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Sat Nam.

 

Greetings from New Mexico! We have completed two KRI courses this summer so far. We had 21 Stages of Meditation before Summer Solstice Sadhana in June, and our Level Two Teacher Training module Mind and Meditation after Summer Solstice. Both courses were quite amazing, with students coming from all over the globe to attend. These courses are very deep and transformative. Come join us next summer for the second journey of 21 Stages of Meditation (two-day course before Solstice) and Vitality and Stress Level Two (six-day course after Solstice)

We are celebrating the birthday, life and legacy of Yogi Bhajan at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das on August 24th. We also will be chanting the Adi Shakti Mantra, Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru, on Yogi Bhajan’s actual birthday, which is August 26th, along with Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru. These two mantras are chanted all over the world on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday. If you have not done it before, I highly recommend it. Check with your local Teacher about the time and place that it will be chanted in your area. Here is a video from Krishna Kaur teaching about the mantra: http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/tools4teachers

Visit our on-line store for digital downloads of your favorite Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® books and manuals. Now you can have all your teaching materials, including our new Summer Solstice offerings on your Kindle, iPad or Computer in the Aquarian Collection! We have a special price on all 31 KRI books and manuals which includes the new “Laws of Life” and “KRIYA: Yoga Sets, Meditations and Classic Kriyas” and the reissued “Ancient Art of Self -Healing” and “Psyche of the Golden Shield.”

The Aquarian Collection http://kundaliniresearchinstitute.directfrompublisher.com/catalog/book/aquarian-collection

Do you have the “Man to Man” lecture series? I was talking to a Teacher Trainer during Solstice. He said that this is the one book that stays on his bedside table for regular reading. From the cover, “No one has ever talked to men - about men- like this before! These no-holds-barred lectures tell a man how to master being a man. Everything you always wanted to know is here: how to succeed as a man, how to communicate as a man, how to make love to the woman in your life, the relationship between sex and spirituality, potency and projection, consciousness and creativity...plus special foods, diets and exercises especially for men.” Find it here: http://thesource.kriteachings.org/product_p/bm-m2m.htm

This book is being featured in the Khalsa Men’s Course in Vancouver Canada this summer…August 8 to August 13!

Nirvair Singh KhalsaIn gratitude and sending you many blessings,


Nirvair Singh Khalsa

CEO Kundalini Research Institute

 


 

 

 

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Recipe of the month:  " Cholay (Chole) "

 

Recipe taken from "A Taste of India", Second Edition, by Bibi Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD

 

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Chickpea-flour curry

 

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and potatoes are a winning combination. This very filling, flavorful dish is a north Indian standard.

For the beans:
2 cups chickpeas
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
3 whole cloves
10 cups water
2 green cardamom pods (we use only the seeds)

For the sauce:
2 medium potatoes
boiled and cut into medium-sized pieces
4 teaspoons ground black pepper
4 teaspoons mango powder
1/2 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger (long thin slices are best)
4 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teraspoons garam masala
1 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Garnish:

6 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), chopped
1/2 cup hot ghee
2 tomatoes, sliced
2 green chilies, mild or hot
4 lemons, washed and sliced thin

To prepare the chickpeas:

1. Carefully pick over and wash the beans and drain. In a large pot, soak them overnight in 10 cups of water, along with the cloves, green cardamom seeds and baking soda.

2. Cook chickpeas over low heat in the same water, with salt added, until they are tender, about 30-45 minutes. Drain off and discard the liquid and set the chickpeas aside.

To make the sauce:

1. In a large thick-bottomed frying pan or wok, mix together the cooked chickpeas and all the sauce ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring well so that the spices are thoroughly mixed in.

2. Remove from the heat. Place in a serving bowl.

3. Sprinkle coriander leaves and green chilies on top. Then make a hollow in the center and pour in the hot ghee. Decorate with tomoto and lemon slices.

