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Sat Nam.

 

Greetings from New Mexico. We just completed our 2013 Level One Teacher Training Immersion course in Española. I really enjoyed this course. The experience the students and teachers had was almost beyond words to describe, yet I’m going to make an attempt. The deep bonds that the students created with each other, the inspiration of the Yogi Bhajan’s teachings and the practical ‘how to teach’ elements of the course all contributed to making this year’s Immersion a rich and deep experience. Join us in 2014!

The fall school term has begun, or will begin this month, in many places around the globe. Many Teacher Trainings in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ™ also start this time of year. You can sign up for Teacher Training almost anywhere in the world and learn the technology of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and lifestyle. The core of all Level One KRI Certified Trainings is that the student-teachers have a wonderful experience that prepares them to teach and serve in the Aquarian Age. No matter where you train, you will find a consistent quality of love, care and attention. Yogi Bhajan’s impact on the world has been truly amazing. Here is an index of Trainers and trainings around the world. http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/kri-trainers Or you can use our Teacher Training Application for Mobile devices. https://itunes.apple.com/kz/app/kri-mobile/id534391491?mt=8

A KRI Certified Teacher Trainer just sent me the following blog piece about how to find a KRI Certified Teacher Training. I thought it was well-written, so I am sharing it with you.

Are you interested in teaching Kundalini Yoga (as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan) or learning more about this sacred technology? It is a beautiful practice that will surely enrich your life and develop fitness of mind, body and spirit.

Be aware during your search for a teacher training about who your trainers are, their qualifications and legitimacy, and what association you will be certified with once you graduate. Too many students have been misinformed and have had to re-take their training with legitimate teachers once they discovered they were not properly trained or certified after completing their training.

Currently, KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) is the official international training organization that promotes the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and oversees teacher training programs in 52 countries, graduating over 3000 new Kundalini Yoga teachers annually. The Level One KRI Aquarian Teacher Training Program consists of a 220 hour program (180 hours in class; 40 home practice) with a comprehensive well-organized course textbook called “The Aquarian Teacher” and a companion text called “The Master’s Touch”. Graduates of Level One earn the title of KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, are registered with the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) and fulfill the Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour requirement. The primary regulatory body for Kundalini Yoga teachers is IKYTA, not Yoga Alliance.
 

Becoming a trainer for a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program takes years if not decades of practice and study. Potential trainers must have taught over 1000 hours of Kundalini Yoga, completed a Level One and 5 Level Two Modules totaling over 500 hours of study, and have spent several years mentoring with existing trainers. Potential new trainers are assessed by an international certification committee on their competence and maturity as teachers before being designated as associate, professional or lead trainers by KRI. On average it takes about eight years of mentoring before one is approved as a “lead” trainer.

Once a trainer is approved by KRI, they can list their trainings on the following site:
http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/kri-trainers . Here you will find listed the international courses with legitimate trainers. If you don’t see a course here, it’s not an approved course, and you won’t be certified by KRI or be able to be a member of IKYTA once you have completed it. This dramatically limits your legitimacy and future as a Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Here are some useful questions to ask to recognize a legitimate Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:
1. Who will I be certified with once I complete this training? (correct answer: KRI, and possibly also Yoga Alliance )
2. What are the course textbooks? (correct answer: Aquarian Teacher, Master’s Touch)
3. How many hours is the course? (correct answer: 220)
4. Is this course recognized by the Kundalini Research Institute? (correct answer: yes)
5. Is this course trainer and program listed on http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/kri-trainers (correct answer: yes)
6. Is the course trainer approved by the Kundalini Research Institute as a trainer? (correct answer: yes)
7. Is White Tantric Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan a part of this training? (correct answer: yes)
8. Will I be able to attend the 5 Aquarian Teacher Level Two courses once I complete this training? (correct answer: yes)
9. May I be listed in the IKYTA international Kundalini Yoga teacher’s directory when I complete this course? (correct answer: yes)
10. Will I receive the monthly KRI newsletter once I complete this course? (correct answer: yes)

If you have asked the above questions and received the correct answers from your trainer, then you have done your homework and can trust that you will receive quality training. If not, then please be aware that you are registering for a training that is not approved by the KRI regulatory body or the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association.


