April 2018
Spring has officially arrived, and it's a time of unfolding into the light! The seedlings and flowers are opening themselves to the warmth of the sun and finding their potential strength and beauty. Your soul is like a flower - let it bloom, let it shine!

 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:
(Next HSP class will be held on April 11)
Note: There will be a delay in the website updates this month. If you have questions about classes, schedule, etc., please email:
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:
April 5: "Designs for Life" - creating blissful environments
Yoga - Sahibi Kriya to Master Your Domain
Secrets of Happiness lV meditation
April 12: "Reawaken Your Inner Child"
Yoga Kriya for A Renewed Self-Concept
Guided Meditation
April 19: "You are Effervescent"
Yoga Kriya for the Radiant Body
Meditation for the Radiant Body
April 26: "Letting Go"
Yoga Kriya for Letting Go of the Pain of the 7th Year
Guided Meditation

Special Workshops 
April 14, Saturday, 8 am - 12 pm. "Relaxation and Kundalini Yoga"  In this workshop, we will practice the yoga set for Adrenals and Kidneys, learn to give and receive fully clothed, whole body relaxation massage, as well as foot massage!  Fee: $50
Pre-register by April 11. 919-257-7814
This is the last of the special monthly workshop series (until September) that is an opportunity to join part of our teacher training weekends. You may want to attend if you are interested in what teacher training is like, if you've already done teacher training and want to revisit some of the topics, or are just interested in the topic presented.
Sacred Feminine Workshop!
Sunday, April 8  1 - 4:30
We will celebrate return of spring together and elevate one another as women, practicing yoga and pranayam for new life energy, playing with temporary henna tatoos, and using our voices in joy!
Fee: $50, includes art supplies, tea, and snacks.
save your space by April 2 by contacting HarDarshan: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Mark your calendar for a special meditation event this summer:
From July 18 - Aug. 26, there will be a 40 day sadhana of chanting long Ek Ong Kar for 2 1/2 hours. Yogi Bhajan taught that chanting this mantra for 2 1/2 hours every day for 40 days allows you to realize your own infinity. You are welcome to join us in this group exerience at the ashram for one day, some of the days, or all 40 days! 4:30 - 7 am. We will conclude this 40 day practice on Yogi Bhajan's birthday when this meditation is traditionally done as a sadhana. On that day, we will start at 3:25 am and will follow with a pot luck breakfast.
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.
It's time to submit your application! Contact HarDarshan for information: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Next Level 2 Training Oct.-Nov.!
If you are certified Level One, this is your opportunity to dive deeper into your practice and your 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!
Dates will be Oct. 27, 28, 29, and Nov. 2, 3, and 4.
It's not too early to claim your space in this life changing course. Pre-registration fee is $900.
Quote of the Month
"...to think is to dip the paint-loaded brush of doubt into the clear water of certainty."
From the novel "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton
Recipe of the Month
Baba Ghanoush
(eggplant spread, makes about 2 cups)
Eggplant contains chlorogenic acid, one of the most potent free-radical scavengers found in plants. Benefits of chlorogenic acid: anti-cancer, antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol), and anti-viral. It is also high in fiber. If you don't like garlic, you can modify the amount specified. This recipe comes from the book "Rawmazing" by Susan Powers.

2 - 3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cashews, soaked for at least 6 hours
1 large eggplant, diced, frozen, and thawed
1/4 cup tahini
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 TB olive oil
pinch of himalyan salt
1. Start food processor and drop garlic, clove by clove, into the spinning blade. It will fine dice it and throw it on the wall of the processor.
2. Add the cashews and process until smooth.
3. Add diced eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and pinch of salt. Process until smooth.
Enjoy with your choice of flatbreads!

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, 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 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