January 2014
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2014 is the 40th year of The Awareness Center serving our community through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation! This is the year for you or someone you love to become a teacher.

Teacher Training Level 1 Curriculum

Call the studio to register today!


Six Consecutive Wednesday Evenings
Starting January 15, 7:00-9:00pm

Full details below.

New Year, New Moon, New You

40 Day Cycle
Starting January 1 to February 9

Full details below.


*Manifesting Miracles: Healing Power of Affirmative Prayer - January 6
*Beginner's Series - January 15
...and more!

***Register for workshops, events and classes online, or call (626) 796–1567***

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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1

with Senior Trainer Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa and other Senior Trainers

Program runs from January 24 to October 11, 2014

As a teacher, you must experience everything you share. – Yogi Bhajan

Call for a private consultation and get a FREE DVD

Kundalini Teacher Training is a profoundly life-changing experience. We are one of the only programs that hosts several Master Teachers originally trained by Yogi Bhajan. The wisdom, humor, compassion and stories they bring to each weekend will be some of your favorite memories. It is by being in the presence of a Master, that you learn how to connect with that mastery yourself. The Awareness Center's Teacher Training program is led by Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa. You will find his approach very supportive and accessible. As a chiropractor and yoga master for over 30 years, he offers a depth of wisdom that is unsurpassed.

Whether or not you wish to become a teacher, this program is for you. You will finish with all the knowledge, tools and skills to teach. Whether you choose to teach in the community, at a studio, or with your family and friends, your yogic knowledge will be invaluable. Many of our students decide to take the program simply for personal development and to deepen their practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Certification by Kundalini Research Institute and Yoga Alliance.


Kundalini Teacher Training, Level 1

with Wahe Guru Kaur
Sunday: Jan. 12 at 11:15 am–12:15 pm
Tuesdays: Jan. 21 at 7:30–8:30 pm

Attend the 6:00 pm Tuesday or 9:30 am Sunday class as Wahe Guru's guest and stay for the meeting!

    – Deepen your yogic practice.
    – Heal the past.
    – Break through mental and emotional blocks.
    – Gain confidence, radiance and presence.

Become a Kundalini Teacher
...Transform your life.

Wahe Guru Kaur will lead an informational meeting to answer all your questions about Teacher Training and give you an opportunity to register. She will give you a powerful meditation and lead you through a healing conversation. Hear stories and testimonials from graduates of The Awareness Center Teacher Training program. Receive a FREE DVD.

You may also request a private appointment with Wahe Guru or Master Teacher Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa. Please call the studio at (626) 796–1567.


with Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa
Six Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, & 19
7:00–9:00 pm

Learn or review the basics of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Have all of your questions answered by The Awareness Center's Master Teacher. Dr. Khalsa has a relaxed, humorous style of teaching that will inspire you to practice all of the beginning techniques. Each week includes warm–up exercises and a yoga set focusing on the specifics of postures, breath work, chanting and hand positions. Dr. Khalsa also lectures on one of the following subjects each class:

  • History of Kundalini Yoga
  • Mantras and Mudras
  • Breathing techniques
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Chakras
  • Yogic diet and healing

This is one of our most popular series for beginners that we offer seasonally. Sign up now!



New Year: 2014, New Moon: January 1, New You: Radiant!

with Sadhana Group
Starts Wednesday, Jan. 1 - Feb. 9
4:15 am–6:30 am

There is a natural 40–day rhythm to habits in the body and mind. It takes about 40 days of consistent practice to break a habit. –Yogi Bhajan

Join us for a 40–day practice of the ever-powerful Aquarian Sadhana in the Ambrosial Hours – the Amrit Vela.

If you're unable to start on Day One, jump in any day and we will support you on your individual 40-day journey. If you can only make it to the Center on certain days, we will support you and your ongoing practice at home.

  • RecitingJaapji –The Song of the Soul
  • Practicing: A short set of Yoga to prepare the body and mind to meditate.
  • Chanting: The 7 mantras chosen by Yogi Bhajan for the Aquarian Age (one for each chakra!).

January 20thHalfway Day! Post-Sadhana Breakfast We will gather in celebration and support of one another.

February 2ndSpecial Day! led by Senior Teacher Krishna Kaur Followed by a seminar and Q. & A. about Sadhana with her.

