Greetings from New Mexico. June was an amazing
start to the summer. The 21 Stages of Meditation
course here in Española was deep and powerful
and Summer Solstice Sadhana was very uplifting.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to say
hello and Sat Nam to me while you were here for
Our Mela, the gathering for teachers who are embarking on the pathway to being a Level Three Teacher in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, was a grand success. Participants and KRI staff expressed enthusiasm and gratitude to be able to immerse themselves deeper into Yogi Bhajan’s teachings and to appreciate the living example of connection and service that he modeled for us.
Happy Independence Day! Here is what Yogi Bhajan said on July 4, 1978,
Are you a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®? I highly recommend one our newer KRI manuals called KRIYA. What a fun and comprehensive manual! It seems like I discover something new to practice and share every time I pick it up for a quick browse. You can purchase KRIYA at our online store, The Source.
Now is the time for Teachers! We are still welcome more participants to this year’s International Teacher Training Level One Immersion Course in Española. Do you know someone who would love this course? The Aquarian Age is calling and you can begin your journey as a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan at our Immersion course in August. It inspires me to know that a lifetime of uplifting students is available to you as a teacher. If you are considering that path or know someone who is considering teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ®, there is still time to register for Level One Teacher Training: Foundations here in New Mexico. Even if you are not sure that you want to teach, this course is a great way to deepen your understanding of Kundalini Yoga and grow in your connection and commitment to your Self.
Come be with us this August, it is an amazing experience for all who participate, students and trainers alike!
Kriya: Ungali Praniyam
With love and blessings,
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute
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We were so happy to meet several of our
supporters this year at the Yogi Bhajan
Library of Teachings™ Summer Solstice event.
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Bhajan Library of Teachings™ session the 3HO
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You are making The Yogi Bhajan Library of
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In the month of July we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, a wonderful opportunity for all of us to appreciate the freedoms we are privileged to live with. In a lecture Yogi Bhajan gave July 3, 1991 he said,
“4th of July is a wonderful day. It brought us to our sovereignty, our independence, our basic values and we pray that we should not go off the track as humanity. Americans are very unique people. Normally they are a mess, but when they face a message they get together very fast. This is very unique character of Americans. Why? We are from everywhere and we are from nowhere, therefore we love our liberty, our sovereignty and our land very much. Therefore, freely we pollute it left and right. Yeah, it's true. We are messing around fastest than anything else. But we think it is our birthright. But now we are becoming conscious that we should leave something for tomorrow.”
As the lecture continues, he adds,
“Tomorrow is our Independence Day, by virtue of which we are free, to a certain extent. But I hope the best thing is, we feel free, still it's a wonderful land compared to other areas and we hope to keep that way. So enjoy your tomorrow, feel as good Americans. Do something nice tomorrow. Do something graceful tomorrow, in gratitude the God gave you freedom, gave you sovereignty and gave you a great country which you can call home. May the long time...”
Watch the full lecture to hear more!
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July Recipe of the Month
MUNG BEANS AND RICE
a.k.a. Bhajan’s Banquet
This is a perfect pre-digested food. It is easy on the digestive system and very nourishing.
Yield: 4–6 servings
1 cup mung beans
1 cup basmati rice
9 cups water
4–6cups chopped assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, etc.)
2 onions, chopped
1/3 cup minced ginger root
1 tsp crushed red chiles
8-10 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp sweet basil
1 heaping tsp turmeric
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp pepper
Seeds of 5 cardamom pods
1 heaping tsp garam masala
Salt or soy sauce to taste
Rinse beans and rice. Bring water to a boil, add rice and beans and let boil over a medium flame. Prepare vegetables. Add vegetables to cooking rice and beans. Heat about 1/2 cup oil in large frying pan. Add onions, garlic and ginger and sauté over a medium-high flame until browned. Add spices (not salt or herbs). When nicely done, combine onions with cooking mung beans and rice. You will need to stir the dish often to prevent scorching. Add herbs. Continue to cook until completely well-done over a medium-low flame, stirring often. The consistency should be rich, thick and soup-like, with ingredients barely discernible. Serve with yogurt, or with cheese melted over the top.
From: Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies & Recipes, by Yogi Bhajan, PhD.
June Specials from KRI
A Powerful Box Set of DVDs:
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5 DVD Box Set
SEEDS OF CHANGE FOR THE AQUARIAN AGE
Yoga for Substance Abuse: Scientific Rationale and Research Evidence
By Nikhil Ramburn, B.A. and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Substance use disorder is marked by a
dependency on alcohol or drugs to function, and
may include impaired control and inability to
moderate one’s substance use. It becomes
clinically significant when the behavior pattern
and day to day activities are impaired or the
patient is under distress. The user may
experience recurrent social or interpersonal
problems and may find himself in physically
hazardous situations. Another symptom is the
increased tolerance for the substance along with
substance-specific withdrawal syndromes.
