The Yoga of Service: One Teacher’s Journey into Seva

By Michael Jaidev Singh

When I began my level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher training, the phrase “Start Now” rang in my mind like a choir of church bells. I was 22 at the time and teaching full time math and science at an inner city middle school in Los Angeles. In the first few days of training I approached my teacher, Gurmukh, for a meditation to share with my students. I was nervous that my enthusiasm to share this science would be frowned upon since I was not yet ‘certified to teach.’ Yet I received the opposite reaction. Gurmukh smiled in delight and shared a simple meditation that involved clapping and opening the arms in particular rhythm. It was the perfect segue into meditation for most of my students.

Planting the seeds of Kundalini Yoga in Ivory Coast, Africa

I'm almost two weeks back from my trip to Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast, in Engligh), Africa. This is a place that doesn't leave my soul easily. I just went to see Marvel's 'Black Panther' last night with my family, here in Espanola, and it brought back all of the reasons that I love this continent so much. There is a deep-rooted love for the land and the family unit, and an intense spiritual strength there. I also felt this on my first trip to Africa this past September, 2017. 

Kundalini Yoga as a Tool of Peace

My name is Kiret Nam Kaur. I am the only certified Kundalini Yoga teacher in Haiti. It was in 2014 that I returned to live in my native country of Haiti after several years away. I had a great desire, which I still have, to participate in the expansion of my native land.

I discovered Kundalini Yoga one day before going back to Haiti, and since then I have been practicing every day on my own. Kundalini Yoga brought so much beauty into my life that I decided to take the teacher training in Canada, so that I could share this beautiful tool by teaching in Haiti.

Teaching is the Ultimate Giving

Several years ago in Chicago’s Southside Englewood neighborhood, often portrayed in the press for its violence rather than the good people who live there, we began teaching Kundalini Yoga and training teachers from the community. We helped create I Grow, Chicago’s Peace House. I Grow offers an oasis of calm as a non-profit organization that combines yoga, urban gardening, and art to help encourage community members to become empowered and connected.

Kundalini Yoga in Lurigancho Prison, Peru

Lurigancho Prison is the most overpopulated prison on the South American continent and one of the most overpopulated in the world. In November 2009 a group of young prisoners at Lurigancho Prison began practicing Kundalini Yoga as part of a program to help these young men to realize their potential and capacities to prosper in life.

We went to the Chilean Yoga Festival!

by Guruka Kaur

This year was the seventh annual Yoga Festival in Chile. For the last two years the festival has been attended by about 350 people from all over South America: Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Boliva, Ecuador, Peru, and Columbia, and Mexico and as far away as Spain! This year the Chilean Yoga Festival joined 3HO Foundation International in using the same theme—the First Sutra of the Aquarian Age: Reconoce que el otro eres tu - Recognize the other person is you!

 

Inspiring Service in Chile

This story began while I was seated next to my wife Jai Gopal during a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Gathering in 2005.

Guru Darshan and Simrit had started the work of Langar Chile (serving our society's least protected people out on the street) and they were looking for volunteers to help them. Personally, I had thought about similar ideas in the past, but they had always remained only that: ideas.

CHILEAN YOGA FESTIVAL 2013

The Chilean Yoga Festival gets bigger and better each year.  Once it was an opportunity for the Chilean communities to come together living the teachings.  It has grown to be the ‘South American’ Yoga Festival, with participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Columbia, and Peru.  It is full body festival with Sadhana, Gurdwara, beautiful classes every day, and inspired fun.