In order for me to get my certificate to teach Kundalini Yoga, I needed to complete the white tantric. At summer solstice white tantric is held over three days, for the certificate, I only needed to complete one day.
About White Tantric Yoga® And Meditation
Our minds release 1000 thoughts per wink of an eye. Some of these thoughts get lost in the unconscious, and some get stuck in the subconscious and affect the conscious mind.These thoughts become feelings, emotions, desires, multi-realities or fantasies. Instead of mastering our mind, often our mind and thoughts direct or distract us, which can result in impulsive decisions, poor communication and self-imposed stress.White Tantric Yoga® enables you to break through these subconscious blocks, so you can have a more enjoyable life. In the shortest time, you can experience release from a lot of the burden you carry in your mind.When you see and act on each moment with clarity, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your life can change.Your mind, body, and soul can act together as one.This is the path to personal freedom and awareness, and will bring more success to every area of your life.
White Tantric Yoga® enables you to break through these subconscious blocks, so you can have a more enjoyable life. In the shortest time, you can experience release from a lot of the burden you carry in your mind.When you see and act on each moment with clarity, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your life can change.Your mind, body, and soul can act together as one.This is the path to personal freedom and awareness, and will bring more success to every area of your life.
When you see and act on each moment with clarity, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your life can change.Your mind, body, and soul can act together as one.This is the path to personal freedom and awareness, and will bring more success to every area of your life.
What to Expect
White Tantric Yoga® is done in pairs as a group meditation.You sit facing a partner and follow instructions for meditation given on video by the Mahan Tantric,Yogi Bhajan. A representative of the Mahan Tantric will be present to facilitate White Tantric Yoga®. Each workshop consists of between six and eight kriyas. A kriya is a meditation incorporating one or all of the following:
• a yoga posture (asana)
• a breathing technique (pranayam)
• a mental focus
• and/or a mantra
• a hand position (mudra)
Sometimes the kriyas are accompanied by music. These kriyas vary in length up to sixty-two minutes. There are breaks in between each kriya.The environment is peaceful, and the atmosphere is friendly, supportive, and uplifting. A vegetarian lunch is provided.
How it Works
Envision the energy of the universe as both parallel and perpendicu- lar in nature, like a cloth woven together. As a cloth becomes stronger whenitisstretchedonthediagonal,sotheWhiteTantricYoga® diagonal, or ‘Z’ energy is stronger.This energy, when directed by the Mahan Tantric, cuts through the blocks that are stuck in the subconscious mind.
Using the diagonal energy, the Mahan Tantric,Yogi Bhajan, connects his subtle body to the subtle bodies of the participants through the course facilitator.This works the same way as a worldwide telephone system that relies on satellites and electromagnetic energy in order to connect two parties.
WhiteTantricYoga® should not be confused with blackor red tantric.Those forms of yoga also transform energy, but in a different way and for different purposes. Black tantric directs the energy to manipulate other human beings and red tantric directs the energy solely for sexual purposes.
In the evening we said our very long goodbyes and headed to the Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque, the next day we headed back home.
Today we attended Mukta Kaur’s class on Superhealth, Yogic Science on Addictive Behaviours. Such a powerful and informative lecture. Addictive behaviours are not just drugs, alcohol but also relates to technology as well as other things. If for example you are constantly on your phone, checking emails, surfing and not able to stop at your command…..this would be classed as addictive behaviour.
Mukta Kaur Khalsa, PhD, is the director of SuperHealth® and studied the technology of behavioral addictions with Yogi Bhajan. She serves as Special Representative to the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime in Vienna, Austria. Author of Meditations for Addictive Behavior, Mukta directed a pilot project for substance abusers in collaboration with the Punjab government in India. She is also the coauthor of a research paper in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. A worldwide trainer and lecturer, she incorporates SuperHealth technology with other modalities to enhance the healing process and expedite recovery
Here is a book I definitely recommend (takes you to Amazon)
After lunch we went to Mahan Rishi Singh’s class. Mahan Rishi Singh is a understated yoga teacher, his lessons are very powerful. Mahan Rishi Singh co-founded the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA. USA in 1989. He began studying yoga and meditation in 1973-4 and entered the Guru Ram Das Ashram in 1975 as a student and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Having taught nationally and internationally, along with traveling numerous times to India, he seeks to bring the ancient wisdom and authentic devotional practices of yoga and meditation into everyday life. He has been leading retreats and yatras (spiritual pilgrimages) to India, Nepal and Tibet over the past 25 years. His experiences of the kundalini and subtle-energy currents of the etheric body have led him to guide his students toward Self-realization and illumination through Universal love and understanding. His vision is for each student to have an experience of vital energy, great joy, and liberating peace.
