Each topic of the course is presented by a guest teacher, each of whom brings his or her special expertise to the topic. All of our presenters are long-time teachers and mentors in Sikh Dharma.
See the calendar of topics and presenters.
Awtar Kaur Khalsa: Spiritual Warrior
Awtar Kaur Khalsa has been living, studying, and teaching in Kundalini Yoga ashrams since 1972. She sat at the feet of Yogi Bhajan with a notebook, timer, and camera, prompting him to remark, “She has perfect notes.”
She is a senior teacher trainer and has taught throughout the United States and overseas. Awtar uses generous doses of humor to inspire her students to expand, both in group and private classes.
Awtar has been married 30 years, with one daughter who is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is the director of The Kundalini Yoga Center in San Francisco.
Daya Singh: The Four Pillars of Sikh Dharma – Guidelines for Conscious Living; Gurbani, Gurmukhi, Naad Yoga, and Nitnem
Mukhia Singh Sahib Daya Singh Khalsa is a minister of Sikh Dharma. He has lived in Española, NM, the “home of the Khalsa” since 1973, and has directed Public Affairs and Government Affairs for Sikh Dharma in New Mexico for the past 25 years. He is on the Board of the Guru Ram Das Center.
In 1980 Daya Singh co-founded Akal Security, and served as its President for ten years. He retired in 2015. Akal Security was the largest privately held company in New Mexico for more than ten years in the 2000s. It provides professional security officers to the US Government to protect critical national security facilities.
From 2012 to 2015 Daya Singh was founding Chairman and member of the Yogi Products Board of Directors. Yogi Products is the largest manufacturer of healing herbal teas in the United States and in Europe, selling almost one-billion “yogi-tea” tea bags in 2016.
Daya Singh lives in Española with his wife Sat Nirmal Kaur. Their daughter Hari Simran Kaur is an ayurvedic health practitioner and Kundalini Yoga teacher in Santa Monica, CA.
DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa: Amrit and Spiritual Warrior
DukhNiwaran Kaur is a Minister of Sikh Dharma and a Professional Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer who has been practicing Kundalini Yoga and delving into its spiritual depths since 1997. Her passion has been to be a part of the Amrit Sanchar at Solstices where she has had the opportunity to witness the powerful process that transforms us into Amritdhari Sikhs of the Guru.
In addition to training teachers, much of her work in the Dharma has been around LGBTQ+ inclusivity. She works with KRI in expanding the language in the Humanology teachings around gender identity and sexual orientation. She is a leading member of the LGBTQ+ Task Force of Khalsa Council advocating for full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in Sikh Dharma. As a graduate student in Pastoral Counseling, she enjoys exploring the history and “theology” of Sikh Dharma, inspired by the strength of the Gurus’ embodied and unwavering vision of a just and conscious world.
DukhNiwaran shares her joy of this path with warmth, witnessing and nurturing the gifts each student brings. She lives in Chicago with her wife of 29 years and 2 cats.
Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa: The Four Pillars of Sikh Dharma – Guidelines for Conscious Living; Gurbani, Gurmukhi, Naad Yoga, and Nitnem
Ek Ong Kaar Kaur is an ordained minister of Sikh Dharma and a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. For nearly 20 years, she has been an ardent student of Eastern spirituality.
Since 1998 Ek Ong Kaar Kaur has resided in Española, New Mexico. As a writer, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur has presented various papers at Sikh conferences. She has also written many essays and stories that can be found online, at sikhnet.com.
Ek Ong Kaar Kaur began to work for SikhNet during which time she helped develop the daily SikhNet News and SikhNet’s emergency response system. At the request of the late Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur has begun the process of translating the Siri Guru Granth Sahib into English. Her translation of Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul was released in book form in March, 2005. Since then she has also published her translation of Anand Sahib.
GuruGanesha Singh Khalsa: Prosperity Consciousness and Dasvandh
GuruGanesha Singh is a Minister of Sikh Dharma and a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and has been a student of Yogi Bhajan since 1972. GuruGanesha is the founder of Spirit Voyage Music and Records, the main producer and distributor of Kundalini Yoga music in the West.
