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...   March 8, 2011
go Early Morning Sadhana - Sunday March 13   
go Open House at Fine Arts Building - Friday March 11  
go KYL's Theme - Yoga for Intuition and Insight  
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra  
go Shakta’s Photo in Newspaper – Indian newspaper that is!  
go Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference
go Tallahassee, FL - Triple Gong & Mantra Night
go Tallahassee, FL - Spring Equinox Breathwalk  free  
go Conversations with Shakta Kaur - New Recording Available  
go Indianapolis, IN - Cultivate Peace Within - A Workshop  
go Breathwalk® Training in Canada
go White Tantric Yoga®
go White Tantric Yoga® Bazaar & Goodie Bags  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Bhaji
Early Morning Sadhana This Sunday
Sunday March 13
4:00 am to 6:30 am
4:00 am – Japji (meditative prayer)
4:25 am – Kundalini Yoga
5:10 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:30 am – Hukam** and the Long Time Sunshine Song
6:45 am – Breakfast at Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh’s condominium.

Once each month we offer the experience of early morning sadhana at KYL. We begin 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. The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) open at 3:45 am. Please time your arrival for then. We begin sadhana at 4:00 am. The doors to the FAB are 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 in this particular order for 21 years. 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.
Open House at FAB
Second Friday at FAB

"Second Friday" Open House
at Fine Arts Building
5 pm to 9 pm

Every second Friday of the month the public is invited to wander the halls of KYL’s home in the historic Fine Arts Building (FAB). We hope to see you this Friday as you enjoy the unique architecture, galleries, shops and studios of the FAB’s resident artists, musicians and yogis. Be sure to stop by KYL to experience a 3-minute meditation and the gong. You will be very glad that you did!
Theme for March & April
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." -- Albert Einstein

Yoga for Intuition and Insight

During the months of March and April at KYL come experience Kundalini Yoga and Meditation especially designed to...

- Deepen the ability to listen to your inner voice,
- Discriminate the real from the unreal,
- Help you operate from your relaxed and confident self,
- Anticipate the effects of your actions, and
- Identify your personal intuition ‘signature’ and know it to be true!

When your intuition is working it is the best asset you can have in our ever-changing and fast-paced world. Whenever you want the answer to something simply call on your ‘inner’ voice — the intuition and insight that you carry with you everywhere.

This inner ‘intuitive’ voice comes from the heart and not from the head. It is an immediate perception of truth without reason or analysis or the input of others. It helps with sorting through the myriad of options that present themselves to you each and every day. You simply ‘know’ which ones are right for you. For some this inner voice is an inner knowing; an ‘aha’ moment. For others it is an unexpected new thought or insight.

Come develop your intuitive sense and revel in what begins to unfold for you! Click Here for class schedule.

Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
Hari Dev's Birthday

Friday - March 25
6:30 to 7:45 pm

First, enjoy our monthly event to soothe your nerves, then help celebrate Hari Dev Singh’s Birthday! Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) - The Fine Arts Building (FAB) - Suite 501. $15 in advance / $17 at the door. Register.
Shakta’s Photo in Newspaper – Indian newspaper that is!
While on our yatra to India we were all surprised to see a familiar yogi’s face featured in the Hindustani Times newspaper not once, but twice... two days in a row, actually! Shakta Kaur was our familiar yogi... along with Hari Dev Singh... and one of the Tallahassee, Florida, Level 1 Teacher Training graduates, SukhNam Kaur DelMonico. (Shakta can be seen in the lower photo - sixth from left - wearing a pink shawl.)

Shakta was teaching at the Purnarnava Ayurveda & Yoga Conference in Rishikesh, India, during the day. One evening, after the Conference proceedings had concluded, SukhNam Kaur and Shakta were out shopping in Rishikesh. As they were looking over various wares, one of the shop keepers looked up from his newspaper and said, ‘this is YOU,’ pointing to Shakta. And, so it was. And, so it is, scanned here for you to see as well!

During the opening ceremonies, the Central Minister (we call it 'Governor') of the state gave a welcome speech.  The following photo was snapped then.  You can see Shakta and Sukhnam Kaur listening to the CM's speech.  You can also see Hari Dev 'deeply listening' to the same speech.

Returning home, Hari Dev was asked 'How was your trip?'...

"The word ‘trip’ is perfect – visiting India is always a ‘trip.’ The country is a sea or color, noise, dust, cows, and movement. There are 1.15 Billion people in India - the US has 0.31 Billion people. India covers an area of 1,269,345 sq mi – the US covers 3,717,792 sq mi. So India has almost 4 times more people than us, crammed into a space 1/3 of us. The density of people per square mile is: India at 0.90 – USA at 0.08 – about 11 times more dense in India! And if they accounted for all the cows roaming the streets... 

