Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - 410 South Michigan Ave Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605
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Current Events...   Tuesday - January 4, 2011
go Today! New Moon with Partial Solar Eclipse  
go Early Morning Sadhana Tomorrow (Wednesday)  
go 2011 Yoga Gift Packages Available Now
go Yoga for Prosperity - January and February
go Healing Power of ‘Prosperity’ Gong & Mantra
go Free Aquarian Age Conference Call – "Three Minutes to a New You"
go The Power of the Mother - Pre-Natal Yoga  
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis (Begins April)!
go Breathwalk® in Florida (January) and Canada (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
go Food For The Gods
go For Your Health
Today! Tuesday, January 4*

New Moon with Partial Solar Eclipse

(Visible from much of Europe, North Africa and central Asia)
If you have not already done so, this would be the time to write your intentions for the New Year and to re-set your priorities. Make a promise to yourself that you will not leave anything for tomorrow that can be done today.

"Do it now" should be your mantra during this timeframe. Things are moving so quickly these days that anything procrastinated will be just that much harder to catch up with later. If it doesn't get done, ask yourself if it is really all that important. If it is, then do it now. If not, let it go. Overall, this is a good day to re-set. The new moon is always a still point and a good time to indicate change. Just make sure it is something you are fully 100% behind as this New Moon comes with the force of the eclipse and the surge of energy associated with planets going direct. Anything you decide will be supported, so, choose wisely!
*With gratitude to Lena Stevens, www.thepowerpath.com
Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday

Celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday at KYL

Wednesday, January 5 - 4:30 am
Come to KYL early Wednesday (January 5) morning to celebrate the birthday of the Sikh saint and warrior, Guru Gobind Singh. Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1666 as Gobind Rai. He exhibited great fearlessness and an elevated consciousness at a very young age.

Jaap Sahib is a prayer written by Guru Gobind Singh when he was just 19 years old. It describes all of the aspects of the Creator. The yoga set/kriya Wednesday morning is the practice of bowing rhythmically to the verses of Jaap Sahib (i.e., ‘Bowing Jaap Sahib’). The sound of Jaap Sahib rouses the soul and the higher self of the human being. It is good to recite--or even to simply listen to--when your position is endangered or when you feel weak. It brings grace, greatness and royal courage.

Delicious Yogi Tea will be served. You might bring some light breakfast snacks to share afterwards. There is no charge for this special early morning practice, however, donations are accepted.

Schedule
4:30 am – Japji Sahib (meditative prayer)
4:55 am – Warm-Ups
5:10 am – Bowing Jaap Sahib (yoga set)
5:45 am – Aquarian Sadhana mantras
6:55 am – End (approximately)
Please arrive between 4:00 am and 4:30 am because the building doors are open only during that time.
New Year's Resolutions...
2011 Yoga Gift Packages
$170 Value for only $99

There’s probably someone you know who has ‘learn to meditate’ or ‘take yoga classes’ at the top of their list of New Year’s resolutions. Well, now you can help them out with a ‘2011 Yoga Gift Package.’ For those family members or colleagues who have decided 2011 is ‘the’ year to quiet the mind and strengthen the nervous system this is a delightful way to encourage their commitment to keep that intention.

Call-in your order (312-922-4699) or purchase a '2011 Yoga Gift Package’ on-line.  Of course, you may purchase these for yourself, too!  Don’t wait because supplies of this special offering are limited.**

2011 Yoga Gift Package
A great eco-conscious yoga mat, plus 6 yoga classes* (valid for Gong & Mantra night), plus a CD of mantras.  $170 value for $99 (buy).
$100 'New Year' Gift Certificate for $95
  This certificate is good for $100 of goods and services at KYL (buy).
$25 'New Year' Gift Certificate
  This certificate is good for $25 of goods and services at KYL (buy).


* 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 and Meditation for Prosperity
KYL's Theme for January and February
Come to KYL during the months of January and February for our annual ‘Yoga for Prosperity’ series! Every class during the next eight weeks will use yoga postures, meditations, mantras and the gong to release old habits of scarcity and bring in new habits of abundance...

Raise your self-esteem,
conquer self-animosity,
eliminate negative thoughts, and
affirm your worthiness to receive.

... through special yoga and meditation classes where you will learn:
 
  • How to Recognize Prosperity
  • The Power of Blessing
  • Gratitude as a Vibration
  • How Intuition Helps Us Receive
  • How to Tap Opportunities
  • Tithing as a Tool to Receive More
  • About the Breath of Prosperity
  • Your Prosperity Consciousness
  • How Forgiveness Creates Wealth
  • How to Go from Misfortune to Good Fortune, and
  • More Techniques to Open You to the Flow of Prosperity

Click Here to view class schedule.
Healing Power of ‘Prosperity’ Gong & Mantra
with Shakta Kaur & Hari Dev Singh

Friday, January 14
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
($15 in advance)
End Your Karma and Connect with the Endless Circle of Infinite Prosperity!

Bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our most popular monthly sessions of Gong and Mantra—for prosperity! This month we’ve chosen a mantra especially designed to jumpstart your New Year with all the abundance that you deserve.

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.

The mantra for January, ‘Hari Hari Hari Hari Hari Hari Har,’ has the capacity to open you to attracting and receiving exactly what you need. Sometimes it is more than you might expect or even want and sometimes it is totally different from what you desire. The more you are able to relax into this meditation the more you will allow the manifestation of what the Creator has in mind for you.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of gong and mantra on Friday.
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call
Free* Conference Call with Shakta

"Three Minutes to a New You"
(register)

Saturday, January 15 - 8:30 am Central Time (9:30 am Eastern Time)

Join Shakta as she shares simple and easy-to-use yogic techniques that can totally change the way you relate to yourself and the world. Designed for busy people who want quick and effective methods to reduce stress, improve health and create peace of mind these tools are the best of east meets west...  ancient yogic techniques backed by western scientific study. They are proven tools for immediate, positive and long-lasting results.

Shakta will focus on four key areas... your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
• Learn to bring balance and calm into any situation.
• Learn to increase your mental clarity.
• Learn to rejuvenate yourself, bringing vitality back into your life.
• Learn to shift your perspective.

And, remember - all of this can be done in just three minutes!

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions about KYL’s Indianapolis, Indiana, Teacher Training course that begins in April.  You'll learn some of the top reasons others have taken Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, too (and it wasn’t necessarily to teach public Kundalini Yoga classes, either!).

Do something special for yourself and join Shakta to learn, ask questions and receive answers! Click Here to register.
*While there is no charge for this conference call, your normal long-distance telephone charges will apply.
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
(Jan. 10, 17, 24)
 
You need not be pregnant to attend this course!
These are the final 3 classes in our new series 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.  Attend individual classes at $13 each (or a class-pass). Click Here to register.
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.

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

Tallahassee fees increase on January 8, so, pre-register today!


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?!
Weekend #1 Participants Receive:
1) Breathwalk® book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) All 20 Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.

In addition, those taking Weekend #2 Receive:
3) The Breathwalk® Home-Study and Journaling Guide, and
4) A DVD with Instructor’s support materials including Power Point presentation, research, press clippings along with Breathwalk class and workshop design models.
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!

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 - For IKYTA members the tuition is $1,099.  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.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - January 4

11 Days After - January 15

Full Moon - January 19

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

Teacher Training Level 1

Teacher Training Level 2
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Drive your life like a car, and you will be fine. Use a signal to change lanes. Drive carefully and shift the gears as you face the day. Gas up the car and check the oil before you go, that is called sadhana (daily spiritual discipline). It is a mental cleansing process, a tune-up to the point of elevation every day.
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