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 17, 2011
go The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.   
go Early Morning Sadhana at KYL Sunday  
go Breathwalk in Pittsburgh, PA with Shakta  
go Winter Solstice 2011 Raffle  -  Win Free Pass - a $700 Value
go De-Stress Meditation Hour at Your Office
go Holiday Gift Certificates
go Healing Power of 'New Moon' Gong & Mantra - November 25
go KYL Welcomes Reiki and Ayurvedic Practitioner Esther Kovacs
go KYL’s November-December Theme - Resolution & Healing
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

"Express the Self"
Weekend 2 - January 14-15

(Open to all!)

“This was life changing!” --Santosh Kaur “Really beyond words to describe!” --Eve Faes “Very sophisticated material.” --Doug Frohman
“Really delivered what it promised!” --Tiffany Seybert   “So grateful for being here and so grateful to Yogi Bhajan.” --Daljeet Kaur

Join us on January 14-15 for the second weekend of our amazing journey of ‘The Stages of Meditation: An Expedition towards Realization’ with the Kundalini Research Institute’s (KRI) Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. Gurucharan Singh learned these stages from our teacher and Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. Gurucharan then developed the workshops for this very special deep meditation series.

‘Express the Self’ is our journey in January. Come traverse the stages of Rasa, Delight, Politeness, Humility, Elevation, Graceful Enlightenment and finally, ‘Express and Be Your Self.’ Each of these stages systematically confronts your mind’s patterns and limitations, awakens a part of you and develops new skills to clear your way towards realization.

This course is for anyone who wants to enhance the joy of their meditation experience.* Anyone may participate. Meditators from all traditions are invited; there are no pre-requisites. (Chairs are available for those not comfortable sitting on the floor for long periods of time.)

Click Here for more details.

* This is not a yoga course. This is a meditation course. Early morning sadhana is available on Sunday, January 15 for those desiring a group yoga practice prior to the start of ‘The Stages of Meditation.’
Early Morning Sadhana

Sunday, November 20 - 4:15 to 6:45 am

Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 501

Delicious Yogi Tea and Breakfast Snacks afterward!
4:15 am – Japji (meditative prayer)
4:40 am – Kundalini Yoga
5:25 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:35 am – Hukam** and the Long Time Sunshine Song
6:45 am – Have Some Yogi Tea!

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 3:45 am. We begin sadhana at 4:15 am. The doors to the FAB are locked again at 4:30 am.

* Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 2992, 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.  Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod nuh’) is, literally, ‘spiritual discipline;’ the early morning daily spiritual practice.

*** Use the North end doors (on the right as you face the building) to enter -  within that group of doors, only the door furthest left will be open.
Pittsburgh, PA

Breathwalk® is Coming
to Pittsburgh, PA

Learn the perfect exercise program for the Aquarian Age
with Shakta next Spring!
Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive - April 28-29, 2012 ($250 adv / $300 after April 6)
Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - August 4-5, 2012* ($500 adv / $575 after July 13)

Walking is often the #1 recommended exercise for people of all ages and all ability levels. And, with ‘sitting’ becoming the new ‘smoking’ walking for better physical and mental health is becoming even more important than ever before.**

Breathwalk® is a walking meditation practice derived from Kundalini Yoga. It combines yogic knowledge with western scientific methods. This combination is proven more effective than “just walking,” with many other added benefits including increased mental clarity, increased vitality, an elevation in mood levels and a greater sense of wellbeing and connectedness.

Breathwalk® is a simple, yet profoundly effective mental and physical fitness program. It uses a variety of different breath patterns, timed with your footsteps, to effect a change in your mood and energy level. And, there are 20 different Breathwalks available to choose from!

Join Shakta for a rejuvenating, refreshing and simply remarkable weekend learning to use Breathwalk®...  for your health and well-being... and to uplift the lives of many others.

Two levels of Breathwalk® training are offered. Weekend #1 is designed as a personal intensive. You learn 5 Breathwalks with an Illustrated Guide for each, plus, you’ll receive the Breathwalk textbook. Weekend #2 is designed for those wishing to go deeper with the intent of possibly teaching Breathwalk. An additional 15 Breathwalks are provided in an Illustrated Guide for those taking Weekend #2 along with Home Study materials. In addition, extensive Instructor Support Materials are provided.

Click Here for more information.
* A pre-requisite for Weekend #2, Instructor Training, is the satisfactory completion of Weekend #1, the Personal Intensive.

** See these recent posts about sitting’s lethal effects:
     USA Today     New York Times
Win a Totally Free Pass to Winter Solstice
Buy a $10 raffle ticket!

This is your chance to receive a FREE
Full Registration to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration 2011 in Lake Wales, Florida

December 18-25 - A $700 Value!

Click Here
to purchase on-line

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

The Winter Solstice Sadhana registration fee is $700. Your FREE registration 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 KYL’s raffle will go to our Devi Scholarship Fund. The Devi Scholarship Fund was created by KYL’s 2006 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.

Purchase raffle tickets either in person at KYL or on-line between now and Nov. 21st. The winner will be chosen on Nov. 22nd.

Winners must be first-time attendees to Winter Solstice. The FREE pass may only be used for the 2011 Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration; not transferable to another year.
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!

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.
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! 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.
Moon Watch

Full Moon - November 10

New Moon - November 25

(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
  • Nov 25/Dec 16/Jan 20 · 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 that unseen infinite cosmos relate to all of us. May it bring us health, happiness and awareness. May all be what they ought to be and what they should be, from the stage of consciousness where they are. May That who causes a cause take a cause in hand and deliver us all to the supreme consciousness which is oneness with that Infinite oneness that has no end and no beginning. May the will prevail and for the sake of all may all be raised to express the highest consciousness. Sat Nam.