KRI has a lot of resources for students and teachers. Visit our online store “The Source” for great books and manuals of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan™. http://thesource.kriteachings.org 

Do you have the new KRIYA yoga manual yet? We have it available in hardcover: http://thesource.kriteachings.org/product_p/bm-kriya.htm

Also, look for the e-book version of KRIYA and many new exclusive e-book titles in the next twelve months from KRI: http://kundaliniresearchinstitute.directfrompublisher.com

Kind regards and many blessings,

 


Nirvair Singh KhalsaNirvair Singh Khalsa

CEO, KRI

 


 

 

 

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Recipe of the month:  " Raaj Maah (Kidney Bean Dahl) "

 

Taken from "A Taste of India, Second Edition" by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD

Very good with plain rice and raita.

 

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Raaj Maah (Kidney Bean Dahl)

 

1/2 pound (about 1 1/3 cups) red kidney beans
6 cups water
4 onions
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 tomato, sliced
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon crushed dry red chilies

Garnish:

1 teaspoon garam masala
a few fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), chopped

1. Carefully pick over and wash the beans. Soak overnight in water. Drain.

2. In an electric blender, blend together the onions, ginger and garlic until they form a paste.

3. In a large thick-bottomed frying pan or wok, heat the vegetable oil or ghee and fry the paste until it is golden brown, stirring continuously to prevent sticking. Stir in 1 tablespoon of water and add the dry red chilies, salt and tomato. Cook until the oil starts to separate out.

4. Add the beans and mix well. Add 6 cups of water and cook over medium heat until the beans are mushy (otherwise they will be indigestible.) Or pressure cook for 25-30 minutes using 5 1/2 cups water.

5. To serve, sprinkle with garam masala and coriander leaves.

Yield: 5-6 cups

 

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Research and Kundalini Yoga

 

 

Research and Kundalini YogaNIH Grant Supports Research in Kundalini Yoga for Treatment of Anxiety

 

JanSev Singh and
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
 

 

 

Anxiety is a state of inner turmoil experienced as worry, nervousness or unease, and sometimes irrational fears about the uncertainty of future events. Anxiety is clinically significant if a patient suffers from anxiety symptoms for at least 6 months, as is the case for 10-15% of Americans requiring professional treatment for anxiety. Unabated chronic anxiety can impair daily functioning and significantly reduce wellbeing and quality of life. However, anxiety is also a normal human reaction to stress, and, in fact, there is an appropriate amount necessary and beneficial to memory and immunity. Although pharmacotherapy is available for chronic anxiety, many who live with severe stress and anxiety go untreated, or are being treated but would prefer alternatives to pharmacotherapy. Behavioral and mind-body practices including yoga are viable options for treating anxiety and stress. In fact, population surveys reveal that patients are already using yoga for mental health purposes and research studies suggest that it is beneficial to mental health.

A review of studies of the efficacy of yoga in treating anxiety revealed 25 studies that showed significant improvement in anxiety measures for participants practicing yoga. A recent study shows that yoga may be as effective in treating anxiety and depression as regular physical exercise. Yoga may have specific regulatory effects on the body’s physiology, particularly in the stress regulating systems, that are superior to the effects of conventional forms of exercise. For example, voluntary control of the breath is thought to make the parasympathetic nervous system more active while making the sympathetic nervous system less active. It is these subtle mechanisms and physiological effects that still remain to be elucidated by more research studies. Although scientific research studies support yoga as an effective treatment for anxiety, more rigorous research is needed to justify its routine inclusion in conventional anxiety treatments. Because yoga research is in its infancy, it suffers from methodological weaknesses such as small numbers of participants and poor control group comparisons. However, the growing public acceptance of yoga as a treatment for anxiety and other psychological disorders will lead to greater support and funding for research.

Just recently, a five-year, four-million dollar grant for a multi-site randomized controlled research trial of Kundalini Yoga for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health. The research design involves comparison of three 12-week interventions: Kundalini yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a stress education intervention. The main prediction of this study is that patients who receive the Kundalini Yoga treatment will show equivalent GAD response and symptom reduction compared to participants who receive CBT, which is well-established as a standard-of-care treatment for GAD. The effects of these treatments will also be examined 6-months after treatment as a measure of long-term efficacy. An additional aim of this study is to identify the underlying psychological and physiological mechanisms by which yoga and CBT affect change in people with GAD. The lead researchers of this study are Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. (director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at Boston University as well as the Director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders), Naomi Simon, M.D. (an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief at Massachusetts General Hospital) and myself (SBSK).

