August 2019 
Happy August!
Here's a beautiful poem about summer by Mary Oliver:

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed,
how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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

August 1: "Count Your Blessings"
Yoga for Relaxation to Remove Negativity and Tension
Meditation for Gurprasad
August 8: "You are Ageless"
Exercises for Beauty, Youth, and Rejuvenation
Adi Shakti Meditation for Vitality
August 15: "Spiritual Romance"
Yoga for Sex Energy Transformation
Venus Kriya Meditation to Clear the Clouds
August 22: "Universal Union"
Yoga set: Foundation for Infinity
Long Ek Ong Kar Meditation
August 29: "Outdoor Dreaming"
2 yoga sets for the first chakra
Outdoor Breathwalk meditation
If you have attended one of HarDarshan's Level One Teacher trainings, there will be an All Trainee Reunion on Sunday, August 25! 3:30 - 6:30 pm. We will practice a kriya and meditation together (let me know if you want to lead), followed by a potluck dinner. If you want to stay for the next morning's Yogi Bhajan birthday sadhana, contact me about sleep over arrangements! RSVP by August 22.
Monday, August 26 
Yogi Bhajan Birthday Sadhana
For many years, we have celebrated the birth of our teacher by chanting the long Ek Ong Kar mantra for 2 1/2 hours. We will begin at 3:25 am, followed by a worldwide Guru Ram Das meditation at 6 am. This morning will conclude at 6:15 with a potluck breakfast. What a way to start your week! All are welcome - please RSVP by August 22.
Kundalini Yoga in Oriental, NC 
Yoga as a discipline is much more than postures. The yamas and niyamas are the tenets or guidelines for ethical living as described by the yoga sage, Patanjali.  HarDarshan will provide us with a Kundalini perspective of these principles through kriyas that include chanting, meditation, pranayama, and postures. Come and explore this aspect of yoga.  All levels are welcome! 
The Yoga Studio, 705 Broad St., Oriental, NC
  Sunday, August 11
    2:30-5:00 pm
This workshop will focus on the "Niyamas".   
Don’t miss this opportunity!  
Confirmation and payment to attend is requested by August 7.
 Make checks to The Yoga Studio, mail to PO Box 383, Oriental, NC 28571. 
For any questions call Susan at 252-249-2220 or visit
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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level One                             
Mention this newsletter to save $100 on pre-registration, which closes on August 7!

Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training takes place each year in Chapel Hill and is held one weekend per month from September - June. Interviews for the next course are under way. Apply now!
Contact me for more info:
Sacred Words
this month's wisdom quote
"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."
Vera Zazarian
Have you read a good book lately? Feel free to share! Two of my most recent favorite reads are "The Overstory" by Richard Powers, and "My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman.
Let yourself take some downtime to read a good book this summer!

Sacred Table
this month's recipe for health and happiness!

Superfood Green Smoothie
Blend all:
one banana
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tsp. hemp seeds
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup kale, stems removed
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. spirulina
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
a few drops of maple syrup to sweeten
website to check for class schedules, etc.,
  FengShui/sacred space consultations:
   For psychotherapy services:
(Next HSP class will be held on August 7)
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 personal 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 Kevin Millar, Lisa Brown, Sahej Anand Kaur, Jennifer Pittman, Lindy Hoeft, Joni Liebel, Michelle Hill, Sat Inder Kaur and Karta Purkh Singh of Kansas City's Param Tirath Ashram, Elke/Keval McCalla, Ranpreet Kaur, Shirin Negmodjanova, Connie Boston, Mary Radulescu, Barbara Lynn Freed, Updesh Kaur, Florence, Wasalisa Davison, Harbhajan Khalsa, Param Terath Kaur 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
Sacred Listener, Transpersonal Counseling and Kundalini Yoga, Chapel Hill, NC