A Note From Nirvair
Greetings from New Mexico.
We just completed our 2017 Level One Teacher Training Immersion in Espanola. I really enjoyed this program. The students came from all over the world and had an experience that was almost beyond words to describe. 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 training were really wonderful. Join us in 2018. It is a rich and deep experience.
The fall 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. On August 2, 1997 Yogi Bhajan talked about teachers. He said, "A teacher is the best student. If he is not a good student he is never going to be a good teacher. And lastly, which nobody will agree with me, keep the teachings pure." He goes on to say, "Teacher has to look like a teacher, act as a teacher, behave as a teacher, eat like a teacher, sleep like a teacher. Anything they do they must not forget that they are a teacher first, above anything else."
You can find a trainer and sign up for Teacher Training almost anywhere in the world to learn the technology of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and lifestyle. The core of all our 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.
Here is our blog piece about how to recognize 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.
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute
We Are KRI - Sant Hazara Singh
By Shanti Kaur Khalsa
Sant Hazara Singh - Yogi Bhajan's First Teacher
Yogi Bhajan often spoke about the different teachers he studied with. Teachers of yoga, medita-tion, and dharma presented themselves as he passed through the phases of life and he studied with all of them. But there was one man who changed and directed Yogi Bhajan's life like no other - Sant Hazara Singh.
Not much is known about Sant Hazara Singh as historical information is difficult to find around the tumultuous time of Indian independence. However, earlier this year I had a chance meeting with Sant Hazara Singh's grandson, Karanbir Singh Chhina, who lives near Chandigarh, India. Through our discussions, I learned a lot more about this venerable personage.
Sant Hazara Singh Chhina was of the Baba Bidhi Chand Chhina lineage and grew up in Sursingh Sahib, the historical village of Dal Baba Bidhi Chand south of Amritsar. Baba Bidhi Chand was a great hero in the Sikh tradition and a devoted servant of Guru Hargobind Sahib. He is best re-membered for his daring acts of bravery returning two beautiful stallions to Guru Hargobind, Gulbag and Dilbag, that had been stolen by the Mughals. It is written that Guru Hargobind de-clared, "Bidhi Chand Chhina Guru Ka Seena!" This means, "Bidhi Chand Chhina is the heart of the Guru."
Sant Hazara Singh grew up in Sursingh Sahib, and was student and sevadar of the great Sant Baba Sohan Singh ji, the 10th leader of Dal Baba Bidhi Chand. He was so devoted that he made his bed on the floor under Babaji's cot in case he needed something in the night. The young Hazara Singh served him without fail. Growing to maturity in that environment, Sant Hazara Singh became a childhood friend of the late Sant Baba Daya Singh, son of Baba Sohan Singh and to become the 11th leader of Dal Baba Bidhi Chand.
When he was of age, Baba Sohan Singh sent Sant Hazara Singh to Gujranwala to set up his own takhsal (teaching center). It was here from Sant Hazara Singh that young Harbhajan Singh first studied what we now know as Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan often spoke of his teacher with de-voted respect and speechless awe.
Shanti Kaur Khalsa is a wife, mother, grandmother and professional writer who brings Khalsa values to every aspect of life. She is an engaging Sikh teacher who brings the wisdom of Sikh history into modern life. Shanti spent more than twenty years studying with Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji who inspired her on the path of Sikhism. She is an inspired kirtania who travels worldwide giving inspirational kirtan and lecture programs.
KRI is looking for a few good People!
KRI is looking to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors. KRI's mission is to preserve and spread the authentic teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan. If you have the drive, energy and passion to see that these teachings pass on to our future generations, please apply to serve on the Board.
We are looking for people who meet many of the following criteria:
Love of the teachings based on personal experience and a burning desire to see them throughout the world
Intellectual capacity to understand the business governed by the board
Interpersonal skills to work well with the other board members
Instinct and good judgment for making strategic decisions
Commitment to enthusiastically put in the time that is needed to help KRI grow
Financial ability to attend meetings; this is totally voluntary position
Time availability ability to commit to 10 to 20 days a year for phone meetings (3-6 per year), travel to our in-person meetings (1-2 per year) and work/study outside of meetings
Prosperity consciousness to be a personal donor to KRI
Integrity to do what is right for the company
Historical perspective on KRI's past and future development
Kundalini Yoga teaching experience
Familiarity with the business of yoga (teachings, workshops, running a center, producing and/or selling products, etc.
Prior board experience
Broad geographical representation
Ability to see the business as a whole, from a board perspective, without getting lost in operational detail
Experience in legal or corporate compliance matters
Financial skills and analysis - ability and experience in understanding and analyzing financial reports
If you are interested, please send a request for more information and an application to Gurusahay Singh Khalsa, Board Chair, Kundalini Research Institute
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. 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.
Long-Term Yoga Practice: A Recipe for Healthy Weight Maintenance
by Sandeep (Anu) Kaur, MS, RDN, RYT-500 and Sat Bir Khalsa, Ph.D
Obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater, is an epidemic in the US and a pivotal link between increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Yoga, a mind-body approach, has been increasingly practiced for improving overall health. Most yoga practitioners indicate that the top reason for starting a yoga practice is to improve their health and manage weight. Yoga's goal of "union of mind-body-spirit" along with the utilization of physical postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation, and meditative/mindfulness practices offers an internal self-contemplative state that differentiates yoga from conventional exercise such as strength/weight training or aerobic exercise.
