Congratulations to our wonderful
Kundalini Yoga teacher trainees 2018!
We are so touched by the journey you committed to over the past seven months and our hearts rejoice at the marvelous teachers you have become. It has been such an honor to watch your transformation and growth and to see you applying the teachings to your life. We are so excited to see you all teaching and helping others realise their own capacity to live a healthy and happy life.
“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” Yogi Bhajan
By Siri Bhagvati | Billie Atherstone
I was reflecting on the last retreat of the teacher training how long I had been teaching on the KRI Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program and I realised that this was my tenth year. Wowzers! It is always such an honor to witness the trainees blossom into teachers. And for myself, I love having the opportunity to dive deep into the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and the philosophy of Yoga. I always learn so much and each year group teaches us so much too. Every year the group has their own unique energy they bring to the training. The feedback we often get at the end of the training is that one of the highlights of the training was the connections they had with their peers. I’m not surprised by this.
It’s such a big year for the trainees. They need to stick together and support each other as they navigate and digest the changes they experience from the teachings and their sadhana. Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice, primarily built on yoga and meditation, and is a requirement of the teacher training. As trainers our aim is to see that sadhana is an easy, natural daily habit by the end of the training. This is one of the gifts of the training, because if they can practice sadhana into the future then this will ‘make’ them as a teacher and be the foundation for living a happy and fulfilling life.
“The greatest reward of doing sadhana is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self-victory, and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up is a victory over time, and doing it is a victory over space. That is what sadhana is.” Yogi Bhajan 7/6/81
We had an incredible group of fifteen graduates this year. They were a beautiful, strong and diverse group of people who were hungry for knowledge, ready to connect to spirit, willing to face their inner shadows, insightful and curious and always up for a laugh. Belly laughs included! One of the things I loved about the group was how diverse it was. We had trainees from New Zealand, Dubai, Pakistan and Taiwan in our group, as well as the first Aboriginal Australian Kundalini Yoga teacher to graduate. It was such a gift to have Kaylene (Amrita Adi) with us and see her build a deeper connection to her culture through the teachings of Yoga.
For me personally, I was lucky enough to have my beautiful sister, Pip, on the training this year. We have been practising Kundalini Yoga together for over 15 years and this was the year that she chose to take the next step to be a teacher. First my mum, Jill, four years ago and now Pip. You don’t often get the opportunity to spend 22 days together talking, thinking and practising Kundalini Yoga and the Philosophy of Yoga. That’s heaven for us. And to see her so easily grow into a teacher was the bright red cherry on the top. I’m so excited to see her teaching and for us to teach together. Maybe you’ll see a workshop lead by the three of us one day!
And even though the training has finished, this is only the beginning. Each of the fifteen, now, teachers have joined the global community of Kundalini Yoga Teachers. There are so many opportunities to continue to study Kundalini Yoga as well as share this technology to help people look after their body, develop a positive relationship with their mind, connect to spirit, allow them to be themselves (Sat Nam) and realise their capacity to excel in life.
Keep a look out for them at Kundalini House. I’m sure they’d love to talk about their experience.
If you are interested in the annual teacher training, stay informed through our website and call reception to be registered for interest.
2018 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Graduates