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 - September 1, 2011
go Labor Day Weekend Schedule  
go Devi Scholarship - Deadline is Today
go Shakta Teaches Yoga for Peace of Mind Sunday at KYL  
go Stages of Meditation Course - Registration Now Open  
go Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®
go Private Appointments with Gurucharan Singh, Ph.D.
go Pre-Natal Yoga Series
go Welcome to the Aquarian Age - 70 Days Away
go Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT - 7 Days Away!
News & Notes...
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go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Labor Day Weekend Schedule at KYL
Yes!  Friday, Sept. 2 – 12:15 to 1:00 pm with Jasdeep Kaur
Yes!  Saturday, Sept. 3 – 10:30 am to 12 noon with Amarbir Kaur
Yes!  Sunday, Sept. 4 – 10:30 am to 12 noon (with veggie potluck afterwards) with Shakta Kaur

NO CLASSES on Monday, Sept. 5, LABOR DAY
Devi Scholararship
A Partial Scholarship for KYL’s
Teacher Training Course in Chicago

Application Deadline - Today - Sept. 1!
Today is the final day to apply for a Devi Scholarship to KYL’s Level 1 Teacher Training course. So, download the application (click here), make your deposit and send in your registration form (click here) ... soon! Interviews with the Devi Scholarship Committee take place between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. In the meanwhile, we thought you’d like to read what one Devi Scholarship recipient had to say after receiving her Devi Scholarship:
"Sat Nam, Devi Scholarship Committee!

It’s always a little sticky to preface any statement with it changed my life; after all, every experience, every glance, every gesture has the possibility of waking us up and radically changing our lives from one moment to the next. There are, however, pillar moments that tower above the rest. I would certainly say that my deepening practice of Kundalini yoga, facilitated by your gracious Devi Scholarship, at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) with Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh, has been one such pillar.

I came to yoga as I come to many things in life: eyes alight and aflutter for the possibilities. The excitement wasn’t necessarily unique, but my ability to ground this excitement and let it mature into something wiser and more real was. This grounding wasn’t some herculean feat of my own doing; yes there was the aspect of my discipline and commitment, but these were fleshed out by the group consciousness of my classmates, the communal dedication brought to our weekends together, and the thoughtful and attentive awareness of the teachers. The result of this has been a quiet serenity where before there was all heat and vim. A basking in the stillness of Being is always a breath away for me, a kriya in the making, a mindful meditation. Kundalini yoga has allowed me to develop myself as a human being, to be more available in my healing work, and to walk a graceful road to my Highest Destiny.

I’d thought of writing a thank you immediately upon receiving this scholarship, but decided instead to offer up a prayer of gratitude and wait until I could share what the experience meant to me, means to me. I am awed by the breadth of yoga, by the true reach of consciousness, and the possibilities of yoking yoga with daily living. Not only do I now have a daily practice—something so grounding and liberating for a staunch vata—but I am now part of a beautiful community of like-minded individuals who share the respect and commitment to consciously becoming conscious of our consciousness. The weekends of class were intense and yet the reverberations all stronger still. I have been sent out into the world to share this technology with people and I have already begun to do so. A client of mine calls it ‘happy yoga’ and I quite agree with her; it makes people feel good, because being ALIVE, being in balance to truly live and share and grow is a very happy thing. *smile* Thank you.

Thank you for believing so much in this yoga and that those called to this path, regardless of financial circumstance, must heed the call. In providing the finances to facilitate an answer to Spirit, you do an incredible service to the world. You create teachers. You birth a greater mindfulness. You go above and beyond to gracefully usher in the footsteps of the Aquarian Age. I thank you most heartily for this. I know that many opportunities will come for me to give as you have; I trust that I shall show as much generosity and so continue this Golden Chain of offering, of connection, and of evolution. Thank you.

Sat Nam,
Hari Miter Kaur Paffhouse - KYL Class of 2008"

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

Shakta Teaches Yoga for Peace of Mind
Shakta is teaching
Yoga for Peace of Mind
KYL’s September-October Theme

Sunday, September 4 - 10:30 am to 12 noon
with delicious veggie potluck afterwards!
“Let there be Peace. Let there be Peace of Mind. Let there be Peace with Mankind. Let there be Peace of the States. Let the World dwell within the Force of Peace.” - Yogi Bhajan

Come enjoy class with Shakta this Sunday and experience ...

