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 - July 28, 2011
go Going, Going, Gongs! Available for Sale at KYL  
go Yoga for Radiance and Victory
go KYL Welcomes New Baby Benjamin
go ‘You Saved My Life’  
go International Healer Caterina Pellegrino visits KYL
go Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL
go Kundalini Weekend with Shakta - Tallahassee, Florida
go Shakta’s Latest DVD - The Invincible Woman
go Breathwalk® Training in Canada - October & November
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods
Paiste Symphonic Gongs
Going, Going, Gongs!

Available for Sale at KYL
When you come to class at KYL you know that all of our teachers love using our beautiful Paiste gongs during deep relaxation and also for meditation. And, we are pleased to once again be able to offer you beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs for purchase.

The gongs come in three different sizes—either 28, 30 or 32 inches packaged with a mallet, floor stand and carrying case. Shipping to just about anywhere in North America is convenient via Federal Express. Or, we can arrange for a private session where you can come by KYL and try out a gong before your purchase.

KYL’s gong prices are 10% off of retail (before shipping). A 28 inch package (gong, mallet, stand, carrying case) is $1,332 check/cash; a 30 inch package $1,499; and a 32 inch package $1,647.  Note, prices are +3% when paying with a credit card.

Yogi Bhajan said that the
Gong is the sound of creation. All sounds and all words have come from it. It is the nucleus of all words. It is the multiple, projective sound to put you through. It is not a drum or a musical instrument. It is God. It is reinforced vibration. It is like a million strings vibrating at once. Only instrument in which you can create the space vibrations - where you can become weightless and soundless and go through it. We use all tools with only one purpose that a person should come to a state of affirmativity. Life becomes ‘yes’ to you. The word ‘no’ should be eliminated from your vocabulary.
If you’re interested in purchasing a beautiful Paiste Symphonic gong call 312-922-4699.
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.
Welcome New Baby...
Benjamin William Gillespie
Born June 10, 2011

Congratulations to mom Sarb Nidhan Kaur Gillespie and dad Benjamin!
Even though she became pregnant shortly before the start of KYL’s nine-month Teacher Training course last fall, Sarb Nidhan Kaur realized it probably was the only time she’d be able to complete the Teacher Training course – before the baby arrived. That, coupled with the fact that her due date was on our graduation weekend and her own birthday, became a compass that pointed her in the direction of taking and completing the course—now!

And, complete the course she did! It turned out that there was no better atmosphere for her—the company of a loving and supportive class of women-only teachers-in-training (a first for KYL’s Chicago course because usually men are well-represented!).

‘Baby Benjamin’ was born on June 10th at 7:13 am weighing in at 9 lbs. 15 oz. ‘Twelve uncomfortable days late,’ says mom Sarb Nidhan Kaur.

While she wouldn’t describe his birth as ideal---12 hours of labor with 6 hours of those pushing all to end in a C-section--Sarb Nidhan told us, ‘He may have had a traumatic birth, but he is a really peaceful baby!‘ We have to agree, especially after seeing the photo of him sleeping underneath an image of Guru Ram Das (the 4th of the Sikh Gurus/Saints who is also called the Lord of Miracles).

Welcome to the planet, Baby Benjamin. We are very happy that you are here! And, we are also very happy that you and your mom are doing so well, too!
40 Days of Chanting
2.5 Hours of Long Ek Ong Ka

Day 11 of 40 is today!
Shakta continues her story from last week:

“While Hari Dev Singh was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation I decided that I was not going to travel anywhere for any reason. It was on one of those non-travel days that I was awakened at 3:30 am by a rather strange loud sound in our bedroom. I realized that sound was Hari Dev breathing--very laboriously. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘he isn’t getting much sleep in the hospital. I’ll let him sleep now and I’ll wake him later.’ I slid out of bed and into my cold shower before beginning 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kar.

But, something just didn’t feel right. Every 20 minutes I’d continue chanting but get up and walk into the bedroom to check that Hari Dev was still breathing ... which he was ... loud and laboriously. I went back-and-forth like this the entire 2.5 hours. When I finally finished I went back into the bedroom to wake him up.

Waking Hari Dev up in the morning during this time meant that I would often crawl back into bed with him after my sadhana. Only this morning when I crawled back into bed he was drenched with perspiration. And, he didn’t move a muscle.

Calling his name I walked around the bed to look at him. With my hand on his shoulder I pushed to wake him up, but, he was not responding. I pushed harder. Then for some reason I decided to pull back his eyelids. His pupils were fixed and dilated. My next words were not very yogic as I ran for the phone and dialed 911.

