Kundalini Yoga

L1 Teacher Training

Feb-Sept 2024

“If you want to master something, teach it! “ Yogi Bhajan®

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®

The Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) Teacher Training Certification Program is open to yoga students interested to become  teachers, as well as to those who want to deepen their practice and to immerse themselves in the science of Kundalini Yoga.

Organiser of this course is Christine Plaud, Lead Trainer (in training) under the watch of Mentor Tonie Nooyens, with the participation of the  regional trainers from the Asia Team Sunderta (Thailand), Maria, Rajveer & Gurujaswant (Malaysia) and Rupinder (India).

Certification Benefits

The KRI Level-1 Teacher Certification is the worldwide standard for Kundalini Yoga Teachers as taught by Yogi Bhajan with thousands of teachers being trained in all continents (https://kundaliniresearchinstitute.org). KRI certification is accepted for professional Kundalini Yoga occupations in many countries. Certification is necessary to obtain membership in the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Association (IKYTA)  


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. Graduates of Level One earn the title of KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.

Certification Requirements

The main requirements for KRI Level 1 Teacher Certification include participation in all class sessions; completion of presentation and teaching assignments; fulfillment of a personal yoga practice; a passing grade on the KRI written exam. In addition, students have to participate to White Tantric or Deep meditation practice, have attended a number of scheduled early-morning practice sessions (‘sadhana’) and 20 regular classes run by certified Level 1 instructors. KRI Certification also requires agreement with the KRI Code of Ethics for Kundalini Yoga Teachers.


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

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 or text and study.

6. The Practicum: Teaching from Day One

Practical experience instructing a yoga class with fellow students under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer, receiving written evaluation and student feedback. The teaching groups will provide each student teacher with experience in teaching, and give valuable feedback on the personal teaching experience, as well as the opportunity to practice teaching skills with fellow student