Sat Naam and greetings to you, yogi!
In this second month of KRI’s focus on Healing, I want to concentrate on the growing body of scientific evidence for the health power of our practices.
If you are a regular practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, you know how powerful these practices can be, and how great you feel after a kriya. My Note last month was about the inner healing that is naturally triggered by basically every kriya. And in addition to that deep emotional healing, Kundalini Yoga is also powerfully affecting all your other physical systems. We are a long way from really understanding all of the causal mechanisms for these effects, but we are getting more and more exciting confirmations published in respected scientific journals.
For example, an article was published in July of this year showing that an 8 week Kundalini Yoga practice was helpful for some secondary symptoms of people suffering from the long-term effects of Lyme disease!
You may not need the proof of these papers to justify your practice. But they can be a nice entry way for you to introduce Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to new groups of people. Scientific studies can give new people a sense of security and help open them up to giving Kundalini Yoga a try. So it’s nice to know that there is a growing group of university affiliated researchers (check out KRI’s research advisory committee) working to expand what we can prove about this amazing practice’s impact on our healing!
Read more about the Lyme disease study, and another study just published this September showing that Kundalini Yoga practice increases the size of the hippocampus in this blog article. Research studies of interventions involving Kundalini Yoga practices have also shown relevant clinical efficacy for generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, diabetes, pre-dementia cognitive decline, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, insomnia and drug addiction. Find these papers and many, many more in KRI’s new research library!
KRI’s website also has a large collection of articles that summarize (so you don’t have to wade through the science articles themselves!) the current scientific studies on yoga for various disorders and conditions. Check them out!
From Me To You | October 2022
Highlights of this month
21 reasons to take 21 Stages of Meditation
Even if you have a strong personal yoga practice, and even if you meditate every day, our subconscious minds still accumulate mental detritus that gradually clogs up and slows down our sensitivity, our intuition, and our spiritual connection. We all need an occasional deep meditation experience to clean and clear out that mental garbage. Just like we want to periodically cleanse our body with a special diet, our minds need a periodic cleanse as well. A daily sadhana certainly helps, but you really should treat yourself to a couple of full days of meditation every year.
No matter what your experience level, you are welcome to take 2 days, 4 days, or all 6 days of this upcoming 21 Stages of Meditation online course. The first weekend is coming up – starting Oct 8th. But if you are doing 2 days, you can do any of the weekends that work for your schedule. Open to all meditation lovers, no matter how much or how little experience you have. Treat yourself and let your mental overload go!
This is your last chance to join 21 Stages of Meditation,
we start our journey this Saturday, October 8th!
Level One Teacher Training
Did you know that most people don’t plan to be a Kundalini Yoga teacher when they take a teacher training program? Mostly people just want to dive deeply into this amazing practice, study it, and practice it in a supportive community. A KRI certified teacher training program is the best way to deepen your practice, and give yourself a huge gift of upliftment and healing. Even if you have no interest in sitting in front of a class and teaching, you should still seriously consider taking teacher training.
There are hundreds of amazing Level One teacher trainings around the world. I’m sure you can find one that will work for your schedule, your primary language, and any other criteria you bring to your search! This program directory is constantly being updated as new programs are being planned, so keep checking!
You can also check out KRI’s Level One training that will start in November 2022. It will start off with 5 months of online classes, and then end with a 10 day retreat in-person in Mexico (with a 100% online version available if needed).
Our Level One Teacher Training starts next month, and
you can still enjoy a special early bird discount by signing up before October 12th!
Level Three Teacher Training
If you have taken all 5 modules in the Level Two training and are ready for your next step, check out the unique, self-directed journey of Level Three. You can kick off your Level Three journey at a Global Online event, which we call a Mela, Nov 17, 18 and 19th.
If you are already in the Level Three program, registrations are now open for you for this global mela. The event will be rich and deep, with meditation experience, and spaces for open dialogue with your peers. For returning participants, the melas are 100% planned and facilitated by you all, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in their planning. If you want to be part of making this an amazing, uplifting experience, email Inderjot Kaur!
Along with KRI’s focus on a theme every 2 months, KRI also offers a discount of some of our more than 200 Kundalini yoga books and dozens of online, always available video courses. Supporting our theme of healing, you will automatically get 20% off these nutrition-related books if you order this month:
You can also find some inspiration in this article – So are you Vegetarian?
Our special offer for online courses this month is to give you 100% FREE access to a really fun online course called Dance Break with Adarsh if you purchase Adarsh’s course on Celestial Communication from the heart.
KRI is looking for new board members
KRI is looking for people passionate about our mission who would be willing to volunteer for this important role. You can see who the current board members are here. And if you are so inspired, you can apply here.
My prayer this month is that our daily practice brings you healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. No matter what our personal issues are, may our presence be a healing for everyone we come across. May we call on Guru Ram Das to flow through us so we are a healing presence on the planet. May we act from wholeness, to serve all.
Peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our communities, peace on our planet.
Have a blessed month,
CEO of KRI
Amrit Singh Khalsa is the CEO at KRI. He earned his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT and worked directly with Yogi Bhajan coordinated the 3HO legacy businesses and non-profit organizations, including KRI. After the passing of Yogi Bhajan, Amrit Singh served as the Chair of the Board for KRI for 7 years, and its Treasurer for 2 more years. Leaving a successful career in the health-food industry, Amrit is now dedicated full-time to the work of KRI.