"Keval Kaur's presence is imbued with a cellular understanding of these teachings and a grace that not only helps students to understand on a deep level, but also provokes students' own grace. She personifies that which Yogi Bhajan described as "an altitude and attitude for perfection"—and she does it with an unshakeable physical and verbal sense of humor."
Teacher Training Team:
Keval Kaur Khalsa, Lead Trainer
Keval Kaur Khalsa, M.A., is an internationally-known Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer. Keval Kaur helped establish the first certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in North Carolina, and has taught and helped train teachers in the US, Brazil, Ghana & Togo.
Passionate about bringing the tools of yoga and meditation to underserved communities, and particularly to young people, Prof. Khalsa is deeply involved in the non-profit organization Y.O.G.A. for Youth (www.yogaforyouth.org).
As the Founding Director of the Y.O.G.A. for Youth satellite program in North Carolina, Keval Kaur organized and co-taught Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Trainings and set up programs in schools, community centers, and through other non-profit organizations.
Keval Kaur has been on Duke University’s faculty for 26 years and served as the Director of the Dance Program for 8 years. She is a Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies as well as the Bass Connections Mindfulness in Education research project Co-Primary Investigator at Duke. Current research projects include a study of the effects of a regular yoga practice on middle school students in Orange County, NC, and the use of interactive theater to teach sexual health education.
As a professional dancer, Keval Kaur performed with the Jose Limon Dance Company and in the works of Clay Taliaferro and other independent choreographers in the United States, the UK, and Switzerland. Keval Kaur was the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of 2 Near The Edge Dance Company.
In collaboration with Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder L.D. Burris, she choreographed and performed regionally in the Southeast and nationally in the United States, creating work that spoke to social issues and the depth and complexity of human relationships. Her work was recognized with a Choreographers Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, and 2 Near The Edge’s work was also supported by Alternate Roots, Duke University’s Institute of the Arts, and the Durham Arts Council.
Krishna Kaur, Guest Lead Trainer
Krishna Kaur, a dynamic, heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has passionately taught the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for 40 years. A spiritual activist, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her teaching in Africa, Mexico, and inner cities throughout the U.S. A master teacher trainer of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, she also conducts workshops in Canada, Europe, and Latin America.
She is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute as a Lead Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer of both Level I and II. She is the regional coordinator for 3HO Africa, focused on stabilizing Kundalini Yoga practices in countries throughout Africa. Krishna also founded and runs Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a non-profit dedicated to training yoga teachers to work with at-risk youth and creating yoga programs in schools
and juvenile facilities.
Krishna opened the first yoga center in South Central Los Angeles, and still resides in the L.A. area today. Her passion is sharing yogic tools to "Release Fear and Allow Joy" coupled with "Practicing Forgiveness" to the full spectrum of yoga practitioners. She lives her teachings, rising daily at 4 a.m. for her personal practice. People love Krishna's workshops because they are fun, invigorating and very uplifting.
Meherbani Kaur Khalsa
Meherbani Kaur Khalsa is a KRI Lead Kundalini Yoga teacher trainer and the Founder of Cosmic Flow Yoga Studio in San Diego, CA. Born in Nicaragua, she met Yogi Bhajan as a young adult and has subsequently practiced and taught Kundalini Yoga most of her adult life. Meherbani Kaur teaches from her heart with simplicity and humor. For the last 40
years, she has been instrumental in growing the Kundalini
Yoga community in San Diego by offering Level I and II Teacher Trainings, leading weekly classes and special workshops, mentoring new teachers, and opening her home for daily group sadhana. In addition to Kundalini Yoga, Meherbani also practices and teaches Yogi Bhajan’s healing art of Sat Nam Rasayan®.
Hari Kaur/Anne Ritter
Ann Ritter (Hari Kaur), MS, PhD, serves as a support team member for the Level I teacher training courses in NC and TN. A student of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for more than 25 years, she is RYT 500 certified as an Integrative Yoga therapist, and has completed both Level I and II Kundalini Yoga and Meditation trainings through KRI. She has been teaching for 15 years. Also a performer, business woman and author, Hari Kaur makes her home in Atlanta, where she
teaches both Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member in Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and is currently completing her dissertation at Fielding Graduate University on the topic of wisdom states within Quakerism. Her PhD is in human and organizational systems, and includes research on practical applications of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
Amanda May is something of a traveling yogi, with more than 21 years of experience living and working internationally. She moved to the Triangle with her family in 2013. A spinal fracture from a horseback riding accident when she was young left her with pain at an early age. Amanda began practicing yoga in 1993 and it changed her life. Yoga was her pathway to healing, and she quickly discovered the deeper benefits that extended beyond the body to mind and spirit. Amanda’s classes are imbued with energy and inspiration, bringing a deep sense of peace and healing to students. She is passionate about helping people connect to their own innate brilliance and joy. You can learn more about Amanda, who is also an Integrative Health Coach and a Reiki Master, at her website www.kundalinibliss.com.
Amanda May and Hari Kaur