There is a wonderful polarity at all times while visiting India. Within the same visual field you will see soaring heights of beauty and devotion, combined with the crushing poverty of a third-world country. All day long you walk within this paradox, and it has a wonderful effect on your psyche – it forces you to really understand the blessings you enjoy at home. Returning home you are startled at how well-ordered we live, and have so many advantages relative to most of the world. If you are very astute, you will realize that we have the opportunity to reach for our spiritual destiny, where most people can only reach for their next meal.

Living in the US is your opportunity to elevate your spirit, most Americans do not understand that. One of our local tour guides was remarkable in his simplicity when explaining Big Ideas. Here is his explanation of the Big Picture: “The material world is ruled by the mind; the spiritual world is ruled by the heart.” And as all yogis know, the material world is temporary (and therefore called an ‘illusion’); where the eternal life is within the realm of spirit.

Spend more time developing your spirit, it has a bigger payoff in the long run. The ‘take home’ lesson from visiting India – you are very blessed to be living in a ‘first-world’ country, fully explore your spiritual development while here; do not waste this opportunity on the trivia of life, rather, work to enhance your soul and fulfill your destiny."
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.

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.

Haiku by Donna Decker of Tallahassee, Florida
Photo courtesy of taraphotographic.com

Free Breathwalk Class - Tallahassee, FL
Abundance Wellness Center
325 John Knox Rd, Building T
Tallahassee, Florida

Sunday - March 20 - 1:30 to 2:45 pm
No Charge
Move forward, out of your past, one footstep at a time... indulge yourself in the spirit of renewal... use all the symbols of change afoot during the month of March as you experience a ‘complimentary’ Breathwalk® in Tallahassee, Florida!

Breathwalk is the art of conscious breathing synchronized with your walking steps and enhanced with the art of directed, meditative attention. It is a fantastic practice designed for those who prefer walking as their primary form of exercise. Breathwalk is easy to do either indoors or out, on a treadmill or in the park, by yourself or with a friend/family member.

If you love walking and have always wanted to try Breathwalk this is an opportunity designed just for you! Come join us on the day of the Spring Equinox and experience a unique walking practice led by some of Tallahassee’s newest Breathwalk Instructors! There is no charge for this event. We would like to know that you will be joining us, however, so, please Click Here to pre-register.
New Recording
"Divine Sexuality"

Conference Call Recording Now Available
Shakta’s most recent conference call can help expand your awareness and promote a better understanding of the impact of your sexual encounters. Click Here to listen.
"I really enjoyed the Sacred Sex Conference Call. I learned a lot and was reminded of things I have read and heard before, but because of Shakta’s diligent way of formulating the structure of the material, I was able to get much more out of the information rather than just reading about it. Thank you, Shakta. We Love You. Sat Nam!!" -- GPS, Chicago
Workshop in Indianapolis
"Cultivate Peace Within"

A Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Gong Workshop with Shakta
Held at CITYOGA, 2442 N. Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, April 8
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Your actions, words and thoughts are the key to a peaceful future both for yourself and for the world. Your soul projects into the world via your magnetic field. When that magnetic field is strong, it automatically filters out negative influences and resonates with the energy of the Infinite magnetic field.

Join Shakta in this special workshop and learn to manifest the peace that is always at your core. Vibrate the universal field with your personal peace plan. Cultivate peace within so that you can make peace where you go with Kundalini Yoga, deep yogic breathing, mantra and meditation.

Pre-register at www.cityoga.biz-events
Breathwalk® Training in Canada
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!
View Details

Regular Rate:  $156 prior to April 17 (then $165)
Seniors/Students: $102 prior to April 17 (then $108)
“In White Tantric Yoga, energy is created en masse to purify the physical and mental bodies. The soul, which is already pure, starts relating to the very existence of the being." -- Yogi Bhajan
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.
Bazaar & Goodie Bags Opportunity

White Tantric Yoga

Bazaar and Goodie Bags
White Tantric Yoga Bazaar
Once again WTY Chicago will have a ‘Bazaar’ area available for vendors this year! Bazaar tables are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Per WTY procedures, the Bazaar may only be open at lunch, during the afternoon breaks, and again after WTY concludes. The fee for a six-foot skirted display table is $60 per table. For details, click here, or call Hari Dev to reserve yours - 312.922.4699.
White Tantric Yoga Goodie Bags
Rather than a ‘Community Table’ WTY Chicago provides a complimentary ‘goodie bag’ for each attendee! Goodie bags reduce paper waste and ensure that each WTY attendee receives a complete package of conscious business/holistic marketing materials. So, if you would like your flier, business card or other marketing item to be included in the WTY Goodie Bags this year, click here for more information or call Hari Dev at 312-922-4699.
Food For The Gods
Potato Bhaji

A Savory Breakfast Food From India

We ate bhaji every day while in India, and loved it.
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
 

 

 

 

A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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You have no claws, no strong nails. As a human being, you have no defense mechanism. Have you been made defenseless? No. Your defense lies in your intuition. If you can intuitively know what is going to happen, then you will not enter the sequence and not end up with consequences. That’s all the defense you have. And, what can give you that intuition? Your mind. How? If you have a meditative mind.
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