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...   Wednesday - November 17, 2010
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go Yoga for Resolution and Healing - KYL's Theme
go The Power of the Mother - Pre-Natal Yoga
go 11.11.11
go New Year's Eve Celebration at KYL  
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis (April 2011)
go Breathwalk® Training - January
go Healing Power of Gong and Mantra
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
go Mata Mandir Singh in Chicago
go Journey to India with KYL
News & Notes...
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go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun
go For Your Health
Guru Nanak's Birthday!

Full Moon
Early Morning Sadhana
Sunday, November 21
4:00 to 6:30 am

Come and celebrate Guru Nanak’s Birthday!
This month we offer the experience of a full moon early morning sadhana at KYL. This is also the day we celebrate the birthday of the first of the Sikh saints, or, gurus, Guru Nanak. So, come join us this Sunday morning 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 one of us.

Our schedule:
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. The doors to the FAB will be locked again at 4:15 am.

* Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 1992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana 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.

"Nanak, the True Guru, appeared like a radiant light,
shining to dispel the darkness of the world.
He came like the sun and the stars, shining forth
to take away the darkness."
On the night of a full moon, in what is now known as Pakistan, Guru Nanak was born. When he came into the world (1469-1539) it was said that the wise of the community could hear celestial music. The family astrologer, on seeing the baby, greeted him with joined hands declaring that he would sit under a royal canopy and that he would be worshipped by Hindus and Muslims alike.+

The story goes that Guru Nanak went to the river to meditate. He was gone for three days. He emerged from the water of the river after three days and the first words he spoke were the words of Japji.++

When Nanak was in his 20s he left his family and traveled with his two companions, Bala, a Hindu and Mardana, a Muslim. For Nanak there was no difference between the everyday life and the spiritual life. He worked as a farmer and supplied free food from a common kitchen where all--regardless of caste or religion--were fed from the same platform. As he traveled and taught he explained to people in practical ways the ecstasy of chanting the name of the Divine. Most important, he gave them the technical know-how to reach that higher stage of consciousness themselves. He taught that the breath of life comes to humanity from the Infinite source of energy, which is undying and unborn.

Those who gathered around Guru Nanak were known in the Punjabi language as ‘sikhs’—disciples of the Guru—both of Guru Nanak and the Universal Guru/Creator/Divine Teacher whose wisdom and teachings Nanak humbly manifested.
 
+ Excerpted from the book, ‘Guru for the Aquarian Age: The Life and Teachings of Guru Nanak,’ with an introduction by Yogi Bhajan. Available for purchase ($12.95 plus shipping). Click Here to order.

++ Japji is a meditative prayer that will recalibrate your mind, heal your body and balance your chakras. It is "naad," the essence of all sound. Naad gives you the experience of infinity within the finite.
Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday

Class Schedule
  YES
Classes
Open
Wednesday - Nov. 24 - 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Friday - Nov. 26 - 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Friday - Nov. 26 - ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ (6:30 pm to 7:45 pm)
Saturday - Nov. 27 - 10:30 am to Noon
Sunday - Nov. 28 - 10:30 am to Noon
NO
Classes
Wednesday - Nov. 24 - 6 to 7 pm
Thursday - Nov. 25
KYL's Theme for November & December


Yoga for
Resolution
and Healing
During the months of November and December release old habits that no longer serve you with yoga and meditation especially designed to resolve and heal personal patterns at their deepest level. Expect whatever has been actively seeking healing within you to come to the surface during this time to be dealt with openly, compassionately and thoroughly. These are the months to get to the bottom of it all, yank it out by the roots and clean up, move on, and heal... for you... not for anyone else! Click Here to register for a class.
Pre-Natal Yoga

The Power of the Mother - Pre-Natal Yoga
You may attend classes at any time!

with Ram Nam Kaur

Mondays - 6 to 7 pm
(Nov. 22 / Dec. 6, 13 / Jan. 10, 17, 24)
 
You need not be pregnant to attend this course!
We are pleased to announce a beautiful new series of classes for pregnant women at KYL – The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga with Ram Nam Kaur. The practice of yoga and meditation during pregnancy helps the body function more optimally and also influences the mental and emotional states of the mother-to-be. Learn how to create harmony within your changing self and your environments in the company of other pregnant women. Come share, meditate and enjoy your unfolding both as a woman and as a giver of life.

You will learn:

  • basic pregnancy yoga postures,
  • body care and nutrition tips,
  • yogic teachings regarding the connection between the mother and the soul to be incarnated, and
  • meditations particularly suited for the time both during and after pregnancy.

Expand your power to conceive and create through pre-natal Kundalini Yoga at KYL beginning November 14th. Choose any six of the seven class dates for $65; or attend individual classes at $13 each. Click Here to register.
11.11.11
Just 357 days to go!

The dawn of the Aquarian Age!

“This is the Age of Aquarius, in which we worship God through our own soul. This is the sole purpose of this life." -- Yogi Bhajan
The Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, used his intuitive clarity to focus and prepare us for the times that we are transiting through right now – the change from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age. He discerned that the dawning of the Age of Aquarius would be precisely at 11:30 am (PST) on November 11, 2011.*

Measurable Time Period
The Aquarian Age is a measurable time period. It is an astrological age, i.e., a time period that parallels major changes in the development of the human race. Each astrological age roughly corresponds to the time taken for the vernal equinox to move through one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. It takes a little over 2,100 years for our Solar System to travel through each of the signs or constellations.