He is also a World Sacred Music artist who inspires people around the world to sing and rejoice in the Divine. Bringing Snatam Kaur’s musical gifts onto the world stage, he toured with her for 11 years, and is now making music and touring with the GuruGanesha Band.
Starting out working as a dishwasher at the Golden Temple Conscious Cookery in Washington DC in 1972, his love of and trust in Guru Ram Das and the power of positivity eventually brought him to become one of the most sought-after sales trainers in the high tech/software industry worldwide, teaching a consultative, integrity-based way of doing business. GuruGanesha and Karan Khalsa co-wrote a book called Yoga and Mantras for Prosperity. GuruGanesha means “the Guru’s remover of obstacles”, and he teaches the secrets of prosperity with an enlivened, fun style.
GuruGanesha lives in Herndon, VA with his wife, Mata Mandir Kaur, and has been blessed to be a part of the DC/VA ashram community since 1972.
Gurujodha Singh Khalsa: Spiritual Warrior
SS Gurujodha S. Khalsa is a Sikh Minister and the current President of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation Board. He is an attorney who has been licensed in CA since 1979, and is one of four Chief Deputies in the Office of County Counsel, Bakersfield, Kern County, CA.
He is the originator of a self defense system entitled The Spiritual Warrior Training System, and is a 7th degree black belt and a senior Instructor of Kenpo Karate. He is a founding member of the Amritsar-Bakersfield Sister City Committee. He has given martial arts and self-defense seminar presentations in the United States and internationally.
Gurujodha Singh is a student of Yogi Bhajan, having trained with him since 1974, and continues teaching Kundalini Yoga and progressing his teachings through various service projects. He also served for many years as Granthi in the Sikh Dharma Sangat in Los Angeles. Gurujodha lives in Bakersfield, CA his wife, Siri Ved Kaur.
Guruka Singh Khalsa: The Gift of Amrit; The Four Pillars of Sikh Dharma – Guidelines for Conscious Living; Gurbani, Gurmukhi, Naad Yoga, and Nitnem
Mukhia Singh Sahib Guruka Singh Khalsa is the original founder of SikhNet. He is co-founder of the computer consulting firm Sun & Son, served as Senior Producer at a major entertainment software company, and now serves as President and CEO of SikhNet.
One of the original 25 teachers trained directly by Yogi Bhajan, he is still teaching Kundalini Yoga all around the world. His YouTube videos and writings are an ongoing source of inspiration to the global “cybersangat.” Guruka Singh’s love of poetry and Gurbani has led him to translate Yogi Bhajan’s Gurmukhi poems in Furmaan Khalsa (1987) along with publishing his English poetry in the volume The Game of Love (2004.)
Guruka Singh’s most recent book is Heroes, Saints, and Yogis — Tales of Self-Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma (2011.) He lives under the blue skies of New Mexico with his beloved Khalsa family.
GuruMeher Singh Khalsa: Prosperity Consciousness and Dasvandh
GuruMeher is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Trainer with over 37 years of teaching experience, and a Yoga Therapist and the creator of SensesoftheSoul.com.
As a yoga teacher and trainer, a Sikh, a Sikh Dharma Minister for more than 20 years, and member of the Guru Ram Das Ashram Community in Los Angeles, GuruMeher has given many presentations on Sikh Dharma and the relationship of the Dharma to Kundalini Yoga. He has helped thousands of people transform their personal lives and their businesses. He has given hundreds of presentations worldwide and truly helped others discover peace, power and purpose.
GuruMeher‘s name means “Teacher of Compassion,” and describes his heart-centered style.
