News From KRI
Sat Nam. Greetings and happy spring to everyone from New Mexico!
As soon as the sun starts getting warm and the days start getting longer, we at KRI start getting excited about hosting the summer programs and welcoming you into our home once again. This is the Summer Issue of our KRI newsletter and it is devoted to giving you a sneak-peek into our summer programs and trainings. Yogi Bhajan sent my wife, Nirvair Kaur, and I to Alaska to teach yoga and open an Ashram in 1975. We always enjoyed our summer trip to New Mexico and really relied on it. Every summer for decades, we packed up and went to Espanola, leaving behind the cold winds and dark nights of Alaska’s winter. We came to advance our yogic studies, recharge our energy, inspire our spirit, and connect on a personal level to our fellow yogis. The events and courses always challenged and uplifted us, giving us the juice we needed to continue teaching in Alaska.
I was reading lectures in the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings® and came across this quotation from Yogi Bhajan on June 14, 1992. Even though it was 25-years ago, I found the message very current and relevant to these times. When he says that this summer is a very decisive summer, I feel that the summer of 2017 is just so.
“This is Dharma – when you carry all, big and small, and you answer the call of your own divinity and dignity. This is the call of the time. You can’t play against it now because this is the Age of Aquarius. Everybody must match-up to the time and the space, and it requires your acknowledgement.
“Look folks, good and bad as it is, the time has come to hand it over and take it over and forget about me. In your own household, among your own children, between the four walls of your family, the time has come to prepare to hand over and take over as well. The time has come that your own-born must have tomorrow positively lined out, understood, and with power enough to carry it. The time has come that you must create flag bearers. You can’t neglect that duty.
“The time is calling on us now. The time is calling on our spirit and our courage. The time is calling on our honor and our nobility. This summer is a very decisive summer – it is the summer of 1992. This summer wants you to clean your inside and out. This summer demands you drop your handicaps and start coming out with your personality to create and craft yourself by your own hand. The time has come that your children must rise to the resurrection of their ecstasy of deep understanding. Time has come for you to understand that you must drop your neurosis, your psychosis, your feelings, and your thoughts and understand the relevant call of the duty.
“The call of retreat has been sounded for your personal nonsense and the forward bugle has blown for your advancement. Charity begins at home; it starts from your home. Now. There will be no tomorrow for it. Summer has come, children have come, you have come, this is the time. Those who have a status must serve the stage by the statue of the oath they took. This is the time for the dignity that you asked for – being divine and redeemed.”
“You must relieve the pain of others because you have identified yourself. This is the time you must rise to the occasion and answer the call of duty. Otherwise you shall have no beauty in the eyes of this earth and in this Eye of God. This is the time you must take care of, with your own hands, your character, your characteristics, and your commitments. There is no other method of judgment.”
Come be with us this summer in New Mexico! Immediately after Summer Solstice Sadhana, we have three programs – our Level Three Mela gathering, our Level Two Authentic Relationships, and our 21 Stages of Meditation. In August, we have our Level One Teacher Training Immersion program. You will be challenged, inspired, and will gain the experience and tools you need to keep yourself in balance and to help others around you. It is your life – make it count by becoming a teacher!
All the best with blessings,
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
How do we decide to change our lives? What is it that draws us here, to this land, to this experience? Where does that longing to experience the authentic Self come from? Answer these questions for yourself and deliver yourself to your highest destiny this summer – become an instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Whether you wish to deepen your personal practice of Kundalini Yoga or long to become a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, your journey begins here.
This 28-day residential program in beautiful New Mexico is an amazing opportunity to study with Trainers who learned directly from Yogi Bhajan. You will learn a lot about Kundalini Yoga and you will learn a lot about yourself during the Immersion and the six months of home study that follows. It is a life-changing experience! Here are some powerful things you’ll take away from Teacher Training Immersion this summer:
Life is a non-stop cycle of minutes and hours. It is up to you to make the most of your life by serving and healing others. Stop wishing to make a difference in the world and begin doing it. Join us this summer to develop your skills as a Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®!
When you make the big decision to become a certified yoga teacher, you are faced with many options. If Kundalini Yoga is your calling, then the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) is the place to be! KRI is the only official training organization that promotes the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. A dedicated team of experienced yoga professionals administer the KRI Aquarian Teacher Program in over 50 countries and 22 languages worldwide.
