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 - May 5, 2011
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Friday
go Yoga for Courage & Fearlessness  
go Mother's Day Yoga with Shakta - Sunday  
go Grace of the Mother - A Lecture by Yogi Bhajan  
go KYL Welcomes Namgeet Kaur - Our Newest Teacher  
go "Chant as You Walk" - Shakta Brings Breathwalk to India
go Summer Solstice 2011 Raffle - Win a Free Pass
go Shakta Teaching at Midwest Yoga Conference
go Teacher Training Indianapolis - Just 8 Days Away!
go First Weekend Open to All - Teacher Training Indianapolis
go Power of the Mother – Pre-Natal Series
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
go Breathwalk Toronto Registration Now Open
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Leek & Potato Soup
Triple Gong & Mantra Night
Friday - May 6 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
 
  Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building - Suite 501

Bring a friend and join us for one of KYL’s regular monthly sessions of Gong and Mantra. Each ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ session begins with light yoga (suitable for any body). Then we move into deep relaxation with not one, not two, but three beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs.

The gong is a reinforced vibration that impacts the entire body by releasing blocks and reducing tension to allow the flow of all blessings. After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a different level of intelligence/consciousness.

Join us on Friday, May 6th, for a deep vibrational healing using the sounds of the Gong and Mantra!
Click Here to register.

Photo courtesy of TaraPhotographic.com

KYL's Theme for May & June

Yoga for Courage & Fearlessness
Acting courageously means acting even though you may be afraid. How do you rise above the occasion and let your inner royalty and radiance shine? How do you manifest—at a moment’s notice—courage and strength to cut through the negativity and exceed your own expectations?

Come to Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) during May and June for inspiring Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes to replace fear with courage, to remember that you are part of the Infinite’s light and power, and to recognize your own magnificence even as you reveal it to others. Click Here to register for classes.
Mother's Day Yoga
Mother’s Day Sunday Class with Shakta Kaur

10:30 am to 12 noon

Delicious vegetarian potluck afterwards. All are invited!
On Mother's Day this Sunday know that your mother's soul deeply loves and cares for you. Honor your mother by holding her in your heart with the gift of your prayers and meditations when you join us in class at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Better yet, bring your mother (or daughter!) to class Sunday if you can. It will be a special blessing for the both of you!

You always benefit from holding the loving energy of happiness and hope in your heart for your mother (whether living or deceased). Many have claimed to experience miracles in their lives after re-establishing a bond with their mother. Others say it is miraculous feeling just to energize the divine mother within.

This Sunday come honor and bless your Mother while connecting at the same time with the divine, creative, universal Mother. We hope to see you then! Click Here to register.
Grace of the Mother

A Lecture by Yogi Bhajan
“It gives me a very great satisfaction that I could be such a pure channel that I could do something for the women of America. I am assuring you I will virtually live for this. I am a worshipper of the woman, Bhagwati. Lord Shiva is known to be the God of this earth, and I can kid with him anytime I like, I don’t care for him. But for the Bhagwati I do care very much because I worship her in my heart. She is with me and the Divine Mother protects me all the time. I know my faults and my follies and I know my strong protection. That protection is stronger than anything I have realized in my whole life. Therefore, I feel like just lodging a great protest with the world today. Don’t talk about peace, don’t talk about spirituality, don’t give us a message of Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Ram, Krishna. We have heard that and heard that.

Give us something so that we may stop exploiting our own mother. Give us something that we can relate to this creative power of the God which is the mother. Give us something we can honestly draw in our heart the image of Grace of the Mother. And O Lord of Lords of the time, if you have created this world, create those environments where everybody’s mother, sister and every woman on this planet can live with grace and there shall be no circumstances in which she has to sell her beauty, sell her body, sell her being, sell her consciousness, to exist on this planet.

I do not know whether my tiny and feeble voice (well, it is very strong, I know about it) can be heard, and where, but I am pretty sure I will shout from those mountains, I will never rest on that planet on which woman is still being exploited. That is my ultimate goal and my ultimate urge.

But I am not fool enough to try single handed. I know my thousands, and hundred thousands and millions of children shall be ready, the day shall be ready, we will wipe out this insult to our own generation, out of this planet. God has given me sufficient big heart, I can practice patience better than I can practice Yoga, therefore, I will wait up to that time when the soul in you will become so pure, so awake, so aware, that you will be willing to sacrifice your being to protect the very gentle, sweet being who brought you to what you are today.”
Welcome New Teacher
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)

Welcomes Namgeet Kaur (Maia  Bielak)

Wednesdays* 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Come to KYL on Wednesday evenings for a powerful practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Namgeet Kaur. A graduate of KYL’s 2010 Level 1 Teacher Training course, Namgeet is also a certified massage therapist. She’s taught at several yoga and fitness studios in and around the city and looks forward to having a regular class at KYL.

