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Current Events...   Thursday - June 16, 2011
go The 21 Stages of Meditation - November 11-13, 2011  
go Summer Solstice Classes at KYL - Tuesday June 21 
go Father’s Day Class with Hari Dev Singh - Sunday June 19   
go Shakta Teaching at Summer Solstice New Mexico  
go KYL Graduates Level 1 Instructors of Kundalini Yoga
go Shakta’s Latest DVD - The Invincible Woman
go Yoga Ed. - High School Instructor Training
go Breathwalk Canada - New Toronto Date!
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
News & Notes...
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go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Level 3: Realization – Teacher

Chakra art courtesy of Paramdesh Kaur (Heather Beck)
The 21 Stages of Meditation

Coming to Chicago

November 11-13, 2011 (Part 1 of 3)

Open to All – students, teachers, friends, family!
Welcome the Aquarian Age on Friday, November 11, as you join KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the launch of Level 3 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.

Meditation is both a skill and an experience. It has stages, just as a flower grows from seed to sprout to leaves to bloom. Gurucharan Singh was guided through the stages of meditation at the feet of Yogi Bhajan. Now, let Gurucharan guide you through ‘The 21 Stages of Meditation’ as part of the final training - Level 3 - in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.

Hosted by Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) you will be among the first to begin the journey of ‘The 21 Stages of Meditation’ – the meditative path to realization. The 21 Stages of Meditation are grouped into three ‘journeys’ of seven stages each. They are:
Experience & Crystallize the Self – November 11-13, 2011
Express & Distill the Self – January 2012 (dates TBA)
Transcend & Sublimate the Self - March 2012 (dates TBA)
This course is for anyone and everyone who wants to deepen the joy of their meditation experience. It is also a requirement for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 3. So, mark the November 11-13 dates on your calendar, watch for additional details to come soon and make plans now to join us!
Summer Solstice Classes at KYL
Summer Solstice Classes at KYL

Tuesday, June 21

12:15 to 1:00 pm
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Jasdeep Kaur in two special classes next Tuesday at KYL! ‘Solstice’ comes from the Latin (sol, sun, stands). For several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, It also marks the ‘official’ beginning of summer.

Summer Solstice is also seen by yogis as a primary gateway for manifestation. So, come to KYL and manifest what you deserve on this day when the sun is at its highest energy! Consciously attract and send abundance, perfect health, happiness and contentment to yourself, your friends and loved ones.

Click Here to register for a Summer Solstice Tuesday class at KYL.  In the meanwhile, enjoy these excerpts from a talk given by Yogi Bhajan on June 18, 1973 at Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration:
“We want strength once a year to prove to our own selves how much we love each other. We want our gathering to be together. This is our yatra. That is the purpose of it. We want to see each other. We want to meet each other. We want to sing together. We want to face each others’ difficulties. We want to help each other. We want to love each other. We want to understand each other. We want to be each other. We don’t care if God comes, “Thank you very much.” We want to deserve. We don’t want to desire anything. We have come here to deserve everything. And when you deserve, your desires are fulfilled auto-matically.

We want to practice the mantra, Keep Up. We want certain things to keep our life together. For certain days we want to know each other together. We don’t want to live in a steel jungle during these days. Is it clear to you? That is what we want.

You have come here to build what we have lost. We want to build a nation which we have lost. We want to lay the foundations of the new future. That is the purpose of us being here this day: to prove to our¬selves that we have the spirit to survive through every obstacle.”
Father's Day
Sunday - June 19

Father's Day Class at KYL

10:30 to Noon
(vegetarian potluck follows class)
The bond between you and your father is very profound. You have known each other for a long, long time. In fact, you made a contract to be together in this relationship before the two of you came into the earth plane. Even after death--for either the father or the child--that relationship continues.

No matter what kind of relationship you have had with your father it is important to thank the soul that helped bring you here. The purpose of being on earth is to evolve your soul. So, it is important to thank the soul that brought you into this world, to wish him well and to pray for him.

Join Hari Dev Singh for a special Father’s Day Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class to celebrate both fathers and Father’s Day. If your father is alive you can wish him the gift of health and longevity. If your father is deceased you can wish him the gift of peace for his soul. And, if your relationship with your father needs a bit of repair, you can infuse some harmony, burn some karma and help release bad feelings... on both sides! In return you will receive grace for honoring the man that bestowed the gift of life to you.

Sunday's class is always followed by community potluck - bring a vegetarian dish and enjoy the community spirit at KYL. Click Here to register.
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 Fire 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.

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'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.
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

Full Moon - June 15

New Moon - July 1

(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
  • Sept. 9-11 · Conscious Communication · 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Oct 28 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training Begins · 10 weekends over 8 months
  • Nov 11 · Level 3 Course Begins (Aquarian Age Begins!) · Friday to Sunday - Nov 11-13, 2011
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Rejoice my love,
And share with me
This sacred time on Earth.

Renew your energy at Summer Solstice,
This is the time of rebirth.
The Aquarian Age, we’re on the cusp.
Increase vitality to experience virtues,
This is a must!

Chant with the angels, high in the sky.
At Ram Das Puri, let your soul fly.
Come to Summer Solstice.

Stars shine at night,
Water crystal pure,
Air clean and bright.

Power of prayer, to heal and be healed.
In the company of the holy we know and we feel.

Let us share these precious days.
Let us honor highest consciousness in every way.

"