Level 1


Level One Instructor: Foundations

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) & Yoga Australia (L1) 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.

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it, if you want to master something, teach it” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Program Overview

Kundalini Yoga or the “yoga of awareness” was brought to the West in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga and Mahan Tantric. Before this time Kundalini Yoga was practised in India and Tibet but was a secret practice only passed down selectively and verbally from master to disciple.

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training is a unique and experiential yoga certification programme.  You will explore your own potential, challenge yourself, and touch your soul.

Becoming a teacher is not only the study and experience of the yogic teachings and of human nature, it is a lifestyle.  To choose a life as a teacher is to have a commitment to the “Self”; to work towards living in a positive state of joy, peace and contentment.  When people see you smiling and walking tall, they will come to you.  The power of your presence will uplift others and create positive change around you.”


1. Kriya & Meditation:  The Foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®

Learn the theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga Kriyas & Meditations:

Kriya: Understand the nature of kriya—the completed action—and its application to Kundalini Yoga, your life cycles, and more

Asana: Divine Alignment and the Science of Angles and Triangles as applied to Kundalini Yoga Postures

Pranayam: The Science and Technology of Breath using Breath Retention and the Body’s Bandhas, Breath of Fire, One Minute Breath, Sitali Pranayam and more

Drishti: Dharana, or Concentration, and the Benefits of Eye Focus. The Third Eye, Lotus Point, Moon Center and more

Mudra: Experience the Qualities of the Different Hand Positions. Gyan, Buddhi, Shuni, and Ravi Mudras as well as Venus Lock and their Relationship to Mastering the Elements

Naad: The Power of Sound and Mantra to Raise the Kundalini and Serve the Consciousness in the Aquarian Age

Meditation: Experience Dozens of Meditations to Incorporate into Your Daily Kundalini Yoga Practice

2. Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Understand the history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy and concepts that make up the yogic tradition.

The Good Life: Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do? The disciplined life of a Teacher.

Sadhana: The foundation of our lifestyle. Experience the practice of yoga and meditation before the sun rises.

Shakti and Bhakti: Empowering your practice and surrendering through service.

Good Eats: How to live as a vegetarian—and love it!

The Sun and Moon Teachings: What does it mean to be a woman in the Aquarian Age? A man?

Yogic Philosophy and the Aquarian Age: Applying Ancient Wisdom in Contemporary Times

3. Anatomy & Physiology: The Basics of Yogic and Western Anatomy

Explore the purpose and function of the body’s systems and how they support the practice of Kundalini Yoga and the Lifestyle of a Yogi:

Digestive System: What’s the definition of Good Digestion? What are the components of Good Digestion? What’s the role of good digestion in your health and the health of your students?

Respiratory System: How do the various pranayams affect the chemical make-up of the blood? What’s the effect of respiration on the nervous system and vice versa?

Nervous System: How does Kundalini Yoga strengthen the autonomic, motor and sympathetic nervous systems? What is the role of Meditation on the mind, the endocrine system and the nerves?

Endocrine System: What’s the role of the glands in maintaining good health? How does the chakra system inform and strengthen the glandular system? What kriyas and meditations support the glands? What’s the endocrine system’s role in immunity?

Musculoskeletal System: Learn how the muscles, bones, ligaments and others supporting tissues work together to keep us upright and moving through the world. Develop the right cues so that you can help your students find their best possible pose.

The 10 Bodies: What are they and how do they inform your yoga practice and teaching?

Nadis, Vayus, and Chakras: The basics of Yogic Anatomy and how they work through with the breath, the movement of energy and the awakening of the Self.

Integration: How do the Western and Yogic anatomy systems work together to support our understanding of health and the body’s functions?

4. Your Role as a Teacher: The Virtues and Values of a Teacher

Learn the roles and responsibilities as well as the skills and techniques of an effective instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®

Practical Techniques for Teaching Beginners

Ethical Guidelines for Teachers

Curriculum Development: Workshops, Series, and Applied Environments

The Transformational Role of the Teacher

The Consciousness of a Teacher

5. The Master’s Touch

Cultivating a Connection to the Master, Yogi Bhajan

Develop an awareness of your connection to the Master, cultivate a relationship to the Golden Chain of Teachers, and serve the legacy of the teachings.

Seven Video classes with Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

Connecting to the Golden Chain: Experience the Master’s Touch

Serving Legacy over Lineage

Experiencing the Subtle Body of the Master: The Tratakam Meditation and the Art of Listening

6. The Practicum: Teaching on Day One

Well—almost day one! Develop an appreciation and understanding of yoga from a teacher’s perspective and experience teaching—with focus groups for feedback and encouragement—throughout the course.

Practice teaching Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and Meditation under the guidance of Senior Teachers and Trainers in Training

Teach in small groups under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer

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