Mahan Rishi is also a doctor of Chiropractic and Herbal nutritionist. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1988. Through natural healing practices and holistic health care he guides his client toward optimum health and well-being. Dr. Khalsa seeks to awaken the vital spirit and heart of each individual on their journey of wholeness and liberation.
He graduated from the International School of Polarity Therapy in 1978 as a certified practitioner of Polarity Therapy………utilizing various techniques of energy balancing through bio-energetic synchronization, meridian balancing via pulse diagnosis using both Chinese and Auryvedic traditions, and auric balancing through breathwork and yogic practices he helps to enhance the vital life force of your body, mind and spirit…..
Also trained in Reiki, Yogic subtle body, crystal and aromatherapy healing practices he releases deep emotional and vibrational blocks, unleashing your profound potential and vital energy……..
Dr. Khalsa has studied with healing masters from around the world for over 30 years, including some of the oldest known yogi’s and dharma teachers, :Swami Bua who still lives today at 119 in New York, and the world renowned Green Monk Bhante Dharmawara Mahatera who lived to 110. Dr. Khalsa’s knowledge of herbology and nutrition is valuable for anti-aging as well as rejuvenation.
His experience over the past 20 years of tongue diagnosis and iridology give him deep insight into one’s internal bio-chemistry………By integrating herbology, and various orthomolecular therapies (vitamins and minerals) he is able to guide you toward optimum health…………..As a healthy vegetarian for over 30 years he is able to guide you toward creating healthy dietary habits which enhance your overall state of well-being…….
Afterwards, I went to the class by Guruka Singh and Guruka Kaur on living a yogic marriage. Guruka Singh is a teacher, writer and inveterate punster. He loves telling stories and has spent many hours telling them to his kids. His love of poetry and Gurbani have led him to translate Yogi Bhajan’s Gurmukhi poems in Furmaan Khalsa as well as translating Japji Sahib and other Gurbani. The original founder of SikhNet, he now lives under the blue skies of New Mexico with his beloved Khalsa family.
There should be a full course just on marriage, we all have so much to learn!
More then likely you will be lucky to witness a wedding at solstice.
Kirtan was amazing and performed by Snatam Kaur and family, literally! Her mother, father and husband were playing various instruments.
A facilitator is on a side stage informing everybody what is going on. I found this very good, especially as it was in English! It also helped people involved with the wedding as it informed them what needs to be done and when.
Kirtan by Ravi Kaur
After the wedding I popped to the laundry, even though we were only traveling for three weeks we are still traveling light.
The afternoon was back to the lectures and more yoga. Sometimes, you feel you are just yoga’d out!!
Yoga in another tent
In the food shelter there were a number of stalls selling food, one was selling dhosa for $10 which in my opionon was very expensive and another was selling roti rolls (chappatti rolled with paneer and potato inside.) for $5.00 a very fair priced for a tasty meal.
As I was unable to handle the solstice diet, I started living off the roti rolls!!
In the evening we headed back to the cabin to find another person sleeping in one of the other bunks!!! Until now we had enjoyed the 4 bunk cabin to ourselves. The cabins have 4 bunks and you pay for the number of bunks required………night!
In the morning there was the usual schedule, we went to a class by Gurvinderpal Singh on Kesh (hair), it was okay, he needs more improvement on public speaking.
For lunch I popped to Walmart. Got some fruit and went to pay, I walked out of the store and noticed I had forgotten my iPad in the shopping cart! I quickly ran back and was so relieved at the iPad still being there….phew!
