Meet the KRI Staff and Board Members
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Phone: (001) 505-629-4094
Executive Director of the Aquarian Teacher
Director of Reach Out –Teach Out
Promotion and Outreach for KRI
Phone: (001) 505-629-1092
Director of Research
Customer Service, Sales and Distribution
Phone: (001) 505-747-7450
Library of Teachings and Social Media Coordinator
Teacher Training Administration
Phone: (001) 505-629-0865
Phone: (001) 505 629.4694
Internet and Media Technology Manager
KRI/LOT Archives Librarian
Phone: (001) 505-753-1655
Phone: (001) 505-629-4113
Fax: (001) 505-753-5982
ATA Executive Manager
Phone: (001) 505-629-4089
KRI BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Gurusahay Khalsa has been in private practice since 1978 and is the director of the GRD Healing Arts Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health and healing clinic in Atlanta, GA. His specialties include acupuncture, gentle chiropractic care, nutrition, applied kinesiology, and yoga therapy. Dr. Khalsa educates and inspires people to improve the quality of their living by enabling them to take control of their own life physically, mentally and spiritually. He has lectured extensively for the last 25 years on Kundalini yoga and meditation, health care, nutrition, oriental medicine, stress management, goal setting, prosperity, and wellness and longevity.
Gurusahay is a Level 1 and 2 certified Teacher Trainer through the Aquarian Teacher’s Academy of the Kundalini Research Institute. He had the unique blessing and opportunity to study ancient healing arts with Yogi Bhajan as a member and co-founder of the Khalsa Chiropractic Association. He currently teaches weekly Kundalini Yoga classes and weekend Yoga workshops on various topics at the new GRD Yoga and Meditation Center in Atlanta.
Devinder is a Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainer and Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer certified by KRI. She is a member of Yoga Alliance (ERYT-500), the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Associations (IKYTA), and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
In 2003, Devinder created PranaShanti as a web-based resource and free eNewsletter to share the benefits of Yoga. In 2008, this concept grew into the PranaShanti Yoga Centre, an 8,000 square foot multi-style yoga centre offering 100+ weekly classes in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Devinder is the owner and Director of PranaShanti Yoga Centre and teaches classes weekly and regularly leads workshops, retreats and Teacher Training Programs.
Devinder has over 25 years of experience as a self employed business owner and IT consultant. She regularly writes yoga inspired and health related articles for magazines and websites, is a much requested presenter on television programs and at local and national Yoga and Women’s conferences. Devinder also enjoys being a traveling guest trainer for Teacher Training programs.
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1971. He is a retired University Instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he taught classes in Kundalini Yoga for 31 years. He has authored nineteen best selling DVD's/Videos and four books on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. (www.kundaliniyoga.net) He has also taught classes, workshops and trainings throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Currently he is the CEO and President of The Kundalini Research Institute. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified teacher trainer. He lives with his wife of 40 years, Nirvair Kaur, in Tesuque New Mexico.
Hargopal has been a student of Yogi Bhajan since the mid 1970’s. She went to her first solstice after taking Kundalini yoga classes for just 3 months. She has taught Kundalini Yoga at yoga centers, in corporate settings, and at a retirement home. She was part of the Superhealth drug rehab project in India, supporting the clients by teaching Kundalini Yoga and providing Sat Nam Rasayan (R) sessions. She currently practices and teaches SNR (R) in the USA and Canada. She occasionally produces an SNR(R) newsletter. Hargopal is also a facilitator of family constellations.
Hargopal is the first person known to have practiced SNR(R) on one of Yogi Bhajan’s turbans as she was ironing it — and by his response, he clearly recognized it!
Hargopal studied Physics and currently works in the aerospace industry. Space fascinates her – whether it is perceived to be internal, external, universal or empty. And it is the yoga and meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan that are the foundation of her personal growth as well as the technology used in classes and private practice to assist others.
Panch Nishan is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Associate Teacher Trainer. She has been teaching yoga for over 15 years in a wide range of environments and locations including: Universities, Health Centers, Yoga Centers, European Yoga Festival, Chilean Yoga Festival, Mexico Teachers Conference, Northern California Women’s Camp, Ramadasa Center China and Teacher Training programs in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Sweden , Denmark, Iceland and Germany. Panch Nishan studied directly with the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan and spent many years working under his guidance for Akal Security, Sikh Dharma International and 3HO Foundation where she led the area of International Community Relations. In addition she serves as a Facilitator of White Tantric Yoga, holds a a degree in Business with a focus in Organizational Leadership and can teach in English and German.
Darshan Singh Khalsa has over fifty years of information technology experience. He is an expert in business process reengineering and a master storyboarder. He provided management leadership in a fast-paced corporate environment for more than twenty years as one of the first employees of a Fortune 500 computer company. For a decade he provided consulting services such as strategic planning, team building and problem solving, project management, business process re-engineering, and internet electronic commerce development for some of the world’s largest corporations, including Carlson Companies, Citibank, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak, MicroAge, Phillips Petroleum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Southwestern Bell and Wells Fargo Bank.
In 1999 he established Transition Stress Management, Inc., a New Mexico corporation founded to develop a global stress management services delivery network that can effectively meet the requirements of large international corporations. This project has evolved today into the Kundalini Wellness Plan as a means of educating the next generation of Kundalini Yoga teachers and serving their corporate clients.
