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 27, 2011
go Chicago Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Begins Friday!  
go A 'Taste' of Teacher Training
go A Halloween Kundalini Yoga Class with Shakta & Yogi Bhajan - Sunday  
go Early Morning Sadhana at KYL - This Sunday!  
go Are You Ready for...       15 Days Away!
go Stages of Meditation Course
go Conversations with Shakta Recordings Available
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training
go Winter Solstice 2011 Raffle - 5 Chances to Win  
go De-Stress Meditation Hour at Your Office   
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Chicago Kundalini Teacher Training - Begins Friday
“The Art & Science of Improving Yourself”

Teacher Training at KYL Chicago

Our 10th Level 1 Course!

Begins October 28-30, 2011
Now - Eight Weekends!
“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
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 4:15 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.

A Halloween Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class
"Throw Out the Ghosts"

with Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga (via DVD), and Shakta
Sunday, October 30
10:30 am to 12 noon
$15 advance / $17 door
Join us for a special Halloween class of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong! This class features a Yogi Bhajan lecture and meditation (via DVD) specifically designed to 'throw out the ghosts!' "No person from any category or caliber, from any religion, from any country, is supposed to be suffering," Yogi Bhajan says in this lecture.

Relieve yourself from any unnecessary suffering by practicing a special 'de-ghosting' meditation to clear away missteps, traumas and any fears or bad feelings that still remain from your adolescence. Once you clear your subconscious by throwing out the 'ghosts' with the Master you will leave feeling beautiful, bountiful and blissful... guaranteed! Click Here to register.
- 15 Days Away!
Welcome the Aquarian Age
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.
Stages of Meditation*
The Stages of Meditation*

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

16 Days Away!  Discount Rate Ends Oct. 28.

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.’
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.
Early Morning Sadhana This Sunday
Sunday October 30
4:15 am to 6:45 am

Delicious Yogi Tea and Breakfast Snacks Afterward!
4:15 am – Japji (meditative prayer)
4:40 am – Kundalini Yoga
5:25 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:45 am – Hukam** and the Long Time Sunshine Song

Once each month we offer the experience of early morning sadhana at KYL. We begin at 4:15 am when the rays of the sun are hitting the earth at a 60 degree angle. Why get up at this time? Because this is the time when all of the great spiritual teachers appear to bless, elevate and transform each one of us. The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) open at 3:45 am. Please time your arrival for then. We begin sadhana at 4:15 am.  There is no charge for this event.

The doors to the FAB are locked again at 4:30 am

* Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 1992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana in this particular order for 21 years. The order of the mantras is 1) Long Ek Ong Kar, 2) Wah Yantee, Kah Yantee, 3) the Mul Mantra, 4) Sat Siree, Siree Akal, 5) Rakhe Rakhanahaar, 6) Wahe Guru Wahe Jio and 7) the Guru Ram Das chant.

** A ‘hukam’ is the ‘divine order’ or quote of the day.
Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 - Raffle
Buy a $10 raffle ticket!

This is your chance to receive a DISCOUNT Registration to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 in Lake Wales, Florida December 18-25

A $700 Value for just $433!

Click Here
to purchase on-line

Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) has an awesome opportunity for five people who have never had the chance to go 3HO’s Winter Solstice in Lake Wales, Florida. It is the chance to win a DISCOUNTED registration to the 8-day event!

The regular Winter Solstice Sadhana registration fee is $700. Your DISCOUNT registration fee is $433, and includes all the Kundalini Yoga and Meditation workshops you could possibly desire, early morning sadhana each day, 3 days of White Tantric Yoga (WTY), all of your meals and a camping spot at the Winter Solstice Sadhana campsite, plus much, much more!

All of the proceeds raised from th raffle will go to KYL's Devi Scholarship Fund. The Devi Scholarship Fund was created by KYL’s first graduating class of Kundalini Yoga Teachers. They decided that everyone—no matter their financial capability—should have the opportunity to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Creation of the Devi Scholarship Fund was their way to ‘pay it forward’ to those who would come afterward.

So, purchase as many raffle tickets as you can. It is your chance to win one of 5 DISCOUNTED registration passes to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration in Lake Wales, Florida. When you do, know that you are also providing needed support for KYL’s Devi Scholarship Fund - a fantastic win-win for everyone!

Purchase raffle tickets either in person at KYL or on-line between now and Nov. 21st. The winners will be chosen on Nov. 22nd. (Winners must be first-time attendees to Winter Solstice.) The DISCOUNT passes may only be used for the 2011 Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration. They are not transferable to another year.

So, come into KYL for class and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to help yourself and others at the same time. Click Here to purchase on-line.

De-Stress Meditation Hour with Shakta Kaur

De-Stress Meditation Hour with Shakta Kaur
for your office or workplace!

Available between now and December 15!

  Deepen your awareness, clear the noise, experience peace of mind.

If your office environment could use a little more calm why not offer a complimentary ‘De-Stress Meditation Hour’ with Shakta to staff and employees?! Besides helping with everyday stressors this is the perfect antidote to all the ‘holiday’ pressures heading your way in the next couple of months.

Besides teaching a series of 3, 7 and 11-minute meditations Shakta explains how to get a better night’s sleep, too! Co-workers, employees and supervisors are guaranteed to leave this session feeling less stressed and more balanced. Plus, Shakta provides hand-outs of all the techniques she shares. No prior mediation or yoga experience is necessary. Business attire appropriate. All levels welcome.

Call 312-922-4699 to schedule a ‘De-Stress Meditation Hour with Shakta’ soon!

Moon Watch

New Moon - October 26

11 Days After - November 6

Full Moon - November 10

(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
Year 2011
  • Oct 28 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training Begins · 8 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.
  • Nov 25 · Gong & Mantra Chicago · Friday night, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - $15 adv / $17 door.
  • Dec 16 · Gong & Mantra Chicago · Friday night, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - $15 adv / $17 door.
  • 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
May you cross the Piscean Age with absolute strength, courage, and character. May you prepare yourself for the loftiness of divinity within yourself and may purity and piety serve all that you touch, feel and see. Sat Nam.