This afternoon, the sangat celebrate ‘Peace Prayer Day’
1:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico
A Day of Music, Dance and Prayer—International Peace Prayer Day is a gathering on the sacred land of Guru Ram Das Puri where we can express our gratitude and hope for the future through yoga, meditation, chanting, and the Sacred Healing Walk. This is a potent time to offer your prayers for the peace, healing, and unity of all humanity, to bless and honor this sacred land, and—for those participating in the Summer Solstice Sadhana, to set ourselves to go through the transformative Solstice journey.
All are welcome to attend this free event.
The Peace Prayer Day Program
1:30-2:00 Snatam Kaur and Children
2:15-2:25 Miri Piri Academy Presentation
2:25-2:35 Gurmukh Kaur
2:35-3:00 Radhanath Swami
3:00-3:30 Live to Give Grant Winners
3:30-4:45 Kundalini Yoga with Nam Nidhan and Mirabai Ceiba
4:45-5:15 Guru Singh
5:15-6:00 Sat Siri and Sacred Healing Walk
7:30-9:00 Mirabai Ceiba Concert opening with Matamandir Singh
Snatam Kaur and Children
The Sacred Healing Walk
The elders tell us that every hundred years the ancients and warriors would meet on this land and pray to the One Creator, the Great Spirit. They believed that anyone who walked the mile and a quarter circle on this site would be healed. It is said that the healing energy generated by the drums and the walk integrate your physical and mental being with your spirit. Be a part of this ancient ritual at the Annual International Peace Prayer Day.
Yogi Bhajan’s Vision of Peace
Yogi Bhajan inspired people to lead healthy, happy, and holy lives. A master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan was committed to helping create a loving world. The founding of International Peace Prayer Day–joining people of all faiths to pray for and celebrate peace—is one of his many legacies to humanity.
“Most beloved of God are those who are peace, at peace, share peace, and bring peace to all.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
International Peace Prayer Day History
Since 1986 musicians, entertainers, peace activists, public servants, and interfaith leaders have gathered together to celebrate International Peace Prayer Day. Come and experience the ceremony of the Sacred Healing Walk, live devotional music and dance from around the globe, the power of voices uplifted in prayer, and the sharing of joy and laughter in community.
Map to Guru Ram Das Puri
Take I-25 North towards Santa Fe
Upon entering Santa Fe city limits, take the St. Francis Drive/Highway 285 exit. Drive through Santa Fe on Hwy 285/84 towards Española (approximately 25 miles).
In the town of Española, Hwy 285/84 turns into Riverside Drive. Follow Riverside Drive until you come to Fairview Drive (there is a Bank of America on your left). Turn left onto Fairview. The next stop light (across the bridge) is Paseo de Oñate.
Continue up Fairview after crossing Paseo de Oñate. A half a block down, look for the 3HO sign on your right and turn right, then look for the next 3HO sign very soon, and turn left onto what will quickly become a dirt road.
Follow this road up the mountain for approximately 8 miles.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY as the road from Española to the site is mostly unpaved. Look for the 3HO signs located along the road as you drive. The Guru Ram Das Puri campsite is eight miles up this road, on the right-hand side.
From Albuquerque – 2 hours
From Taos – 1.5 hours
From Santa Fe – 1 hour
From Española – 30 minutes
What to Bring
Sheepskins or mats for sitting
A water bottle (fresh and pure water is available on-site)
Reusable plates, eating utensils, and cloth napkins (in support of our Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable dinnerware/paper products)
Head covering (hat, scarf, etc.)
Sunscreen and lip balm
Closed toe shoes for varied high desert terrain
Three offerings to leave at each Altar during the Sacred Healing Walk
Peace Flame Runners
This flame circled the globe before finding a permanent home in northern New Mexico at the Santuario de Chimayo. It originated with the torch that was carried around the world in 1986–the first run designating a United Nation’s International Year of Peace, and has burned at the Santuario ever since.
The same flame has been used in the Chimayo Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace every year since 1987 (the 5th year of the Peace Pilgrimage). It has been carried by International Peace Prayer Day runners to the Jemez Mountains site of International Peace Prayer Day at Guru Ram Das Puri for the past 26 years.
Be part of this uplifting event, as a Peace Flame Runner or part of the Support Team. Or join the Global Community at Guru Ram Das Puri to welcome the runners and the Peace Flame. Contact Dham Khalsa
May we “keep the flame alive” in our hearts. It represents the love of God within us which people of God are called to share with one another and with all of Mother Earth’s creatures.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Peace Flame Run:
Is this a race?