Previous studies have established that despite initial psychological and physiological benefits from traditional diet and exercise programs, these weight loss strategies and other conventional medical treatments are relatively poor with respect to long-term adherence to healthy lifestyle changes. This remains a major barrier and weakness in these conventional health approaches. A number of different healthy behaviors are known to influence weight control such as increased exercise, decreased meal portions, and decreased fat and sugar intake. As a form of fat-burning exercise, preliminary clinical trials suggest that yoga practice may or may not contribute strongly to cardiovascular fitness, depending upon the specific yoga style and physical exercises practiced. More recently, research has been conducted on the role of increased mind-body awareness which is connected to both mindful eating behavior and body image awareness.
Most lineages/styles of yoga engender greater body awareness that is associated with a healthier relationship with food and greater body satisfaction. There is also a relationship between chronic stress and weight regulation. Evidence indicates that activation of the stress system is associated with increased consumption of high fat, high sugar foods, and abdominal weight gain. This may be due to increased hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis stimulation that elevates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and the activation of the autonomic nervous system (enhanced sympathetic activity and release of adrenaline and reduction of parasympathetic vagal activity). It is well known that yoga is highly effective for regulation of these stress systems, and therefore may mitigate stress-induced binge eating and poor dietary choices (such as so-called comfort foods) that are high in carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. These beneficial psychophysiological characteristics with respect to weight regulation likely account for the observation that regular practitioners of integrative, complementary, and mind-body techniques, including yoga, report healthier weight regulation.
Sandeep (Anu) Kaur is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and teaches yoga to cancer survivors and health professionals in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a specialization in Physiology and a minor in Biology from George Mason University. She earned a Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from James Madison University and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Medical College of Virginia. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Wellcoach and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500).
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is the KRI Director of Research, Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has practiced a Kundalini Yoga lifestyle since 1973 and is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. He has conducted research on yoga for insomnia, stress, anxiety disorders, and yoga in public schools, he is editor in chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and
The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care and author of the Harvard Medical School ebook
Your Brain on Yoga.
The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
Sat Nam from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
We have just completed this year's Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings® Endowment Fund campaign! Your contributions, big and small, are all an important part of our success. Building the Endowment Fund will be a project for many years to come, Thank you!
Our prayer is that over time we can raise enough funds to create an endowment fund of $11 million to support the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings in perpetuity. This may sound like a lofty goal, but as Yogi Bhajan said;
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"Those who will serve this path and serve the future, shall feel liberated by their own virtue."
As many of us have experienced, Yogi Bhajan and his teachings continue to touch people's lives in very profound ways.
Shabd Simran Kaur Adeniji
Kundalini Research Institute
September 2017 Specials
New from KRI
Personal Guidance through the Power of the Word
Author: Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD
Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma International
This book contains hundreds of beautiful mantras to recite and repeat for these and other personal needs you face in
The Mantras in this book have been lovingly collected, translated and commented upon by the devoted wife of Yogi Bhajan, the spiritual teacher who brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States in 1969 and built the extensive 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy Organization) worldwide community.
Mantra is an important component of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Kundalini Yoga teachers follow a variety of spiritual paths, and the mantras in Kundalini Yoga are of a universal nature. They transcend religious belief and embody universal truths that every human being can experience.
Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
Nirmal Lumpkin, LMT and Japa Kaur Khalsa, DOM
Enlightened Bodies inspires and elevates the approach and study of the human body, interconnecting anatomy, physiology and ancient yogic teachings. Enlightened Bodies presents the complexities of the body in a refreshing and approachable style, integrating multiple perspectives including:
* Human Anatomy
* Kundalini Yoga
* Traditional Chinese Medicine
* Other lifestyle traditions
This is an essential book for yoga enthusiasts and healthcare practitioners who are looking for a deeper understanding of the human body and ways to incorporate complementary health practices in their treatment plan.
Regular Retail: $39.95
Create a firm foundation for your yogic practice and gain insight into what it takes to live as a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with these essential lectures and meditations.
Volume 1: The Purity and Power of a Teacher
Volume 2: Get Rid of Anger and Fear
Volume 3: Balance & the Law of Equality
Volume 4: Use Your Body for Higher Living
Volume 5: The Change of the Age
Volume 6: Becoming a Sage in the Aquarian Age
Volume 7: Emotional Compensation
Retail: $19.95 per DVD
Or take advantage of our regular full set discount of all 7 DVDs for $108.00!
KRI Recipe of the Month
Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies and Recipes
Yogi Bhajan, PhD.
This food is known as a natural remedy for arthritis. Used as such, it can be taken as a mono diet. It can also help a man to build his potency, or to repair damage to his sexual organs. For this purpose, one day a week a man should eat two paranthas and nothing else.
1/2 cup corn flour
1/2 cup garbanzo flour
1/2 cup bhajara flour (if not available, use whole wheat flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour