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 8, 2011
go Yoga & Meditation for Peace of Mind at KYL
go Stages of Meditation Course - 63 Days Away
go Welcome to the Aquarian Age - Workshop Nov. 11, 2011
go Walk Your Breath... Take a Breathwalk®
go Private Appointments with Gurucharan Singh, Ph.D.
go Pre-Natal Yoga Series
go Going, Going, Gongs! Available for Sale at KYL
go Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta  
go 'Dreams for Kids' Fundraiser - Gong and Mantra Night  
go Chicago's Teacher Training Registration Now Open
go Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT - Starts Friday!
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Our Theme
KYL’s September-October Theme...

Yoga for Peace of Mind
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 classes at KYL as we transition into Fall 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

63 Days Away!

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.’
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.
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.
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.
Free Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta

Special Topic: The Change-Maker Meditation

Wednesday, September 14
6 pm Central Time
• Are you ready to take advantage of the ‘change of the age’ on 11.11.11?
• Do you have some less-than-positive habits you would like to break?
• Is there some unfinished business—whether emotional, mental, physical or spiritual—that could use a gentle push towards completion?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then join Shakta on a ‘free’ conference call to learn a powerful yogic tool that can clear unfinished patterns from your past and help you achieve a higher level of understanding about yourself and the world around you.

The Kundalini Meditation that Shakta will share is one that many practice together 40 days prior to the beginning of KYL’s Teacher Training courses. This meditation uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma...
Sa = Infinity, cosmos, beginning.
Ta = Life, existence.
Na = Death.
Ma = Rebirth.
Sa, Ta, Na, Ma is, quite literally, the cycle of creation. From the Infinite comes life and individual existence. From life comes death or change. From death comes the rebirth of consciousness to the joy of the infinite through which compassion leads back to life.

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions regarding the journey of personal growth and transformation that is called Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - the Chicago course begins Oct. 28-29-30. Register with your down payment before October 3 to receive the pre-registration discount.

Click Here for the call-in number and pass code.
National Yoga Month Celebration
A Fundraiser for Chicago’s

Dreams for Kids ‘Holiday for Hope’

Friday, Sept. 30 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$15 adv/$17 door (register)
September is National Yoga Month—designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services!  And, on Friday, September 30, KYL joins hundreds of yoga studios all over the world in an international ‘Time for Yoga’ class.

We’ll begin with ‘light’ Kundalini Yoga (suitable for any body shape/type).  Then we’ll time our deep relaxation (with two beautiful Paiste gongs!) and meditation to synchronize with fellow yogis all over the world.  Our meditation that evening will focus on universal peace.

100% of the proceeds from KYL’s Sept. 30 ‘Time for Yoga’ class are being donated to Chicago’s Dreams For Kids ‘Holiday for Hope.’  So, bring a friend and do some good for yourself and the children of Chicago!

Click Here to register.
Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL
“The Art & Science of Improving Yourself”

Teacher Training at KYL

Our 10th Level 1 Course!

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.

Tuition: $3,100 (until Oct. 2) - $500 down - Payment Plans Available
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]
* 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
Starts This Friday!
You may still join us - call 312-656-8229 to find out how.

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.)
Save the Date...
  • Sept. 9-11 · Conscious Communication · 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Sept 16 · Healing Power of Gong & Mantra Night · 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Sept 30 · 'Dreams for Kids' Fundraiser · Gong & Mantra at 6:30 pm
  • Oct 28 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training Begins · 10 weekends over 8 months
  • 11.11.11 · The Age of Aquarius Begins · A Workshop with Gurucharan - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Nov 12-13 · Stages of Meditation · The first of three weekends to explore self realization - taught by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
Communication is not for emotions and feelings. Not for the weather, either. Communication is an art through which you can clean the garbage in your life.