Sat Nam YogaMeet Our Staff
Karampal Kaur, Co-founder, Director, Kundalini Yoga
Karampal’s greatest joy comes from teaching Yoga. Her love affair with Kundalini Yoga began in 2006, when that little piece of inner bliss she had been searching for came in her very 1st try! The passion for sharing it’s benefits with others stems from her own life experience with its power to create ease and flow in LIFE. Karampal completed Immersion Training at the Kundalini Research Institute in Española, New Mexico in 2010. She continued her training with Gurmukh at Golden Bridge NYC for Prenatal Yoga, Lee Ann Carey/Restorative Yoga, Krishna Kaur/Yoga for Youth, and Bessel Van der kolk/PTSD and Trauma Awareness.
An avid world traveler and noted stylist who gracefully infuses the teachings with her creative energy and casual approach, her classes offer a loving, meditative experience that carries forward into your daily life. She emphasizes the importance of strengthening the mind to go beyond what my seem are your limits. Karampal has spent her professional life showing her clients, and now her students the beauty that resides within them. As a strong believer in community, she has co-organized events to benefit local and international charities and is a board member at I Grow Chicago NFP where she mentors, and teaches Yoga to at-risk youth in Englewood. Her newest endeavor Sat Nam Yoga Chicago was born with the intention of creating a knowledgeable spiritual community. Open for everyone to enjoy. An experience of trust, truth, compassion and overall (physical, mental and emotional) wellness through the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan, a dynamic mix of Yoga Styles and the Healing Arts.
Karampal’s teaching schedule
Mondays 6:30pm Kundalini
Wednesdays 5:30pm Beginners Kundalini and 7:30pm Intermediate Kundalini
Monthly Workshops and Rituals (see workshops)
Full Moon Fire Ceremony with Live Music
New Moon, New Beginnings Gong Immersion with Reiki Healers
Siri Adi Singh aka RedLox, Co-founder, Kundalini Yoga
Wicker Parks own Dj.RedLox has brought light to many lifes in his career as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor since 1995 and musical performances long before that! He is KRI Certified and has taught at many studios around Chicago including Spirit Rising & Chi and has taught Kundalini workshops all over the U.S. As one of the most credible reggae, international music djs he has held residency at many of Chicago’s well known venues. Currently, he is writing, producing, and has a syndicated weekly radio show broadcasted in Hawaii, Portland and Aspen. The fire man! Siri Adi brings on the heat with his well of knowledge and powerful delivery of Kriyas and Meditations of Kundalini Yoga and counseling.
GuruNischan Kaur Khalsa, Kundalini Yoga
Guru Nischan was born and raised in 3HO (Healthy, Happy,Holy Organization), with Kundalini Yoga as the Foundation of her existence. Her Parents were some of the original students of Yogi Bhajan when he first brought the teachings to the west in 1969. Her father ran the Phoenix Ashram where she was raised most of her early life. With this foundational consciousness at the core of her being….she is innately a teacher in every part of her life. Her “work” revolves around leadership training and personal development strategies to assist people to finding their inner greatness and power. Whether this is in a school setting, a business environment, or in everyday life, she engages people to find their inspiration for authentic, whole-istic living both within and without. The World is her playground and her energy reflects this sense of freedom and exuberance for life itself. She has taught Kundalini Yoga in Virginia, New Mexico, Phoenix, Los Angeles and South Africa, just to name a few. In order to deepen her personal practice she moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to study with Krishna Kaur and became “officially” KRI certified.
Sarah Palmer, Kundalini Yoga
Although first introduced to meditation in 1999 and to yoga in 2002, it was many years before Sarah found a consistent practice. After experimenting intermittently with a variety of schools of both yoga and meditation, she discovered Kundalini in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. Sarah holds a deep love of the practice and its transformational effects, and she is honored to teach classes in the Sat Nam Yoga community. Sarah is also a master level reiki practitioner and general spiritual enthusiast.
