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 - April 7, 2011
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra  
go White Tantric Yoga® Guidelines - Part Two, Curriculum  
go White Tantric Yoga® - Just 23 Days Away!  
go Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference
go Images from India
go Newest Breathwalk® Instructors Gather in Tallahassee, Florida
go Three Workshops in Indianapolis - This Weekend
go Teacher Training Indianapolis - Starts May 13!
go Breathwalk® Training in Canada - Toronto Dates Added!
go Power of the Mother – Pre-Natal Series
go WTY Bazaar & Goodie Bags Opportunity
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Shakta on The Edge
go For Your Health - Happy Heart Yoga
Gong & Mantra Night - Tax Day Edition
Friday - April 15 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
  Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building - Suite 501

After you drop off your personal income tax return at the post office on Friday afternoon, come to KYL for our monthly ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra.’ We begin with some light Kundalini Yoga, deeply relax with not one, not two, but three beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs and then end the evening by raising our vibration with a mantra meditation guaranteed to put the stress of ‘tax day’ behind you for good. Click Here to register.
Photo courtesy of TaraPhotographic.com

For Kundalini Yoga Teachers
White Tantric Yoga® Guidelines – Part Two

Especially designed for teachers of
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
As promised, we have created a special curriculum for teachers to use in the weeks immediately leading up to and after WTY Chicago. While what is included in this curriculum is certainly not an exhaustive listing of all the kriyas and meditations you could use in your classes, it provides a good frame of reference.

The mantras chosen in this curriculum include some of those that will be used during Chicago’s WTY course on Saturday, April 30. Other meditations suggested involve holding the arms up. It is a good idea to gradually increase the time for the meditations that you teach in your pre-WTY classes. That way, students will be better prepared for the 31- and 62-minute meditations they will experience at WTY.

Finally, be sure to teach the bandhas, especially root and neck lock, as a tool for maintaining a comfortable seated posture during White Tantric Yoga.

An electronic copy of the Pre- and Post-WTY Chicago Curriculum is here: Part 2 Curriculum.

To review the WTY Guidelines distributed in last week's email: Part 1 Guidelines
White Tantric Yoga – Just 23 Days Away!
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Registration is open!
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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

As we get closer to Saturday, April 30, there are several suggestions that can help optimize your experience in these last few weeks immediately prior to Chicago’s White Tantric Yoga Course.

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.

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.

It is recommended you choose either a yoga set or meditation (or both!) to practice each day beginning now and continuing until White Tantric Yoga. This daily practice will prepare your body and mind for the clearing that inevitably happens as a result of participating in White Tantric Yoga.

For an optimal experience, it is recommended that you reduce the amount of caffeine, alcohol and red meat currently in your diet. (Eliminating them altogether is ideal!) The reduction of these items will make for an easier meditative experience, i.e., you will be less anxious, less jittery and you will be able to sit more comfortably during the meditations with your partner.

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.

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.

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.
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.
KYL's Journey
Images from India
Enjoy yourself as you wander through (just a few!) of the hundreds of photos taken while on our recent journey to India. You will see images of:
Evening Aarti on the riverbanks of the Ganges in Rishikesh,
Purnarnava 3rd International Conference on Ayurveda and Yoga,
Harimander Sahib, aka, the Golden Temple, the most sacred Gurdwara of the Sikhs,
Site in Sarnath where Buddha gave his first public lecture after enlightenment,
Taj Mahal, the monument built by Shah Jehan for his wife’s memory,
Travelers who joined us for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure,
Overnight train ride we took from Agra to Varanasai,
Colorfully dressed Indian women, and
Faces of all the new friends we met along the way!