SS Gurutej Singh Khalsa: History of Sikh Dharma
Gurutej Singh is a yogi, warrior, poet, writer, businessman, healer, and teacher. For 35 years he studied Kundalini Yoga and the teachings of the Sikhs with Yogi Bhajan. Gurutej was the first practicing Sikh to be sworn-in as a law enforcement officer in the United States. He was a personal bodyguard and aide to Yogi Bhajan and traveled the world with him. Gurutej is the Founder of Akal Security, the largest privately held security services contractor in the US and the largest provider of protective services to the U.S. Government.
Gurutej Singh is a respected and recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and counselor in his own right and teaches Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and the teachings of the Sikhs globally. In 2001 he published a book of poetry, Children of the Cusp, about his experiences as a student on the spiritual path under the guidance of a great teacher. In 2014 he published his moving and inspiring historical novel, Rajni. Drawn from myth, legend, and actual events from Sikh history, Rajni is a deeply moving epic about the powers of love, sacrifice, and the elevation of the soul and is the first of a trilogy. In 2016 he published Guru Nanak’s Jap ji, the Call of the Soul, a pauri by pauri explanation of Japji Sahib, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
Gurutej lives in Singapore with his wife and youngest son where he teaches and does consulting internationally, works on his writing, and is actively involved with the Asian sangats.
Har Darshan Kaur Khalsa: Death, Dying, and Funerals
Har Darshan Kaur has been a minister of Sikh Dharma since 1993. In addition to working with individuals and families dealing with illness and death, she has also had the opportunity to facilitate the funeral and cremation of a sangat member. During that experience, she became aware of how unprepared we can all be for death, and issues specific to Sikh death practices. When we are prepared, grace can prevail.
Har Darshan is also a licensed professional counselor and a Kundalini yoga teacher and teacher trainer.
Hari Dharam Kaur Khalsa: The Formation of Sikh Character through Sikh History; The Four Pillars of Sikhism – Guidelines for Conscious Living
Hari Dharam Kaur is the Chief Granthi of Siri Singhasan e Khalsa Gurdwara in Española, New Mexico. For years, she has taught classes in Sikh Dharma, Gurmukhi, and Shabad Guru.
Hari Dharam Kaur is dedicated to sharing knowledge so all can experience the blessing of reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, serving in Gurdwara, and learning Sikh history through her delightful storytelling. She is renowned for reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib in a way that penetrates into the heart and soul. The Siri Singh Sahib has said that Hari Dharam Kaur brings God on Earth when she reads from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and that whosoever learns from her will be rewarded on Earth and blessed in the Heavens.
Hari Dharam Kaur was blessed to learn with the Siri Singh Sahib for over twenty years, and in gratitude for these teachings, she often travels around the world to share about Sikh Dharma as taught by the Siri Singh Sahib.
Hari Kaur is the founder and owner of Healthcare Whisperer, a healthcare advocacy company. She is a family nurse practitioner dedicated to assisting people receive the best possible healthcare. She received her BSN/RN from Hunter College in New York and MSN/FNP from the University of New Mexico. She was trained in medical acupuncture from Harvard University School of Continuing Education, and has studied homeopathy and Ayruvedic medicine.
Hari Kaur’s life as a Sikh began in 1975 when she met the Siri Singh Sahib in Anchorage, Alaska. She worked in India where she served as medical director for Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary School and Guru Ram Das Academy in Rajpur from 1985-1991. During that time, she learned Gatka and studied the life and writings of Guru Gobind Singh. She climbed Hemkund, spent time at Paonta Sahib – the place where Guru Gobind Singh wrote Jaap Sahib – and experienced the grandeur of Anandpur Sahib. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, Siri Akal Singh. Hari Kaur is an avid cyclist and enjoys triathalons.
Dr. Harjot Kaur Khalsa: History and Composition of Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Harjot Kaur first met Siri Singh Sahib Ji when she was 12 years old, and he was the main force behind her becoming a physician. Siri Singh Sahib Ji was actively involved in every aspect of her life as a father, mentor, and teacher. He was instrumental in many projects that she completed in Calgary.
The Siri Singh Sahib’s impact on her life is nothing short of monumental as he taught her about communication, character, strength of women, Sikhism, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the strategy to deal with situations, and more.