Let us Transform our Self, Strengthen our community and so Uplift our fellow man!


Healing Power of Affirmative Prayer

with Haridass/Basia Tacik
Monday, January 6
7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Are you ready to accelerate your journey to your deepest heartfelt desires?

This soul-nurturing adventure will help transport you beyond doubt, fear, and the illusion of lack and limitation into greater peace and personal freedom.

Begin to manifest your heart-felt goals in relationships, career, finances, creative self expression, and spiritual growth.

This unique multidimensional evening offers:

  • Creating personal affirmations and invocations to rewire old behavioral patterns and receive greater abundance.

  • Increasing devotional and cosmic synergy through drumming and chanting a jointly formed group affirmation.

Please bring a blanket and a drum.


with Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose
Wednesday, January 8
7:00–9:00 pm
$30 per class

Deepen your Connection with Source, Improve relationships, and increase physical vitality, mental clarity and intuition with these powerful meditations.

Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, said that if all were lost there are 5 meditations which could see us through the Aquarian Age. These are the most powerful meditations Kundalini Yoga has to offer and the keystone of the practice.
  • Jan. 8: Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

Each class will include a set of yoga and 31 minutes of the day's meditation. Please bring a head cover. Water and a shawl is also recommended.


with Tara Nimrita/Marcia Canestrano
Monday, January 13
7:30–9:00 pm
$5 suggested Love Donation

So Purkh is a chanting/meditation technique for all womenwho practice Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan spoke glowingly about the tremendous power and potential of reciting So Purkh. He said a woman could use this shabd to:

  • Attract a child to you who will become a man of God
  • Heal a man
  • Transform a man into a man of God
  • Attract a man of God to be your husband
  • Make God appear before you

You are invited to join other women in healing, transforming and elevating their relationships with men and removing any negativity within such relationships in a safe, sacred space dedicated to the highest potential of feminine group consciousness.

Blog: www.chantsopurkh.typepad.com

Tara Nimrita/Marcia is a KRI–certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the Awareness Center Healer Training program.


with Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose
Tuesday, January 14
7:30–9:00 pm


On the eve of the monthly full moon, Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose will lead the group by extending the time from 31 minutes to 1.5 hours over 5 sessions. This fifth session will be a 90 minute meditation. When done honestly for 1.5 hours, mastery will be attained. Any or all of the session may be attended and there is no prerequisite for this meditation. Not only are all welcome, but your presence will be a valued contribution to the energy.

About the Meditation: The Dhrib Dhristi Lochina Karma Kriya is a powerful yet simple meditation often taught on the eve of the full moon when the subconscious mind is fully open to the moon's energy. The name means "the action of acquiring insight into the future," and benefits from regularly practicing the kriya are: developing the power to heal with the eyes, being able to talk inspiringly and having the power to penetrate deeply. This meditation can be practiced by beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Come prepared to do a short yoga set before the meditation. Dress comfortably and bring a meditation shawl or light blanket.


with Tara Nimrita/Marcia Canestrano and Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose
Wednesdays, January 15 & 29
8:45–9:30 am
$5 suggested Love Donation

Join Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose and Tara Nimrita/Marcia Canestrano at 8:45 am every other week on Wednesday mornings for meditations that fall near the New or Full Moon.

The meditations are specifically selected based on a combination of considerations that include astrological and planetary aspects, incidents on the planet at large or events related to our Kundalini Yoga sangat (spiritual community). The Aquarian Age offers a unique opportunity to Be One with All and this humble effort is a simple way to Selflessly Serve by immersing oneself in sound currents of elevation to move us towards a goal of Love, pure and simple.

Come to Jap Dharam's class at 7:00 am and top it off with an extra power boost, or come to the meditation prior to Tara Nimrita's 9:30 am class and get primed for a greater experience. If you really want a rocket ride, do all three!

The cost of the meditation is a simple love donation that goes directly to the studio for the generous use of the space and its facilities.

All love surround you.


with Dharma Singh/Tom Takenouchi
and Atma Kaur/Gillian Symonds
Sunday, January 19
2:00–5:00 pm
$15: 30–minute SNR healing sessions (first come, first served)
$15: SNR Practice Session
FREE for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS

Experience the healing energy of Sat Nam Rasayan®. This two–hour clinic is divided into half–hour healing sessions led by a facilitator. Sat Nam Rasayan® Level I, II and III healers will be assigned to walk–in clients (first come–first served). Those who wish to practice skills learned in the workshops will work on each other. This is practice, not a teaching session.

