Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - 410 South Michigan Ave Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605
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Current Events...   August 11, 2010
go "Power of the Name" with Gahl Sasson   free
go Gahl’s Blog on Huffington Post  
go August is Bring-a-Friend Month at KYL
go Sacred Chant Concert - September 13  
go Farewell to Sat Sandesh Kaur Crawford
go The 100th Human - A novel about 2012
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - August 20
go Master Class with Gahl Sasson – Recently Added!
go Astrology Readings by Gahl - Just 4 Openings Remain  
go Your Divine Contract with the Infinite – Your Natal Chart
go October Teacher Training – Accelerate Your Spiritual Development
go Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – Divine Sexuality
go Devi Scholarships Available
go Relationship Alchemy with Gahl Sasson
go Level 2 'Authentic Relationships'
go Visit India - Airfare Sale! $1,180 - Act Soon  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
"Power of the Name" with Gahl Sasson
Free Lecture On The

'Power of the Name'

Come to KYL Thursday night at 7 pm and meet Gahl Sasson in a special free lecture class on the ‘Power of the Name.’

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.

Sunday - Aug. 15 - "Master Class" - 1:30 pm - $36 in advance - register.

Personal Astrological Readings by appointment $150 - check availability.

Gahl’s Blog on Huffington Post
Same Sex Marriage,
and the Law
With the planet of Saturn in Libra right now — the sign of relationships and partnership — we thought you might like to read Gahl’s recent blog on ‘Libra, Same Sex Marriage, and the Law’ that was just published by the Huffington Post. Then, add your comments and come to see Gahl in person at KYL this week!

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August is Bring-a-Friend Month at KYL
So you’ll both receive class for half-price!

August 1 through August 31
Everyone loves a bargain and so do we! During the month of August when you bring someone new with you to class for the first time at KYL, both of you get in for the price of one! That's right! Bring someone who's never been to class at KYL for their first time during the month of August and both of you pay just half price!

So, the cost of class is no longer an acceptable excuse for your friends, colleagues or relatives who say they would like to meditate and try yoga, but... ! We hope to see you and your guest(s) often during these last weeks of summer.
Sacred Chant Concert
Accessing Personal Peace through Sound & Mantra
with Dev Suroop Kaur

Monday - September 13 - 7 to 9 pm
Come join us in a celebration of the power of sound and mantra in an evening of chant and transformation with Dev Suroop Kaur. Dev Suroop promises an ‘instructional concert’ utilizing the technology of Yoga, spiritual wisdom, devotion, the intuitive knowledge of the Shabd*, chanting and unbroken intensive meditation. Dev Suroop says, ‘Truly transcend pain and suffering. Merge into the light and experience your soul, strength and peace.’

From the deeply contemplative compositions in her recordings, Sahej and Narayan, to the hip, edgy beat of her chant-rap album Kundalini Beat, Dev Suroop Kaur offers an extraordinary range of styles to invoke the experience of the Divine. She was blessed to study directly with Yogi Bhajan for most of her adult life and we are fortunate that she gratefully shares what she has learned – and continues to learn – about how to love, work and live better in the world.
Dev Suroop Kaur is a householder yogi who delights in sharing the practicality of nurturing a successful and deeply authentic life. She is an accomplished musician and recording artist who always ‘breaks it down and keeps it real,’ Shakta says, as she guides you to your own empowered Self.

She lives with her husband in Espanola, New Mexico. In addition to her teaching and musical activities, Dev Suroop gets to ‘walk her talk’ by maintaining a peaceful mind as a business executive in one of the for-profit businesses established by Yogi Bhajan. You won’t want to miss this chance to enjoy time with Dev Suroop Kaur when she visits KYL in September. Seating is limited. Advance registration suggested. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Click Here to register.

*Shabd (sometimes spelled ‘shabad’) – The sound current; the Word of the Creator; refers to the teachings, writing and poems in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (a compilation of the words of the Sikh Gurus as well as Hindu, Muslim and Sufi saints).
Farewell to Sat Sandesh Kaur Crawford

Lucky Kentucky is Recalling Her
We are going to miss another one of our talented teachers as Sat Sandesh Kaur brings her three years of teaching at KYL to a close (almost three years to the day, in fact). Sat Sandesh is in the process of relocating back to Kentucky with her daughter, Harpreet Kaur (Jess). Sat Sandesh’s father became very ill in the past few months. We received word from Sat Sandesh that he left his body just two weeks ago. Harpreet Kaur stayed with Sat Sandesh’s mom while Sat Sandesh returned to Chicago to pack up the house. The movers came early this week and now Sat Sandesh is on to a new way of life living closer to her family in Kentucky.

Sat Sandesh began teaching for KYL almost before she graduated from Teacher Training! She started by taking over Shakta’s morning class at Hazelden and then added the Thursday lunchtime class. The Monday lunchtime class was added most recently as it worked out quite nicely with her weekday schedule. Jasdeep Kaur Clayton is taking on Sat Sandesh’s Monday lunchtime class. And, Ram Nam Kaur Muniz has added Sat Sandesh’s Thursday lunchtime class to her teaching roster.

Sat Sandesh will return to Chicago for the Level 2 ‘Authentic Relationships’ course Sept. 10-11-12 and Oct. 22-23-24. We look forward to seeing her then! While we will miss her gifts as a teacher at KYL, we are glad that she plans to continue teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Kentucky. They will be very ‘lucky’ in ‘Kentucky’ to have you, Sat Sandesh!
The 100th Human

"The 100th Human" - A novel about 2012
Perfectly affordable summer reading!
One book $7.50, Two for $10.00 - Buy one for a friend!
This is a lively summer read that is more conscious than most novels you’ll load onto your Kindle this season. The story is set in December of 2012, the final day of the 5000 year old Mayan calendar. The world is in turmoil as war and international tension continue. A small team of scientists uncover a riddle concerning the ‘End of Days.’ As they reveal the riddle’s symbolic meaning their journey brings them front and center in a war between good and evil; between spirituality and humanity’s often more materialistic focus. It is an adventure that becomes a race against time as they search for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols...  before time literally runs out!

