united efforts of Kundalini Yoga teachers worldwide.
The Aquarian Teacher Program is the KRI Level 1 Certification program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. In Level 1 you will become an instructor and learn the fundamental principles of Kundalini Yoga. You will develop the skills to instruct students in Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan. You will practice teaching Kundalini Yoga in a practicum setting, participate in early morning Sadhana (spiritual practice), and experience the powerful transformational energy of White Tantric Yoga.
The Aquarian Teacher program is a journey of your development as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. There are three levels of certification:
- KRI Level 1: Foundations and Awakening
- Instructor KRI Level 2: Transformation
- Practitioner KRI Level 3: Realization/ Teacher
There are six principle components in a Level One 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. *Practicums (practice teaching) take place at the end of the course.
* Participation in one White Tantric Yoga course is required (if you have already completed a WT course, it will apply).
* Completion of 20 Kundalini Yoga Classes is required (these classes are to be taken DURING the course.)
To withdraw from the course before it begins, we must receive your request in writing. Requests to withdraw received by September 30, 2019 are eligible for a refund, minus a $400 processing fee. After this date, there will be no refunds.
*Dates are subject to change. If the dates change, it will be within 1 month of start date, and no later.
That is the one word I would use to describe my experience in the KRI Level One Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training at Kundalini Rising Yoga in Nashville, TN. I entered the training with the intention of deepening my practice, being immersed in study and obtaining a certification, but I emerged with true connection to my soul, my spirituality and my purpose. The seven months during the program were filled with reading, personal yoga and meditation practices and projects. The program demands intense, focused work that really taught me the essence of being a student; a quality I learned is essential for a potential teacher. The journey culminated with a beautiful and emotion-filled graduation ceremony that can only be described as a new beginning; as the effects of the practices and experiences during the training have since unfolded many more lessons and layers in my life.
The richness of the training also provided the impetus for lifelong friendships and community with my fellow trainees. I felt the calling to this training long before I did it, always finding a reason why it wasn’t the right time or telling myself that I didn’t have the resources. I discovered the magic of this teacher training is that it will act as an alchemist in your life.
If you commit to being fully dedicated to participating, then circumstances will unfold to allow you to become your best self, to discover your true self, to live your “Sat Nam.”
(Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to discuss this training with me! MyCardiOM@gmail.com)
check out this video for more info and testimonials
Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa (Level 1 & 2 Teacher)
Sat Purkh is a KRI Certified Level Three Kundalini Yoga Teacher as well as a Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy. Known for her work in Sound & Mantra as well as Humanology and the Women's Teachings; in 2008 she authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women's Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
She recently launched an annual course, Woman: The Adi Shakti, which awakens women to the Goddess within. She has seven albums of sacred music, Nectar of the Name, Beautiful Day: The Aquarian Sadhana, Queen Be: The Goddess Within, Love & Other Miracles, One: Love, Life, Light, The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone, and The Guru Within. She lives with her husband and their menagerie of animals, and is always at work on her next album of sacred music. Check out her website here.
The Level I Kundalini Teacher Training at Kundalini Rising was a truly life-changing experience for me, and 7 months later, my transformation continues. Whether you plan to teach or you are drawn to a deeper understanding of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, this 7-month journey will take you to the depths of your soul and to a place of deeper understanding of yourself. If you are on the fence about this training, all I can say is don't be afraid to jump! That's how you know you can fly.
To register for the upcoming Fall 2019 220 RYT
KRI Level 1 training using a credit card, please see options below. Also, keep scrolling down for a thorough description of the Level 1 training. Dates are posted below!
To pay by cash or check (and avoid the surcharge), email Crystelle@kundalinirisingyoga.net, pay in-studio, or mail your payment to:
Kundalini Rising Yoga
attn: Crystelle Brown
1218 Wedgewood Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
*payment plans available. Email Crystelle to set up.
*A 3% fee is applied when paying with credit card.
Meet the Course Instructors
Lead Trainers: Pritpal Singh & Pritpal Kaur Khalsa, teaching duo (Level 1 & 2 Teachers)
Pritpal Singh Khalsa has been a student of Yogi Bhajan and and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga since 1972. In addition to teaching Kundalini yoga and meditation, he has spent many years working with vocal technique and breath as a means to experience connection to the soul through the vibration of Naad or primal sounds. As a long-time performer and teacher of kirtan (devotional music) he has released several recordings and has performed and taught kirtan around the world. As a KRI-certified Lead Teacher Trainer he has traveled to many countries helping students to become teachers.
Pritpal Kaur Khalsa is a KRI-certified Lead Teacher-Trainer. She studied at the feet of Yogi and Spiritual Master, Yogi Bhajan, for over 35 years and has dedicated much of her life to sharing the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and the 3HO Lifestyle around the world. Along with being a KRI Lead Trainer, she is also a Sat Nam Rasayan Yogic Healer, an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, Spiritual Life Coach and the creator of “Excel and Celebrate,” a transformational program for women. Pritpal currently serves as CEO of 3HO Foundation International.
Kundalini Yoga teacher training is for anyone. All ages, levels, and abilities can and have taken this incredibly transformational training that's like no other. It will change your life from the inside out, bring true healing, and initiate profound change and empowerment. Teaching is not a requirement, although you may be surprised how excited you will be to share this yogic technology with the world.
Visit us at our Studio at 1218 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37212,
Keval Kaur Khalsa, M.A. (Level 1 Teacher)
Keval Kaur is a Lead Kundalini Yoga Level I Teacher Trainer, North Carolina Regional Coordinator for Y.O.G.A. for Youth, and Professor of the Practice in Dance and Theater Studies at Duke University, where she has been on the faculty for 26 years. Keval Kaur helped bring the first Level I Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training and Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training courses to North Carolina. She has taught yoga on three continents, and developed and currently teaches the course Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma at Duke University. Check out her website here.
Japa K. Khalsa DOM, C-IAYT (Level 1 Teacher)
Japa Kaur is co-author of the textbook Enlightened Bodies; Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine combining traditional acupuncture with herbal and nutritional medicine, numerology and energy healing. She travels and teaches as an International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer and inspirational speaker. As a second generation physician she has a special passion to help the current health care system by helping people to awaken their own internal ability to self heal and to train professionals how yoga and meditation work.
Check out her website here.
2019 Tuition Options:
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$600 deposit is applied to tuition
$3,000 Paid in full by August 1
or payment plan: 4 payments of $650 due by 8/1
3,200 Paid in full by September 15
or payment plan: 5 payments of $520 due by 9/15
$3,400 Paid in full by October 1st
Please contact Crystelle@kundalinirisingyoga.net to set up a payment plan