Winter Solstice 2011 Presenters

Awtar Kaur Khalsa has been living and teaching in Kundalini Yoga ashrams since 1972. She sat at Yogi Bhajan's feet with notebook, timer, and camera, prompting him to remark, "She has perfect notes." Her sense of humor and transparency help her students get real about their own practice and teaching.

Bhagwant Khalsa studied Kundalini Yoga for 30 years in ashrams inBoston andWashingtonD.C. He built a thriving landscape gardening business and studied hands-on healing in several modalities, group dynamics, and Native American ceremony.

Dharma Kaur is a certified teacher trainer and long-time practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and Shakti Dance. Her background includes theatre, hatha yoga, classical Indian Dance, and oriental study. Her teachings highlight the integration of spirituality and creativity through the practice of devotion. She offers workshops, trainings and retreats internationally.

DukhNiwaran Kaur has been an inspiring Kundalini Yoga teacher inChicago since 1997. She engages deeply with her own soul to share her love of Kundalini Yoga. As a professional teacher trainer, massage therapist, and community leader she strives to live authentically in the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

Gurudhan Singh teaches at Yoga West in Los Angeles. He has been teaching Kundalini Yoga classes since 1971. He is a KRI teacher trainer and has been doing a steady sadhana since August 1971.

Guru Simran Singh has been a fixture at solstice since 1986, where he has been manager of the set-up/grounds crew. In 2001 he completed Master's Touch with Yogi Bhajan and he has been actively teaching Kundalini Yoga and Teacher Trainings. He feels blessed to teach Kundalini Yoga at Summer and Winter Solstices.

Harbhajan Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga Trainer and Kirtan teacher who loves to share the women's teachings as taught by Yogi Bhajan during decades of Women's Camp. She shares the Master's view that "The base of society is a woman," and trusts his technology for "securing" that base.

Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa is the author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini awakening in Everyday Life. An artist and teacher dedicated to healing through yoga and art, she teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Antrim Girls Shelter, and Omega Institute. 

Hari Bhajan Kaur, meaning God's Song, is an inspiring and heart-centered singer, songwriter, musician, teacher and healer. She currently has 7 CDs, ranging from meditative mantra music, to spiritual songs in both English and Sanskrit.

Hari Charn Khalsa is a KRI Teacher Trainer and the KRI Director of Reach Out Teach Out. She has been a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. She travels and develops teachers around the world.

Haridass Kaur/Thi Kim Hoang, PhD, is classically trained in Shiatsu-Anma. She combines her knowledge of Kundalini Yoga, gentle movements, and diaphragmatic breathing to alleviate Chronic Pain and other painful conditions. She teaches from a place of deep compassion for humanity, reverence for the Teachings, and joy of living.

Harijiwan has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1975. Known for his unique Gong playing, his classes are funny, profound, and poetic, and offer students the opportunity to receive rarified instruction and enjoy vast change. He lives in Santa Monica, California. More information at

Harnam Singh is a sacred chant artist with a dedicated 31-minute Bound Lotus practice. His CDs include "A Fearless Heart" and "Love Infinite Divine."

Jai Dev Singh is a yogi, teacher, and practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine. His innovative Ayurveda and Yoga courses have been attended and studied by hundreds of people throughout the world. He is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and formerly served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda.

Jai Gopal Khalsa is from Los Angeles where he teaches a 40-day Kundalini Yoga Bootcamp workshop for lasting change. An army veteran, he explored yoga as a form of alternative fitness, but was immediately drawn to the power of the practice and is honored to be a Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Jot Singh Khalsa is a world class, award-winning artisan. For over 35 years he has practiced and taught Kundalini Yoga and offers related workshops regularly throughout theUSA, Europe andCanada. He has overseen the Solstice Kitchens for 30+ years, which are great blessings of service in his life.

Kartar Singh lives and teaches inHerndon,Virginia. He regularly teaches at Summer and Winter Solstices and the Asian Yoga Festival. His passion is teaching Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.

Kirpal S. Khalsa, Ph.D. has been a student/teacher of Yogi Bhajan for forty-two years. He founded Guru Ram Das Ashram,Boulder,Colorado in 1971. From 1992 – 2003, he was Academic Director ofMiriPiriAcademy inAmritsar,India. He and his wife, Kirpal Kaur, live and teach inEspanola,New Mexico.

