1. Why Kundalini and Hatha as a combined training? Kundalini is the yoga of awareness. Through the deep practice of Kriya Yoga we harness the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body. Kundalini yoga precisely combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks and postures to bring awareness and deep connection to body, mind, and soul. Hatha is the yoga of balance and alignment. By combining these practices under a single training experience, the intensive awareness development of Kundalini yoga is balanced with expansive alignment and postural knowledge of Hatha Yoga. "In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words." -Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Training Manual
2. What does Yoga Alliance Certified mean? The Manipura Program, a unique blend of Hatha and Kundalini yoga, has been reviewed in-depth by the Yoga Alliance. This means the methods, content, philosophy, anatomy, skills, assignments, assessments, and hours dedicated to each facet of yoga have been carefully reviewed and approved by the only International Yoga Certification body. If you wish to teach, most organizations require RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 Hour) certification. You will be supported in your efforts to certify with the Yoga Alliance following the successful completion of the program.
3. What if I would like to participate and expand my practice, but do not want to teach yoga, is this for me? Absolutely. The process of Yoga Teacher Training is not a "career path," it is a life path. You will learn the critical skills of safety and alignment in asana (postures), but that is only the first step. Dedicating yourself to this level of practice guarantees a shift in your life. Those participating for Personal Development are not required to teach practicums, complete assessments/exams, or participate in student teaching. If you want to make it a personal journey, you have choices.
4. I want to take the journey, but I am concerned about handling the training physically. Will I be able to keep up? The immersion process is physical, but we will not be practicing asana and kriya all day! On average we will have 1-2 yoga "practices" per session, but there will be pauses in the practice as we dissect the experience. The physical process of yoga immersion and training is about teaching you to understand and use your body with such clarity that you can support others in their physical practice. You do not need to be a gymnast, you simply need to show up for what arises. In the words of Yogi Bhajan, "Keep up and you will be kept up."
5. Is Teacher Training just about learning poses? No. The practice of yoga begins in the body, but it is not the destination. The Annamaya Kosa (the body/physical) is the anatomical body that encompasses the 4 other subtle bodies. Asana, the physical body/pose exploration, simply means to "take a seat." Our physical experience is a portal to investigate the subtle bodies, foster powerful clarity, connect us more deeply to our bodies and our practices, fuel empowerment, strengthen our voice, unearth subconscious blocks and releases them. This is AWESOME POWERFUL STUFF!
6. What if I deeply want to participate but money is the obstacle? Arrangements can be made. Payment options can be arranged on a case by case basis. Contact us more information.