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  • ShaktiParwhaKaurKhalsaToolKitforTeachingBeginners Page1

    TOOL KIT FOR TEACHING BEGINNERS SHAKTI PARWHA KAUR KHALSA

    Tool Kit for Teaching Beginners is a resource for every teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by YogiBhajan. To assist you in your teaching, specific pages have been designated as Handouts andpermissionisgrantedtocopythemforclassuse.ThosepagesthatarenotdesignatedasHandoutsareprotectedbycopyright.Pleasedonotreproducethemwithoutwrittenpermissionfromthepublisherorauthor.

    www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org

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    INTRODUCTIONWewereallbeginnersin1969,whenYogiBhajanstartedteachingKundaliniYoga,theYogaofAwareness,intheUnitedStates.HewasthefirstMasterevertofreelyandopenlyteachthissacredscience.KundaliniYogaopenedupawholenewworld,evenforthosewhohadpracticedotherformsofyoga.

    Ihavenotcometogaindisciples,Ivecometotrainteachers.YogiBhajan

    Hemade everything so simple, explained things so clearly, andmade each class somuch fun, thatstudentsflockedtohisclasses.Hetaughttwiceaday,sixdaysaweekandoneclassonSunday.

    Iwasprivilegedtoattendhisclasseseveryeveningandtwomorningseveryweek.WithintwomonthsIwas teaching. I relied heavily on the notes I had taken during his classes (most ofmy notes wereincorporatedlaterintoSadhanaGuidelines),andIreliedevenmoreheavilyontheconnectionwiththeInfiniteWisdomcreatedbychantingtheAdiMantra,OngNamoGuruDevNamo.

    The basic, fundamental information that Yogi Bhajan gave us about the 3HOway of life, the yogictidbits,themeditations,mantras,andexercisesetsandkriyashetaughtinthatfirstyeararewhatIhavecontinuedtoteach inmyBeginnersSeries. Muchofthismaterialcanbe found inKundaliniYoga:TheFlowofEternalPower,thebookhedirectedmetowrite.

    Over theyears Ive found thatwhatworksbest formeand the students is to introducepeople toKundaliniYogathroughaseriesofsixclasses.Inthismanual,IhaveoutlinedandpackagedthecontentsofeachclassintheseriessothatyoucanuseitasthebasisforyourownBeginnersSeries.

    WithKundaliniYogaSadhanaGuidelines,2ndEdition,andmybook,KundaliniYoga:TheFlowofEternalPower, and your Aquarian TeacherManuals, you have everything you need to teach beginners. JustremembertoKeepitSimple!

    Asyougainexperienceinteaching,youmaychoosedifferentsetsofexercisesorusedifferentmantras.(IalsotrytointroducethemtotheAquarianSadhanamantras.)MypurposeinpreparingthisToolKitistoprovideateacherfriendly,organizedpresentationofabasicBeginnersSeriestogetyoustarted.

    Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

    THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF A TEACHER IS I AM NOT. IF YOU CANNOT PRACTICE SHUNIYA, YOU CANNOT BE A TEACHER OF KUNDALINI YOGA.

    THE TEACHINGS OF YOGI BHAJAN

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    BASICCOMPONENTSOFEVERYCLASSATEACHERSATTITUDEANDINTENTION:ATeacherteacheswithhis/herpsyche.RemindyourselftotaketheTeachersOathbeforeeveryclass.

    I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not a person, I am not myself, I am a Teacher.

    TUNINGINISESSENTIAL PRANAYAM KUNDALINIYOGAKRIYA MANTRA MEDITATION RELAXATION CLOSEWITHLONGTIMESUNSHINESONG PRAYERTOEND

    POINTSTOREMEMBERIneveryclassmentionourTeacher,YogiBhajan,withappreciationandgratitude.AllowyourstudentstobenefitfromtheGoldenChainandaconnectionwithhisconsciousness,aswellasthewealthofbooks,lecturesandDVDsthatareavailable.