Nam Kaur worked closely with Yogi Bhajan for 11 years while serving as Executive Director of IKYTA and producing The Aquarian Teacher manual. The wealth of knowledge she acquired serves her well in teaching and creating Kundalini Yoga products.

Nirmal Kaur began studying the body with extensive training in dance. She began Kundalini Yoga in high school and immediately fell in love. Nirmal has been teaching for 10 years, is Level-2 certified and an Associate Trainer. She also holds a BFA in Dance and is a practicing Massage Therapist.

Ramdesh Kaur is the author of Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart. She hosts the Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhanas and a live radio show.

Sat Santokh Kaur is an IKYTA/KRI Kundalini Yoga Instructor; SatNamRasayan® III & MahBoundLotus® Instructor/Healer. She met Yogi Bhajan throughGoldenBridge, two weeks after a session with Guru Dev Singh, Master of Sat Nam Rasayan®. She continues to study and serve Guru Dev. Encouraged by Mahan Kirn, she teaches MahBoundLotus® 

Satkirin Kaur Khalsa is a beloved singer and kirtan teacher trained directly by Yogi Bhajan. Her music touches and guides thousands. Her deep understanding and experience of spiritual sound current has produced 17 Kirtan CD's. Her specialty is manifesting a deep experience of Naad and rhythm to celibrate joyful, quintessential human experience.

Sat Siri Dougherty, a former Ballerina with the Australian Ballet, completed her teacher training under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan in 2003. Afterwards she openedAustralia's first Kundalini Yoga studio inSydney, and has been teaching internationally ever since. She is a professional teacher trainer in theKRIAcademy.

Shabad Atma Kaur (Alyson Simms) started yoga in 2001. She has her 200 RYT certification and is currently studying for her 500-hour level. In the last 10 years, her practice has taken her around the world to do, study, and teach yoga. She is currently living inAustin,Texas.

Shakta Kaur Kezios owns Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) in Chicago, IL, USA (; 312-922-4699). She is a Teacher Trainer, Breathwalk Instructor Trainer, leads yatras to India and has produced two DVDs: Lunar Woman and Invincible Woman. She represented KRI on the Yoga Alliance (YA) Board of Directors from 2004-2008

Dr. Sham Rang Singh Khalsa is a physician who has practiced Kundalini Yoga and meditation as a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 30 years. He has trained in Ayurveda and Japanese acupuncture. He is a Sikh Dharma minister and practices marriage with his delightful wife, Arjan.

Simran Kaur is a second generation Yogi (daughter of the SatJivan's NYC), wife, and teaching partner of Posture Master, Guru Prem Singh. She studied inIndia for 10 years, Mastered Bound Lotus Kriya, teaches in Teacher Training all over the world, is a devotional singer, and the mother of two beautiful children.

Siri Atma Singh Khalsa, M.D. is an engaging speaker in the field of yoga, healing, and medicine. He has a unique ability to tune into what people need to heal at a very deep level. Author of Waves of Healing, Dr. Siri Atma teaches and offers personal Yogic Consultations worldwide

Siri Sevak Kaur Khalsa began studying Gurmukhi and Japji in the early 70’s as part of the first group of Yogi Bhajan’s students to do so and now she teaches on-line classes. She has a love for working with people who want to know more about the Gurdwara and the Shabd Guru.

Sunder Khalsa serves as the KRI Coordinator for Teacher Training inAsia. He is on the KRI Board of Directors and is a KRI honoree for 2009. By the grace of the Master he is touching hearts of all those he meets on this journey of life.

Swaran Kaur Khalsa is the ashram secretary at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das in Espanola. She is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, plays Gurbani Kirtan, and co-ordinates the Espanola White Tantric Yoga courses. She manages the Gurdwara team at Winter Solstice and has taught several classes at Winter Solstices about Gurdwara.

Updesh Kaur’s approach is to teaching Kundalini Yoga is to get out of the way of the teachings—to teach from a place of Shuniya (zero)—so that each student can go deep within themselves to experience his/her connection to Infinity.

Upma Kaur Khalsa currently serves as the Manager of IKYTA. She has an extensive background in the healing arts including cranio-sacral therapy and aesthetics. Her passion for self-transformation through Kundalini Yoga serves as inspiration to share the teachings with others. She is known for her dynamic and accessible approach to teaching.