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 - November 3, 2011
go Holiday Gift Certificates  
go Healing Power of 'New Moon' Gong & Mantra  
go KYL Welcomes Reiki and Ayurvedic Practitioner Esther Kovacs  
go De-Stress Meditation Hour at Your Office  
go Are You Ready for...  ? -  8 Days Away!
go Stages of Meditation Course with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
go KYL’s November-December Theme  
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training
go Winter Solstice 2011 Raffle - 6 Chances to Win  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Holiday Gift Certificates
Holiday Gift Certificates

Available at KYL
Don’t know what to get your favorite yogi for the holidays? How about a KYL gift certificate that can be used towards classes, workshops, special events, clothing, books or CDs? And, when you purchase $70 or more in gift certificates you’ll receive 5% off the face value.

Purchase gift certificates by calling KYL at (312) 922-4699.

We can mail your certificates either to you or to your intended recipient, too.
Healing Power of 'New Moon' Gong & Mantra
Friday - November 25 - 6:30 to 7:45 pm
The Day After Thanksgiving!

Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
The Fine Arts Building - Suite 501

Bring a friend and join us on the Friday after Thanksgiving for one of our most popular monthly sessions of double gong and mantra!  The November 'gong and mantra' celebrates with the energy of both a New Moon and a partial solar eclipse!

This New Moon is a portal where new information and new ways of experiencing, feeling and seeing become possible.  Come set your intention for growth, new opportunities and unlimited potential with others of like-minded spirit.

As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ session with light Kundalini Yoga to prepare the body for what’s to come (the yoga is appropriate for all levels). Then we move into deep relaxation with not one, but two beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs.

Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!

After the gong we use sound (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we are able to tune into a different level of intelligence, or, consciousness. Fee just $17 at-the-door. Or,
Click Here to register in advance ($15).

Photo courtesy of TaraPhotographic.com

KYL Welcomes Reiki and Ayurvedic Practitioner
Esther Kovacs
Mondays and Thursdays
9 am to 5 pm
Nurture yourself with the gift of a more balanced, radiant and nourished life by scheduling an appointment with gifted teacher and healer, Esther Kovacs. Esther is a Reiki and Ayurvedic Practitioner with a background in psychobiology. She has studied various forms of medicine and health care around the world beginning with Energy Medicine in 2006 and Ayurvedic Medicine in 2008.

Esther recently earned a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine in India where she continues mentorship with the professors and Ayurvedic doctors there. Her goal is to bridge the languages and practice of biomedicine and alternative care while helping individuals with holistic health care needs as well as empowering their ability to self-heal.

Esther’s sessions are heart-centered, soulful and tremendously impactful. The initial 15-minute consultation is complimentary. Then you and Esther decide together which combination of therapies best fits your needs. Here is a preliminary schedule of services:
Preliminary Meeting (15 minutes) – No charge.
First Office Consultation (2 hours) - $185
Reiki Session (45 min to 1 hour) - $70
Follow-up Visit (45 min) - $80
Shirodara Therapy (60 min) - $85

Click Here to schedule a consultation with Esther.
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!

- 8 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

Space still available! Register soon!

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.’
KYL’s November-December Theme

Yoga and Meditation for Resolution and Healing ...

as we Welcome the Aquarian Age!

Click Here to register for classes.
We are privileged to live at a unique period in time—the arrival of the Age of Aquarius—in less than 9 days! Although many estimates have been offered for the date of entry into the Aquarian Age, our teacher, Yogi Bhajan, discerned that transition to be November 11, 2011.

Humanity is moving from adolescence to maturity. Wisdom, intuition and the use of the meditative mind is what is needed in the Aquarian Age. It is time to resolve and heal personal patterns at their deepest level. Expect whatever has been actively seeking healing within you to come to the surface during this transition to be dealt with openly, compassionately and thoroughly. Let’s get to the bottom of it all, yank it out by the roots and clean up, move on, and heal...  for you... not for anyone else!

During November and December at KYL you will generate the inner energy needed to survive and thrive during the ‘change of the ages.’ You will learn to consciously direct the consciousness of your mind. And, you will balance yourself with Kundalini Yoga and Meditations especially designed to help you heal, elevate and arrive at a new level of physical and spiritual fitness.
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.
Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 - Raffle
Buy a $10 raffle ticket!

5 Winners Receive $267 Discount
1 Winner Receives a Free Pass

Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 in Lake Wales, Florida December 18-25

Click Here
to purchase on-line

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

The regular Winter Solstice Sadhana registration fee is $700. Your DISCOUNT registration fee is $433, the Free Pass registraion costs nothing.  This 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 6 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.) These 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.

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
  • 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
In their hearts, people will understand what is going on. They may not find words to express themselves, but one day they will. That day they will like to uplift fellow beings. The walls of hatred will fall down. Instead of ill will and gossip, there will be prayer on the tongues of everyone. Rather than competing for wealth, people will compete for spiritual growth. We will have a common belief of higher self, love for our Creator, and love for our consciousness and grace. (Yogi Bhajan commenting on some common features of the Age of Aquarius, 09.24.02)