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...   Thursday - February 3, 2011
go Healing Power of 'Prosperity' Gong & Mantra Friday - with Hari Simran Singh!
go Free Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta - Special Announcement!
go 'Sat Nam Rasayan' Healing with Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C.
go Healing Workshop with Sat Nam Rasayan, Kundalini Yoga and the Gong
go Shakta's 'Yoga Birthday' - 10 Years with Kundalini Yoga  
go Recording Available - "Three Minutes to a New You"
go Yoga for Prosperity - January and February
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis (Begins April 8!)
go Breathwalk® in Canada (June) - Air Fare Sale!
go Prayers to the Golden Temple
go White Tantric Yoga Chicago - April 30
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Healing Power of ‘Prosperity’ Gong & Mantra

Rumble of gong-storm.
 All my cells awash in sound.
 Soaks the high desert.


Haiku by Donna Decker of Tallahassee, Florida
with Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev,
and Special Guest
Hari Simran Singh, D.C.

Friday, February 4
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
($15 in advance)
Bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our popular monthly sessions of triple gong and mantra! Joining us for this special session is Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C., a gong enthusiast who’s gong CDs are two of our most popular at KYL. For February we’ve chosen another mantra for prosperity so you may enjoy 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 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.

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 with Shakta
Special Announcement Regarding Indianapolis Teacher Training!

The Change-Maker Meditation - Saturday, February 5
8:30 am Central / 9:30 am Eastern

Register
• Are you ready for a change in 2011?
• Do you have some less-than-positive habits you would like to break?
• Is there some unfinished business—whether emotional, mental, physical or spiritual—that could use a gentle push towards completion?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then join Shakta for a ‘free’ conference call to learn a powerful yogic tool that can clear unfinished patterns from your past and help you achieve a higher level of understanding about yourself and the world around you.

The Kundalini Meditation that Shakta will share is one that many practice together 40 days prior to the beginning of KYL’s Teacher Training courses. This meditation uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma:
Sa = Infinity, cosmos, beginning
Ta = Life, existence
Na = Death
Ma = Rebirth.
Sa Ta Na Ma is, quite literally, the cycle of creation. From the Infinite comes life and individual existence. From life comes death or change. From death comes the rebirth of consciousness to the joy of the Infinite through which compassion leads back to life.

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions regarding the journey of personal growth and transformation that is called Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher Training in Indianapolis, Indiana, which begins April 8-10. Register with your down payment before March 8 to receive the pre-registration discount!

Click Here to receive the call-in number and pass-code for the Feb. 5th ‘Change Maker’ conference call.  For more information on the Indianapolis Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:     Brochure      Application Form
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Shakta plans a special announcement on this call for anyone thinking about the Indianapolis Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course - which begins April 8-10. Register with your down payment before March 8 to receive the pre-registration discount! And, be sure to join us on the Feb. 5th call so you may take advantage of the special opportunity that Shakta will present for those pre-registering for the Indianapolis course!

Click Here to receive the call-in number and pass-code for the Feb. 5th ‘Change Maker’ conference call - Click Here for more information and/or to register for the Indianapolis Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course.
'Sat Nam Rasayan' Healing with Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C.
Private Appointments Available

25-minutes $90

February 4 & 5, 2011  (check availability)
Sat Nam Rasayan is the healing modality derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and literally means ‘deep relaxation in the true identity.’ It is an ancient healing art. Sat Nam Rasayan works on a subtle level through the projective meditative mind. It allows the healer to assess and balance the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) and the pranic body.*

For 30 years Hari Simran Singh has investigated the philosophy and art of personal health and healing. As a student of Yogi Bhajan’s he has studied both Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam Rasayan and uses them both in his private practice as a chiropractor and as a faculty member of Life Chiropractic College West in California.

A one-on-one Sat Nam Rasayan appointment with Hari Simran Singh Khalsa is a cozy yet inspiring experience. A typical session involves the client lying down near the practitioner. The practitioner may (or may not) place his fingers on your wrist or arm. The client breathes deeply and completely with closed eyelids as the practitioner becomes aware of the sensitive space and, ultimately, the Sacred Space that surrounds you. After a period of time the practitioner will ask you to sit up and he will share what he has learned along with his recommendations. A one-on-one Sat Nam Rasayan session is suggested for anyone interested in deeply learning about themselves and/or their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing capacity.

Click Here to check appointment availability.
Healing Workshop
A Special Workshop with Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C.

Healing with Sat Nam Rasayan, Kundalini Yoga and the Gong

Saturday, Feb. 5 12:30 to 3:30 pm. $40 adv/$50 door.
register
Join Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C. in this special workshop featuring Kundalini Yoga and the Gong as you learn to heal yourself and others with the awareness increasing meditation practices of Sat Nam Rasayan.

