Seeking Candidates for New Board Position
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Raj Dev Seva | James Riley
James has experience in a number of martial arts and has been a long-time meditator, so when introduced to Kundalini Yoga he was immediately intrigued by the idea of creating leverage for spiritual transformation: through the science of "angles and triangles." James also found encouragement from the many excellent Kundalini Yoga teachers the Twin Cities has to offer. Completing his Level 1 Teacher Training in 2018, he enjoys practicing with the Shabad Guru and studying Gurmurkhi. James has a passion for developing a heart-centered life: his spiritual name, Rajdev Seva, means "Ennobled by service, in flow with the divine through service" and he is happily figuring out what that means.
I believe in seva. I believe that serving in and maintaining community, particularly in our current environment, is more important than ever!
I found Kundalini Yoga in 2008 and immediately felt the effects of this technology - bringing a calmness to the nervous system, a focus to the mind, and a feeling of coming home. I vowed to share it with others. I became a Level 1 (220 hour) KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 2018 and am a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Since then, I have completed another 62 hours of Level 2 Kundalini Yoga teacher training and will continue with future trainings. I enjoy my own daily sadhana practice and hope to bring others along on that same path.
As a member of the KC board, I will strive to maintain a collaborative community of Kundalini yogis - both teachers and students, and to continue to make Kundalini yoga welcoming and accessible for all.
We are in constant communication with ourselves, each other, and the worlds within and around us. As Communications Coordinator, Michael strives to support a Kundalini Collective that deeply listens and intentionally communicates with its members and various communities.
Rooted in the Twin Cities by its people and waterways, Michael began practicing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation on the banks of the Mississippi River in 2010 and completed Level One Teacher Training in 2021. He enjoys relaxing with friends and family, tending fires, and laughing.
Nirmal Lumpkin enjoys supporting patients and students on their path to a life of health, vitality and meaning. She came to the practice of yoga in early 2001 and felt deeply at home with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She is a Lead Trainer through the Kundalini Research Institute. Nirmal is an engaging and practical teacher and trainer specializing in Physical and Yogic Anatomy and Postures. She brings a modern lens to this tradition, often exploring concepts of anti-racism, decolonization and the connection of personal growth with social responsibility in her classes.
Nirmal is the author of Enlightened Bodies: Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy (2015). This work explores the human body through many lenses; from physical/gross anatomy to a subtle understanding of chakras and meridians. Nirmal is also a resident medical doctor training at the St. Johns Family Medicine program. She enjoys lifting weights, building campfires and being an auntie.