Greetings from sunny New Mexico. Summer Solstice time is upon us again!
Are you reading this newsletter on your mobile device? There are several Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® apps that carry the KRI Seal of Approval (meaning the content has been checked back to Yogi Bhajan’s original teachings), such as: Kundalini Mobile www.kundalinimobile.com; Keep Up Yogi www.keepupyogi.com; and My Kundalini https://itunes.apple.com/app/id890993526. Another really neat app that’s coming soon…The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings ™ Daily. This application will give you a daily quotation, a daily kriya and a daily lecture from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™!
Now is the time for Teachers! We still have
space available in our
Training Level One Immersion Course
in Espanola. The Aquarian Age is here and it is
calling you! Become a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga
as taught by Yogi Bhajan® this summer, blessed
by the unique atmosphere of the ashram and ranch
where Yogi Bhajan lived and taught. I look
forward to this course every summer, it is a
truly incredible experience for the teachers as
well as the students. Visit the course website
and see if this year’s Immersion course may be
for you or someone you know! (http://immersion.kriteachings.org)
you a Level One Teacher? Join us for the deeply
Level Two Teacher Training
module Lifestyles & Lifecycles.
For six days, from June 29–July 4, International
Teacher Trainers Jagat Guru Singh, Sat Siri
Kaur, Nirvair Kaur, and I will lead you through
the cycles of life taught by Yogi Bhajan, and
deepen your understanding of the nature and
trajectory of your life as a Yogi. Find out more
or register by visiting our Level Two course
There is a lot of activity and opportunity to use the Sun energy of the summer to accelerate yogic and spiritual practices. Summer Solstice Sadhana in New Mexico and the July European Yoga Festival in France are very special events that provide such an excellent opportunity to take advantage of this energy. At both events you get to be with large groups of Kundalini Yogis, you get to study with excellent teachers, and you get to do three days of White Tantric Yoga™. I will be teaching at Summer Solstice in New Mexico this year. Join me for a transformative class on Friday, June 26th, 2015, in the Fire Tent from 7:15–8:30 am. Summer Solstice in New Mexico and Yoga Festival in Europe are events that will rejuvenate and uplift you for months to come. Yogi Bhajan often said to plan the year around Solstice celebrations; I hope you are able to attend!
See you at Solstice! Come by the Kundalini Research Institute’s booth in the Bazaar to explore our wonderful Kundalini Yoga books and DVD’s, and learn more about up-and-coming publications like the new edition of Siri Ved Kaur’s famous cookbook From Vegetables, With Love and Enlightened Bodies: Exploring the Physical and Subtle Human Body by Japa Kaur Khalsa, DOM and Nirmal Kaur Lumpkin, LMT. You can visit Siri Ved’s new Conscious Cookery blog or visit her facebook page for the second edition of From Vegetables, With Love here.
In the Name of God, I serve.
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute
Happy Summer Solstice from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™
Thank you to all who participated in our spring fund drive in May. Your consistent and generous support of The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ has enabled us to improve site functionality and make hundreds of new lectures available! The searchable database now holds 2232 original lectures, many having audio and video content as well as printable kriyas alongside them. Thank you!
June brings a wonderful time of gathering together for the Summer Solstice Sadhana in the beautiful Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. It also brings us Father’s Day. To all the wonderful father’s out there who are supporting and nurturing such beautiful families: Happy, Healthy, Holy Fathers Day!
Fathers are in a position to deeply affect the confidence and character of their children. Many fathers put in long hours to earn money to support their families. This is one way to give to children, however, Yogi Bhajan spoke of the importance of giving something even more valuable than money and things to our children.
