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January 2014 KundaLiving: The Aquarian Teacher

"Some of you who are sitting here will become great Teachers of the Age of Aquarius. You must understand that you have to build your character first. Care for yourself, be kind to yourself, be compassionate to yourself. That is what you have to do."
-Yogi Bhajan, 4/23/97

As Yogi Bhajan often said, he came to create teachers, not to gather students. He saw every student as a potential teacher. He eventually developed a worldwide network of teachers who have spread their wings and helped to heal others with their kindness, compassion, and a lot of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. Whether you were a new student or an 'advanced' student, in the eyes of Yogiji, you were a teacher in the making.

Everyone is a student, and everyone is a teacher. If you are striving to live a healthy, happy, and holy life, you are serving as an example and guide to others. An Aquarian teacher becomes a forklift for the soul, a lighthouse of hope, an institution of integrity, trust, and humility.

“People are in pain, and they need the pain alleviated. They need to know that you can see that pain. If a person is hungry, first feed him. To a starving person, food is God. Once he is satisfied and a little secure, he can consider the possibility that God is food. The ability to apply consciousness will make you a good teacher.” [Aquarian Teacher, p. 265]

As we dive deeply into the concept of The Aquarian Teacher, consider the ways in which you are able to guide others to their healthy, happy, holy birthright.

This month we offer thought-provoking blogs and wisdom from Yogi Bhajan's lectures and quotes about what, exactly, it means to be an Aquarian Teacher. And, of course, we've found some great Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations to bring out your teaching qualities. We've even included some blogs about teaching Kundalini Yoga to special populations. Delve into the Aquarian Teacher and develop the teacher within you.

Yogi Bhajan Quotes and Lectures

Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Teaching

Yogi Bhajan’s Rules for Teachers (and Everyone)

On Teaching Kundalini Yoga 3/23/90

Yogi Bhajan Answers Questions on Teaching Kundalini Yoga

The Spiritual Teacher 9/18/71

Yogi Bhajan Answers Questions on Spiritual Teachers

13 Facets of a Teacher's Identity

The 16 Facets of Perfection of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Kundalini Yoga Technology

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

Meditation to Experience the Essence of a Teacher

The Teacher Within: The Tratakum Meditation

Meditation on Your Self as a Yogi

Kriya for Inner Vitality and Stamina

KRI Corner: The Caliber of the Aquarian Teacher - with the Caliber Kriya and the Caliber of Life Meditation

Blogs on Having a Teacher, Becoming a Teacher, Being a Teacher

A True Teacher of the Aquarian Age by Catalyst Yogi

Becoming a Teacher - Capital T by Sat Purkh Kaur

Poke Provoke Confront Elevate - Kundalini Yoga in Action by Dev Suroop Kaur

The Aquarian Teacher: A Consciousness of Hope by Pritpal Kaur

Being a Teacher by Shakti Parwha Kaur

A Subtle Shift: Being a Teacher since Yogi Bhajan’s Passing by Krishna Kaur

Teaching Styles: “You Should Know You” by Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin

Making Sense in an Age of Change: Our Role as Aquarian Teachers by Devjot Singh

Seeing Eye to Eye with the Master by Guruka Singh

The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Sat Nirmal Kaur

Immerse Yourself Within Yourself by Atmabir Kaur

Guru Nanak and the Flying Carpet: A Sikhnet Audio Story for Kids

My Path to Becoming a Teacher by Devta Kidd

IKYTA Then, Now, and in the Future by Guruka Kaur

Blogs on Teaching to Specialized Populations

If you are a Kundalini Yoga teacher, be sure to join IKYTA, 3HO's International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association.

To learn about becoming a Kundalini Yoga teacher, visit Teacher Training at KRI.