Current Events... August 25, 2009
go Early Morning Sadhana to Celebrate a Master - August 26 (This Wednesday)
go Devi Scholarship - Applications Due in 7 Days
go Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
go All Clothing on Sale at KYL - until Aug. 26
go Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – "Divine Sexuality" -  New times!
go Teachers Helping Teachers - A Community Conversation  free  
go Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL
go The Business of Yoga Tele-Class - New dates!
go Level 2 Vitality and Stress - Just 23 Days Away!
go Yoga Trance Dance
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Early Morning Sadhana to Celebrate a Master - August 26 (Wednesday)

Arrive any time between 4:00 and 5:15 am!

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.”
Devi Scholarship
devi scholarship Just 7 More Days to Apply!*

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.


* Candidates must complete both the Devi Scholarship application form and the Registration Form besides including their down payment to be interviewed for one of KYL’s partial scholarships.

** 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.’
Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
gong
with Shakta Kaur, Sanjam Singh, and Hari Dev Singh

Friday, September 11
6:30 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.’  Click here to register.
All Clothing on Sale at KYL
sale rack
End-Of-Summer Clearance

Ends on 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 at KYL!
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – "Divine Sexuality"
New Times

Divine Sexuality with Shakta

Saturday, August 29 - 7:30 am Central Time
 / 8:30 am Eastern Time / 9:30 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.

Teachers Helping Teachers - A Community Conversation  free  

"Teachers Helping Teachers"

Wednesday - Aug. 26 - 6:30 pm (Central Time)*

with Shakta Kaur and GuruMeher Singh

Get going with your yoga teaching dreams! Wherever you are stuck, whatever your goals...

Get Ideas, Get Support, Get Inspired, and Get MOVING...

Experience a unique 5-step process to create what you want:

  1. Concept
  2. Clarity
  3. Courage
  4. Commitment
  5. Acountability

You will:

  • Identify your desires
  • Acknowledge your fears
  • Conquer your imagined obstacles, and
  • Commit to a plan to make you accountable

No matter what, we guarantee you will leave this call with plenty of business building ideas you can put into action!

There is no charge for this event. Email 3hoikyta@gmail.com to register.

Three Teacher Training Courses with KYL
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 -   9 Weekends over 8 Months (Oct to May)
     Prince Edward Island Canada - Two Residential Sessions (New Dates! -- May and October of 2010.)
The Business of Yoga Tele-Class
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.
Level 2 Vitality and Stress - Just 23 Days Away!

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

We are just 23 days away from ‘Vitality & Stress’ with Gurucharan Singh. Have you made your reservation yet? There are still a few seats 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).
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.    Download Flyer   Register Here

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - August 20

11 Days After - August 31

Full Moon - September 4

(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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."

Waxing Moon
... 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 New Moon
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.

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.

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
  • Tuesday · Integral Yoga · 7:15-8:15 pm ($13)

 

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
I always chant my personally given mantra, “Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru.” If you perfect this, any time you are in trouble, a miracle will happen on the spot. There’s nothing to understand, no initiation. It’s not something I want to convert you to. I want you to be happy. It is for whatever you want to use it for. That’s it.
"