Four paramedics and 30 long minutes later one of them said, ‘Ma’am, come into the bedroom and talk to your husband.’ Hari Dev was sitting up (with assistance). ‘Baby, I could not wake you up. We’re going to the hospital,’ I said. ‘Everything’s going to be all right.’ Then he was loaded into the ambulance. Hari Dev Singh had suffered multiple organ failure that morning. If I hadn’t been practicing 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kar he might not be here today. As he regained consciousness in the emergency room Hari Dev looked at me and said, ‘you saved my life.’ I said, ‘I think Long Ek Ong Kar saved your life.’ [Part three next week.]
International Healer Caterina Pellegrino
Caterina Pellegrino

will be at KYL on Sunday, August 7

1 pm to 3 pm
Caterina Pellegrino is a gifted international healer who will visit KYL for the first time in August for a special session of group healing, prayer and meditation. Caterina has dedicated most of her life to healing those in need throughout the world. She came into this world with a profound knowledge of energetics. Since most disease is based in the energy field of emotions, Caterina has the ability to remove the blocks of energy that cause pain, disease and emotional discomfort.

Caterina is quite humble and claims only to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to move through her and that God does the healing. Many who have experienced her return to be touched by her energy again and again. She has also taught others how to access their own gifts of healing through opening to the Creative and Infinite Source.

So, come to KYL on Sunday, August 7, for prayer, deep meditation, silence, and hands-on healing in a group setting with Caterina. (Private healing sessions with Caterina cost $150, so, this is quite a lovely and inexpensive introduction to her work.) Seating is limited. (We will sit in chairs.) Advance registration suggested - $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Click Here to register.
Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL

“I Will Never Be the Same Again”

Teacher Training at KYL
Partial Scholarships Available
10 Weekends Over 8 Months - Oct. 28 to May 6

A note from Shakta Kaur:  “I will never be the same again,” is what we often hear from those who have taken Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL .  My initial motivation was to deepen my personal yoga and meditation practice.  And, in truth, I had no intention of teaching Kundalini Yoga.  I already had a degree in music education and had taught public school music for several years.  I really thought that my teaching days were over!

It wasn’t long, however, before I found myself informally sharing the techniques I’d learned during Teacher Training not only with my friends and family, but with the loan officer at our bank and other business contacts.  I laughed out loud when I realized that I was, in fact, ‘teaching!’

Whatever draws you to this amazing course in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, know that the end result will be perfect for you even while it might also be totally different than what you initially expected.  Along the way your mental, physical and emotional growth will be enhanced in a supportive and cozy environment.  You will learn the tools to not only deepen your own personal practice, but, you will also gain the knowledge and self-confidence to elevate yourself and others into a more peaceful and powerful space.

Six Components to Teacher Training at KYL [download brochure]:

Kriya and Meditation: The foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
The theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga kriyas (yoga sets), asanas, and mudras.  Explore the nature of the mind and its training through Kundalini Yoga meditations, mantras, and pranayam (breathing techniques).

Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
The history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy behind all yogic practices.  The technologies of Kundalini Yoga as they apply to healing and humanology (the science of daily living), including diet, nutrition, and relationships.

Anatomy & Physiology: Essentials of Yogic and Functional Anatomy
Traditional Western anatomy, its purpose and function, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine and digestive systems and their relation to the practice and teaching of yoga.  Also Yogic anatomy and the energy systems of the body including the chakras, nadis, pranas, vayus and the ten yogic bodies.

Consciousness of a Teacher: Virtues and Values of Living in the Golden Chain
The skills and techniques to become an effective instructor, including practical strategies for teaching beginners, ethical guidelines, curriculum development and the transformational role of the teacher in developing a successful yoga practice.

The Master’s Touch: Cultivating a Connection to the Master
Connect with Yogi Bhajan through DVD classes and study.

Teaching from Day One
Practical experience instructing various aspects of a Kundalini yoga class begin almost as soon as we get together!  Your first assignment is to become a teacher to yourself ... whether or not you ever teach a public Kundalini Yoga class.  And, along the way our Teacher Trainers help with both oral and written evaluations of your teaching.  Your fellow teachers-in-training offer important peer feedback, too.

Tuition: $3,100 (until Oct. 2) - $500 down - Payment Plans Available
[download brochure]     [download application]     [scholarship application]     [register online]
PAYING IT FORWARD...  The Devi Scholarship
A Partial Scholarship for KYL’s Teacher Training Course - Application Deadline Sept. 1
“Sunia Sidh Peer Sur Naath” -- Japji, Pauri 8
‘By hearing God’s Name the mortal becomes a perfect person, religious guide, spiritual hero and a great yogi.’

