NEW Auburn Kundalini Yoga Classes and Gong Meditations

Sat Naam

I’m excited to announce that starting on the 24th of May I’ll be teaching Kundalini Yoga on Thursday nights at Auburn Public Theater from 6:00pm to 7:30pmEXCEPT for the 1st Thursday of each month when we will relax and enjoy the healing vibrations of a Gong and Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation.

Schedule May/June:
24th May – Kundalini Yoga Class
31st May – Kundalini Yoga Class
7th June – Gong and Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation
14th June – Kundalini Yoga Class
21st June – Kundalini Yoga Class
28th June – Kundalini Yoga Clasd

All are welcome! $15 drop in for Kundalini Yoga Class or the Gong and Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation OR pay $40 per month and include all Thursday night classes and the Gong and Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation during that month. Join monthly anytime.

For Information or to register contact:
Contact: LivAvtar10@gmail.com

Come dressed in comfortable clothing that you can move in. Bring a water bottle and a yoga mat if you have one but you can always borrow one of ours. You don’t have to wear white or cover your head but it will expand your aura and retain the energy you are creating – so you may want to consider it.

Blessings,

LivAvtar Kaur

May 2018 Chanting Events

Sat Naam Soul Family!
As you know, chanting events are a wonderful way to come together as a community while we experience the creative flow of the divine and open our hearts.
Here’s three chanting events in May that will give us an opportunity to do just that.
Pre-Movie Kirtan:6:00pm on Thursday May the 3rd at Auburn Public Theater
Damodar Das who offers weekly Kirtan in Ithaca and myself will provide 30 minutes of free Kirtan before the showing of the film, Mantra: Sound into Silence at Auburn Public Theater. I’m so excited to be seeing this movie but also to be able to offer people a taste of the benefits of this beautiful practice.  Tickets for the whole evening are only $10.  Get yours here. 
Chant Church:9:00am – 10:00am First Sunday of each month at Mandala Moon Yoga in Marcellus.  6th May, 3rd June
Join me for a NEW ongoing monthly opportunity to chant sacred mantra.  Start your week connecting to peace and experiencing bliss.  This event is free but donations will be accepted.  No need to register.  See you there.
Kirtan, Gong Bath and Vegetarian Pot Luck5:30 – 7:30.  Sunday May 20th at Mandala Moon Yoga at 4303 Slate Hill Road Camillus, New York
I’m so blessed to have Zoe Mullan-Stout accompany me on guitar for this beautiful event of Kirtan, Gong Bath and optional vegetarian pot luck.  Singing with Zoe feels truly magical and then we have an opportunity to surrender to the vibration of the gong and share an optional veggie potluck and time of connection after.  This event is also free but donations are accepted.  We appreciate registrations (click the link above) and it’s helpful for us to know about how many we can expect.
Kundalini Yoga Class:Weekly on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm at Mandala Moon Yoga in Marcellus.
Full and New Moon Gong Bath:Check the Mandala Moon Schedule to register for these opportunities for setting intentions of expansion around the new and full moon.  Bathe in the sound of the gong.  Relax.  Let go.  The next event is tomorrow, Sunday the 29th of April.  Register here.
See you soon!
Yours in service,
LivAvtar Kaur

Gurunam Singh in Syracuse – Kundalini Yoga Workshop and Kirtan

Just wanted to share these photos of the amazing day we had when Kundalini Yoga teacher and Mantra Artisit Gurunam Singh visited us at the Liverpool Art Center in Liverpool, New York near Syracuse.

The day began with a Kundalini Yoga workshop lead by Gurunam.  Having just finished participating and offering music for a 21 Stages of Meditation Workshop in the Catskills we were treated to 2 hours of these intense meditations.

We enjoyed a time of chatting with friends old and new as well as a delicious smorgasboard of vegan and vegetarian dishes brough by everyone for our potluck in the time between the workshop and the kirtan.

After the potluck our local Kirtan Artisits, Zoë Mullan-Stout, Sandy Sabine from Liverpool Art Center and myself warmed up the audience before Gurunam took the stage.

Gurunam treated us to two hours of song and stories about his time living, working and studying at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das – the home of Yogi Bhajan.

What am amazing day!  Serving the local Kundalini Yoga Community by working with Sandy from Liverpool Art Center to bring Gurunam to Syracuse was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  We look forward to Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa coming for Kirtan in February.  Wahe Guru!

Love,

Liv Avtar Kaur

 

 

Kundalini Yoga Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

IMG_0147.pngSat Naam!  You have questions and I have answers!  Here is my list of Q&A on Kundalini Yoga, Kirtan and Gong.  I include brief answers to everything from what Sat Naam means to why I wrap my head in a turban.

Printed copies are given to new students who come to class or read up before you come!  Many of the answers are short and sweet but don’t hesitate to contact me for more information or ask me anything in person.

So let’s get started…

What does ‘Kundalini’ mean? ‘Kundalini’ means, ‘the curl of the hair of the beloved’. This euphemism describes the subtle feeling of the Kundalini energy awakening at the 4th vertebra and traveling up the spine. Kundalini Yoga awakens this creative energy within you. When someone experiences a ‘Kundalini Awakening’ they’ve tapped into the true nature of who they are. They begin to blossom into their true selves and live their best life.