    Music isawonderfuladditiontoanyclass;butforbeginners, itsbesttochantacapellaforawhilesothat they come to a clearer understanding and experience of naad,mantra and jap.Once you beginincorporatingmusicintotheclass,useonly3HOmusic.Nomatterhowlovelyothermusicmaybe,itisnotacceptableforKundaliniYogaclasses.Remembertousemusicwithdiscretionandwhenappropriateanduseful.

    Whenteachingbeginners,makeiteasyanddoableforthem.Encouragethemtofeelcomfortableandsuccessful,eveniftheycantdoeverythingperfectly.

    DemystifyKundaliniYoga.Itsreallyquitesimple,sokeepitsimple.

    Rememberyouareintroducingthemtoanewphysical,mental,andspiritualworld.KundaliniYogaistheYogaofAwareness,itisnotjustabunchofexercises.

    Whenevertherearenewstudentsintheclass,besuretoaskiftheyhavedoneanyyogapreviously,andpointouthowKundaliniYogaisdifferent.Also,advisethemthatbecauseitisabeginnersclass,youwill

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    explaineverythingasifeveryoneisabeginner(anddoit).EvenmanylongtimestudentsofregularclassesmaynothavebeentaughtsomeofthefundamentalsthatYogiBhajantaughtusinthebeginning.

    Giveeveryclassatheme.Introducethethemeatthebeginning,andexplainitsconceptsinbetweenandduringexercisesasappropriate.Youmaynotbeabletofitinalloftheitemslistedundereachtopic,soprioritizeaccording to theneedsof the studentsand the time frameof theclass. (Iusually take11/2hours foraBeginnersclass, toallow for lotsofexplanation,anda long relaxationat theend.Evenso,thereisntalwaystimeforaspecialmeditationaswellasteachingamantra.Itsidealtointroduceanewmantraeachclass.)

    Havestudentsrelaxaftereachexercise,unlessotherwisenoted.Thisallowstheglandularsecretionsthathavebeenstimulatedtocirculatethroughoutthebloodstream,bringingbalance.

    TEACHERORINSTRUCTORAn Instructorusuallydoestheexerciseswiththestudents,aTeacherdoesnot.KundaliniYogateachersareTeachers!ATeachermaydemonstrateanexercisetogetthestudentsstarted,buttheTeachersjobistowatchandguidethestudents,helpingthembyverbalcorrectionandencouragement.

    InKundaliniYoga,astaughtbyYogiBhajan,weTeach,andwedonotphysicallytouchthestudentstoadjustthem.Allthatisnecessarycanbedonebyexplanation.

    GETOFFTHEBENCHWalkaroundamongthestudentswhensuitable,tochecktheirposture,mudra,breathing.(Butremember,weteachhandsoff)

    SPEAKCLEARLYProject:Areyouspeakingloudenoughsothatthestudentsinthebackoftheroomcanhearyou?(Askthem!)Speakclearlyanddistinctly.Whatyouhavetosayisvaluable.

    QUESTIONSBeforetheclosingwiththeLongTimeSunShinesong,askforanyquestionsandbeavailableafterclassforafewminutestotalkwithstudents.

    TEACH WHAT YOU KNOW, AND TEACH PEOPLE TO RELAX.

    THE TEACHINGS OF YOGI BHAJAN

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    QUESTIONNAIREANDFOLLOWUPItsveryusefultohavenewstudentsfillinaquestionnaire.Asampleisenclosedwhichyoucanrevisetosuityourneeds.Moststudentswillappreciate it (somemaynot!) ifyoucalloremailthemafterafewdays,oraweekortwo,tofindout iftheyhaveanyspecialquestions.The idea isto letthemknowyoucareabouttheirprogressandwanttobeofhelp.Note:Ifyouformanemailgroup,tocommunicatewiththemallviaemailnewsletter,besuretosenditviablindcopysothatyoudontgiveoutanystudentsaddresstotheothers.

    BEONTIMEAgoodyogaclassalwaysstartsontimeandendsontime.

