Current Events... August 19, 2009
||August is Bring-a-Friend Month
||Devi Scholarship - Applications
due on September 1
||Healing Power of Triple
Gong and Mantra
||All Clothing on Sale at KYL -
until Aug. 26
||Free Aquarian Age Conference Call
– "Divine Sexuality" - New times!
||The Business of Yoga Tele-Class -
||Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL
||You are Your Own Teacher
- A Personal Experience
||Gurucharan video - ‘What’s
different about Kundalini Yoga?'
||Level 2 Vitality
and Stress - Less Than 40 Days Away!
||Celebration of a Master - Wednesday August 26
||Yoga Trance Dance
News & Notes...
||Yoga Class Schedule
||Yogi Bhajan Quote
August is Bring-a-Friend Month
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
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. Until August 26 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
Healing Power of Triple
Gong and Mantra
with Shakta Kaur, Sanjam Singh, and Hari Dev Singh
Friday, September 11
pm to 7:45 pm
($15 in advance)
Join us on Friday night, September 11 (also 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.’
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – A Journey of Self-Discovery
Divine Sexuality with Shakta
Saturday, August 29 -
7:30 am Central Time
/ 8:30 am Eastern Time / 9:30 am Atlantic Time /
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
with Shakta Kaur and GuruMeher Singh
"You know how to teach, do you know how to reach, those who
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,
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
In five, 75-minute phone workshops, Shakta
(Chicago) and GuruMeher (Los Angeles) will guide you
• 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
• Clear limiting
• 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.
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.
“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
Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL in 2009!
"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:
- 10 Weekends over 9 Months (Oct to June)
Application Due Date - Tuesday, September
Students of Chicago's Level 1 Teacher Training Course
Apply for a partial scholarship.
“Sunia Sidh Peer Sur Naath”
Japji, Pauri 8
‘By hearing God’s Name the mortal becomes a perfect
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
**Japji—A prayer written by Guru Nanak,
the first of the Sikh Guru/Saints which relates the
conscious mind to the soul.
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
An Accident, Acceptance and Kirtan Kriya.
world turns upside down,
take time to appreciate the view."
by Sat Pavan Kaur
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.
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
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
"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.
of Teacher Training
Level 2 - Vitality & Stress - Less than 40 Days Away!
Join Director of Training, Gurucharan
Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
as he returns to the Midwest for the experience that is
‘Vitality & Stress!’
We are less than 40 days away from
‘Vitality & Stress’ with Gurucharan Singh.
Have you made your reservation yet? There are still a few seats
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).
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 &
- 80-page Home Study Guide
- Six DVDs of Yogi Bhajan
lectures on the topics of ‘Vitality & Stress.’
- To cultivate your core vitality.
- To develop your mental and spiritual
- 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.
- 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!
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.”
Yoga Trance Dance®
Friday - September 25
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
with Maia Bielak
Yoga Trance Dance® is a yogic practice which combines yoga and
dance to call you back into your body. Starting with prana yogaasanas (breath driven movement) Yoga Trance Dance® establishes a
safe and sacred space for your creative energy to flow. Learn to
experience the practice of free-form movement while you clear your
mind and more naturally relate to your essence, the life force
within. The focus is not on your performance. The focus is on
cultivating the moment... each moment... this moment... through an
exploration of the eternal flow of natural movement.
New Moon - August 20
11 Days After New Moon -
Full Moon - September 4
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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."
... is the time between the New Moon and the day before the Full
Moon. During this time the energy of the body moves into your higher
centers (chakras). This is the time to bring new things, new people
or new relationships into your life or to accelerate the progress
of your special projects.
11 Days After
Yogi Bhajan taught that this is the day when you are in balance.
The glandular system readjusts itself on this day. Your metabolism
is changing, so if you eat very lightly (green foods) or if you
live just on water and lemon today, your health will be perfect.
Eat very lightly during the day. Eat only one meal and drink lemon
and water the rest of the day.
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.)
... 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.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
($13) - not on Friday
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
- Monday · Classical
Yoga · 6:00-7:00 pm
- Tuesday · Integral
Yoga · 7:15-8:15 pm
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
How many of you go to the movies? Sometimes you have scenes of bombardment happening, torpedoes, ships raging, the whole thing and you can still sit there. Why don’t you just sit like that your whole life? It’s God’s planet, let Him take care of you. Somebody else is running the movie, the theater operator, we call him God. It is His light which is creating the shadows of Maya on the screen of Karma.