Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - 410 South Michigan Ave Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-4699     www.ShaktaKaur.com     info@shaktakaur.com
Current Events...   September 22, 2010
go Autumnal Equinox Celebration - Friday
go Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra  
go Aquarian Age Conference Call Recording Available  
go KYL's Theme - Oneness of Heart
go Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day  
go KYL's 7th Anniversary Sadhana  
go October Teacher Training – Top 5 Reasons!
go Gurunam Singh in Chicago - Sacred Chanting  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Friday, September 24 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The Power of Balance
[including gong, meditation, dancing and yoga!]

with Shakta, Hari Dev, and Sanjam
$15 advance / $17 door
(or 90-min Pass/Monthly Pass)
register
Celebrate the turning of the seasons at KYL. Experience that once-yearly phenomenon, the balance of light and dark in the equal length of day and night, that is known as the Autumnal Equinox (officially Wednesday, September 22, 10:23 pm Central Time).

This time of year is one of lingering in the fullness of summer’s manifestation even as we prepare to turn inward. Come to KYL and create a dynamic balance between the outer and inner--between the light and dark. We will reflect together on the seeds that we planted last spring. We will assess privately how we have manifested them in our personal fall harvest.

As our energy peaks and flows, finally coming to balance this fall, we will send that energy outward where balance is needed most. We will find that the power of balance is found in our hearts, in our dreams and in our souls through Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong at KYL’s Autumnal Equinox Celebration. Click Here to register.
Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
Friday, October 15
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, 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 gong and mantra on Friday - Click Here to register.

Aquarian Age Conference Call Recording Available

Kirtan Kriya: The Change-Maker Meditation

If you missed the Free Aquarian Age Conference Call and wanted to Complete Unfinished Cycles with the ‘Change-Maker’ Meditation then click on the following link to listen to the call ('mp3' file).  Begin your own 40-day sadhana* of ‘Kirtan Kriya’ at home!  listen to call

*Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod-nuh’) - daily spiritual practice.
KYL's Theme
"Oneness of Heart"

is KYL's theme for September & October
During September and October at KYL come experience something we call the ‘Oneness of Heart.’ Yoga and meditation often brings you to a feeling of completeness, of wholeness and of truth. This is the connection to ‘all that is’ that yogis have been speaking about for millennia. It is that feeling of connectedness to something larger than our small ‘self’ that can provide a touchstone of peace during our busy day-to-day lives. We hope to see you often during the next few weeks to experience the larger sense of ‘Self’ available through ‘Oneness of Heart.’  Click Here to view the class schedule at KYL.
Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day

Tuesday, October 6

Let no one weep for me after I am gone. That would not please me at all. When a friend receives a robe of honor, then his friends are pleased with his honor.

- Guru Arjan Dev, Siri Guru Granth Sahib
It is on this day that we remember the passing of Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga and the Mahan Tantric. Shakta Kaur remembers that day very well. She was teaching a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class at a book store in Chicago on the evening that Yogi Bhajan transitioned from the earth plane. She arrived home later that night to receive a phone message from a friend in Canada who relayed the news.

Before leaving the physical plane, Yogi Bhajan requested that his death be a time of celebrating his going home. So, during the 17 days after his death--a traditional time of memorial for Sikhs--and until his Memorial Service in Espanola, New Mexico, the Kundalini Yoga community came together and chanted, prayed, talked and ate meals together.

If you never had the opportunity to be in the physical presence of Yogi Bhajan know that you experience the touch of him as the Master of Kundalini Yoga through the teachings—the kriyas and meditations which he so selflessly gave. As a result, you begin to exemplify the qualities he exemplified and taught us to make our own--dignity, divinity, grace, commitment, courage, kindness, compassion, wisdom and understanding. These are the qualities of a Sensory Human--qualities that are much needed as we make our way through this time of transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age.

