June 2017
Summer is quickly approaching and will arrive June 21 at 12:24 am eastern time. This is a time to celebrate the fruits of the spring and to recognize how nature serves us. This is also the most powerful day of the year to meditate. 

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. 
The last group class for The Highly Sensitive Person this spring  will be held on June 7.
 Over the next few months of classes, the yoga sets and meditations will 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)

June 1: "Conquer Your Mind and You'll Conquer the World"
Kundalini Yoga for the Seventh Chakra
Foundation for Infinity Yoga Kriya
7th chakra Meditation
June 8: "I Salute Him Over and Over Again"
Yoga for Energy and Positive Projection
Yoga for Attracting the Positive and Protection from the Negative
Meditation to Conquer Self-Animosity
June 15: "Through All the Ages"
11th Body yoga Kriya
Purifying the Self Yoga Kriya
Laya Yoga Meditation on Ecstasy
June 22: "One Soul"
Yoga Kriya for Elevation
I am Grace of God Meditation
June 29: "Twenty Million Tongues"
Yoga to Challenge the Ego in You
Sodarshan Chakra Kriya 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.
Save the date 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
"To teach anything worthwhile, one must know the language of the heart".
James Tipton

Recipe of the Month
"Power Salad in a Jar"
This tends to be a busy time of year for many. This is a handy way to have a quick and cool meal to take to work with you.
1. Spoon your choice of dressing into a pint size mason jar.
2. Add some cooked quinoa or beans for protein.
3. Sprinkle in some seeds and/or nuts for texture.
4. top it off with two handfuls of vegetables, such as avocado, radish, cucumber, celery, beets, tomatoes, onions, carrots, etc. Follow with one handful of fresh salad leaves.
5. when you are ready to eat your salad, simply give the jar a shake, tip it upside down onto a plate, and enjoy!
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 Ashleigh 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