News and Announcements
A congratulations to Nirmal on her new role as Lead KRI Trainer
We are excited to announce that our founder, Nirmal Lumpkin, has completed her 10 year journey in the Aquarian Training Academy. Alongside her mentor, Kirn Khalsa, she has worked hard to earn the title and role of Lead KRI Trainer. This is a HUGE accomplishment!
In addition, she 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 has just graduated from the University of Minnesota as an MD and is starting her residency in Family Medicine at St. John's Hospital.
We’d like to celebrate her commitment to making Kundalini Yoga inclusive and accessible through her integration of anti-racism, decolonization, and body-positive language and practices. Nirmal is--and has been--a leader in the national Kundalini Yoga community, whether it's her past work coordinating national events like Summer and Winter Solstice festivals or her contributions to conversations around how to evolve the teachings after the YB allegations.
Thank you for all you do and all you are. We feel honored to be led by you and to grow with you.
Save The Date!
11:30am - 1:30pm
Crosby Farms Picnic Shelter in St. Paul
Celebrate Nirmal's Lead Trainer Certification with us! There will be some light yoga, celebration, snacks, and community - If you have photos you would like to include in the slide show to be shared at the celebration, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on these and other events, please visit our Event Page.
Meet the Board
Our Kundalini Collective Board President
How did you find KY?
I’ve always been a movement addict, mostly to deal with my restless nature; I have a restless mind, too, so things like yoga and martial arts that have a philosophical component have always been very appealing. My first KY class was on a second date several years ago, but it wasn’t until a year or two later that I started taking classes regularly. Many things about KY appeal to me but the most helpful has been the immediate, perceptible and interpretable feedback I get about my state of mind and the mind-body connection. This has allowed me to pursue my spiritual side with intelligence, humility and gratitude.
Where did you complete your TT?
I completed my L1 training here in Mpls with Nirmal Lumpkin and Kirn Kaur Khalsa as lead trainers. I went to the Summer Solstice Celebration the following summer and was impressed by how vibrant the community was, with many strong practitioners and wonderful teachers: me and my classmates had become part of a great brother-sisterhood!
As a KY teacher what is your unique strength?
I’m not teaching currently because practice is still too personal for me. I notice that I try to replace the student’s experience with my own; I take too much responsibility on myself instead of letting it rest with the Golden Chain. But my unique strength is my neutral projection: I don’t have an aversion to the part my shadow self plays in my life. I’m still working on allowing others’ shadow-selves to play a part in their lives.
What do you think KY has to offer others?
I think KY has everything to offer everybody. There really are a million ways to access and apply the practice. I believe it can show anybody a little something about their True Self if they’re willing to lend an ear, and even more if they’re willing to offer their head!