300 Hours Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course is a fully residential course which envisages systematic theoretical as well as practical methods of traditional Kundalini Yoga. The course is all about Kundalini and the practices which eventually leads to the manifold expressions of her at the individual level.
Description of the image of Goddess Kali walking on the chest of God Shiva – The quiescent Śiva-aspect is by its definition inert. It is because of that the Devī is in the Tantras symbolically represented as being above the body of Śiva, who lies under Her like a corpse (Śava). As the Kubjika Tantra, Ch. I, states, it is not Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Rudra, who create, maintain and destroy, but their Śaktis, Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Rudrani. Activity is the nature of Prakṛti (Sāṁkhya Pravachana Sutra, III. 66). For the same reason the female form is represented in sexual union as being above (Viparita) the male. When the Devi stands above Śiva, the symbolism also denotes (particularly in the case of Kali) the liberating aspect of the Mother. (“Principles of Tantra,” I. 823).
Attention – Those who are going to join this 300 Hours Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course should be well-informed that we organise Traditional Kundalini Yoga which was previously called “Laya Yoga”. We don’t teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini – The term “Kundalini” in a more intellectual sense refers to “dormant supra-mental energy” in individual existence. In tradition of Yoga, Kundalini has been revered as “Mother Shakti which grants access to the extra-sensory phenomenon and liberation.” There are many literal as well as philosophical implications of the word “Kundalini”, however, we would like to site the beautiful exposition of the great Swami Satyananda Saraswati hereunder –
“Kundalini is not a myth or an illusion. It is not a hypothesis or a hypnotic suggestion. Kundalini is a biological substance that exists within the framework of the body. It’s awakening generates electrical impulses throughout the whole body and these impulses can be detected by modern scientific instruments and machines. Therefore, each of us should consider the importance and the benefits of awakening Kundalini”. For more information please, refer to Kundalini Yoga.
Yoga Teacher Training and assessment – The entire teacher training is the assessment of the students at all levels including practical and written tests. At the successful completion of the course an aspirant will be conferred upon a certificate indicating that the aspirant is qualified to impart the techniques in which he or she has been trained.
Pre-requisites – For 300 Hours Kundalini Yoga teacher training course, a great degree of self-motivation is essential. Here are a few things which the participants should be aware of. They are –
- The students should have strong background and understanding of Hatha Yoga which means they are exposed to Yoga practices and they are ready to practice and know further.
- They should be able to practice discipline of Yoga such as purity, punctuality, early waking up, participation is the daily activities and so on.
- They should be able to motivate themselves to continue with the life-style, the school prescribes for them such as on time classes, food and other guidelines according to the need.
Accreditation – Sanatana Yog Sandesh is certified by Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International which provide the chances to use the certificate for career and job opportunities.
Physiology of Kundalini
Isolated and Intoxicated Kundalini at Mooladhara
Ascension and Descension of mother Kundalini in a potent human body
**Prayer to Mother Kundalini**
Jaago ma kula kundalini , Jaago ma kula kudalini jago ma
Meaning – Wake up Mother Kundalini.
tumi nityananda-svarupini, tumi brahmananda-svarupini
Meaning – Thou whose nature is Bliss Eternal—The Bliss of Brahman.
prasupta bhujagakara, adhara padmavasini
Meaning – Thou dwelling like a serpent asleep at the lotus of Muladhara,
trikone jale krishanu, tapita hailo tanu
Meaning – Sore, affected and distressed am I in body and mind,
muladhara tyaja shive, svayambhu shiva-vesthini
Meaning – Do thou bless me and leave thy place at the basic lotus. Consort of Siva the Self-caused Lord of Universe,
gaccha susmnara patha, svadhisthane havo udita
manipura anahata, vishuddhajna sancarini
Meaning – Do thou take thy upward course through the central canal, leaving behind Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, Anahata, Vishuddha, and Ajna.