That is the lineage of which you are a part. And, it is on this day that we remember the man--Yogi Bhajan--who brought this technology to us as an inheritance direct from the soul, direct from Infinity, delivered through the Golden Chain, to you.
KYL's 7th Anniversary Sadhana

7th Anniversary Sadhana
and
Guru Ram Das’ Birthday

Saturday, October 9
When Shakta opened the doors to KYL in October of 2003, the first class she taught was on Guru Ram Das' birthday. Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus and Yogi Bhajan's teacher on the astral plane. Was that merely circumstantial, or, was it serendipity? We think it was destiny!

Shakta chanted Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru** by herself for 2.5 hours that morning. Every year since then, we chant 2.5 hours of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru together at KYL on Guru Ram Das' birthday.

Be sure to make a special effort to join us on Saturday morning, October 9, because Guru Ram Das is known as the Lord of Miracles. When you join with others to praise the realm of Guru Ram Das on his birthday anything stuck in your life can be moved from the impossible to the possible. And, who couldn't use a little of that nowadays?!

Schedule, Saturday, October 9
4:30 am - Doors to Fine Arts Building (FAB) Open
5:00 am - Japji (meditative prayer)
5:25 am - Warm-ups
5:30 am - Doors to FAB Close
5:35 am - Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru (chanting for 2.5 hours)
8:05 am - Hukam*** for the Day followed by Long Time Sunshine Song.

**Effect of the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru: When life seems stuck, praise the domain of Guru Ram Das, the realm of the heart and of the Neutral Mind where all things become pure. This mantra reaches the realm of miracles. Ask for a miracle and then watch the impossible become possible!
***Hukam-the divine order of the day.
October Teacher Training – Top 5 Reasons!
Chicago - KY Teacher Training at KYL

The Aquarian Teacher

October 2010 to May 2011

Top Five Reasons to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:

5) receive a direct, internal experience of yoga and meditation,

4) orient your mind toward its proper role as your ‘servant,’

3) stop the repetition of past errors and patterns,

2) invoke your intuition and

1) make your life easier!

Why wait for something ‘out there’ to happen that will make your life easier? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful discovery to learn that you already have ‘within’ what you need for a life of ease, joy and abundance?
 
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 on the last weekend in October for ten weekends over eight months. You’ll make your life easier while learning to be in harmony with yourself and others. Your self-mastery awaits!  Click these links for the online brochure or registration form.
Gurunam Singh Coming to Chicago
Two Special Events!

Friday, November 5 - Sacred Chant Kirtan
6:30 to 8:30 pm - $20 adv / $25 door

Saturday, November 6 - ‘From Pain to Peace’
Devotional Chant Workshop
(includes meditation and yoga!)
1:00 to 3:30 pm - $25 adv / $30 door
Gurunam Singh’s debut CD, ‘Journey Home,’ has taken many of us on personal journeys out of the maya and into the bliss. His newest CD, ‘Silent Moonlight Meditation,’ contains even more of his signature and timeless compositions. We are blessed to welcome Gurunam Singh in his first visit to Chicago and the Midwest this November.

Friday
On Friday night experience breathing with your soul, embracing your spirit and lightening your load as only Gurunam Singh can provide! As much as you’ll enjoy chanting with Gurunam Singh you will also enjoy his funny, healing and touching stories of both his travels in India and his interactions with Yogi Bhajan and other great spiritual teachers.

Saturday
Saturday afternoon’s workshop centers on the words of Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Gurus: ‘Dukh Par Har Sukh Ghar Le Jai’ which translates as ‘give your pain to the Har, the God, and take home peace.’ Come to release your burdens and find peace as Gurunam guides you through meditations, yoga and pranayama for a calm mind, clarity, guidance, personal strength and stamina. All levels welcome. Click Here to register.  Click Here to listen to Gurunam.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - September 23

New Moon - October 7
(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
  • Saturday & Sunday
10:30-Noon ($17)
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Hail Guru Ram Das and heal the world. It is His problem to heal. Your problem is to insert Him into it. You have nothing to worry about. If He doesn’t heal, His name will be spoiled—what’s it to you? Most of the time you do not know what to do, true? There are so many times I do not know what to do. So, I insert Him into it.
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