If you’ve already experienced Namgeet Kaur’s classes you know that she honors the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with her grace and devotion. Click Here to register for a Wednesday evening after work class with Namgeet Kaur.
* Sanjam Singh is taking a sabbatical for a few months.  Namgeet Kaur is teaching his classes while he is away.
Chant as You Walk

Times of India
features Shakta Kaur
discussing the technology of Breathwalk.

Read Story
‘The Speaking Tree’—a popular column in the Times of India—featured KYL’s own Shakta Kaur in a Sunday edition. Times of India journalist Reena Singh begins her column,
"Shakta Kaur is always dressed in pristine white clothes and wears an exotic turban, also white. The only hint of colour is the light pink stole she drapes around her shoulders. She’s an American follower of the Sikh Dharma and propagates Kundalini Yoga that she learnt from her guru, the late Yogi Bhajan, an India-born Sikh who moved to the US in the late ’60s."
The journalist goes on to describe her personal experience of Breathwalk (the walking meditation practice derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition). She also describes attending one of the Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes Shakta taught at the Punarnava Ayurveda and Yoga Conference in Rishikesh last February.

‘Reena was quite intrigued with Breathwalk,’ Shakta says. ‘There wasn’t time in the schedule to teach Breathwalk in Rishikesh. But, I’ve been asked to return again to teach at the Punarnava Conference in February of 2013. Breathwalk will definitely have to make an appearance next time!’

The Times of India is published in seven cities in India. It has a circulation of over 6,000,000 people.
Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 - Raffle
This is your chance to win a FREE Registration
to Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011
in Espanola, New Mexico June 16-25

$20 Raffle Ticket for a $700 Value!

Click Here
to purchase on-line

Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) has an awesome opportunity for anyone who has never had the chance to go 3HO’s Summer Solstice in Espanola, New Mexico. It is the chance to win a FREE registration to all 8 days of the event!

The Summer Solstice Sadhana registration fee is a $700 value. Your registration includes all the Kundalini Yoga and Meditation workshops you could possibly desire, early morning sadhana each day, 3 days of White Tantric Yoga (WTY), all of your meals and a camping spot at beautiful Ram Das Puri, the Summer Solstice Sadhana campsite, plus much, much more!

All of the proceeds raised from this raffle will go to KYL's Devi Scholarship Fund. The Devi Scholarship Fund was created by KYL’s first graduating class of Kundalini Yoga Teachers. They decided that everyone—no matter their financial capability—should have the opportunity to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Creation of the Devi Scholarship Fund was their way to ‘pay it forward’ to those who would come afterward.

So, purchase as many raffle tickets as you can. It is your chance to win a FREE registration to Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration in Espanola, New Mexico. When you do, know that you are also providing needed support for KYL’s Devi Scholarship Fund. This is a fantastic win-win for everyone!

You may purchase raffle tickets either in person at KYL or on-line between now and May 31st. The winner will be announced on June 2nd. (Winner must be a first-time attendee to Summer Solstice and the pass may only be used for the 2011 Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration. It is not transferable to another year.) Purchase your $20 raffle tickets soon for the chance to help yourself and others at the same time. Click Here to purchase on-line, or get your ticket at the KYL studio.

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.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Indianapolis - Just 8 Days Away
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!

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.
Pre-Natal Yoga
Power of the Mother – Pre-Natal Yoga Series

with Ram Nam Kaur

May 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. Click Here to register; Download flyer.
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.

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.
Food For The Gods
Leek and Potato Soup

So Tasty!
recipe
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - May 3

11 Days After - May 14

Full Moon - May 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
  • Friday May 6 · Triple Gong & Mantra Night · 6:30-7:45 pm ($17)
  • Mondays · Pre-Natal Yoga · 6:00-7:00 pm ($13) - May 9 to May 23
  • Sept. 9-11 · Conscious Communication · 9:00 am-6:00 pm
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Mother

The Mother of us all is Nature,
The power of God through Grace.
The Mother we serve is Liberty,
That sacred right of the human race.
The Mother we honor is she who bore us,
Who drew milk from her own blood.

So in this day let us bow with reverence,
As grateful children should,
And respect our Mother Nature,
Pledging ourselves to Mother Liberty's light,
That the children of the mothers beside us
Can have a future which shines bright.
"