For those of you who will be at Summer Solstice,
we look forward to seeing you there! Come visit
us at the 3HO House for a Yogi Bhajan Library of
Teachings™ skill-building session. Abhai Raj
Singh of Joti Software will be sharing tips and
tools for searching and finding exactly what you
are looking for in the Yogi Bhajan Library of
Teachings™. As we continue our special focus
this year to serve teachers with the online
database, we will also be demonstrating a new
widget that will allow IKYTA members to feature
a rotating ‘Quote of the Day’ and ‘Lecture of
the Day’ from the Yogi Bhajan Library of
Teachings™ on their own websites. This Yogi
Bhajan Library of Teachings™ event at the ‘3HO
House’ will be Sunday June 21 from
3:45-5:15pm (after Gurdwara). We would love
to meet you and put a face to the users and
supporters of the Yogi Bhajan Library of
Teachings™. Please stop in and say hello!
Your steadfast generosity is so inspiring and it keeps the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™ going. It is evolving, expanding and becoming a complete resource of Yogi Bhajan’s precious teachings. Thank you!
Shabd Simran Kaur Adeniji
The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™
Kundalini Research Institute
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June Recipe(s) of the Month
Sat Nam. Here are two favorites that for many people bring back memories of the 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana: Golden Milk and Solstice Hot Sauce. Now you can enjoy the health benefits and amazing flavors of these two great recipes all year round!
Solstice Hot Sauce & Golden Milk
SOLSTICE HOT SAUCE
Each year, our 3HO family has the Summer Solstice sadhana celebration in Espanola, New Mexico. This event provides a chance to purify mind, soul and body through practicing lots of Kundalini and White Tantric Yoga, eating cleansing foods, drinking the purest water, and breathing clean air. As part of the healing diet, this special hot sauce made with native New Mexican chiles is always served.
3 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup dry crushed red chiles
8 oz. tamarind concentrate
16 oz. hot water
1½ cup sesame oil
1 Tbsp. turmeric
10 whole small dry red chiles
2 cups apple cider vinegar
Put onions in a large bowl. Sprinkle with crushed chiles. Melt tamarind concentrate in hot water. Add oil and diluted tamarind to onions. Sprinkle with turmeric. Add whole chiles and vinegar. Stir and cover. Let sit overnight or several days for the fullest flavor. Store in refrigerator. It will keep a long time, and get better and better. Yields 2 quarts.
Excerpt From: Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies & Recipes, Yogi Bhajan, PhD.
This delicious hot drink is very good for the spine. It lubricates all the joints and helps to break up calcium deposits. It’s the go-to drink after a long day of White Tantric Yoga.
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1/4 cup water
8 oz. milk
2 Tbsp. raw almond oil
honey to taste
Boil turmeric in water for about 8 minutes until it forms a thick paste. If too much water boils away, add a little more water. Meanwhile, bring milk to a boil with the almond oil. As soon as it boils, remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures and add honey to taste.
If you like, you can prepare a “reserve supply” of turmeric paste by boiling a larger quantity of turmeric and storing in the refrigerator up to 40 days.
As a change of pace, whiz golden milk
in the blender until frothy, and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Excerpt From: Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies & Recipes, Yogi Bhajan, PhD.
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The Prevalence and
Characteristics of Yoga Practice in the
By Srilatha Vuthoori, M.S. and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Yoga has become very trendy in modern society and is rapidly increasing in popularity. Yoga is so well known for its reputation as a healthful practice that it is also used in numerous media advertisements to market products from pharmaceutical drugs to insurance. There is now also an official International Day of Yoga, on June 21st, recently designated by the UN General Assembly in response to a proposal by the prime minister of India. This increase in the prevalence and popularity of yoga in mainstream society is unprecedented.
Swami Vivekananda was the first influential figure to bring yoga to the West. Addressing the 1893 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago he described the universality of religions and the philosophy of aspiring to infinite consciousness. Other notable yoga figures in the 1920’s and 1930’s were Paramahansa Yogananda who lectured to Boston academics, and political and religious leaders, Indra Devi who opened a yoga studio in Hollywood, and Krishnamurti, famous for his eloquent lectures on Eastern philosophy and yoga. In 1966 B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga was published in the US, a book that is still considered a classic for yoga practice. The 60’s and 70’s saw the arrival of many yoga masters who came to teach yoga to North Americans including Swami Satchidananda, Amrit Desai, Swami Rama, Swami Vishnu-Devananda and Yogi Bhajan. Despite yoga’s popularity in the West not much was known regarding the prevalence and demographics of yoga users.