Here are 10 good reasons to choose KRI for your training:
Be Part of the Global Kundalini Yoga Teacher Community!
Become a Kundalini Yoga instructor and join with many thousands of teachers around the world in serving humanity through the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. KRI Level One Teacher Training, whether taken all at once during Immersion training or participating in a six-month class, is like no other. There are many KRI programs to choose from, all over the world, so make time in your life and get started on this great adventure. See you in class!
Nature has a system to give a human one thing – authentic living. And what is authentic living? Authentic living is nothing but living in self-trust. Yogi Bhajan, January 24, 1977
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After the experience of Level One training, you inevitably start to change and evolve as a person and as a teacher. That is the power of this technology! Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a transformational experience. Level 2 Teacher Training will deliver you to the next step in your personal development.
This summer in New Mexico, KRI is presenting KRI Level 2 – Authentic Relationships. Our success as Kundalini Yoga teachers and as conscious human beings depends on our capacity to be authentic and respond from our hearts. This training will guide you towards integrating authentic relationships into your life and your teaching and help you understand how we form, sustain, and honor relationships.
Give yourself six empowering days immersed in Kundalini Yoga and meditation. Experience the beauty of morning sadhana at Hacienda de Gur Ram Das, delicious yogic meals, and the special energy of this unique place. Surrounded with the peaceful environments of sacred community, you will:
• Explore and experience what an authentic relationship is and expose what it is not,
• Discover your soul as the foundation for authentic relationships,
• Understand and overcome the special challenges that long-term relationships face,
• Develop self-love and self-trust as your key to authentic living,
• Identify your core paradox and transform it from problem to opportunity allowing for amazing personal growth and expansion, and
• Create an understanding and a conscious relationship with your own masculine and feminine energies.
Experience this powerful training in Espanola, where Yogi Bhajan lived and taught. Use these precious teachings to re-envision your relationship with yourself and with others. Together, we will do the hard work of forgiving the past, healing the present, and embracing the future with joy.
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa is the author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life, and has been quoted in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and other spirituality & health magazines. She is a Lead Trainer of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Creative Arts Therapist, a member of the 3HO Foundation International Board of Directors, and an accomplished artist. She has been a visiting lecturer at Boston University, Marlboro College, Hofstra University, Smith College, and Maine College of Art. She teaches regularly at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Omega, and at yoga centers around the world. www.artandyoga.com
Are you ready for Level Three?
Begin Your Journey this Summer at the annual Level Three Mela
2017 MELA Dates & Locations
The annual gathering for Level Three participants
June 12th – 14th 2017 in Espanola, New Mexico, USA
July 25th – 27th 2017 at Chateau Anand, France
CLICK HERE to Start Your Application Today
Step 1: Application – Due: March 31, 2017
Step 2: Self-Reflection Form – Due: April 28, 2017
Step 3: Register & Pay for the Mela – Due: May 2017
What is Level Three?
The Level Three Program is a 1,000 day personal journey to Self-Realization in which we refine our identity as a Teacher and deepen our unique relationship to the Sacred. The program focuses on the three qualities of a Teacher: Spiritual Maturity, Meditative Mind, and Seva.
To find out if you meet the prerequisites, please read the Overview.
“I am grateful for being part of this whole process. I am grateful to understand more about the teachings of our teacher Yogi Bhajan”
“It’s a great program. My small group and meditation experience is excellent.”
“The thousand-day meditation process is so different than 40/90/120-days. I am experiencing both a steadying and elevation through it. In Gratitude, Thank you”
The 21 Stages of Meditation gives you the tools and experiences to deepen your meditation and come to a profound understanding of your Self. As you progress through three meditative “journeys” towards Realization, the class explores the natural structure and qualities of each of the 21 stages.
The experiences of one stage support the progress in the next stage. You can explore any of the stages on your own as an individual practice as the benefits of each meditation stands on its own. However, the power of practicing an entire journey comes from the intensity of the practice when done in sequence, within a concentrated period, and in a community of practitioners.
