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 - October 20, 2011
go KY Teacher Training - Become Your Own Master  
go A 'Taste' of Teacher Training  
go Stages of Meditation Course
go Are You Ready for...       22 Days Away!
go Pre-Natal Yoga Series
go Yoga for Peace of Mind
go Conversations with Shakta Recordings Available
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Goat Cheese Guacamole
Chicago Kundalini Teacher Training - 9 Days Away
“The Art & Science of Improving Yourself”

Teacher Training at KYL Chicago

Our 10th Level 1 Course!

Begins October 28-30, 2011
“The time has come. Become your own master. Stop chasing masters. Become your own reality. Stop chasing religion. Become your own God. Stop chasing God. Be you.” – Yogi Bhajan

A note from Shakta: “Teacher Training courses are little miracles in and of themselves. Each one is special in its own unique way. Our Chicago course this year is already proving this point by traversing the ‘change of the age’ from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. The date Yogi Bhajan discerned for the change-over is November 11, 2011. And, the Chicago course ends in 2012 which we all intuitively sense as a time of great change for the planet and humankind.

 Teacher Training is a tested, safe and effective way to awaken your inner potential, increase your feeling of connection and vastness and connect with the clarity and neutrality of your mind. Quite literally, happiness and success will begin to run toward you!

My prayer is that you will join us on October 28th to begin the deepest experience possible of this sacred technology. Then let’s watch in amazement together at the little miracles that will unfold during our time together. I look forward to seeing you then!”


Tuition: $3,100 - $500 down - Payment Plans Available
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]
A 'Taste' of Teacher Training

First Weekend Open to All!

A ‘Taste’ of Teacher Training

$300 adv/$375 door
Friday-Sunday, Oct 28-30
Schedule
Friday, Oct. 28 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 29 – 8 am to 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 30 – 8 am to 5 pm (plus, early morning sadhana 4 to 6:30 am!)

Have you been thinking about taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Chicago but aren’t 100% sure yet? If so, then, come to the first weekend to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the entire course. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for stress relief, mental clarity, self-healing, personal change and spiritual growth.

Click Here to register.

Stages of Meditation*
The Stages of Meditation*

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

23 Days Away!  Discount Rate Ends Oct. 28.
details

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.’
- 22 Days Away!
Welcome the Aquarian Age
with
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

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

Friday -
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.
Pre-Natal Yoga Series

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

October 24
Our last pre-natal class of 2011!
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.
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 this 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.
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.

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.
Kundalini Level 1 Teacher Training in Canada
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

"The Aquarian Teacher"

in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
Course Dates
     Session 1: Sept. 15 to Sept. 25, 2012 (arrive 9/14, depart 9/26)
     Session 2: April 29 to May 9, 2013 (arrive 4/28, depart 5/10)

Registration is now open!
     $2,900 (enroll by July 17, 2012; pay-in-full by Sept. 17)*
     $3,200 (enroll by July 17, 2012; make 6 payments)*
     Reserve your place with a $500 down payment!

It has been one year since the graduation of the first-ever class of Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teachers in the Maritimes. And, we have received many requests in this past year for dates for the next 220-hour Level 1 Aquarian Teacher Training course on Prince Edward Island. Click Here to see images from the 2009-2010 Level 1 course.

So, we are happy to announce that the second Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course led by Shakta Kaur on beautiful Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada is now available for registration! Click Here for the brochure.

Come experience the teachings of Yogi Bhajan in an environment loved by many as a destination location. You will reside with other teachers-in-training in resort-quality accommodations** and have access to scenic landscapes, beaches and an environment that will soothe your soul. Organic, vegetarian meals will be prepared on-site for us every day by our own chef, too!

Photo courtesy of Atmabir Kaur (Ruth) Richman.
* US funds or checks drawn on US banks only.
** Accommodations and meals are a separate fee depending upon room choice. Housing details coming soon.
Food For The Gods
Goat Cheese Guacamole
While teaching in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, last weekend, Shakta Kaur learned a new twist to an old favorite with this recipe from Atmabir Kaur Richman (2010 Level 1 PEI Graduate).
2-3 avocados
2 inches of goat cheese
2 mini red onions
1 clove garlic
½ to 1 teaspoon of chopped/marinated hot red peppers
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped cilantro
Mix and enjoy with your favorite chips or raw veggies!
This picture is NOT Atmabir Kaur Richman!  It is simply Hari Dev trying to amuse himself.  The image is a joke on 'goat cheese' - showing a goat making the cheese, which is funny, right?  Or not.  But it gives Hari Dev a chance to 'photoshop' something; an activity he likes doing, and gives him a break from long, looooong labors at KYL.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - October 11

New Moon - October 26

Click For Your Moon Phase Calendar
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)

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.

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."
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
Year 2011
  • 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.
     
  • Dec 31 · Yogic New Year's Eve at KYL · 8:30 pm to 12:30 am - Bring a Dish and a Wish for the New Year - $54 single/$100 couple.
Year 2012
  • Sept. 7-9/Oct. 19-21 · Chicago Level 2 Teacher Training · "Life Cycles & Life Styles"
  • Sept. 15-25 · Canada (PEI) Level 1 Teacher Training · First 11-Day Session Sept. 2012 (second session April 29 to May 9, 2013)
  • Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 · Canada (PEI) Level 2 Teacher Training · "Vitality and Stress"
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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The time has come. Become your own master. Stop chasing masters. Become your own reality. Stop chasing religion. Become your own God. Stop chasing God. Be you. In the beginning, in the middle, in the end, it is you and you alone. Live well in your inner peace, in your inner strength and when you feel weak, call on your soul, your friend. It costs much less than a telephone call.
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