Dharma/Tom is a Sat Nam Rasayan Level III Student Instructor and KRI–certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Atma/Gillian is a Level II Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner and KRI–certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1998. Both study with Sat Nam Rasayan Master Guru Dev Singh, who learned in silence from Yogi Bhajan.


A Year of Transformation

with Dev Avtar/Helen Huber
Saturday, January 25
1:30–3:00 pm
$20 by 1/22
$25 thereafter

We recommend pre–registering for this very popular workshop! Space is limited.


With the new year ahead, lets plunge forward to manifest all that you are and all that you deserve.

Hypnosis can enhance your well–being by allowing your deeper self to emerge. Hypnosis can strengthen self–concept, self–esteem and aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. While in a deeply relaxed state, your subconscious mind becomes alive and fertile. This allows absorption of positive affirmations so change can occur deep within.

Enjoy a safe and nurturing evening exploring different aspects of hypnosis.

  • Brief Discussion on hypnosis
  • Experience a hypnotic journey into self
  • Time to process your experience

Enjoy a safe and nurturing evening exploring different aspects of hypnosis.

Dev Avtar/Helen is a KRI–certified Kundalini yoga teacher, Reiki Master, graduate of the Awareness Center Healer Trainee program and a certified hypnotist. She has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years as well as a psychology college instructor. Dev Avtar offers private Reiki, Healing Breath and Hypnosis sessions by appointment.


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with Haridass/Basia Tacik
Monday, January 27
7:30–9:00 pm
Free or $5 Love Donation (first–come, first–served)

Join us for a meditative visualization with sound vibration, followed by Reiki energy treatments offered by Haridass and Reiki Practitioners. Experience peace as dormant energies are stimulated and released. Give and receive a heart centered flow of life force energy in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Haridass/Basia is a Reiki Master, KRI–certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, meditation teacher, Sekhem energy practitioner and a graduate of the Awareness Center Healer Training program.


8 Week Series

with Wahe Guru Kaur
Starting January 14
6:00–7:00 pm
$79 for 8 week series
$15 or DT credit for single class

Each week will cleanse one of the 8 Major Chakras with the powerful pranic technique Healing Breath.

Learn about the chakra system as a self-diagnostic tool and discover what a balanced and imbalanced state feels like. Shed the energetic weight you have been carrying. Free your body, mind and being from the painful stories of the past. Feel clarity, inner direction and focus to achieve your intentions. Experience being lighter, brighter and fully alive in the moment. All levels welcome. Taught as an ongoing series - but you are welcome to come for any class on a drop in basis.

Anyone who attends the series is eligible to receive a 30 minute private EXPRESS healing session with Wahe Guru for only $25.  

No refunds or substitutions if you purchase the series and miss a class.


SADHANA: Daily Spiritual Practice
4:15–6:30 am

Sadhana is the daily practice of yoga and meditation that is practiced, ideally,during the early morning hours when our mind is clearest. Join the AC's dedicated sadhana group for a transformative experience of body, mind and spirit. Experience the techniques of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, breathing, chanting, music and relaxation to assist you in unlocking and releasing your inner creative energies. Feel the power of group energy and be part of the process.

Whether you decide to participate for one day or 40, you are always welcome. Enter through the back door.

The greatest reward of doing sadhana (personal spiritual discipline) is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self–victory, and it is a victory over time and space.—Yogi Bhajan



Kundalini Yoga with Atma/Gillian!

Gillian (Atma Kaur) brings a warmth and light to her classes that allows one to reinvigorate, relax, and renew on many levels. In a class with Atma, enter the flow of true identity and acceptance of self by integrating mind, spirit, and body. Sharing awakenings through life's changes is built into the fabric of her classes, as is a supportive atmosphere. Atma embraced the gentle power of Kundalini Yoga as a foundation for living while taking Santokh Singh Khalsa's beginners series in 1995. She became KRI certified in 1998 and teaches a variety of ages and abilities. All are welcome.

Catch her classes at 11:00 am Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 pm Wednesdays, and 10:30 am Saturdays.