Click Here for the slide show.
Breathwalk Training

Tallahassee's Six
New Breathwalk Instructors
The weather was 80 degrees and filled with sunshine all Spring Equinox weekend long in Tallahassee, Florida, as six of the newest Breathwalk Instructors completed the classroom portion of their training. KYL’s Shakta Kaur started their weekend off with a ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong and Mantra’ session on Friday night which was open to the public. The Breathwalk Instructor trainees took two extended Breathwalks on Saturday, learned how to design and market Breathwalk classes and practiced teaching each other until the public showed up for a ‘complimentary’ Breathwalk class on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to each of them for a job well done! Bottom, left to right: Gunpreet Kaur (Nell) Stager and Prathna Kaur (Heidi) Ellis. Standing left to right: Livdeep Kaur (Linda) McCue, owner of Abundance Wellness Center; Sat Atma Kaur (Diana) Bergen - San Diego, CA; Siri Deva Kaur (Amy) Hedges-Jinks - Pensacola, FL; and SukhNam Kaur (Ann) DelMonico - New Port Richey, FL;  standing next to Shakta Kaur of KYL.
Three Workshops in Indianapolis - This Weekend!
Shakta in Indianapolis!

April 8 and 9 - Friday & Saturday

"Cultivate Peace Within"
"Guidance by Intuition"

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"Cultivate Peace Within"

A Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Workshop held at CITYOGA, 2442 N. Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 317-920-9642
Friday, April 8 6:30 to 8:30 pm

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 – The Technology of Walking Meditation"

Held at Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis, IN, 317-253-5683, Saturday, April 9 9:30 to 11:00 am

After a classroom orientation at Mother Nature’s Sun in Broad Ripple, we Breathwalk the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center and Monon Trail. You’ll feel elevated, meditative and leave with a closer connection to the vitality that is your birthright! Pre-register at www.mothenaturesun.com
"Guidance by Intuition"
with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong

Held at Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis, IN, 312-253-5683, Saturday, April 9 1:00 to 3:00 pm

True intuition is the path of the soul; it is listening to the one Self within oneself. Whenever you want an answer to something, you don’t have to call on anything but your own internal computer—your intuition. Within a few moments your true Self will talk to you. Guide your life with an intuitive knowing of what is going to happen by developing your meditative mind with Kundalini yoga, mantra and meditation. Pre-register at www.mothernaturesun.com
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Indianapolis
Level 1 Teacher Training
Indianapolis - May to December 2011

Begins 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 - Toronto Added!
with Shakta Kaur

Toronto, Canada
May 28-29 and July 16-17, 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?!
Weekend #1 Participants Receive:
1) Breathwalk® book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) 5 Fantastic Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.

In addition, those taking Weekend #2 Receive:
3) 20 Tremendous Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide,
4) The Breathwalk Home-Study and Journaling Guide, and
5) A DVD with Instructor’s support materials including Power Point presentation, research, press clippings and Breathwalk class and workshop design models.
 Click Here for more information and to register for Breathwalk Training.
Pre-Natal Yoga
Power of the Mother – Pre-Natal Yoga Series

with Ram Nam Kaur

April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
(Consecutive Monday Nights at 6 pm)

You need not be pregnant to attend this course!
Our beautiful series of classes for pregnant women returns to 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 while influencing 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 at KYL beginning April 18th. Click Here to register; Download flyer.
Bazaar & Goodie Bag 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.
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 (regular price $1,299).  Plan now and save money!  Your deposit of $250 will secure these low rates.

Click Here for more information.

Just For Fun
Shakta engages in non-attachment, 100 floors above Chicago!
For Your Health
Yoga for a Happy Heart

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After three months of breathing exercises, meditation and yoga poses, patients with atrial fibrillation, a common heart disorder, had fewer episodes of irregular heartbeats and less anxiety and depression ...

Moon Watch

New Moon - April 3

11 Days After - April 14

Full Moon - April 17

(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
  • Mondays · Pre-Natal Yoga · 6:00-7:00 pm ($13) - April 18 to May 23




A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
We say "Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan," because we don't want to pollute it with other things... That's why we ourselves named it "White Tantric Yoga." White Tantric is for the spirit, for elevation and it completes everything. That's why we distinguish it from Black Tantric and Red Tantric. Those are temporary nonsenses. We don't even want to associate ourselves with them.