“… Teachers who do not become perfect students do not become perfect Masters.”
~ The 16 Facets of the Perfection of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, © 1995 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
The purpose of pursuing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is to stay on a path of spiritual and professional growth; to expand knowledge, skills, and consciousness as a teacher; and to inspire your students through your expansion. CEUs are part of an ongoing commitment to continuous training and improvement in our global teacher community. Working and learning together and studying enhanced material is one of our core values. CEU accumulation needs to begn the second year after completing Teacher Training, for example, if you completed training in 2010, you must obtain CEUs starting in 2012.
As much as possible, IKYTA’ s CEU program is in alignment with Yoga Alliance so that teachers can use IKYTA CEUs for both IKYTA and Yoga Alliance.HOW CAN I GET CEU CREDIT?
- Accredited CEU Course: Take a 3HO® IKYTA accredited CEU course listed here.
- Courses at Events: Attend CEU courses at Summer or Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebrations, International Women’ s Camp, or KRI Level 2 modules. If you repeat KRI Level 1 Teacher Training for your own personal growth, the course can qualify for CEUs.
- Home Study: Study at home for 10 hours with a KRI-approved book, manual, or video (including Yogi Bhajan videos). Follow with a 62-minute meditation from the manual or video for 40 days for 10 CEUs or 90 days for 20 CEUs. Home study CEU accumulation should be documented by downloading, filling out, and saving the CEU Home Study Form for your records.
- Teacher Trainers: If you are a KRI Certified Teacher Trainer, you can earn CEUs for hours you spend teaching Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
- Kundalini Yoga Teachers must accrue 20 CEUs every two years. CEUs do not carry over into the next two-year time period. For example, for 2009 Professional Membership this applies to all Kundalini Yoga Teachers who were certified during or before 2006.
- This program will run on the Honor System (i.e., no proof of CEU participation will be required). However, members should keep copies of their IKYTA CEU certificates, receipts, or documentation of home study since 3HO IKYTA reserves the right to randomly audit Members for CEU credits.
To quality to teach CEU courses you must be:
- A 3HO IKYTA Professional Member in good standing.
- A Kundalini Yoga teacher who has completed a KRI Level 1 Teacher Training Course two or more years ago
- A Kundalini Yoga teacher who has completed a minimum of 1,000 hours teaching since their certification.
- A current Gurudakshina donor. (This is in honor of our principle of contributing to the whole.)
You must complete a CEU Teaching Application for each CEU curriculum, and each curriculum requires a one-time fee of US $54 (Note: You may teach each curriculum as many times as you wish for that one-time fee.) All CEU classes recognized by IKYTA are listed on this website.DETAILS ON CEU STANDARDS
Accredited IKYTA CEU Contact Courses will be categorized in one of five standard categories as required by Yoga Alliance:
- Techniques Training/Practice – includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. Hours may include (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.
- Teaching Methodology – includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, the student’ s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.
- Anatomy & Physiology – includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
- Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers – includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers.
- Practicum – includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.
Courses must be a minimum of two hours in length.
CEU Credit will be assigned
- 1 CEU for each contact hour (in the physical presence of a KRI Certified Teacher)
- 1 CEU for five non-contact (home study, bridge line, etc.) hours
Note: Yoga Alliance requires a total of 30 CEUs every three years. Out of these 30 CEUs, only ten can be non-contact hours.