How is Kundalini Yoga different? Kundalini Yoga is a very wholistic type of yoga which includes chanting mantra, meditation, pranayam or breathing exercises and asanas or physical movements or postures. Kundalini Yoga focuses more on the neurological and glandular systems and the movement/transformation of energy than stretching and exercising the musculoskeletal system.

What is Kirtan? Kirtan is a spiritually uplifting practice of community singing or chanting. During a kirtan you’ll participate in singing transformative ancient chants that vibrate your being releasing joy and increasing feelings of happiness and well being. The word kirtan means several things, including ‘divine song’ and also ‘to repeat’.

What are the benefits of The Gong? The gong is one of the oldest instruments and has been used for healing for thousands of years. The vibration of the gong balances our glandular system, it aligns and balances the chakra system (energy centers in the body) and slows down the brain waves. My gong is tuned to the same frequency as the planet Saturn and enhances discipline and wisdom and works to release past issues and memories that our subconscious is ready to release.

Who is Yogi Bhajan? He is the visionary who brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga from India to the United States in 1969. Up until then Kundalini Yoga was not available to the public – it was very closely guarded and kept secret. Yogi Bhajan realized that our information-driven lifestyle would only become more and more fast-paced and that people would become more and more stressed out as we moved into the Aquarian Age. He set up yoga centers in North America and taught with the intention of teaching teachers who could help others navigate these stressful times with ease.

What is the Aquarian Age? We are currently shifting from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age which has created a huge expansion of human consciousness. With technological advances the human brain processes more information today in one day than people had to process during their entire lifetimes in the 1700’s. The demands on our nervous systems and brains is tremendous and causes great stress and ‘burn out’ over time. The tools of Kundalini Yoga helps us navigate the increased information and stresses and heal ourselves and others.

What does ‘Sat Naam’ mean? It is common for Kundalini practitioners to greet each other or part by saying “Sat Naam”. Sat meaning truth and Naam meaning name or identity. I see the the beauty of the truth within you – it’s the same truth that resides within me.
Do I have to wear white and or cover my head? No, it’s not required. The white clothing and head coverings are tools in our yoga toolbox that you might want to try. Read more below…

What’s with white clothing? Wearing white expands your aura and creates a powerful connection between you and your environment. Negative energy is reflected away from the body and positive energy is contained within. By wearing white, all the colors are available to support and enhance your aura and eight chakras (energy centers).

Why the turban? Turbans provide a way for the head to be covered retaining the energy within we’ve worked so hard to activate. The fabric presses on acupressure points on the head increasing feelings of well being and focus. A turban literally, ‘keeps your head together’. Plus Yogi Bhajan encouraged his students to wear turbans so that those in need could easily recognize us and ask us for help.

Why practice on a wool blanket or animal skin? Similar to wearing the color white, practicing on natural fibers helps to expand our aura and electromagnetic fields. Try it and feel the difference for yourself.

What is Pranayama? Pranayama is the science of expanding and regulating the flow of life force/vital energy through the breath. We can change our consciousness at any moment simply by changing our breath.

Why Chant Mantra? Think of a mantra as a vibration that shakes something loose or activates a desired state of being within you. There’s mantra to make us feel protected, courageous, compassionate. Mantras also heal. Chanting mantra puts us in touch with the Naad the sacred sound current of the universe.

What is the Chakra System? Understanding the chakra system will help you understand how to become aware of your own energy plus you’ll have new tools to help you change your energy. The chakra system is a series of seven energy centers that run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head plus the eighth chakra – the Aura or the electromagnetic field that surrounds us. When the Chakra System is in balance we feel balanced in mind, body and spirit.

What is a Kriya? A series of exercises, mantra, mudra, meditation and or pranayam that create a desired state of consciousness or has a desired effect. Kryia means ‘action’. There’s Kryia to detox and tone different organs, gland and other systems of the body, Kryia to bring the spine into alignment, or open the heart, or help us become like angels – quite literally there’s a Kryia for whatever you’d like to work with in body mind or spirit. There are thousands of Kryia and also thousands of meditations so one Kundalini Yoga class can be very different from from the next.

Why do we relax after kryia? Resting in stillness at the end of class is challenging for a lot of people mainly due to emotional conflict. However it’s an important part of the practice which allows your body to assimilate all the good work and benefits from the practice you just did.

Where can I find out more? Some resources for all things Kundalini Yoga are the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization https://www.3ho.org/ and Spirit Voyage http://www.spiritvoyage.com/ Check them out!

Finger Lakes Yoga Festival – Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan

Friday Zoe Mullan-Stout and I travelled to Savona, New York near Bath for the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival.  This wonderfully laid back festival of yoga and music has been going for a fair few years now.  We were excited for the road trip from Syracuse and the opportunity to share kundalini yoga and a blisteringly heart opening kirtan with a whole new tribe.

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Here’s one Zoe took of me playing the gong with the trees obscuring everyone in savasana…

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And a few cosmic kirtan photos…

Peace and Light,

LivAvtar Kaur