Sarah’s teaching schedule
Saturday 2:00pm Kundalini Yoga with Reiki
Each Retrograde cycle Reiki Retrograde (see workshops)
Sarah is also available for Private Reiki Energy Balancing Sessions
Tej Karam Kaur (Amy Kordeck), Kundalini Yoga
Tej Karam Kaur (Amy Kordeck) first stepped on her yogic path at age 16, finding her calling years later in teaching Kundalini Yoga due to its powerful and transformational effects on the mind, body, and soul. In her classes, Tej Karam focuses on connecting with our true self and gaining personal empowerment. Certified as a Trauma Informed yoga teacher, her dedication is to shine light into the dark areas of our lives affected by stress and trauma and to guide students to their place of health and happiness. Her classes are a safe space to work through blockages and to facilitate emotional release for healing and growth.
Tej Karam’s Teaching Schedule
Sundays 9:30am Kundalini Yoga
Laurence Schorsch, Kundalini Yoga Laurence has been a seva at Sat Nam for over a year, selflessly serving our community. This summer he took his practice to the next level by attending the 2016 Aquarian Teacher Training at the Hacienda Guru Ram Das in Española New Mexico. After a month immersion and time spent working in the organic gardens on-site, Laurence came back to Chicago to lead Monday morning community Sadhanas. Laurence is a living example of seva, service to others. He teaches intuitively and from a place of pure love with a deep reverence for the technology and its ability to transform our lives.
Laurence’s teaching schedule
Monday 4:30am Early Morning Sadhana
Sunday 4:00pm Kundalini Yoga
Priti Simran Kaur | Kundalini Yoga
Priti Simran Kaur has been an integral part of the Sat Nam Community since the beginning. She has served as seva for years, and has grown alongside the studio in her practice of yoga on and off the mat. Even as Priti Simran has become a teacher, she continues to volunteer her time both at the studio and shelters across the city. Priti Simran has completed level two training with Gurmukh, and travelled to Espanola for Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday Sadhana this year. Her wealth of divine knowledge graciously flows through her in classes.
Priti Simran’s teaching schedule
Monday 12:00pm Kundalini Quickie
Tuesday 5:30pm Kundalini Yoga
Wednesday 4:30am Early Morning Sadhana
Thursday 12:00pm Kundalini Quickie
Indigo Monaé, Vinyasa, Ashtanga
Indigo began her yogic path in 2007, has since trained in many forms of Yoga and it shows in her diverse teaching style! You’ll reap the healing benefits of many disciplines in her classes. Her Ashtanga Yoga roots will aid you in alignment and stability. Each class is infused with the fluid movement and breath of Vinyasa Flow, the purifying effects of Kundalini Yoga and the strength and discipline of yogic martial arts; Buddhist inspired-Budokon Yoga and Brazilian Capoeira. Her classes are suitable for multi-level practitioners who want to explore several styles of Yoga. Indigo was certified to teach Ashtanga with Suddha Weixler in 2012 and completed teacher training with Seni Joseph Ensign of Budokon Academy Chicago 2011. Indigo is also the co-founder of Yoga Gardens NFP- a local organization that teaches yoga to at risk youth on Chicago’s West Side. She is also a world traveler who studies medical qi gong and was certified in Foot Reflexology and Thai Massage in Thailand. Indigo also completed a Vipassana meditation in a monastery in Chiang Mai Thailand with the monks. Play with gravity through expertly guided inversions, and challenge yourself with Indigo’s playful connection to yoga. She is a full time Yogini and holds classes at several studios throughout Chicago and Evanston.
Gian Arjan Singh, Studio Manager, Vinyasa Yoga
Gian Arjan Singh, formerly known as Mason Pain is an RYT200, also certified in Trauma Informed & Resilience-Based Yoga from the National Association of Social Workers & Yoga Alliance. Through yoga and meditation, it is Gian Arjan’s intention to bring celestial awareness and joy to your mind and heart, and assist you in creating harmony with your highest destiny. He views yoga as a tool to bridge the gap between our individual consciousness and the universal self, and increase our capacity to cope with the inherent pressures of being human.With this perspective, he sees yoga as using the time and space we have, the technology of our body, to become more capable human beings – physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. He follows the sutra’s thought that physical yoga is simply an expression of devotion to self evolution that words cannot create. Gian Arjan’s classes incorporate expressions of spirit, kriya yoga, pranayama and traditional vinyasa asana into one creative and meditative flow that encourages growth in your sense of self and in your practice.
