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...   Friday - July 8, 2011
go Yoga for Radiance and Victory  
go KYL Welcomes Two New Teachers  
go Our Raffle Winners at Solstice  
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 & November
go Conscious Communication - KYTT Level 2
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Full Moon Night!
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
KYL's Theme for July & August

"Yoga for Radiance and Victory"

at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
Radiance is your projection. When you walk into a room what do you project to those already there? When you enter is everyone’s attention unconsciously drawn in your direction? Can your presence uplift someone who is down? Can you uplift someone across the room? Someone you’ve never even met before? When you have a strong radiant body you have to be able to stand all the attention and projection you attract!

This inner light of yours needs a strong electromagnetic field, or, aura, to be able to contain and sustain your energy and projection. “Your radiance should be so strong, that even if a hateful person sees you, it should totally neutralize the other person’s psyche so that they experience nothing but love and friendship,” said Yogi Bhajan about this very topic.

Come to Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) during the summer months for classes especially designed to...
• Expand the brilliance of your aura;
• Strengthen your magnetic field for protection against negativity, fear and hatred;
• Cultivate your presence to heal, deliver and lead;
• Develop your ‘inner shine’ to emit confidence, trust and grace; and
• Be the light to illumine every dark corner of the world!

Click Here to register for classes.
Thursday Classes
KYL Welcomes Two New Teachers
for Thursday Classes
Aman Jiwan Kaur (Miriam Dasic) - 12:15 pm
We are happy to announce that one of our newest graduates —Aman Jiwan Kaur — has agreed to teach regularly at KYL! Aman Jiwan has practiced Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for over five years and recently completed Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL. Her travel schedule for work kept interrupting her plans to enter Teacher Training, but, as Aman Jiwan said, “It took me awhile to get here, but, I finally did it.”

If you’ve taken one of Aman Jiwan’s classes you know that she has a terrific sense of humor that helps you ‘keep up’ during a kriya. Along with that keen sense of humor is the sense of peace that you feel when you’re in Aman Jiwan’s presence. That is her vibration and part of her spiritual name. ‘Aman’ means ‘peace.’ ‘Jiwan’ means ‘life.’ The more she cultivates peace within and around her the more she connects with her own soul.

Come and nurture some peace for yourself in one of Aman Jiwan Kaur’s classes beginning Thursday, July 14 from 12:5 to 1:00 pm. Click Here to register.
 
Har Rai Kaur (Christina Reddington) - 6 pm
One of our favorite substitute teachers — Har Rai Kaur — will now teach regularly at KYL beginning Thursday, July 14th at 6 pm! Har Rai Kaur is a 2010 graduate of KYL’s Level 1 Teacher Training course. She is also an adult nurse practitioner with a focus in integrative medicine. Har Rai finds that by taking a holistic approach to health her patients tend to be more calm, less stressed and also enjoy a higher quality of life.

Before taking Teacher Training Har Rai read somewhere that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation can ‘inspire others and give a general feeling of soundness and goodness.’ “That really resonated with me,” Har Rai Kaur told us, “I immediately thought—that’s how I want to live.”

We are happy that Har Rai Kaur has agreed to teach a regular weekly class at KYL. Join her on Thursday evenings from 6-7 pm beginning July 14th. We think you’ll be glad you did! Click Here to register.
Summer Solstice 2011
Shatka Meets-Up with KYL's
Raffle Winners....

Ramsaran Singh & Ramsaran Kaur

... both of whom had been wanting to experience Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration at Ram Das Puri in Espanola, New Mexico, for quite some time now, but, couldn’t quite manage to arrange their schedules (and their finances!) to get there. As a 3HO Yoga Center Partner KYL was blessed to offer a ‘free’ Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration ticket as the top prize in a special raffle to raise money for our Devi Scholarship Fund.

And, wouldn’t you know it, a couple of weeks after purchasing several tickets Ramsaran Singh found out that he’d won the drawing. So he and Ramsaran Kaur cleared their calendars, made their flight arrangements and arrived at Ram Das Puri just in time to take some classes and participate in three days of White Tantric Yoga. Oh, yes, and they were able to celebrate Ramsaran Kaur’s birthday on June 21 together at Summer Solstice, too!

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.

Schedule
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 & November
with Shakta Kaur

Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
"Weekend 2" - Oct. 15-16, 2011 (register)

Toronto, Canada
"Weekend 1" - Nov. 26-27, 2011

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 - Full Moon Night!
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
CURRENT MOON

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
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Everybody has God’s light and it must be lit by a person’s own discipline. And the glass to keep it lit and shining should be kept by the person’s own courage, strength and grit. I believe it. I believe this is the love. I believe everybody has the chance to love one’s soul and every soul has the right to shine and every shine has to bring light and brightness, beauty and bountifulness to all, generation after generation.
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