Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - 410 South Michigan Ave Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605
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Current Events...   Thursday - June 9, 2011
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Friday
go Canada!  Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Friday!  
go KYL Graduates Level 1 Instructors of Kundalini Yoga  
go Shakta Teaching at Summer Solstice New Mexico  
go 166 Meditations and 125 Kriyas @ KYL  
go Shakta’s Latest DVD - The Invincible Woman
go Yoga Ed. - High School Instructor Training
go Breathwalk Canada - New Toronto Date!
go 40 Days after White Tantric Yoga Chicago - Today!
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
News & Notes...
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go Moon Watch
Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
Friday - June 10 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
 
  Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building - Suite 501

featuring Hari Dev Singh,
Jasdeep Kaur, and Sanjam Singh

Bring a friend and join us for one of our most popular monthly sessions of triple gong and mantra! As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ session with light Kundalini Yoga to prepare the body for what’s to come (the yoga is appropriate for all levels). Then we move into deep relaxation with not one, but three beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs.

Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!

After the gong we use sound (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we are able to tune into a different level of intelligence, or, consciousness. Fee just $17 at-the-door. Or,
Click Here to register in advance ($15).

Photo courtesy of TaraPhotographic.com

Healing Power of Gong & Mantra Night - PEI Canada
Friday - June 10 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
 
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
featuring Shakta Kaur, Atmabir Kaur, Navraj Kaur and Rachel Leslie

If you happen to be in the Maritimes this Friday evening, join Shakta Kaur along with some of the graduates of PEI’s 2010 Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor Training for a beautiful session of the ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra.’ Shakta returns to PEI for Breathwalk Training on Saturday and Sunday. She is happy to join the local community there for an evening of ‘light’ Kundalini Yoga, mantra meditation and the sound of three Paiste gongs. Join them if you can! Contact Atmabir Kaur (Ruth) at richman.macdonald@pei.sympatico.ca to register in advance ($15).

KYL Graduates Level 1 Instructors of Kundalini Yoga

View Photo Gallery (courtesy of Guru Nam Kaur)
On Sunday, June 5, friends and family members gathered on the tenth floor of the Fine Arts Building to honor the commitment, time, energy and devotion of those who completed KYL’s ten weekend Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in Chicago. Their Graduation Ceremony was both moving and enlightening for all present.

Each teacher-in-training joined Shakta on-stage and shared the meaning of their spiritual name. They also shared one learning or remembrance that they will always keep with them as a result of taking the course. Saying the Kundalini Yoga Teachers Oath ('I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not a person, I am not myself, I’m a teacher!’) aloud as an individual came next. Then the entire class came on-stage to say the Teachers Oath together and take photos.

The new Instructors then taught a beautiful mantra meditation to their guests and honored Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev Singh and assistants Jasdeep Kaur, Ram Nam Kaur and Guru Nam Kaur before the ceremony ended with the Long Time Sunshine Song. Afterward, everyone enjoyed a delicious (and abundant!) potluck meal together.
Graduates pictured above (left to right): Paramdesh Kaur (Heather Beck), Hari Karam Kaur (Virginia Olson), Onkarjot Kaur (Janet Kellum), Aman Jiwan Kaur (Miriam Dasic), Namleen Kaur (Suvi-Tuulia Keto), Ramsaran Kaur (Valerie Heady), Sahejliv Kaur (Lorraine Reeb), Harbir Kaur (Edith Ducoing). Not pictured: Dharampreet Kaur (Robbin Carroll), Sarab Nidhan Kaur (Kara Gillespie).
Shakta Teaching at Summer Solstice
Ram Das Puri, Espanola, New Mexico
June 16-25


Register for Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration,
Click Here.
We are pleased to announce that Shakta Kaur is once again sharing her love and enthusiasm for the teachings of Yogi Bhajan at Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration in Espanola, New Mexico. So, if you’re going to be at Solstice this year, be sure to stop by either at one of her classes or the KYL booth in the bazaar and say, ‘Sat Nam!’

