January 2020 
Happy New Year!

 Looking at the numerology for this year, we notice the presence of 2, which symbolizes feminine energy and the themes of balance, support, and creative cooperation. Collectively, we are evolving the balance of masculine and feminine energies, and this is how we bring healing to the world and to our relationships. This year is a good time to simply ask for Divine guidance and support. Ask and you shall receive!

As we are officially in the Winter season now, this can be a time to appreciate the unique beauty of winter: notice the bright stars, the evergreens, the holly berries. Winter can give the opportunity to rest and reflect and restore ourselves. Allow yourself time to create cozy and comforting experiences such as warm tea, soft blankets, candles. Go for some nature walks and bring some nature indoors - evergreen sprigs, pinecones, etc. Don't forget about sharing your cozy experiences, and allow connection with others during this inward time, as well! And, of course, include yoga and meditation in your self care! There will be some beautiful classes this winter - see below!

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:
January 2: "The Gift of Being Different"
Yoga for the Self-Sensory System
Meditation into Being, "I am, I am"
January 9: "Is This Emotion Mine?"
Yoga: Creating Internal Balance
Meditation: Kirtan Kriya
January 16: "Practice Self-Compassion"
Yoga: Exercises for the Heart Center
Pranic Meditation for the Heart Center
January 23: "The Search is Over"
Yoga: Kriya for Self-Reliance
Meditation for Radiance and Ease
January 30: "Choose Contentment"
Yoga: Kriya for a Calm and Open Heart
Meditation into Positivity
Save the dates for the next winter and spring
Workshops with HarDarshan and Barbara:
 Sunday,  February 16
1 - 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 17
1 - 4:30 pm
Topics to be announced
We will practice Kundalini yoga and Meditation, do art, experiential practices, & have fun!
Art supplies, snacks, and tea included. Fee is $75
Pre-register by contacting HarDarshan:
hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org  919-257-7814

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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:
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

"In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours."

Sacred Table
this month's recipe for health and happiness!
Carrot Cake Bites
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup black raisins
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup cashew butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 large carrot, shredded (heaping 1/2 cup, packed)
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans, roasted
finely shredded coconut flakes for coating (optional)
Blend dates and raisins in a food processor until blended.
Add cashew butter and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
Add almond flour and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
Add shredded carrots, pecans, and toasted coconut flakes and pulse until pecans are chopped and fully incorporated into the mixture.
Roll into balls and coat with coconut if desired.
A Sweet treat!
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 January 15)
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