There are no prerequisites for this program and everyone is invited to attend. Students and teachers from all contemplative traditions are welcome. Instructors and practitioners of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® are encouraged to participate, again and again, as this program is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
The 21 Stages of Meditation is part of the intensive group meditation requirement for the Level Three Teacher Training program.
The 21 Stages of Meditation
Española, New Mexico
Sunday June 25 – Saturday July 2, 2017
Guru Singh, Nirvair, and Krishna talk about the 21-Stages of Meditation Course
Guru Singh, Nirvair, and Krishna talk about the 21-Stages of Meditation Course
Calling all Trainers in Training – Join us in Espanola this Summer!
By Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa
The Trainer in Training Immersion Program, fondly referred to as the TNT Program, began in 2008 in Espanola. This program is an immersion into the experience of being a Teacher Trainer much as the Level One Immersion is an immersion into becoming a teacher. Each TNT has the opportunity to work personally with students in profound ways both during the program and afterwards. At every level of the Academy – Intern, Associate, and Professional – the TNTs are challenged and supported to grow in their individual goals towards competency and teaching skills. Each TNT develops an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that includes defined goals for the TNT Immersion Program. They work together with the TNT coordinator to complete this plan.
TNTs arrive in Espanola a week before the Immersion students to attend a 5-day Development Training under the expert guidance of Sat Siri Kaur – Immersion Lead Trainer, Siri Neel Kaur – TNT Program Coordinator, and other Trainers. During this time, the TNTs explore their personal relationship to training, gain training skills, create their IDP, and build the Immersion TNT Team. During the Level One Immersion program, from Saturday August 5th through Friday September 1st, each TNT facilitates a small group of Immersion students and continues to support them over the next 5 months all the way to successful certification.
If you are in the Aquarian Trainer Academy and are working to become a KRI Teacher Trainer, then I encourage you to consider this wonderful opportunity to expand your skills. Please contact me directly for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa met Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and a few years later at his direction opened a 3HO ashram in central Pennsylvania. The Kundalini Yoga and Healing Center provided daily classes, workshops and Teacher Training there until 2007 when she moved to the mother ashram in Espanola, New Mexico. She continues to share her joy of The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan by working with authors around the world to use these teachings in their books and looking to the future, she mentors Trainers in Training individually and as the Immersion TNT Coordinator.
A Gathering of Yogis and Yoginis from around the Globe
By Hari Charn Kaur
The KRI Level One Teacher Training Immersion in Espanola is an opportunity to study with fellow students from around the world. Offered at the place that Yogi Bhajan called home, this training program attracts students from China, Japan, Vietnam, Spain, Finland, Australia, South Africa, Chile, India, Canada and more. Many of your fellow students will be studying in English as their second language and, like you, their smile and their love will always be their native tongue.
The life of a Kundalini Yoga teacher is a life of service and of compassion. Here in New Mexico you will have the opportunity to build your international community of fellow teachers, you will have the opportunity to study with trainers who studied directly with Yogi Bhajan, and with trainers whose devotion to these teachings comes from their personal practice and experience.
This is your life right now – how do you want to make a difference in the world? People of consciousness are needed everywhere – how can you be of service? Become a Kundalini Yoga teacher! By your own personal experience of healing, your compassion for others will deepen. Through your experience of different cultures, your ability to connect to and serve your students on their journey, from whatever background they come from, will be deepened.
This summer, the Lead Trainer for the Immersion program is Sat Siri Kaur. Originally from Australia, she has traveled and taught around the globe, in large cities and small towns. She brings this understanding of the unique needs and challenges of international students to her teaching, and this sensitivity is felt in the Immersion program. These 28-days are designed for students from around the world who are seeking to become teachers of Kundalini Yoga. You will be surrounded by Kundalini Yoga, the yogic lifestyle, and the experience of living together in a spiritual community. You will step out of your day-to-day life and devote this time to your own development and personal growth as an instructor and as a conscious human being.
Does this sound familiar? Is this you? Do you have this yearning to arise before the sun to meditate on the Infinite in the company of fellow seekers? This global community of students that gathers every summer in New Mexico, to study in the same room where Yogi Bhajan taught in 1996, shares this yearning and the common purpose of serving humanity.
