Current Events...   June 9, 2010
go Saturday Morning "Long Ek Ong Kar" at KYL  
go Tonight! Sanjam Singh Teaching Wednesday Evenings  
go Amma Returns to Chicagoland  
go Level 2 'Authentic Relationships'
go Children’s Yoga Day Camp
go Gongs for Sale
go Breathwalk® Intensive Training
go Chicago - KY Teacher Training at KYL
go Visit India – Change Your Life!
go Devi Scholarshp Applications Available
go Paying It Forward
go PEI Photos to Share
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun
go For Your Health
Saturday Morning Long Ek Ong Kar at KYL
Public Sadhana - Saturday, June 12
Long Chant – Morning Call
The Adi Shakti Mantra: Ek Ong Kar
4:00 am – Japji (meditative prayer)*
4:20 am – Warm-Ups
4:30 am – Long Chant, Morning Call, Ek Ong Kar
7:00 am – Hukam for the Day**
7:20 am – Breakfast Snacks at KYL (bring a dish to share!)

Join KYL’s teachers-in-training on their graduation weekend for the experience of chanting Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call) for two and a half hours this coming Saturday! ‘Long Ek Ong Kar’ is the cornerstone of early morning group practice and is often called simply, ‘Long Chant.’ It is also referred to as ‘Morning Call.’ It initiates the Kundalini, initiating the relationship between the soul and the Universal Soul while balancing all the chakras.

The meaning of ‘Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru,’ is: ‘One Creator created this Creation. Truth is His Name. Great beyond description is His infinite wisdom.’ Yogi Bhajan said about this mantra,
‘In the time period two-and-a-half hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels of energy are most clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open the solar plexus, which in turn will charge the solar centers. The person will get connected with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle of time and karma.’
There is no charge for this special early morning sadhana.
* Japji is a prayer which relates the conscious mind to the soul. ‘Jap-’ is often translated as ‘song of’ and ‘-ji’ as ‘the soul.’ As a result, Japji is called ‘the song of the soul.’
** A ‘hukam’ is the divine order of the day.
*** Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod nuh’) is, literally, ‘spiritual discipline;’ the early morning daily spiritual practice.
Sanjam Singh Teaching Wednesday Evenings
Tonight!
6:00 to 7:00 pm

Wednesday Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class
with Sanjam Singh
Sanjam Singh (Max Nedved) begins teaching in a second time slot at KYL tonight from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Sanjam is a graduate of KYL’s very first Teacher Training course – the class of 2006! He has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation ever since graduation in both Iowa and Illinois.

Sanjam took his very first Kundalini Yoga class with Shakta on Mother’s Day in 2003 -- at the urging of his own mother! We are very pleased that Sanjam is adding KYL’s Wednesday evening class to his teaching roster. You will enjoy Sanjam’s vitality, focus and wisdom as he guides you through Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations each Wednesday from 6-7 pm. Also, remember to join Sanjam for his Friday lunch time class from 12:15 to 1:00 pm.
Amma in Chicago
Amma "the hugging saint"
in Chicagoland
June 30 to July 2
Once again Amma brings her darshan to the Chicago metropolitan area.  Many guests of KYL visit Amma each year, to receive a hug from the divine mother.  Shakta and Hari Dev will attend on Friday, July 2, for the all-night 'Devi Bhava' event.  Click Here for details.
Level 2 'Authentic Relationships'
Sep. 10, 11, 12 and Oct. 22, 23, 24, 2010
Cenacle Conference Center, Chicago

Tuition includes all meals...
a great savings and convenience!
Easy payment plans available.


with Lead Trainer, KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (weekend one) and GuruMeher Singh Khalsa, Yoga West (weekend two)
The following rates are offered for this Level 2 module:
$400 - Prior Graduate of ‘Authentic Relationships’
$1,099 - Prior Chicago Level 2 Graduate
$1,199 - IKYTA Member
$1,299 - Regular Rate
Monthly payment plans are available. So make your commitment now then set-up an easy payment plan (call 312-922-4699). Tuition includes 3 meals daily. (Housing at the Cenacle is a separate fee.)  Click Here for more information or to register.

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.
Children’s Yoga Day Camp

5 Days of Conscious Fun for Kids

July 26-30     1:00 – 4:00 pm

5 to 8 year olds

Once again KYL is offering its popular Children’s Yoga Day Camp this summer for the tiniest yogis in your family! Your children will stretch their bodies and their minds through yoga practice, art projects, visualization, music, dramatization, dance and play. Besides learning about yoga children will discover how to use the breath to change their mind; how to be kind to themselves; and how to be healthy, happy and whole!

Some of the many benefits of yoga for children include:

Yoga is non-competitive
Yoga is low-cost and prevents stress
Yoga creates balance, flexibility and quiet
Yoga gives children a greater sense of self, and
Yoga is experiential and social!

Space is limited to 16 campers. Two adults are with the yoga campers at all times. The fee of $175 for all five days (or $40 per day) includes all activities, materials and one snack per afternoon. Click Here for complete details.
Paiste Symphonic Gongs

Paiste Gongs Available For Sale at KYL.

28"   30"   32"

The gong is the sound of creation, and those sounds perfectly match the energetic meridians of the human body.  This is an under-utilized 'sound therapy' that turns off the stressors in the body/mind, releases blocks, and brings forth the relaxation response.

Paiste Symphonic Gongs have a slightly raised surface with a harmonic and universal sound structure. The fundamental note of the gong is balanced with the instrument's complex overtones. Your mind has no defense to the gong after 90 seconds. 

Call to arrange a private showing and testing of the gongs at KYL (312) 922-4699.

