Holiday Blog 2017

So it has begun, the holiday season is upon us. The time when we start ramping up activities such as decorating, hosting or attending parties and of course shopping!

I feel fortunate to have grown up in a Jewish household where Christmas was not really a huge deal. Yet throughout my entire life, I still have felt the societal pressure to buy gifts for family, friends, neighbors, people in your life that offer you services. Don’t get me wrong, I love showing my love and gratitude to people in my life. I even enjoy buying gifts, trying to find that special something that I think someone would enjoy or would serve their life. However, what I have observed over the years is that most Americans stress themselves and their finances buying a plethora of gifts for each individual.

Christmas morning families are captivated with the ritual of either carefully un-folding and trying to guess what’s inside the colorful package, or ripping it open as quick as possible. Either style, when all the hopla is over and the kids are happily playing with their new toys and everyones’ enjoying good food & good cheer it doesn’t take long for us to move on. Where I’m going with this is; what happens the next day, week, month?…slowly we’ve already forgotten about our new gifts. It gets piled in the corner with the other stuff, accidentally getting kicked under the bed never to be found again until you move, or simply left to collect dust. Yes, this may be a vast generalization, but as a professional organizer and keen observer most of us (yes, including me) have way too much stuff!!

Stuff, you know things… objects created from precious resources (fossils fuels, trees, water, etc) maybe by someone that worked long hours on an assembly line in poor conditions. Stuff that we likely don’t need. Stuff that we think is going to make us happy and may for a few moments until we get distracted by the next thing. Okay, that’s enough “berating” as my husband would say. My point is not to try to make us feel bad. Hey most of us grew up here in this capitalistic society, being bombarded with commercials to buy, buy, buy. So I don’t want to be a downer or buzz-killer for your holiday cheer.

Would I prefer is to inspire your creativity and sensitivity this holiday season. What if we each reflected upon our habits both personally as well as a society. Does our chronic shopping patterns serve the highest good for all of us here on Mother Earth? Is there a more holistic way to celebrate the holidays? Certainly this is not a new trend. For years, people have been choosing a charity to donate to, or collect coats & books for a drive, feed homeless people. I love this trend towards kind acts rather than blind consumerism. After all, the stuff that was once a thoughtful, shiny new gift will eventually become trash. Most objects once they are no longer useful or wanted will go to the landfill. Remember people, there is no “Away”. And for those on the other earth friendly trend of making your holiday gifts, like hand-made soaps & bath salts, etc… things that use less resources, will be useful and can be re-used over and over again, I say bravo! Keep that up! Maybe host a DIY party and invite your friends over to learn how you do that. For those whom just can’t give up the shopping ritual, please consider only buying one special something for each of your loved ones rather than dozens. Please consider what and where you make your purchases. Shop local and from stores that source products that have been ethically produced and perhaps from populations that are creating stuff for their survival, rather than lining the coat pockets of multi-billion dollar corporations.

Blessings for a Joyful holiday season~

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Riding the Waves

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Blessings,

Rajni (Puranjot Kaur)

Sutras of the Aquarian Age: June 2017 Kundalini Yoga class theme

Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga shared five principles which he called the “Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age” to help us transition from the Piscean Age into this Aquarian Age. These Sutras are simple, yet profound!

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“In this time Piscean values are giving way to Aquarian values. The difference between the two is very simple. Piscean values work from the ego, creating boundaries. Aquarian values have no boundaries; they are Infinite. Aquarian consciousness takes you inside your soul, so that you can relate to the soul in all.”  -Yogi Bhajan from Aquarian Times, Spring 2003

Every year for the past five years, 3HO has focused on one of these Sutras as the theme for their Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration. This 9-day spiritual gathering in the high desert mountains of New Mexico is a rare opportunity to cleanse the mind, go beyond ego and feel your spirit soar.  Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, the Summer Solstice experience includes Kundalini Yoga workshops, White Tantric Yoga®, Morning Sadhana, Live Kirtan, Community Connection, and the all-pervasive bright, uplifting energy generated by 2000 souls living in their highest consciousness.

This summer will conclude with the 5th & last Sutra.  I thought it would be fun to use this month of June, the same month as Summer Solstice to focus on the Sutras in my weekly classes.  Since there are 5 Sutras and 6 classes in June, our last class which falls on the Solstice 6/21 will be a special Solstice Celebration! I hope you can join me for one or all in this series to help propel you into a great summer.

As a reminder, I will be gone the last week of June to attend the International Woman’s Camp, which occurs just after 3HO’s Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebraton.  Therefore their will be NO Kundalini Yoga Class  June 26th or June 28th.

Here are the links to learn more about these two special events that occur every summer in New Mexico! I strongly encourage you to attend at least one of these events, at least once in your lifetime!!

Summer Solsticehttps://www.3ho.org/summer-solstice

“We come here to give our ego up; we don’t come here to demonstrate our ego. Either you undertake the responsibility and be what you should be, or you can never break the patterns. And there’s no choice between the two. It would be very silly to come here and not test yourself. It is a test—whether you communicate with your ego, or your ego communicates with you.”  -Yogi Bhajan, June 18, 1973

International Womans’ Camp: https://www.3ho.org/womens-camp

“I designed this camp to give women a standard of security, grace, and purity of thought… It is not a yoga camp. It is not a meditation camp. It is a woman-in-training camp. It is totally to train the whole sum of the woman, not just one part of her…This camp is not designed to create yogis. Our purpose is that you should [learn to] confront the world as a saint, but live as a soldier in your readiness.” -Yogi Bhajan, August 21, 1978

Lastly, I just wanted to remind you that it is not too late to sign up for the 2nd Annual South Dakota Yoga Conference in Deadwood July 28-30th.  I will be teaching 2 sessions at the conference. My regular Session called “Elevate your Life with Kundalini Yoga” is on Saturday from 10:30am-noon. Additionally I will be offering our traditional Aquarian Sadhana on Sunday morning, 4:30am-7:00am, come experience one of the greatest tools Yogi Bhajan has left us to transition into the Aquarian Age.

