Spirit Rising Yoga presents our
7th Annual Midwest Women's Yoga Retreat
at St. Iakovos Retreat Center


Shabad Kaur Khalsa, LCPC, LMFT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is Retreat Director and the Lead Teacher at the retreat.

She will bring her deep wisdom and radiance borne through her 33 years of experience on the Kundalini Yoga path. The health and empowerment of women through the teachings of Kundalini Yoga are near and dear to her heart.  She had the honor of serving Yogi Bhajan directly, and attended Khalsa Women's Training Camp (in New Mexico) many times. Her dream was always to bring the Women's Teachings to the Midwest!

Shabad Kaur is the co-director of Spirit Rising Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission of sharing the Kundalini Yoga teachings with all.  Spirit Rising Foundation operates Spirit Rising Yoga Center in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, where Shabad Kaur teaches classes and workshops. She and her husband, Shiva Singh, are lead KRI-certified trainers and offer both Level 1 and Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Programs.  Shabad Kaur is also a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in integrating yogic technology with treatment plans for adult individuals and couples. Her heartfelt desire for you on this retreat is to clear your stress and let your soul shine with your divine feminine energy!


Charanjeet Kaur (Esther Khuri) is a Program Planning Goddess for the retreat. She sparks with creative vision and is deeply invested in providing an uplifting experience for the attendees.

Gina Marino-Kalish/Ram Saran Kaur is a Planning Goddess for the retreat. A graduate of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program, Gina/Ram Saran Kaur brings a wealth of experience as an event planner and entrepreneur in the service industry. She LOVES Kundalini yoga and brings a cool, organized contribution to our creative planning meetings!

Loraine Brozowski Kaur (Ajeetpal Kaur) is a Dining Goddess for the retreat. She has attended every retreat so far, and brings her grounded approach to the logistics of menu planning to the retreat guests with the grace and hospitality they deserve. Ajeetpal Kaur shares her Kundalini Yoga teaching gifts regularly with the seniors at the Oak Park Arms yoga program.

Audrey Resnick is a Planning Goddess for the retreat. She brings a strong neutral projection and attention to detail in manifesting the retreat. 

Heidi O'Toole (Dal Raj Kaur) is a Creative Activities Goddess for the retreat. She contributes a force of humor and creative energy to the planning team.

Sampuran Kaur (Kristine Greiber) is a Planning Goddess for the retreat. A great lover of nature (bee-keeper!), she shares her grace and wisdom with attendees.