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...   October 28, 2010
go Halloweekend – Weekend #1 of KYL’s Chicago Teacher Training Course
go Throw Out the Ghosts! with Yogi Bhajan - Sunday 2 pm
go Early Morning Sadhana at KYL - Sunday 4 am  
go Breathwalk® Training in 2011  
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis (April 2011)
go Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
go "Conscious Communication" - One Year Advance Notice!
go "Change-Maker Meditation" Conference Call - Recording Available!
go October Teacher Training – Top 5 Reasons!
go Gurunam Singh in Chicago - Sacred Chanting
go Mata Mandir Singh in Chicago - Kirtan
go Visit India with Shakta and Hari Dev
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Hot Dog on the Hoof
go For Your Health - Walking and Your Brain
Halloweekend – Weekend #1 of KYL’s Chicago Teacher Training Course
'Open to All'

First Weekend of Teacher Training
Friday through Sunday Oct. 29-30-31  ($375)
Join us for a deep and personal experience of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation this Halloweekend when you join us for the first gathering of our Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course! This first weekend is appropriate for all levels of yoga and meditation experience. Beginners will challenge themselves and more experienced yogis will reach a new depth of understanding. No strings attached, by the way! You are not committing to taking the remainder of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course simply by attending the first weekend.

However, if you have toyed with the idea of taking all ten weekends of Teacher Training but aren’t 100% sure yet our ‘open to all’ Halloweekend is the perfect opportunity for you to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the entire course.

Spend the weekend with us just as you would at a ‘yoga conference.’ This is a rare opportunity to immerse your Self in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for personal change and transformation, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth. Click Here to register ($375).
A Halloween Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class
"Throw Out the Ghosts"

with Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga (via DVD), and Shakta
Sunday, October 31
2:00 to 4:00 pm
$20 advance / $25 door
Join us for a special Halloween class of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong! This class features a Yogi Bhajan lecture and meditation (via DVD) specifically designed to 'throw out the ghosts!' "No person from any category or caliber, from any religion, from any country, is supposed to be suffering," Yogi Bhajan says in this lecture.

Relieve yourself from any unnecessary suffering by practicing a special 'de-ghosting' meditation to clear away missteps, traumas and any fears or bad feelings that still remain from your adolescence. Once you clear your subconscious by throwing out the 'ghosts' with the Master you will leave feeling beautiful, bountiful and blissful... guaranteed! Click Here to register.
Early Morning Sadhana
Early Morning Sadhana at KYL
Sunday, Oct. 31
4:00 to 6:30 am 
Once each month we offer the experience of early morning sadhana at KYL. Come join us on Sunday morning of Halloweekend at 4:00 am when the rays of the sun are hitting the earth at a 60 degree angle. Why get up at this time? Because this is the time when all of the great spiritual teachers appear to bless, elevate and transform each of us.

Our schedule for early morning sadhana:
4:00 am – Japji (meditative prayer)
4:25 am – Kundalini Yoga
5:10 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:15 am – Hukam and the Long Time Sunshine Song
6:30 am – Breakfast at Shakta and Hari Dev’s condominium.
The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) open at 3:30 am. Please time your arrival for 3:45 am. We begin sadhana at 4:00 am. Remember that the doors to the FAB will be re-locked at 4:15 am.

*Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 1992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana in this particular order for 21 years, until the year 2013. The order of the mantras is 1) Long Ek Ong Kar, 2) Wah Yantee, Kah Yantee, 3) the Mul Mantra, 4) Sat Siree, Siree Akal, 5) Rakhe Rakhanahaar, 6) Wahe Guru Wahe Jio and 7) the Guru Ram Das chant.

**A ‘hukam’ is the ‘divine order’ or quote of the day.
Breathwalk® Training in 2011
with Shakta Kaur

Choose from two fantastic locations!

Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Jan. 22-23 and March 19-20, 2011

Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
June 11-12 and Oct. 15-16, 2011
Walking is the #1 recommended form of exercise for people of all ages and all ability levels. Breathwalk® is a walking meditation practice derived from Kundalini Yoga that combines yogic knowledge with western scientific methods. This combination is proven more effective than ‘just walking,’ with many other added benefits including increased mental clarity, increased vitality, an elevation in mood levels and a greater sense of wellbeing and connectedness. Many spiritual traditions use walking as a meditation to calm the mind, connect to nature and for healing. Breathwalk is a simple, yet profoundly effective mental and physical fitness program. Breathwalk uses a variety of different breath patterns, timed with your footsteps, to effect a change in your mood and energy level.

