S.S. Shiva Singh Khalsa, E-RYT 500
One of the Midwest’s most experienced Kundalini Yoga teachers, a Mentoring Lead Trainer, Level 1 and Level 2, and Training Director of Spirit Rising Foundation. One of Yogi Ji’s earliest students, since 1972 he has taught and practiced with the guidance of his teacher, who said of Shiva Singh, “You have always been an inspiration to me.” Shiva Singh is a Jupiter teacher; jovial, expansive and uplifting in his teaching style. He has been a key member of the Sadhana Management Team at Solstices for many years.
He is an accomplished Kundalini yoga teacher and is expert in Mind and Meditation, Sound and Mantra, the Gong and teaching the elderly and those with limited mobility ‘Kundalini Yoga in Chairs’. He and his wife Shabad Kaur have completed their 16th KRI Teacher Training Certification Program at Spirit Rising, sharing the transformational teachings of Yogi Bhajan with all.
Forty years ago when Yogi JI gave him his ‘Destiny Name’ there was no indication that Shiva Singh would be spending the last 18 years working with death and dying. He worked in Public Heath doing HIV prevention, working in Nursing Homes and In-Home Care services as well as teaching the elderly Kundalini Yoga.
For the last 3 years Shiva Singh has been a Board member and active part of IGrow Chicago, which has introduced effective programs in Englewood, consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago that has no resources. On a sunny Saturday morning you can drive 20 blocks and not see a single child playing outside because of the violence. IGrow introduces Kundalini Yoga, conflict resolution, children’s programs, urban farming and mentors young men in the once dilapidated Peace House. Shiva Singh has trained an ex-gang leader as a Level One Teacher who is now spreading the teachings in this neighborhood. Shabad Kaur runs a ‘Sister Circle’ for women.
Shiva Singh is a Minister of Sikh Dharma International and has been active in Interfaith for over 25 years. He helped organize the Sikh participation in the 1993 Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Chicago and was a member of the International Planning Committee for Capetown, South Africa in 1999. He was a key organizer of the Rogers Park Interreligious Council which for 3 years brought thousands of Chicago residents closer to each other through interfaith activities.
He serves on the boards of several interfaith organizations including the Gift of Hope Interfaith Council whose goal is to educate people about incorrect religious taboos against organ and tissue donation and Spiritual Playdate – helping families talk about religion to their children in their homes.