WHAT I KNOW
I have experienced fundamentally that we are love energy in human form. Inside each of us is the pure essence of the light of the Universe. Yoga, meditation, sound, breath, counseling, conversation, mother nature and silence are some of the tools that I have spent decades working with, for opening up breakthrough discoveries within our inner dimension, allowing the love and grace of who we are to be genuine and real.
I believe that all relationships to one's self and with others are sacred. We are love energy with arms and legs, eyes and ears.
EARLY YEARS AND INFLUENCES
I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark as Søren Andrew Segal in 1959. I grew up in Cambridge and Lexington, Massachusetts, where my father was an MIT mathematician and cosmologist, and my mother was a visionary artist and yoga instructor. My mother introduced me to hatha yoga and pranayama at eight years old. My first teacher of Kundalini Yoga was Mahatma Singh of Rochester, NY. I began teaching hatha yoga in 1980 while I was at the University of Rochester. I had the blessing to meet and study deeply with a number of wonderful spiritual teachers, notably Swami Janakanda of Denmark, who impacted me and my practice greatly, Shri Brahmanada Sarasvati Ramamurti Mishra, and Baba Ram Dass.
In 1982, after living at the Yoga Society of Rochester Ashram, I graduated from the University of Rochester, and began a journey across the United States visiting a number of ashrams and yoga centers. Once I reached the Pacific Ocean I moved into the Kundalini Ashram in Berkeley, California called "Hargobind Sadan".
There I spoke with Yogi Bhajan for the 1st time and told him I just wanted to be a good student. He invited me to come to to Los Angeles to serve as his sevadar, and I stayed serving in that capacity for almost a decade. These became years of deep yogic study, discipline and intense transformation. It was Los Angeles in the '80's but might as well have been the Himalayas.
I met and married my wonderful wife Gurukiren Khalsa, and we soon had a daughter, Hari Rai Kaur. When I was 31 we moved to the mother ashram community of Espanola, New Mexico. My second daughter, Sahib Simran Kaur was born. The service continued yet transformed many new ways.
One of my favorites was playing piano for Yogi Bhajan and his guests during the evenings at his Estate, which was a great honor and pure joy for me. Now, suddenly knowing what has come to light about do Yogi Bhajan's misogyny, this lovely memory gets so colored. It's hard to separate them. Perhaps it will never be, and we move forward with the both. Light and dark coexist.
I have a degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, am a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, certified Sound and Mantra Specialist and a Minister of Sikh Dharma. I own the Chocolate Maven Bakery in Santa Fe NM, and serve on the boards of trustees of Siri Singh Sahib Corporation and 3HO Foundation, and previously on the board of the Santa Fe Waldorf School. I have lived in the spiritual ashram community of Espanola, NM for 28 years. My joy these days is to share what I have learned and hear from others - heart, spirit, yoga, kirtan and spiritual music worldwide.
For the past few years I have been immersed in writing my first book, Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential. I had a brilliant coauthor, Karena Virginia, and the book was released by Sounds True Publishers in March 2017.