See you all at Winter Solstice for the 2018 North America Trainer Forum, December 16th at Lake Wales, Florida. Click here for more information and to register.
If you have a yoga center, you definitely want to read this. KRI’s The Source now has a wholesale website! Place a minimum order of $150 and you get 40% off the retail price. That means you can buy 10-13 books instead of 6-8 books. And it is not just books… this includes any combination of Yogi Tea, mugs, CDs, and more.
This can be a great revenue source for yoga and healing centers. Spread the teachings of Yogi Bhajan® while contributing to the success of your yoga center.
The Trainers Forum at Summer Solstice is almost upon us! It will be held at the Langar Hall at beautiful Hacienda de Guru Ram Das. We have a spectacular line-up of presenters and workshops just for you! Members of the Aquarian Trainer Academy, applicants, those considering applying, and all contract administrators are invited and encouraged to attend.
This is an exciting event and is the beginning of the annual cycle of Forums around the world. The discussions are always engaging and illuminating.
The Academy has over 700 members from over 50 countries. Come to meet your fellow trainers and participate in the ongoing evolution of the Academy and all three levels of The Aquarian Teacher.
Wednesday, June 13th (12:30pm – 5:30pm)
Thursday, June 14th (8:30am – 5:30pm)
Register Here for the Summer Solstice Sadhana 2018 Trainers Forum. Don’t miss it!
Each year the KRI Board of Directors select one or more people to honor for their commitment, their integrity, and their service. The Outstanding Achievement Award is a peer acknowledgement that says, “Thank you for your hard work and your service to humanity. We are so grateful to be walking this Path with you!”
This year, the KRI has selected two outstanding women for the amazing contribution they have made to the world and their tireless mission of spreading health, happiness, and love. Both of these women are pioneers – one in time, as one of Yogi Bhajan’s first students; and the other in space, serving as a lighthouse throughout Asia.
There are so many people who kept-up and selflessly served. This year, KRI has selected Sat Kirpal Kaur Khalsa and Tien Nghia Nguyen for the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award – two women who are shining examples of this spirit. Read about these amazing people at the 2018 KRI Honors.
By Jai Ram Kaur
This was the first time that the Aquarian Trainer Academy members of Australia met to network, meditate together, and discuss topics that we felt were important. Buoyed by our very positive collective experience the previous day during the teachers’ conference, yet also bringing with us the polarity of feelings that I am beginning to realise are just part and parcel of this journey of being Teacher Trainers. We began the day with a beautiful meditation led by GuruJivan Kaur. Gurujivan Kaur was the first trainer in Australia and this year was one of the KRI Honorees of the Year.
Tarn Taran Singh then told us the story of how the Trainer Academy came to be beginning with Yogi Bhajan’s arrival in Canada and then America, of how very quickly he began sending people off to found ashrams around the world, of how the teachings were passed on and how the first “training” of new teachers was conducted by “trainers” who had far less knowledge than our Level 1 graduates have when they finish today. He shared with us the story of a group of trainers, each unique and established characters with a firm sense of the right and wrong way to do things, being effectively locked in a room by Yogi Bhajan and not allowed out until the first model of Level 1 training content was agreed upon!
And so it is today still – the call for trainers to come together in Trainer Forums to unite in a purpose, all part of the vision and mission of the Aquarian Trainers Academy – to spread the Aquarian spirit and to inspire not only Kundalini Yoga instructors and teachers, but leaders for the Aquarian age. We see these days just how clearly Yogi Bhajan perceived the future that is our present – the information age and how our whole systems have to come to a new way of processing just in order to keep up let alone thrive. For me personally, to witness Hari Charn Kaur and Tarn Taran Singh as representatives of that original group from the 60s, with their open-mindedness, an awareness that a new wind is blowing and times are still a-changing, and that a new generation is ready to take the wheel, was inspiring and a confirmation of the enduring and effective power of these teachings.
Our talks during the day centered around topics that are global and repeatedly come up. These included the need to revisit Level 1 and 2 training manual content, the need to revisit content with regards to inclusivity in the fields of gender, sexual orientation, race, economics, and geography, support for new teachers, ethics and effectiveness in online teachings and collaboration between training groups.
We gathered first along the lines of the levels of the academy. To me, this way of delineating and grouping people is feeling like an outmoded way to divide people. As our Piscean models’ dysfunction, more and more there is a collective movement towards abandoning the traditional hierarchies in favour of “flat hierarchies”, “open space technology” and crowd-sourcing of ideas and skills. On both days of the forum, this was a powerful message for me: the old ways of organising ourselves are becoming more and more obsolete. There is such a wealth of unique talent amongst the community plus the technological ability to harvest it, that the way we do things is wanting to become more bottom up than top down. Those “at the top” are going to more gather, implement, focalise, and oversee actions that were initiated by a collective movement from the community at large (while also certain aspects of the teachings will never be negotiated). This in itself, and hearing everybody’s amazing wealth of understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and intuition when encouraged to speak on subjects that they actually WANTED to discuss (as opposed to being made to discuss them) has in fact caused a revolution in my own thinking, which I have brought home with me. I have shifted my thinking from Me, slogging away alone at my projects, to We – calling in the We to carry it and broadening the base from which things happen. Again – more bottom-up than top-down. The more people who come along the more collective consciousness is activated. And at the Yoga Festival you can really feel how the group consciousness carries it and makes personal processes possible that wouldn’t otherwise happen. The more people carrying it in consciousness, the bigger what can come through. I think of an analogy of a midwife holding the space for a baby to be born. The processes of the people are the labour!
Outreach to regional areas where people do not currently have access to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® was another topic of discussion. I want to know more and I see its importance. The vision and mission being to make these teachings which are so needed in these turbulent times available to as many people as want them and need them as possible. and thinking about ways to do this which cut across class, gender, sexual orientation, education and financial means. Yoga Teacher Trainers working together in service to all.