Yield: 7-8 cups

 

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Research and Kundalini Yoga

 

 

Research and Kundalini YogaResearch on Yoga and the “Big C”


Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Kundalini Research Institute
Research Director, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
 

 

 


Cancer is known as the “Big C”. Not only is this a life-threatening disease with pain and dysfunction from the disease itself, it also includes significant side effects from the surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatments such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting and cognitive impairment (or “chemo brain”). Furthermore, it comes with a host of associated psychosocial challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and overall impaired well-being and quality of life. There is therefore a great need for interventions which can help individuals cope with the consequences of both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

In fact, Yoga has already been fulfilling this need. It is now the rare exception to find a cancer treatment center or hospital which does not provide yoga instruction in some format, either as a class offering or as a formal program. It is now often included in offerings with other integrative and complementary medical therapies such as acupuncture and massage therapy. However, in the beginning, yoga was not necessarily thought by everyone to be appropriate for cancer patients and there was little research evidence over 10 years ago to support its safety and efficacy. In fact, a nicely written recent review of yoga for cancer summarizes the evolution of yoga and yoga research for cancer and quotes a clinician who applied yoga for cancer patients in the early days as noting that: “Everyone was scared we were going to ‘break’ cancer patients” http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/103/1/11.long. Fortunately, yoga is now well accepted by both clinicians and patients.

Kundalini Yoga, with its emphasis on stress reduction, resilience, inner growth and development, and spirituality is particularly appropriate for cancer. A 2005 paper by David Shannahoff-Khalsa in an academic cancer journal has described the rationale for Kundalini Yoga in cancer patients and has included specific relevant practices http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15695478. The Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology, founded by Yogi Bhajan, offers a training program for yoga instructors to teach Kundalini Yoga to cancer patients http://www.grdcenter.org/courses.php. Similarly, Sat Dharam Kaur Khalsa, N.D. in Canada has developed a Kundalini Yoga program for breast cancer patients http://www.kundaliniyogatraining.com/courses/healthy-breast-program and also offers a training course. Finally, a quick trip on the internet shows Kundalini Yoga class offerings for cancer patients around the world from the Houston TX, to Harrisonburg, VA, to Milwaukee WI, to Chile in South America, to name a few.

Coincident with the popularity of yoga classes for cancer patients, has been a literal explosion in the research on yoga for cancer patients. Studies have been done on a variety of cancer types on patients just diagnosed, on those under active cancer treatment and in cancer survivors. In fact, it is clear that yoga for cancer has been the most rapidly expanding field of yoga therapy research over the past decade, with over 30 published clinical research trials in that time span. More revealing, has been the number of review papers published on this body of research literature, with a dozen publications of systematic and meta-analytic studies in 2012 alone. Both the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health are actively funding research on yoga for cancer. Most notably, is an ongoing clinical research trial at the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston under my colleague Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. This is the largest research trial ever funded by the NIH on yoga with a budget of 4.5 million dollars over a 5-year period.

The proliferation of research on yoga for cancer is not surprising given the powerful role of yoga in reducing stress, and enhancing mood and well-being. However, in addition to improving psychological factors, studies have also shown benefit for physical symptoms including fatigue and nausea. Another encouraging finding is evidence from a few studies which have actually shown improvements in immune function following yoga practice in cancer patients, a physiological function that one could imagine would be critical for resistance to cancer tumor growth. Certainly, no researchers are claiming that yoga is a cure for cancer, although as an adjunctive treatment it has great value. Given the number of risk factors in our modern conventional lifestyle for the incidence of cancer, a yoga lifestyle can be imagined to have substantial preventive value. Some retrospective studies have been conducted revealing that long-term yoga practitioners experience a lower incidence of lifestyle- and stress-related disorders such as obesity and insomnia. It would be interesting to conduct such a study on cancer incidence in long-term yoga practitioners, and more importantly, but much more costly and challenging, a prospective study on the preventive aspects of yoga in cancer.