Friday, June 17
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
3HO IKYTA Teachers Conference

Held in the Shakti Valley Tent.  (You do not need to be a member of IKYTA to attend the Teachers conference!)
Royal Courage & Radiance Begins with You!
with Shakta Kaur (Chicago)
and Gurunam Singh (‘Journey Home’)

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—in a moment’s notice—courage and strength to cut through the negativity and exceed your own expectations? Join Shakta in an inspiring Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class to remember that you are part of the Infinite’s light and power, to recognize your own magnificence and then reveal it to others. Musical accompaniment by Gurunam Singh (‘Journey Home’) and friends.
 

Sunday, June 19
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Earth Tent
Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®!
with Shakta Kaur (Chicago)

You walk. You breathe. But, how often do you meditatively synchronize your breath with your walking steps? That is called Breathwalk® -- the simple, natural and effective walking practice derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. In this session with Shakta Kaur Kezios of Chicago you’ll experience the expansive nature of the air tattva as you systematically align all forms of energy using body, mind and spirit. Suitable for yogis and non-yogis alike. All levels welcome.
 

Monday, June 20
10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Water Tent

Looking the Part: Declaring Your Identity as a Yogi!
with Hari Nam Singh Khalsa (New York) and Shakta Kaur (Chicago)

How do you feel about the bana (outward form) you wear as a Kundalini Yoga teacher? How well do you integrate the way you look so that it is congruent with your inner experience and highest ideals? Join Hari Nam Singh Khalsa of New York and Shakta Kaur Kezios of Chicago to explore this rarely addressed area of spiritual development—looking the part of the real deal yogi! Includes meditation, lecture and discussion. All levels welcome.
 

Monday, June 20
2:00 to 3:30 pm

Water Tent

The Lunar Woman: Experience the Teachings and Teach the Experience.
with Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa (Espanola, New Mexico) and Shakta Kaur (Chicago)

Third in a series! Woman’s basic nature is like the moon which waxes and wanes while man’s basic nature is like the sun which is continuous and constant. Experience the power of the Lunar Woman teachings; learn the moon center sequence and how to map your personal pattern; receive tips on how to successfully share these teachings with others. Includes Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, lecture and hand-out. All levels welcome.

Kriyas and Meditations
291 Meditations & Kriyas
at
ShaktaKaur.com
Are you looking to create an at-home spiritual practice (sadhana*) for yourself? Would you love to have access to Kundalini Yoga Sets and Meditations on your computer?

Then, Click Here to scroll through 166 different meditations and 125 yoga sets where it is likely you will find something to suit your needs. Shakta Kaur originally typed up all of these kriyas and meditations for students of KYL’s classes. Now, we’ve made them available to you on line!

You can’t make a mistake in your choice of meditation or set of exercises. You might choose something more correct for yourself, but, an incorrect choice you cannot make! So, don’t hesitate, click here and see what you find.

If you need more assistance Shakta is available for either in-person or telephone coaching sessions to help you:
-choose a personal sadhana,
-keep you on track for 40 days, and/or
-teach you the meditation or kriya of your choice.

Half-hour time slots with Shakta are available at $54. E-mail Shakta directly at Shakta@ShaktaKaur.com to schedule an appointment soon!
* Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod-nuh’) is a daily spiritual practice.
Shakta's New DVD
Invincible Woman

Now available – just $14.95!

Recorded live in Chicago, Illinois, USA, this two-hour workshop of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan teaches women to cultivate their invincibility in all aspects of life. Featuring the music of Gurudass Kaur (Adi Shakti) and Hari Bhajan Kaur (Miracles & Healing), Shakta explains how women were given 16 times more intelligence and 200 times more sensitivity 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.’

You will learn:
--Qualities of an Invincible Woman
--Why woman is called the ‘Adi Shakti’ and
--How to win with integrity, dignity and divinity.

So, begin a journey of the Creator manifest as the Shakti in you with ‘The Invincible Woman!’ Click Here to order (wholesale orders also available).