We now have available a
number of statistical
studies describing the
use and the
characteristics of yoga
practice in different
populations. A Yoga
Journal survey found
that 8.7% of U.S. adults
(20.4 million adults)
practiced yoga in 2012.
The National Health
Interview Survey (NHIS)
conducted by the U.S.
Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) tracks the
public’s practice of
integrative medicine and
revealed that yoga
practice almost doubled
between 2002 and 2012,
increasing from 5.1%
(10.4 million adults) to
9.5% of the population,
Australia, 12% of the
adult population was
found to practice yoga.
Studies conducted in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia also found that yoga users are likely to be young, female, white, college educated and employed (82% with disposable incomes). Adults aged 18-44 were the majority of those practicing yoga in 2012 (11.2% of U.S. adults aged 18-44). According to Yoga Journal’s survey, the individuals practicing yoga are 4 times more likely to be female (82.2% woman vs. 17.8% men). Another study examining the sociodemographic barriers in U.S. adults for mindfulness practices found that men were three times less likely to practice yoga. Reasons that may account for this gender imbalance include the possibility that men are not attracted to yoga because they are less flexible than women, or may feel out of place in venues dominated by women. However, the introduction of Power yoga, Bikram yoga and other yoga focused on strengthening may be slowly increasing the number of men practicing yoga. The NHIS survey also found that white adults were the majority of yoga users (11.2% of white adults in 2012). In contrast, the use of yoga among Hispanic adults and blacks was approximately 5% of these minorities in 2012. A survey tracking income in yoga practitioners revealed a strong disparity in this characteristic showing that over 30% of yoga users have an annual household income of $75,000 or more, with 15% earning over $100,000. A similar disparity exists with regards to education with nearly 50% of yoga practitioners having completed a college-level education or higher.
Flexibility, general conditioning, stress relief, improvement in overall health and physical fitness were the top reasons for starting yoga. In Australia, while 58% of respondents gave ‘reduce stress or anxiety’ as a reason for starting yoga, 79.4% of participants continued for this reason. A study of participants in the beginner’s yoga programs provided by the Yoga studios in Austin, Texas entitled Yoga in the Real World: Perceptions, Motivators, Barriers and Patterns of Use was recently published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. This study showed that the major reasons for practice included general wellness (81%), physical exercise (80%) and stress management (73%). Other reasons for practice included seeking a spiritual experience (37%) and therapeutic intentions including alleviating a health condition (28%), illness prevention (23%), and doctor recommendation (5%).
There are more than
400,000 photos tagged
#yogi on Instagram,
enough to warrant a New
The popularity of yoga
is also reflected in the
use of yoga in
surprising places. There
is an annual closing of
New York City’s iconic
Times Square for
thousands of people to
practice yoga on June
21st, The International
Day of Yoga. Last year
over 11,000 people
participated, which is
truly remarkable. This
year delegates from the
U.N. and India will be
present to recognize the
International Day of
Yoga. Several airports
now have dedicated yoga
rooms for air travelers
(e.g. San Francisco
There are also numerous
fashionable yoga retreat
spots now available in
Mexico, Costa Rica,
Bahamas, Hawaii and
Despite yoga’s popularity overall, yoga is most prevalent among white, female, educated, and higher income segments of the population. A recent CDC report on health disparities in the U.S. showed that education levels and race are predictors of poor health outcomes. For example, minorities and low education individuals were more likely to report fair or poor self-rated health and more physically and mentally unhealthy days than others. Meanwhile, studies show that yoga practice can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve fitness, and enhance mood and overall sense of wellbeing. However, the minority populations that need yoga the most (in terms of stress relief and increased well-being), are least likely to practice yoga. Although there are programs to promote yoga for underprivileged populations, the effort is small and penetration to the broader public is slow. Therefore, conducting well-designed clinical research studies could provide the evidence base required to justify implementation of yoga programs in the public schools, healthcare system, and workplace, extending the benefits of yoga to a larger number of people, including disadvantaged populations.