Darshan Singh has taught Kundalini Yoga for the last forty-two years under the direction of Yogi Bhajan. He is a KRI Certified Level One instructor of Kundalini Yoga, is a member of House Section of the Khalsa Council, and is a member of the IKYTA and the Yoga Alliance (RYT200). He is the author of Yoga Secrets for Business Success and a Spanish translation of it entitled Yoga al Instante. He joined the Board of Directors of the Kundalini Research Institute in 2014.
Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her journey with the sound current began many years ago and doesn’t seem to have an end—instead it has become an infinite quest for the anaahat, or unstruck sound.
A KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Practitioner as well as a Professional Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, Sat Purkh is known for her work in Sound & Mantra as well as Humanology and authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women’s Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. In recovery for 14 years, she understands what Real Change means and is currently working on her second book, Stepping into Meditation: Recovering Your Life with Kundalini Yoga.
Sat Purkh joined the Kundalini Research Institute in 2006 and served as the Creative Director until the fall of 2013. Currently, she serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Immersion Level One Teacher Training Program in Espanola, New Mexico. A member of the Teacher Training Executive Council as well as the KRI Board, she continues to serve in developing the Level Three Teacher Training Program and the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings.
She recently launched an annual course, Woman: The Adi Shakti, which awakens women to the Goddess within. She has six albums of sacred music, Nectar of the Name, Beautiful Day: The Aquarian Sadhana, Queen Be: The Goddess Withi, Love & Other Miracles, Another Beautiful Day: Live Aquarian Sadhana and One: Love, Life, Light. She lives with her husband and their menagerie of animals, and is always at work on her next album of sacred music.
See www.truebeingbeingtrue.com to learn more.
Sat Sarbat is a former employee of the United Nations where she worked for 25 years in the field of refugee programs, anti-drug and crime projects, and in the Ombudsman office for conflict mediation.
Since 1999 she has been practicing Kundalini Yoga and next to Teacher Training Level 1 and 2, she followed several other trainings, such as Sat Nam Rasayan Healing, Numerology, Conscious Pregnancy, and Children Yoga.
Today she is in the Beta program of Level 3 and a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer Level 1 and 2, and Mentoring Lead. She offers KRI teacher trainings in several countries in Asia, Australia and Europe. She offers also the SunChild teacher training, a program created by herself for teaching yoga to children, and based exclusively on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
She offers also private numerology consultations and special workshops on tantric numerology.
Very inspired by Yogi Bhajan’s teachings experienced in a community environment, five years ago she initiated the Chinese Kundalini Yoga Festival together with her husband Satmukh Singh Khalsa. They are also very engaged in pursuing translation into Chinese of Yogi Bhajan’s teaching material and supervising other activities to develop the teachings and the community in China.
Known as the “Mother of 3HO,” Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa is the author of KUNDALINI YOGA: The Flow of Eternal Power. She has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1969 – specializing in teaching beginners. At “Masters Touch” courses, she trains teachers how to teach beginners.
Shakti was Yogi Bhajan’s first student in the United States. They met in December of 1968 when he first came to Los Angeles. Yogi Bhajan told her that she had been a student long enough; that she should be a teacher, and that he had come to “train teachers, not to gather disciples.”
She drove him to the various classes he taught, took notes (which later were printed as “Sadhana Guidelines”) and within two months she was teaching Kundalini Yoga at YMCA’s. When he began his lecture tours, Shakti took over his classes in Los Angeles and at Claremont College in Pomona. She served as his Executive Secretary and that of 3HO for over 30 years. She was ordained as a Minister of Sikh Dharma in 1974.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1929 (two months before Yogi Bhajan), Shakti moved to Los Angeles with her mother and brother in 1943, graduated as Valedictorian from Hollywood High in 1947, attended UCLA, and married at 18. She gave birth to a son at 20; was divorced at 22.
She started investigating spiritual paths, reading Edgar Cayce, Ouspensky, Meher Baba — and studying with various teachers (Dr Judith Tyberg – Sanskrit; Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan – Sufi meditation), attending lectures at the Vedanta society in Hollywood, and Self Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades.
In her late ’30’s Shakti spent 40 days in India (December1966/January 1967) visiting different ashrams (Swami Chinmayanada in Bombay; Sri Satya Sai Baba in Bangalore; Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.)
Shakti produced the 3HO Newsletter, “The Science of Keeping Up” for over 30 years, and now is a contributing editor for “Aquarian Times” magazine. She edits the IKYTA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association) newsletter “Kundalini Rising” as well as the Sikh Dharma publication, “Prosperity Paths.” She created the “Toolkit for Teaching Beginners Kundalini Yoga” that is used in teacher training courses.
Satsimran Kaur was on Yogi Bhajan’s personal staff since 1971 and was his appointment and travel secretary until 1987, when he entrusted her to work with him to create the White Tantric Yoga videos. Over the years she worked in many capacities within 3HO Foundation and Sikh Dharma which she still serves. She is CEO and General Manager of WTY worldwide and has held the vision for the Library of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan and supervises its development within KRI. She is a member of the Board of Directors of KRI and Humanology and Health Science. Satsimran is a graduate of Coach University. Her 35 years-plus experience with Yogi Bhajan, and in human development and transformation as a Life Coach and group facilitator, as well as a Minister of Sikh Dharma, gives her the knowledge that anything is possible if we are mindful about achieving it and we have fun doing it! Satsimran bases in Los Angeles, and spends a lot of time visiting and sharing with individuals and communities whose principles are founded on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.