I am Shakta Khalsa. What I’d like you to know about me is that I am first and foremost a seeker of what is true and real and good in life. I am not unrealistic or idealistic. My intention is not to put on blinders against what I don’t like. I have found time and again that putting on blinders mean there is fear, and fear holds the feared thing in place.

Instead I am discovering how to allow things to be as they are…a novel idea! And I consistently find that in the resting place created by “allowing”, the next new place moves me into it. Of course, all this is happening internally and in the wink of an eye! That is part of what makes living as a conscious human being so much fun.

I have done a lot of experimenting in my life. I am my own laboratory, it seems. I love to share these internal discoveries. There is great joy in the sharing of awareness with you and those like you. Together we create something fresh, and experience the extraordinary right inside the ordinary.

I know I have been blessed with an ability to express through teaching and writing, so it is only natural that I have been a writer of some sort–of poetry and journals for all my life, and for the past few decades, a writer of blogs and books too.

I have been known in the world as a person who champions children through yoga, natural living skills and lifestyles. I love to speak, write, and teach about children because they are who I am in my heart. I often feel they are my reason for being on this planet.

But beyond any job or mission I may call my Life Work, I am first and foremost, a Seeker…and a Finder.

A more traditional bio of me follows, in case that is of interest to you. I hope you enjoy your visit, and feel free to share your thoughts and feelings here.



profile-pic1Shakta began practicing yoga in 1972, and has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1976. She is an internationally recognized teacher of yoga for both adults and children, having taught extensively at conferences and gatherings of a thousand or more for the past 40 years. In 2008, Yoga Journal named Shakta as one of the five top Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world.

She was fortunate to have spent decades living a strongly disciplined yoga path as given by her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, who came from India in the late 1960s to help people live healthy, happy, whole lives.

Through her decades of living in a spiritual community, she worked with children as a mentor, a teacher, and a parent, both as a natural parent to her own son, and as a helper parent to several children who came to live with her and her husband, Kartar. As she worked daily with children and yoga from 1976 onward–both locally and at yoga camps–she became known as “Auntie Shakta” to hundreds of children growing up in the Kundalini Yoga community. For the last ten years of his life, Yogi Bhajan recognized her as a children’s yoga expert, forwarding her all children’s yoga inquiries that he received.

During the 1990s, Shakta used her Montessori and yoga training to specialize in children’s yoga, traveling to both private and public schools to teach as many as 400 children weekly. She has taught yoga to children as young as 2 years old and as old as teenagers in drug rehabilitation programs.

In 1999, Shakta developed one of the very first children’s yoga training program, Radiant Child® Yoga (RCY) from which she has presently trained tens of thousands of yoga teachers, schoolteachers, therapists, parents and grandparents how to teach children yoga. RCY has established trainers in every major continent, and is a Registered Yoga School (through Yoga Alliance) for those who want to become certified yoga teachers for adults with a specialty in children’s yoga.


shakta_kartar-150x150Shakta makes her home in Northern Virginia with her husband of 36 years, Kartar, who is a Kundalini Yoga teacher trainer, as well as the national sales manager for Yogi Tea, and their son, Ram Das, who is a business consultant for a large firm. When not traveling and teaching, Shakta enjoys being with her family, friends, and pets. She loves volunteering with the local animal shelter or spending contemplative time at her mountain retreat. She loves to dance, draw, and of course—write.


• Penn State University, English Literature and Composition, 1972-76

• IKTYA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1976

• Awarded the status of E-500 RYT with Yoga Alliance (highest level of professionalism).

• AMS trained Montessori educator since 1982.

• Trained in Brain Gym, a kinesthetic approach to working with the brain through movement.

• Level 1 Qi Gong instructor through Lee Holden school of Qi Gong


Shakta has authored several well-known books, some which have endured in the marketplace for almost two decades:

• Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga For Children

• Kundalini Yoga

• The Five Fingered Family

• Keep It Simple Series (KISS) Guide to Yoga

• Yoga for Women

Shakta has created several musical and guided meditation CDs and DVDs for adults and children. She is presently working on two new books.




Shakta’s blog

Shakta travels worldwide offering workshops/trainings for Radiant Child Yoga, Women’s Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Visit her schedule!

poetry & musings

Standing on a Streak of Love

my life is with You live in me in you
come […]

Thought Blot, Feeling Fall

Thought blot
of curious love for an infant sister.
Feeling fall
of sweet […]

After Gravity…..Before the Stars

Feeling an urge for the magnificent,

she closes the door behind […]

In the “Real World”

Watching to praise
that Godness in everyone.
Looking to see,
listening to hear,
touching […]

it knows

my heart grows
to the size of this moment.

it knows…

it knows
it […]

The Boat…The Release…The Gratitude for Yoga

Breath is the sail
lifting limbs upward
outward, onward.

Deep, deliberate breath rushes
into […]

For the Convenience of Naming

Something has disappeared that was no good after all.

In a […]

Not Finished

I am moving farther and farther away from
my relationship with […]

Sacred Mothering

I hover over, I cloak him
in the sacred space as […]


It is night
the sun is dead
(they shout)

I smile–
by the light […]


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