Dr. Harjot Kaur is a Family Physician with a very active practice in Calgary, Canada, providing a caring and spiritual approach to medical care for all her patients.
Jivan Joti Kaur Khalsa PhD: Death, Dying, and Funerals
Jivan Joti Kaur started Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan in 1970. She is a New Mexico Licensed Counselor and a Sat Nam Rasayan teacher and practitioner. She travels nationally and internationally training Kundalini Yoga teachers in Level I and II, The 21 Stages of Meditation, and in Sat Nam Rasayan.
One of her passions is to give workshops on how to prepare for death oneself, and how to help someone else prepare for this momentous transition. She has written two books, The Art of Making Sex Sacred and Dying Into Life: The Yoga of Death, Loss and Transformation. Her third and latest book, The Yoga of Aging and Chronic Illness: Transforming a Curse into a Million Rays of Light, will be out in 2015.
Jujhar Singh Khalsa: History of Sikh Dharma
Jujhar Singh is a UK-born Sikh of Punjabi heritage. He has had the blessing of travelling the world sharing Sikh heritage, technology, and experience with children and young adults at camps, workshops, and retreats for the last 15 years.
Jujhar has been enriched by many Sikh traditions, including Damdami Taksaal, Nihang Panth, Nanaksari, GNNSJ, Namdhari, and Western Sikh Dharma. He brings a diverse and passionate perspective to the Guru.
Jughar Singh had the good fortune of studying Gurmukhi and Gurbani by Giyani Bharpoor Singh of Sato Gali Taksaal. He is continuing to learn traditional Keertan from Harjinder Singh Lallie (student of Surjit Singh Namdhari) and has been studying Kundalini Yoga from SS Chioneso Kulwant Kaur Khalsa. He has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for the last 9 years and is a Level 1 teacher.
Jujhar Singh loves teaching and is currently a junior instructor for the Guru Raam Daas Trust (KY) and the Gurmat Sangeet Academy (Taus and Dilruba). Aside from the Guru his other loves in life include his beloved wife Dr. Harsimrren Kaur, his dog Akaal Kaur, martial arts, and the art of software engineering.
Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa: Marriage and Dharmic Relationships
Mahan Rishi Singh and Nirbhe Kaur have had a beautiful marriage for over 33 years, walking together and serving on the spiritual path as Sikh ministers, healers, community builders, and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainers. Together they support and nurture the spiritual community in the greater New Jersey region. For many years, they have been tireless and inspirational sevadars in the Gurdwara team at Summer Solstice.
Mahan Rishi’s joy is to serve others in their path of personal transformation. 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.
Nirbhe Kaur is a soft spoken woman with a gentle and warm heart who feels her greatest joy is in teaching, sharing, and inspiring others to find their wholeness, radiance, and bliss. She also loves to perform sacred weddings.
Mahan Rishi is a chiropractor and herbal nutritionist, and has studied many forms of healing. Nirbhe Kaur is a massage therapist and administrative director of their wellness center. Together they founded the Khalsa Healing Arts Center in Yardley, PA, where they have a thriving practice filled with love and light.
Prabhu Nam Kaur: Gurbani and Naad Yoga
Prabhu Nam Kaur has been singing sacred mantra and Shabad from the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh traditions for 45 years. She is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and has been leading Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training courses for many years at Hargobind Sadan, the ashram in San Leandro, California, along with her husband, Sat Santokh Singh. She is also a teacher of Naad Yoga (the yoga of sacred sound) and a singer of devotional chant music, through which the listener/participant is transported to a sublime experience of the sound current. Her albums include Ardas, Sopurkh, Seasons of the Soul, and with her daughter Snatam Kaur, Mother’s Blessing and Divine Birth.
Ram Singh: History and Composition of Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Ram Singh first encountered Kundalini Yoga as a child in Togo (West Africa) in the early eighties. Since then he never stopped exploring the unfathomable richness of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. In the years since, he has been blessed to be guided by his spiritual teacher, Shiv Charan Singh, through that deep journey.
