Yoga Teacher Training Diary, 5th Edition

April 15, 2015 at 6:04 am

I’ve now completed five full weekends of Kundalini Yoga Teacher training, my full 40-day sadhana, three of my early-morning group sadhanas (I need two more, but 3:30 is so early), eight of my twenty yoga classes, and four of my take-home exam essay questions. Our certification packages are due May 24, and we’re scheduled to graduate on June 7.

The highlight of last weekend for me was practicing teaching each other. We divided into three groups of five and took turns teaching various breathing exercises, mudras, and postures. I’ll admit I was really drowsy and preoccupied in class most of Saturday and Sunday morning, but I was alert and having a blast on Sunday afternoon when we began teaching each other.

I loved seeing my classmates shine in their own unique ways as teachers, and I loved having the opportunity to work on my own skills and learn how to better ground and center myself in preparation for teaching. I am on this journey with some really wonderful human beings and feel honored to know them. Here is everyone relaxing during a guided meditation:

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Some highlights from my notes…

April 11, 2015 (with Sangeet Kaur)

  • Our real home is heaven. Earth is just a motel.
  • Bhakti is devotion, surrender, humility, reverence, thy will be done. As we bow, we are blessed.
  • Can you live a step ahead of the times?
  • Yogic teachings about pregnancy:
      • In every woman there is a mother.
      • The most important things each baby’s soul wants to know in the womb:
        • Am I loved?
        • Is it safe out there?
      • The most wonderful thing is for the mother to sing.
      • Kirtan Kriya is the single most important kriya a mother can do during pregnancy.

    Your child first learns from your state of consciousness while in the womb. Everything you consciously experience, your state of mind, your relationship to the world and your rapport to your child, are all transmitted to your child and become the foundation of your child’s subconscious, which is the root of his/her personality (from Kundalini Women).

  • If you want to make a change in who you are, find a better model.
  • Falling in love and pranic exchange… [This discussion was fascinating to me in the context of what I already know about scent evaluation and mate selection.]

A man and a woman meet each other and the atmosphere between them is very pleasant. They feel comfortable with each other. When a person is very aware, he or she will be able to evaluate the prana and “scent” for caliber, values, virtues and strength. This awareness between male and female is called pranic exchange.

The process of the pranic exchange is regulated by the female. The first stage is when passion is triggered by the female projection into the pituitary of the male. The second stage happens when the “male scent” is stimulated. The third stage is when the scent is evaluated by the female. . . .

As this exchange of pranic energy occurs, it stimulates a “rush” or a chemical reaction in the individuals. . . . It is vital that a female be aware of her power and use it with responsibility and grace. If she acts from her insecurity, she creates disrespectful situations for herself and others (from The Aquarian Teacher, p. 234).

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  • Women’s auras protect their babies. Men tend to have a stronger electromagnetic field to protect the whole family.
  • There is no such thing as “casual sex.” Every sexual partner leaves an auric imprint on woman’s arcline.
    • To weaken the influence of a male’s auric imprint, can practice Kirtan Kriya for 90 days, one hour a day.
  • “The ‘mind’ is the biggest sexual organ.” -Yogi Bhajan
  • “In the yogic lifestyle, it is recommended that marriage be a requirement before the sexual relationship” (Aquarian Teacher, p. 238).
    • Couples should have sex at least once a month.
  • Soul’s gotta grow, so we need a rub (to provoke us and teach us)… that’s what relationships are for.
  • Sadhana is tithing… If you do 2 and 1/2 hour sadhana, you give God one-tenth of your day.

April 12, 2015 (with Jaap Kaur)

  • Nervousness is the ego trying to take control, saying, “I need to save you.”
  • Let go of your own success or failure. Get out of your own way.
  • Don’t get caught up in numbers or how many students you have.
  • Can’t be attached to popularity or wanting to be liked.
  • Sometimes silence is the best teacher.
  • When students need to take a break during a kriya/meditation/exercise, suggest that they “continue doing it in the mind’s eye.”
  • Teach from who you are, and admit what you don’t know.

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That’s basically all of my notes from Sunday since we spent the second half of the day practicing teaching. We also signed up for our teaching practicums. We will each be teaching a one-hour yoga class to our teacher(s) and classmates with specific breathing exercises, kriyas, and meditations. My practicum is happening at our next teacher training weekend! Eeek! I will be teaching:

  • Pranayam: Sitali Breath
  • Kriya: Disease Resistance and Heart Helper
  • Meditation: Master’s Touch

I am really looking forward to being done with teacher training, graduating, and moving forward in this path. A friend told me last week that she wants me to teach a yoga class super early in the morning. I really need to befriend the amrit vela and reap all the benefits that come from early-morning yoga! She also told me that our local L.A. Fitness is always in need of more yoga teachers and that someone is opening up a Cross-Fit studio nearby where they hope to also have yoga classes. One of my classmates owns a yoga studio in Peoria and has a friend who wants to open a yoga studio here in my own town. Lots of opportunities could be presenting themselves. I’m excited to see how things develop.

For those of you in Utah, I’m planning to teach some classes while I’m visiting this summer, including a one-day workshop with some of my fellow Mormon Kundalini Yoga teacher friends. Stay tuned for details!

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