Freshly opened in the summer of 2014, Dharamsaal is one of the new homes of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan in Tallinn, founded and directed by Sukhdev Kaur. Dharamsaal means the “place or Realm of Dharma”. It is described by Guru Nanak in the Japji Sahib (pauree 34) as the earth or the first blue ether, where we come to reflect on our karmas and learn to be graceful and compassionate in the company of others.
Inspired by the words of the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan, Dharamsaal’s vision is to “Build a home where the honesty, tranquility, peace, service and giving can dwell, where tolerance, brightness and spirit can shine and show people that God lives.” (Yogi Bhajan, July 21, 1988).
Dharamsaal is located in a cozy 3-floor wooden building in the very heart of Tallinn, Liivalaia street nr 11, the “Wall Street” of Tallinn. The Training Center is in the top floor, under the roof. The main yoga space is approx 70 m2 (50 m2 of usable space) with dark wooden floor and very cozy environment. We also have a full kitchen and a guest room with a private entrance, which hosts teachers and also other guests through our Airbnb service.
To be a home of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and other related spiritual disciplines, which provides individuals a personal experience of their own divinity and royalty, opening up for possibilities and new beginnings in their personal spiritual development. We offer weekly sadhanas, regular Kundalini yoga classes mornings and evenings, beginner’s courses and specialized classes.
Sangat / Group consciousness:
We aim to provide a shelter for the soul, a home to the spirit and a cozy place where people from all walks of life are welcome to share their own experiences as human and to open up in group consciousness. Dharamsaal’s one of the main directions is Humanology, the art and science of being and becoming fully human. Under this light, we are happy to inspire humans, both women and men through a Conscious Pregnancy, Conscious Parenting and Playful Parenting workshops, Baby and mother yoga, Children’s yoga, women’s circles, Conscious Pregnancy yoga and Yoga doula teacher trainings and one-on-one consultations and healings.
More specifically, we have created the “mother’s mornings”, where one morning a week welcome women and children of all ages to be together and creatively share in a free environment and open program in the presence of other women where we either chant, do women’s yoga, children’s yoga, talk about parenting or just have “peanut hour” and a shared lunch. Children can connect with each other in this safe and uplifting energies and create a sense of sangat for them. The idea is that we start a project with this toward a future of children’s education and community center according to the Dharma and inspired by the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
Guru / Universal:
On the universal level, we are also the home in Estonia for the Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji, the Shabd Guru of the tradition of Sikh Dharma, and we offer Gurdwara services and courses related to its technology and spiritual teachings, such as Sikh Dharma introductory workshops, Naad yoga and Gurbani Kirtan courses. The Shabad Guru is the thread that helps us walk through the “darkness” of everyday lives and reach the core of our beings.
Sukhdev Kaur on the inspiration Dharamsaal has brought her:
As a woman and a mother, I feel a strong need and wish for a spiritual community beyond the teaching setting. My 3.5 year old son comes to baby yoga, pregnancy and parenting classes with me and joins in his own way, sometimes painting, sometimes running, sometimes chanting along. The fact that he is around is very valuable for me and also for students. The challenge is to communicate with him in an authentic manner, true to the teachings on parenting, communication and relationships that I teach others. For me, it is about opening up my personal life and conscious relationship with my husband and family in Dharamsaal that completes me as a teacher. I cannot pretend to be one in the yoga class and other person at home. I have both challenges at once, sometimes it is very intensive, yet also as elevating for me and for him. By having him around I have grown wiser as a teacher and also in respecting and valuing him as a person. It is not about imposing to him an attitude of “good boy”, but about myself behaving consciously and lovingly to him in any circumstance. This is Humanology in its full bloom happening at Dharamsaal. Also Dharamsaal has brought out the light in my husband, who does not practice Kundalini Yoga but enjoys doing endless seva at the center by his own initiative. The most important thing is that we have all put our heart into the creation of this space for sharing.
Whenever in Tallinn, plan to visit us either for a sadhana, staying overnight in our humble guest room or joining an event. Sukhdev Kaur, family and other teachers are happy to welcome you.
Dharamsaal – Center of Kundalini Yoga and Humanology
Liivalaia 11, Tallinn
Teksti: Sukhdev Kaur