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 - March 3, 2011
go Shakta & Hari Dev are Back from India  
go 'Divine Sexuality' Conference Call with Shakta - Saturday!
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra  
go Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference  
go Tallahassee, Florida - Triple Gong & Mantra Night
go You are Your Own Teacher
go Teacher Training - Indianapolis - New Start Date!
go Breathwalk® Training in Canada
go White Tantric Yoga
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Back from India

Sweet Home Chicago....  !

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Shakta and Hari Dev have returned from India! Come to Shakta’s class this Sunday, March 6, from 10:30 am to 12 noon as she shares with you a few tales of their travels. You’ll enjoy an energizing and cleansing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class. You’ll also be one of the first to check out the beautiful clothing and other items Shakta brought back from shopping trips in Rishikesh, Amritsar, Agra and Banares.

And, as usual, Hari Dev is preparing a wonderful main course for the vegetarian potluck that will follow immediately after class on Sunday! Sign Up.
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta

Divine Sexuality

This Saturday, March 5
8:30 am Central / 9:30 am Eastern

Register
Join Shakta as she shares ancient yogic teachings about men, women, sexuality and the divine. She will draw upon the rich legacy of lifestyle guidance available to Kundalini Yogis.

This call is designed to inform, bring awareness and uplift. Topics of discussion will include:
• Why sex is called the creative sixth sense,
• Ages of sexual development for men as well as women,
• After sex care,
• Sexy foods, and
• Preparing consciously for your next sexual relationship.

Shakta will also answer questions regarding the journey of self-discovery that is called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’ In particular, details about KYL’s Indianapolis, Indiana, Teacher Training program will be discussed.

Click Here to receive the call-in number and pass-code for the March 5th ‘Divine Sexuality’ conference call.  For more information on the Indianapolis Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:     Brochure      Application Form
Gong & Mantra Night - Chicago
Friday - March 25 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
(and celebrate Hari Dev's birthday)
 
  Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building (FAB) Suite 501
Bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our popular monthly sessions of triple gong and mantra! For March we’ve chosen another mantra for prosperity so you may enjoy the coming of spring with all the abundance that you deserve! Plus, it is Hari Dev Singh’s 58th birthday! Come share in some of his favorite birthday treats (pepto bismol, metamucil, oxygen) immediately after class. Click Here to register.
Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference
Shakta Teaching at the 12th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference

All for Love

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
For the fifth year in a row Shakta Kaur is teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at the Midwest Yoga Conference! Each of Shakta’s workshops features Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong.

The Invincible Woman
On Friday, May 20th, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Shakta's focus is ‘The Invincible Woman.’ The scriptures teach that women are 16 times more intelligent and 200 times more sensitive than men. But, Shakta says, ‘women don’t understand how to use this power. Sixteen times more intelligence is not to count weaknesses or fears--it is to count blessings.’ This is a special ‘women only’ session as Shakta reveals the beauty of the Creator manifest as the Shakti within every woman.

Sacred Sexual Bliss
On Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 to 10:00 am Shakta teaches that sexuality and spirituality are not mutually exclusive in ‘Sacred Sexual Bliss with Kundalini Yoga, Venus Kriyas and the Gong.’ According to yogic teachings there are over a dozen different types of sexual encounters. In this session Shakta helps expand your knowledge about how to prepare for and end each sexual encounter. Appropriate for either singles or couples (not recommended for pregnant women).

Divine Sexuality
On Sunday, May 22, from 8:00 to 10:00 am Shakta’s workshop focuses on the sexual relationship as the throne of creativity in ‘Divine Sexuality with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong.’ In this session she’ll share timeless yogic teachings about men, women, sexuality, and after-sex care for both men and women. Also included is how, ideally, the act of sexual intercourse is the final act which starts in the impulse of spirit as the ‘urge to merge.’ All levels welcome (not recommended for pregnant women).