The Immersion here in Espanola is a rare opportunity to experience this global family of Kundalini Yogis. I look forward to meeting you here this summer!
Hari Charn Kaur is the KRI Director of Outreach and is the inspiration behind the Global Trainer’s Forum. She travels frequently to assist teachers and trainers around the world and to bring Kundalini Yoga and Teacher Training to underserved locations.
Each month, KRI publishes a valuable research article by Sat Bir Singh and other contributors on the current trends in yoga research. Sat Bir Singh is a pioneer in the field and we are not the only one who appreciates what he brings! The following article was printed in BWH Clinical Research News (CNR) and is reprinted here for your enjoyment, with their permission.
BWH Researcher Devotes Life and Profession to Yoga
By Michelle Cerulli McAdams
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, has been practicing a yoga lifestyle since 1971. In addition to living in an ashram, or yoga community, outside the city of Boston and practicing yoga several times per week, Khalsa is a neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders who studies yoga as an intervention for insomnia, anxiety and chronic stress and for promoting mental health in public schools. He even authored a Harvard Medical School e-book on the benefits of yoga and meditation on the brain.
CRN recently spoke with Khalsa to learn more about his passion.
Michelle Cerulli McAdams, MA, is a freelance writer and editor based in Gainesville, FL. She has written for national outlets including The Boston Globe, Austin American-Statesman and AARP. She spent a year shadowing North Carolina families affected by Alzheimer’s and has contributed reporting to two medical journalism books. Her work can be found at www.michellecerulli.com.
Sat Kartar Singh, a highly creative and conscious chef with a holistic approach to cooking, is once again returning as master chef for the Immersion Teacher Training in New Mexico this summer. Sat Kartar prepares a delicious lacto-vegetarian menu, made from fresh organic produce, and includes vegan and gluten free choices. With Sat Kartar in the kitchen, you never go hungry!
Sat Kartar tells us in his new cookbook, “When you eat well, you feel well. It’s as simple as that. Meals shouldn’t make you feel bloated and stuffed. They should nourish. They should be filling, but not fill you up… You often need to have an unhealthy experience to appreciate a healthier one. That was how I discovered my new-found passion for food and wellbeing… It was during my own personal rejuvenation and renaissance that I found my new approach to cooking.”
Now, we are the beneficiary of his personal renaissance and enjoy his fresh and inspired cooking throughout August during our Level One program. The recipe included this month in the newsletter is taken from his Happy Belly cookbook and is a signature dish of Sat Kartar.
½ pound dried garbanzo beans, 6 oz. soaked overnight and cooked, 2 oz. made into besan (gram) flour
¼ cup roasted garlic paste
¼ cup brown flax seeds brought to a boil in 1/3 cup water, allowed to cool
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
5 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, grated
2 yellow onions, finely diced
3 tablespoons cumin powder
3 tablespoons parsley, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine the cooked garbanzos, roasted garlic paste, flax mixture, tahini, olive oil, and chopped garlic together and blend with an immersion blender or food processor.
Fold in the remaining ingredients except for the besan flour. Let rest while you make your besan flour.
Besan flour is the name for flour made from milling dried, whole garbanzo beans. It is used in many Indian types of bread and is a great thickener. Here we are using it as a replacement for wheat flour. It holds mixes together superbly, has more protein than wheat, and is not a common allergen. You can mill the garbanzo beans yourself in a food mill, high powered blender (like Vita Mix), or just buy fine ground besan flour in Indian stores or in the bulk section of most health food stores.
Combine the besan flour into the mix and let stand for five minutes. The mix should take on a thin bread batter-like consistency where it just pulls itself from the side of the mixing bowl.
With a 2-oz. ice cream scoop, scoop out onto a parchment lined baking sheet the falafel. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turn the sheet, and cook for another 15 minutes. While the falafels are baking, make the topping.
1 romaine heart, shredded
1 cucumber, julienned
1 tomato, chopped
½ red onion, finely diced
20 Kalamata olives, chopped
½ pound feta cheese crumbles
1 bunch parsley, stemmed and chopped
Combine all ingredients.
To Assemble the Sandwich
Place 3 or 4 falafels in an opened pita. Use a whole gran pita bread. Top with Greek vegetable mixture and serve with tahini sauce.