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 29, 2011
go 'Dreams for Kids' Fundraiser - Gong and Mantra Night - Friday!
go Private Appointments with Gurucharan Singh, Ph.D.  
go Yoga for Peace of Mind
go Pre-Natal Yoga Series
go A Once-Every-2,160-Years Event...   11.11.11
go Stages of Meditation Course (housing info available) - 44 Days Away
go Going, Going, Gongs! Available for Sale at KYL
go Conversations with Shakta Recordings Available
go You are Your Own Teacher
go Register for KYL's Teacher Training in Chicago
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
National Yoga Month Celebration
Triple Gong & Mantra Night
A "National Yoga Month" Celebration

Fundraiser for Dreams for Kids ‘Holiday for Hope’

Friday, Sept. 30 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$15 adv/$17 door (register)
As National Yoga Month comes to an end 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.
Private Appointments...
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Available for in-person appointments
Thursday & Saturday, October 6 and 8
(Thursday: 5 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm)
(Saturday: 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm)
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 October 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 Thursday and Saturday, October 6 and 8; held at the Cenacle Center in Lincoln Park. Click Here to schedule ($195).
KYL's 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.
Pre-Natal Yoga Series

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

October 3, 10, 17, 24
KYL is pleased to once again offer our popular pre-natal yoga class, ‘The Power of the Mother,’ on Mondays 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.

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.
11.11.11 - 43 Days Away!
Welcome the Aquarian Age
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

A once-every-2,160-years event!

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 'precess' through one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac; this takes about 2,160 years.

*** KRI is not certifying these three weekends as a Level 3 course.
Stages of Meditation*
The Stages of Meditation*

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

44 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. 
* 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.’
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.
Conversations with Shakta ...
Now Available On-Line!

Recordings of Conference Calls with Shakta

Listen to them from the comfort of your home or office!
Sitting at my desk, listening to 'a conversation with Shakta,' my first thoughts were: how very 'REAL' and comforting she is! How nurturing to my soul is her voice and the teachings ... You explained much that others who teach Kundalini take for granted, such as the aura... lengths of meditation times... etc... You made the kriyas so 'human' and not these exaggerated exercises that must get to 11 minutes or they will be 'null and void.' Such an Excellent teacher! More like a 'new Friend.' My only regret is that I am in another state and not close enough to have the pleasure of experiencing the energy of this woman... Thank you, Shakta.” -- N.K. New Jersey
The Change-Maker Meditation *
Here you’ll learn a powerful yogic tool that can clear unfinished patterns from your past. Make new, more positive habits and eliminate those less-than-positive ones. Plus, emerging research shows that twelve minutes a day of this meditation can increase your memory, re-wire the frontal lobes of the brain and may slow down the aging process. Click Here to listen.

* See ‘You are Your Own Teacher: An Accident, Acceptance & Kirtan Kriya,’ below, for a first-hand account of this meditation’s powerful effect.

Release Subconscious Fears
Fear sometimes becomes part of our subconscious at a very early age. Then as adults we may show this unconscious fear as fear of loss, separation, abandonment or feelings of helplessness. Other times this fear might show itself in feelings of not really being sure of ourselves. Fear engages not only the mind, but the body, too. There are tools to eliminate fear from your life. Click Here to listen.
You are Your Own Teacher
cindy krulitz
An Accident, Acceptance and Kirtan Kriya.


"When your world turns upside down,
take time to appreciate the view."

by Sat Pavan Kaur
"Acceptance brings peace. I know this from personal experience. I'll start by telling you my story. I am an active, middle aged woman who had a rollerblading accident and landed on my head.  I don't remember the accident. I do remember waking up in the intensive care unit at the hospital. I didn't know where I was, why I was there or even how long I had been there. It turns out that I had what they called 'moderate brain trauma'.

"I went from being an intelligent, fit, person to one that couldn't watch TV because the flickering lights and images freaked out my brain, couldn't read a book because my eyes wouldn't track on the page and I couldn't remember what was happening in the story. Moving my body was slow and pretty limited. No balance.

"I could have reacted in a number of ways. I could have gotten deeply depressed. After all I was a single mom who couldn't drive, get groceries, cook, do laundry, let alone oversee the kids and get them where they needed to go. My sons were 12 and 15 at the time. I could have been angry or frustrated.

"Instead I chose to experience acceptance. This is what I can do right now, in this moment. What could I do? I could meditate. I had signed-up to start Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL in Chicago prior to the accident. We were given a meditation to do for the 40 days before the start of the course. The meditation is called Kirtan Kriya and uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma.  [get meditation].

"It didn't matter if I couldn't sit up in a 'traditional' meditation posture. Reclining on the couch worked just fine. I kept working with the idea, 'what can I do right now?' I would try something and if I couldn't do it, I accepted it for that point in time. I meditated some times more frequently than once a day. I could do it. I did it a lot!

"It turns out that Kirtan Kriya -- the meditation that I was diligently practicing since I couldn't do much else except watch the fish and sleep -- was exactly what my brain needed. Kirtan Kriya is designed to heal the frontal lobes. My left frontal lobe was the part of my brain damaged by the accident. I’m no doctor, but, even I could see how different it looked from the rest of the brain when I saw the CAT scan when they took out the stitches and staples.

"I told my brain to heal itself. I have an obedient brain and it did as it was told. I gave it the tools to do so -- Kirtan Kriya. Little by little the things that I could do started outweighing what I couldn't do. I kept up with the meditation regardless. I started Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 7 weeks after the accident. I realized that falling on my head taught me many of life's biggest lessons -- including acceptance.

"It doesn't matter how old or young you are. There are always things that you can and cannot do. The question is really do you accept where you are right now? Things change with each moment. Start observing each moment and don't be judgmental. Realize that this is the way it is right now. This is your chance to start practicing acceptance.

"You may find some parts of a meditation or kriya* simple. You may have limitations that make some parts not physically doable. Visualize your body doing the meditation or posture even if you can't do it right now. Keep the breath moving as directed even if you need to take a break at some point. You will reap the benefits so long as that is your intention. Listen to your body. You are your own teacher."
*In Kundalini Yoga a ‘kriya’ is a sequence of postures, breath and sound that are integrated together to allow for manifestation of a particular state, for example, a clear mind or a healthy liver.

Sat Pavan Kaur (Cindy) Krulitz graduated from KYL’s Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in 2008. She is finishing up her fifth Level 2 module this fall. Sat Pavan is also assisting Shakta at the first-ever Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course.
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“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
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 and you will also develop the skills necessary to teach Kundalini Yoga publicly as a consciousness educator (if you so choose).

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 even
-- fulfillment as a spiritual being.

We hope you will join us for the incredible experience called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.'

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. 
Moon Watch

New Moon - September 27

11 Days After - October 8

Full Moon - October 11

(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
  • Oct 14 · Gong and Mantra Night at KYL · Friday at 6:30 pm
  • Oct 14-15 · Shakta in PEI Canada for Workshops · Heal Yourself & Heal the World - For info, contact Ruth Richman  richman.macdonald@pei.sympatico.ca
  • 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
You must work first to develop the spiritual power inside, then the power of the outside world will become smaller and you shall command.