After years of teaching in contexts where Yoga is still little present — a center for drug addicts, a group of elderly students, an institution for autistic teenagers, a nursing training school, etc. — he and his wife Gururavi Kaur founded in 2011 the Dharamsal Yoga Center in Toulouse, France, dedicated to the teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
As a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer, Ram Singh is involved in several KRI-approved Teacher Training programs worldwide: School of Karam Kriya, École de Paris, International College of Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Teachers 4 Africa. Ram Singh is also involved in the teaching of Karam Kriya, the sacred science of applied numerology.
A singer and a musician, he is the author of three albums of mantras of Kundalini Yoga and sacred songs from the Sikh traditions. And as a lover of Sikh sacred scriptures, Ram Singh teaches courses on Jap Jī Sāhib. After translating the Jap Jī and the whole Nitnem — the collection of Sikh daily recitations — into French, he has recently committed to completing the translation of the whole Sirī Guru Granth Sāhib.
Sat Avtar Kaur Khalsa: Amrit
Sat Avtar Kaur was born into a Sikh Dharma family. She went to school at Miri Piri Academy in India from age five to 18. During her time in India she was blessed to include Gurmukhi, gurbani, and Sikh history in her schooling.
She is an active member of the Sikh Dharma community in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and son. She loves to serve the Guru and help others deepen their connection to the Guru. She teaches Gurmukhi classes in Los Angeles and leads the gurdwara team at summer solstice.
Sat Hari Singh Khalsa: Japji Sahib
Sat Hari Singh joined the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Hamburg / Germany in 1981 at age 31. Both of his sons Simran Singh and Sadhana Singh were born there in 1982 and 1985.
He holds a degree in Education and Arts of the University of Hamburg but decided that the true nature of teaching was to be a Yoga Teacher. Yet, in the beginning of his career he served at Golden Temple Restaurant Hamburg as a baker, waiter, and manager, as the Ashram needed a solid financial foundation.
In 1986 he started the EU Yogi Tea Business. His love has always been the song, the Shabd, and he recorded ‘Soul Rise’ Sadhana, ‘Servant of the heart’ and ‘Song of the Soul’ (with Hari Bhajan Kaur and Thomas Barquee). Lately he inspired the Golden Temple Teahouse, the German Kundalini Yoga Festival, and the Guru Ram Das Aquarian Academy into life.
Sat Jagat Singh Khalsa: Seva
He and his wife, Gurusurya Kaur Khalsa, teach in their ashram home in Brooklyn, New York. They own and operate Kundalini Yoga in Park Slope, and teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as well as offer Sat Nam Rasayan®, Vegetarian Cooking, Kirtan, Monthly Women’s Nights, Group Sadhana, Gurdwara, Chanting, as well as overnight accommodation for travelers.
Sat Jagat Singh has a residential renovation contracting business, and you might recognize him as the manager of the Solstice Kitchen where he has served many years. He studies jazz piano.
Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa: Gurbani and Naad Yoga
Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her journey with the sound current began many years ago and doesn’t seem to have an end—instead it has become an infinite quest for the anaahat, or unstruck sound.
She has eight albums of sacred music: Nectar of the Name; Beautiful Day: The Aquarian Sadhana; Queen Be: The Goddess Within; Love & Other Miracles; One: Love, Life, Light; The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone; The Guru Within; and Across the World Ocean. Samples and album purchases are available at her website: TrueBeingBeingTrue.
A KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Practitioner and Teacher, as well as a Professional Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, Sat Purkh is known for her work in Sound & Mantra as well as Humanology and Women’s Teachings; in 2008 she authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women’s Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She recently launched an annual course, Woman: The Adi Shakti, which awakens women to the Goddess within.
Sat Purkh joined the Kundalini Research Institute in 2006 and served as the Creative Director until the fall of 2013. A member of the Teacher Training Executive Council, she serves in developing the Three Levels of Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, and also served on the KRI Board of Directors from 2014-2017. She lives with her husband and their menagerie of animals, and is always at work on her next album of sacred music.
