Nicole Fey (Sat Akal Kaur), author of The Ultimate Juicing & Holistic Health Program, is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Feng Shui practitioner, Reiki Master and Health Coach. Nicole is the creator of the Enjoy Your Midlife programs and specializes in coaching women and men in midlife to breakthrough long-standing, self-sabotaging eating and lifestyle habits and to embrace radical self-care as a way of life. www.NicoleFeyWellness.com
Ajeet Khalsa, certified Kundalini yoga teacher, children’s yoga teacher trainer and creator of Dancing Spider Yoga and Parenting with Radiance programs, helping parents to discover deeper connection & peace with their children. Ajeet travels nationally guiding parents and caretakers to help children hear their own voices and touch their spiritual nature. https://www.facebook.com/ajeetyoga?fref=ts
Siri Beaunt is the owner of Long Time Sunshine & Wellness Center He leads vibrant Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshops as well as leading Gong Classes and Morning Sadhana. The LTS hosts a variety of healing and music workshops from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and is located outside the Asheville area. You can like them and see upcoming workshops via their FACEBOOK page, here.
About Kundalini Yoga
When you understand who and what you are, your radiance projects into the universal radiance and everything around you becomes creative and full of opportunity. ~Yogi Bhajan~ Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
Kundalini Yoga is a yoga for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times.
Kundalini Yoga was kept very secret until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan taught it openly in order to prepare humanity for the major changes that this planet is going through as we cross from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. The ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga gives us the awareness and the fortitude to make this a smooth transition. The legacy of technical and spiritual knowledge that Yogi Bhajan studied and mastered in India is the gift he brought to the West.
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational. ~Yogi Bhajan~
About The Kundalini Rising Yoga Festival
WEEKEND FESTIVAL REGISTRATION Includes: Friday, May 18th 2 pm to Sunday 4 pm All Classes & Workshops, Camping, Meals & Evening Kirtan
Practicing Kundalini Yoga on the land soothes your nervous system by reconnecting you to Mother Earth. We'll be camping, eating delicious, vegetarian food, drumming around a fire circle, chanting sacred music, enjoying healing classes, all while the children dance and learn yoga!
Led by teachers in the 3HO and IKYTA traditions, this specially curated and intimate yoga festival is family friendly and features gifted practitioners, master healing artists, musicians and a focus on cleansing and bringing the community together in health, joy, celebration and peaceful prayer. Enjoy speciality gong classes led by one of Kundalini’s prominent teachers from North Carolina, Siri Beant of The Long Time Sunshine Yoga Studio; Dancing Spider Family Yoga and Parenting with Radiance classes with Ajeet Khalsa; Sacred Kirtan and fire & drum circle, Juicing Cleanse workshops and Healing Arts workshops with Feng Shui Consultant and Health Coach, Nicole Fey and Delicious Vegetarian Food. Saturday evening, a Solstice Jam with Knoxville's finest Kirtanistas, Laith Keilany and Ajeet Khalsa! We'll end our sacred time of celebration together with a community circle and transforming Healing Ring of the Tantra. To practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation together is to feel as one community, one family, one connection, one Self.
Raves about the festival!
"I loved my time at the Nature & Soul Retreat. There were many delightful and unexpected moments. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with mother earth in a deep and meaningful way. Ajeet and Nicole were always present, open and helpful. Learning from them was truly healing." Jill Frere, Dancer & Mom, Retreat attendee and teacher, Knoxville, TN
Wonderful, beautiful, life giving joy. You guys did an amazing job making this wonderful event a reality. Met some beautiful souls and carry wonderful memories. The children added such joyful energy, the classes offered great insights and the yoga gongs and music brought the magic. Sat Nam! Carla, Kundalini Rising Yoga Fest attendee
"I feel truly fortunate and blessed to have been able to have this experience and to have met Ajeet and seen her work. I hope this takes off, because it's so necessary for today's families." Kat. H, mom and chef
Classes & Workshops Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Making Earth Mandalas Dancing Spider Children's Yoga Permaculture 101 Dance Movement Healing with Sound Current Cleanse Class Feng Shui Workshop And much more!
Festival Activities Yoga classes ALL Day Morning Sadhana Peace Prayer Day Kirtan & Sacred Chant Labyrinth Woods Walk/Meditation Nature & Arts Children's Camp Gong Baths Camping Sacred Fire Drum Circle Nature Walks KIRTAN JAM & FIRE with Laith Keilany & Band. Kirtan begins Saturday at 5:00 PM!
Ajeet Khalsa and Nicole Fey have been visioning the Kundalini Rising Yoga Festival, a summer solstice celebration on the east coast, for 6 years. Finally, last year, all the elements came together and the festival was born. What started as a "labor of love" for Ajeet and Nicole, has culminated in a joyous celebration, a sacred gathering, a prayer for peace. With gratitude and love, we are delighted to announce the third year of The Kundalini Rising Yoga Festival!
About The Kirtan Band
Knoxville's finest kirtanistas,Laith Keilany, Ajeet Khalsa, Alex Pulsiper and Wayne Stagg Sing your heart out! Rekindle your love of life, awaken the divine mystery dwelling within you, tap into your inner joy, dance with your children and become your own best friend as you connect voices in a community of beloved souls. Exploring your inner rhythm, finding the beauty within, falling in love and celebrating in the awakening of your unique voice is all the promise of kirtan- an act of creativity, that brings both the leader and those responding, into an absolute happiness for the heart and a clarity for the mind.
