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Meet Adarsh Khalsa of Adarsh Kaur in Pico-Robertson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adarsh Khalsa.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Almost since birth, I have been a lover of dance and music. This has been my lifeline, connection to the divine, and to my own emotional expression. Even as my spiritual path has taken different outward appearances, I feel the sound current as the thread in all of it.

Around the age of 14, I began a conscious spiritual journey, exploring every religious and spiritual practice I could find ~ along with the poetry, music, dance and all artistic expressions of the longing for the One and connection to God. In my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, I explored all that I could in this multi-cultural city. And then I traveled to many different countries to be with the people, to study and to serve. My name Adarsh translates to ‘ideal’ or ‘spiritual quest’, and I took this quite literally for some time.

In my teenage years, I began the practice of yoga, and at 21, began a focused path of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. I moved to an ashram and dedicated my study and work to one spiritual teacher and community. My quest became more centralized, staying in one place, diving deep into my inner world, and learning how to establish roots on the earth as a householder, in work, business and relationships.

I was a business manager for 17 years while practicing and teaching regularly. And in these last few years have transitioned to teaching, creating and mentoring full time, bringing all of my life experience to my offerings. My particular focus now is sharing “Celestial Communication”, a kind of moving meditation of the upper body with sacred music. I love to create and teach this kind of meditation and to empower others to create their own. The effects are magnificent!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course not! There have been some key moments that felt smooth in the sense that everything would come together at once, and synchronize for an amazing transformation or new beginning. However, the path to that moment was paved with challenges.

The ongoing struggle along the way has been making the decision to live in the expansiveness of spirit, rather than to live in the “safe” constriction of the ego or limited self. Again and again, I see this as the choice, and where I find resistance to the opportunity for growth is where the struggle lies. And this is because it doesn’t look like growth – it looks like failure, or disappointment, or things not going the way we want it to. It looks like rejection or loss. At the same time though, all of these “negatives” are the opening to grow, the gateway for the spirit to come in. It is a call for us to let go of control and to allow something better in.

I think this is always what the struggle truly is, whether it is big or small.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
What I am known for most is creating and teaching “Celestial Communications”. These are moving meditations with the upper body to mantras or other sacred and uplifting music. This is a unique form of meditation that is joyful and creative. It doesn’t take the patience to be able to sit still to meditate, though you will feel more stillness and peace after practicing for 10 minutes.

I have been a Kundalini Yoga teacher for 20 years and I train new Kundalini Yoga teachers. What I am known for here is being a balance of heart and head – I know the details and the technology in and out, but how I am going to share that with you is heart to heart. I am firm but very kind. I hold a container for you to grow and to discover your own wisdom and unique gifts to share.

I support teachers on their continued journey as a Spiritual Mentor, offering support for continued learning, healing and growth, especially for the bumpy moments of the spiritual path and life.

What were you like growing up?
I loved to dance and sing. I was always performing – on the stage or in my bedroom mirror. I studied ballet from when I was three years old and did a lot of musical theatre as a teenager.

I asked a lot of questions, I always wanted to know ‘Why?’. I was an only child, and so I was always seeking out close friends who could become like family to me. I dreamed of living in a big family or community, which I started to do in the summers as a teenager, and eventually in ashrams as an adult.

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Grayson Gilbert, Seeby Woodhouse, Katie Clark

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