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 - December 22, 2011
go Holiday Weekends - Class Schedule  
go Spiritual Warrior Sadhana - Thursday Jan. 5  
go New Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island  
go Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration  
go The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
go Discounted Room Rates (for Stages of Meditation) at Palmer House
go Workshop: "Naad Yoga: Reclaiming your Inner Sound"
go Breathwalk in Pittsburgh, PA, with Shakta
go Holiday Gift Certificates
go KYL’s December Theme - Resolution & Healing
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training - Fall 2012
go Breathwalk in Toronto, Canada, with Shakta
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Holiday Weekends - Class Schedule @ KYL
"Yes" Classes

Friday, Dec. 23 – 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 24 – 10:30 am to 12 noon

Friday, Dec. 30 – 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 31 – 10:30 am to 12 noon

"No" Classes

Sunday, Dec. 25

Sunday, Jan. 1

 
Early Morning Sadhana
Spiritual Warrior Sadhana

Celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday @ KYL

with Bowing Jaap Sahib

Thursday, January 5 - 4:30 am to 7:00 am
Schedule
4:30 am – Japji Sahib (meditative prayer)
4:55 am – Warm-Ups
5:10 am – Bowing Jaap Sahib (yoga set/kriya)
5:45 am – Aquarian Sadhana mantras
6:55 am – End (approx.)

Come to KYL early Thursday morning to celebrate the birthday of the Sikh saint and warrior, Guru Gobind Singh. Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1666 as Gobind Rai. He exhibited great fearlessness and an elevated consciousness at a very young age.

Jaap Sahib is a prayer written by Guru Gobind Singh when he was just 19 years old. It describes all of the aspects of the Creator. The yoga set/kriya Thursday morning is the practice of bowing rhythmically to the verses of Jaap Sahib (i.e., ‘Bowing Jaap Sahib’). The sound of Jaap Sahib rouses the soul and the higher self of the human being. It is good to recite--or even to simply listen to--when your position is endangered or when you feel weak. It brings grace, greatness and royal courage.

Delicious Yogi Tea will be served. You might bring some light breakfast snacks to share afterwards. There is no charge for this special early morning practice. (However, donations are gratefully accepted!)
Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration
KYL’s 8th Annual

Yogic New Year’s Eve
Saturday - Dec. 31 - 7:30 pm to 12:30 am

Fine Arts Building (FAB)
410 S. Michigan Ave., Fifth Floor

with Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh
register
Join us for a fun, inspiring and conscious evening of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, gonging, chanting and community at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop’s (KYL) 8th Annual ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve’ celebration!  Held in the historic Fine Arts Building’s (FAB), yogis from the city and suburbs will gather once again to enjoy a perfect view of both Lake Michigan and the midnight fireworks off of Navy Pier. Plus, delicious potluck vegetarian food and drink will be served in an alcohol and tobacco free environment.

The evening includes:
     7:30 pm – Doors Open
     8:00 pm – Yoga, Meditation and Double Gong with Shakta Kaur
     9:30 pm – Vegetarian Potluck Dinner (Everyone brings a ‘dish and a wish’ for the New Year!)
     10:45 pm – Kundalini Mantra Dance
     11:30 pm – Gongs and Chanting the Night Away
     Midnight – Fireworks Viewing
     12:15 am – Prosperity Meditation to bring in your best year ever!

Space is very limited. Advance registration required. No walk-ins on the day of the event. $54 single/$100 for two. Click Here to register.
The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
"Express the Self"
Weekend 2 - January 14-15
(Open to all!)

Give this very special gift to a loved one...

Rasa, Delight, Politeness, Humility, Elevation and Graceful Enlightenment!

This year give that special yogi in your life a weekend of meditation that is guaranteed to ‘Express Your Real Self.’


January 14-15 is 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.’
Discounted Room Rates at Palmer House Hilton
$99 Sleeping Rooms

for ‘The Stages of Meditation’

at the Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Friday Jan. 13 and Saturday Jan. 14
We are happy to announce a deeply discounted sleeping room rate at the luxurious Palmer House Hilton Hotel for all ‘Stages of Meditation’ guests! The Palmer House Hilton is located just two blocks away from the Fine Arts Building (FAB) our ‘Stages of Meditation’ venue.