Sat Siri Singh Khalsa: Gurbani, Gurmukhi, Naad Yoga, and Nitnem
Sat Siri Singh is a student of the Guru, keeping himself busy as Kundalini Yoga teacher and trainer, Minister for Sikh Dharma, and musician. He finds fulfillment by practicing and sharing the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and by serving people to find well-being and joy. His love and passion is to study, apply, and share the teachings of Gurbani and other sacred scriptures and to chant the mantras and shabads of the Guru.
Sat Siri Singh has trained with Karta Singh and Amrit Nam Sarovar, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2003. In 2007, he started to organize pilgrimages to India, and since 2012, he has taught numerous Japji Sahib weekend workshops all over Europe. He studied classical Indian raag music in India with Ustad Surjit Singh Namdhari and plays the rabaab.
Sat Siri Singh is Advertising Editor for the UK Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, KYTA; Chair of the Guru Ram Das Project charity in London; Kundalini Yoga teacher trainer with Sahej Academy and other training schools; and Minister with Sikh Dharma International. He has a PhD in theoretical physics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Since 2007, he and his wife Shakta Kaur have lived in Southall, England. Visit their resource-rich website.
Satya Kaur Khalsa: The Power of Prayer
Satya Kaur has been walking the Sikh path and has been a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 38 years. She served the Sikh Dharma Youth Education Program prior to the establishment of Miri Piri Academy for 13 years, both in India and in the US.
Satya Kaur is an IKYTA-certified yoga teacher and now incorporates the teachings of Yogi Bhajan into her NeuroModulation Technique healthcare practice. She resides at Guru Ram Das Puri in New Mexico, and works in service of Guru Ram Das supporting people to experience their self-healing.
Satya says, “Prayer sustains me through bright days and dark nights. I explore and teach it – at Summer Solstice and at professional conferences. I rely on it as my most valued tool and resource in every aspect of my life.” She looks forward to sharing the Power of Prayer with you.
Dr. Sham Rang Singh Khalsa and Arjan Kaur Khalsa: Marriage and Dharmic Relationships
Sham Rang Singh is a physician, Sikh minister, and student of Yogi Bhajan who has studied eastern systems for 35 years. He holds certifications in Ayurveda, Acupuncture, and Emergency and Internal Medicine, and counsels and teaches about mind-body medicine. He also practices marriage with his delightful wife, Arjan Kaur.
Arjan Kaur Khalsa is an Intuitive Counselor & Healer, who is a devoted lover of God, an Angel Therapy Practitioner, a gifted medium, and an equally experienced yogini and meditator. Arjan Kaur & Sham Rang Singh met and married 19 years ago after each had already discovered deep romantic relationships with God as the Beloved.
Shiv Charan Singh Khalsa: Seva
Shiv Charan Singh is an unassuming and authentic teacher as well as an outstanding spiritual counselor who has worked internationally with groups and individuals for over 30 years. He is the founding director of the International Karam Kriya School, which trains students and teachers in Kundalini Yoga, Spiritual Consultancy, and Applied Numerology all over the world, as well as the founder of Quinta do Rajo, a retreat centre in Portugal.
Shiv Charan Singh has authored several books and articles on different aspects of spiritual life, including Let the numbers guide you. Meeting and being with him is an invitation and opportunity to look at life from a very new perspective and to experience something fresh, surprising, and magical.
As a young person, Shiv Charan Singh had a number of nearly fatal incidents. These near-death experiences gave him an intimate knowledge of living and dying that we all seek to understand. In his teachings, he is neither self-seeking nor political. He is entertaining and both charismatic and humble in the way he speaks. And, above all, his warmth and compassion reach out and welcome all, regardless of age or background.
