October 2018
As the days are getting shorter, I'd like to share a poem about darkness by one of my favorite poets, David Whyte:
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
It’s time to go into the night
where the dark has eyes
to recognize its own.
It’s time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you
can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will make a home for you tonight.
The night
will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for 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 this month:
Oct. 4: "Balancing the Masculine and Feminine Sides"
Yoga Kriya: "How Much You Love"
Meditation: Merger of the Sun and Moon
Oct. 11:  "Fairy Finding" (magic and nature)
Yoga for Intuition and Answered Prayers
Meditation: Old Gypsy Way of Calling on the Spirit"
Oct. 18: "Ancestral Healing"
Yoga Kriya for Self Reliance
Meditation for the Arcline and to Clear the Karmas
Oct. 26: "Stress and Anxiety"
Yoga Kriya to Take Away Stress
Meditation for Relieving Anxiety
The Annual Workshop Series that Accompanies Teacher Training will begin again with "Flexibility in the Aquarian Age"
Due to Hurricane Florence, this has been rescheduled from the original date of Sept. 15:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 am - 1 pm
Explore how to keep your spine flexible, and learn more about what it means to live in the Age of Aquarius!
Fee: $40
Register by Oct.18

Upcoming Workshops:
"Prana, Vayus, and Nadis"
Saturday, Nov. 10  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.
Cost: $50.  Preregistration required by Nov. 8
Call (919) 257-7814
 Looking forward: Sacred Feminine Workshop!
Sunday, Dec. 9  1 - 4:30
Fee: $75, includes art supplies, tea, and snacks.
save your space by Dec. 5 by contacting HarDarshan: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
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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.
Due to Hurricane Florence, the opening weekend of Level One teacher training has been delayed to Oct. 20 & 21. We have 2 spaces left!
It's not too late join before we begin!
Contact me for more info:
 Level 2 Training rescheduled for April/May!
If you are certified Level One, this is your opportunity to dive deeper into your practice and understanding of the sacred science of Kundalini Yoga. This module, one of 5 needed to become a 500 hour level instructor, is my favorite!
 Mind and Meditation!
new dates are: April 27, 28, 29 and May 3, 4, 5.
It's not too early to claim your space in this life changing course. Pre-registration fee is $900 by Feb. 1, $995 by March 1, and $1100 by April 1.
This fee includes a comprehensive manual, a set of 4 DVDs of Yogi Bhajan's lectures and meditations, lunches, and snacks.
Sacred Words
this month's wisdom quote
"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty wherever you go"
Vincent Van Gogh
Sacred Table
this month's recipe for health and happiness!
Green Soup with Ginger
This is a great cooked recipe for fall
from the cookbook "Love Soup" by Anna Thomas.
Serves 5-6
1 large yellow onion
2 TB olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 large sweet potato
1 large leek, white and green parts
1 bunch spinach (8 oz)
1 large bunch green chard
3 TB chopped fresh ginger
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
Chop the onion and cook it slowly in the olive oil with a sprinkle of salt, stirring now and then, over low heat until it is soft and golden, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and dice the sweet potato and put it in a large soup pot with 4 cups water and a tsp. of sea salt. Thoroughly wash the leek, spinach, and chard, chop them coarsely, and add them to the pot along with the chopped ginger.
Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer the soup, covered, for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are completely tender. Add the carmelized onions when they are ready. When the vegetables are soft, add the vegetable broth and puree the soup in a blender in batches until it is perfectly smooth.
Return the soup to a clean pot and add 2 tsp. lemon juice and a few grinds of black pepper. 
This is nice with some rice crackers!
website to check for class schedules, etc.,  www.matashaktiashram.org.
  FengShui/sacred space consultations: www.sacrednest.com
   For psychotherapy services: www.sacredlistener.com
(Next HSP class will be held on Oct. 3)
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 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 Dickerson, Ranpreet Kaur, Shirin Negmodjanova, Connie Boston, Mary Radulescu, Barbara Lynn Freed, Updesh Kaur, Florence, Wasalisa Davison, Harbhajan Khalsa 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