Sat Nam Rasayan is the healing modality derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and literally means ‘deep relaxation in the true identity.’ It is an ancient healing art. Sat Nam Rasayan works on a subtle level through the projective meditative mind. It allows the healer to assess and balance the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) and the pranic body.*

For 30 years Hari Simran Singh has investigated the philosophy and art of personal health and healing. As a student of Yogi Bhajan’s he has studied both Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam Rasayan and uses them both in his private practice as a chiropractor and as a faculty member of Life Chiropractic College West in California.

Learn the nature of surrender and let the Sacred Space you create serve you!

Click Here to register.
*The Pranic Body is the eighth body in yogic anatomy. The Pranic Body continually brings the life force energy into your system through your breath. If your eighth body is weak, you may have constant low-level anxiety or fatigue. Yogis believe that all disease starts with an imbalance in the Pranic Body hence its importance in Sat Nam Rasayan healing.
Shakta's 'Yoga Birthday'
Shakta Kaur Remembers Her First Kundalini Yoga Class
10 Years Ago

February 3, 2001

By 2001 I had already traveled to India on a tour with Deepak Chopra and was preparing for a trip to Egypt with another spiritual teacher. In the meanwhile I continued to work on my own personal growth and development. It seemed like every weekend I was taking one workshop or another at a bookstore in Chicago called Transitions Bookplace.

Transitions was what you’d call an ‘alternative’ book store filled with self-help and new age books, magazines and book chats every evening with various authors. On the weekends Transitions held workshops and seminars with these very same authors.

On a typical Saturday after attending a workshop I was wandering around the store and saw a table piled high with ‘Meditation as Medicine’ books. ‘Hmm,’ I thought to myself. ‘Now, that sounds interesting.’ The workshop was the very next Saturday and I wasn’t really prepared to return for more ‘studying’ the very next weekend. So, with just a few seconds of thought I decided not to attend the ‘Meditation as Medicine’ workshop.

During the intervening week I took a coupon that I had for a free latte at a local Borders bookstore. I went in, ordered my latte and, as was usual at this particular Borders, there was no place to sit in the café. So, I wandered through the book stacks browsing and sipping my latte. As I turned a corner into the ‘new age’ section a book literally flew off the shelf and hit me on the head before dropping to the floor. I picked it up, turned it over and read the title—‘Meditation as Medicine!’ I wish you could have heard me laugh out loud. At the same time I said to myself, ‘OK, God, I guess I’m going to this workshop after all!’

By the time I arrived at Transitions on Saturday, February 3rd (in 2001) I had already read half of ‘Meditation as Medicine.' And, as was becoming a habit for me on a Saturday morning I found myself with about 30 others waiting for an author to arrive. It wasn’t long before a tall, thin, bearded man wearing a turban walked in with a guitar case. He set himself up near the teaching platform. I wondered if he was the teacher. Then a few minutes later another bearded, turbaned fellow walked in. He introduced himself as the author of ‘Meditation as Medicine,’ Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD. ‘Just call me Dr. Dharma,’ he said. ‘And, this is my friend and musician Livtar Singh Khalsa. We’re here to share with you the science and technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.’

What I remember most about that class was first, the sound of the mantras. We practiced Basic Spinal Flex in chairs. But we also chanted. We practiced Kirtan Kriya, the Siri Gaitri Mantra and long Sat Nams. I also remember that Dr. Dharma and Livtar were wearing all white and that I was wearing all black. Third, although I had been trying other yogas in the months preceding this workshop I knew immediately that ‘this was it’ for me.

At the time, Dr. Dharma had one audio-cassette available called ‘Wake Up to Wellness.’ I purchased a copy and the very next morning Basic Spinal Flex and Kirtan Kriya became my daily sadhana. Shortly after returning from the trip to Egypt I traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to study with Dr. Dharma and Livtar Singh, along with Dr. Dharma’s wife, Kirti, at a weekend workshop at Omega Institute.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation had begun to change my life. And, informally I had begun to introduce others to the technology that I was learning, too. It seemed natural to enroll in my first Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course (in Chicago) in the fall of 2001. And, by August of 2002 I traveled to Espanola, New Mexico, to (again) take the Master’s Touch course so that Hari Dev Singh and I could be in the presence of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan.

February 3rd is the anniversary of my very first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class, it is also my mother’s birthday. I’m reminded of that every time I look at my well-worn and highlighted copy of ‘Meditation as Medicine’ which Dr. Dharma signed and dated ten years ago.

You probably don’t need to have a book fall on your head as I did to make a change in your life. You probably listen to your inner teacher today a lot more than I did then. And, as funny as it might sound, I am very grateful that a book fell on my head. I am also grateful that I not only paid attention but that I had the courage to follow a totally different path than the one I had traveled up until then.

