5 Tips for Being an Effective Kundalini Yoga Teacher
As a Kundalini Yoga teacher, chances are you’ve been on an incredible journey of healing, transformation, and enlightenment which is inherent in the teacher training courses. You’ve been given the incredible gift to share these powerful teachings with others. Aside from just figuring out which kriya and meditation to choose and how to present the technology in a way new students can understand, there are so many other elements to making a great Kundalini teacher. Here are tips that might help you build a following.
1. Show up lookin’ like a million bucks. Yogi Bhajan said ““Your way of dressing should be saintly and make you glow with grace. You should look like a sage and a prince or princess of peace and divinity.” If you’re a Kundalini Yoga teacher, you know the teachings for wearing white and covering your head (If you don’t, check out this blog article). But to go a step further, make sure you also look fabulous! It sends a message to your students that you care about being there and you are putting your best self forward. I know for me, I always feel better when I am clean, put together, and stylish. When I feel better, it comes through in how I teach my class. (You KNOW a great place to shop. Yup, Long Time Sun.)
2. Play first-rate music. But also use silence. The music you play can really set the tone for certain exercises and meditations. I find it helpful to do the whole kriya and meditation with the music I’ve chosen at home beforehand to make sure it has the effect I’m looking for. That said, don’t underestimate the power of silence. Some of the most powerful classes I’ve been to used only the song of my breath. Play with it!
3. Remember people’s names. This is such a little thing that goes a very long way. Take time to meet your students. Make a connection. Choose to care! I can’t tell you how many yoga classes I’ve been to where I've felt invisible. It’s nice to be seen. I bet many people come back to class just for that.
4. Serve tea. Serving tea after a yoga class is magical. Tea encourages students to stick around after class. When people stick around, they make conversation with others. When they make conversation with others, bonds are formed. When bonds are formed, boom, you’ve got yourself a community. Realistically, the way many yoga studios are set up, serving tea might not be an option. But perhaps there’s a coffee shop or a juice bar near by you could motivate people to go to. Be innovative and imaginative. People crave community. It might be up to you to create the space for that!
5. Lighten the eff up! Let’s face it - Kundalini yoga isn’t your everyday, downward dog style yoga class. You might be getting students walking in who think they are coming in to do Sun A’s in spandex. I have found that by having a sense of humor about my adorable head wrap and the crazy chanting we do goes a long way, especially for new students who have no idea what they’ve signed up for. I’m not discounting or dishonoring the sacredness and power of Kundalini Yoga, but acknowledging that we aren’t in an ashram in India could be helpful. Having a “Hey, this might seem weird, but don’t knock it till ya try it” attitude works wonders for me.
I hope these tips are helpful for you. The world needs you to share these gifts!