July 2015

 

A Note From Nirvair

 

Sat Nam.

 

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 these events!

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,

 

“I wish you happy Fourth of July and independence. It tells you not only be a member of an independent country, but you have to give independence to your soul. And Dharma is the path to cut down the Karma, the blocks of life, to go ahead, to merge from where you came. Greatest thing of the day is?”
 

Students: “All things come from God and all things go to God.”
 

Yogi Bhajan answers, “Thank you very much for remembering this. Sat Nam.”


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!

 

Nirvair Newsletter Video

Kriya: Ungali Praniyam


With love and blessings,

Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute

Sat Nam from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™

 

We were so happy to meet several of our supporters this year at the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ Summer Solstice event. Thank you to all who stopped by the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ session the 3HO House with your questions and suggestions! You are making The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ what it is in so many ways, with your input, gifts and support!

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!

 

Teacher Tip

This year we are highlighting the many useful features for Kundalini Yoga teachers that the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ has to offer.
 

July’s Teacher Tip
Look for an ‘Exact Phrase’ & Organize your Results!


If you're looking for an exact phrase that Yogi Bhajan used in his teachings simply use quotation marks to surround the phrase, for example:

 

 

Your results for an exact phrase search will ONLY be lectures in which that full exact phrase is present. You can use an exact phrase search in conjunction with other search parameters as well. For instance, if you’re unsure the wording of an exact phrase you could try a NEAR search, such as:

 

 

Sometimes it can be helpful to sort your search results. Once your results come up you can then organize your results alphabetically or by date.

  • At the top of your search results you will see a row of SORT options.

  • Relevance is the default sort option; your results to any search will come up in order of relevance to the term you searched.

  • Select Title to sort the lecture titles alphabetically. Since many lecture titles are currently event indicators (Khalsa Women’s Training Camp lecture, Gurdwara lecture, Physical Training, Summer Solstice, etc.), sorting by title can be useful when you are looking for lectures linked to particular events.

  • Select Date to sort the titles chronologically by date. This is useful when looking for lecture material from a specific time period. For instance, you may be teaching a class around a holiday like Mother’s Day and would like to begin class with a pertinent quote from Yogi Bhajan. You could search “mother” and then sort the results by date and focus on lectures that were given around Mother’s Day in various years.

 

 

Thank you to all of you who donate regularly and who have supported the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ over the years! If you haven’t made a donation yet, an easy way to budget your support is by setting up a simple automated monthly contribution (you choose the date and amount!) to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™. Every contribution plays a part in helping this invaluable online resource grow!

 

 

In Gratitude,

Shabd Simran Kaur Adeniji

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™

Kundalini Research Institute

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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.

 

Watch the Video Message Here!

 

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.

 


 

 

 

The Source

June Specials from KRI

 

A Powerful Box Set of DVDs:

Physical Training

 

Physical Training With Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
 

5 DVD Box Set

This 5 DVD set follows Yogi Bhajan teaching Physical Training, (commonly called “PT”) at the Ranch in Espanola on five consecutive days in the summer of ’94. Perfect for establishing a weekly workout with Kundalini Yoga. Featuring an inset video that demonstrates the posture and timing for each exercise so you can follow along with ease. Original videos have been color corrected and audio has been remastered to help bring the experience alive. Keep up and keep fit!

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SEEDS OF CHANGE FOR THE AQUARIAN AGE

Transformation - Volume One: Mastering the Self

 

TRANSFORMATION
VOLUME ONE: MASTERING THE SELF
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®


91 Transformational Kriyas & Meditations

These Kriyas and meditations, drawn from Transformation Level Two Teacher Training courses, are organized to facilitate your personal practice and deepen your experience of the Self. Many of these kriyas were selected specifically for the Level Two and have never been available before. Practice something new or master something familiar with this wonderful collection.

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 Transformation - Volume Two: Serving the Infinite

 

TRANSFORMATION
VOLUME TWO
SERVING THE INFINITE
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®


86 Transformational Kriyas & Meditations

This volume continues and completes the Kriyas and meditations from the five Level Two Teacher Training courses. Organized not only for personal practice but also for Kundalini Yoga Teachers. Develop workshops or 6 week themed courses, using each chapter individually, or combining topics gives you limitless possibilities.

Retail: $29.95Transformation Set - Volume One & Two: Mastering the Self
Promo: $25.46

 

Special this month: Buy both volumes for a total discount of 25% off regular retail at $44.95. (Regularly discounted at $49.95 for both)

 

Everyday Devotion: The Heart of Being

 

Everyday Devotion
The Heart of Being by Guru Prem Singh Khalsa


Learning to live from the heart is a journey toward a life of devotion. How we bend and bow, twist and turn gives form to our devotion. Our bodies become a living prayer-devotion in motion.
* Breath & Bones guide the breath and detail the nature of asana
* Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
* Tips for developing your own practice

Retail: $17.95
Promo: $15.26
 

Thank You!

 

 


 

Yoga Research
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 behaviors.

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.

 

 


 

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