Current Events...   July 14, 2010
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
go Early Morning Sadhana Sunday  
go "Power of the Name" with Gahl Sasson
go Your Divine Contract with the Infinite – Your Natal Chart
go October Teacher Training – A Course in Self-Leadership October  
go Visit India – Change Your Life!
go Teacher Training Scholarships Available
go Level 2 'Authentic Relationships'
go Free Conference Call - Three Minutes to a New You
go Photos from Our Wedding 
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra

Friday, July 16
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

with Shakta, Hari Dev, and Sanjam
($15 in advance / $17 at door)

Join us for our popular monthly sessions of gong and mantra.  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, not two, but three 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 triple gong and mantra on Friday - Click Here to register.

Early Morning Sadhana
Sunday Morning - July 18****

4 am to 6:30 am

"Morning Call" - Adi Shakti Mantra
Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru
4:00 am – Japji (meditative prayer)*
4:20 am – Warm-Ups
4:30 am – Morning Call, Ek Ong Kar
7:00 am – Hukam** for the Day
7:20 am – Breakfast Snacks at KYL (bring something yummy to share!)

Join us on Sunday morning for the experience of chanting Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call) for two and a half hours! 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. Shakta Kaur begins her annual 40 day sadhana of 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kar on Sunday, July 18th, to end on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, Thursday, August 26.

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.

**** July 18 is also Hari Dev and Shakta Kaur’s wedding anniversary! Click Here to see photos from their wedding ceremony six years ago officiated by KRI’s CEO Nirvair Singh Khalsa.
"Power of the Name" with Gahl Sasson
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 insights of Astrology with the wisdom of Kabbalah into a powerful spiritual system that can be studied and applied in ways to bolster your purpose and happiness. According to Gahl, a Cosmic Navigator is “one who surfs life’s synchronicities in search of adventure, happiness, love and light.” And, this unique book shows you just how to do that!

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.
Read Gahl’s ‘Power of the Name’ article in YOGAChicago magazine!

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.
Your Divine Contract with the Infinite – Your Natal Chart

Actually, you did have an instruction manual with you at birth - your natal chart.

Free Chart Here
Before you visit Gahl at KYL this August go to his website for a free natal chart. This chart is a "spiritual contract" that you signed with God and a constant reminder of your chosen path in this incarnation.  That means you can’t complain about anything that you don’t like in your life or in your chart!  You—and only you—created and agreed to what astrologers call your ‘natal chart.’

“Accepting that chart marks the first step in changing your life,” says Gahl.

Then come to KYL for class and pick up a copy of Gahl Sasson’s book, Cosmic Navigator, while you’re there. Both your natal chart and what you read in his book will provide many personal insights for you even before you meet with him.
October Teacher Training – A Course in Self-Leadership
Chicago - KY Teacher Training at KYL

The Aquarian Teacher

October 2010 to May 2011
The Aquarian Teacher Training program is the KRI Level One Certification program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. In this course you learn the fundamental principles and practices of Kundalini Yoga. You learn to develop the skills to master your own life. And, once you have completed all of the coursework, you will be certified to instruct others in Kundalini kriyas and meditations if you choose to do so.

AQUARIAN Why is this course called the ‘Aquarian’ Teacher Training program? Because, in the words of Yogi Bhajan, ‘The Age of Aquarius is upon us where we feel it, know it, understand it, or not. The past is going to be obsolete and teachers of the Age of Aquarius are going to help humanity. How to grow, to glow. How to server, to be.“ But, before you can serve others you must...

FULFILL YOURSELF The first student you have is yourself. Kundalini Yoga is the science of how to fulfill yourself in the experience of being human. Becoming conscious of your own consciousness is the first step. The second step is to serve others. Seeing the growth of a spiritual community around you and the miracle of lives transformed by this sacred science is most inspiring!

SACRED SCIENCE Kundalini Yoga is the technology of human consciousness. It is a sacred science that works on the chakras, the arcline and the aura. It works directly on energy. Either you are above the energy and ride it or you go below the energy and it rides you. This is where ‘self-leadership’ comes in. You learn to ride your own energy, to experience it, to remain neutral and act--rather than react-- in a given situation. It is a sacred science because through its study your own sacredness is awakened.

