Upstate NY Teacher Training

  • This training will be held in Syracuse and Rochester, NY beginning October 6th
  • In Syracuse, the training will be held at The Inner Sanctuary Healing Center
  • In Rochester, the training will be held at the India Community Center, 2171 Monroe-Wayne County Line Road, Macedon, NY 14502

About The Aquarian Teacher™ Program

The Aquarian Teacher™ is a RYT 200-hour Certified Course. It includes the following major areas of study:

  • Awakening Consciousness: The Practice and Principles of Kriya and Meditation
  • History & Philosophy of Yoga
  • Asana: Principles of Alignment
  • Pranayam: Principles of the Breath
  • Sound & Mantra: The Science of Naad
  • Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Projection
  • Becoming a Yogi: Humanology and Lifestyle Studies
  • Professional Ethics and Applied Settings
  • Physical and Subtle Anatomy
  • Practicum: Teaching from Day One

What to Expect

Level One Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a transformative experience, whether you decide to teach or simply use it as an opportunity for personal growth, you will change. Those changes can be a challenge to your family and your community. Don't take it personally; and definitely don't make any big decisions during Teacher Training. Simply allow yourself to dive deeply into your own identity – and above all, Keep Up!

The course is a physical and mental challenge. Do your best to set up your life to support your Teacher Training experience because, once it's over, your Teacher Training experience will definitely support your life!

Your Community

If you are interested in bringing a KRI Level One Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan™ to your community, please contact Sat Purkh Kaur at

Absence Policy

You can miss one weekend or 20 hours (10% of the course) and make them up with homework; any additional time off, you would need to either pay to participate in another training's weekend or pay for a trainer to sit with you and go over the content – basically paying for a private session. You can also work with a peer to have the entire weekend recorded; but there would still be a tutorial fee for going over the material one-on-one with someone with expertise.

If you miss more than 20% of the course (even with make-up work), you are not eligible for certification. To sum up: you can miss one weekend, and make it up with homework; if you miss a second weekend, you can pay to make it up in person with a training/trainer; any absences beyond 20%, you are no longer eligible for certification. Of course, you could complete the course for your own depth and experience and we would welcome that; but if you're interested in being certified, showing up counts!

Your Host

Sat Dharm Singh

Sat Dharm has been teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan™ in New York state for more than 40 years. In the early 1970’s, he was the founder and director of two yoga ashrams in western New York. He is presently teaching several classes per week as well as regular workshops in the Rochester, NY area.

Sat Dharm is a Level Two KRI certified yoga teacher and is enrolled in the Level Three program. He is an Associate Teacher Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy. He has also recently begun the Professional Kundalini Yoga Therapy Program training.

Sat Dharm is passionate about music, dancing, movies, cooking, sailing and motorcycling.

Your Trainers

Sat Purkh Kaur

A KRI Certified Level Three Kundalini Yoga Teacher as well as Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, Sat Purkh is known for her work in Sound & Mantra as well as Humanology and the Women's Teachings; in 2008 she authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women's Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

Sat Purkh joined the Kundalini Research Institute in 2006 and served as the Creative Director until the fall of 2013. A member of the Teacher Training Executive Council, she serves in developing the Three Levels of Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, and also served on the KRI Board of Directors from 2014-2017.

She has eight albums of sacred music, Nectar of the Name, Beautiful Day: The Aquarian Sadhana, Queen Be: The Goddess Within, Love & Other Miracles, One: Love, Life, Light, The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone, The Guru Within, and Across the World Ocean. She lives with her husband and their menagerie of animals, and is always at work on her next album of sacred music.

Randhir Singh

Randhir Singh is a New York City-based Kundalini teacher and professional-level teacher trainer. He has been teaching in NYC since his own Level 1 teacher training there in 2006, has been a teacher trainer since 2011, and is currently finishing his Yoga Therapist certification requirements.

His mentor is Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, and Randhir has studied and worked with him at trainings all over Europe and the US. Randhir is a staff teacher at Golden Bridge NYC where he has been teaching his regular classes and workshops for many years.

Gitanjali Kaur

Gitanjali Kaur has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for 30 years and teaching daily for 10 years, an Associate Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, she specializes in the Women’s Trainings and Western & Yoga Anatomy. Gitanjali joined the Aquarian Trainers Academy in 2013. She loves her Morning Sadhanas, Cold Shower and 1000 day Meditations.

Since first taking the TT1, my whole life started to shift. My understanding of my own consciousness has deepened. I feel more connected, my own Divinity was revealed to me and is now more and more present in my life. The beauty of a life of service has revealed itself to me. During the Course, I was swept by an incredible sense of devotion to the Teachings, to the Sacredness of my life. I felt a deep longing to learn more, to know more, to serve and be useful. Teacher Training is a profound life changer.

Training Dates

Week 1: October 6th – 8th, 2017

Syracuse lead trainer – Kartar Singh

Week 2: November 3rd – 5th, 2017

Syracuse lead trainer – Sat Purkh Kaur

Week 3: December 9th – 10th, 2017

Syracuse lead trainer – Siri Sat Kaur

Week 4: January 6th – 7th, 2018

Rochester lead trainer – Kartar Singh

Week 5: February 9th – 11th, 2018

Syracuse lead trainer – Sat Purkh Kaur

Week 6: March 2nd – 4th, 2018

Syracuse lead trainer – Kartar Singh

Week 7: April 7th – 8th, 2018

Rochester lead trainer – Sat Purkh Kaur

Week 8: May 5th – 6th, 2018

Syracuse lead trainer – Siri Sat Kaur

Week 9 (Graduation): June 9th – 10th, 2018

TBD lead trainers – Kartar Singh and Sat Purkh Kaur

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 5:00 Aquarian Sadhana
  • 8:30 Check in and Meditation
  • 9:00 Lecture & Kriya
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 Lecture & Kriya
  • 6:00 end of day

Certification Requirements & Code of Professional Standards

Please read and confirm you understand the following Certification Requirements for this course before registering. Contact Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa at if you have any questions.

  • Attended all Teacher Training classes – 180 contact hours minimum
  • Completed 20 hours of Kundalini Yoga Classes*
  • Performed satisfactorily in the practicum
  • Created two acceptable yoga course curricula
  • Complete a 40-day yoga set/meditation; 11 minutes minimum
  • Participated in at least 5 Aquarian Sadhanas – 2½ hours each for a total of 10 hours
  • Participated in one day of White Tantric Yoga before the end of the course*
  • Read, understood, and signed the Code of Professional Standards for Kundalini Yoga Teachers
*External Kundalini Yoga Classes and White Tantric Yoga are not included in the price of the course.

Please review the IKYTA Code of Excellence before you register for Teacher Training.


This training will be held in Rochester, NY. The exact training location isn't set yet. We'll update this page as soon as we know.


To register, make a tuition payment using one of the options below.

One-time Full Payment ($3,300)

Installments (1 of 3 $1,200 installments)


Refunds, less expenses, are available prior to the second weekend of the course.

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