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 - December 15, 2010
go "Winter Solstice" Healing Power of Gong & Mantra - Friday
go Shakta Teaching at Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration
go Full Moon Winter Solstice Classes - Tuesday  
go Holiday Class Schedule at KYL
go Holiday Gift Ideas - Yoga Style
go Yoga for Resolution and Healing
go KYL's New Year's Eve Celebration
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis (Begins April)!
go Breathwalk® in Florida (January) and PEI (June)
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
go Journey to India with KYL
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun
Healing Power of Gong and Mantra - Winter Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 17
 
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

($15 in advance / $17 at door)
Join Shakta and Hari Dev to celebrate the time when darkness rules—Winter Solstice! This is the time of year the ancients considered the ‘gateway to God.' The gods of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks were all born at this, the darkest time of the year, to bring light.

Darkness gives us time to pause, to go within, to recognize the divinity we carry inside and to continue to bring it forward in our day-to-day lives. To see and recognize that one light, the light of consciousness, which is manifesting and pulsating through all of creation, is the goal of life.

Your Intention
Use the energy of Winter Solstice to deepen your intentions. When you come to KYL on Dec. 17 bring your written intentions with you.

An intention is different than a goal. An intention allows the Infinite to manifest for you in the way it will best serve your soul. A goal tends to be colored by the outcome your ego most desires – whether it is for our highest good or not. With an intention, anything that does not serve your soul will go—material things, personalities and identities, just to name a few.

From the Heart
What is it that the small voice of your soul reveals in your heart that will make the coming year alive, meaningful and fulfilled for you? Write down your intention in the manner below. Shortly after the Winter Solstice Hari Dev Singh and Shakta Kaur will gather them all together and burn them to release before the Infinite all that is possible for you.

Begin by writing:
1) What you want to leave behind in 2010,
2) What you want to bring forward for you personally in 2011, and
3) What you want to bring forward for the world in 2011.

Bring your written intention to KYL, drop it in our special bowl and know that your intentions will manifest. Then expand beyond your imaginings with light Kundalini Yoga, a long deep relaxation and meditation especially designed to illuminate the divine light within at KYL’s special ‘Winter Solstice Healing Power of Gong & Mantra!’

Click Here to register.

Shakta Teaching at Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration

3HO Winter Solstice Celebration

Lake Wales, Florida

Dec. 18-25, 2010
Join Shakta for a transformational week of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Breathwalk and three days of White Tantric Yoga at Winter Solstice in Lake Wales, Florida. Shakta is teaching two wonderful classes that you won’t want to miss! They include:

Invincible Vitality is Yours with Breathwalk!
Sunday, December 19 in the "Tantric Fire Tent" 7:00 to 8:15 am.*

Many spiritual traditions use walking as a meditation to calm the mind, to connect to nature and for healing. Breathwalk® is a simple, natural and effective walking practice derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. More powerful than 'just walking' Breathwalk incorporates specific breath patterns synchronized with your walking steps and a meditative mind. In this session you’ll experience your invincible vitality as you align all forms of energy using body, mind and spirit with Breathwalk. Suitable for yogis and non-yogis alike. All levels welcome.
*Plus, Shakta will offer Breathwalks after the lunch break on Sunday, Dec. 19 and Monday, Dec. 20th, as well!

Reclaim Your Excellence!
Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong with Shakta Kaur and musical accompaniment by Gurunam Singh and friends ('Journey Home', 'Silent Moonlight Meditation', 'Crimson Sadhana'). Friday, December 24 in the Tantric Fire Tent 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

'I am a work in progress,' we often say, but, it is not so! In the beginning you were perfect, you are perfect now and you shall always be perfect. But, life's whirlpool of color and sound pulls you away from YOU; the mind seduces you away from YOU; the body itself begins to define YOU. Elevate your tattvas to their original, perfect balance and become YOU again. Join Shakta to engage the fire and ether tattvas to raise you above the chaos of life where you can reclaim your excellence! She will be accompanied by Gurunam Singh ('Journey Home,' ‘Silent Moonlight Meditation,’ ‘Crimson Sadhana’) and his musical friends in this session.
Click Here to register for Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration.
Winter Solstice
Full Moon Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 21

Two Special Classes at KYL!
12:15 to 1:00 pm - with Har Dev Singh
  6:00 to 7:00 pm – with Jasdeep Kaur


With a Full Moon on this year’s Winter Solstice this is an optimum time to come to KYL, set your intentions for the New Year and prepare to enjoy two very special classes from two of our fine teachers!

Hari Dev Singh warms your heart with the radiance of Kundalini yoga and meditation in every one of his classes, but, especially on the day of Winter Solstice, come to open a clear pathway for your innermost desires to manifest. Whatever the small voice of your soul reveals in your heart during his class, know that it will make the coming year more alive, meaningful and fulfilled for you.

Jasdeep Kaur always brings a smile to your face with the joy she shares while teaching Kundalini Yoga and meditation. And, on this day—knowing that your intention for the New Year will manifest—your smile will be bigger and brighter than ever. Anything that does not serve your soul will go when you pause to reflect a bit on the day of Winter Solstice.

