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Due to Hurricane Sandy, we were unable to broadcast live this week. We look forward to being back live next week! Many thanks! Today Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian celebrates the Best of Jazzy Vegetarian Radio and welcomes Gurmukh Kaur Kalsa co-founder of Golden Bridge. Gurmukh is the co-founder and co-director of Golden Bridge Nite Moon, Los Angeles’ and New York Citys’s premier center for the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Since being baptized 42 years ago with the Sikh spiritual name that means “One who helps people across the world ocean,” Gurmukh has dedicated her life to fulfilling her namesake. For more than four decades, students in Los Angeles and from around the world have sought out her classes in Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Pre- and Post-Natal care.
In the Science of Naad Yoga, we talk about the powerful effect that chanting has on the body and in the being through the stimulation of the structures of the brain, including the vagus nerve, the hypothalamus gland, and the pineal gland. In this session, Dr. Japa Kaur will explore the physiological and transformative effect of chanting by discussing how chanting awakens compassion in these structures and throughout the body.
Dr. Japa Kaur Khalsa is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and teacher trainer, a Sat Nam Rasayan healer, and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine licensed in New Mexico. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Theater from Northwestern University and completed her Masters in Oriental medicine in Chicago as well. She is co-author of Enlightened Bodies: Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy, publishing through KRI in 2015. She lives at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, the Mother Ashram, with her husband and son. Her work with all her patients and students emphasizes growth and transformation through self care and awareness of the interconnectedness of all life.
Snatam Kaur is an American Kirtan singer and peace activist raised in the Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation and Kirtan through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past fifteen years. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up at the feet of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace which has made it accessible to people of all walks of life to receive its healing effects. Snatam Kaur has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. While traveling the world on tour she also teaches yoga and meditation to children and adults alike, a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace.
She has the voice of an angel.
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Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, media commentator, Sikh activist and interfaith leader who centers her work on storytelling for social change. She has made many award-winning films and led multimedia campaigns on a wide range of issues. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, the nation’s largest multi-faith online organizing community of over 200,000 members.
Valarie is a regular television commentator on MSNBC and opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, to name a few. A Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary, she regularly teaches “storytelling for social change” to students, organizers, and interfaith groups.
Valarie is currently the Media and Justice Fellow at Stanford Law School where she co-founded Faithful Internet and advocates for Internet freedom and access. In 2013, she was named “Person of the Year” by India Abroad and one of eight Asian American “Women of Influence.” Visit http://valariekaur.com and www.groundswell-mvmt.org. Watch Valarie’s address at the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions.
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“Song of the Khalsa” is a beloved classic and uplifting song that is sung during 3HO Gurdwaras and events. The empowering lyrics call us all to live in our highest potential and light. The song also includes a good bit of Sikh history that has a way of inspiring folks on all spiritual paths. In this session Livtar Singh, the writer and composer of “Song of the Khalsa”, and I will talk about his process of creating this song, how it became part of the fiber of 3HO life, and how this and other great songs generate inspiration and hope in surprising ways and with unexpected people.
Livtar Singh has been a student of Yogi Bhajan and life in general since 1969. In the summer of 1970, Yogiji sent him to Atlanta, GA to found Guru Ram Das Ashram. With his saintly wife Livtar Kaur, he has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation there ever since, over 46 years.
The Searacher's Road Map brings to you today Rachel Suriderjot Kaur Zelaya who will share Yogi Bhajan's teachings on the power and potential of women, the sacred movement and meditation of Kundalini Yoga, as well as ceremony and time for women to gather and share deeply about their relationships and their spiritual paths; all on the magical land of a private retreat center on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. There will also be time for rest and self-nourishing time at the private beach and freshwater pool, and excursions to nearby adventures.
This is a women's only retreat.
You can expect to come home with specific practices that will empower you to be the flowing river of Spirit that you are. Practices will be shared that can be brought into daily life upon returning home:
yoga sets and meditations to strengthen your radiance and ways to be in relationship with the men, women and children in your life; lifestyle practices that support a woman's strength and radiance.
$1450 includes the retreat, all meals, and a shared room in an incredible retreat center in South West Costa Rica, near Uvita. February 1 - 7, 2015.
For all the information and to register: http://www.globalj.org/kundalini-yoga-rachel-zelaya.html
And here's info on the Thursday women's classes:
Yogi Bhajan left us many teachings on how to be a woman, leading our families and our society into the Aquarian Age. This series of classes will present his teachings on women, and offer kriyas and meditations that specifically support women in letting go of the past, healing their relationships with the men in their lives, and manifesting their full potential. "What is a woman? Woman is the flowing river of spirit." Come practice with the support of your sisters in the divine.
