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go Make Your Life Easier with Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 
go Bollywood Burn - Fitness Fun!
go Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
go 2nd International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference - Sydney, Australia
go Mark Your Calendar! Level 2 ‘Authentic Relationships’ Next Fall
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KYL’s Theme – November & December

The Power of Possibility
Join us at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) during the months of November and December as we explore the “Power of Possibility.” This time of year can be particularly daunting with its shorter hours of sunlight and even colder temperatures. However, it also provides a grand opportunity for reflection on your personal journey through life. Are you pointed in the right direction? Have you gotten off-track lately? Where are you most effective? What serves you the best? Come to KYL and use this season to re-arrange your ‘possibility’ landscape from the cozy confines of your inner convictions, wishes and desires. Click Here for Class Schedule.
Early Morning Sadhana
Sunday, Nov. 1
4:00 – 6:30 am

Daylight Savings Time ends "Saturday Night" at 2 am. Turn your clock back 1 hour when you go to bed on Saturday.
Join the KYL Sangat* for early morning sadhana!  We start with Japji (meditative prayer), practice a Kundalini Yoga set, and end with 62 minutes of meditations (the Aquarian Sadhana mantras). Once each month we offer the experience of early morning sadhana at KYL.

Sadhana means a daily spiritual practice.  The yogic scriptures call for at least two-and-a-half hours of sadhana before the rising of the sun.  The two-and-a-half hours is determined by the law of karma--everything you give, you receive back tenfold.    So, if you dedicate one-tenth of your day to your higher consciousness, your whole day is covered by the returning energy.  And, when a group of us meditates together, the total effect of our sadhana is multiplied by the number of people participating!

Getting up for sadhana is a victory over time and doing sadhana together is a victory over space.  Sadhana is a self-victory.  You become incapable of being defeated!  (There is no charge for early morning sadhana.) After sadhana, please join Shakta and Hari Dev for breakfast at their condo.  All are invited!  

* 'Sangat' means the company of the holy. Please arrive between 3:30 and 4:15 am, the doors will be open only during that time.  Use the North end doors (on the right as you face the building) to enter -  only the door furthest left will be open.
First Weekend of Teacher Training - Open to All 
Chicago, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1

Tallahassee, Nov. 13-14-15

$375 (either location)

Chicago Registration
Tallahassee Registration
New this year is the opportunity for you to take the first weekend of our Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course without having to make the commitment to attend the whole course—yet! Yes, if you are considering Teacher Training but aren’t 100% sure yet—come to the first weekend to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the entire course.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for personal change and transformation, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth. Register online from links above, or call (312) 922-4699 for more information.
Halloween Class with Yogi Bhajan
"Throw Out the Ghosts"

A Special Halloween Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Yogi Bhajan - the Master of Kundalini Yoga (via DVD) - and Shakta

Saturday, Oct. 31 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
$26 advance / $30 door    Register
Join Shakta in this special Halloween class of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong! This class features a Yogi Bhajan lecture and meditation specifically designed to 'throw out the ghosts!'

"No person from any category or caliber, from any religion, from any country, is supposed to be suffering," says Yogi Bhajan in this lecture.

Come to practice a special 'de-ghosting' meditation to clear any missteps, any traumas and to remove any fears or bad feelings that still remain from your adolescence. Once you clear your subconscious by throwing out the 'ghosts' with the Master you will leave feeling beautiful, bountiful and blissful . . . guaranteed!  Click Here to register.
Make Your Life Easier with Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

3 Courses to Choose From:

Chicago IL     Tallahassee FL     PEI Canada
In two weeks we will begin the first-ever Level 1 Teacher Training course in Tallahassee, Florida. If you haven’t started on the journey of personal growth that is ‘teacher training’ yet, come to Florida and join a wonderful gathering of yogis. We can reduce your costs with complimentary lodging in fellow teachers’ homes in Tallahassee. So, don’t discount the possibility of starting with us November 13th!

