The Guru Ram Das Project in London and AKYTTSA Kundalini Africa Rising in South Africa, funded by Yogi Tea, would like to introduce you to a Seva Project for April 2018
led by Raghurai Singh (GRDP, London)
Raghurai Singh began teaching Kundalini Yoga to people living with HIV+ diagnosis and their relatives and friends in 2003 at THT/London Lighthouse soon after completing his Level 1 KRI teaching training. At the time it was a prestigious hospice and a health centre. His vision was to support people living with a challenging diagnosis, which was often perceived as a death sentence. There was no cure or reliable medication on the horizon and many people were damaged by a life of fear and stigma. With the support and encouragement of the GRDP, he taught from 2005 to 2009. The number of people attending the class started to decrease thanks to the improved recovery rates from better and more reliable medication.
This was a precious and enriching experience for Raghurai teaching him how to work with people struggling with health conditions triggered by low immunity and often severe reactions to medication. He felt that this work helped him become a bridge for the Golden Chain and Yogi Bhajan teachings. He became more confident and enjoyed encouraging people to develop better mind/body awareness while offering them an opportunity to engage with their own mortality, their many losses and fear of death. At the same time, this enabled him to connect to his own mortality and cultivate deeper spiritual awareness.
In South Africa (2016) it is estimated that there are 7.1 million people living with HIV+ ‘infection’ and 18.9% adult HIV+ prevalence: www.avert.org
Thanks to Yogi Tea’s grant next April – together with Ranjit Singh, originally from Togo, who now lives and teaches near Munich, Germany – we will be able to offer a program to other L1 Kundalini Yoga African Teachers based on our experience living and working with people with a HIV+ or AIDS diagnosis.
The Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Program for Kundalini Yoga African Teachers will include the following:
- A general view on complementary health, sexuality and spirituality with Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditation to boost your Immune System.
- Group interactions to discuss the stigma of living with an HIV+ diagnosis and how to develop better sexual health, and hygiene. Kundalini Yoga kriyas to manage stress, increase stamina, to foster better sexual health and spirituality.
- Keeping the immune and lymphatic system healthy and strong.
- Breathing for life: the Mind-Body connection and healing faculties of Pranayama and meditation
- Kundalini Yoga Practice for a healthier Digestive system
- Improving Mental Health and Nervous system function.
- Kundalini Yoga and the alternatives to Fear, Death and Jiwan Mukthi with meditation and chanting to develop the Radiant Body.
Our intention is to liaise with AKYTTSA, and other African teachers like Ravi Kaur, her founder (1996 – 2016), so Yogi Bhajan teachings can reach out to many disadvantaged communities who are still living with HIV/AIDs diagnosis in Africa. It is our vision that Ranjit Singh, and other African teachers and organizations continue spreading the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. This is especially pertinent for those who traditionally do not have the economic means or access to this kind of teachings in Africa. The training is specifically tailored to help boost immune deficiency and to improve the health, sexuality and spirituality of those who have struggled with the socio-economic consequences of HIV+diagnosis in African countries and beyond.
Click here to read about our partner organisation AKYTTSA Kundalini Africa Rising in South Africa, founded by Ravi Kaur in 1996.