JOY's Founder

JOY was conceived and built by Jessica Banks / Sat Shakti Kaur. Recently relocated from New York, Sat Shakti Kaur is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, experienced in teaching general yoga classes for beginner to advanced students, specialty classes for women, students aged 60+, and students with health conditions. She completed Level 1 and Level 2 training at Kundalini Yoga East with Sat Jivan Kaur and Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa in New York and is a member of the Aquarian Trainer Academy. With Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, she completed Foundations: Principles and Practices of Kundalini Yoga Therapy. She is a student and practitioner of Sat Nam Rasayan.

A former ballet dancer, Sat Shakti has a background in business and the arts. Integrating Kundalini into her life, enabled her to keep up with multiple work and volunteer commitments. As Kundalini Yoga offers practical tools for practitioners to lead balanced, happy lives, Sat Shakti is eager to share this powerful technology with busy Londoners.


Sat Shakti Kaur has developed into one of the finest teachers that I have taught.  She embodies all of the best qualities of a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and personifies these qualities in everything she does.  She has dedicated her life to the ongoing study of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and displays an incredible working knowledge of them.  A highly disciplined practitioner of Kundalini Yoga, she exemplifies and epitomizes what it means to be both a student and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga.-- Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa, Director, Kundalini Yoga East


I have been practicing YOGA for some time now and, I haven’t come across an instructor as inspiring as Sat Shakti Kaur. She is clear and precise in her delivery during class and has a voice that is so uplifting and calming.  I am very grateful to have met Sat Shakti Kaur and I am thankful for the wonderful yoga experience that I have had while attending her class. -- Amarilis


Sat Shakti Kaur is a great teacher gifted with incredible talent, compassion, kindness and a very radiant strength that makes her classes very powerful and healing. I have experienced always great benefits both emotional and physical from attending her classes that have become an inspiration to want to continue to practice Kundalini Yoga. --Audrey


Sat Shakti Kaur teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with the utmost integrity. She closely follows the teaching guidelines, kriyas, and meditations to ensure students safely practice Kundalini Yoga and to create a healing and uplifting space. She teaches from a breadth of experience from her own daily practice of Kundalini Yoga as well as from the numerous workshops she has attended. She continually learns and attends workshops, and then shares the teachings. On a final note, she brings students together in a community of kindness and compassionChristina Palermo


Sat Shakti Kaur is truly an inspiration!  Her calm presence and steady nature, her patient explanation of questions and her embodiment of both power and ease are qualities which make her a wonderful instructor for beginners as well as experienced students.  She is a natural leader and a person of great integrity.  I highly recommend her as a dedicated and completely competent yoga instructor. -- Debra


As a teacher Sat Shakti's level of knowledge and dedication are immeasurable. She brings an integrity that inspires confidence. She is supportive, kind, attentive and a joy to be around.  -- Daleep Singh


When I first began Kundalini Yoga, one of my first teachers was Sat Shakti. Sat Shakti embedded
something in me that influenced me profoundly. She is one of the warmest teachers that I have ever
encountered. When I looked at Sat Shakti, I saw her “Halo” her Aura, that glow. Sat Shakti is an
exemplary teacher. Her caliber of the knowing the teaching of Kundalini Yoga as according to Yogi
Bhajan, modeling the teaching by living so gracefully, with a warm spirit. She lives & breathes with the
utmost Grace of God. This makes her one of the finest teachers I've ever come across. Her capabilities
of teaching in such a subtle manner but bringing forth the best in all with a “Keep Up & You Will be
Kept Up” modality is one every teacher should aim to be. I am so blessed to have had Sat Shakti as one
of my teachers. Her Grace, her Adi Shakti, her Joy, the world needs more of.
  --Devi Dyal Kaur


Sat Shakti Kaur is a wonderfully supportive teacher. She fills in the gaps with a smile, a gentle touch or a reassuring encouragment. I at one moment was crumbling during teacher training and her gentle kindness kept me going. I know she will help to heal, motivate and inspire so many, it's written in her heart. –Dharamdhan Kaur


Sat Shakti Kaur consistently carries herself with grace, and immense kindness towards both her work and practice, and in turn towards her students. She is reliable, steadfast, knowledgeable of the practice and yet also remains a humble student herself towards the teachings. As a student she makes you feel supported, challenged and remains approachable and kind. What I appreciate most about Sat Shakti is her sincere and humble demeanor, she practices what she preaches, and is not only a revered teacher in the classroom, but outside the class as well. –Kristina Kuroiwa


Sat Shakti Kaur is a graceful, knowledgeable, dependable, kind teacher that any student can count on. She is serious about the delivering the teachings as they were meant to be delivered and takes good care of her students. –Nam Kirin Kaur


Sat Shakti Kaur came into my life when I was going through a huge personal transformation and from the moment I met her, she has been one of the most gentle yet powerful Kundalini teachers I know. It's known among those that have taken classes with Sat Shakti, prepare to work because she is potent and aims for you to get you to your own personal best. At the same time she is a light being that glows and radiates compassion and understanding, and has a fun sense of humor too. She is one teacher that never acts like someone she is not, and never acts better than anyone. She truly embodies the Aquarian principle of egalitarianism. She is tremendously capable and humble, and I for one know I can count on her. --Ruby


Sat Shakti is one of those teachers that helps you go within and beyond your self imposed limits, while creating a safe environment.  She has a subtle approach that embraces the truth and essence of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, while upholding the power and intensity that is at its core.  Learning from and with her is a truly joyous and elevating experience. –Mahan Atma Singh


Sat Shakti has been an inspiration to me for many years.

With strength and grace, she teaches in such a refined manner that as a student I was able to progress quickly because of the clarity and caliber at which she shares her experience.

She is dedicated, enthusiastic and selfless when it comes to being a teacher. She is there if you need to be lifted up and she is there to give you challenges so you can grow.

If yoga is to continue to be a vital and effective source to changing the way we live our individual lives and how we progress in our communities, it will be because of people like Sat Shakti.  –Stephanie