As in years past, the Midwest Yoga Conference will be held at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort & Spa in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Click Here for more information and to register.
Triple Gong in Tallahassee, FL

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

Haiku by Donna Decker of Tallahassee, Florida

Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra

Friday - March 18 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$15 adv/$20 door
register

Come join Shakta for a special Tallahassee, Florida, edition of the ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra!' After some light Kundalini Yoga, three of Tallahassee’s Level 1 graduates will help Shakta deeply relax you with not one, not two, but three beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs. After the gongs you’ll meditate by chanting a mantra designed especially to clear any obstacles impeding your success.

You are Your Own Teacher

An Accident, Acceptance and Kirtan Kriya

by Sat Pavan Kaur Krulitz
Acceptance brings peace. I know this from personal experience. I'll start by telling you my story. I am an active, middle aged woman who had a rollerblading accident and landed on my head.

I don't remember the accident. I do remember waking up in the intensive care unit at the hospital. I didn't know where I was, why I was there or even how long I had been there. It turns out that I had what they called “moderate brain trauma”.

I went from being an intelligent, fit, person to one that couldn't watch TV because the flickering lights and images freaked out my brain, couldn't read a book because my eyes wouldn't track on the page and I couldn't remember what was happening in the story. Moving my body was slow and pretty limited. No balance.

I could have reacted in a number of ways. I could have gotten deeply depressed. After all I was a single mom who couldn't drive, get groceries, cook, do laundry, let alone oversee the kids and get them where they needed to go. My sons were 12 and 15 at the time. I could have been angry or frustrated.

Instead I chose to experience acceptance. This is what I can do right now, in this moment. What could I do?? I could meditate. I had signed up to start Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL in Chicago prior to the accident. We were given a meditation to do for the 40 days before the start of the course. The meditation is called Kirtan Kriya and uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma.  [To get a copy of this meditation, Click Here.]

It didn't matter if I couldn't sit up in a “traditional” meditation posture. Reclining on the couch worked just fine. I kept working with the idea, “what can I do right now?” I would try something and if I couldn't do it, I accepted it for that point in time. I meditated some times more frequently than once a day. I could do it. I did it a lot!

It turns out that Kirtan Kriya--the meditation that I was diligently practicing since I couldn't do much else except watch the fish and sleep--was exactly what my brain needed. Kirtan Kriya is designed to heal the frontal lobes**. My left frontal lobe was the part of my brain damaged by the accident. I’m no doctor, but, even I could see how different it looked from the rest of the brain when I saw the CAT scan when they took out the stitches and staples.

I told my brain to heal itself. I have an obedient brain and it did as it was told. I gave it the tools to do so--Kirtan Kriya. Little by little the things that I could do started outweighing what I couldn't do. I kept up with the meditation regardless. I started Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 7 weeks after the accident. I realized that falling on my head taught me many of life's biggest lessons--including acceptance.

It doesn't matter how old or young you are. There are always things that you can and cannot do. The question is really do you accept where you are right now? Things change with each moment. Start observing each moment and don't be judgmental. Realize that this is the way it is right now. This is your chance to start practicing acceptance.

You may find some parts of a meditation or kriya* simple. You may have limitations that make some parts not physically doable. Visualize your body doing the meditation or posture even if you can't do it right now. Keep the breath moving as directed even if you need to take a break at some point. You will reap the benefits so long as that is your intention. Listen to your body. You are your own teacher.

For information about Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Indianapolis, Click Here.
 
* In Kundalini Yoga a ‘kriya’ is a sequence of postures, breath and sound that are integrated together to allow for manifestation of a particular state, for example, a clear mind or a healthy liver.

** Research into the efficacy of Kirtan Kriya can be found in the book "How God Changes Your Brain" by Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD. Take a Look.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Indianapolis
Level 1 Teacher Training
Indianapolis - May to December 2011

New Start Date - May 13-14-15

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.
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
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 $1,099 - For IKYTA members the tuition is $1,199.  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 - March 4

11 Days After - March 15

Full Moon - March 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.)

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
Breathwalk Training

Teacher Training Level 1

Teacher Training Level 2
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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We, the servants of God; We, the parts of God; We – you and I, That is God.
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