These words are from Japji,* a meditative prayer, chanted by Kundalini yogis worldwide during the early morning hours.  And these words were the inspiration behind the creation of a special scholarship fund—the Devi Scholarship—available to applicants of Chicago’s Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) 220-hour Yoga Alliance (YA) registered Teacher Training course. 

These words took hold in the soul of one of our first graduates.  His response was to begin a scholarship fund with personal funds so that whoever wanted to take the incredible journey called Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan® could do so regardless of financial need.  He named the fund after his mother, Devi Kaur, because it was she who urged him to take his first Kundalini Yoga class.  It was his way of paying back for all that he had received from the course—gurudakshina** of another sort. 

Once the formation of the scholarship fund was announced it wasn’t long before his fellow teachers-in-training contributed their own money--to ‘pay it forward’--as one of them said.  Soon we began receiving e-mails like this one from a Devi Scholarship recipient:

“Shakta, I wanted you and Hari Dev Singh to know that the Devi Scholarship (which enabled me to take Teacher Training) has SAVED my life... literally.  I was broke in more ways than one.  I needed much healing in both body and mind.  You knew that my financial situation was such that without the scholarship I would not have been able to take the course.  What you don’t know is that I believe Kundalini Yoga has healed both my body from Chron's Disease and my brain from its Bi-Polar behavior.  It truly has been a medicine of the divine.  I constantly see changes in me that I know are a result of the Teacher Training course.  I now have a new hope in my life.  None of this would have been possible without the Devi Scholarship.  I thank you and all the teachers before me who made this possible.”
[Click Here for more stories.]

Devi Scholarship hopefuls complete an application form that requires answers to six questions (download form).  With the application they include a monetary deposit indicating to the universe their commitment to take the course.  They are asked to write a biography of themselves; to describe a teacher of any kind whom they admire; to describe their current yoga practice; and to write about their motivation to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.  They also need to offer some proof of their financial need.  Finally, personal interviews are conducted to determine which candidates will eventually receive a Devi Scholarship. 

The application deadline for this fall’s Devi Scholarship recipients is Thursday, September 1.  Click Here to access the Devi Scholarship application form. 

* Japji is a prayer which relates the conscious mind to the soul.  It is one of the daily prayers of the Sikhs.  ‘Jap-’ is often translated as ‘song of’ and ‘-ji’ as ‘the soul.’  As a result, Japji is called ‘the song of the soul.’

** Gurudakshina is tithing, or, an offering as an expression of gratitude for the teachings.  ‘-Dakshina’ will give ‘drib drishtee.’  You will start seeing the unseen.  It will mega-multiply you financially, socially and personally. 

Kundalini Weekend with Shakta
... in Tallahassee Florida

a full weekend of Kundalini Events

August 26-28, 2011

Aug 26 - Yogi Bhajan Birthday Sadhana - No Charge - 5 am to 8:30 am

Come honor the life and legacy of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the west in 1968.

Aug 26 - Triple Gong and Mantra - $15/$20 - 6:30 pm (register)

Bring a friend and join Shakta for Tallahassee’s second-ever ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra!’ we begin with light yoga (suitable for all body shapes and types).

Aug 27 - Breathwalk - $15/$20 - 10:30 am (register)

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.

Aug 27 - Partner Meditations & Kundalini Yoga - $20/$25 - 2 pm (register)

Augment the feeling of oneness between you and a partner in this special Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class with Shakta. We begin with a special set of ‘partner’ warm-up exercises then move into the main program.

Aug 28 - Manifest Your Heart's Desire - $15/$20 - 10:30 am (register)

What do you wish for; what do you desire? Are you sending out the vibratory frequency to manifest your highest destiny? Mantras—words or phrases composed of sacred sounds—allow you to do this.
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).

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
Summer Solstice Sadhana Attendees...
Take advantage of your ‘special’ Summer Solstice rate. Valid only until Sunday, July 31. Not available on-line, so, call 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.

Food For The Gods
Blackeyed Peas & Greens

Our Sunday 'potluckers' voted to keep this dish on the web!
Moon Watch

New Moon - July 30

11 Days After - August 10

Full Moon - August 13

(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
  • 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 · "Crystalize the Self" (Aquarian Age Begins!) - 3 weekends with Gurucharan Singh
    • Weekend 1 - Nov 11-13, 2011
    • Weekend 2 - Jan 14-15, 2012
    • Weekend 3 - Mar 17-18, 2012
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
Sadhana* is a conscious activity. We consciously choose to rise up, to exercise the body, and to meditate. Each day is different. Each day, we are different. Every 72 hours all the cells of the body totally change. Sickness comes and goes. Motivation waxes and wanes. But through all the flux of life, through all the variations of the mind and heart, we consciously choose to maintain a constant and regular practice.

* Pronounced ‘sod-nuh.’