So, join us beginning with the last weekend in October for ten weekends over eight months. Your self-mastery awaits. Click these links 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.

QUESTION: Why should I take Teacher Training at KYL?

ANSWER: Because you will impact your life and the lives of your loved ones...  forever.

HOW CAN WE BE SO SURE? Take a look at this note we received from one of our graduates to see what we mean!
 

"Sat Nam,

Well, Shakta I wanted to share something with you today. My son Marley had a baseball game last night, and they usually win, however they got slaughtered and lost by 10 runs. After the game Marley was upset and angry with tears running down his face and he had such a nasty attitude. Once we got in to the car, I instructed him to follow my directions.

 

I had him close his eyes and roll them to the third eye point and do some long deep breathing. Although I was sitting behind him, I could see and feel his resistance. After a couple of breaths, I told him to close his right nostril with his thumb and continue to breathe long and deep through the left side. I said, ‘do this as long as you need, your body will tell you when you are no longer angry.’ Then I told him to inhale ‘Sat,’ exhale ‘Nam’* ( I have him do this when he is batting, too. He carries stress and demands personal perfection.)

 

After about 3 minutes he was back to himself. My husband, Ron, looked at me and said, ‘WOW, this stuff really works!!!!’ I have loved Kundalini for the past 9 years. I have found it to be powerful and impactful for me personally. However, when I see the gift of this technology being used by my Sun (son) I want to tear up in thankfulness.

 

I also explained to Marley - now that he has received this gift of knowledge - that he should freely share it with others. Believe it or not, he immediately named 3 or 4 friends on the baseball team that he wanted to teach it to, too! So as I am typing this, my soul is saying don't forget to thank Shakta for hosting this Teacher Training, because without it, the points would not be driven home to me as strongly.

 

So, Ms. Shakta Kaur, ‘THANK YOU!’ Have an amazingly beautiful day. "

   -- Namaste, Harjodh Kaur


*’Sat’ means ‘truth.’ ‘Nam’ means ‘identity or name.’ With every breath you remind yourself that your essence is truth—that you are a spiritual being here having a human experience.
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 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.
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.
Free Conference Call - "Three Minutes to a New You"
Free ‘Aquarian Age’ Conference Call
A Journey of Self-Discovery

Special Topic: Three Minutes to a New You!
with Shakta

Saturday, July 24 - 8:30 am Central Time
Join Shakta for a free one-hour conference call to learn about the unique period of time in which we are living – on the cusp between the end of the Piscean Age and the beginning of the Aquarian Age. While many estimates have been offered for the date of entry into the Aquarian Age Yogi Bhajan discerned that transition to take place on November 11, 2011.

Wisdom, intuition and the use of the meditative mind is what is needed in the Aquarian Age. The power of one’s consciously projected words is the greatest power during this time. Change and learning are life-long and continuous. We can already see the Piscean walls of misunderstanding and fear starting to crumble under the sheer weight of the higher consciousness that is manifesting on the planet. What worked before won’t work now. Nothing can remain hidden. There are no longer any well-kept secrets. People are waking up. For some this brings joy, for others, fear.

On this free call you will learn:
  • How to overcome challenges to your mind, body and spirit during the transition,
  • Specific technologies used to consciously direct the mind towards peace,
  • Why using the breath to create a deep stillness is so important, and
  • The best time of day to cultivate your invincibility to withstand the pressure of the times.

Shakta will also discuss details about and answer questions regarding the journey of personal growth and leadership that is called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’ Details about the partial scholarship program available for KYL Teacher Training candidates will also be discussed.

Join other like-minded individuals on Saturday, July 24, in a lively discussion about the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age and walk away with tools that will help you here and now! Click Here for the call-in number and pass code.
Wedding Pix
Some Photos of
Shakta and Hari Dev's Wedding
July 18, 2004
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Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - July 11

11 Days After - July 22

Full Moon - July 25

(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
  • 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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When you are born of a female, that’s called Shakti, that’s called existence. And when you live and excel and grow and understand, that’s called Shakta, so you are complete within yourself.
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