January 2015
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December 24 & 25

December 31 & January 1

Open for Sadhana every day.

With AC Community and Sadhana Team

Begins January 1!

Be Victorious in 2015 and Master your life!

4:15–6:30 am
Park in the alley.
Enter from the back door.
Push the button at the door for entry

See more details below.

With Dr. Santokh Singh and other Lead Teachers

Nine weekends: January 23 through October 10, 2015
Payment plan available 

Have your questions answered at the Free Info Sessions:

January 6 - 7:30-8:30pm

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

See description in this newsletter for course details.

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*40-DAY SADHANA CHALLENGE–Begins January 1
*RETURN OF THE GODDESS: A Divine Workshop for Women–January 18
*CHAKRA CLEARING: 8 Week Series–January 20
*SOS For Self-Esteem and Self-Love–January 31

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

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Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Training: Level 1

with Master Teacher, Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa and other Lead Teachers

Program runs from January 23 to
October 10, 2015

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

Call for a private consultation and get a FREE DVD…

Free Info Session dates:

January 6 - 7:30-8:30pm

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.

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with Dr. Santokh Singh Khalsa
Six Wednesdays: January 21&28 and February 4, 11, 18 & 25
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!



with Awareness Center Community and Sadhana Team
Thursday, January 1 to
Monday, February 9
4:15–6:30 am
Park in the alley.
Enter from the back door.
Push the button at the door for entry

Be Victorious in 2015 and Master your life!

A person once said about sadhana: "Once sadhana is done, nothing should happen to you." I said, "No, when sadhana happens, everything should happen to you, and you should come out as a winner, you should come out victorious!" That is what sadhana gives you. It doesn't give you a written guarantee from God. The one who does sadhana builds himself such a powerful personality, he can conquer anything! That is why I do my own sadhana. I have been doing it for years. I do it even now. Some people ask me, "You are a Master, why do you do sadhana?" I say, "To remain a Master!" Yogi Bhajan

Sunday, February 8th, following Sadhana, join in a Community Potluck breakfast to celebrate, break bread and share the joy of Sangat.

Are you looking for a life changing Seva that will develop your inner strength, build community and serve yourself as well as others on their spiritual path?

Why not become a Sadhana Leader!

Questions? Want to talk about it? Ready to get started? Contact Guru Bachan Kaur at 626-688-6160.


with Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose
Saturday, January 3
2:00–4:00 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 4 sessions. When done honestly for 1.5 hours, mastery will be attained.

This fourth session will be a 90 minute meditation. Any or all of the sessions 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.

Jap Dharam/Vicky Rose has been diligently studying Kundalini Yoga for 10 years and was KRI certified as a teacher 4 years ago. She finds this age-old technology ever more applicable to the needs of the modern age and makes it her mission to help all who may wish to use it.


Kundalini Teacher Training, Level 1

with Wahe Guru Kaur
Tuesday, January 6
7:30–8:30 pm

Attend the 6:00 pm Tuesday 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.


A Drum Journey Through Visioning and Healing Breath

with Haridass/Basia Tacik
Thursday, January 8
7:30–9:00 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.

  • Meditation, visioning and sacred breath work to solidify your personal intention.
Please bring a blanket and a drum.


So Purkh

with Nimrita/Marcia Canestrano
Monday, January 12
7:30–9:00 pm
$8 suggested Love Donation

So Purkh is a chanting/meditation technique for all women who 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.


A Master's Touch

with Amanda Lee
Friday, January 16
6:30–8:30 pm
$8 Suggested Love Donation

A bookclub for spiritual study, all students welcome!

What does it means to be a teacher for the Aquarian age?
This is a monthly series that will discuss the book "The Master's Touch – On being a sacred teacher for the new age", by Yogi Bhajan. Come join the Awareness Center Teachers Sangat – a community of Awareness Center Teacher Training graduates for spiritual support. This event is also open to anyone who is considering Kundalini Yoga teacher training.

Reading: Lecture Thirteen "The Teacher & The Student" (pg 145-152)


with Dev Avtar/Helen Huber
Saturday, January 17
1:30–3:00 pm
$20 by 1/14
$25 thereafter

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


Through hypnotic message you will learn to stay deeply connected with your physical self. This connection will help keep your body out of harms way from stress and its many negative effects. This will also allow your body's natural ability to heal itself, come forward.