Sirasi sahasradale, parama Shivete mile
Meaning – Be thou united with Siva, thy Lord the God. At Sahasrara—the thousand-petalled-lotus in the brain.
krida karo kutuhale, sacchidanandadayini
Meaning – Sport there freely, O Mother, Giver of Bliss Supreme. Mother, who is Existence, Knowledge, Bliss Absolute.
Jaago ma kula kulakundalini, jago ma
Meaning – Wake up, Mother Kundalini! Wake up.
A very famous Prayer to mother Kundalini in regional Sanskrit Language
- Providing of the requisite training to the participants in their endeavour to blossom into integrated personalities with balance of head, heart and hand.
- Fetch the attention of people to other unnoticed aspects of Yoga which we all need for our further evolution.
- More importantly attracting the teachers of Yoga in the world who are stuck into the jugglery of physical exercises so that they may see things beyond, help themselves and other in the path of transformation.
- To offer to the world at large well trained Kundalini Yoga teachers.
28 days (4 weeks) – The total duration for this course is 28 days however with the day of arrival this becomes 29 days.
The course is open to all and more importantly to those who have ample perfection in Hatha Yoga practices. To clarify this more, the participant need to estimate these followings –
- Good command on English language as this is the medium of education.
- Medical fitness – physical as well as mental.
- To be able to hold a posture of meditation for at least 15 to 20 minutes without any discomfort.
- To have the capacity to hold the breath for 5 to 10 seconds in continuity of any practice without even slight difficulty.
- More importantly long time practitioners who want experiences of causal level to be a guide to themselves and others in this path.
- Some of us gifted with special talents who do not require much preparation. They are always welcome as they are naturally eligible for the training. However, this is exception.
Kundalini Yoga teacher training incorporates a variety of topics. All these topics come under these following heads –
1. Techniques, Training and Practice – It incorporates special practices of Hatha Yoga which students will study in the Yoga teacher training course. They are –
Asana – (Very specific postures) from Hatha Yoga from different category of asana with greater attention, visualisation and retention – purificatory asana for lightness and purification of body, Standing, supine, prone – (backward, forward, spine twist), inversion and balance.
Pranayama – Very specific pranayama from different groups, with advance stages, retention, visualisation with aim to stimulate special nadis, prana, chakra and Kundalini.
Mudra – Special gestures of fingers, hand, head, lock, perineum, posture and body. Specific mudras from ancient scriptures (around 10) as expressed by enlightened Yogis for Kundalini awakening.
Bandha – All practices with higher levels for locking the energy in body.
Shat-karma – Purificatory practices in Yoga with special guidelines for help in Kundalini practices.
Meditation – Practices for mind management (various kinds and stages), Inner peace practices, Spontaneous chanting practices, Element awareness, Nadi, Prana, Chakra and Kundalini Meditation, Void meditation and Yoga Nidra.
Mantra – Special mantra chanting, their meaning and further explanation to use them as a form of meditation for greater understanding and experience.
2. Teaching Methodology – This is a combination of complex topics such as designing Kundalini Yoga class, how to teach different Kundalini practices, how to be good Yoga teacher, ethical guidelines, develop communication skills, time management, principles of demonstration, assistance, awareness, correction, styles of teaching, specific needs of individuals in a Yoga class and business aspects of Yoga teaching etc.
3. Anatomy and Physiology –
(a) Modern human anatomy and Physiology (Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory – focus on the study of these system as parts of joint and muscle movements, breath flow and energy creation and consumption, Nervous System in broad detail (link of Nervous system to Nadis and Chakra), Cardiovascular System, Digestive system, Reproductive system and Endocrine system).
(b) Yoga human anatomy and Physiology (Composition of Human body – 3 bodies, 5 elements, 5 Koshas, Nadis, Chakra, Kundalini and their study in connection with the astral and causal level of human body).
(c) Holistic approach of Yoga (Learning how system of Yoga needs to be incorporated to affect the internal organs for substantial experience of internal and external peace and harmony).