Shakta read ‘The 100th Human’ several years ago and was pleased about the many references that parallel the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, including that everyone is connected to each other--that we are part of the same essence--like separate patterned squares on a large quilt. ‘The 100th Human’ also talks about personal destiny and how you can discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. (Who couldn’t use a little encouragement like that every once in awhile?!)

KYL’s supply of ‘The 100th Human’ is limited, so, pick up your copy soon! (We will mail copies to you, too, if you can’t get to the studio soon. Shipping fee is $5 for one book.)  Click Here to request this book.
What One Yogi Had To Say about ‘The 100th Human:’

"Wanted you to know that I gave one of the ‘100th Human’ books away and the other I kept for myself. I read it and I absolutely loved it. I loved it for the adventure and for the great teachings that are in there. I loved it for the inspiration. I told my students about it and hopefully they will order the book for themselves, too! Thank you!

"In the mean time I would like to order 4 more books! I want to donate a couple of them to our local Library and the other two are for two birthday gifts... the birthdays are coming up soon, so thank you very much for your quick attention and for the gift of ‘The 100th Human!’"
Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra

Friday, August 20
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.

Master Class with Gahl Sasson
Power of the Name - Personalized
Sunday, August 15
1:30 to 3:30 pm

$36 adv / $40 door (space permitting)

Discover the hidden potential of your name as you join Astrologer and Kabbalist Gahl Sasson for a very special ‘Power of the Name’ Master Class at KYL on Sunday afternoon, August 15th.  In this ‘just added’ session Gahl will personally cast your astrological chart and then analyze it in relation to the meaning of your name. You’ll also learn how important it is to use your name at pivotal junctions in your life.

Yogis often find themselves chanting mantras like “Sat Nam” (Truth is my name) or Om Namah Shivaya (Shiva is the name).  Gahl teaches that your personal mantra is none other than your given name. And, following it, he says, ‘can lead you to your destiny.’  To ensure personal attention by Gahl, this Master Class is limited to 12 students. Click Here to pre-register.

Gahl's Astrology Readings

Going... Going... Almost Gone!

Private Readings $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 – Accelerate Your Spiritual Development
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 serve, 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.
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta

Special Topic: Divine Sexuality

Saturday, August 21
8:30 am Central Time
Join Shakta as she shares ancient yogic teachings about men, women, sexuality and the divine. She will draw upon the rich legacy of lifestyle guidance available to Kundalini Yogis. This call is designed to inform, bring awareness and uplift.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Why sex is called the creative sixth sense,
• Ages of sexual development for men as well as women,
• After-sex care,
• Sexy foods and
• Preparing consciously for your next sexual relationship.

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions regarding the journey of self-discovery that is called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’ Details about KYL’s Chicago Teacher Training program will be discussed including the Devi Scholarship program to assist those in financial need.

Click Here for the call-in number and pass code.
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.
What one Devi Scholarship recipient has to say...

In an open letter to KYL alumni who have contributed so generously to the Devi Scholarship Fund, one scholarship recipient wrote, in part,


“I’d thought of writing a thank you immediately upon receiving this scholarship, but decided instead to offer up a prayer of gratitude and wait until I could share what the experience meant to me. I am awed by the breadth of yoga, by the true reach of consciousness, and the possibilities of yoking yoga with daily living. Thank you for believing so much in this yoga and that those called to this path, regardless of financial circumstance, must heed the call. In providing the finances to facilitate an answer to Spirit, you do an incredible service to the world. You create teachers. You birth a greater mindfulness. You go above and beyond to gracefully usher in the footsteps of the Aquarian Age. I thank you most heartily for this. I know that many opportunities will come for me to give as you have; I trust that I shall show as much generosity and so continue this Golden Chain of offering, of connection, of evolution and of service. Thank you.”

"Relationship Alchemy" with Gahl Sasson

Saturday, August 14
1:00 to 3:00 pm
$20 adv/$25 door
Why do those that have a relationship find it hard to maintain it while those that do not, will stop at nothing to get one? You’ll figure that out in this fun and entertaining workshop with Gahl Sasson. Join Gahl as you and he examine the mystical principles underlining relationships providing insights from Sufism, Kabbalah, Astrology, Yoga, Numerology, Tantra and Buddhism including:

-- What are soul mates and how do I know if I met mine?
-- Astrological Compatibility and the principles of Numerology.
-- Love Signs.

Click Here to register.
Level 2 'Authentic Relationships'
Just 31 days away!

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

Tuition includes all meals...
a great savings and convenience!

with Lead Trainer, KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (weekend one)
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 KYL Level 2 Alumni
$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.
Flights to India on Sale
Priceline Sent This Notice on August 7

Round trip Chicago to Delhi $1,180

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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)
"A yatra is a journey on earth to one's isht, one's higher self, one's altar, so destiny may not be altered and one can travel to the destiny. Walk on land with one's feet where all the great men's feet have already walked. It is a self-purification." - Yogi Bhajan
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 $1,935 (until January 15) 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.
Moon Watch

New Moon - August 9

11 Days After -  August 20

Full Moon -  August 24

(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
  • Hatha class resumes in September
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
You are a spirit born for a human experience. You are not a human being born for a spiritual experience. Therefore, do not follow a spiritual practice which comes between you and your God.