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DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa

We are we, we are One
By Sardarni Sahiba DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa

Making KRI Teacher Training LGBTQ Inclusive


Sat Nam. A lot has been happening in our community over the past year around the topic of LGBTQ inclusion. There have been discussions, trainings, classes, and gatherings all resulting in positive changes that have significant impact.

Students, teachers, and trainers talked and KRI listened. Questions like these have popped up about how to address LGBTQ-reality in classes and teacher trainings: How do the Humanology teachings apply to same-sex couples? How do we teach mudras and postures that have gendered variations to yogis who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary?

In the process of updating and rewriting the Level One Aquarian Teacher Manual, KRI decided to address these questions. We formed a committee and got input from LGBTQ yogis from around the world to look at the depth of Yogi Bhajan's teachings while including realities that he didn't address. Without changing the teachings, we created a living draft of the Humanology chapter of the manual to include LGBTQ-reality. We took this draft to Teacher's forums at Solstice Sadhana and the European Yoga Festival. There we worked on basic training in understanding LGBTQ-reality and developed best practices for delivering these inclusive teachings.

This opening up has created changes in our community to be more expansive and inclusive yielding some very positive results. Here are some of the many things that have happened this year alone:
 
Summer Solstice Sadhana 2016 – Valarie Kaur spoke about LGBTQ human rights as the featured speaker at Peace Prayer Day. This was the first time LGBTQ human rights were addressed from the Tantric* Shelter stage at a Solstice Sadhana. (*See White Tantra Yoga.)

Presentations on How to Make Yoga Classes and Teacher Trainings More LGBTQ Friendly were given at Trainers’ Forums at Summer and Winter Solstice Sadhana, and the European Yoga Festival in 2016 and 2017.

Level 3 Mela observed a moment of silence to commemorate the anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub mass shooting on June 12th, 2017. (See Wounded Knee Massacre.)

Summer Solstice Sadhana 2017, LGBTQ classes were on the schedule for the first time. Feedback from LGBTQ Solstice Sadhana participants was powerful and positive. First-time attendees said they felt like they could be themselves and that their decision to attend was bolstered by the presence of these classes.

European Yoga Festival and 3HO Summer and Winter Solstice Sadhana are adding a 3rd category to their “gender” question on registration forms. Both will include an 'other' category. 3HO is offering a fill-in-the-blank option when 'other' is selected.

August 2017 -- IKYTA, as part of their Teachings for Teachers series, released a video on how to make Kundalini Yoga classes more LGBTQ friendly.

Our communities are beginning to openly reflect the values we espouse from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan – “We are we and we are One”. We look forward to creating a truly diverse and inclusive world of Kundalini Yoga. -- Source.


DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa

Sardarni Sahiba DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (since 1998), Professional Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer (since 2008) and Sikh Dharma Minister (ordained 2016). Her work focuses on helping people transform their lives through the wisdom of the body and spirit. Her work integrates massage therapy, Kundalini Yoga and meditation, breath-work, energy work, and conversation to help heal wounds our body/mind holds and elevate the spirit. She founded the Radiance Yoga + Oneness Center in Chicago where she lives with her wife of 28 years. (See OneIsTheAnswer.com.)

 

            



Pages And Points To Ponder

See Turban Is Bana. See DualityOptics.com. See The Essence of Kaur. See The Turban Is A Bigot Detector. See BroadPoints.com. See But Where Are The Women? See The Role And Status of Sikh Women. See U.S. Sikhs Want Women To Sing At Golden Temple. See Bibi Kiranjot Kaur On Women's Rights. See A Muslim Woman Teaches Kirtan. See Women Are Not Allowed To Play Kirtan. See Sikhism And Homosexuality. See Why Do You Not See Any Sikh Women? See Sikh Identity Is For Men Only. See When Will Sikh Men Stand Up. See Sikh Women's Issues. See Women And The Sikh Religion. See My Response To The Sikh Minister Survey. See How To Make Yoga Classes LGBT Friendly. See Punjabi Sikh Optics Do Matter. See What's With Sikhs And Gender Equality? See Circumstance. See The Woman Pope. See Women Are Much More Than This. See The Question of Authority Within Sikhism. See Should Mixed Faith Marriage In Sikh Temples Be Banned? See Balvinder Kaur Saund. See Maharani Jind Kaur: Saint Soldier. See Sudha Kaur Chopra On Gurdwara Security. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Life According To Hari Nam Kaur. See I Fight Like A Girl. See Dastaar For Sikh Women. See The Turban Is A Crown. See The Essence of Kaur. See Life According To Joan Baez. See Menstruation From A Woman's Perspective. See Granny Stops Burglar. See Life According To Andrea Mitchell. See 'Sikh' And Ye Shall Find. See The Story Behind My Turban. See We Are We, We Are One. See Women Wimps Or Warriors.

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