Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Intensives and Certifications:
Kundalini Shakti Yoga is a Kundalini practice based on the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism, or Trika Yoga, formatted by Nidhan Jot Singh. In a 75 minute Kundalini Shakti Yoga class students are lead through a series of kriyas/warm ups to raise energy and heat the body full of prana. This is followed by a series of Yogic calisthenics to strengthen the upper body and create lower body flexibility. Balancing poses and deep stretches are included. There is deep relaxation at the end of class sometimes with guided meditation or relaxing music. This class combines both dynamic and passive flows to give a balanced sadhana/practice. Tantra meditation on Kundalini Shakti, the inexhaustible feminine creative power of the universe, brings us closer to union with God. Trika philosophy teaches that this world is nothing more then the blissful energy of the all-pervading consciousness of Lord Shiva manifested by Divine Mother Shakti. It's all play.
Adi Shakti Movement is a fusion of Kundalini Yoga and Modern Dance created by Nidhan Jot Singh. It is soulful, inspiring, and empowering. In a 75 minute long Adi Shakti Movement class the primary focus will be on connecting with the earth. There is a 30 minute long warm up and stretch to make sure the body is ready to move. After we practice swirling, rolling, and quadruped calisthenics to build upper body strength and lower body mobility there are standing flows to connect with the space around us. Finally there will be floor dance choreography broken into sections to practice and then put together for a soulful combination. Inspirational/uplifting music is an important component to our classes. After the mind and body are fatigued we rest in meditation. A Mantra (recitation in Sanskrit) is given to students at the end of class and possibly some Pranayama (breathing techniques). The purpose of an Adi Shakti Movement class is to offer a low impact but challenging mind/body/spirit discipline that will connect students with their emotions.
Lazy Monkey Yoga is a Yin / restorative class created by Nidhan Jot Singh. This class is accessible to anybody of any age and fitness level. The class begins seated focussing on posture and energy radiating through the spine (Kundalini Shakti). Using Pranayama, or mindful breathing, we reconnect the body with the earth. When the class is over you will feel like you just had a deep tissue massage. This class is a choreographed class, the series is always taught in the same order, and one Asana smoothly transitions to another effortlessly hence the name “Lazy Monkey”.
Red Hot Kundalini is a more sensuous stylized class. Specifically designed for lovers this heart centered practice is intimate and energizing. This is a partner Yoga class where couples will practice pranayama, asana, and meditation together. The goal of this class/workshop is to open the heart and throat chakras to encourage communication and instill trust. A great Valentine’s day class for sure, but an amazing workshop for anytime of the year. This is a heart centered sadhana.
Aerial Shakti Yoga is a suspension based Yoga class performed in silk hammocks created by Nidhan Jot Singh. Turn your practice upside down and get a new perspective on the world. In a 75 minute long class you will learn Aerial Shakti Yoga signature Vinyasa flows, hanging stretches, the Aerial Shakti Yoga swinging series, and how to use the hammock to deepen your practice. The aerial hammock can be especially useful for getting upside down supporting handstands and everything inverted. On the other hand reclining in the hammock makes for great meditation and deep relaxation.
Kundalini Shakti Reiki is a training program for aspiring Reiki practitioners. By practicing pranayama, meditation, and self-study, a student will feel eligible for their ordination. Classes and workshops for Kundalini Shakti Reiki are meditative sessions that include practicing Reiki on oneself, others, crystals, and plants. The roots of energetic healing are very old, beginning with shamanism all the way to Zen Buddhism. The calming therapeutic effects of heart-centered touch has been documented by health professionals. To practice Reiki effectively, it is best to find a Master and study the proper techniques for practicing safely.
Become a certified Adi Shakti Movement, Aerial Shakti Yoga, Kundalini Shakti Yoga, Red Hot Kundalini, or Lazy Monkey Yoga instructor by attending one of Nidhan’s two day intensive trainings. To attend a training you must have graduated a Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour TT program. The trainings are usually Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am till 5 pm at a hosted studio or gym. The instructor training portion of the weekend focusses on movement breakdown, creating a balanced class structure, choosing curriculum, proper communication skills and verbal cuing, anatomy, modifications and contraindications, legalities and healthy boundaries, as well as the philosophical foundation of Shaktism. As part of the training you will receive access to the instructor training videos and manuals after completion of the weekend.
The Raja Yoga School™ 200 Hour Teacher Training program is a separate certification from the above intensives.