Recording Now Available
"Three Minutes to a New You"

a conversation with Shakta
If you missed Shakta’s live conference call earlier this month, where she shared simple yogic techniques that you can use in your daily life, just click here.  The tips shared are the best of east meets west... ancient yogic techniques backed by western scientific study... proven tools for immediate, positive and long-lasting results. Especially designed for busy people who want quick and effective methods to reduce stress, improve health and create peace of mind there is something here for you, your friends and family, too! Click here to listen.
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.
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 Canada
Shakta 'aligns' Breathwalk Students in Tallahassee with Shakta Kaur

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.
 Click Here for more information and to register for Breathwalk Training.
Prayers to the Golden Temple

Bring Your Prayers to KYL...

Shakta and Hari Dev will deliver them to the Golden Temple!
“When you pray you become an identity who is asking for help. You are asking the Infinite to come through for the finite. Prayer is powerful because prayer brings the entire Infinite with you.” -- Yogi Bhajan
On each of their past trips to India, Shakta and Hari Dev have hand-carried prayers to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. As they prepare to travel to India this year, Shakta and Hari Dev again are offering to bring your prayers to the beautiful temple known as Harimandir Sahib.* There the granthi** graciously prays over our bundle of prayers. Manifestation of prayers brought to the Golden Temple is common as one student of KYL’s can attest: “Shakta, I don’t know what happened when you brought my prayers to the Golden Temple, but everything I wrote has come to be. It is miraculous, wonderful and I now appreciate the power of my own prayer.”

Along with your prayer it is customary to make a monetary donation when visiting the Golden Temple. Please put your prayer in one envelope and your monetary donation (cash or check) in a second envelope. Bring both your envelopes to KYL and leave them in our special bowl. If you visit when class is not in session simply slip your two envelopes (one for prayers and a separate one for donations) through the mail slot in the door of Suite 514. (If you must mail your prayer and contribution, do so in order that they are received on or before Tuesday, Feb. 1. Again, two envelopes—one for your prayer(s) and a second one for your donation.)

*Harimander Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, is the most sacred Sikh temple in the world, located in Amritsar, India. It was founded by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru. Constructed of marble and gold, it is surrounded by a pool of healing water. It is said that at least once in your life you are to have ‘a sight, a sip and a dip’ in the waters surrounding the Golden Temple!

**Granthi – one who performs priestly duties in a gurdwara (Sikh place of worship).
White Tantric Yoga
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Registration is now open!
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Regular Rate:  $156 prior to April 17 (then $165)
Seniors/Students: $102 prior to April 17 (then $108)
WHAT IS IT?
White Tantric Yoga® (WTY) is world-renowned as one of the most powerful and beautiful of all subtle energy practices. It is an integral part of the Kundalini Yoga experience. It enables you to break through deep subconscious blocks, so that your mind, body, and soul can act together as one. As a path to personal freedom and awareness, it has been said that this practice can bring success to every area of your life.

WTY is done in pairs as a group meditation. You sit facing a partner and follow instructions given on DVD by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan, and repeated by the course facilitator. Every course is facilitated in person by a representative of the Mahan Tantric. Each WTY course consists of between six and eight kriyas. A WTY kriya is a meditation incorporating a yoga posture, mudra (hand position), eye focus (dristi) and mental focus. Sometimes the meditations are accompanied by music. The meditations vary in length from 11 to 62 minutes. There are breaks in between each mediation.

WHAT TO EXPECT
There are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. Beginners will tune into their internal energies and enjoy a deep and sometimes challenging meditative experience. More advanced meditators will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness. The mere act of registering for a White Tantric Course sends an intention--a message to the universe--that you’re looking for a change and that you want to cleanse yourself. Some people have very specific intentions for White Tantric Yoga. They might have an intention of getting rid of “X,” to heal “Y” or to understand “Z.” In the alternative, if you have an unpleasant memory, you can bring that thought and find relief at White Tantric Yoga—you don’t have to go through it over and over again.

WHAT TO WEAR
Wear loose fitting and comfortable white or light-colored clothing. White combines all the colors and enhances the magnetic field. Bring a white cotton head covering that will stay securely on your head (...there will be white head coverings available to purchase at WTY if you forget yours or don’t have one). Wearing a head covering is for your personal growth and upliftment. It also helps keep your positive energy within. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily because White Tantric Yoga is practiced with the feet uncovered.

Click Here for additional information and complete details about WTY 2011 Chicago.
Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
Tuition Fee Increases March 1st.
Arrange Your Payment Plan Today!


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.

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - Feb. 2

11 Days After - Feb. 13

Full Moon - Feb. 18

(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
Workshop - Sat Nam Rasayan
Breathwalk Training

Teacher Training Level 1

Teacher Training Level 2
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Prosperity, prosperity, prosperity, is perpetual with people who prefer to be penetrating, prepared and purposeful. But, prosperity only comes to those who are trustworthy, deliver and who are content and consistent. Basically, it boils down to commitment. If you can put your soul into anything, you can plug into the whole world. It will be yours. You can sweep prosperity with your commitment. Contain, commit and be continuous.
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