Making the decision to enter a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the most life-changing choices you may ever make. The journey is challenging, uplifting, empowering, and enlightening. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher, you now have the ability to share this powerful technology with other people, which is an incredible feeling. But sometimes getting out there and teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds.
As a new kundalini yoga teacher, it feels like there are so many moving parts that it’s hard to keep things in perspective. How do you choose which kriya to teach? What warm-ups do you do? Do you play music? Will you run out of time, or finish early? And on a larger scale, how do you attract students to your class?
Starting out can be hard. Those first couple classes may bring on a case of the jitters. But as long as you tune in with the Adi Mantra and teach the kriyas as they’re written, all will be fine. As you set out on the path to becoming a teacher, there are some easy tricks to building your classes.
- Tune in powerfully and mean it. When we chant “Ong Namo Gurudev Namo,” we’re connecting with the Golden Chain of Kundalini Yoga teachers and practitioners. Once you’ve chanted this mantra, you’ve tuned into the divine flow and your self-knowledge. You’ll be guided through your kriya, and even if you happen to make a small mistake, you’ll still be “covered”! So tune in and let the class flow.
- Be sensitive to classroom energy. Greet your students by name, introduce yourself, and if time permits, find out something about them. Notice how and where they sit. Is everyone in your line of vision? Does anyone look uncomfortable? Paying attention to the details can make students feel very welcome and taken care of.
- Practice the kriya before teaching it. Read the kriya, practice it on your own, maybe practice teaching it to a friend, then do it again yourself before bringing it to a class. You’ll find that the class flows much more smoothly if you know the kriya well. Students get distracted when teachers read from a book or seem uncertain about what’s next. Be prepared!
- Don’t over-explain. There’s so much knowledge to share! It’s hard to know what to tell your students and what to leave out. But too much information can be confusing, and too much talking can disrupt concentration. Watch your students and see if they’re following instructions. If so, try to let them be in their flow. Which leads us to the next tip….
- Cherish silence. Let your students take their own journey. Encourage them to vibrate “sat” on the inhale and “nam” on the exhale, and honor that mental mantra with silence. Give them a moment of stillness after each exercise. Gently remind them to keep up, but let them do the work themselves. Silence can be uncomfortable, but Kundalini Yoga isn’t always comfortable, is it?
- Pay attention to the music you play. If you choose to play music in class, match the rhythm of the music with the rhythm of the kriya. Let the music act as a guide. There’s so much fantastic music to choose from that it’s hard to limit playlists, but treat the music as a teaching tool. And then return to tip #5: turn the music off from time to time to allow for silence.
- Leave your ego at the door. If you have one student or dozens of students, give them all the best possible class you can. If you hold the space, teach the kriyas as written, and respect the power of the teachings, students will find you. And most importantly, please remember that teaching Kundalini Yoga is not about competing or comparing. You don’t have to be the most perfect or the most popular. You just need to do your best.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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