No, this is not a race; it is a group torch run to promote world peace.
How long is the run?
It is 20 miles long.
Do I have to run the whole 20 miles?
No, we have a support van that follows us the whole way, which you may ride whenever you please.
How fast is the pace?
We generally run a pace of 10-12 min/mile
What is the weather been in the past?
The weather can range from the mid to upper 90’s, with wind and dust. In the last 10 years of this run, it has only rained once.
Can I walk the course?
No, because this is such a small event, it is considered a group run.
What kind of support is provided at this event?
The following items will be kept in the support van for the participant; water, Gatorade, cola, bananas, oranges, Fig Newtons, first-aid, and sunscreen.
How long does the run take?
It usually takes 5-6 hours total. This includes stopping for hydration breaks.
Are showers available at the finish?
Yes, there are showers at the finish; only cold water is available.
Is the course difficult?
The general consensus is that this particular 20 miles is as difficult as doing a complete marathon.
Is this a timed event?
No, this is a group run.
Is there an entry fee?
No there is no entry fee. This is a non-profit event.
Do all entrants receive an event T-shirt?
Yes, there will be event T-shirts available to all the participants.
How do I register for this event?
Contact the event organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will food be available at the finish?
Yes, there will be a free meal at the finish.
Where and when will we meet for this event?
Contact the event organizer for directions, times, and shuttle possibilities.
The evening’s programme by Mirabai Ceiba was amazing, hopefully video/pics coming soon.
The sacred healing walk is done by the native Americans, as I did not understand this and the ceremony behind it, I decided not to participate.
Well had a very rough night’s sleep, the wind was howling. To sleep in these basic conditions, one has to be a hardened camper!! Really not sure how Sangeet did it. She was having the cold shower at 3am when the outside temperature drops to it lowest, I was frozen!
Once I did manage to get up, still feeling like I needed a lot more sleep. I tried out the showers, apparently if you stay in the showers long enough the water is supposed to get warm……this is so untrue, I had my arm under the shower for at least 15 minutes the water remained cold, very cold!! Okay now we have an issue I need at least one warm/hot shower a day, preferably as soon as I awake…I washed my main parts (I will let you figure that out!). Headed over to the main shelter.
Breakfast was being served.
There is a solstice diet, which was designed by Yogi Bhajan (except for lunch).
Mung Beans and Rice
Beets and Carrots
Solstice Hot Sauce
Naturally, the lines for the portable restrooms move along quickly!
Golden Milk is milk with turmeric paste dissolved in it, and it is served at night after White Tantric to ease muscles sore from long hours spent in meditation. This is what Yogi Bhajan had to say about turmeric: “There is nothing more effective than turmeric to clean your body and purify it. There is nothing more precious on this earth but turmeric. Turmeric, it solves every problem which cannot be solved.
After breakfast we had the karma sewa meeting. On registration the participants can choose what karma sewa they would like to do.
What is Karma Yoga?
Karma Yoga (also called Seva) is a necessary aspect of Kundalini Yoga. It is based on the law of Karma: “Everything you do, comes back to you tenfold”. This is true for all your negative actions, but also for whatever you do positive and selflessly. Without Karma Yoga, there is a risk that doing yoga just for yourself, instead of slowly dissolving the ego, hardens it and leads to narcissism. Karma Yoga supports the creation of community and leads to friendship, love and group consciousness.
My karma yoga was security, we had to monitor traffic coming in and out of the solstice site, also have a walk around the area making sure people are parking where they should…
At the beginning of the meeting we did the global sardhana meditation.
What is the Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhanas?
The Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhanas is an opportunity for you to come together with a global sangat (spiritual community) representing over 75 countries and numbering over 20,000 participants. For 40 days, led by Spirit Voyage, a community comes together to all practice the same Kundalini yoga meditation, mantra or kriya. Participation is free. The Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhanas are a place for you to come home to yourself, to feel connected to a community no matter where in the world you are, to get the inspiration to stick to practices that you might not otherwise try, and to experience the incredible power of Kundalini yoga for yourself. They are gifts to you from you, and each has its own special gift to unwrap. During the Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhanas, people from different nationalities, races, faiths, genders, sexual orientations, and walks of life lay all their differences aside and celebrate their similarities as beings of light and as people of love.