Yoga Ed. Coming to Chicago
4-Day Instructor Training
High School Curriculum
and Tools for Teachers

Held at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24
$750 adv (before July 14)
$800 (July 15 and after)
Yoga Ed. returns to KYL with their popular High School Instructor Training course in July! If you are a teacher of high school students this transformational 4-day training program qualifies you to teach two different courses including Yoga Ed.’s High School Curriculum Course which meets the Physical Education (PE) requirement of many school systems.

Some of what you’ll learn:
--Teach fitness, health and life skills to high school students through yoga, plus,
--Receive lesson plans, a Teacher’s Guide & Game Book and
--Yoga Ed.’s 36-week Curriculum Guide with Resources.

You’ll also receive Yoga Ed.’s ‘Tools for Teachers’ program so that you may teach classroom teachers simple yoga techniques to use during the school day while in the classroom. ‘Tools for Teachers’ includes Yoga Ed.’s ‘Tools for Teachers’ Training Handbook and Manual.

About Yoga Ed.: Yoga Ed. develops and produces trainings and products for teachers, parents, children and health professionals that improve academic achievement, physical fitness, emotional intelligence and stress management. Yoga Ed.’s lesson plans are already used in high schools in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Their lesson plans meet physical education (PE) standards, addresses multiple intelligences and three developmental levels. Teachers consistently state that Yoga Ed.'s tools are highly effective for class management. Teachers also note an improvement in concentration, learning and the overall health of students who experience Yoga Ed.’s curriculum.

Call 310-471-1742 or Click Here to register.
Breathwalk® Training in Canada - Toronto Date Change!
with Shakta Kaur

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

Toronto, Canada
July 16-17, 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.
40 Days after White Tantric Yoga - Today!
Thursday - June 9

is 40 Days After White Tantric Yoga
One hundred seventy-six students from twelve different states and four countries participated in Chicago on April 30th for the single day of meditation with a partner called White Tantric Yoga (WTY). But, that was just the beginning because this one day of meditation takes another 40 days to become completely integrated into the subconscious.

Since April 30th many of those who participated in WTY Chicago have chosen a kriya* or meditation to practice consistently for 40 days afterward. Forty days is a length of time referred to in many ancient scriptures for enacting change. Doing something for 40 days can either make a new habit or break an old habit. If you are consistent with the practice, you can clear old subconscious patterns, set up new positive patterns and change your life for the better.

Consistent - The key word is ‘consistent,’ however! How does this work? You choose a specific time of day—early morning, for example—to practice your sadhana**. If you choose the morning, but one day you oversleep or are late for work, be sure to practice your meditation somewhere within the 24 hours before the next morning. The goal is not to miss even one day! However, don’t be too hard on yourself up if you wake up one morning and realize you missed one day. Just pick up where you left off and continue your sadhana as we move closer to Thursday, June 9th.

Remember that WTY unfolds in your life the entire 40 days afterward. If you feel your life going sideways or upside down, stay centered and ‘keep up.’ Know that these changes are completely natural as WTY works to remove subconscious blocks and eventually brings more clarity and flow to your life.

Congratulations on continuing your daily sadhana, connecting with others in yoga classes and praying for the continued growth of your individual and our collective consciousness. And, celebrate reaching 40 days after WTY Chicago by coming to class at KYL on Thursday, June 9th! We'll be very happy to see you!

Click Here to register for class at KYL on June 9.
* Kriya literally means ‘completed action.’ In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® a kriya is a sequence of yoga postures linked to mantra and breath to produce a particular effect.
** Sadhana means spiritual discipline, most often referring to an early morning daily spiritual practice.
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.

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - June 1

11 Days After - June 12

Full Moon - June 15

(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
  • June 10 · Healing Gong & Mantra Night · 6:30-7:45 pm ($17)
  • Sept. 9-11 · Conscious Communication · 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Oct 28 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training Begins · 10 weekends over 8 months
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
There is nothing brighter, more beautiful, more bountiful than your own living soul. Get in touch with the warmth, the love, and the romance of it.
"