Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - 410 South Michigan Ave Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605
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Current Events...   Thursday - April 14, 2011
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - This Friday!
go Full Moon Kundalini Yoga and Meditation - Sunday!   
go The Art & Science of Improving Yourself  
go First Weekend Open to All - Teacher Training Indianapolis  
go Breathwalk Toronto Registration Now Open  
go Power of the Mother – Pre-Natal Series
go Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference
go White Tantric Yoga® - Just 16 Days Away!
go Teacher Training Indianapolis - Starts May 13!
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
go WTY Bazaar & Goodie Bags Opportunity - Ends April 17
go White Tantric Yoga® Guidelines for Teachers
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Full Moon Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Shakta

Sunday, April 17
10:30 am to 12 noon
$15 adv/$17 door
With veggie potluck afterward!

plus

Say "farewell" to Sat Mandir Singh!
Join Shakta for class this Sunday morning at KYL to celebrate the Full Moon and all it brings as it transits through Libra.* Normally Libra nudges us to tune into our relationships and to be mindful of maintaining balance between ourself and others. However, this particular Full Moon has us dealing with the warrior planet Mars and the talkative planet Mercury as well. As a result, our intuition is needed more than ever in order that we resist the urge that might come to challenge others and be argumentative. So, if you find yourself becoming overly emotional, pause, take a long, deep breath, reflect and listen for that inner guidance before you act. Click Here to pre-register.

Also, Sat Mandir Singh Sweiss--a very good friend of KYL and one of our Level 1 Teacher Training graduates--leaves Chicago and moves to Portland, Oregon, soon.  Sunday will be his last class at KYL as he departs for new adventures.  Sat Mandir will be missed here but his destiny is to grace the Portland area--they are very fortunate!  Come to class Sunday and/or stop by during the potluck after class (12 noon) and add your heart to the group blessing for this new phase of Sat Mandir's life.
* With thanks to Amanda Owen of www.astrology.com
The Art & Science of Improving Yourself
Indianapolis Teacher Training
Free - Informational Conference Call

Special Topic: The Aquarian Sutras of Self-Mastery

Saturday, April 23 - 8:30 to 9:30 am Central Time

Register
We are privileged to live at a unique period in time—to witness the arrival of the Age of Aquarius. We are in the final 21-year cusp period between the Piscean and Aquarian Ages. We have been in this cusp period since November of 1991. The final transition is just a little over 200 days away... on November 11, 2011.

Join Shakta for an illuminating conversation about the changes we are experiencing as we move through this final transition. ‘It is all about humanity’s transition from adolescence to maturity,’ she says. You will also learn how to use the five Aquarian Sutras as tools of Self-Mastery. Shakta will talk about using the Sutras as tools every day rather than just having them hang as slogans on the wall.

Are you...
-interested in personal growth and development?
-attracted to the Indianapolis Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course?
-pre-registered for the Indianapolis Level 1 course?

Then, this free* call is designed for you! Click Here to register and to receive the call-in number and pass-code.
* Your normal long-distance telephone charges will apply.
First Weekend Open to All
Indianapolis Teacher Training First Weekend
"Open to All "
May 13-14-15

Elevate Yourself!
Have you been thinking about taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Indianapolis but aren’t 100% sure yet? If so, then, come to the first weekend May 13-14-15 to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the entire course. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend.

Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for personal change, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth. Elevate yourself! Course fee $350.  Click Here to register.
Breathwalk® Training in Canada - Toronto Registration Now Open!
with Shakta Kaur

Toronto, Canada
May 28-29 and July 16-17, 2011 (register)

Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
June 11-12 and Oct. 15-16, 2011
(register)

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 or to register for Breathwalk Training.
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

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.
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.
White Tantric Yoga – Just 16 Days Away!
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Registration Fees Increase Saturday, April 16!

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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.

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.

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.

DAILY PRACTICE
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.

TIPS
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.

WHAT TO EXPECT
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.

INTENTION
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.
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!

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.

Bazaar & Goodie Bag Opportunity

White Tantric Yoga

Bazaar and Goodie Bags

Deadline Sunday, April 17
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.
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
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - April 17

New Moon - May 3

(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)

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.

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."
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
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With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius every person has the opportunity to elevate themselves through sadhana, techniques and commitment. The old ways will change quickly in this fast, electronic age of light. You have earned the destiny to elevate yourself.
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