The Kundalini Yoga protocol in this study was designed specifically for GAD primarily by two Kundalini Yoga teachers, with a minor contribution on my part. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. is director of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology founded by Yogi Bhajan, through which healthcare professionals are taught the skills needed to teach their patients Kundalini Yoga techniques as a means of treatment; she is the leading expert in clinical application of Kundalini Yoga. Sundari Satnam Kaur (Marilyn Gabriel, Ph.D., LICSW) who directs the Sundari Satnam yoga center in Vermont, is a therapist who has collected pilot data for the study in her clinical work applying Kundalini Yoga for her GAD patients. One of the key Kundalini Yoga practices in this study that patients will practice daily at home is the segmented breath for anxiety, which is said to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and relieve anxiety. It is done by inhaling in equal segmented sniffs and exhaling in the same fashion but with twice as many segments, forming a 1:2 ratio of inhales to exhales. The practice can be done for 3 – 11 minutes and is ended by inhaling deeply, briefly holding the breath, exhaling and relaxing. More information on this practice can be found on page 67 of Nirvair Singh’s book The Art, Science and Application of Kundalini Yoga. The 12-week therapeutic protocol in the GAD study also includes weekly group Kundalini Yoga classes that include other Kundalini Yoga kriyas designed to relieve anxiety and provide patients with effective self-regulation practices.

In a separate but related clinical research initiative, Manjit Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist working at Riverside Community Care in Massachusetts together with a colleague has developed and evaluated a treatment protocol in her GAD patients that blends Kundalini Yoga practices with conventional CBT; a yoga-enhanced CBT protocol (Y-CBT). A manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal has been submitted for this study and is close to acceptance. These and other ongoing yoga research studies in mental health conditions are important for the translation of yoga therapy into conventional healthcare as a common and well-respected treatment strategy for patients suffering from psychological disorders.

 

 

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News from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 

Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 Back to School—Honoring the Teacher

Sat Nam from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings,

September is, for many, back-to-school month. Students of all ages return from summer vacation to continue another year of learning. New teachers are met, old ones greeted, and classes resume. It is an exciting time of becoming familiar with new topics to learn and integrate into life. It is with a teacher that knowledge is gained and that formal learning can happen. A teacher evaluates students and guides them towards progress and knowledge.

In this school of Kundalini Yoga our teacher is Yogi Bhajan. The textbooks are his teachings and the class is the practice of those teachings. The recorded audio and video lectures of Yogi Bhajan are, of course, lectures in this school of Kundalini Yoga.

As you may be aware, we are working hard to preserve these lectures digitally and we now nearing beta stages of testing the online user-interface for The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings. Your help is essential in bringing this project to fruition. Please consider establishing a monthly automatic donation to The Library of Teachings or make a one-time donation. There is no amount too small or too large to support this mission.


In Service,

Siri Sadhana Singh Khalsa
Fundraising for The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
Kundalini Research Institute
Donate today!: www.yogibhajan.com
Email: lakshmi@kriteachings.org

 

 

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We Are KRI

 

Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa—Teacher, Principal, Inspiration to Generations

The Students have just returned to Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India.

This school, built and developed by Yogi Bhajan, inspires leaders, teachers, healers and heroes of the generations to come. Much of this inspiration has been thanks to the Executive Principal, Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa.

Yogi Bhajan sent Jagat Guru to India to work and serve at Miri Piri Academy over 15 years ago, and it has become his home with his wife Gurudev Kaur and their three children Siri Avtar Singh, Akal Dev Kaur and Shabd Jot Singh.

A KRI Level One and Level Two Lead Trainer, Jagat Guru is dedicated to serving the next generation of teachers and leaders through technologies of Kundalini Yoga and teachings of Sikh Dharma. Miri Piri offers an environment where students can grow academically and spiritually to achieve their highest.

