Wow the summer has really whizzed by! This tends to happen when you are focused and BUSY! Despite the numerous outpouring of back to back events and activities I experienced starting in June traveling to Colorado & New Mexico for International Womens camp; developing and tending The Hot Springs Farmers Market which actually began last winter but really revved up this summer; Then in July teaching at the South Dakota Yoga Conference; In August we took another trip to Colorado and upon our return I hosted a special early morning 2.5 hour Sadhana for Yogi Bhajans birthday with six yogis in attendance; Throughout this summer I assisted a local group to create a Health & Wellness Directory for the Southern Black Hills which will be available soon; in addition to these things we had our usual summer visitors and activities; then the final climax event was fulfilling a longtime dream of co-creating a “Peace Mandala” though my Change for Peace Initiative. Change For Peace
However this was one of the smoothest busy times I think I’ve ever had. When I say smooth, I mean I don’t recall ever feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. There were times for sure that I was aware of this immense energy carrying me along. It felt as if I was riding a big wave rather than giving into the feeling that “it is too much”. I’ve never surfed a real ocean wave, but I think I now understand that sensation of riding the energy rather than letting it take you down! I give thanks and so much gratitude for my steady practice of Kundalini Yoga and Mediation which I am certain has given me the tools needed to have this new experience. It’s like being in the eye of a storm, that quite sweet spot in the center of chaos. I think this is what we all need to cultivate to get through these turbulent times. I pray that all of us find a practice or tool that helps us feel this type of peace despite what’s happening on the outside. With all of the on-going media propelled opportunities to engage in our opposing opinions, please remember that Peace Begins Within!
OCTOBER KUNDALINI YOGA SCHEDULE; Now after all the activity, it is time for me to take a pause, a brake to tend to some other needs. I will continue teaching my regular schedule of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation now through October 4th.
Then I will be gone Oct. 8-13 for a well deserved camp out with my husband, then traveling to Colorado to help a friend with her workshop Oct. 14-18, then on to NY to visit my momma and brother the Oct. 19-28th. I will resume my normal schedule the week of Oct. 30th Monday mornings 10-11:15am and Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6:30pm until further notice.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS; Lastly, I wanted to share with you about a few more special happenings. My dear friend Ixeeya Lin has been visiting Hot Springs and offering her gifts as a healer and facilitator of sacred space and creative empowerment. She is masterful at weaving spirit and body, depth and intention into gatherings, ceremonies and personal growth and somatic resourcing.
She has three more Womb Dance sessions; Tonight from 7-8:30pm at the Flatiron Inn & Sunday 2-3:30pm then one more Wed evening class.
Womb Dance = Empower and heal through dance. A weave of womb centered movement meditation, belly dance, body alignment technique and holistic womens’ health principles woven into a fun and potent practice. This is a form or exercise and new perspectives of health and living in a female body that are sure to inspire and reawaken new energy and joy of being! Drop in ($18), 2 classes ( $30) or whole series of 4 ($45)
Also this Saturday Night in Rapid City she will be leading a Dance New Earth.
Registration appreciated but showing up at the door is also welcome! Come meet this radiant being and share in the gifts she has to offer. $15-25 suggested donation
Lastly, Beginning tomorrow 9/28 our global Sangat begins celebrating the upcoming birthday of Guru Ram Das. Guru Ram Das was Yogi Bhajan’s personal Guru and is known as the “Lord of Miracles” for his healing abilities. Across the globe, communities recognize this as a special time for the potential of miracles, fulfillment of prayers and receiving many blessings. We all know how important this is now more than ever!
In our tradition, we chant “Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru” for 31 minutes each day. September 28th, thru October 8th (the 11 days leading up to Guru Ram Das’ birthday). You can do this anytime however we usually chant in the evenings (livestream begins at 6:30pm MST) but you can choose anytime that works best for you. My last class before I leave 10/4 we will do this our last 31 minutes together. Then, on his birthday (October 9th), there is a special sadhana of chanting the Shabad “Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru” for 2 1/2 hours. (Best in the Amrit hours- 4-6:30am) Since I will be heading out on my camping trip, I will not be leading a group Sadhana this time, but I highly encourage each of you to participate on your own, or you can also join a livestream event here: https://livestream.com/sikhdharma I will be doing so on my travels.
More about this event can be found here: https://www.3ho.org/events/global-meditations/celebrating-birth-guru-ram-das
Wishing you all a Fall that brings you Balance and a Nourishing Harvest!!
I am currently covering Annie Jones down at the Wonderment Gardens Apothecary until Oct. 5th, so please feel free to come down and visit. And you are always welcome to call, email or text anytime you have questions, concerns or just want to say hello.
Rajni (Puranjot Kaur)