  • Manifesting Miracles: Healing Power of Affirmative Prayer with Haridass/Basia—February 3

  • Hypnosis for Wellness with Dev Avtar/Helen—February 22

  • Harmonic Immergence with Angels with Ron & Michelle Angel—February 22



About Our Healers...
Awareness Center healers are a gifted group of practitioners who are trained in many types of healing arts. Learn more about their gifts on our Web site:


Call the studio at (626) 796–1567 to make an appointment with any of the healers.


with Wahe Guru Kaur
$154: 90–minute first time or extended session
$108: 60–minute follow–up session
$54: 30–minute express session

A private Healing Breath session with Wahe Guru is a life–altering event, to say the least. During this process she will use her gifts as a clairaudient (communicating with your subconscious self), sound, chanting, mantra, channeling, sending healing energy through her hands, essential oils, crystals and whatever else is needed for you to remove blocked energy. Each session is unique and you will leave feeling peaceful, connected and often with a completely altered way of looking at your life.

The basic format: talking briefly and setting your intention, drawing divination cards, then doing the Healing Breath, a pranic healing technique. You will be guided through a clearing of the seven major energy centers of the chakras and go into a deep meditative trance.

She offers spiritual life coaching and follow–up "Home Play" that helps you put your healing experience into practice in your everyday life.

EXPRESS SESSIONS are for clients who have already had one or more private sessions. This session targets a specific emotional and energetic release. The client comes with intention clearly stated and immediately goes into the healing breath trance and the clearing begins! For specific relationship clearing, an energy blast, breaking a habit, stress relief, restful sleep, getting a new job or opening up opportunities in all areas of life.


with Dr. Parla S. Jayagopal
Thursday, January 2
Slots fill up quickly — please call for an appointment
$100: 1–hour session
$50: half–hour follow–up sessions

The ancient art of pulse examination is a comprehensive diagnostic tool. Through the pulse diagnosis, our Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Jayagopal is able to understand your body type, present state of health and mind, family tendencies, metabolic activity, and many other intricacies.

He will create a specialized program with respect to diet, lifestyle, breathing, yoga, detox, rejuvenation, herbs, gems and aromatherapy to balance body, mind and spirit for vibrant health.

Each session of pulse reading is one hour. Your reading will be documented for your reference. Other available treatments include: herbal oil massage, herbal steam, lower back therapy, neck treatment and knee treatment.

Due to the popularity of these sessions, please call a month in advance for an appointment.


with Haridass/Basia Tacik, MaEd.
$180: 2–hour session

Create and clarify your visions for the months ahead with two hours of Sekhem (Ancient Egyptian roots) and pranic healing, intuitive reading, personalized meditation and intention work. Focus and enhance your creativity, and find new perspectives for career, health, happiness, and success.


with Haridass/Basia Tacik, MaEd.
$108: 75–minute session

Delve deeper into greater health, happiness and wisdom. Experience a pure, peaceful, simple yet powerful reconnection to Divine Love, and recalibrate your human essence to a deeper state of Divine Perfection – Bounty, Beauty, and Bliss.


with Dev Avtar/Helen
$75: one–hour session

Hypnosis is a powerful tool to rid an individual of unwanted behaviors as well as enhancing ones life in unlimited ways. Hypnosis enhances wellbeing by allowing your deeper self to emerge. It can strengthen self concept, self esteem and aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. Your session begins with a brief talk regarding intention, followed by hypnosis and closes with a 21 day plan. Enjoy a safe and nurturing experience.


with Hari Nam Simran/Carla Epstein
$90: 60–minute session
$108: 75–minute session

Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy is the bodywork for the Aquarian Age. Whether you want to diminish chronic pain, headaches, or other bodily issues or want to release old, stuck emotional patterns, MFR can help with all of the above and more. The fascia (connective tissue) is a three–dimensional webbing that surrounds and penetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and each cell of our body from head to toe. An MFR session is a partnership between you and the healer for the healing of your body/mind through assisted stretching and gentle, sustained compressions to access the fascia.

