April 25, 2022 – Trainer Update

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In-Person Interviews at the European Yoga Festival, and other ways to get involved


Trainer relicensing

Starting next week you can renew your KRI trainer license.  This will be required for you to be an automatically recognized voter in the upcoming SSSC elections, and is required if you plan to be part of a Level One or Level 2 training team between July 2022 and June 2023. Look for an email with a link to relicense shortly!

Register to VOTE in the upcoming SSSC election

As previously mentioned, all Lead and Professional trainers are automatically registered to vote in the upcoming (August 2022) SSSC elections.  And interns and associates can apply to be voters.  KRI strongly encourages you all to exercise your right to vote! Read more details in your language here:

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Expanding the Global Advisory Committee

The Global Advisory Committee serves the Academy through visioning the Trainer Summits and by stewarding the process of expansion and change in the Academy through the proposal and voting process. The Committee is currently actively working on the Global Summit in September.  Members are needed from Asia, Oceania, and Europe. KRI will have meetings for these time zones. Please contact Hari Charn Kaur [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

Are you a mentor and open to taking on new mentees?

Are you a mentor in the academy who has time and the passion for supporting the development of the next generations of trainers? There are Professionals who are looking for Practicum mentors needing your wisdom and support. There are also applicants needing mentors. There are members of the academy looking for a new mentor. KRI needs your name for we are creating a list of available mentors. If you are open to taking on new mentees, please let Hari Charn Kaur know!

KRI is looking for a part time writer

We are looking for someone 10-15hrs/wk to help write content for our website, emails and social media posts.  Please see a complete job description here.  If you, or anyone you work with, is interested in applying, please email a resume and writing sample to Amrit Vela Kaur Ramos.

BIPOC affinity group zoom gatherings

Have you ever asked (or been asked) why BIPOC people are drawn to each other and feel comfortable gathering with each other? Twenty years ago, African American Beverly Tatum wrote the book, “Why All The Black Kids Sit Together at the Cafeteria? A National Bestseller that spurred dialogue of what’s really important to people whose voices have not been heard before. We want to listen to those voices today, and learn how to bridge the gap so that we all feel validated, heard and seen across our yoga trainings and classes. 

  • Monthly Community Gathering for Trainers/Teachers of Color; a group support meeting for teachers/trainers in the community who have been underrepresented and self-identify as persons of color for mutual support and solidarity. Click here for more information and to sign up for this meeting on the Third Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm PST, 2:00 MT; 4 pm EST; 7 pm Togo, Africa; 9:00 Paris, France, Berlin, Germany, & South Africa, 5:00 am Sidney, Australia.

White-Bodied affinity group zoom gatherings

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences,” Audre Lorde

In these times when polarization is everywhere, we can use our yogic knowledge to further the creation of a truly welcoming Kundalini Yoga community, where we can truly find The One not by minimizing our differences, but embracing and understanding them. What would it take to collectively create an environment of equality and validation and explore the themes and steps toward a more inclusive yoga community? Developing the muscle to discuss identities, intersections and our various privileges is a way that we can value and support our diverse global perspectives. At KRI we want to encourage White-Bodied people to gather together and explore books, videos, and links to educate oneself and become versed in holding space for others, honoring and celebrating our differences. 

  • Monthly Community Gathering for White-Bodied/Light Skin Trainers & Teachers; a group support meeting for teachers/trainers in the community to explore whiteness as a dominant paradigm and the impact of privilege in our yoga Kundalini world. Click here for more information and to sign up for this meeting on the Third Tuesday of the month, starting Wednesday, May 18th, 11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MT & Central times; 2 pm EST/New York, USA; 5 pm Togo, Africa; 7:00 pm Paris, France, Berlin, Germany, & South Africa, 4:00 am Sidney, Australia.
  • Here is another resource along these lines that considers intersectionality, privilege & race; Unpacking the Privilege Knapsack and one for storytelling and holding space for each other – https://aminatacairo.com.