One class of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation can change your day. Ten weekends of Teacher Training can change your life! See what we mean when you view a video of some of our Teacher Training graduates:  Watch Short Video.
     Chicago IL  -      10 Weekends over 9 Months (Oct to June)
     Tallahassee FL -   9 Weekends over 8 Months (Nov to May)
     Prince Edward Island (PEI) Canada - Two Residential Sessions* (New Dates!)
Residential Session 1 – May 20-29, 2010  and
Residential Session 2 – Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2010.

*Requirements for KRI certification in the PEI course include participation on 5 monthly conference calls. The final conference call will be scheduled between November 1-12, 2010.
Bollywood Burn - Fitness Fun!

Bollywood Burn

with Hemali Patel

Tuesdays - 6:00 to 7:00 pm
You really need to attend this class - even Hari Dev does it (just watching him is worth the time and effort!).  You will sweat, you will dance, you will smile, and you will become fit; total fun.

We are pleased to welcome Hemali Lalu Patel to our roster of talented teachers at KYL. If you enjoyed the dancing in the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ we know you will enjoy Hemali’s ‘Bollywood Burn’ class where she will teach you all those hip-shaking Bollywood dance moves. The class is structured to begin by first teaching the basic Bollywood steps. Then you will learn to combine those steps with popular Indian Beats and rhythms. Once the basic steps are perfected, additional movements are incorporated to give you an extra cardio and core work-out. Hemali creates playful moves and choreographs them to vary in intensity so that you will ‘Bollywood Burn’ from head to toe!

Hemali began her dance career at the age of 6 training in Indian Classical dance--Bharatanatyam under Ramya Harishankar of Irvine, California. She completed her training and continued her career as a member of the Arpana Dance company, where she toured and performed all across the United States and abroad. Along with her training in Indian Classical dance, Hemali was also trained in folk and Bollywood dance forms. Hemali even has some Hollywood experience as a dancer at the premier of ‘The Guru’ in 2002 starring Heather Graham and Jimi Mistry!

Previous dance experience is NOT necessary to enjoy this class. $13 individual class rate or 60-minute/Monthly class card. Click Here to register.

Gong and Mantra Night - Friday after Thanksgiving
with Shakta Kaur, Sanjam Singh, & Hari Dev Singh

Friday, November 27
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
($15 in advance)

Join us on Friday night, Nov. 27 (and Dec. 18), for our monthly session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra.’  Each month 30+ 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 (suitable for anyone) 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 experience a different level of consciousness.

Come heal yourself and others at KYL’s ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra.’  Click here to register.
2nd International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference - Sydney, Australia

Reviewed by Shakta Kaur

in YOGAChicago
Last spring Shakta was honored to teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at the AYA Conference in Sydney, Australia, where she was also able to connect with the local 3HO community of Kundalini Yogis as well. Her trip to Australia actually began with a chance meeting in Rishikesh, India, 14 months earlier. Read Shakta’s review of the AYA conference proceedings by clicking here.

And, "pencil in" a trip to Australia with Shakta for the 3rd International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference in Sydney in the fall of 2011. Additional details to come over the next few months.
Mark Your Calendar! Level 2 ‘Authentic Relationships’ Next Fall

Sep. 10, 11, 12 and Oct. 22, 23, 24, 2010
Cenacle Conference Center, Chicago

with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
KRI Director of Training

and GuruMeher Singh Khalsa
Yoga West, Los Angeles
For a limited time the following rates are offered for this Level 2 module:
$400 - Prior Graduate of ‘Authentic Relationships’
$899 - Prior Chicago Level 2 Graduate
$999 - IKYTA Member
$1,099 - Regular Rate
Monthly payment plans are available. So make your committment now to get the lowest rate available then set-up an easy payment plan (call 312-922-4699). Tuition includes 3 meals daily. All tuition fees will increase on Feb 1 and June 1, 2010. (Housing at the Cenacle is a separate fee.)  Click Here for more information.

