By Guru Daya Kaur & Guruka Singh, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Man Rae Gur Kee Kaar Kamaae || O mind, work to serve the Guru – Guru Amar Das
Kundalini Yoga was introduced in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1995 by Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa. Belo Horizonte is a city of about 2.3 million inhabitants. The first teacher’s training course in the city was in 2000 and the most important lesson that was learned is to serve. Since then, over two hundred teachers were trained, 38 Kundalini Yoga Centers were opened, and The Brazilian Association of the Friends of Kundalini Yoga (ABAKY) was structured.
ABAKY is an association affiliated with 3HO Foundation to disseminate technology and the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Shabad Guru in Brazil.
In 1998 The Golden Circle Cooking was created, which is a program about vegetarian cuisine—exquisite, delicious and rich in nutrients. Its mission is to provide an experience of vegetarianism and to serve langar at Gurdwaras, White Tantric Yoga courses, and special occasions at most ABAKY events. The Golden Circle Cooking organizes regular culinary courses, offering cooking tips and news of organic, vegetarian and whole food. Guru Sant Kaur, a food lover and researcher, was assisted by a team of Kundalini Yoga teachers in the creation of The Sacred Tasting, a book about improving the quality of life through conscious eating.
The Golden Circle Cooking group includes Sat Sundri Kaur, Guru Mander Kaur, Guru Kirat Kaur, Sarb Sewak Kaur, Manjeet Singh, Tara Singh, Agochar Kaur, Ditta Kaur, Mahangun Kaur, Gurujeet Kaur, Param Atma Kaur, Satwant Kaur, Liv Avtar Kaur, Jiwan Mukh Kaur, Haridev Kaur, Nam Rattan Kaur and Siri Sunderta Kaur.
A partnership of Pritpal Singh, Hariang Kaur and ABAKY featured the concert “Songs for Peace,” a meeting with the purpose of vibrating the frequency of love and peace from the Kirtan to the world. The funds go to charitable institutions since 2006.
Sat Narayan Kaur, volunteers her time at the Nephrology Center of Santa Case of Belo Horizonte where she has taught Kundalini Yoga classes since May 2007. She is a patient with chronic kidney disease and wishes to share the quality of life and physical and emotional benefits that she has achieved with the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
There are Kundalini Yoga classes for children from ages 4 - 6 at Rosinha’s Nursery and are in daycare full time. The classes are conducted by Ditta Kaur, Sat Beant Kaur, Gyan Dharam Kaur and Jiwan Preet Singh Khalsa. The project was created in order to provide the children with the experience of yoga classes with music, stories and games that increase self-awareness, build self-esteem and reinforce the strength of their bodies. The weekly classes of about 45 minutes are developed to encourage the children to practice pranayamas, to keep their eyes closed, to realize themselves and to see how exercise makes them feel, as well as to introduce the practice of meditation, relaxation and contemplation even for a few seconds, helping them in the gradual development of stillness and focus. This program aims to build values and virtues, to promote self-respect, and respect for each other's identity and the group, from the individual force and strength of group support. Some of the results observed are the recognition of breath "as their best friend," the initial understanding of the meaning of "restrain themselves," involvement with the frequency of sound through mantras, and acceptance of a few moments of relaxation and meditation.
"Children are very sensitive beings, people complete with high antenna power that records every vibration around completely and deeply." Yogi Bhajan
75 children from ages 4 to 6 years attend Kundalini Yoga classes at Joaninhas’s Nursery. Hari Mitar Kaur, Ramjeet Kaur and Sat Sangat Kaur believe that working with children is very important for our future, since they are leaders of tomorrow. The technology of Kundalini Yoga gives the children a real and concrete support for their growth as developing human beings; a different future; and the development of consciousness. Several tools are used including stories and games to promote playfulness and the active participation of the children. The goal is to build trust, improve mood, fight depression and aggression, develop attention, encourage the internal connection, help them to grow strong, and improve breathing.
Adarsh Kaur teaches Kundalini Yoga for elder people in their home. She started with her 78 year old neighbor and a couple aged 88 and 87 have joined in. All of them are cancer patients and felt that the Kundalini Yoga classes have been helping them with increased vigor and to face the challenges. Particularly, they like the relaxation and meditations.
Jiwan Joti Kaur, Mahangun Kaur, Haridev Kaur, Harsev Kaur, Akalbodh Kaur, Nam Rattan Kaur, Satjeet Kaur Khalsa and Guru Sahai teach at a special prison where there are pregnant women and mothers with small children up to 2 years old once a week. The women there have the opportunity to do Kundalini Yoga classes, gong meditation and food workshops.
"Upon completion of the class my body is lighter, with the immense feeling of having been cleansed. I do not feel fear, anger, hatred or any kind of weariness. It is an inexplicable wonder that Kundalini Yoga has brought to my life." – Valdelice A. da Silva, 25 years-old.
“The inner Martha, when she came to this prison unit, was nervous, restless, questioning and closed. Then she began to attend classes in Kundalini Yoga and she has completely changed. Now she is playful, calm, and she knows when is the right time to act." – Gabriela Soares Fagundes, prison guard.
Gurujeet Kaur has been teaching Kundalini Yoga classes for children at the Beija Flor's Nest school in Contagem since August 2010. The project started with 14 children from 3 - 6 years old. Currently there are 25 students, from 3 - 7 years, divided into four classes held once a week. Classes include stories, games, music and Celestial Communication. They are inspired to take the technology of Kundalini Yoga for children to disadvantaged areas. The effects of the practice are seen in the children and the whole school environment.
Miri Piri Brazil offers classes in Kundalini Yoga, Music and Gatka for children and teenagers from 4 - 13 years. Currently, there are 16 students enrolled. The classes offer teachings and practices to build universal principles of compassion, tolerance, justice and coexistence with diversity; to promote focus, stamina, and teamwork; to build confidence and self-esteem; and to develop creativity, research and reflection.
"You do good to somebody, it remains good if you do it in the name of your own God. That is a seva. If you do it in the name of your own spirit, your own soul, that is seva. If you do something expecting something tomorrow, you better not do it. It’s not worth it. It’s not seva. Seva is a conscious and deliberate service to benefit another person, even at your cost. Remember, whosoever does seva, it is one to a hundred, God comes through." Yogi Bhajan
The Sangat of Belo Horizonte offers eternal gratitude to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan that have transformed the lives of each and all who are inspired by his life of service.