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Thursday - August 4, 2011
||Shakta Teaching at KYL this Sunday
||Veggie Fest Chicago!
||International Healer Caterina
Pellegrino - Postponed!
||Healing Power of Gong & Mantra
||Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®!
||Going, Going, Gongs!
Available for Sale at KYL
||'Destiny Changed...' (part 3)
||Kundalini Weekend with Shakta -
||Teacher Training Registration Now
Open at KYL
||Breathwalk® Training in
Canada - October & November
||Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
- 35 Days Away!
News & Notes...
||Yoga Class Schedule
||Yogi Bhajan Quote
||Just For Fun -
GMO "Smart Cows" Released
Shakta Back Home...
Shakta is teaching
Yoga for Radiance and Victory
at KYL - Sunday - 10:30 am
Featuring music from Snatam Kaur’s new ‘Ras’ CD!
You need 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 class this Sunday, enjoy new music from Snatam Kaur and learn to:
• Develop your ‘inner shine’ to emit confidence, trust and grace;
• Reach success when you don’t feel up to the job;
• Expand the brilliance of your aura, and
• Strengthen your magnetic field for protection against negativity, fear and hatred.
... with a delicious veggie potluck afterwards!
(photo courtesy of Sat Pavan Kaur Krulitz)
Veggie Fest - August 13-14
is a friend of
Veggie Fest Chicago
the largest Vegetarian Food Festival in the USA
Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14
Admission is Free!
KYL is proud to be a ‘Friends of Veggie Fest’ sponsor. If
you were at Veggie Fest last summer you know it was an awesome
event. And, this year is expected to be bigger and better
than ever. Held on the grounds of the Science of
Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd.,
in Naperville, IL (60563), admission to all Veggie Fest events
Veggie Fest is a family event with lots of activities to keep
children happy (including crafts and face painting).
Adults will enjoy more than 100 food vendors, exhibitors,
cooking demos and live music. Click here to find out more:
www.veggiefestchicago.org Maybe we’ll see you
International Healer Caterina Pellegrino
(who has worked with John of God)
Her visit has been postponed until Fall.
We will let you know when Caterina returns to Chicago and KYL!
Healing Power of
Triple Gong & Mantra
August 19 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building - Suite 501
featuring Shakta and Friends
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,
Here to register in advance
Photo courtesy of
Experience Breathwalk with Shakta
Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®
Saturday, August 20
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.
Here to register.
Paiste Symphonic Gongs
Going, Going, Gongs!
Available for Sale
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.
Part 3 of 3
(Day 18 of 40 - 2.5 Hours of Long Ek Ong Kar)
Click Here to read Part 1 - Our Wedding Anniversary
Click Here to read Part 2 - You
Saved My Life
“On one of those
fall days in 2003 while Hari Dev Singh was in the hospital a CD
arrived in the mail. It was ‘Shanti’ by Snatam Kaur.
I was anxious to hear the new musical selections. But when
I played ‘Shanti’ for the first time I just didn’t connect with
much of what I heard. And although the first track
contained the words, ‘Ek Ong Kar,’ the rest of the track really
annoyed me. However, for some reason I knew I
needed to learn the mantra on track #1 and chant it—a lot.
The liner notes
explained that the words were by Guru Nanak, the first of the
Sikh Gurus (1469 to 1538). One of Guru Nanak’s gifts to
humanity is the sacred composition called Japji (the song of the
soul). It contains 38 pauris (stanzas). Each pauri
has a particular effect. This was the 38th
So, after my 2.5
hour practice of Long Ek Ong Kar each morning, I’d open the
liner notes and practice this stanza of Japji along with the
‘Shanti’ CD. This track played on repeat 24 hours a day.
On the days Hari Dev was home from the hospital he would sigh
and ask, ‘why are you playing that over and over again?’
I really didn’t know why, but, I kept playing it, repeating the
syllables out loud.
It was only
after I came home from that very long day in October (which began
with four paramedics reviving Hari Dev Singh) did I read the
effects of this particular pauri. There it was, clear and
simple, yet I had missed it all along. The 38th
pauri gives you the power to re-write your own destiny.
Destiny. Hari Dev. Ambulance. Emergency room.
It all became clear. 'He’s still here because I had
to chant this,' I said to myself.
‘Thank you God
and Guru,’ were my next words. The gratitude I felt at
that instant was overwhelming. I was grateful to my 2.5
hour practice of Long Ek Ong Kar for expanding my sensitivity to
my intuition. And, I was grateful to my intuition for
nudging me to play that pauri over and over--even if my ego
didn’t understand why.”
Kundalini Weekend with Shakta
... in Tallahassee Florida
a full weekend of Kundalini
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.
Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL
“I Will Never Be the Same Again”
Teacher Training at KYL
Partial Scholarships Available
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
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).
Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
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
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
|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
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.”
Here for more stories.]
Devi Scholarship hopefuls complete an
application form that requires answers to six questions (download
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
deadline for this fall’s Devi Scholarship recipients is Thursday,
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.
Breathwalk® Training in
Canada - October & November
with Shakta Kaur
Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
"Weekend 2" - Oct. 15-16, 2011
"Weekend 1" -
Nov. 26-27, 2011
Payment Plans Available!
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
Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
Just 35 days away!
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.
Here for more information.
Just For Fun
|News Bulletin: "The FDA approved
the release of GMO "smart cows" last month...
New Moon - July 30
11 Days After - August 10
Full Moon - August 13
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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."
... 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
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.
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.)
... 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.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
($13) - not on Friday
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
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 ·
"The Stages of Meditation - An Expedition towards Realization"
(Aquarian Age Begins!) -
3 weekends with Gurucharan Singh
Weekend 1 -
"Crystallize the Self" Nov 11-13, 2011
Weekend 2 -
Jan 14-15, 2012
Weekend 3 -
Mar 17-18, 2012
Save These Dates ·
Gong & Mantra Nights ·
Aug. 19 / Sept. 16 /
(Fridays, 6:30 pm to
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
Come to Oneness. Realize and be grateful that God has created you.