Sat Nam Wahe Guru. Thanks God and Guru for the chance to be at both days of the forum. And thanks to Hari Charn for bringing the Forum to Australia and to Tarn Taran Singh for his presence. I was uplifted by the spirit and guidance of this first generation and the openness to authentic discussion. I feel charged and inspired and connected through both time and space to the vision of Yogi Bhajan. I feel enthusiastic as a willing recruit to this army of light. And also, realistic about the polarities that arise and our collective willingness to include them.
Jai Ram Kaur
7th October 2017, Perth Australia
In August, I taught a “I Am A Woman” workshop at the Russian Yoga festival. These women are so beautiful! The power of a spiritual woman cannot be underestimated. Yogi Bhajan said in 1984, “Although mankind has gone very low, to the extent that there’s nothing lower remaining, mankind has also expressed its own grace, and woman is returning to her own understanding and own Self. There’s nothing to find. There’s nothing to learn. There’s nothing to know. It is the Self within the woman that matters.”
Hello sweet world from Russia!
We just celebrated the birthday of our Teacher, Yogi Bhajan, with the Russian Kundalini Yoga Sangat. We had a beautiful sadhana of Japji and 2.5 hours of long Ek Ong Kar in the Amrit Vela. The beauty and diversity of our global community is miraculous. I bow to the Infinite One with deep gratitude.
In early June, the New York Times ran a very good OpEd piece entitled Yoga Teachers Need a Code of Ethics by Sara Herrington. The article was about the sexual harassment lawsuit against Bikram Choudray, and her observation as a yoga teacher that the yoga community is in need of a Code of Ethics. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth a read.
KRI teachers and instructors have a clear Code of Ethics that each Level One graduate signs. In 2016, 3HO initiated a full-time Office of Ethics & Professional Standards & Conscious Conflict Resolution that creates a place for students to bring complaints forward in a safe, compassionate way. In this summer’s Teacher’s Forum, we began drafting a Bill of Rights for students to ensure that we are all on the same page and in full agreement of our responsibility as yoga teachers.
Kudos to KRI and 3HO for proactively addressing the ethics of yoga teachers. It is a sacred responsibility to create a safe environment for students and teachers alike.
The International Teacher’s Forum held on June 15th in New Mexico was amazing! We had over 100 trainers from 12 countries participating. What is very exciting to me is that there were 25 trainers from the younger generation. It is wonderful to see this dynamic group coming up to take the reins!
We met and meditated together, merging in a vibrant group consciousness. The topic that resonated the most was “Global Decision Making and Governance – Building the Academy and Teacher Training Program Together”. Yes, for sure this has been a long time coming. We broke into very productive working groups on this topic, focusing on how to bring all voices into the ATA. Stay tuned for more on this topic as the results of the discussion gets processed.
Other topics that resonated with the group mind were, Welcoming LGBT students into Teacher Training, Grassroots Outreach – making Kundalini Yoga available to underserved areas, and Ethics for Trainers – building a Students Bill of Rights.
If you missed it this year, look for a Teacher’s Forum in your area – there may be one! And if not, be sure to join us next year. The Teacher’s Forum will always be the two days right before Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration.
Jugat Guru Singh is a Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy and Principal of Miri Piri Academy. Jugat Guru Singh dedicates his life to his practice and to his teaching. At Miri Piri Academy he trains our next generations of teachers.
His practice of Kundalini Surjhee is a life-long discipline. Many years ago I had the blessing to participate in this meditation that Jugat Guru led here in Espanola and the depth and breadth of my experience inspired me to explore my relationship to this Shabd as a Trainer. As students, as teachers, as trainers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® this practice adds a subtle and profound depth to how we teach through our presence. It is an intense meditation, one that will open your relationship to the Shabad Guru. If your life permits, consider going to this meditation in Los Angeles in July. It will serve you as a teacher, as a trainer, as a student. Contact Surjhee@gmail.com for more information, see them on Facebook, or visit their website: Japa 11,000
On Thursday June 15th (from 9-5) and Friday June 16th (from 9-2) over 100 trainers of the Aquarian Trainer Academy will meet at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das for the annual International Summer Solstice Trainer Forum. This year the theme of the Forum is “Unity. Service. Renewal.”
The ATA Trainer Forum is an opportunity for trainers to come together to talk about what is important both individually and collectively, to build and renew skills, establish and strengthen relationships. Now more than ever we are being called upon for service in the world. In these uncertain and challenging times, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is an important way to help humanity.
This year we will focus on “Unity in Service” to the global community of teachers, students, and future teachers. At the Forum, we will discuss how we develop, nurture and sustain trusting relationships. We explore what is needed to support communications that allow for open and authentic feedback and discussion. And how can we reach out in service as Trainers to those who need Kundalini Yoga but do not have access to Teacher Training because of geographical or economic challenges.
The Forum in New Mexico will have trainers from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Chile, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia, and Japan. With this global representation, the Trainers will meet in small and large groups to look at how we can build and sustain the International Teacher Training program which is multi-cultural and multi-generational, taught in 22 languages in over 52 countries. We will address the question of how we can make decisions together in a transparent and inclusive way that recognizes our diversity. There will be workshops in “The Anatomy of Sound”, “How to Manage a Contract,” as well as open dialog on “How to Meet the Challenge of the Times; Building Teachers for the Aquarian Age.”
The Forum is a gathering where Trainers and those who wish to become trainers come together in service to one another and in service to the planet. We are unified by our common mission to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with all people who seek it. For more information on the Forum please contact Paramnam Singh Khalsa at firstname.lastname@example.org.