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Sirgun Kaur is an Arizona-based sacred chantress who is also an avid blogger and Kundalini Yoga instructor. There has never been any question in Sirgun Kaur's mind what she should do "when she grew up." From collecting nursery rhymes as an infant, to sharing her adolescent woes with a sympathetic piano, or touring the United States as a singer-songwriter in her early 20s, music has always been an anchor in Sirgun's life. It was not until she discovered Kundalini Yoga, chanting, and mantra, however, that she understood the transformative and healing potential of music. In a word: magical! Since then, Sirgun has released four albums of sacred chants: Reclaim Your Happiness, Dayaal, The Cosmic Gift, and The Music Within.
Her latest album, Reclaim Your Happiness, was released through Spirit Voyage as part of their Meditations for Transformation series. Sirgun says that her childhood of constant travel, living as an expat in France, has taught her abundant gratitude for her voice. Her voice has received international recognition at White Tantric Yoga events, where her song "Bliss" was selected as the soundtrack to the KRI promotional DVD "Facets of the Master," played at each break. Visit http://sirgunkaur.blogspot.com and http://sirgunkaur.com
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In the early days of Kundalini Yoga practice, we were taught to chant the mantra Alak Baba Siri Chand de Rakh (only once per day) in times where we felt psychically attacked. We know to be careful about this. This mantra calls upon the assistance of Baba Siri Chand, who is known to have been the protector of the Sikhs and was one of the sons of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. Gurutej Singh, as an early student of Yogi Bhajan’s, has great knowledge of this chant. He and I will discuss his knowledge and experience of this practice as well as share about some different variations and uses of this mantra.
BIO: Gurutej Singh Khalsa is a yogi, warrior, entrepreneur, poet, healer, and teacher. He was a personal aide and bodyguard to Yogi Bhajan and traveled the world with him in that capacity. Gurutej is also the Founder of Akal Security, Inc., which was the largest privately held security services contractor in the United States as well as the largest single provider of protective services to the Federal government of the United States. Having learned directly from Yogi Bhajan, Gurutej is an international teacher of Kundalini Yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan, as well as the warrior fitness training that he learned from Yogiji. Gurutej is the author of two books: Children of the Cusp, a collection of poetry about his experiences as a student of Yogi Bhajan; and Rajni, an historical spiritual novel about the powers of love, sacrifice, and transformation. Rajni was awarded the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence. Gurutej has been listed on the Sikh 100; number 24 among the one-hundred most influential Sikhs in the world. He lives in Singapore with his wife and son.
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Snatam Kaur is one of the most popular New Age artists of our time, selling over 70,000 albums a year. You’ll find enthusiastic press about her music everywhere from the Houston Chronicle to the Hindustan Times and she’s been featured in publications such as Oprah’s “O” Magazine, Yoga Journal, LA Yoga, the Light Connection and the Body Mind Spirit Guide. Like countless others around the planet, Oprah says she plays Snatam’s music every day before meditating.
Snatam Kaur’s albums have topped New Age Retailer’s Top 20 lists every year since 2004. Her music can be heard around the world in venues from yoga studios to schools to Hollywood films and in the homes of her fans worldwide. An international favorite with fans across the U.S, Europe, Asia, South America and the South Pacific, Snatam Kaur performs at over 60 venues each year.
Snatam Kaur, whose father was a manager for the Grateful Dead, has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. Sacred Sounds Radio calls her music “spiritually uplifting and deeply soul cleansing.” Ram Dass, celebrated author of Be Here Now, says that “in Snatam’s voice...there is purity, clarity, and love.”
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In the east, the illusion our ego projects on the world is called samsara, which is nothing but an ephemeral ocean of stories; the mind seeking meaning and purpose, floating endlessly on the rising waves of karmic patterns, yet behind this whole show lies the simple truth of what we are: unconditioned awareness dreaming itself in a myriad of forms awaiting its unveiling. Once we as a seeming fragment of this awareness take birth in this self-projected reality, we cannot escape the pain of our destined roles. Whether challenging or gratifying, these roles define our life’s journey. The good news is, every role we play,can become a tool for us to realize our true nature, if we only discover how to utilize our role for cultivating greater awareness.
Unfortunately due to ego identification, instead of utilizing the role, the role utilizes us. We begin to feel like a victim, either despising the role or clinging to it. To truly fulfill and enjoy our worldly role, it is important that we have both a passion for and a detachment to our role. So how do we do this and fulfill our role gracefully?
In today’s show Paula and her guest Rashminder Kaur will talk about how we can shift our perspective from that of a Victim to Fearless, and how you can cultivate passion and detachment to live a full life enjoying the multitude of roles we are called to play.
HOST: Paula Horan Ph.D. (LaxmiDechenWangmo), is an American psychologist who lives in Asia. A Reiki Master for 25 years and an author of 8 books on meditation, alternative health, and non-dual awareness. Her new book Fierce Innocence, which conveys the wisdom of her Jnana Yoga retreats in fostering a radiant self-confidence, is now available at amazon.com/author/paulahoran.
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