Kirtan enhances your connection to life through what is calked Bhakti, or devotion. Anyone who wants to steep themselves into a yoga of the heart, or is seeking to deepen their relationships, make new friends, will find inspiration in the practice of chanting Naam Simran, sacred sounds and using your voice as the vital instrument it is, integrating more of your whole self in the process. The kirtan begins early on Saturday evening so you and your kids can enjoy this self-exploration and satsang together singing meditating and chanting. We'll also be exploring some of the meanings behind the chants as well.
If learning to sing or the idea of chanting is a bit new or scary, this easy and cozy community of devoted yogi's is the perfect place to start. You'll easily become part of the band, enjoying this kirtan jam from the very first note.
Laith Keilany has been a talented presence in the Knoxville music scene for over a decade. He has performed with many Knoxville musicians, such as Jodie Manross, Greg Horne and Casey Jones as well as dance companies such as Momentum and Circle Modern Dance. With Jodie Manross, Laith Keilany has opened for diverse artists such as BB King, John Mayer, Keb Mo, Sugarland, Dar Williams, Norman Blake and Leon Russell, released four albums and has had original music featured on television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. Along with performing, he teaches guitar, mandolin, ukelele and oud at Pick n Grin.
Alex Pulsiper Alex Pulsipher is a percussionist, writer, artist, CE-5 meditator, yoga practitioner, accordionist, songwriter and vocalist from Knoxville who once had the opportunity to study South Indian vocals under T Viswanathan, a celebrated Carnatic musician from Madras, India. He has visited India four times and loves to incorporate South Asian forms into his creative projects.
Wayne was initiated into yoga by Hari Bhajan Kaur, one of Yogi Bhajan's ashram students. He has been presenting her basic Kundalini class for the past 14 years and continues at Balanced You Studios in Knoxville. He's married, has three cats, plays bass.
About Featured Presenter Dr. Rai Kaur Khalsa
Dr. Rai Kaur Khalsa began her practice of Kundalini Yoga in 1972 in Newark, DE. She and Rai Singh were married by Yogi Bhajan at Winter Solstice in 1974 and opened the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Knoxville, TN in 1977. She has been an active yoga teacher there, as well as a leader in the Sikh community ever since, and they have been sponsoring an annual White Tantric Yoga workshop in Knoxville for the past 26 years. Rai Kaur led the young women's program at the annual 3HO Women's Camp in Espanola, NM for many years, and she and Rai Singh together re-organized and led the teen program at Summer and Winter Solstices for over a decade. They have also been guest teachers at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India. They have two married adult daughters, Gururas Kaur and Karta Purkh Kaur, both of whom have embraced the 3HO lifestyle close to their hearts, never missing a Summer or Winter Solstice Sadhana since their births.
When Rai Kaur is not busying herself with ashram and family activities, she and Rai Singh are running the Fountain City Animal Hospital, where he is the business manager and she is the lead veterinarian. Rai Singh is an accomplished musician/composer, and Rai Kaur is presently engaged in writing her first novel, as well as a book on child-rearing based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan,
Children's Camp Leaders
Jill Frere teaches, creates and performs dances with Go! Contemporary Dance Works and Studio Arts for Dancers. She graduated from Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi 200 hr. teacher training in 2005 and the 500 hr in 2010. She is currently working toward her 800hr certification.
We are so happy to have Kaela O'Dell back for the third year of the festival to co-lead Children's Camp. Kaela is a mother wearing many hats. She is a scientist, and environmental advocate, as well as a gardener, and yogi. She has played songs on her cello for Dancing Spider Yoga, and practices yoga daily with her daughter, Haleigh. She enjoys painting, singing, and exploring nature with the little ones at the Kundalini Rising Children's Camp.
Devta is delighted to be joining Kaela in co-directing Children's Camp this year. She is a mother, a yogi, and a musician, and she greatly enjoys spending her free time nurturing the health, hearts, and minds of all children in her company. Devta has taught Kids Yoga and Meditation in after-school programs and practices regularly at home with her two young daughters. For her dayjob, Devta works as a system designer for a locally owned and operated HVAC company, A A Air, in Knoxville.
Children's Camp will be held Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 9:30 am - 4 pm. For ages 4 - 12. Children's Camp is free with festival registration!
About Seven Springs Retreat Center in Maryville, TN
Seven Springs is a retreat center featuring seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Near Maryville, Tennessee, we are within 500 miles of 50% of the U.S. population. The Smoky Mountains are the world's oldest mountains and one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, featuring temperate rain forest climate with over 17,000 species of plants and animals. This incredible biodiversity adds to the abundant richness of Seven Springs.
Seven Springs Holistic Retreats is a place of natural abundance and cultural diversity where people learn how to create holistic sustenance for themselves and their communities. Seven Spring's mission: To provide an innovative and transformative space for local and global communities to experience high quality holistic education.
Suggestions about what to bring: •all natural personal products (natural toothpaste, shampoo, etc) •natural bugspray and sun screen •headlamp or flashlight •towel •water bottle •comfortable work clothes, including light long sleeves and long pants •bathing suit •sturdy walking shoes for gravelly pathways •yoga mat, blanket, cover-up •hat for the sun •tent and bedding (if camping)