The conference Organizers are giving away a FULL CONFERENCE PASS ($223 value). Just Like AND Comment on the linked Facebook post (below) by June 15 to share your excitement and to be entered to win. Be sure to Like/Follow the SDYC Facebook page and share the post!

*If you have already registered and you win, your registration fee will be refunded.

And if you don’t win or you want to sign up anyways, feel free to use my discount code when you register: gaia1 for $33 dollars off your full conference registration.

 

~In Love & Service~

Blessings,
Rajni Puranjot Kaur

 

 

Kundalini Yoga comes back to Hot Springs, SD

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With the Spring comes opportunities for new growth to emerge!
I have found no better way to support my personal growth than practicing Kundalini Yoga. This technology has personally helped me to develop an awareness of my hidden self and unconscious habits formed from childhood impressions and lifes’ let-downs; Transform & Create new healthier habits to become a more Whole & Integrated being.  Though Kundalini Yoga is an excellent way to improve your physically well-being, it is this deeper transformational experience that allows me to Prosper and Thrive.
I am back from my winter retreat and Invite you to join me in experiencing this amazing technology!  Beginning April 3rd, I will be back at the Flatirons Inn Yoga Studio:
745 River Street.   Monday & Wednesday Mornings from 10-11:15am
 
Each session usually includes: some warm-ups, A Kryia (set of exercises for a particular purpose), a gong relaxation & a meditation.
This practice is for everyone, no matter what level of fitness you are at. No prior yoga experience is required, just a simple desire and openness to try out new things.
 
To join me simply,  arrive 5-10 minutes prior to class entering from the River Street entrance. (the door to the right of the yoga sign in the window) Then open the door to your left and enter the cozy library where you can take off your shoes, hang up your coat, get some water or tea if you wish. Then through the next doorway (the quiet zone) turn left and straight down the hall to the Yoga Studio. There are yoga mats, blankets and other props available, or you can feel free to bring your own if you want. No special yoga clothes are required, just something comfortable to move in.
The current schedule for my classes as well as Christa Spillane’s Hatha and Chair yoga can be found on the website below. Check this site for updated new classes, teachers and special events.
In addition, If you are interested in developing a practice that is tailored specifically to you and your needs, I am available for private sessions by appointment.
I look forward to sharing these teaching with you as well as seeing you around town!

Blessings,
Rajni Lerman
Puranjot Kaur
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A Time for Gratitude

Actually, Everyday is a great time for the practice of Gratitude or Gratefulness but in November, with Thanksgiving on the horizon it comes back into our awareness.  I say “practice” because I believe is important to do, to make it a habit. It’s easy to be grateful when we hit despairing times and then a miracle happens or someone surprises you and does something very nice, etc..but do we practice gratitude on a regular basis? When our lives are going along pretty good and we are busy with our work, family, responsibilities, self-care, hobbies…we may forget to take time during our day to feel and express gratitude.  Yet, when we make gratefulness a priority in our lives, time has a way of slowing down, our heart opens, our senses become more fine-tuned and before you know it everything else falls into place and expands.

Many years ago, I developed a habit of practicing gratitude by pausing before I eat a meal. It has become a precious gift to reflect on how blessed I am each and every day that not only do I get to eat 3 meals a day (if i choose), but to have access to a wide variety of food including some organic! I am aware that not all beings have this blessing and I don’t ever want to take it for granted!

Although I have become very consistent with this practice, I may not be as commendable at expressing gratitude to others. As humans we are subject to many shortcomings and this is probably one of mine. It seems easier for me to notice what bothers me about someone’s behavior before noticing what I really appreciate about that person. I am working on this and one way to encourage this practice is what I call the Gratitude Bowl.  I placed a bowl (or in this case a gourd) in a prominent place in our home.  Anytime I think of something that I am grateful to my husband about, I write it on a slip of paper and place it in the bowl. He in turn will do the same. Anytime we get annoyed with one another or have a disagreement, we can simply go to the bowl and each pull out one of the slips of paper and read it to each other aloud. This will allow us to swift the energy from a negative or low vibrational pattern to a positive higher vibrational pattern.

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Another helpful practice which I have done in the past, is to write down on a pad of paper or journal everything I am grateful for and keep adding to the list. Remember to write things about yourself that you are grateful for as well. Then if you are ever feeling a bit down. Just read your list and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can bring yourself back up!

This month, I have choosen this theme of Gratitude for my Kundalini Yoga Classes. I invite you to come to a class Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45pm and Fridays at the NEW time, 12:00-1:15pm at the Flatiron Inn Yoga Studio. In addition to a regular Kundalini Yoga set and gong relaxation, we will do this mediation: “Attitude of Gratitude”.  If you are really ready to commit to a life of Gratitude, try it with me for 40 days!!  For instructions on this meditation you can go to:

https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/meditation/featured-meditations/attitude-gratitude-meditation

One of Yogi Bhajan’s many quotes about gratitude that is just short and to the point that I love is,

“If you just feel happy for what you have, have an attitude of gratitude, and be grateful, then it will come true—you will be GREAT and you will be FULL.”
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