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

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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A Divine Workshop for Women

with Sat Avtar/Beatris
Sunday, January 18
2:00–4:30 pm
$25 by 1/16
$30 thereafter

Heal your body and mind and gain clarity in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Connect to your feminine power and recover the mystery and magic of your true self.
  • Awaken to the goddess within you and revive your pleasure and sensuality.
  • Unleash the healing power of your feminine energy and learn to use it as fuel.
  • Release the destructive forces that cause stress and overwhelm you and find out how to restore your vitality.
  • Clear your body and your psyche of past and present trauma.
  • Create everlasting intimacy, love and fulfillment.
  • The format will include discussion, yoga, meditation, practice exercises and Q&A.

    Beatris is passionate about empowering women and helping them reconnect to their intuitive centers through their divine feminine energy. She is a Certified PAX Mastery and Leadership Graduate, Certified Pranayama Breath Healer as well as Certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has been teaching at the Awareness Center for over 12 years.


    8 Week Series

    with Wahe Guru Kaur
    Tuesdays: January 20 to
    March 10
    6:00–7:15 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.

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

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


    with Haridass/Basia Tacik
    Monday, January 26
    7:30–8:30 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.


    SOS For Self-Esteem and Self-Love
    with GuruMeher
    Saturday, January 31
    12:30–5:30 pm
    $54 by 1/28
    $64 therafter

    Go Within and Heal Your Heart

    You deserve to feel loved, appreciated and approved of. So why don't you? A lot of the time, this feeling of being forgotten or unloved stems from the lack of love we give ourselves. Feeling good starts with having a romance with the self.

    In this workshop, you will increase your self-esteem and set into motion a program for self-love. You'll heal your heart, the relationship you are in now, or the past heartbreak and trauma that keeps you from the relationship you desire.

    Bring a notebook, comfortable clothes and the depth of your soul.

    GuruMeher has taught Kundalini Yoga for 30+ years and trains teachers internationally. He is a professional Life Coach and creator of Senses of the Soul, a meditative system of emotional self-therapy. The Senses of the Soul book, accompanying audio downloads and SOS Video course are available at SensesOfTheSoul.com.


    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



    Pilates with

    Alyssa Tomoff was certified by Romana's Pilates in 2005 and has been teaching classical Pilates for ten years. She is a KRI certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher and enjoys sharing how Kundalini Yoga and Pilates compliment each other. Her classes are customized for each class. They are inclusive, peaceful, and fun!

    Pilates is a series of physical exercises developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen and lengthen the human body without adding bulk. The Pilates method emphasizes the development of the postural muscles of the abdomen, back, and buttocks, together known as the "powerhouse." Pilates develops the mind/body connection and demands concentration, precision, and breath control. Instruction is done using verbal, tactile and visual cues, resulting in stronger abdominal muscles, increased flexibility, improved posture, and increased energy.

    Catch her piltes class on Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am.



    • WOMEN'S CHANTING CIRCLE: So Purkhwith Nimrita/Marcia—February 9

    • MANIFESTING MIRACLES with Haridass/Basia—February 12

    • REIKI SHARE HEALING CIRCLE with Haridass/Basia—February 23



    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
    Thursdays & One Saturday a Month

    $154: 90–minute
    $108: 60–minute
    $54: 30–minute

    A private Shamanic Healing 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 8
    Slots fill up quickly — please call for an appointment
    $100: 60–minute session
    $50: 30–minute 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 Dev Avtar/Helen Huber
    $108: 90–minute session
    $75: 60–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 Gillian/Atma Kaur
    $108: 60–minute session
    $75: 30–minute 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 Beansidheaje/Gina Rochell
    $130: 90–minute session, plus 2 online sessions

    The Art of Dream Alchemy encompasses dreams, creativity, and the healing arts. It is a process that teaches individuals to integrate the unconscious and conscious mind: the unconscious embodies symbolic elements of the dream, and the conscious, the creative tools we use, such as writing, painting, dancing and music, to facilitate healing. The more we communicate with our dreams, the deeper connection we have to our mind, body, and spirit. Beansidheaje will guide participants through the process of The Art of Dream Alchemy in a three–part session that uses dreams as a template, from which you will create a short story. beansidheaje will also guide participants through breathing and body movement techniques, inspiring individuals to release stored tension from the body, while deepening the connection to the mind, body, and spirit.

    (Note: Price includes one 90 minute session in–person plus two online class/sessions via email)

    Gina Rochell/beansidheaje is a Celtic Shamanic healer, writer, vocalist, Dream Alchemist and she developed the process, The Art of Dream Alchemy, twelve years ago. She has a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Sociology, and a M.F.A in Creative Writing. She is the CEO and Founder of The beansidhe alchemist.

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