Siri Akal Singh: Death, Dying, and Funerals (with Hari Kaur, see above)
Dr. Siri Akal Singh Khalsa is a long-time teacher, educator, and educational leader. He has been a minister of Sikh Dharma since 1986. He was guided by Yogi Bhajan to study education, and with his training, he served for many years in educational programs in India, and then as President of the Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall School (CH-CHS) in Waltham, Massachusetts. He served as Chair of the Miri Piri Academy Board of Trustees from 2007-2009, and is now Executive Director of the National Association of Independent Schools, serving 110 private schools in America.
Siri Akal Singh is is passionate about creating educational atmospheres that ignite creativity and give students a sound set of values.
Aside from being a leader and innovator in education, he is also a scholar of Siri Guru Granth Sahib. His advice as a Minister in service is to “stay open to serving every opportunity as it arises”. He says that being a Minister means “to minister where[ever] there is suffering, where[ever] there is pain or unhappiness…wherever that may come from, never hesitate to step in where there is need.”
Siri Akal is a student of faith traditions, a friend of animals, a cyclist, reader, and always a seeker. He resides in Espanola, New Mexico with his wife, Hari Kaur Khalsa, and they will be presenting together on Death, Dying, and Funerals. (see also her bio, above)
Siri Sevak Kaur Khalsa: Seva
Siri Sevak Kaur enjoys sharing her love of Sikh Dharma with others, which makes presenting in Journey Into the Heart of Sikh Dharma a delight for her. She has experienced her own evolution of prayerfulness through forty years of sadhana, kirtan, Akhand Paths, and personal prayer, and looks forward to hearing others speak about their experience of prayer.
She has been studying Gurmukhi and Japji since the early 70’s when she was part of the first group of Yogi Bhajan’s students to do that, and has pursued and shared this learning ever since. Teleclasses and a website, SiriSevak.com, have opened up her ability to reach people across the country and around the world.
Siri Sevak Kaur has studied classical Gurbani Kirtan with Bhai Baldeep Singh of Delhi since 1998. She and Harbhajan Kaur, a fellow student, sing together regularly in the Gurdwara in Millis and teach kirtan together at Solstices.
Siri Sevak lives at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts, near Boston. Guru Ram Das Ashram, on 18 beautiful wooded acres, has daily sadhana, weekly Gurdwara, residential living space, guest space, and many wonderful classes, workshops, and trainings through Baba Siri Chand Yoga Center. Siri Sevak Kaur and Harbhajan Kaur teach ongoing classes in Gurmukhi and Gurbani.
Snatam Kaur Khalsa: Japji Sahib
Snatam Kaur is a world renowned Sacred Chant artist who has been touring throughout the world for over a decade inspiring and uplifting thousands with sacred words and uplifting melodies from the Sikh tradition. She has a deep and profound knowledge of Gurbani, Gurmukhi, and Naad Yoga, which she has developed over her lifetime.
Snatam was born and raised in a Sikh family in an environment of deep devotion, cozy sangat, kirtan, and interfaith and environmental activism. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. She has devoted her life to living and sharing not only these teachings, but also the astounding experience of the practice of Naad Yoga. Snatam’s recently published book, Original Light; the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga, is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice.
Snatam also enjoys teaching children’s yoga, meditation, and chanting. Her teaching style comes straight from a pure place in her heart. She knows many stories from Sikh history that bring the teachings and the music alive to her students.
Snatam Kaur lives in New Hampshire, with her husband, Sopurkh Singh, and her daughter, Jap Preet Kaur.
Dr. Sukhmani Kaur Khalsa: Power of Prayer
Sukhmani received a call to the practice of prayer while recovering from cancer surgery in 2005. Her knowledge of prayer emerges from within that call and her prayer practice arises from a commitment to communing in Suniai on behalf of herself and others. She explores communal, formal, informal, and personal forms of prayer.
Sukhmani Kaur lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is the Director of Music Therapy at Eastern Michigan University. She has lived and loved our beloved Dharma for many lifetimes, but in the present, she has been a part of Sikhi for the past 19 years. Some of her story is narrated in Sikh Spiritual Practice: The Sound Way to God by Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa.