Current Events...  August 12, 2009
go August is Bring-a-Friend Month
go Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
go All Clothing on Sale at KYL - until Aug. 26 
go Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – A Journey of Self-Discovery  new
go The Business of Yoga Tele-Class  new dates
go Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL
go Devi Scholarship - Applications due on September 1 
go You are Your Own Teacher  - A Personal Experience
go Gurucharan video - ‘What’s different about Kundalini Yoga?'  new
go Level 2 Vitality and Stress - 40 Days Away!
go Celebration of a Master - Wednesday August 26 new
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun
go Food For The Gods
August is Bring-a-Friend Month
boy and dog
Bring A Friend

2 for the price of 1 in August
When you bring someone new with you to class for the first time at KYL during the month of August, both of you get in for the price of one! That's right! Bring someone who's never been to class at KYL for the first time during the month of August and both of you pay just half price!

So, the cost of class is no longer an acceptable excuse for your friends, colleagues or relatives who say they would like to meditate and try yoga, but ....! We hope to see you and your guest(s) often during these last weeks of summer.
All Clothing on Sale at KYL
sale rack End-Of-Summer Clearance

Date Extended to August 26
If you’ve been eyeing a particular top, pair of pants or shawl on KYL’s clothing rack recently now is the time to make your purchase. For ten days only ALL clothing at KYL is on sale! Most items are between 20 and 50% off. And, those items that are not marked down receive an automatic 10% discount. So, when you come to KYL for your next class remember to take a look at some of the great bargains we have for you in white pants, tops, Indian-style clothing and shawls. [Head coverings are not included in this sale.] Take advantage of our end-of-summer clothing sale for fourteen days only at KYL!
Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
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with Shakta Kaur, Sanjam Singh, and Hari Dev Singh

This Friday, Aug 14
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
($15 in advance)

Join us on Friday night, August 14 (also September 11 & October 16), for our monthly session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra.’  Each month 40+ beautiful souls gather at KYL to celebrate this once-per-month experience that was recently described as ‘exquisite.’

We begin each ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra’ evening with light Kundalini Yoga and then move into deep relaxation with not one, not two, but three Paiste symphonic gongs.  (Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!)  After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration.  We tune into a particular combination of sounds in mantra to tune into and achieve a different level of consciousness.

Come heal yourself and others at KYL’s ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra.’  Click here to register.
 
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – A Journey of Self-Discovery

Divine Sexuality with Shakta

Saturday, August 29 - 6:30 am Central Time
 / 7:30 am Eastern Time / 8:30 am Atlantic Time /

Register

Join Shakta as she shares ancient yogic teachings about men, women, sexuality and the divine. She will draw upon the rich legacy of lifestyle guidance available to Kundalini Yogis. This call is designed to inform, bring awareness and uplift. Topics of discussion will include:

• Why sex is called the creative sixth sense,
• Ages of sexual development for men as well as women,
• After sex care,
• Sexy foods, and
• Preparing consciously for your next sexual relationship.

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions regarding the journey of self-discovery that is called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’ Details about KYL’s 3 Teacher Training programs will be included--Chicago Illinois; Tallahassee, Florida; and Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada.

Click Here to register.  This call dials area code 218 in Minnesota and will incur long-distance charges to your phone.

The Business of Yoga Tele-Class 
shakta and gurumeher New Dates

with Shakta Kaur and GuruMeher Singh
 
"You know how to teach, do you know how to reach, those who need you?"
 
Five Wednesdays - 4:30 pm Pacific / 5:30 pm Mountain /
6:30 pm Central / 7:30 pm Eastern
September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 2009
This is the fourth time that Shakta and GuruMeher have offered their ‘Business of Yoga’ tele-class series.  And, now, it is a new and improved version, expanded from the original four classes to five classes in order to better integrate all of the material offered.

In five, 75-minute phone workshops, Shakta (Chicago) and GuruMeher (Los Angeles) will guide you to:
    • Know your unique identity, your students, and how to reach them. 
    • How to bring yoga to the corporate client. 
    • Immediately expand how much you teach and earn. 
    • Create a personal strategy for your yoga teaching business. 
    • Clear limiting prosperity beliefs.
 
You'll Receive:

    • Five 75-minute conference calls. 
    • An essential checklist to plan, start, and build your yoga classes. 
    • Ideas worth $1,000's that will help your yoga business. 
    • And you'll leave with your own business plan!
 
Prior students have said this about the course:
 
“This experience was so valuable for me as I am just beginning to teach and all of this information was barely covered in my Teacher Training course.  This will help greatly to accelerate the growth towards my vision!”  TJ

“This is a wonderful, rich, inspiring course with a lot of practical suggestions.  It is inspiring me to get going towards my vision of Kundalini Yoga, Ayurveda and Community Building with the very first class I teach!”  DG Kaur

“Your class was very inspiring and offered many practical tips for jump-starting a yoga business.  Thank you very much for a lively, enjoyable presentation!”  D Singh

“I learned very practical, logical and easy-to-implement ideas for expanding my business.  I also gained a better idea of where we are headed as a world community of yogis.  Thank you!”  P Kaur

“This was, simply, grounded direction... affirming what works.  Brilliant!”  LM

“I learned concrete action steps to help me improve my yoga business.  I gained the confidence to complete those steps in the next 90 days (or less!).  It doesn’t get much better than that."  V Kaur
 
Click here to download flyer.   Click here to register.
 
Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL in 2009!
Level 1
Teacher
Training
 
Chicago
Tallahassee
PEI Canada
 
 
"Teacher Training is about technology – the technology of personal change. How to achieve strength, clarity and grace. It is systematic, comprehensive and complete." - Yogi Bhajan
We are pleased to announce that KYL is conducting three Level 1 Teacher Training courses beginning this Fall... and we’re going international!  If you enjoy weekly classes and want to learn the A’s to Z’s of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan® then one of these Teacher Training courses is sure to be for you!
 
You don’t need to be thinking about ‘teaching’ yoga publicly to take Teacher Training, and this course is perfect for yoga students and teachers of all traditions.

Click on these links for more information:
     Chicago IL  -      10 Weekends over 9 Months (Oct to June)
     Tallahassee FL - 10 Weekends over 8 Months (Oct to May)
     Prince Edward Island Canada - Two 11-day Residential Sessions, Sep. '09 and May '10 
 
Devi Scholarship - Applications due September 1
devi scholarship Students of Chicago's Level 1 Teacher Training Course
May Apply for a partial scholarship.

“Sunia Sidh Peer Sur Naath”
Japji, Pauri 8

‘By hearing God’s Name the mortal becomes a perfect person,
 religious guide, spiritual hero and a great yogi.’

These words from Japji** are what started it all.  They were the inspiration behind the creation of a special scholarship fund—the Devi Scholarship—available to applicants of Chicago’s Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) Level One Teacher Training course.
 
These words took hold in the soul of one of our first graduates.  His response was to begin a scholarship fund with his own money.  He named the fund after his mother because it was she who urged him to take his first Kundalini Yoga class.  His intention was that whoever wanted to take the incredible journey that we call Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan® could do so regardless of financial need.  It was his way of paying back for all that he had received from the course—gurudakshina*** of another sort. 

Graduates from each of our courses have since contributed to the Chicago Devi Scholarship Fund.  The goal is to make our Aquarian Teacher Training course accessible to all regardless of financial ability.  KYL’s Devi Scholarships are granted to those individuals who have either a deep desire to improve their personal yoga and meditation practice and/or who are interested in becoming teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® but are unable to pay the entire cost of tuition. 

Interested candidates need to complete both the registration form and Devi Scholarship Application form by September 1, submitting their $500 down payment at the same time.  Candidates will be contacted for a personal interview by KYL’s Devi Scholarship Application Board.  The amount of the Devi scholarships is at the sole discretion of the Application Board.  In the past Devi Scholarships have been awarded between $500 and $2,000.


**Japji—A prayer written by Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Guru/Saints which relates the conscious mind to the soul.

***Gurudakshina—The practice of giving back to the source of the teachings for what you have received.  Yogi Bhajan used to say, ‘for what a man gives he shall receive and for what a man receives a gift shall be required of him.’
You are Your Own Teacher - A Personal Experience
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An Accident, Acceptance and Kirtan Kriya.

or

"When your world turns upside down,
take time to appreciate the view."

by Sat Pavan Kaur
"Acceptance brings peace. I know this from personal experience. I'll start by telling you my story. I am an active, middle aged woman who had a rollerblading accident and landed on my head.  I don't remember the accident. I do remember waking up in the intensive care unit at the hospital. I didn't know where I was, why I was there or even how long I had been there. It turns out that I had what they called 'moderate brain trauma'.

"I went from being an intelligent, fit, person to one that couldn't watch TV because the flickering lights and images freaked out my brain, couldn't read a book because my eyes wouldn't track on the page and I couldn't remember what was happening in the story. Moving my body was slow and pretty limited. No balance.

"I could have reacted in a number of ways. I could have gotten deeply depressed. After all I was a single mom who couldn't drive, get groceries, cook, do laundry, let alone oversee the kids and get them where they needed to go. My sons were 12 and 15 at the time. I could have been angry or frustrated.

"Instead I chose to experience acceptance. This is what I can do right now, in this moment. What could I do?? I could meditate. I had signed-up to start Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL in Chicago prior to the accident. We were given a meditation to do for the 40 days before the start of the course. The meditation is called Kirtan Kriya and uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma.  [click for meditation].

"It didn't matter if I couldn't sit up in a 'traditional' meditation posture. Reclining on the couch worked just fine. I kept working with the idea, 'what can I do right now?' I would try something and if I couldn't do it, I accepted it for that point in time. I meditated some times more frequently than once a day. I could do it. I did it a lot!

"It turns out that Kirtan Kriya--the meditation that I was diligently practicing since I couldn't do much else except watch the fish and sleep--was exactly what my brain needed. Kirtan Kriya is designed to heal the frontal lobes. My left frontal lobe was the part of my brain damaged by the accident. I’m no doctor, but, even I could see how different it looked from the rest of the brain when I saw the CAT scan when they took out the stitches and staples.

"I told my brain to heal itself. I have an obedient brain and it did as it was told. I gave it the tools to do so--Kirtan Kriya. Little by little the things that I could do started outweighing what I couldn't do. I kept up with the meditation regardless. I started Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 7 weeks after the accident. I realized that falling on my head taught me many of life's biggest lessons--including acceptance.

"It doesn't matter how old or young you are. There are always things that you can and cannot do. The question is really do you accept where you are right now? Things change with each moment. Start observing each moment and don't be judgmental. Realize that this is the way it is right now. This is your chance to start practicing acceptance.

"You may find some parts of a meditation or kriya* simple. You may have limitations that make some parts not physically doable. Visualize your body doing the meditation or posture even if you can't do it right now. Keep the breath moving as directed even if you need to take a break at some point. You will reap the benefits so long as that is your intention. Listen to your body. You are your own teacher."
*In Kundalini Yoga a ‘kriya’ is a sequence of postures, breath and sound that are integrated together to allow for manifestation of a particular state, for example, a clear mind or a healthy liver.
What's Different About Kundalini Yoga

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

International Director of Teacher Training

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Level 2 - Vitality & Stress
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Join Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
as he returns to the Midwest for the experience that is called
‘Vitality & Stress!’

Just 40 Days Away!

Friday, August 14, is 40 days prior to ‘Vitality & Stress’ with Gurucharan Singh. Have you made your reservation yet? There is still room available, easy payment plans, too!

WHEN:  Sept. 18-19-20 and Oct. 9-10-11, 2009 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).  Course begins at 9 am on Friday and ends at 6:00 pm on Sunday.
WHERE:  The Cenacle Retreat Center, Chicago, Illinois (both shared and private sleeping rooms are available).
MEALS:  Three vegetarian meals served daily (included in your tuition fee).
 
Shakta experienced ‘Vitality & Stress’ earlier this summer in Espanola, New Mexico, with Gurucharan Singh and other senior teachers.  She was especially impressed with the immediate applicability of the course’s content to both her professional and personal life.  In addition to the course itself, you'll receive:
- 276 page ‘Vitality & Stress’ manual
- 80-page Home Study Guide
- Six DVDs of Yogi Bhajan lectures on the topics of ‘Vitality & Stress.’
 
WHY ATTEND?:
  • To cultivate your core vitality.
  • To develop your mental and spiritual endurance.
  • To withstand stress.
  • To live as a spiritual warrior who leads, uplifts and delivers.

