October 2017

'III. NATURE XXVIII. AUTUMN' by Emily Dickinson 

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.
This beautiful poem by Emily Dickinson reminds me of creativity. Even as the exuberance of summer fades, there is a joyful spark to be found in Autumn! How will you express your creativity this month?
 Just for laughs, consider joining me on Oct. 1 in Oriental, NC at The Yoga Studio, for a joyful workshop entitled, "Find Your Happy Place!" Details below!

 Reminder - the website to check for class schedules, etc.,  www.matashaktiashram.org.
 Find out about FengShui/sacred space consultations at www.sacrednest.com
   For psychotherapy services:
The next therapeutic class for The Highly Sensitive Person is Oct. 25. 
Class Schedule 

Location: 305 Glenwood Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
call for more info/directions: 919-257-7814 or email: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Thursdays 6:15 - 7:45 pm 
Fee: $15 drop in or $10 per class when purchasing a 5 class pass.
Class topics this month:

October 5: "Jump Into Fun!"
Yoga Kriya to Sweat and Laugh
Raja Yoga Meditation with Maha Bhand
October 12: "Living Joy"
Yoga Set for Strenth and Humor
Parbati's Kriya Meditation
October 19: "Love is Everywhere"
Yoga set for the Magnetic Field and Heart Center
Meditation for a Calm Heart
October 26: "Meditate on Bliss"
Yoga set to Relax and Release Fear
Meditation for the Positive Mind
Special Monday "Lunchtime" class!
October 23 from 11 am - noon
Get your week off to a great start with a mid-day break!

A Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshop
"Prana, Vayus, and Nadis"
Saturday, Oct. 21  1:30 -5:30 pm
Learn about the mechanics and subtleties of the breath in the body.
The Vayus are the subtle airs in the body and the nadis are the energy channels.
Come and experience the more esoteric aspects of your anatomy!
Practice yoga and pranayam to enhance your understanding.
305 Glenwood Drive, Chapel Hill
Cost: $50.  Preregistration required by Oct. 18
Call (919) 257-7814
We are opening a portion of our Kundalini yoga teacher training weekends over the next ten months for mini-workshops in different topics, and this is our first offering. You may be interested in attending if:
*you are curious about teacher training 
*you’ve already done teacher training & would like a “refresher” in some of the topics
*you would like to learn more about Kundalini yoga and each topic offered.
Workshop in Oriental, NC at The Yoga Studio
"Find Your Happy Place!"
Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2:30 - 5 pm.  Fee: $36
We will practice yoga sets and meditations that include laughing, and help you connect to your inner bliss! 
Register with susan@mywellnesspartner.com
This is a great opportunity to get one last beach trip in, and finish it off with a yoga practice on your way home!
Visit and "Like" us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kundaliniyogachapelhill
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level One                             
Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training takes place each year in Chapel Hill and is held one weekend per month from September - June. The current training has just gotten started, but it's not too early to think about next year! Contact HarDarshan for information and application: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
 Level 2 training "Conscious Communication"
Dates are: Oct. 28, 29, 30, and Nov. 3, 4, and 5. 
Registration required by Oct. 15.
Visit the website for more information about this course: www.matashaktiashram.org
Email for a flyer and more info!
Quote of the Month
Mystic Quote - Sadhguru
If we cannot keep our minds peaceful, how can the world be peaceful? The world outside is a reflection of the human mind.

Recipe of the Month
HarDarshan's Living Coffee Cream Cake
serves 8
1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour
1/4 cup date syrup (available from www.ilovedatelady.com)
2 TB coconut manna (coconut cream)
2 TB cacao butter, melted in dehydrator or in a container in hot water
splash of coffee extract
Stir everything together unti it resembles a crumbly dough that hold its shape when pressed together between your fingers. If it's too crumbly, you can add more date syrup. If it's too moist, add more flour. Press into the bottom of a springform pan and put in the fridge.
Coffee Cream:
2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 3 hours in water then rinsed
1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
3 TB melted coconut oil
1/4 cup date syrup
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brewed organic coffee
splash of coffee extract
To make the cream, simply put everything in the blender and process until smooth. Add more liquid if it's too thick, or some dates if it's too thin. It should be the consistency of thick yogurt. Spread evenly onto the crust and refrigerate for 24 hours to set.
Then decorate with some date syrup, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries! Yum!

Service Opportunity
Mata Shakti Ashram welcomes your support! How can you help?
Time and Talent: help with yard and garden maintenance, upkeep of classroom and workshop/training spaces, vegetarian raw food prep, help with social media and technology.Talk to your friends and perosnal community about Mata Shakti Ashram, for we are truly "grass roots"!
Finance/Funds: Donations of money to assist Mata Shakti Ashram pay the overhead cost for the current space, pay guest teachers, and provide some scholarships to those in need. Let us know how much you are willing to pledge monthly or yearly over the next year to 5 years, as we prepare the non-profit status. Every donation will receive a class pass to share with a friend to acquaint them with the ashram.
Thanks to Lisa Brown, Jennifer Pittman, Lindy Hoeft, Joni Liebel, Michelle Hill, Sat Inder Kaur and Karta Purkh Singh of Kansas City's Param Tirath Ashram, Elke Dickerson, Ranpreet Kaur, Shirin Negmodjanova, Connie Boston, Mary Radulescu, and Ashley Jackson, who have already given their support!
Stay tuned for an open house, and contact HarDarshan for more information: 919-257-7814 or hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Sacred Listener, Transpersonal Counseling and Kundalini Yoga, Chapel Hill, NC