    COVERYOURHEADWHENTEACHINGWearawhitecottonorothernatural fiberheadcoveringwhenyou teach. Itsetsanexample foryourstudentsandprotectsyouandyourenergyasyouteach.

    SADHANATaketoheartonething,sadhana,aradhana,prabhupatiYouwanttobeagreatteacher,youwantGodtoworkforyou,thendoyoursadhana.Doitasitis,andyoullbecomeLordMasterGodyourself.Thereisnosacredsecretherewhichwehavenotshared.Butifyougetupyourselfat11oclockandthinkeverybodyaroundyouwillbeimpressed,youarewrongMakeyourthirdeyebrightandbeautiful,soyoucancomeoutofthedarkandmakeotherstocomewithyou. YogiBhajan

    GET UP IN THE AMBROSIAL HOURS, WHEN THE SUN IS AT A SIXTY DEGREE

    ANGLE, EXERCISE AND STIMULATE YOURSELF, THEN SIT AND MEDITATE

    JUST CLEAN THE SUBCONSCIOUS. ITS NOT A BIG RELIGIOUS THING;

    ITS A VERY PERSONAL THING.

    THE TEACHINGS OF YOGI BHAJAN

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    TUNINGINWITHTHEADIMANTRA:ONGNAMOGURUDEVNAMO

    BeforeeveryKundaliniYogaclassorpracticesession,wehavetotunein.Onewaytoexplaintheprocessof tuning in is to suggest that if youwere going towatch thison TV, youdhave to turn to the rightchannel.Thecodeletters,forthestationwewanttoaccessinourpracticeofKundaliniYogaisreachedbythesounds:ONGNAMOGURUDEVNAMO.

    ONGNAMOGURUDEVNAMOinvokestheblessingsoftheCreator,theDivineTeacherwithineachoneofus.Itlinksuswiththeentirelineofspiritualteacherswhohavehandeddownthisancientwisdomfrommastertodisciplethroughtheages.

    Manypeopleapproachyogafromapurelyphysicalstandpoint,andthatsOK,becauseithastremendousphysical benefits. But do not underestimate its other aspects! The effects go fardeeper than justphysicalimprovement.KundaliniYogaistheYogaofAwareness.

    Kundalini Yoga is a science, a sacred science; inotherwords, it is a spiritualpracticeand spiritualitycannot be taught, it has to be caught, like themeasles. It is contagious. You have to get it fromsomeonewhosgotit.Whichiswhyyouwanttotuneintothelineofteacherstheyvealreadygotitand that includes,of course,ourTeacher,YogiBhajan,who isMasterofKundaliniYoga. Itdoesnotmeanthatyouaretuningintohisfinitepersonality,however.Instead,youarecallinguponthehighestaspects, thedivine consciousness,of all theTeachers in theGoldenChain.At the same time, you arestimulatingandawakeningyourownwise,elevated,anddivineSelf,andmakingaconsciousconnectionwith theOnewho createdyou,whobreathes inyou. Whew! Nota small thing! This isamajor,importantmantra.

    Youcouldevenconsiderchantingasasortofconnectionbyosmosis.ONGNAMOGURUDEVNAMOisthephonenumberoftheDivineTeacherwithinyou. So,turnthedialofyourmind,andswitchtothechannelthatwillgiveyoutheclearestreceptiontheleaststaticandinterferencefromtheegoofthetechnologyandthevibrationthatcomeswithit.ONGNAMOGURUDEVNAMOassuresthecorrectinnerguidanceforyourpracticeofKundaliniYogaastaughtbyYogiBhajan.

    THIS IS A TEACHER: YOU TAKE THE TEACHINGS AND YOU FLOW. ITS ONE

    LINK. SCRIPTURALLY, THEY CALL IT THE GOLDEN CHAIN OF TEACHERS.

    THE TEACHINGS OF YOGI BHAJAN

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    BEGINNERS SERIES SIX SAMPLE CLASSES

    ThefollowingsixBeginnersclassespresentsixofthemajorfacetsoraspectsofKundaliniYogaastaughtbyYogiBhajan.They