Sat Naam Dear Teacher Trainers,
I’ve been studying and reflecting this week on racism and white privilege. To me, it has been really eye-opening to gain a little more understanding about how many things I take for granted, and have never questioned, actually contribute to maintaining systems of unfair and unequal access. I am inspired, and many of the KRI staff are very passionate about this as well, to not let this awareness-raising moment in time pass without committing to long-lasting changes. KRI will look for ways to make our staff, our board of directors, and our trainings more diverse and accessible to everyone. We will look at how the culture we create as a community impacts the world around us. How can we include ethical, 21st century responsibility and learning as a foundational concept, so that our culture of Kundalini Yogis emerges as one that is known for our community presence, our anti-racism, and our service to all? Though it may be uncomfortable, I encourage all of you to become more educated and aware of systemic racism (which exists in many countries even outside the USA), and do the inner work that we all must do to counteract our unconscious biases.
As you know, I am a big believer in the power of our group consciousness. And this area of unconscious bias, and for taking our world-view too much for granted, points to a big reason why. When we can deeply listen to one another, when diverse opinions can be honored, that diversity naturally counteracts bias.
That is one reason why I’m getting more and more excited about the online Global Trainer Summit and Forum July 9th, 10th and 11th. It will be held in various times throughout the day, so people from all time-zones can participate. We are working hard to have live simultaneous translation of the sessions so that non-English speakers can fully participate. The registration offers a “conscious contribution” option so finances won’t prevent anyone from participating.
The agenda for this meeting will be determined by the participants, so any KRI topic can be put forth and discussed by any member of our trainer community. The projects and the priorities that emerge from these meetings will guide us moving forward. So I very much hope that you all can join in. Especially those who have not felt heard or represented in the past – now is your chance! Show up and be heard!
I am looking forward to creating with you a vibrant, strong community that is serving the world through these teachings – serving better together than separately.
May Guru Ram Das bless us all,
- Working together – The upcoming Trainer Summit and Forum on July 9th, 10th, and 11th will be a place for you all to set the agenda and co-create the future of KRI. This event will be online, and we have a team working to coordinate translators and translation materials in multiple languages. We also have a conscious contribution price option, which allows you to select an amount that you can pay. If you’re passionate about community building, join the team! Email Sat Amrit Kaur at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Register for the event here: https://na.eventscloud.com/ehome/534606.
- Facilitator’s Orientation and Training: click here to see the complete info. To help with our upcoming trainer community zoom calls, we invite you to participate in this training offered by Gurucharan Singh, Gurudev Singh and Hari Charn Kaur on Tuesday June 9th from 9-11 am (Mountain Time, Denver, Colorado). Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85234101545. This first orientation and training will be in English while we work with teams to provide it in other languages. For updates about Facilitator’s Training and Regional Calls visit: https://trainersupport.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/community-dialogue/
- Upcoming Webinars that are part of our Aquarian Development Series:
- Embodying Anti-Racism; Being the Change! – Tuesdays June 9th through July 14th, 19:00-21:00 EDT (New York City). Join us for a special live 6 Week series to embody anti-racism and become the change you want to see in this world. This is a by-donation fundraiser for Black Lives Matter and George Floyd Memorial Fund. We will explore cycles of oppression, history of racism and uncover how and where we can help our world heal from a heart centered embodied space. This 6-week series meets live weekly for yogis, teachers, trainers everywhere who want to awaken to understand how to use our privileges in service to end racism.
- How Kundalini Yoga Works; Vagus Nerve & Polyvagal theory – Thursday June 11th, 12:30-2 EDT (New York City). Heart centered practices have informed humanity for millennia, giving them that peace and tranquility that is so longed for. Dr. Anne Taylor explains the ancient wisdom of Kundalini Yoga from a scientific approach. What is meant by the “central tuning string” of the body, and how the heart is more than just a pump…. She shares her woven studies of ancient cultures and modern science to support the KY community in the depth of how Kundalini Yoga works! Join us live or watch the recording after.
- How Yoga Works in Trauma Recovery; The Scientific Foundations! – Monday June 15th 7 PM EDT (New York City). In this talk, Dr. Julie Staples (Guru Parkash Kaur) presents the scientific research showing how yoga works to heal trauma symptoms. Trauma affects the entire body taking a toll on the immune system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system. Dr. Staples, author of Reclaiming Life After Trauma will discuss the latest research studies using yoga (including Kundalini yoga) and meditation for posttraumatic stress.