Current Events...   June 17, 2010
go Summer Solstice Weekend Events  
go Happy Father's Day  
go New Teachers at KYL  
go Gahl Sasson Returns to KYL  
go Chicago Teacher Training Graduation Photos  
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 Scholarship Applications Available
go Paying It Forward
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Summer Solstice Weekend
Friday to Sunday Events - June 18-21
Summer solstice is the time of year when life, energy and the sun are at their height. Come celebrate the annual shift into summer and outdoors at this, the brightest moment of the year, at any one of KYL’s weekend classes.  And, be ready for an absolutely sublime Friday evening ‘gong and mantra’ experience.

Friday, June 18
12:15-1:00 pm - Kundalini Yoga Class - Suite 514.
6:30 to 7:45 pm - Healing Power of Double Gong and Mantra - 10th Floor - Register
This Friday is the launch of ‘Summer Solstice’ weekend at KYL, a time when meditation is especially effective and the effects of the gong are heightened exponentially. So, bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our popular monthly sessions of ‘the healing power of gong and mantra!’ Hari Dev Singh will be joined by Sat Sandesh Kaur, who teaches KYL’s Monday and Thursday lunch time Kundalini Yoga classes.

As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ session with light Kundalini Yoga to prepare the body for what’s to come (the yoga is appropriate for all levels). Then we move into deep relaxation with not one, but two beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs. Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!

After the gong we use sound (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we are able to tune into a different level of intelligence, or, consciousness.

Join us for the deep vibrational healing of double gong and mantra on Friday - Click Here to register.

Saturday, June 19
10:30-Noon - Kundalini Yoga Class with Amarbir Kaur - Suite 514.

Sunday, June 20 - Father's Day
10:30-Noon - Kundalini Yoga Class with Hari Dev - Suite 501 (potluck following class).

Monday, June 21 - Solstice Day
12:15-Noon - Kundalini Yoga Class with Sat Sandesh Kaur - Suite 514.
6:00-7:00 pm - Kundalini Yoga Class with Atma Hari Kaur - Suite 514.
6:00-7:00 pm - Hatha Yoga Class with Jennifer Rzab - Suite 501.

Summer Solstice is a celebration of the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. It has been a grand tribal gathering event since ancient times. To ancient peoples this was the time of the first harvest usually consisting of herbs planted during the spring equinox. These first gifts of the land denote both the importance of the harvest and the cycle of growth to the body, mind and soul. Life and energy are at its height during the Summer Solstice. It is also seen as a primary gateway for manifestation. What were the dreams, thoughts and desires that you planted in the spring? What is it that you want to manifest in the next few months?

Come to any one of our three classes on Monday, June 21, to reflect upon what is truly important as you move into this new season discarding that which no longer serves you. Enjoy the time of light and life that is called the Summer Solstice Monday at KYL!
Happy Father's Day
Father’s Day Celebration
Sunday, June 20

with Hari Dev Singh
10:30 am to 12 noon
(and a delicious vegetarian potluck afterwards)
Come to KYL on Father’s Day this Sunday for an invigorating class with Hari Dev Singh! No matter what your relationship with your father—living or deceased—taking time to reflect upon him and his life on this day is important for you. If your father is alive you can wish him the gift of health and longevity. If your father is deceased you can wish him the gift of peace for his soul.

If your relationship with your father needs a bit of repair, you can infuse some harmony, burn some karma and help release bad feelings... on both sides! In return you will receive grace for honoring the man that bestowed the gift of life to you.

Come touch your own divinity as we use Kundalini Yoga, meditation, chanting and the gong this Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. As always, Sunday's class is followed by our community potluck - bring a vegetarian dish and enjoy the community spirit of like-minded souls at KYL.
New Teachers at KYL
KYL is pleased to announce that two of our talented new Chicago graduates will begin teaching regular Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes beginning this week. Please join our newest teachers for a graceful, flowing and exuberant Kundalini experience!
Amarbir Kaur (Jamie) Bourne

Teaching Saturdays at 10:30 am

Amarbir has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for over 2 years and is devoted to sharing these ancient techniques to help others create balance and joy under all circumstances.