Besides, lecture, kriyas and meditations this course uses a variety of other processes to help identify your stress hot-buttons.   You will leave with a tool kit that will help balance and uplift yourself and those around you. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify your stress personality.
  • Build your core vitality, mental endurance and spiritual clarity.
  • Explore consciousness as a primary tool in building vitality.
  • Explore the process, effects and downsides of too much stress.
  • Experience a de-stressing massage that Yogi Bhajan taught to relax and refresh yourself.
Monthly payment plans are available.   Reserve your place now and prepare for an amazing experience in Chicago this September with Director of Training Gurucharan Singh Khalsa!
 
Click Here for more details.  Call Hari Dev Singh to arrange an easy payment plan (312-922-4699).
Yogi Bhajan's Birthday Celebration

Wednesday - August 26

4 am to 8 am

4:20 am – Japji (meditative prayer)
4:40 am – Warm-Ups
5:00 am – Guru Guru Wahe Guru* chant for 11 minutes
5:11 am – Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call)** chant for 2.5 hours
7:51 am – Enjoy some breakfast snacks and delicious Yogi Tea!

Join us at KYL on Wednesday morning, August 26, to honor the life and legacy of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the west in 1968. Before then, these teachings were considered a secret science taught only to the upper caste households in India. Yogi Bhajan’s fundamental belief was that happiness was the birthright of every person. He spent his entire life teaching people how they could live to their highest potential.

Once each year, on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, the entire worldwide community of Kundalini Yogis gathers for a simultaneous synchronized chanting of two mantras. One of them, Long Ek Ong Kar, we chant for 2.5 hours. Los Angeles begins chanting at 3:00 am, Chicago at 5:00 am, Boston at 6:00 am, etc., around the world.

Yogi Bhajan once said that whenever you chant Long Ek Ong Kar for 2.5. hours on his birthday that you would receive the answers to your prayers!

Please arrive between 4:00 and 5:15 am. The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) will be locked between 5:15 and 7:00 am. If you happen to arrive after 5:15 am and need entrance to the Fine Arts Building, please call the following cell phone number: 312-656-8229. We hope you will join us to be uplifted as we celebrate the life of a man who has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people all around the world! There is no charge for this event.


* Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus/Teachers and was known for his humility and compassion. This mantra can rescue you in the time of trouble. It projects the mind to Infinity, then allows guidance to come into your finite, daily activities.

** The syllables are Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru. This was the only mantra meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States. The syllables mean: “The creator and all creation are one. This is our true identity. The ecstasy of this wisdom is Great beyond words.”
Food For The Gods

Greek Giant Beans
with Dill and Honey

Recipe
Just For Fun
Roller Babies Video
roller babies
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - August 5

New Moon - August 20

(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)

Full Moon
You are naturally accelerated on a full moon. You are at your highest energy level. The secretions in your body will be at their maximum, so you don't want your energy being used to consume food. Save your energy to reconstruct yourself. Try to drink only liquids on this day. If you feel you must eat, drink only milk. (But, don't drink cold milk right out of the refrigerator. Milk should be brought to a boil. Allow the milk to foam up and then bring the heat down so the milk is on a slow boil for 5-10 minutes. While cooking it, you may add a pinch of ground turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, a cinnamon stick, or a few pinches of ginger to reduce any mucous causing side effect.)

Waning Moon
... is the time between the Full Moon and the day before the New Moon. This is the best time to remove things, relationships or situations from your life that no longer serve you. It is not generally thought of as the best time to start a new project.

New Moon
The New Moon is when you are at your lowest...energy-wise. It is a good day to fast on lemon and water. Fast from sun-up until the next morning at breakfast, when you "break" the "fast."
Yoga Class Schedule  (view online)
Kundalini Classes
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:15-1:00 pm ($11)
6:00-7:00 pm ($13) - not on Friday
  • Wednesday
12:15-1:00 pm ($11)
6:00-7:00 pm ($13)
7:15-8:15 pm ($13)
  • Saturday & Sunday
10:30-Noon ($17)
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
Hatha Classes
  • Monday · Classical Yoga · 6:00-7:00 pm ($13)
  • Tuesday · Integral Yoga · 7:15-8:15 pm ($13)

 

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
You must go from where you started.  That is called the law of the circle.  You started from God, you must end with God.
"