June 2015

 

A Note From Nirvair

 

Sat Nam.

 

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 International Teacher 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)
 

Are you a Level One Teacher? Join us for the deeply transformative 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 homepage: http://transformation.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org

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.

 

Nirvair Newsletter Video


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.

 

“What you can give your child? Nothing. Only thing you can give your child is a character, by living a character you can give your child a character, your child will respect you if he will say, 'my father was a truthful man.' You can't give money, you can't buy it out, you are the biggest fool you can only give. He does not care, look at me, I say, "My grandfather was a very divine person," I say it even today, he is not alive with me. He is not teaching me now, but I can say it and I can say it with a great confidence and moment, in weaker moment if I think, I think whose grandson I am, I feel hundred percent stronger.”

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, May 29, 1979
 

“Father who does not nurture his children should never be a father. Nurture children with what? With spiritual values.”

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, January 15, 1989

 

 

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.
 

June’s Teacher Tip
Too Many Search Results?


If your results aren't narrow enough using keyword searches, try the key words identified within topic areas. These concepts have been tagged throughout the database and are part of an algorithm that generates narrower and more relevant results.

 

  • Go to ‘Topics’ (located to the right of the search bar)

  • Select the most relevant topic for your study, ‘select all’ or ‘unselect all’ and choose only a few of the keywords provided

  • Scroll down to see your results!

This is a great way to find material quickly that is more specifically related to your search topic.

 

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!

 

 

In Gratitude,

Shabd Simran Kaur Adeniji

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™

Kundalini Research Institute

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June Recipe(s) of the Month

Solstice Memories
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

 

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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.

 


 

GOLDEN MILK
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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Exploring the Breath Technology of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan ®
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Praana, Praanee, Praanayam is a collection of Yogi Bhajan's quotes and kriyas gathered from lectures throughout his 35-year teaching career in the West. Yogi Bhajan is a Master of praanic energy and these quotes and kriyas can help you to understand and experience who you truly are in the universe of praana.

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The Chakras
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®

The Chakras
The chakras are the keys to being human and being happy. In this collection, Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, defines the nature of the chakras, how they work, their interaction, projection and potency with both humor and subtlety, and often surprising candor.

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The Prevalence and Characteristics of Yoga Practice in the General Public
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 complementary and 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, respectively. In 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%).

 

Yoga Research

There are more than 400,000 photos tagged #yogi on Instagram, enough to warrant a New York Times trend piece. 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 International and Helsinki Airports). There are also numerous fashionable yoga retreat spots now available in destinations including Mexico, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Hawaii and Bali.

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.



 

 


 

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