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Viriam Kaur Khalsa
Mind-Body Instructor

Primary Service: Physical Education


Teaching Credentials and Experience:

  • Kundalini Research Institute Level I Teachers Training certification
  • Teach Kundalini Yoga at Yoga West, Eugene
  • Have taught at UO for about 15 years


  • 14 years at Kundalini Yoga Women’s Training Camp
  • Summer Solstice Sadhana (ten-day Kundalini Yoga festival) for most of the past 35 years
  • Many Tantric Yoga Meditation courses throughout the past 40 years
  • Many courses taught by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan

Courses: Kundalini Yoga I and II, Kundalini Meditation

As a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, I subscribe to a code of ethics and professional standards established by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and Kundalini Research Institute. As a teacher, I conduct my life in a spirit of integrity. I teach classes with an attitude of kindness, caring and compassion. The students are the teachers of tomorrow, and I am there to serve them. I do my best to inspire students to aspire to excellence in all they do, for I believe that the best way to measure a teacher is by the growth, dignity and excellence of the students.

My goal is to teach students techniques by which they can achieve peace of mind and peace within the material world. The purposes of yoga and meditation are to become healthier and happier, and to use the techniques we practice in class in their daily lives to make their lives easier and better. The skills learned in the classes I teach are not limited to a PE class, but can be applied to many aspects of daily life. I attempt to inspire growth in my students by giving them tools to take into other disciplines and domains of their life. 

I maintain a strong commitment to teaching, in part because I love to teach. Teaching is personally rewarding and fun for me. I consider it an opportunity to honor and pass forward to others the contributions other teachers have given to me. My hope is that I can make similar contributions to my students’ lives. I believe every student has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I help students develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I assist students in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. I try to help each student develop a deep love and respect for themselves.

I particularly love teaching university students, as these techniques often prove invaluable to them as they proceed through university life. Students find themselves in a wonderful but stressful period of their lives: freshmen away from home for the first time, living in a dorm or with roommates, deciding on a career path, seniors deciding what kind of job to pursue, large classes, making new friends, etc. This can be a stressful time for students, and they find yoga and meditation to be very helpful and grounding.

I love to swim, ski, hike, and backpack. The more time I spend outdoors, the better! I love to be in the mountains.