Aubrey Dea Zinaich began her practice in Kundalini Yoga 2015 when her life became overwhelmed with moments of anxiety, depression and fatigue. She knew from her first experience with Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, that she had found her path.
Aubrey is a local restauranteur, sommelier and Kundalini yoga teacher who is passionate about helping all people find their inner truth. Her special interests include mantra, moon cycles, manifesting, sound current, Kundalini & Buddhist meditation. Aubrey is inspired by the works of Thich Nhat Hanh and Guru Nanak. She enjoys spending time connecting with like-minded people in her community & working toward creating a more tolerant and open environment where all people can come together to have a voice.
She believes that “Happiness is our Birthright” as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
A spinal fracture from a horseback accident when she was 12 years old, combined with scoliosis, left Amanda in a lot of pain at an early age. She began practicing yoga and meditation in 1994 to manage the pain, and it changed her life. A yoga teacher since 2007, she holds an E-RYT 200 certification with over 300 additional hours of training, and is working towards both 500-hour and Kundalini Level 2 credentialing.
Amanda believes that everyone can create a life of health and vitality, and takes a wholistic approach to wellness. She has an MS in Psychology and is a nationally-certified Integrative Health Coach trained at Duke Integrative Medicine. In addition, she teaches meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction and is a Reiki master, sound and energy healer.
Amanda has lived, worked and raised her family around the world. She’s passionate about her practice and uses it to maintain balance and thrive in real life. She loves to share this with others, empowering them to do the same.
Caroline is a School Psychologist and KRI Level 1 Kundalini yoga instructor. Having studied psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and Long Island University, Caroline has long been fascinated by the mind and ways in which our thought patterns influence our daily functioning and well being. Through a regular kundalini yoga practice she discovered that one can maintain mental clarity and live a more present and conscious existence. Caroline enjoys combining yoga movement, breath work, and mindfulness practices in her therapeutic work with students and while playing with her two young children at home. She is excited to share the Kundalini teachings with others.
Keval Kaur is a Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke University, a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer, the North Carolina Regional Coordinator for Y.O.G.A. for Youth and a Teacher Trainer for Y.O.G.A. for Youth, and the founder of Kundalini Yoga Durham.
A faculty member in the Duke University Dance Programfor 29 years, Keval Kaur directed the Dance Program for seven years, teaches courses in dance, Kundalini Yoga & Sikh Dharma, activist theater, and is currently conducting a multi-year yoga research study supported by Duke’s Bass Connections Initiative. The study examines the effects of the Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum on public middle school students’ emotional regulation, mindfulness, body image, physical health and academic performance.
Keval Kaur is the co-founder of the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Satellite in North Carolina. Passionate about youth and bringing the tools of yoga and meditation to underserved youth and their families, Keval Kaur and Y.O.G.A. for Youth – NC have developed partnerships with schools, community centers, and other non-profits in Durham, Orange, Wake and Chatham counties. Y.O.G.A. for Youth – NC hosts an annual 40-hour specialized Teacher Training course. See
Keval Kaur has been teaching Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for the past 16 years in North America, South America, and Africa. She has trained Kundalini Yoga teachers in North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Michigan, and Accra (Ghana). As a KRI Lead Teacher Trainer, she is currently running 220-hour Level I courses in Durham, NC and Ann Arbor, MI. Contact Keval Kaur if you are interested in future trainings.
Combining her passions for social justice and Kundalini Yoga, Keval Kaur founded Kundalini Yoga Durham in 2018. Housed in the Mata Sahib Kaur ashram studio nestled behind her purple house in Durham, Kundalini Yoga Durham offers donation-based classes taught in English or Spanish by KRI-certified teachers. KYD also hosts special workshops and trainings.
Durham 2018-19 Level I Teacher Trainees at the graduation ceremony, Sunday, March 17th at the Ark Dance Studio on the Duke University campus
Pictured, from left: Ajeet Kirti Kaur/Ashley St. Martin, Bella Luna Boyd, Elijah Brunson, Hari Kaur/Ann Ritter (Assistant Trainer), Maribel Perez-Huerta, Keval Kaur Khalsa (Lead Trainer), Miriam Acevedo, Tina Rodgers, Sangeet Kavita Kaur/Liz Hull. Not pictured: Michelle Kelleher.
Elizabeth Wells, RYT
Elizabeth Wells, RYT is a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® having completed her 220-hour teacher training program at Kundalini Yoga Durham with Keval Kaur Khalsa. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance with a background in Occupational Therapy. Her yogic path began in 1999 forging a deep respect for many different branches of yoga, beginning with Iyengar Yoga, venturing onto Bikram but feeling especially at home with Kundalini Yoga. Elizabeth teaches all levels of experience and fitness and strives to create classes in safe, all-inclusive environments filled with joy yet effective for all students.