Gian Arjan’s teaching schedule:
Wednesday 6:00pm Warrior Flow
Thursday 10:00am Restore and Relax
Saturday 12:00pm Kriya Vinyasa
Monthly Workshop Cosmic Vinyasa (see workshops)
Tatiana Sanchez – Vinyasa Flow
Tatiana is a life long dancer, artist, healer and educator versed in an eclectic background in the movement, healing arts of over 20 years, steeped in earth-based shamanic traditions, is the founder of Shaktimuse Yoga, AcroYoga and Thai Fly Bodywork aka Yoga, Art and Nature. Amoung co- founding directing Earth Harp MASS Ensemble while pursuing a BA in dance at Columbia College of Chicago, she danced and taught professionally with Mordine & Co Dance Theater (7 years each)
In 2001 she became a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, with Saol David Raye, where she started singing kirtan, then ongoing in performances/recordings with Devi2000 for over 10yrs, also with Akoustikirtan & David Stringer among presenting at Bhakti Festival Midwest & Sukhava Bhode Yoga/Music Festival.
Tati’s first Yoga Teacher Training with Yogiraj Rod Stryker in Tantra/Hatha Yoga & Ayurveda in 2002 set the course for her studies in Eastern Philosophy, meditation, and yoga therapy. She received a 200hr Yoga Certification from Moksha Yoga Center & Daren Friesen among assisting the teacher training. She trained & taught extensively at Moksha Yoga for 5+ years, including receiving a 200+hr Certification in Universal Yoga/Dance of Shiva with Andrey Lappa, among completing Teacher Trainings/Intensives in Prana Flow with Shiva Rae, Yogic Arts with Duncan Wong; Off the Mat Into the World, Yoga Anatomy with Tias Little & Rich Logan, Level ll Thai Bodywork with Jen Yarrow, as well as assisted Teacher Trainings in Universal Yoga, assisted trainings with Shiva Rae, and assisted the first Blue Lotus Thai Massage School Certification.
In 2008 Tatiana found her home & delight in embodying her combined loves into one practice, invited to become a Certified AcroYoga.org teacher, later presenting AcroYoga for Nature Yoga & YogaNow Teacher Trainings, and Divine Play Festival. Besides presenting Shaktimuse AcroYoga performances, Tati loves ongoing training in yoga, acrobatics & Therapeutics, while developing community through this practice. Tatiana’s classes, workshops, and events are designed to inspire, empower, & celebrate the unique spirit of every individual through fun, challenging, supportive, alignment-based, breath conscious, fluid practices, among earth-honoring traditions that build strength, awareness, flow, & self acceptance, creating a body/mind/spirit abundant lifestyle.
Jenelle Thurston, Vinyasa/Hatha
Jenelle is a passionate Soul-shiner, enthusiastic about self-love and transformation as a way of life. Vulnerability is one of her greatest assets as she shares with an open heart to relate to the struggles and joys of the human condition. Through her practice of yoga and nurturance of her own spirituality and self-discovery, Jenelle has made strides to embody authentic expression. She fulfills her purpose by serving others on their own paths of self-awareness, truth and transformation via Yoga and Breathwork Journeys. She earned her 200-hour teaching certificate at Yoga Now Chicago in 2013 and has been teaching at a variety of studios, festivals and gatherings all over the country. Jenelle’s teaching style is rooted in an open-hearted, mindful Hatha & Vinyasa practice. She encourages her students to tap into their self-love and wisdom to intertwine the magic of their practice with daily life. Her classes are accessible to all levels, challenging her students to know their edge and also soften into stillness.
Healer, teacher, peace ambassador, lover and student of life at heart. My journey so far has been filled with much difficulty and many challenges. It has led me to where I am today and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was during these times that I was able to tap into my divine power and grace– to persevere through any situation, grow with the flow of life, and heal through self-awareness and self love.
Yoga has been instrumental in my growth and transformation. My intent is to share my love for this ancient healing art, encourage others to shine through the dark, and to embrace all life experiences– good and bad. I believe that we have the power to cultivate a healthy, harmonious, and happy life. So come as you are, explore the depth of the body, mind, and spirit and discover the inner strength and beauty that lies within.
