Current Events...   December 9, 2009
go Early Morning Sadhana This Sunday - 4 am
go Schedule Changes at KYL
go Make Your Life Easier with Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
go Winter Solstice Weekend Schedule
go Winter Solstice Intentions  
go Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration
go Level 2 ‘Authentic Relationships’ Next Fall
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun
go For Your Health
Early Morning Sadhana

Sunday, Dec. 13

4:00 to 6:30 am
Why get up to join us for early morning sadhana on Sunday? Because between 3:00 and 6:00 am, when the rays of the sun are hitting the earth at a 60 degree angle, Yogi Bhajan taught that all of the great spiritual teachers appear to bless, elevate and transform each of us.

Join the KYL Sangat* to receive these blessings!  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.
Schedule Changes at KYL

 

Bhajan Kaur (aka Lauren Daniel) will be teaching two classes on Wednesday evenings in December - 6:00 to 7:00 pm and then again at 7:15 to 8:15 pm.  She is one of KYL’s most beloved teachers!  Come and experience her graceful delivery of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation on Wednesdays at KYL.

 

Hemali Patel (Bollywood Burn) will be away in India for several weeks.  We expect to resume Bollywood Burn classes in mid January on Tuesday evenings.

Make Your Life Easier with Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

Residential Course Still Available...

PEI Canada
One class of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation can change your day. Nine months 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* 
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.
Winter Solstice Weekend Schedule
Join with all the talented teachers at KYL to celebrate the time when darkness rules—Winter Solstice! This is the time of year the ancients considered the ‘gateway to God.’ The gods of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks were all born at this, the darkest time of the year, to bring light.

Darkness gives us time to pause, to go within, to recognize the divinity we carry inside and to continue to bring it forward in our day-to-day lives. To see and recognize that one light, the light of consciousness, which is manifesting and pulsating through all of creation, is the goal of life. Expand beyond your imaginings with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation especially designed to illuminate the divine light within!
Friday, Dec. 18 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Sanjam Singh - 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 18: Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra with Shakta Kaur, Sanjam Singh and Hari Dev Singh - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 19: Meditation Clinic with Hari Dev Singh - 9:00 to 10:00 am

Saturday, Dec. 19: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Hari Dev Singh - 10:30 am to 12 noon

Sunday, Dec. 20: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Shakta Kaur (vegetarian potluck afterwards!) - 10:30 am to 12 noon
  1:00 pm to 1:31 pm – 31-minute Community Meditation (no charge)

Monday, Dec. 21: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Sat Sandesh Kaur - 12:15 to 1:00 pm

Monday, Dec. 21: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Ram Nam Kaur - 6:00 to 7:00 pm
  7:15 pm to 7:46 pm – 31-minute Community Meditation (no charge)

Monday, Dec. 21: Hatha Yoga Class with Lakshmi - 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Winter Solstice Intentions

All Weekend Long

Dec. 18 through Dec. 21
Use this moment in the quiet cycle of life—winter—to deepen your intentions. And, when you come to KYL for class between Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 bring your written intention with you.

An intention is different than a goal. An intention allows the Infinite to manifest for you in the way it will best serve your soul. A goal tends to be colored by the outcome your ego most desires – whether it is for our highest good or not. With an intention, anything that does not serve your soul will go—material things, personalities and identities, just to name a few.

What is it that the small voice of your soul reveals in your heart that will make the coming year alive, meaningful and fulfilled for you? Write down your intention in the manner below. Shortly after the Winter Solstice Hari Dev Singh and Shakta Kaur will gather them all together and burn them to release before the Infinite all that is possible for you.

Begin by writing …
1) What you want to leave behind in 2009,
2) What you want to bring forward for you personally in 2010, and
3) What you want to bring forward for the world in 2010.

Bring your written intention to KYL, drop it in our special bowl and know that your intentions will manifest.
7th Annual Celebration
Thursday - December 31 - 7:30 pm
Join us for a fun, inspiring and conscious evening of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, drumming, chanting and community at KYL’s 7th Annual ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve’ celebration! This year we will enjoy the newly renovated floor in the historic ballroom on the 10th floor of the Fine Arts Building (FAB) which provides a perfect view of Lake Michigan and the fireworks from Navy Pier. Delicious organic, vegetarian food will be served in an alcohol and tobacco free environment.

This New Year’s Eve we have both a Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse as major influencers. This may manifest for you as a feeling of wanting to plan as little as possible for the holidays. If that is the case, keep your celebrations simple and inexpensive. Put your focus inward instead, towards your personal growth, in the company of like-minded people as you consider joining us Dec. 31st for ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve.’
7:30 pm – Doors open
8:00 pm – Yoga to Relieve, Relax and Recharge with Double-Gong Bath
9:45 pm – Delicious Vegetarian Dinner
10:30 pm – Mantra Dance
11:30 pm – Drumming – Bring a percussion instrument if you have one
Midnight – Spectacular Fireworks viewed from the 10th floor!
12:15 am – 22-Minutes of Kirtan to vibrate the cosmos for the New Year
Click Here to register or call (312) 922-4699. Space is limited - Advance registration is necessary. No walk-ins on the day of the event; pre-register by Sunday Dec. 27, $85 single / $155 for two.  Download Flyer.
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 commitment 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 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.
Just For Fun


View a selection of exquisite nature photographs.
For Your Health

Top 12 Foods for Healthy Immune Response

Coconut, blueberries, and yogurt - Oh My!  Read It.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - Dec. 2

New Moon - Dec. 16

(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)

 

Other Classes

  • Saturday · Meditation Clinic · 9:00-10:00 am ($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'.
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