Greetings from New Mexico!
We just completed our 2015 Level One Teacher Training Immersion course in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ® in New Mexico USA. What a wonderful course! I really enjoyed it. The experience the students and teachers had was almost beyond words to describe. The deep bonds that this international group of students created with each other, the inspiration of the Yogi Bhajan’s teachings and the practical ‘how to teach’ elements of the course were the best. Please join us for this course in 2016. Become a teacher and serve your world. It is a rich and deep experience.
The fall term school term has started, or will start 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 our Level One KRI Certified Trainings is that the students 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 expertise, 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
If you are interested in being a spiritual teacher, I highly recommend that you read Yogi Bhajan’s lecture from April 22, 1990. The lecture is called The Basic Personality of the Teacher. You can easily find it, by date, in The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings® http://www.libraryofteachings.org Here is how he started the lecture…
“In the spiritual world, teacher is a guide and it's a water bearer, it's a carrier of nectar of life and the oath of a teacher which I took and I never shared with you was, you raise your this hand like this and you sit before your teacher and you say, "I am not a man, I am not a woman, I am not a person, I am not myself, I am a teacher, can you believe that? So your mental status has to fit in with your oath. I don't think as western you can ever imagine taking that oath, not a woman, not a man, not a person I am not myself, I am a teacher, do you recognize this oath? So when as a teacher you decide or deal or you deal as a man or a woman, or deal as a person or not a person, the any capacity you deal, you must remember that you are a teacher, and whatever you say it should be true and should be in the interest of another person to uplift him or her”.
KRI has a lot of resources for student and teachers. Visit our on line store, “The Source” for great books and manuals in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan™. http://thesource.kriteachings.org/
Do you have the ‘KRIYA” yoga manual yet? The meditations that I have been sharing with you, this late Summer and early Fall are in that book. We have it available in hard copy. Look for the EBook version and many new exclusive EBook titles in the next twelve months from KRI. http://kundaliniresearchinstitute.directfrompublisher.com/
All the best with many blessings,
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute
Yoga in Public Schools: A Nationwide Grass
Nikhil Ramburn and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
According to recent national surveys, there is currently a large and growing burden of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse in our youth that is almost universal. In addition to this, a significant percentage of youth are obese and at risk for lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, behavioral problems such as physical inactivity, bullying, and school dropouts are becoming commonplace. Key factors contributing to these problems are the inability of youth to cope with the chronic stress of modern society and a lack of mind body awareness. Unfortunately, the focus of our school system has been exclusively on academic performance and preparing children to succeed in the adult job market, and it has essentially ignored the teaching of life skills such as stress and emotion regulation that would represent an education of the whole child.
Yoga includes practices designed to calm the nervous system and is ideally suited to alleviate the stressors faced by students. It represents a lifelong skill that can be learned and applied over a short period of time. Furthermore, yoga promotes mind-body awareness that can lead to sustainable and long-term positive changes in behavior. It is therefore logical and likely that school-based yoga interventions may have a preventive impact, targeting early risk factors for physical and psychological disorders and negative behaviors.
Remarkably, the implementation of grassroots yoga programs in public schools by both individuals and by formal yoga in school organizations offering school-specific yoga curriculums has actually become a movement. In a paper recently accepted for publication in the journal Advances in Mind-Body Medicine (School-Based Yoga Programs in the United States: A Survey by Butzer B, Ebert M, Telles S, and Khalsa SBS), a survey of these yoga in schools programs across the U.S. was conducted. The study identified and characterized 36 programs, which have been offering yoga in over 940 schools and have formally trained over 5,000 instructors in their curricula. To be included in the analysis in this study, yoga in school programs had to include yoga physical postures and exercises and/or yogic breathing practices, but virtually all also included relaxation techniques and meditation/mindfulness practices. The study analyzed each program’s scope of work, curriculum characteristics, teacher certification and training requirements, implementation model, mode of operation, and primary geographical region.
