The 10 Rights of a Kundalini Yoga Student

As a Student of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, you have the right:

1.  To have a safe, clean and welcoming class environment.
2.  To be treated with kindness, respect and honesty.
3.  To be treated equally with other students, without discrimination.
4.  To freely choose where, and with whom, you study Kundalini Yoga.
5.  To receive the pure teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.
6.  To practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at your level of comfort, capacity
and self-care while respecting the needs of others.
7.  To have a Student-Teacher relationship that is professional, respectful and
graceful.
8.  To practice Kundalini Yoga free of personal, sexual, financial or political
pressure from your Teacher.
9.  To respectfully ask questions or raise issues of concern or complaint, openly or
anonymously, and receive honest answers and fair consideration without fear of
ridicule or retaliation.
10. To enjoy your Kundalini Yoga journey!

 

 

12 thoughts to “Kundalini Yoga Student Bill of Rights (DRAFT)

  • Rai

    Sat Nam, here are my comments:

    To be treated with respect, professionalism, kindness, honesty, and directness.
    Yogi Bhajan was not always kind to people, I think that makes the teacher be always honey.

    b. To be free of any approach or relationship that is or appears to be personal, romantic or sexual in nature. I will like to change “personal” for what Yogi Bhajan always says in Spanish: (personalmente impersonal) the student should not be Free of this… they should get this.

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  • Sat Ganesha S. Khalsa

    student BOR…a few inputs to evaluate
    1) in general I like them…
    2) make it simple, shorter, YB style 1-10 no a. b; each one about same length
    3) just like YB did, have number to call as number 10

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  • Dharamleen

    Sat nam. Thanks for this. An interesting beginning point. I feel uneasy about the phrasing ‘to be free of’ in points 6 a,b,c,d : quite hard to put a finger on why. It feels as if the relationship is beginning from a place of oppression, of negativity that must be ‘freed up’. As if it is a given that it starts in a bad place that one needs to rise up above. I cannot offer a solution as such- just food for thought perhaps?

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  • Nam Prakash Kaur

    Sat Nam , I agree with Rai’s comments above. Also, could point 2 be interpreted as it being ok to take the bits of Yogiji’s teachings that are easy for us? E.g.. to come to sadhana without a headcovering, without taking a cold shower. Although maybe we could say that that would not be respecting the needs of others?

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  • Jotipal Kaur

    ‘To practice at my level of comfort’ In order to expand we have to go beyond our comfort zone. Holding the arms up for 11 mins is not comfortable and we do this to go to our edge to expand otherwise we stay in our comfort zone which is the antithesis of Kundalini yoga. So perhaps this needs to be omitted!?

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  • Jotipal Kaur

    ‘To be treated on an equal basis with all other students’
    Students are individual, with different history and different story so therefore they may need different things, a different way, a different approach so therefore I don’t think equal is the right word here.

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  • Satjit Singh

    drop kindness. neutrality is best.

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  • Uttampreet Kaur

    Sat Nam. I wonder if practicing “at my level of comfort” may not be an ideal phrasing… Perhaps “I understand that I have the right to listen to my body and practice in accordance with my body’s needs in order to remain safe” or something like that may be less limiting (no growth in the comfort zone)… also… I agree with everything relating to the student teacher relationship but I think it could be stated more succintly – my body and mind are my own and I can expect to be treated with respect and grace physically, mentally, spiritually at all times.

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  • Fateh Singh (Hamburg)

    Sat Nam,
    I would think it should sound more like:

    As a STUDENT of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, it is my right:

    0 to learn Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
    1 to always be a guest on this planet
    2 to leave my past behind and be reborn
    3 to slow down my breath for a much richer life
    4 to meet my teacher at least once in this lifetime
    5 to die while still alive
    6 to falter and fall, as my teacher’s job is to pick me up again and again
    7 to insult and abuse my teacher, as he/she is the neutral one
    8 to get uplifted by my teacher, at ways expected or unexpected
    9 to obey
    10 to serve
    11 to love
    12 to excel

    Probably there’s a lot more to say, and in much better words.

    The strongest point is probably the first “as taught by Yogi Bhajan”, and very difficult for the teacher to deliver that.

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  • Anonymous Kaur

    Is there a genesis for this Student’s Bill of Rights? Was there a particular incident or outcry? Stands to reason it’s up to teachers to hold “teacher space” and create and communicate this this. Perhaps rather than a Student’s Bill of Rights, we should communicate what a Student’s expectations of a KY Instructor/Teacher should be?

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  • Dharamroop Kaur

    Sat Nam. I would agree with previous comments. The idea is good, but there could be less focus on, how student should be treated (or not treated), rather emphasize the responsibility and neutrality of both roles. Teacher is responsible to provide professional classes with neutral attitude, but at the same time student has responsibility to be aware of him/herself and ask support, if needed. The aim of such kind of notification letter would be to encourage person to relate with our values and standards. We need to state them so, that it is not a list of actions that shouldn´t be done (point 6), but highlight things that could be expected (E.g. point 4).

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  • Michele Nurnberger

    I agree with previous point about focusing on positive expectations and encouraging students to take personal responsibility. I am also aware that it is up to the teacher to create a climate where students feel safe to question and that questioning the teacher may go against the student’s culture. No 2 needs clarification to both students and teachers, it would seem totally appropriate in most teaching contexts but the teachings of Kundalini Yoga often ask us to go beyond, surely this must be explained or a great deal of students will consider their teacher to be breaking the code! Paradoxically I am also aware that pushing students too hard constantly can be misused as a tool for psychological control or bullying, so this is a really important point to clarify, along with emphasising the need for the student to check in with themselves (which is a skill that needs to be taught).
    What I have found to be missing is the concept of ‘differentiation’, meaning pitching classes to the main needs/abilities of the group and to individuals as necessary, differention does not mean treating equally but as need requires. The use of the term equal in no3 might be replaced with treated with equal respect?
    I’m very much in favour of students being given guidelines and clear signposting for reporting of malpractice so I’m pleased to see this being developed, Thankyou.

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