April 2017
There's a saying that "April showers bring May flowers". If we apply this idea to our lives and our thinking, we become aware that our thoughts prepare the soil ofour life for what can manifest and bloom. What thoughts are you watering your life with right now? Consciously focusing on thoughts of growth, light, and love, will bring the flowers you seek!
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. 
Group classes for The Highly Sensitive Person will be held on April 5, April 26, May 10, May 24, and 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)
April 6: "Cleaning Your mind" 
The Neutral Mind Kriya for Guidance
Kirtan Kriya Meditation
April 13: "Let Love Fill Your Mind"
Yoga Kriya to Open the Heart Center
Grace of God Meditation
April 20: "Only He Knows" 
Har Aerobic Kriya
Guru Gobind Singh Kriya
Meditation for Awareness and to Become Strategic
April 27: "Never Forget Your Maker"
Kriya for Elevation
Meditation for Linking with the Infinite
Location: 305 Glenwood Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
Fee: $10
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.
The Monday lunchtime class has been re-visioned!
For the next six weeks, the Monday class will be a series entitled, "Discovering Kundalini Yoga".
April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8
This class is open to all, but will be especiallly great for those new to this practice. The time will also be changing slightly: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Fee is $120 for all six classes.
To register, contact HarDarshan: hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org  or 919-257-7814
Special Workshops 
April 9, Sunday, 8 am - 12 pm.
"Relaxation and Kundalini Yoga"
HarDarshan will begin the day by sharing her favorite yoga set: "Stress Set for Adrenals and Kidneys"
followed by visiting instructor Dukh Niwaran Kaur, who will teach you 
how to give and receive clothed full body relaxation massage as well as foot massage! Fee: $50
Register with HarDarshan by April 6.
 This is part of the special monthly workshop series 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. Next up:
June 2, Friday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. "Kirtan!" 6:30 - 8:30 pm
includes refreshments, Fee: $20
If you are a registered yoga teacher, and need some continuing education credits, these classes have been approved by Yoga Alliance for CE credits. You will receive a certificate of completion. Please specify if you are taking any of the workshops for this purpose so I can have your certificate ready for you at the end of class! 
  Register now for the next Sacred Feminine gathering: 
Sunday,April 30, 2017     1 - 4:30 pm
"Living in Your Security as a Woman"
We will have some fun imagining safe space and protective and nurturing resources, as well as connecting to your essential spiritual self. Chanting, art, music, yoga, meditation and snacks will be part of our uplifting day!
Fee is $50
Sign up with HarDarshan by April 25: 919-257-7814 or hardarshan@matashaktiashram.org
Visit and "Like" us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kundaliniyogachapelhill
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level One                             
  It's time to start thinking about the next Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training, which will begin in September of 2017.
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
Stay tuned for info on a free information meeting in May, and for info on the Level 2 training "Conscious Communication", coming in the fall of 2017!
Quote of the Month
"Only direct contact with the earth can ease an anguished heart".
Henry David Thoreau

Recipe of the Month
HarDarshan's Daikon LoMein
Serves 4
1 four inch piece daikon
Juice of 1/2 lime
 sea salt and freshly ground pepper
8 green beans, thinly cut on the diagonal
1/4 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 TB toasted sesame oil
Herb Sauce:
1 cup firmly packed spinach leaves
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup watercress leaves with stems
1 clove garlic
6 TB pure water
4 tsp. olive oil
 sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 red Thai chile, seeded and very finely julienned
1 orange Thai chile, seeded and very finely julienned
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or baby cilantro sprouts
2 scallions, white part only, thinly cut on the diagonal
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the daikon. Cut it in half length wise into 3/4 inch thick strips. Again using the peeler, cut into paper-thin strips about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long. Place in a bowl, add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste, and toss to mix.
Combine the green beans, vinegar, and sesame oil in a bowl and toss to mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To make the herb sauce, combine the spinach, tarragon, watercress, garlic, water, and olive in a blender and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Assembly: Spoon a ring of the herb sauce in an oval on each plate. Arrange 1/4 of the daikon strips, green bean salad, and red and orange chili pieces in the center of the sauce. Sprinkle with the cilantro and scallions.
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, and Elke Dickerson,  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