Substance use disorder and addictive behavior
are complex conditions with numerous underlying
psychological, behavioral and physical
components. The pathological pursuit of relief
through substance use or other addictive
behaviors affects neurotransmission within
reward structures of the brain, thereby altering
motivational impulses and supplanting healthy
self-care behavior. This leads the patient to
adopt maladaptive behavior in seeking rewards
such as food, sex, alcohol and other drugs.
Another psychophysiological underpinning to this
disorder is stress. Stress is correlated with
negative health behaviors and physiological
impairment, contributing to substance use and/or
abuse and chronic disease development. Given the
chronic nature of substance abuse, the
likelihood of relapse is high. Therefore,
treatment that is truly successful over the long
term often involves a radical shift in
perspective and a change of deeply rooted
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were more than 40,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States. The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs more than $700 billion annually in expenses related to crime, lost work productivity and health care. It has been plausibly ascertained that 47% of the U.S. adult population suffers from maladaptive signs of an addictive disorder.
Yoga is widely recognized as an effective treatment for stress but the benefits of yoga in treatment of substance abuse may extend beyond stress relief alone. Yoga and meditation have been proposed as effective treatment for this condition because of their positive impact on several psychophysiological processes. Yoga has been demonstrated to reduce both the overt behavioral and underlying neuroendocrine components of stress. Those suffering from substance use disorder will often seek relief from daily stressors by using drugs or alcohol, and yoga may prevent relapse by offering a healthy way of managing stress. Yoga has also been shown to improve conditions of depression and anxiety and induce a higher state of consciousness that effectively replaces the attraction of substance-induced high. This is particularly important given the chronic nature of addiction and the pathological search for pleasure through substance use. Furthermore, yoga has been shown to improve self-awareness of one's mental and physical state, thereby allowing for improved self-regulation and preventing destructive behavior before its onset. Moreover yoga can improve self-esteem and promote a better understanding between an individual and his/her social world.
There are a few notable studies of yoga for addictions, some of which have shown that it is successful in addressing some of the psychophysiological underpinnings of the disease. An older Indian study evaluating yoga for alcohol abusers, revealed that subjects receiving yoga treatment showed normalization of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines. At Ankang hospital in Tianjin, China, yoga was found to significantly improve mood and quality of life in women undergoing detoxification for heroin dependence. A Harvard researcher in Boston found that outpatient methadone clients undergoing weekly yoga classes showed equivalent improvements in psychological, sociological and biological measures to subjects undergoing psychotherapy over a six-month period. Finally, in another small Indian study, yoga was shown to offer statistically greater improvements in withdrawal symptoms for drug addicts.
One of Yogi Bhajan’s efforts on his arrival in the West was to provide Kundalini Yoga as a way out of drug use. 3HO SuperHealth® is a therapeutic yogic lifestyle developed by Yogi Bhajan that combines Kundalini Yoga, meditation, therapeutic dietary and juice formulas, and counseling and Humanology (applied psychology from the Kundalini Yoga perspective). 3HO SuperHealth® has been used to address dependency on alcohol, drugs, smoking, food issues, co-dependency, gambling, work, and computers. It also includes tools to manage stress, depression, fatigue and anxiety. SuperHealth® has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and received its highest commendation, being rated in the top 10% of residential programs in the United States.
In 1991, a report on the 3HO SuperHealth® program running successfully for many years in Tucson, Arizona concluded that Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini Yoga meditations play a major role in treatment success for drugs, alcohol and anxiety, especially in maintaining recovery. After the SuperHealth® program, participants reported significant improvement in their spiritual life, peace of mind and ability to handle stress. Currently, 3HO SuperHealth®, spearheaded by Mukta Kaur Khalsa (author of Healing Addictive Behavior:Yogic Science for Transformation as taught by Yogi Bhajan) offers trainings around the world in this yogic approach to breaking addictive behavior.
More recently, a 90-day residential SuperHealth® program for substance abuse was conducted at a psychiatric hospital in Amritsar, India. This region in northern India is particularly prone to substance abuse due to its proximity to strong opium production and trafficking in Pakistan. The primary therapeutic modality was 45 days of thrice daily Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® supplemented by a variety of additional SuperHealth® and integrative medical therapies delivered by a number of Kundalini Yoga instructors and therapists. Study participants showed improvements on a number of psychological self-report questionnaires including the Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale and the Quality of Recovery Index. Qualitatively, participants reported greater emotional wellbeing, less pain, less reactivity and the ability to sleep better. These results were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse in 2008.
The results of these initial studies point out the effectiveness of yoga and yogic lifestyle as therapy in their own right and as complementary treatment to more conventional clinical practices. Yoga has been shown to effectively target the psychological, biological and behavioral functions implicated in the pathophysiology of addiction. However, more research is needed with larger sample sizes, over a longer timeframe and with replicable methodology to see if similar results are achievable across different programs.