 
Jasdeep Kaur (Elizabeth) Clayton

Teaching Tuesdays at 6 pm

Jasdeep practices Kundalini Yoga in her daily life, and wants to help others achieve their own clarity, calm, and consciousness with this technology.

Gahl Sasson Returns to KYL
Events for "Gahl Weekend" at KYL

Thursday, August 12 to Saturday, August 14

 
Gahl Sasson is one of KYL’s most popular visiting teachers. “Gahl” means “a wave,” and for him, everything is a form of frequency, a vibration. He is a spiritual teacher who has earned a wide and enthusiastic following across the globe. He teaches ongoing workshops on Kabbalah, Mythology, and Astrology in Europe, Israel, Turkey, Mexico, and in dozens of cities across the United States.  Read more about Gahl.

He is the author of A Wish Can Change Your Life: How to Use the Ancient Wisdom of Kabbalah to Make Your Dreams Come True, which was published by Simon and Schuster in 2003. The book was endorsed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and is now in its fifth printing. A Wish Can Change Your Life has been translated into 7 languages to date.  His latest book is Cosmic Navigator which combines the ageless insights of Astrology with the deeper archetypal wisdom of Kabbalah.  It affords readers the thrilling opportunity to learn why they are the way they are, and how each of us might use the potent tools supplied by these spiritual traditions to create purpose, serenity, and a life exactly as we’d like it.

Sasson teaches Kabbalah, mythology, and astrology at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv University in Israel, the Learning Annex nationwide and at various yoga and spiritual centers all over the world. His home base is the Golden Bridge Yoga Center in Los Angeles, which is the largest yoga center in the world.

Gahl employs astrology, Kabbalah, mysticism, music and symbolism in his talks and individual consultations. His workshops and private astrological readings sell-out quickly, so, be sure to register in advance for the event of your choice with Gahl Sasson!

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Thursday - Aug. 12 - "Power of the Name" - 7 pm - Free Lecture - register.
Friday  - August 13 - "2012 - The Future of Humankind" - 6:30 pm - $20 in advance - register.
Saturday - Aug. 14 - "Relationship Alchemy" - 1 pm - $20 in advance - register.
Personal Astrological Readings by appointment $150 - check availability.
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
Take One or Both Weekends
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.

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Graduation - Chicago's KYTT Level 1

June 13, 2010 - View Photos

Congratulations to KYL’s Chicago Class of 2010!  KYL is pleased to share pictures of our Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training graduation ceremony, held on Sunday afternoon, June 13, in the Fine Arts Building. Graduates and guests alike enjoyed the views of Lake Michigan as well as access to the Venetian Garden offered us in the unique 4th floor suite in which we held our ceremony.

Here are all 20 of our Chicago graduates taking ‘the Teacher’s Oath’ together last Sunday(L-R, front row): Rajbir Kaur Kanney, Amarbir Kaur Bourne, Namgeet Kaur Bielak, Ramu Krishnan, Siri Sundri Kaur Buchanan, Jasdeep Kaur Clayton, Gian Jiwan Kaur Derenne, Dharamdev Kaur Flemming, Gianpreet Kaur Innis, Har Rai Kaur Reddington and Devpreet Kaur Smith. (L-R, back row:) Prabhsangat Singh Alphonse, Ajaipreet Kaur Anderson, Shubhkaram Singh Kays, Dhyanjog Singh Kerns, Sat Karam Kaur Killean, Karam Roop Singh Placzkowski, Tejinder Singh Kramer, and Sat Sevak Singh Stone. (From the World Cup in South Africa: Sarabraj Kaur Gelsomino!)
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)
 

 

Other Classes

 

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Revolve your life around summer and winter solstice and everything will be taken care of.
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