Frediliza is a 200hr RYT and Certified Thai Massage Practitioner. She studied with Anna Argeropolous of Shakti Shack Yoga and Paul Fowler of Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies in Chicago. She is also an active and founding member of non profit organization Yoga Gardens. She is inspired by the universe, truth, and the natural world.
At every turn, yoga has nudged me towards personal transformation. First, the transformation was physical, as I turned to yoga to heal a knee injury. The asana practice rehabilitated my body, and I soon began diving deeper into the how’s and why’s of the physical practice. I loved the anatomy and alignment of it, but realized soon that this was just the tip of the yogic iceberg. The healing powers of meditation, mantra, and self-discipline focused my mind and opened my heart to possibilities I had never before imagined. As a teacher, my aim is to meet students where they are, physically, mentally, and spiritually, and share the knowledge and experience of my own practice in meaningful ways to ignite that spark of transformation in their practice. The yogic tenet of service to your community led me to the Seva Team, where I now introduce that sense of service to others. Sat Nam is truly a place to learn and grow together, and I look forward to seeing you around the studio and on the mat!
Madison’s yoga journey began in Kerala, India where she stared her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Yoga. Her classes unite mind, body, and breath as a means to become more aware on and off the mat. She delivers creative and playful sequencing with focus on alignment and body awareness. Madison teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, and Intro/Beginner yoga classes. She invites her students on a journey, where they can experience strength and flexibility in mind and body, release through relaxation and stillness, compassion-centered yogic philosophy, and thought-provoking mindful meditations to begin and end each class.
“Regardless of the style of yoga I am teaching, my intention is to create a safe space for my students to move inward, unveiling their true self, letting go of self doubt in order to move to the beat of their own heart in class and in life.” – Madison Rose
Madison’s teaching schedule:
Wednesday 6pm Warrior Flow: Vinyasa 1&2
Monica Bren, Hatha/Yin/Anusara
Monica became intimate with the practice of yoga as a means for self care during a busy, transitional time. She later moved to the remote woodlands of the Pacific Northwest to mentor with various guides. Monica became a certified yoga instructor with a specialization in the centuries-old Himalayan tradition. With breath and mindfulness as the basis of every class, she has developed a unique style consisting of Hatha, Yin and Anusara yoga.
Monica’s teaching schedule:
Thursday 10am Restorative Yoga
Friday 6pm Candlelight Yin Yoga
Andrea Klunder, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow
Andrea believes in an integrated approach to cultivating whole mind-body connection. She teaches a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, meditation, reiki, voice & mantra healing. Her love, Bhakti Yoga devotional chanting is a practice that she loves to share as much as humanly possible. She has been featured on The Yogipreneur Virtual Conference Series, Women in Travel Summit and Women’s Health Foundation.
Andrea’s Teaching Schedule
Monday 5:15pm Bhakti Vinyasa Flow: Mantra and Movement
Amber Blatt, Meditation
Amber believes meditation is a tool to connect with the present moment, gain clarity on areas of improvement, and acceptance of those things that cannot change. Her style is to help the individual facilitate their own growth, because everyone is the expert of their life. Her passion for helping others pushed her to start a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in community health and economic development. She has interned with the Wellness Program at RefugeeOne where she has learned, among other things, how to communicate without language. At Cook County Jail Amber has administered therapeutic art activities for maximum security woman prisoners. For the past few years she has been attending a private meditation group and participated in a practice intensive which consisted of meditating at least an hour a day for four months with practices from every denomination. She was also part of a Buddhist meditation group in Oak Park for a few years. Meditation has been a constant source of strength through the challenges in her life.
Amber’s teaching schedule
Tuesday12:00pm Midday Meditation-Community Class by donation
Cassandra Justine, Vinyasa
Cassandra holds space for people to discover their purpose and tap into their power. She facilitates such transformation through the vessel of Choose Joy, her service-based LLC, and SEVASOUL, an organization she founded that supports non-profits with intentional fundraisers via yoga classes, events, service trips, and online campaigns. Yoga has been a light in her life since childhood. A desire to teach yoga overcame her in 2009 while in savasana at a college campus class. After devotedly logging 1000 hours of study at Moksha Yoga Center she was officially certified in 2010.