• Peace as a dynamic state that begins with your thoughts;
• Peace as you begin to command your own mind;
• Peace as the ego is cut away with mantra;
• Peace that is always at your core;
• Peace within so that you can be peace wherever you go.

Yoga and Meditation for peace of mind is KYL’s September and October theme. Come join us for deep yogic breathing, Kundalini yoga sets, mantras and meditations especially designed to reduce stress, improve health and create peace of mind.

Peace is a dynamic state of consciousness. Your thoughts, words and actions are all manifestations of your constant inner peace. Each class during September and October will bring you closer to being able to bring balance and calm into any situation. Act from your inner authentic self with peace of mind. Click Here to register for classes.
Stages of Meditation*
The Stages of Meditation*

with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
KRI Director of Training

Registration is now open!

Saturday and Sunday - 8 am to 6 pm
November 12-13, 2011
January 14-15, 2012
March 17-18, 2012
Downtown Chicago

Be among the first to begin a journey called ‘The Stages of Meditation’ – the meditative path to realization. We begin on November 11, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, USA with KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.  ‘The Stages of Meditation’ are grouped into three ‘journeys’ of seven stages each. They are: Experience & Crystallize the Self (November), Express and Distill the Self (January) and Transcend and Sublimate the Self (March).

A message from Gurucharan Singh:

“I spent over 35 years with Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, from his immigration to the USA in 1969 until his passing in 2004. I learned about the three journeys, the stages and the meditations to complete the journeys directly from him and have shared that along with my own experiences from practice and teaching them. The stages provide an indispensable map for deepening and understanding meditation.”
This course is for anyone who wants to enhance the joy of their meditation experience. Meditators from all traditions are invited! You’ll clear your mind, sharpen your consciousness and strengthen your nervous system.**  Whether Level 1, Level 2, teacher, student, relative or friend – all may participate. So, mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

Click Here for more details.  Information regarding sleeping room accommodations in downtown Chicago for this course coming soon! 
* This course is not certified as Level 3 by KRI.

** This is not a yoga course. This is a meditation course. However, early morning sadhana will be available for those desiring yoga practice prior to the start of each day of ‘The Stages of Meditation.’
Experience Breathwalk with Shakta

Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®

New Program:  For a Clear Mind
Saturday, September 17

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.

Private Appointments...
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Available for in-person appointments
Monday, September 12
KYL is honored to once again offer private one-on-one appointments with KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., during his September visit to Chicago. Gurucharan combines western scientific training with Eastern traditions to develop practical approaches to personal growth and fulfillment. Besides his expertise in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® Gurucharan earned both an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on research in meditation and clinical counseling. He has a keen understanding of Humanology, the psychology of personal excellence developed by Yogi Bhajan, and has used it in clinical practice for three decades.

He is the co-author of Breathwalk® and The Mind with Yogi Bhajan. He co-edited The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook. Gurucharan is committed to sharing the essence of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan to create a lifetime of fulfillment for you in spirit, vitality and destiny. He is unmatched at applying yogic techniques to help with either personal or professional issues.

A limited number of 55-minute appointments are available with Gurucharan Singh on Monday, September 12.  To be held at the Cenacle Center in Lincoln Park. Click Here to schedule ($195).
Pre-Natal Yoga Series

The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga
with Sarab Nidhan Kaur Gillespie

Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
KYL is pleased to once again offer our popular pre-natal yoga class, ‘The Power of the Mother,’ beginning on Monday, Sept. 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

The practice of yoga and meditation during pregnancy helps the body function more optimally and also influences the mental and emotional states of the mother-to-be. Learn how to create harmony within your changing self and your environments in the company of other pregnant women. Come share, meditate and enjoy your unfolding both as a woman and as a giver of life. Expand your power to conceive and create through pre-natal Kundalini Yoga at KYL beginning September 19th.

You will learn:
-basic pregnancy yoga postures,
-body care and nutrition tips,
-yogic teachings regarding the connection between the mother and the soul to be incarnated, and
-meditations particularly suited for the time both during and after pregnancy.