And, there are 20 different Breathwalks from which to choose! For example, you could use Breathwalk to promote ‘Energy and Vitality’ or ‘Weight Control and Overall Fitness.’ If you’ve been a prisoner of your mind lately you could choose a Breathwalk that shifts you from ‘Anxious to Calm’ or from ‘Scattered to Focused.’ A fantastic ‘after work’ Breathwalk moves you from ‘Distracted, Busy and Hyperactive to Receptive and Intimate.’ There are even Breathwalks to increase ‘Emotional Presence,’ ‘Intuition’ and ‘Spiritual Abundance.’ The choices are unique, varied and always effective!

Join Shakta for a rejuvenating, refreshing and simply remarkable weekend learning to use and teach Breathwalk—not only for your health and well-being but also to uplift the lives of many others.

Two levels of Breathwalk training are offered both in Tallahassee and PEI:

Weekend One – Personal Intensive - $250.  This one-weekend training is mainly experiential, moving through several different programs which provide stress relief, mental clarity, mood control and anxiety reduction.

Weekend Two – Instructor Training - $750.  Breathwalk Instructors take both weekends. The second weekend builds upon the first focusing on understanding the application of Breathwalk programs, working with diverse groups of Breathwalkers and mastering the skills of teaching Breathwalk to others. Click Here for more information and to register for Breathwalk Training.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Indianapolis
Level 1 Teacher Training
Indianapolis - April to November 2011

Shakta leads the first-ever Kundalini Yoga
Level 1 Teacher Training course in Indianapolis next Spring.  Learn how to fulfill yourself, heal yourself, balance yourself and grow spiritually!

Brochure     Application
Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra
Friday, November 26
(the day after Thanksgiving)
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... - Click Here to register.

Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
Now You Know a Year in Advance!

Level 2 "Conscious Communication"

September 9-11 and October 7-9, 2011
with KRI’s Director of Training
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Tuition includes 3 meals daily!
$250 deposit holds your place!
‘Communication is a gift to know. Communication is a gift to understand Communication is a gift to realize. If you do not use communication for these three things, it is better that you shut up and don’t talk.’ -- Yogi Bhajan

Join us for this unique six-day course (one of five Level 2 modules) to learn how to speak — meditatively and intuitively — not just to talk! The discipline of conscious communication qualifies you to speak each word one-pointedly, faithfully, courageously, directly and simply.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Gather your energy and awareness to support what you intend to communicate.
  • Practice harmonious communication in areas of conflict or confrontation.
  • Consciously communicate at the subtle frequencies of your chakras.
  • Realize prayer as the intimate presence of the Infinite within you.

Gurucharan will be teaching every day of this course.

Special course fees apply for a limited time.  For KYL Alumni the tuition is $999 - make 10 payments @ $99.90.  For IKYTA members the tuition is $1,099 - make 10 payments @ 109.90.  Plan now and save money!  Your deposit of $250 will secure these low rates.

Click Here for more information.

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 a 40-day sadhana* of ‘Kirtan Kriya’ at home!  listen to call

*Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod-nuh’) - daily spiritual practice.
October Teacher Training – Top 5 Reasons!
Chicago - KY Teacher Training at KYL

Begins this Friday, Oct. 29th at 6:00 pm

Continues for another nine weekends through May!


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.
Mata Mandir Singh in Chicago
Friday Night Kirtan - December 10
7:00 to 9:00 pm
$20 adv / $25 door
Join chant music pioneer Mata Mandir Singh Khalsa as he returns to Chicago in December to share his special gifts of mantra and music at KYL. Mata Mandir has produced more than 25 CDs over the past thirty years. He is very popular in Europe having lived in Amsterdam for 25 years while running the Golden Temple restaurant there. Now based in Espanola, New Mexico, Mata Mandir Singh travels throughout the US teaching and singing. Let him tune you into the eternal flow of spirit when you arrive for a ‘Friday Night Kirtan with Mata Mandir Singh’ on December 10 at KYL. Click Here to register.
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.
Just For Fun
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For Your Health

Walking Protects the Brain

read how

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who studied people in their mid-60s over 13 years found that those who walked six to nine miles a week -- about a mile a day -- had more gray matter and less memory loss than their peers.

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - October 22

New Moon - November 5

(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.)
Other Classes

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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If you become your own teacher, prosperity will be there. Good things and good ideas will come to you.
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