"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 is a Professor of the Practice Emerita of Dance, having served on Duke University’s faculty for 32 years and as the Director of the Dance Program for 8 years. For seven years, she was Co-Primary Investigator on a Bass Connections Mindfulness in Education research project that studied the effects of a regular yoga practice on public school students.
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 20 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. Her PhD from Fielding Graduate University is in human and organizational systems, and includes research on practical applications of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
Preet Ardas Kaur
Preet Ardas Kaur / Aubrey Dea Zinaich is a Level 1 KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is also a RYT-500 certified teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is currently in the process of completing her Level 2 KRI course work with the intent of joining the Aquarian Academy. Preet Ardas Kaur is passionate about helping all people find their inner truth. Her special interests include mantra, moon cycles, sound current, Kundalini & Buddhist meditation. She is inspired by the works of Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak & The Bhagavad Gita. She enjoys spending time connecting with like-minded people in her community & working toward creating a more tolerant and open environment where all people can come together to have a voice. Currently Preet Ardas Kaur serves her community of Durham, NC by chairing the board of Discover Durham and serving on the Durham Tech Foundation board and the Durham Tech Hospitality Advisory Committee. She teaches Kundalini Yoga four times a week at Global Breath Studio in Durham, NC.