July 2017
Summer has officially arrived! 
Remember to water your inner garden through meditation, and let yourself bloom!
In case you're wondering about the change in the newsletter:
What does "Mata Shakti Ashram" mean?
*The word "Mata" means "mother" in India. In Portugese and Spanish, the word "Mata" means wood or forest, and Mata Shakti Ashram is located in a quiet wooded setting.
*The word "Shakti" means empowerment and primordial cosmic energy. Shakti represents the dynamic forces of feminine divine energy that move through the entire universe.
*The word "Ashram" means the locus of activity for spiritual practices.
Mata Shakti Ashram will be filing for non-profit status, and is asking for your help as we determine how best to move forward. If you are interested in finding out how you can support this center of spiritual  practice, contact me: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Just a reminder that the website to check for class schedules, etc., is now www.matashaktiashram.org.
You can also find out about my FengShui/sacred space consultations at www.sacrednest.com
 I will continue to include information about special events related to my counseling practice in this newsletter, and www.sacredlistener.com will be the website focused on the psychotherapy services that I offer. 
Therapeutic classes for The Highly Sensitive Person will begin on July 12.
 Over the next few weeks of classes, the yoga sets and meditations will continue to be drawn from insights from the book "The End of Karma" by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD. This book takes the 40 parts of Japji, the sacred Sikh morning prayer, and illuminates the basic message of each. This path of inquiry is open to people of all beliefs and faith traditions! Topics for each week: (Thursdays only)

July 6: "No Power"
Yoga for Self-Worth and Releasing Negativity
Akhan Jor Meditation

July 13: "Grace Covers Your Karma"
Yoga to be Strong as Steel and Steady as Stone
Meditation for a Stable Self
July 20: "So Many things"
 Yoga to Access the Source of Strength in You
Connecting with Your Source of Infinite Energy
Knowing What to Do Meditation
July 27: "Divine Realization"
Yoga for Divine Realization
Dharti Hai Meditation
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.
Come join us over on the Coast!
Sunday, July 30 in Oriental, NC at The Yoga Studio
2:30 - 5 pm. Our focus will be "Keeping Your Cool!"
Learn techniques to cool the body temperature during the summer, as well as how to manage "hot" emotions like anxiety and anger.
Fee is $36. Register with Susan: susan@mywellnesspartner.com
Reserve your space now for the next Sacred Feminine gathering: 
Sunday, August 6, 2017     1 - 4:30 pm
"The Summer of Love"
This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. We are celebrating with music from the 60's, making tie dye prayer flags, practicing yoga, meditation, snacks, and each other's company!
Fee is $50
Sign up with HarDarshan by August 3: 919-257-7814 or hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Visit and "Like" us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kundaliniyogachapelhill
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level One                             
  The next Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training will begin in September!
Consider joining us for what many have said is "The best thing I have ever done for myself, the best decision I ever made!"
Contact HarDarshan for an application. hardarshan@sacredlistener.com
Here are some photos of the beautiful training space:
when the weather is nice, we have lecture and discussion outside!
walking meditation in the heart labyrinth
enjoying graduation!
blissful meditation
 Level 2 training "Conscious Communication"
Dates are: Oct. 28, 29, 30, and Nov. 3, 4, and 5. 
Registration required by Sept. 1.
Email for a flyer and more info!
Quote of the Month
"In the end, what really matters? Only kindness. Only making somebody a little happier for your presence."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Recipe of the Month
Cheezy Spinach Almond Soup
Serves 2 - 3
2 cups packed spinach
1 1/4 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup almonds, soaked for 8 hours
1/4 avocado
1 garlic clove
1 TB nutritional yeast
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
1/4 cup tighly packed fresh dill
1 tsp. light miso or 1/2 tsp. salt or more to taste
water until desired consistency is reached
Blend all ingredients until smooth!
A quick and easy summer soup!

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, 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