 

 

 

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News from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 

Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 Sat Nam,


It is once again time to celebrate! August brings with it Yogi Bhajan’s birthday and also the tradition of chanting the Guru Ram Das Mircale Mantra. This year, our 11-day sadhana is to chant Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru for 31 minutes each of the 11 days preceding the birthday. People all around the world participate in this special birthday sadhana to honor Yogi Bhajan’s contribution to all of us as a teacher and spiritual leader.

Over the course of his life, many of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings were recorded in audio and video format. He said that whenever we watched or listened to these recordings he would be with us in his subtle body. The teachings have the ability to impact an individual on many levels, and there is so much depth to them that watching and listening over and over again the observer will always be able to find something new and pertinent.

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings is running tests and making final preparations for our exciting launch of the recorded teachings of Yogi Bhajan that will be made available through our online database. This database will preserve the teachings far into the future, making the teachings readily accessible to Kundalini Yoga teachers and students around the world.

Click here to see a preview of this amazing tool!

Consider making a heartfelt donation today to this worthwhile project that has the potential to positively affect so many lives!

We would like to express gratitude to each and every one of our donors for the month of June. Thank you for supporting these life-changing teachings!
 

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Fundraising for The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
Kundalini Research Institute
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Library of Teachings Tech Update

 

We have refactored the code so that we have sub-second (~300 millisecond average) response time for queries and can now support multiple language translations going forward. We're planning to develop an interface which will allow translation volunteers to add multiple translations of the lecture transcripts.

We're running hard to get things ready for our first beta test in August. The beta test will primarily serve to test search, registration, ad display functions as well as guide development of other features planned for the first release.

Our Development team has grown to include:

  • Ravi Har Singh - database configuration, query optimization, user interface design and development

  • Fateh Singh – user interface design and development

  • Harjinder Kaur - Kriya data transformation and testing

In service,

LOT Tech Update

Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa
Project Manager Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings Online Database
Joti Software
 

 

 

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KRI Newsletter - In this Month's issue

 


 

August CEO / Meditation Video

 

Nirvair Newsletter Video

 

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View this month's Message and Kriya on our homepage here

 


 

Q and A with the Master
 

A discussion with Yogi Bhajan on the Code of Ethics from May 2, 1996

Should Teachers of Kundalini Yoga be strict Vegetarians?

Yogi Bhajan: If you love life then you compassionately care for life and you are very consciously kind to life. Those who are not kind to the life of others, Mother Nature becomes indifferent to them and their life has a constant living pain in one form or the other. Therefore my sisters and brothers avoid strife in your life if you meet your creator or wish to meet, don’t eat his meat which he created in loving trust.

Why should Kundalini Yoga Teachers wear a head covering while teaching?

Yogi Bhajan: It is required for their benefit to wear a head covering. All cranial bones are adjusted when we cover our head. The skull has 26 brain parts interlocked into neurological system and electro-magnetic field. The head cover needs to be natural...to tune the neurological system we cover our head.

The best thing is when they take a bath or shower, and cover their head decently with any design they choose while teaching because energy remains with the nucleus. Cerebral gray matter and 26 parts of the cranium are stabilized. Creates a one-pointedness of the functional circuit of the hemispheres. If the teachers chooses to wear a turban – A turban tied in 5-7 layers pulls up along the sides and covers the temples to avoid variance or movement in the parts of the skull. The turban is a self-cranial adjustment of the individual.



Remember, teaching is not a personal popularity contest. You don’t have to be popular, you have to be perfect, and you have to have an impact.

 

Yogi Bhajan

 

 


 

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The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
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Yoga Sets, Meditations & Classic Kriyas from the Early Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan



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Kundalini Yoga with the Master
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Kundalini Yoga with the Master is your chance to practice a demanding, physical kriya with Yogi Bhajan. We've provided a picture in picture guide that allows you to see the proper posture and timing while allowing you to be challenged, encouraged and uplifted by the Master himself, pushing you through it!

These first four are all taken from the manual "Owner's Manual for the Human Body".

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from The Source!
 

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