Call 1-877-865-5321 and ask for the ‘KYL’ rate of $99 per night. You must reserve your sleeping room on or before December 28 to receive this very special rate.
Naad Yoga Workshop
Naad Yoga - Reclaiming your Inner Sound

with Professor Surinder Singh
Raj Academy Conservatoire London, England


Tuesday, January 3, 2012
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$25 adv/$30 door
register
Discover Naad Yoga--the science of sound and communication--as it was handed down through the lineage of the Sikh Gurus. Empower yourself even as you dissolve the feud between your mind and soul. Replace any internal noise with balanced and harmonic communication between your finite and infinite self. Naad Yoga allows you to be in tune with your inner self and, guided by your intuition, you’ll begin the New Year still, content and composed.

Naad Yoga is the essence of all life. It is a healing sound mechanism designed by the Sikh Gurus. Bringing it into your own life allows you to unfold your inner potential to become the pure, fearless and noble human being you were born to be. Your soul did not incarnate for you to be miserable!  You can finally follow your calling to inspire, elevate and heal yourself and others all with the ancient science of sound known as Naad Yoga.

You’ll learn:
     - simple techniques of sound and rhythm
     - about the interaction between sound and human emotions
     - how to get in touch with your inner sound, and
     - to fall in love with your voice again.

Your teacher: Professor Surinder Singh...
... is founder and director of the Raj Academy Conservatoire London. The Mission of Raj Academy is to teach and promote the art and science of singing and playing ancient and sacred hymns for elevation, holistic healing, and spiritual growth worldwide.  (more details)
Click Here to register.
Pittsburgh, PA
Breathwalk® is Coming
to Pittsburgh, PA

Learn the perfect exercise program for the Aquarian Age
with Shakta next Spring!
Course Venue
Wholistic Awareness Center
4363 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
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
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.
KYL’s December Theme

Yoga and Meditation for Resolution and Healing ...

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.
Breathwalk® Training in Toronto, Canada
Breathwalk® is Coming
to ...

Toronto, Canada
"Personal Intensive" - July 14-15, 2012

Payment Plans Available!
Personal Intensive Participants Receive:
1) Breathwalk® book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) 5 Fantastic Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.

In addition, those taking Instructor Certification Receive:
3) 20 Tremendous Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide,
4) The Breathwalk Home-Study and Journaling Guide, and
5) A DVD with Instructor’s support materials including Power Point presentation, research, press clippings and Breathwalk class and workshop design models.
 Click Here for more information or to register for Breathwalk Training in Toronto.
New Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island

Plan Ahead for These Special Courses...
Chicago, Illinois

Level 2 - LifeCycles & LifeStyles
Sept. 7-8-9 and Oct. 19-20-21, 2012
Cenacle Retreat Center Chicago, Illinois, USA

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Level 2 - Vitality & Stress
Course Dates - Sept. 28-29-30, Oct. 1-2-3 (arrive 09.27, depart 10.04)

Yogi Bhajan said, “Life is based on two things: no stress and you are together; too much stress, there is nothing expected of you.

Join us on beautiful Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, as you explore your vitality and relieve your stress in this unique six-day course! Yogi Bhajan often said we could revitalize ourselves in as little as 15 or 20 minutes.

Come learn to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of stress in ourselves and others.
- Use small amounts of stress to strengthen the nervous system and develop caliber.
- Call on positive emotions to handle stress better.
- Review basic lifestyle habits from the perspective of stress and vitality.
- Become a spiritual warrior who doesn’t create more stress through worry, drama or fear.
- Invoke the limitless healing space to bless and uplift yourself and others.

Each day we study with Yogi Bhajan in a DVD class and meditation. In addition we work both individually and in groups, exploring the key concepts and ideas in Vitality & Stress. In addition, we enhance our vitality and rid our body and mind of the effects of stress through kriyas, meditations and other processes.

Our Lead Trainer is Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, D.C. Our course Location is Shaw’s Hotel, Canada’s Oldest Family-Operated Inn (99 Apple Tree Road, Brackley Beach, PEI, Canada).
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - December 10

New Moon - December 24

(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
  • 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.
     
  • Jan 20 · Gong & Mantra Chicago · Friday night, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - $15 adv / $17 door.
Year 2012
  • April 28-29 · Pittsburgh Breathwalk Personal Intensive
  • July 14-15 · Toronto (Canada) Breathwalk Personal Intensive
  • August 4-5 · Pittsburgh Breathwalk Instructor Training
  • 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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If you flow with the flow of life, you will be healthy, happy, holy, prosperous, intuitive, well respected and understood.
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