Hari Nam Simran/Carla Epstein is a dual–licensed and State–Certified Massage Therapist and Esthetician, as well as a KRI–certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She has practiced massage therapy for more than 10 years and has completed over 500 educational hours. She uses her intuition to provide you with a unique blend of Swedish Massage, Trigger–Point Therapy and MFR that will leave you feeling more open, expanded and relaxed than you've ever experienced.


with Nimrita/Marcia
$108: 90–minute session

Nimrita/Marcia provides spiritual counseling specializing in life purpose guidance, past life healing, and relationship support. Her intuitive insight into your life's purpose provides a variety of healing tools to support you in accessing your soul's desires and aligning you with your life path. Also, Marcia specializes in intuiting information regarding past life events and relationships, allowing for healing and releasing of negative patterns which are holding you back in your current life. Through her own personal path of healing from heart break, Marcia offers intuitive guidance as well as private So Purkh chanting sessions to assist women in healing themselves and their relationships. All information is provided in a loving, supportive manner in a safe, sacred space so deep issues can surface, be addressed and healed to allow you to shift easily into your dharma.

Nimrita/Marcia is a KRI–certified yoga teacher, professional intuitive and a graduate of the Awareness Center Healer Training program. ___________________________________

with Gillian/Atma Kaur
$75: 30–minute session
$108: 1–hour session

Sat Nam Rasayan means "deep relaxation in the true identity." It is an ancient art of healing through consciousness. Any issue, whether emotional, mental, physical or spiritual, may be included. Those experiencing the healing often report a deep sense of relaxation and a rekindling of their body's innate ability to heal. You will be invited to lie down or sit comfortably for the session.

Atma Kaur is a Level II Sat Nam Rasayan® Practitioner and a KRI–certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has taught at the Awareness Center since 1995.


with Dev Avtar/Helen Huber
$108: 90–minute session

Dev Avtar found her purpose in life as a healer. She brings over 25 years of experience as an educator and psychotherapist to her private healing sessions. Combining her skills as a Reiki Master and Sacred Healing Breath practitioner, Dev Avtar provides a safe and nurturing environment for you to heal and rejuvenate on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

After tuning in and a brief talk regarding your purpose, you will be asked to lie down to begin the powerful, easy to learn, healing breath. This powerful breath clears and unblocks old patterns which can create emotional, physical and spiritual illness. Following the healing breath, the use of a safe and nurturing light hypnosis will deepen your experience. It is used for the restorative purpose of enhancing your mind through exploration and "sinking in" positive affirmations.

This will be done while you receive your intuitive hands–on Reiki treatment. Reiki restores and balances the energy centers in your body promoting healing and wellness on all levels. The use of crystals, essential oil, and healing sound is used for intensification. Your session ends by being given practical tools to guide you on your intended path.


with Beansidheaje/Gina Rochell
$108: 90–minute session

Beansidheaje will teach you how to become a Dream Alchemist by learning the art of ‘Dream Alchemy.’  In your session, Beansidheaje will assist you in integrating masculine and feminine qualities within your psyche by understanding the interrelationship between the conscious and unconscious mind through the process of dream interpretation and creative writing.  Each session consists of a guided pranic healing breath to balance out the chakras, release stored energy in order to facilitate healing.  Then you will be taught the art of dream writing and dream interpretation.  By the end of each session you will be given dream writing assignments to take home in order to accentuate the process of becoming conscious through your dreams and as a result become a Dream Alchemist.

Gina/Beansidheaje guides students through the process of connecting their unconscious and conscious mind by creating from their dreams, while deepening the interrelationship of the mind, body and spirit.  Beansidheaje developed the technique of Dream Alchemy and has integrated it with writing, art, music and body movement, including dance and yoga.Beansidheaje is a writer and Celtic Shamanic healer.  She has a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Sociology and is matriculated in the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. 


with Dev Avtar/Helen Huber
$195: two–hour session

SA TA NA MA: Infinity–Life–Death–Rebirth

"In the Aquarian Age, we must understand our own reincarnation." – Yogi Bhajan

Dev Avtar will gently guide you on a journey back in time where your soul expressed itself as other lives. There, you will have the opportunity to heal through deep spiritual knowing that death is an illusion, or find understanding into why you have the blocks or patterns that your soul carried into this lifetime, and what you can do about them.

Your session begins with a brief discussion about regression and your individual intention. After the past life regression you will have time to process, as well as an opportunity for further follow–up by email.

Important: A past life regression session is not for entertainment and should not be taken lightly. Approximately 3–5% of participants will not be able to have a PLR experience. There is no guarantee of results.

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