At Miri Piri, Jagat Guru is Director of Spiritual Education and has developed a curriculum of Kundalini Yoga, Humanology, Sikh Studies and Seva for every grade level. He leads the Level One Teacher Training for students in the 11th grade and two Level Two courses for 12th grade students. Students in the 12th grade also go to the Re Man course in Rishi Kesh to work with Guru Dev Singh, Jagat Guru’s personal mentor in Sat Nam Rasayan.

Besides being a member of the Chardi Kala Jatha—the only Jatha of Western Sikhs to play at the Golden Temple— Jagat Guru also travels extensively teaching and performing Kirtan at Sikh Youth Camps and Gurdwaras. This work has inspired many Sikh youth to come to Miri Piri Academy. He continues to study and practice sound and naad under the direction of Indian masters, and he also studied the art and science of naad with Yogi Bhajan.

Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa is an inspiring leader of his generation and future generations. To learn more about his unique contribution as a teacher, principal and an inspiration to generations check out the video at http://www.miripiriacademy.org.



Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa


Director of Reach Out–Teach Out


 

 


 

 

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KRI Newsletter - In this Month's issue

 


 

September CEO / Meditation Video

 

Nirvair Newsletter Video

 

Can't view the videos above?

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

 


 

Q and A with the Master
 

Q: How important is it to practice Kundalini Yoga in an exact way?

A: Yogi Bhajan has been very clear over the years about the importance of keeping the Kriyas of Kundalini Yoga pure and exact. These are his words on the purity and sanctity of Kundalini Yoga:

“Teach like me. Teach exactly as it is. Many of you do not teach Kundalini Yoga purely; then don’t teach at all. Because Kundalini Yoga has eleven thousand watt power—don’t deal with it in a mischievous way. Teach it as it is.”
– Kundalini Rising, 1996

“No need for mixing things. As far as Kundalini Yoga goes, keep it pure. Its strength is in its purity. It is a weakness to try and please every person. It is strength to keep teachings pure to please our own consciousness—that we served it well.
– YB 8/19/2003



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

 

 


 

THE SOURCE

September Specials

Save 15% TODAY!

 

Check out our new Ebook Section!
 

 


The Source:


Art & Yoga
Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa



Forward by Thomas Moore, best-selling author of Care of the Soul

Heal and sever you soul, your community and you world with Art & Yoga. This book provides step-by-step guidelines to work with art and yoga as complimentary practices.

Regular: $29.95 / Promo: $25.46
 



The Mind
It's Projections and Multiple Facets
Yogi Bhajan, PhD with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD



Select from 42 different meditations, including several meditations for the Artist within you. These meditations work with the different aspects of your mind and your personality to clear the way for greater insight and intuition, deeper connection to your creative identity, and ultimately success through excellence.

Regular: $24.95
Promo: $21.21
 



Master's Touch DVD Series
On Being a Sacred Teacher for the New Age
Yogi Bhajan, PhD

 


These lectures are for every student of Truth. Whatever path you have chosen, they will give you an understanding of the true meaning of mastery.

Volume 1: The Golden Rules of a Teacher
Volume 2: Overcoming the Complexes of Life
Volume 3: The Grace of Kundalini Yoga
Volume 4: The Teacher & The Student
Volume 5: Descending God & Ascending Human
Volume 6: Projecting as a Teacher
Volume 7: A Self Surrender to the Higher Self
Volume 8: Trouble Comes into Your Life When You Ask for It

Each DVD Regular Price: $19.95
Each DVD Promo: $16.96


Or Purchase the complete set for the everyday set price of $119.70!


 

 


 

 

Review Your Purchases

from The Source!
 

Sat Nam! We here at KRI know that many of you are deeply affected by the kundalini yoga books, manuals,and DVDs you purchase from The Source, our online store. Starting in December we will include a short review of one of our monthly sale items in our KRI newsletter, submitted by one of our readers. To encourage you to review a book or DVD we will give a KRI yogi tea mug of your choice and a 20% off coupon for The Source to the reader whose review we use for the newsletter each month. Please limit your review to 50 words or less and submit them to Gurudatta at gurudatta@kriteachings.org. Thanks!

 

 

 


 

 

 

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