4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers – Description of the term Philosophy, Philosophical perspectives of Yoga, Yoga, its meaning, definitions, aims and objectives, Historical development of Yoga (Pre-classical, Classical, Post-classical and Modern Approach), Schools of Yoga, Brief discussion on Vedas, Samkhya Philosophy, Selected topics from Yoga Sutra (Antahakaran, Chitta, Antarayah, Ishwara, Aum, Samadhi, 5 Kleshas, 8 limbs, Samyama, Kaivalya) and Srimadabhagavada Gita, 3 bodies, 5 elements, 5 Koshas, 5 Pranas, Senses and sense organs, Mind and its aspects, states of mind, Nadis, Chakra and Kundalini, Yogic Lifestyle and Ethical guidelines for a Yoga Teacher, broad lecture detailing the deeper aspects of Kundalini, Chakra, Nadi from ancient Kundalini and Tantra scriptures.
5. Practicum – Practice of teaching different practices in groups as the lead instructor, observe and assist while others teaching, focus on specific practices and compiling feedback etc.
Suggested Yoga Books for 200 Hours Yoga teacher training course:-
Kundalini Tantra – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Kundalini Yoga – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Shiva Samhita – any translation
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Prana and Pranayama – Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
The Science of Pranayama – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Raja Yoga – Swami Vivekananda
Anatomy and Physiology – not specified
Karma Yoga – During the course individuals undergo experiences which require those to be assimilated within for which Karma Yoga is the best means. Depending upon the requirements we many incorporate this as well.
The daily schedule starts by 5am. All students should wake up at this time except in some contingencies. The programmes are tentative and subject to change according to need. All classes are held for 6 days in a week.
- 5.30am to 7am – Personal practices
- 7am to 7.15am – Herbal tea/Drink
- 7.30am to 9.30am – Hatha Yoga Asana and Pranayama followed by Relaxation
- 9.30am to 10.30am – Big Meal (lunch)
- 10.30am to 11.30am – Rest
- 11.30am to 12.30pm – Lecture (Anatomy, Philosophy etc.)
- 1pm to 1.30pm – Fruit/fruit juice
- 2pm to 3.30pm – Meditation, Relaxation (Lecture and practice and Vice-versa)
- 3.30pm to 4.30 – personal cleaning and Karma Yoga
- 4.30pm to 6.30pm – Asana, Alignment and Adjustments (theory and practical training, teaching practices)
- 6.30pm to 7.30pm – Dinner
- 7.30 to 8.30pm – Kirtan, Chanting and video show etc. (optional session)
- 9pm – Bed time
- 3150 Euro only including food and accommodation for one person (both in single bed room and sharing rooms). The course fee is calculated from the day of the commencement of the course until the concluding day of the course. The arrival of the student before the commencement of the course and staying of the students after the concluding day of the course don’t come under the concerned course fee. The students have to pay the extra fee for the concerned days.
- For convenience, we hint at the normal exchange rates which keep changing as per the day – 1 USA$ – 68 rupees Indian, 1 Euro – 72 rupees Indian, 1 Australian$ – 47 rupees Indian, 1 Swedish Kr – 8 rupees Indian. The exchange rate keeps changing. You can always check the current rates at www.xe.com
- The Course Fee includes accommodation and required vegetarian food for 28 nights, text books, a note book, a pen, a new Yoga mat, Jala neti pot, education, private consultation etc. The fee does not include Flight tickets, airport Pickups and drop backs, day tours, tours after and before course, any other transport costs and students’ personal expense in miscellaneous ways.
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Registration – Please write to us via our email (email@example.com) to check the availability of a place. If the place is available we will request you to fill in the registration form online. Then you need to make non-refundable deposit to finally be selected for the course.
Deposit – A non-refundable deposit of 300 Euro only excluding bank charges/commissions is required to confirm the candidature in Yoga teacher training course. Please follow Payment Option.
Cancellation of the application for the course – For the time being we do not provide this facility. Therefore, properly decide before you deposit the amount for the course.
Remaining Payment – The remainder payments can be made after arrival. For more details please look into Orientation guide in Download.