So, the psyche of the planet changes every 2,000 years or thereabouts. All the stars come into alignment and the angle of the sun’s rays change by one degree.

Change of the Age
What is this change exactly? In essence it is humanity’s transition from adolescence to maturity. The old Piscean Age was dominated by machines and hierarchy. The motto of the Piscean Age was “I want to know.” The task was to gain access to the right information. There were special places of study accessible to the few who could qualify or had a particular destiny.

The Aquarian Age is to be ruled by awareness, experience, information and a new level of consciousness. The motto of the Aquarian Age is “I know, therefore I believe.” Change and learning are continuous and life-long. There are no longer any well-kept secrets in the Aquarian Age!

2038
The switch on 11.11.11 won’t happen instantaneously. It will take until about the year 2038 for all of the values of the Aquarian Age to be truly embedded into society. But, by that time, the opportunity for peace to prevail as reality and a new, more enlightened consciousness to express itself among human beings will truly be recognized as the gifts of the Age.

Yogi Bhajan explained that this period of transition from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age would bring increasingly greater turmoil and upheaval to the planet. As we move even closer to the transition date of 11.11.11 confusion abounds. Depression is the ‘common cold’ of many. Conflicts tend to arise as the old ways of holding power all fight their last fights.

Meditation
Nothing can remain hidden. We see that manifested every day. People are waking up. For some this brings fear and for others, joy. He predicted that ‘there will be a feeling of emptiness inside that will increase every year.’ And, he gave a meditation to help minimize the effects of this process.

Many in the worldwide community of Kundalini Yoga began a 1,000 day practice of this meditation--Sat Siri Siri Akal--on February 14, 2009, to help bring in the Aquarian Age. You may join in at any time! Your projection will add to the upliftment of humanity no matter when you decide to begin. The goal is that each of us enters the Aquarian Age awake, aware and joyous.

DVD Available
To purchase your copy of the ‘1,000 Day Meditation’ DVD with Yogi Bhajan originally teaching this mantra in class on February 5, 1992, with both an 11- and 31-minute version of the meditation ($16.95 + shipping), Click Here.
*Thank you to KRI’s Director of Training Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa and Guruka Singh Khalsa for their knowledge on this topic.
KYL's 8th Annual...
New Year's Eve Party
in the fabulous 10th floor ballroom
of the Fine Arts Building.

Join Shakta and Hari Dev for a fun, inspiring evening of food, yoga, meditation, drumming and chanting in a special New Year's Eve get-together for yogis, your friends and family. We will use this evening of the First Night as a primary gateway for manifesting your perfect beginning to the New Year!

What: Yogic New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: In the Historic Fine Arts Building’s - 10th Floor Ballroom
When: December 31st
Time: Doors open at 7:30, ending at 1 am
Schedule:
  • 7:30 pm – Doors Open
  • 8:00 pm – Relieve, Relax and Recharge with Gentle Yoga and Meditation, including a double-gong bath.
  • 9:45 pm – Delicious Organic, Vegetarian food served Family-style.
  • 10:30 pm – Mantra Dance.
  • 11:30 pm – Drumming Circle (join in or just listen to the rhythms) - bring a percussion instrument if you have one.
  • Midnight – Spectacular Fireworks over Lake Michigan, with a perfect view of the action.
  • 12:15 am – 22-minutes of Chanting/Meditation to Vibrate the Cosmos for the New Year.

If you’ve never enjoyed the energy, ambiance and view from the 2,500 square-foot Curtiss Hall on the Fine Arts Building’s (FAB) tenth floor, you’re in for quite a surprise. Couple this with the energy of the First Night of the New Year and nothing but smiles are guaranteed!

Chicago's glittering midnight New Year's Eve fireworks are always spectacular ... especially when you can enjoy them in the company of a community of like-minded people. Organic, vegetarian food will be served in an alcohol and tobacco free environment. (We will enjoy sparkling non-alcoholic beverages instead!)

The extended double-gong bath is designed to remove the last bit of unwanted stress from last year and clear the way for a fulfilling, conscious and abundant new year. A very special First Night meditation will be chanted to ensure that you create new beginnings for yourself, your family and the planet.

Bring a yoga mat, dress in comfortable layers to do yoga. This event is to have fun in a very casual mode.

Space is limited, so register online or call 312-922-4699. No refunds for this event. Reservations required. No walk-ins accepted.

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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

Top Five Reasons to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Shakta Kaur in Indianapolis:

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!

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, in both 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.
Healing Power of Gong and Mantra
Friday, November 26
(the day after Thanksgiving)
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

($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 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 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 teaches 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.

Mata Mandir Singh in Chicago
Friday Night Kirtan - December 10
7:00 to 9:00 pm
$20 adv / $25 door

Check out the November-December issue of YOGAChicago
and read a review of Mata Mandir Singh’s music!
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
Things are bigger in India!
For Your Health
"Chicken" Nuggets?

You have been warned...

(read story)
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - November 5

11 Days After - November 16

Full Moon - November 21

(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.)
Other Classes
 

 

 

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Each posture has a profit. Each kriya has an Infinity. Other yogas teach you postures and philosophy. Kundalini Yoga has one simple thing--kriya. You do, you get it and you never ‘do do’ again.
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