Breathwalk® Intensive Training

Two Programs Offered:

Personal Intensive - July 10-11 or
Instructor Training - July 10-11 and Aug. 28-29

9 am to 6 pm
Walking is the #1 form of exercise in America. And, Breathwalk® is the next step in feeling great and conditioning both the body and mind. Breathwalk is a yogic walking practice that combines specific patterns of conscious breathing synchronized with your walking steps. You experience profound changes in just a few minutes of Breathwalking. Some say that these changes are even more profound than yoga and meditation.

Breathwalk offers you a wide range of choices—choice over your energy level, choice over your mood, and choice over your mental state. This Training teaches over 20 Breathwalk programs each addressing a specific need. For example, you can choose a Breathwalk to promote ‘Energy and Vitality’ or ‘Weight Control and Overall Fitness.’ Or, you can choose a Breathwalk that shifts you from ‘Anxious to Calm’ or from ‘Scattered to Focused.’ The choice is always yours!

The one-weekend Personal Intensive fee is $250 and the two-weekend Instructor Training fee is $750 (both fees increase on July 1). Click Here for complete details.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Level 1
Chicago - KY Teacher Training at KYL

The Aquarian Teacher

October 2010 to May 2011
If you can’t join us in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Don’t Worry - KYL is offering its popular weekend course over eight months beginning on Halloween weekend this year!

Click here for the online brochure or registration form.

Devi Scholarship - KYL also has a partial scholarship program available for those in need of financial assistance.  The deadline for consideration for a Devi Scholarship is Wednesday, September 1st Click Here for application.
Journey to India with KYL
Visit India – Change Your Life!

Join Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh on this magnificent journey to India!

Feb. 14–28, 2011
(optional extension to March 2)
FOR ALL SPIRITUAL SEEKERS, TRAVEL TO INDIA HAS A SPECIAL APPEAL. The very land is steeped in spirituality, where many ancient practices were developed and perfected over 5,000 years ago. Simply walking the land can leave a profound and lasting imprint on your soul. To transform your life sometimes requires a journey which will change the way you view yourself and the world.

This is the third tour to India that Shakta and Hari Dev have led with the guidance of tour operator Deepak Singh of Spiritual Journeys. While maintaining all the comforts of home you will have the profound experience of India; absorbing the rich spiritual traditions while enjoying safe food, excellent lodging and the guidance of experienced staff.

Highlights of our tour include:
• Participating in the 5-day Punarnava conference “Ayurveda and Yoga: Where Science Meets Consciousness” held in Rishikesh (the yoga capital of the world);
• Visiting the sacred Golden Temple in Amritsar;
• Seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra on a beautiful sunrise tour;
• Washing away your karmas in the Mother River Ganges;
• Visiting Old and New Delhi;
• Walking the holy ground where Lord Buddha spoke his first sermon after 'awakening' (optional extension tour to Sarnath/Varanasi).

The BBC has listed the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal as two of the top ten sites to visit in the world. The basic tour fee of $1,835 includes the conference, comfortable lodging, sacred ceremonies, breakfast daily and English-speaking guides throughout the trip (land only – airfare to and from India is approximately $1,300 additional). Besides visiting the great religious and cultural sites, and walking in the footsteps of the Masters, our tour also provides time to “shop with Shakta” in the bazaars (an experience in and of itself!) and partake in local customs and ceremonies.  The optional extension tour is $400 additional.  For more information click here.
Devi Scholarships Available for Chicago's Level 1 Teacher Training
Financial Assistance
is Available
If finances have kept you from taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL in the past, then the Devi Scholarship is designed just for you! Go on-line to complete the application form and return it with your $500 deposit on or before September 1st to be considered for one of several partial Devi Scholarships - funded by friends and other supporters as well as prior graduates of KYL’s Teacher Training courses.
Paying It Forward

PAYING IT FORWARD

by Shakta Kaur

“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 are from Japji*, a meditative prayer, chanted by Kundalini yogis worldwide during the early morning hours. And these words 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) 220-hour Yoga Alliance (YA) registered Teacher Training course.

These words took hold in the soul of one of our first graduates. His response to the stirring in his soul was to begin a scholarship fund with personal funds so that whoever wanted to take the incredible journey called Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan® could do so regardless of financial need. He named the fund after his mother, Devi Kaur, because it was she who urged him to take his first Kundalini Yoga class. It was his way of paying back for all that he had received from the course—gurudakshina** of another sort.

Continue reading...
PEI Photos to Share

"Reach Out Teach Out"
Level 1 Teacher Training Course
Begins in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

Shakta Kaur and her Teacher Training Team began the Maritimes' first Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course on Thursday, May 20. Their first ten-day session spanned both Canada's 'Victoria Day' celebration and the start of Memorial Day weekend in the USA. Their second ten-days begin in late September with monthly conference calls during the summer and in the month following the fall session.

The launch of the PEI Level 1 course has been a special blessing for KYL. We are happy to share more photos of the PEI course with you (courtesy of Guru Nam Kaur Ferazza)! Click Here for the expanded photo gallery.

The Maritime provinces, also called the Maritimes or the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The time zone at PEI is called "Atlantic" - two hours ahead of Central Time.
Just For Fun
For Your Health
Eat Your Vegetables!

15 Tips for Veggie Haters

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Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - June 12

11 Days After - June 23

Full Moon - June 26

(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.)

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
  • 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)
 
 
 
 
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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We are not asking you to become religious. We are definitely asking you to become spiritual. For God’s sake, find your soul. Find out where you have come from, what you are doing here and where you are going. Look at the map of your life.
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