New mom and recent KYL graduate, Sarab Nidhan Kaur Gillespie, is your instructor for this course. Sarab Nidhan practiced Kundalini Yoga and Meditation throughout her recent pregnancy and found it greatly reduced her stress level allowing her to relax . And, on June 10th, her healthy and handsome baby boy, Benjamin, was born!

Six pre-natal classes are $65 in advance; individual classes $13 each. Women interested in becoming pregnant are also encouraged to attend. Click Here to register.
November 11, 2011 - 70 Days Away!
Welcome the Aquarian Age
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Friday - 11.11.11
6 to 8:30 PM
$35 adv / $50 door*
Coming soon is what the ancient ones have talked about for millennia — the change of the age — from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age.** And we are privileged to share the arrival of this new age with the Kundalini Research Institute’s (KRI) Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., as he joins us for a very special ‘Stages of Meditation’ workshop at KYL.

Our 11.11.11 evening celebration of ‘the change of the age’ is the prelude to the debut of the new deep meditation series called ‘The Stages of Meditation: An Expedition towards Realization.’ Gurucharan Singh learned these 21 stages directly from his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, and developed the workshops for this special 3-part meditation series.

This ‘expedition towards realization’ consists of three journeys. Each journey lasts one weekend. Each weekend takes you through seven stages of deep meditation. Each stage systematically confronts your mind’s patterns and limitations, awakens a part of you and develops new skills to clear your way towards realization.

So, mark your calendar and plan to join us in Chicago on the evening of 11.11.11 and also to immerse yourself in two days of deep meditation that will follow immediately. Then, save the dates in January and March (below) to complete all 21 stages in this journey of deep meditation with KRI’s Director of Training Gurucharan Singh Khalsa!

Journey 1: Crystallize the Self — Nov. 12-13
Journey 2: Express the Self — Jan. 14-15
Journey 3: Transcend the Self — March 17-18 ***

Click Here for more details.  Click Here to register for the 11.11.11 workshop.
* The Friday Celebration fee is automatically included for those attending ‘The Stages of Meditation’ two-day workshop Nov. 12-13.

** The Piscean Age and the Aquarian Age are both measurable periods of time. Each is an astrological age, i.e., a time period that parallels major changes in the development of the human race. Each astrological age roughly corresponds to the time it takes for the vernal equinox to move through one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. It takes a little over 2,100 years for our Solar System to travel through each of the signs/constellations.

*** KRI is not certifying these three weekends as a Level 3 course.
Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL
“The Art & Science of Improving Yourself”

Teacher Training at KYL

Our 10th Level 1 Course!

Partial Scholarships Available
10 Weekends Over 8 Months - Oct. 28 to May 6

At first you might be attracted to Kundalini Yoga for the more obvious reasons like:
-- increasing your strength and improving your flexibility,
-- reducing your stress and learning to relax,
-- learning proper breathing, or even
-- for health problems.

But, over time the attraction to this technology increases as you experience:
-- a feeling of connection and vastness,
-- a clarity and neutrality of mind,
-- a calmness and evenness in your life, and
-- fulfillment as a spiritual being.

Taking the personal journey we call ‘Teacher Training’--this year in particular as we transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age—is truly a gift to yourself. This course is based on the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. It is a journey in the art and science of improving yourself based upon excellence and exaltation. Come learn to elevate your own consciousness. You will also develop the skills necessary to teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation publicly as a consciousness educator (if you so choose).

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is called a sacred science. This is because the sacredness of the student is awakened through it. Come respond to the call of your soul and the Infinite and join us the last weekend of October. Partial scholarships are available (application deadline Sept. 1st).

Tuition: $3,100 (until Oct. 2) - $500 down - Payment Plans Available
[download brochure]     [download application]     [scholarship application]     [register online]

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 today - 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. 

Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT
Just 7 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!
‘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).

Click Here for more information.

Moon Watch

New Moon - August 28

11 Days After - September 8

Full Moon - September 12

(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
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
My request to you is do not let your calmness go. Do not let your peace of mind go. Be with the Guru through this time. Your spirit shall be content, and out of that contentment you'll find yourself with a lot of richness. It is very essential at this time. The majority of the world is living in a terrible fear. Nobody knows what is happening. There's too much information available to process. That is not the way. Just feel within yourself content and satisfied, peaceful and unique.