February 2020 
This is my favorite painting at the North Carolina Museum of Art: "The Siene at Giverny, Morning Mists." Go visit it if you haven't yet! This was painted by Monet in 1897. The amazing thing about this painting is that for two years, Monet rose at 3:30 am, to catch the mists and fog clearing from the river at different times and in different lights. In the yogic tradition, we refer to these hours before dawn as "The Amrit Vela", the sweet time of day when all is quiet. A great time for meditation! I recently wrote this poem, as if the painting is speaking to us:
"Amrit Vela"
There's so much happening
In this museum,
In this world,
This universe.
 
I am a point of stillness.
I watch everyone
Coming in and out
Quickly.
Occupied by their own Minds.
Commenting. Analyzing.
Let's just stop all that
Please
 
Just
Sit
Dow
(yes there's a seat here, that's no accident!)
Allow my colors into your eyes.
Weep if you must,
Feel
the Fog, the trees,
the Quiet.
Swim in my pastel waters.
Rest, my dear,
In this peaceful space.
Allow me to feed your Soul.
Awake to the beauty
While others are sleeping.
 
HarDarshan Khalsa, January 10, 2020
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you!

 
 
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 for this month:
 
Feb. 6: "Being Alone vs. Being Lonely"
Yoga Kriya for the Second Body (the longing to belong)
Evening Meditation Against Loneliness
 
Feb. 13: "Feeling Safe to Open Your Heart"
Neutral Mind Yoga Kriya for Guidance (accurately assessing safety)
Heart Chakra Meditation with apples (bring 2 apples to class!)
 
Feb. 20: "Healthy Sleep"
 Yoga Kriya for Conquering Sleep
Relaxation with Kirtan Sohila
Shabd Kriya Meditation
 
Feb. 27: "You Don't Need to Be Perfect"
Yoga: Kriya for Tolerance and Compassion
Sat Narayan Meditation for Self-esteem
 
Sacred Feminine
Workshops with HarDarshan and Barbara:
 Sunday,  February 16.         1 - 4:30 pm
"What's in Your Numbers?"
In this workshop, you'll have an opportunity to do your own numerology and gain insights and self-understanding.
We will practice Kundalini yoga and Meditation, do art, experiential practices, & have fun!
Art supplies, snacks, and tea included. Fee is $75
Pre-registration required by Feb. 10.
hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org  919-257-7814
 
Save the date for the
Spring Sacred Feminine Workshop
Sunday, May 31 (changed from May 17!)
1 - 4:30 pm
Topic to be announced
 
More save the dates:
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Workshops
Oriental, NC at The Yoga Studio
Sunday, April 26. 2:30 - 5 pm
August 23, 2:30 - 5 pm
October 25, 2:30- 5 pm
For more information & to register:
contact Susan: susandkoepp@gmail.com
(252) 249-2220
 
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. Our next course will begin in September of 2020 and will go through March of 2021.
Inquire about exact dates and request an application:
hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
 
If you don't want to wait until September to begin a Kundalini yoga teacher training, you may want to join the course in Newport News, VA that will begin in April, and will conclude in October. 
For more information contact either HarDarshan: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org,
or Atma Kaur at atma2@verizon.net
 
Level Two: "Vitality and Stress" has been scheduled for this summer!
July 25, 26, 27, and July 31, Aug. 1, and Aug. 2 will be the classroom dates. Stay tuned for more information! 

 
 
 
Sacred Words
this month's wisdom quote

 
Sacred Table
this month's recipe for health and happiness!
 
Cucumber and Avocado Soup
2 pounds English or Armenian cucumbers (soft skinned)
6 oz. watercress
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 small jalapeño or Serrano pepper
1 large haas avocado
1 - 2 tsp. Sea salt
Garnishes: olive oil, tomato
Trim ends off cucumbers and cut into cubes. Wash watercress, remove heavy stems and choke roughly.
(2 cups)
Combine half the cucumbers and most of the lemon juice in a blender and puree. When cucumbers are liquid, add the remaining cucumbers, watercress, garlic, and jalapeño or Serrano. Puree until everything is smooth, working in batches if necessary.
Cut avocado in half, remove the pit, peel, and cut into cubes. Add to the cucumber puree, along with a tsp. Of salt and process again. Stir everything together in a bowl and taste, adding more lemon juice and salt if desired and serve with garnishes.
 
website to check for class schedules, etc.,  https://matashaktiashram.org.
  FengShui/sacred space consultations: https://sacrednest.com
   For psychotherapy services: https://sacredlistener.com
(Next HSP class will be held on February 12)
 
 
 
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 hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
 
Sacred Listener, Transpersonal Counseling and Kundalini Yoga, Chapel Hill, NC