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The theme of this years summer solstice was ‘Recognize the Other Person is You’
For your information here is the information on the meditation
Ram Das Puri
After the meeting we went to Dr Sham Rang Singh Khalsa’slecture on the kara. We first met the Dr in Nevada City. The lecture was very good.
Due to stomach issues I am unable to eat the solstice food, luckily there was freshly cut watermelon, in this heat it was great to eat that. Temperature during the solstice event was between 90 to 100 degrees F.
Now time for my security sewa, I was given a radio, which was probably a big mistake. I kept trying to order pizza. Also kept saying there is a taxi waiting for Jesus. As you can tell my security sewa did not last long! Time to find another sewa group!
In the evening there was an international party, this is held by one of the sangat members, they cooked a fantastic dinner, also hosted the party at their home where around 300 solstice members attended. This year we were also blessed by 25 yogis from China and 25 from Taiwan. One of the Chinese ladies gave a demonstration of Kung Fu and Thai Chi.
The party was fantastic. Great music and amazing food.
We have registered for the Summer Solstice 2013, today was registration and settling in…For the past few days we have been living in luxury, a very comfortable bed, a fantastic powerful shower with hot water. I was very sad to leave phenji's house. Phenji did say we can stay and commute to the Solstice site, which is about 20 minutes away. As we had already paid for the cabin we decided to head up the hill and stay there.
We said our long goodbyes to phenji…..
We decided to grab our last lunch before going onto the solstice diet, so we headed over to Annapurna's in Santa Fe. WHilst having lunch I gor a text from Harijot Singh asking where we were. I replied saying n Santa Fe. He asked if we could pick up his friend and we agreed. We picked up Jasdeep Singh who is from Richmond, Canada and together we set off to Espanola. On a Thursday there is a community lungar, as it suggests, it is open to everybody. It was great to see many friends who were there. Everbody was looking forward to solstice and there was a fantastic buzz in the air.
The site of The Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration is called Guru Ram Das Puri. It is 8 miles from Española up a dirt road. The Solstice website directions say “PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY on this portion of your trip” As you pass other cars, especially SUV's who were speeding the other way, the cars sprayed us with pebbles. Clouds of dust rolled up all around the car. Viewed through the milky white filament of the slowly dissipating dust the surrounding landscape of dry yellow soil, scrubby green brush, and the dimming blue sky was so beautiful.
Guru Ram Das Puri is a 160-acre preserve of land in the Jemez mountains. On the land is a very large tent called the Tantric Shelter. It has a concrete floor and a high roof and stays cool and breezy under the worst conditions. The three-day long meditation called White Tantric Yoga will take place here, as will Sadhana. Meals are eaten in the Tantric Shelter sometimes, and the bigger teachers—Harijiwan, Guru Singh, Gurmukh—hold enormous classes here as well.
There are three main camping areas. Tantric Hill is known for being windy and crowded. The Water Tower area is known for being popular with families and also, for its proximity to a loud generator. The Valley is known for being more protected, quieter, and a bit mellower, but further away
There is also a tent, on one side of which food is served, and on the other side of which is a bazaar, where the kind of items one would think would be sold at a Solstice gathering are sold: yoga wear, yoga music, crystals, books, and spiritually profound jewelry, like malas, which are beaded necklaces used as meditation aids—rosaries for hippies.
At the edge of the property, up above a few acres of parking lot, are a few cabins.
Once you get to the site, one has to register so we headed over to registration. We had registered and paid online a month before, but the process of the staff finding our registeration forms and badges took 45 minutes!! Sangeet could see I was getting very annoyed and wound up, she said we know plenty of sangat members the last thing you want to do is cause a scene….I stayed calm, which was a miracle!
After a long winded registration process we headed over to the cabin.
Outside view from the cabin
I am tempted to go back to Shanti phenji's house or even book into a motel, especially as we had paid more money for the cabin then a motel room! Ah well let's see how it goes.
In the evening there was a welcome speach, Sangeet and I also helped with setting up the Gurdwara.
Afterwards, Nirvair Singh did the gong meditation. Then off to bed…………..early start tomorrow…….
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