With over 2,000 hours of teaching yoga under her belt and a decade of experience as a gymnastics coach and choreographer, she co-leads a 200 hr. Teacher Training at Ahimsa Yoga Studio. Cass travels with her teachings, loves to collaborate with musicians and is a brand ambassador for many mindful companies. She helps people dream-build through the healing art of tarot. Driven by her work, her self-practice, and her intuitive ability to read the room, she created VIBE Flo in 2015, a creative collaboration of movement, music, and meditation. VIBE is an acronym for vinyasa, invert, breathe, explore. As a Reiki Practitioner, she loves to end her classes with Reiki Energy Adjustments. Enjoy daily inspiration on her Instagram, @cassyoga
Wu Shifu said that Jimmy Chan is what the chinese call “the perfect student” he has 5 Brains meaning, he was impressed with his ability to retain and perform so he pushed him to excel quickly. Jimmy Chan was already an international sensation as a competitive bodybuilder who at the point had won the Mr. America title as a natural athlete as well as being a vegetarian. Wu Shifu entered him in countless local and international martial arts competitions where Jimmy would make his mark. He has won over 20 Gold Medals, 25 Silver Medals and 10 Bronze Metals with countless of awards of recognition of skill and contributions to the martial arts community.
He is certified to teach and most proficient in Chen Style, Yang Style, Wu Style, Sun Style, Mulan Ch’uan, TaiJi Palm (1-3 Sets), Qi Gong, Various weapons including sword, staff, daggers, fan, broadsword and much more. Jimmy has been teaching for the past 25 years as a fitness trainer, massage therapist and TaiJi Instructor who has travelled around the world as an Ambassador of Health and Fitness while prepping two manuscripts of poetry, “Streams of Consciousness 69Times” and “Don’t Kill the Messenger…” which are currently available online. Jimmy is a body worker certified by Bob King and Jim Hackett. Has worked with silver screen and stage performers from Cirque du Soleil, The Full Monty International Touring Group, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Chris O’Donnell, Taylor Tullis-Miller, public officials, amateur and pro athletes alike.
Sunday 10:00am Tai Chi
Jerry Mikutis, Yin Yoga and Reiki Master
level Certifications. She nurtures our Reiki students into becoming confident healers at a monthly event, Sat Nam Reiki Social were newbie to seasoned healers sharpen their Reiki skills. She pulls from her background of Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga when creating dynamic classes and workshops at Sat Nam.
Jerry’s teaching schedule
Venus Sabay, Seasonal Qi Gong
Since 2006 she has cultivated the skill of breathing, and in 2012 became a Certified Medical Qi Gong Practitioner under the study of Sifu Gail Galivan at Inner Alchemy Energy Medicine. She has worked at Rush Medical Center and Mathers-More Than a Cafe, to incorporate recreational and wellness programs for the senior community. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from University of IL at Chicago in 2000. As a musician and singer, Venus also draws inspiration from performing regularly around the city. In acknowledging the effectiveness of self-discovery and truth, her objective is to guide each person to their own unique path via healing and balance in the mind-body relationship realm. Turning off the outside world while emphasizing intuition, creativity, and imagination, she utilizes the power of intention with coordinated breath and gentle moving meditations. Her classes allow each individual to experience the inner working of their universe with significance and ease, creating a more harmonious life.
Venus’s teaching schedule
Tuesday 6:30pm Fragrant Qigong with Brain Cleansing Meditation
Sunday 2:00pm Seasonal Qi Gong
Robbin Carrol, Mentor
Robbin is the Founder and Visionary of I Grow Chicago NFP. A program that employs and involves at-risk urban youth in the growth of their own communities through Urban Farming, working together, Yoga and the Arts. She is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor with special training in working with children, particularly special needs and at-risk youth. During the 1980s she taught special education at the Cabrini Green Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) public housing project located on Chicago’s Near North Side. Over the years she has trained with YogaKids, Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Program and Radiant Child Yoga. Robbin is partly responsible for many of the pop up gardens on Chicago’s Southside. She teaches yoga at Englewood Montessori and at her latest project, the I Grow Peace House, providing free weekly yoga and community events to the residents of Englewood.
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