When I started my Kundalini yoga practice a few years ago, I didn’t think I would train to become a teacher. After all, I was happy with my practice and felt the positive effects physically, mentally and spiritually so why change? Yet something was missing and I gradually realized it was my desire to serve. Yogi Bhajan said anyone who teaches to be a teacher rather than serve, will fall.
So what does it mean to become a new Kundalini yoga teacher?
Teaching does not mean to direct or control students rather to serve their consciousness by providing the right teaching. This is why it’s important for a teacher to tune in to “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” which links the teacher to the Golden Chain and becomes an instrument of the cosmic flow and truth.
The Adi mantra (Ong Namo) is useful to be chanted every day at any time, any place to center us in our higher self. Here are a few great versions of this beautiful mantra.
There are two laws for the Kundalini yoga teacher. First is the law of deliverance when we deliver the student to the Infinite and elevate the student to the awareness of the Infinite within them. Second is the law of sustenance which is to keep up!
Yogi Bhajan always said keep up and you will be kept up. As I become a new teacher I am in the midst of completing my second 40 day sadhana and the journey has been challenging at times. It’s easy to give up when we feel tired and bored of the same practice day in day out. But sadhana is a daily spiritual practice and a self-discipline that allows us to express the Infinite within our self.
Sadhana helps to discipline the mind and body to serve the soul and keeps the mind clear to accurately guide our actions. There are many sadhanas you can choose such as the current Spirit Voyage Global Sadhana: Elevating Ourselves, Blessing Our Children.
As a new Kundalini yoga teacher it is absolutely necessary to do a regular sadhana to maintain and improve our radiance and impact. If we don’t have a personal practice of spiritual growth along with our teaching, our teaching will run dry and become flat and uninspired.
“Why did you choose to teach Kundalini yoga?” I’ve been posed this question a few times since I started my teacher training. There are many reasons why teaching Kundalini yoga is important to me but mainly it’s because of the changes going on around us in this Aquarian Age. People are feeling stressed and confused. As a teacher I hope to offer my hand and help them see the beautiful light within as I have now experienced within me through my Kundalini yoga practice. This is why for now Kundalini yoga is such a big part of my life.