Click Here to register for one or both of these classes on Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice.
Holiday Class Schedule at KYL
 
  YES
Classes
Monday - Dec. 20 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Tuesday - Dec. 21 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Wednesday - Dec. 22 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Thursday - Dec. 23 - 12:15 to 1 pm
Sunday - Dec. 26 - 10:30 am to Noon

Monday - Dec. 27 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Tuesday - Dec. 28 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Wednesday - Dec. 29 - 12:15 to 1 pm / 6 to 7 pm
Thursday - Dec. 30 - 12:15 to 1 pm
Sunday - Jan. 2 - 10:30 am to Noon
 
NO
Classes
Thursday - Dec. 23 - 6 to 7 pm
Friday - Dec. 24
Saturday - Dec. 25

Thursday - Dec. 30 - 6 to 7 pm
Friday - Dec. 31
Saturday - Jan. 1
Yogic Holiday Gifts

"Yoga 101" Gift Package

$170 Value for only $99

Need a gift but don’t know what to get?

Here’s a great way to introduce friends and family to the benefits of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation!

There’s probably someone on your gift list that would appreciate the calm and serenity that you experience after each of your classes at KYL. For that person we’ve created the ‘Yoga 101 Gift Package’ which includes:

- a six-class pass good for regularly scheduled classes at KYL plus our popular ‘Gong & Mantra’ events,*
- a new Kulae tpECOmat Plus, the latest and greatest in eco-conscious, biodegradable, thick yoga mats, and
- a beautiful CD of Kundalini Yoga mantras guaranteed to soothe stressed out nerves.

Call-in your order (312-922-4699) or purchase a ‘Yoga 101 Gift Package’ on-line. Your Gift Package will be ready for pick-up at KYL just in time for the holidays. Don’t wait because supplies of this special offering are limited.**

"Yoga 101" Gift Package
A great eco-conscious yoga mat, plus 6 yoga classes (also valid for Gong & Mantra night), plus a CD of mantras.  $170 value for $99 (buy).
$100 Gift Certificate for $95
  This certificate is good for $100 of goods and services at KYL (buy).
$25 Gift Certificate
  This certificate is good for $25 of goods and services at KYL (buy).
Yogi Bhajan Inspirational Calendar
  The 2011 Aquarian Wisdom Calendars are here! These are compact desk calendars that allow you to read a new quote from Yogi Bhajan by turning the page each and every day. These are insightful messages from the Master of Kundalini Yoga to help focus and inspire. (buy).
New Year's Eve Celebration at KYL
Our 8th Annual "Yogic" New Year's Eve celebration (details).  $85 for one / $160 for two (buy for two / buy for one).
 


* The "six-class pass" is good for weekly classes and ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ sessions only and does not apply to workshops or other special events. The card expires on April 30, 2011.

** Shipping to either you or your recipient is also available for an additional charge.
Yoga for Resolution and Healing

KYL's Theme for December

Yoga for Resolution and Healing
During December at KYL we continue to release old habits that no longer serve us 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.

December is also the month to pay attention to the feeling of wanting to go ‘inward’ and ‘catch up’ with yourself through the process of personal maintenance. Whether it is fixing what is broken, giving something to charity or weeding out a closet, December is the month to get to the bottom of it all! Whatever is no longer needed by you is to be cleaned up and moved out so that you can re-charge and heal yourself. And, resist the tendency to want to please others in this process. This is totally for you...  not for anyone else.
KYL's 8th Annual...
New Year's Eve Celebration
in the fabulous 10th floor ballroom
of the Fine Arts Building.
$85 single / $160 for two

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 12:45 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

Payment Plans Available!
Did you know that Breathwalk® helps to relieve:
• Depression • Anxiety • Fatigue • Feeling Overwhelmed • Stress
• Obesity • Moodiness • Low Stamina • Emotional Trauma • Poor Circulation • Addictive Impulses...  just to name a few?!
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.

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.’  There are even Breathwalks to increase ‘Emotional Presence,’ ‘Intuition’ and ‘Spiritual Abundance.’ The choices are unique, varied and always effective!br>
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:

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.

Call Hari Dev Singh to arrange a payment plan - (312) 922-4699.
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.

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)
Are you thinking of joining us? If so, then, it is time to check your passport and apply for a VISA. Click Here for details.
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 - Lungar Hall in Amritsar
The Sikh tradition is to serve food to all - where both King and Pauper sit at the same level.  This was the simple device used by Guru Nanak to remove the 'cast' system of Indian culture.  In Amritsar, at the Golden Temple, each day thousands of people are fed in the 'lungar' hall, at no charge.  Of course, this requires hundreds of volunteers to prepare, cook, and clean.  It is truly awesom to walk into the kitchens to view the vast army of people working to serve others.  Here are some links for more details:    Watch Lungar In Action    Golden Temple History
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - December 5

11 Days After - December 16

Full Moon - December 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.)

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.)
Other Events
Pre-Natal Yoga - Selected Mondays, 6 to 7 pm - Jan. 10, 17, 24  (info)

Yogic New Year's Eve (info)

Breathwalk Training

Teacher Training Level 1

Teacher Training Level 2
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Revolve your life around Summer and Winter Solstice and everything will be taken care of.
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