All programs were designed to be secular and teach universal values or life skills, which makes them suitable for public school settings. Most programs also included aspects beyond the physical by incorporating ethics or philosophy in their lessons. Several additional activities were also included in a number of these programs. Games, songs, journaling, crafts and team building exercises that would not typically be considered yoga per se are common auxiliary learning tools that have been seamlessly woven into the yoga lessons. The inclusion of those non-traditional components allows the yoga programming to be integrated with school values and social and the few social and emotional learning programs already in existence. In recognizing the need for this social and emotional component, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has been promoting the inclusion of social and emotional learning in schools. Although the majority of the yoga programs have no formal relationship to the CASEL, many of the program goals are aligned with the core CASEL competencies of enhancing students' self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
While some programs focus exclusively on school programming, others also run their yoga programs at mental health organizations, community youth programs, or at-risk community youth organizations. The Kundalini Yoga-based Y.O.G.A. for Youth program based out of Los Angeles offers yoga classes to urban youth, giving them tools for self-discovery, discipline, self-respect and community engagement (see: http://www.yogaforyouth.org). Since its inception in 1993, Y.O.G.A. for Youth has served over 16,000 young people in Los Angeles county alone. Y.O.G.A. for Youth offers opportunities for youth to practice yoga and relaxation in schools, community facilities, hospitals and detention centers. Its unique programs have been designed to combat a myriad of issues that plague our youth today including stress, anger, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor concentration and obesity. A recent research study was conducted on Y.O.G.A. for Youth programs in L.A. charter schools, in which notable improvements in stress, resilience and mood were noted. An ongoing research study is evaluating the benefits of an after school Y.O.G.A. for Youth program in North Carolina.
Traditional bureaucratic structures and misunderstanding amongst parents about the secular nature of yoga has led to some reluctance in the implementation of yoga in schools. Future research should examine the most effective and feasible avenues for delivering school-based yoga programming given these unique challenges. The yoga in schools movement is an appropriate countermeasure for the current challenges in our youth’s health and behavior and should lead to improved social and emotional skills, classroom behavior, and academic performance. There is also a critical need for research studies to quantify and document these benefits in order to provide policy makers with the justification to support the widespread implementation of yoga in our school curricula.
Sat Nam from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™
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In this month of September we are appreciating those who are students and teachers or both! It is time for many to head back to school and it’s a perfect time to reflect of Yogi Bhajan’s wisdom around being a student and being a teacher. In this lecture from 1974 he speaks about the core quality of a student.
“..You want to go and learn you do not know whether you are a student or not. You go and question the teacher. You forget the teacher; you question your studentship first. If you are a good student and teacher is not good, he will fold hands to you, he says my dear son you are very good, I can't betray you anymore, I can't teach you, go and find somebody who is the best. It is not the matter how intelligent you are, it does matter how intelligently you can keep up. It doesn't matter how much truth you know, it does matter how much you can live the truth. It doesn't matter how good student you are, it does matter how in goodness you believe to be a student. It is that belief in you about yourself that you are going to be a good student. It doesn't matter what you achieve, it matters how much you can keep up.” © The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, October 17, 1974
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September Recipe of the Month
Creamy Spinach and Cheese Cubes
Tofu can be used as a simple, though
less authentic, substitute.
2 tablespoons ghee
1½ cups paneer (or 1½ pounds tofu)
5 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped onion
2 whole cloves
1-tablespoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2½ pounds (4 large bunches) spinach, washed and chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ cup water
1 teaspoon red chili powder
3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
½ cup cottage cheese
1/8-teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup water
Cut the paneer into small cubes. In a large, thick-bottomed saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee and fry the paneer gently until light brown. Remove the paneer with a slotted spoon, letting the excess ghee drip back into the pan. Set aside.
Add 1-tablespoon ghee and fry the onions until transparent. Add the ginger, garlic, cloves and 1 cup of water. Mix thoroughly and cook until the water evaporates.
Add the baking soda, salt to taste, ½ cup of water and chopped spinach. Mix thoroughly and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, tomatoes, cottage cheese, fried paneer and another ½ cup water. Cook over low heat until the paneer is soft and the ghee begins to separate out, about 3 minutes.
Yield: 6 cups
Excerpt From: Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD. “A Taste of India (Second Edition)”
September Specials from KRI
Senses of the Soul
Timeless Wisdom from Yogi
Bhajan DVD Series
3 Kundalini Yoga Class DVDs and 3 Kundalini Yoga Lecture and Meditation DVDs in two complementary mini series
Kundalini Yoga Class Series (These all have yoga sets)
Eliminating Inner Anger DVD
Retail: $19.95 per DVD
Kundalini Yoga Lecture and Meditation Series (These are lecture followed by meditation)
Retail: $19.95 per DVD