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Current Events...   Thursday - June 30, 2011
go 4th of July Weekend Class Schedule  
go New Moon Solar Eclipse  
go Farewell to Ram Nam Kaur Muniz  
go Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®!  
go 2.5 Hours of Meditation  
go Shakta’s Latest DVD - The Invincible Woman
go Yoga Ed. - High School Instructor Training
go Breathwalk Canada - October
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Happy 4th!

4th of July Weekend Class Schedule

Friday - July 1 Jasdeep Kaur 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Saturday - July 2 Amarbir Kaur 10:30 am to Noon
Sunday - July 3 Shakta Kaur 10:30 am to Noon
(veggie potluck follows)
Monday - July 4 No Classes  
Special Solar Event

New Moon Solar Eclipse

Friday, July 1
The month of July begins with a New Moon Solar Eclipse.  Eclipses always open doorways that help expand your consciousness and bring on profound change.  What might be re-oriented in your life with this Friday’s eclipse?  Whatever happens you can be sure of one thing... be ready to change direction and pursue new endeavors.  If you don’t choose on your own... be ready to have change imposed on you by external priorities.  It is unavoidable at this time!
New Adventures Are Calling
Come say ‘farewell’ to
Ram Nam Kaur Muniz

Thursday, July 7
12:15 pm & 6:00 pm
One of our most popular teachers, Ram Nam Kaur Muniz, is on to a new and exciting phase of her life! Ram Nam’s daughter is working for the Peace Corps. in Rwanda, Africa. This fall Ram Nam will travel to Africa to spend time visiting and exploring that continent with her daughter. And, once she returns to the U.S. Ram Nam will spend the winter in Florida, teaching Kundalini Yoga while there and determining where she’d like to live full time. The result is that Ram Nam has made the difficult decision to leave KYL and her regular lunchtime and evening classes on Thursdays.

We deeply appreciate Ram Nam’s dedication to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan over the past three years. Her seva at KYL’s Level 1 courses over the past two years was an enormous gift of time and energy as well. There is no doubt that we will miss her presence each and every Thursday at KYL. (We are happy, however, that she has agreed to substitute teach for our roster of teachers whenever she can!)

Ram Nam, we wish you all the very best--all the happiness, love and peace you can imagine--as you continue on your way. “May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you guide your way on. Sat Nam.”
Experience Breathwalk with Shakta
Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®

Saturday, July 16
10:30 am to 12 noon
$15 adv/$20 door

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 special session with Shakta you’ll experience how easy it is to change your mood, energy level and mental state as you systematically align your body, mind and spirit. This class is suitable for anyone who likes to walk -- yogis and non-yogis alike! All levels welcome. Hand-out provided. Click Here to register.

2.5 Hours of Meditation

Sunday, July 17 - 4 am
Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call)
Once each year Shakta’s daily sadhana*** is 2.5 hours of chanting and meditating on "Long Ek Ong Kar." She begins on her and Hari Dev’s wedding anniversary (July 18) and ends on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday (August 26). This year, because July 18th is a Monday, Shakta thought that you might like to join her and Hari Dev chanting Long Ek Ong Kar on Sunday morning, July 17th.

4:00 am – Japji Sahib*
4:20 am – Warm-Ups
4:30 am – Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call)
7:00 am – Hukam**
7:15 am – Breakfast Snacks

Long Ek Ong Kar (also called Morning Call) opens the eight chakras (junction points of body and spirit). It was the first (and only) mantra that Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States. You might think about lighting up the chakras starting with the root / first chakra while chanting each syllable of this mantra.
Mantra: Ek Ong Kar Sat Naam Siri Wha-hay Guru

Meaning of the Mantra: “The creator and all creation are one. This is our true identity. The ecstasy of this wisdom is Great beyond words.”
What Yogi Bhajan said about Long Ek Ong Kar: “Before sunrise, when the channels of energy are most clear, if this mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open your solar plexus, charging the solar center, connecting it with cosmic energy. You will be liberated from the cycles of karma that bind you to the earth. No tongue can tell how bright the light of cosmic energy is, but when you recite this mantra daily, you will have this light within you.”

There is no charge for this early morning sadhana. Delicious Yogi Tea will be served. Bring some breakfast snacks to share afterward!

* Japji Sahib – A prayer written by Guru Nanak which relates the conscious mind to the soul.
** Hukam – The order of the day.
*** Sadhana – 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 - October
with Shakta Kaur

Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
"Weekend 2" - 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.
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.

Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
Friday - July 15 - 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 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

Moon Watch

New Moon - July 1

11 Days After - July 12

Full Moon - July 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
  • Saturday July 16 · Breathwalk with Shakta · 10:30 am to Noon
  • 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
Caliber will make you deliver.
 Character will sustain you.
Consciousness will carry you.
Courage will bring you honor.
 Commitment will bring you trust.