HarDarshan Kaur Khalsa, MA, LPC
HarDarshan has been a pioneer in offering Kundalini Yoga in the Triangle! She first began teaching in Raleigh in 1985, and in the years since then, has taught all across the state.
From 2003 - 2007, she ran the Kundalini ashram in Boulder, Colorado, and during that time visited the Triangle twice a year to keep in touch with students and teach. In 2007, she moved back “home” and opened Mata Shakti Ashram in Chapel Hill.
HarDarshan studied at the feet of Yogi Bhajan for many years, at Tantric courses, women’s camps, and Solstice gatherings. He instructed her to “Keep the flag flying high” in North Carolina.
HarDarshan is certified Level One and Level Two and is a Lead Teacher Trainer, offering Level One courses each year, along with Level Two trainings. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and enjoys using the tools of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with her counseling clients.
Hannah Byrum has been teaching yoga in the Chapel Hill area since 2007. She has over 500 hours of teacher training. Her primary teachers include Sommer and Paul Sobin, Douglas Brooks, Amanda May, and HarDarshan Kaur Khalsa. Hannah completed a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with HarDarshan in 2018, and is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She is also a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, and is a licensed massage therapist, NC-LMBT #11579.
Karen A. Cole, RYT
Karen Cole was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga over four years ago and in the Winter of 2017 was reintroduced to Kundalini Yoga. In August of 2018, she completed her Level 1 Teacher Training with HarDarshan Kaur Khalsa and has been teaching ever since.
Karen works full time as a North Carolina Certified Paralegal for a small law firm in Chapel Hill. In her free time she enjoys dancing, facilitating workshops and transforming the lives of others in a variety of ways.
In November 2018 she will open, Peach Blossom Studios, her studio located in Chatham County. She offers classes for all levels. In the future she will offer specialized classes for those with addiction issues.
Karen is committed to creating a safe space to experience authenticity, freedom and serenity.
Ria Rivers became inspired by the beauty of yoga 17 years ago. She is a lover of movement and mindfulness. Ria enjoys teaching Hatha and Kundalini Yoga to youth and the young at heart. She is devoted to the belief that yoga, meditation and mindfulness can heal and transform an individual’s body and mind. She believes that a committed yoga practice brings strength, flexibility and vibrancy to one’s life. Ria incorporates music/sound, meditation and breathing practices into her private and group yoga classes. Off the mat, you can find Ria drinking chai tea, hiking and volunteering at the NC Botanical Gardens.
Ria has a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Victoria is currently studying Horticultural Therapy and is a member of the Y.O.G.A. For Youth, NC Board of Advisors.
Nancy has been practicing yoga since 2000 and took her first kundalini yoga class in 2003. She was immediately drawn to the mantras, meditations, and music used in the practice and was amazed at how calm, centered, and uplifted she felt after each class. She is in awe of how kundalini yoga can increase one’s energy, strength and vitality as well as develop clarity, peace and grace. Kundalini yoga is one of the greatest blessings in her life and she loves having the opportunity to share it with others.
Nancy completed her Level I teacher training in 2009 and is currently working on her Level 2 certification. She has volunteered for Y.O.G.A. for Youth in North Carolina, whose mission is to bring the tools of yoga and meditation to at-risk and underserved youth. She is grateful for and inspired by the wonderful community of kundalini teachers and yogis she has met from all over the world, and is excited to see this community grow in the Triangle.
Nancy works as a software consultant at SAS Institute and lives in Durham with her husband Steve. They love to travel, hike and explore the outdoors. She also enjoys preparing healthy foods and desserts and creating aromatherapy products.
Tina has always been a life-long seeker. She came to Kundalini Yoga when she saw the same anxiety challenges that she faced in the past begin in her 11-year-old daughter. She believes that the stress and pace of the times is only speeding up and having a tool kit of mediations and kriyas helps her to find ease in the daily obstacles of life.
Tina holds a professional educators license for pre-K to grade 5. She received her 200 hr YTT certificate through Blue Lotus in 2014. She completed an immersion course through Little Flower yoga for kids in 2015. Other courses that have influenced her teaching are Mindful Schools and Whole Mama yoga for prenatal and postnatal yoga. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Certification in 2019 through Kundalini Yoga of Durham.
Tina currently teaches at Bliss Body Yoga in Raleigh, Little Guru Yoga, Studio BYO and Burn Athletic.
“The path will belong to those who, with all their strengths and weaknesses, will still serve other.” -Yogi Bhajan