In this unique six-day course called ‘Authentic Relationships’ you will learn how to consistently connect with the true identity of yourself and others. You will gain the skills to prevent judgments, fears or circumstances from obstructing your view of the true identity of everyone in your life - as ‘Sat Nam.’  Penetrating through illusions and always relating to the true Essence—the Oneness of all—in your relationships is the ultimate goal.

Come explore how to:
  • Create and maintain Soul-based relationships;
  • Honor the polarities of the male and female energies;
  • Recognize and create Authentic Relationships in each area of your life; and
  • Cultivate personal practices that develop your capacity for Authentic Relationships.

Each day you will study with the Master--Yogi Bhajan--in a video class and meditation. In addition, you will work individually and in groups, exploring the key concepts and ideas in Authentic Relationships. You will experience kriyas* and meditations as well as other processes to recognize how your personal life is affected both by Authentic Relationships and by relationships with a false core.

This is a 60+ hour course; one of five Level 2 modules. Fifty hours are spent in the classroom with 12 hours of home-study to be completed 90 days after the course concludes.

Your Faculty:

Lead Trainer KRI Director of Training Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.  We are graced with the return of Gurucharan Singh to Chicago for ‘Authentic Relationships.’ Gurucharan is an expert in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, and has been the interpreter and compiler of his teachings since 1969. He serves as the International Director of Teacher Training for the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), which he co-founded in 1972.
Level 2 Trainer GuruMeher Singh Khalsa GuruMeher serves as the Director of Training at Yogi Bhajan’s original yoga studio, Yoga West, in Los Angeles. GuruMeher has over 25 years experience teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. He is a respected life coach who helps others via yoga, meditation and personal mentoring to accelerate growth, remove obstacles and increase their happiness.

*In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® a kriya is a sequence of postures, breath and sound that are integrated together to manifest a particular state. When you practice a Kundalini Yoga kriya the result of its repetition is access to a particular, predictable and stable state—one facet of your awareness.
Meditation Clinic with Hari Dev
Saturday Mornings
Begins November 7

9 to 10 am - with Hari Dev

Designed for people who have no interest in physical yoga but who would like the benefits of meditation to invoke clarity and calmness of mind.

deepen your awareness, clear the noise, manifest peace

Harness Your Mind to Serve You...   Kundalini yogis have been gifted with meditations that will physically rewire the brain and create new circuits; the net impact being:

  • calm the emotions
  • allow clarity and focus
  • turn off the inner chatter
  • manifest your destiny
  • live peacefully within the chaos of life.

The technology of meditation has been available for thousands of years, but is just now being researched in order to quantify the benefits.  A recent book, How God Changes Your Brain (take a peek), provides a detailed look at just one Kundalini meditation (of thousands) called Kirtan Kriya.  It changes your brain - in positive ways - making your life better.

This course is called a 'clinic' because we teach meditations which have a healing purpose - gently moving the nerves and chemistry of the brain to effect a change in your wellness.  Existing mental patterns which do not serve you (like ruts in a road) will vanish under a new superhighway of freely flowing energy; connecting all facets of your being and revealing your place in the scheme of life. Class fee is $13 or 60-minute/Monthly class card. Please call Hari Dev with your questions - (312) 922-4699.

Engage your will - Express your excellence - Reclaim your life!

Just For Fun

Photo of Yogi Bhajan from the cover of "Beads of Truth" - June 1974.
For Your Health
Energy Every Day: Tips to Fight Fatigue, Bloat, and Stress

Want to fight fatigue? Here's what kind of exercise – and how much – is best.  Read Story.
Moon Watch

Full Moon - November 2

New Moon - November 16
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)

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.

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.)

New Moon
The New Moon is when you are at your 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)


Other Classes

  • Tuesday · Bollywood Burn · 6:00-7:00 pm ($13)


A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
When you pray to the Unknown, tell Him, 'All unknown negatives in me should be eliminated and all positive should be in me to reflect Thee’.