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 29, 2011
go New Year Holiday Weekend Classes at KYL  
go Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration -  Saturday! 
go Yoga & Meditation for Prosperity  
go Workshop: "Naad Yoga: Reclaiming your Inner Sound" - Tuesday Jan. 3
go Discounted Room Rates (for Stages of Meditation) - Ends Jan. 4
go Spiritual Warrior Sadhana - Thursday Jan. 5
go The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
go Breathwalk in Pittsburgh, PA, with Shakta
go Breathwalk in Toronto, Canada, with Shakta
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island
go Prince Edward Island, Canada - Level 1 Teacher Training - Fall 2012
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
New Year's Weekend Classes
  Class Schedule for New Year's Weekend
YES CLASSES
   Friday, Dec. 30 – 12:15 to 1:00 pm
   Saturday, Dec. 31 – 10:30 am to 12 noon

NO CLASSES
   Sunday, Jan. 1
   Monday, Jan. 2
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.
Yoga & Meditation for Prosperity
Yoga and Meditation for Prosperity

KYL’s January and February Theme

Come to KYL during the months of January and February for our annual ‘Yoga for Prosperity’ series! Each class during the next eight weeks utilizes yoga postures, meditations, mantras and the gong to release old habits of scarcity and bring in new habits of abundance. Raise your self-esteem, conquer self-animosity, eliminate negative thoughts and affirm your worthiness to receive through special yoga and meditation classes where you will learn:

  • How to Recognize Prosperity
  • Gratitude as a Vibration
  • How Intuition Helps Us Receive
  • How to Tap Opportunities
  • Tithing as a Tool to Receive More
  • The Power of Blessing
  • About the Breath of Prosperity
  • Your Prosperity Consciousness
  • How Forgiveness Creates Wealth
  • How to Go from Misfortune to Good Fortune, and
  • More Techniques to Open You to the Flow of Prosperity.

This is one series you won’t want to miss! Click Here to pre-register for January and February classes (or, just ‘drop in’ for an individual class).

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!)
The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
"Express the Self"
Weekend 2 - January 14-15
(Open to all!)

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 - Ends Jan. 4!
$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 January 4th 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
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.
Level 2 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

Join us for this unique six-day course (one of five Level 2 Modules) and learn about yourself and your relationship to your destiny cycles: the 7-year cycle of consciousness, the 11-year cycle of intelligence and the 18-year cycle of energy.

In this course you will:

  • Cultivate promoting habits that are in balance with the natural stages and rhythms of your life.
  • Invite success by defining your purpose for yourself rather than having it defined for you by fate.
  • Practice a powerful form of re-birthing so that your true character can be reflected and projected.
  • Learn to steward your sexuality to keep it potent and vital over your life span.
  • Become aware of how to live and die consciously.
  • Continually clear your subconscious so that you can act intentionally with grace and purpose.

Each day we study with the Master, Yogi Bhajan, in a DVD class with meditation. We work both individually and in groups, exploring key concepts and ideas. In addition, we experience kriyas and meditations as well as other processes to put aside the constant whir of our life for the stillness and intuitive sensitivity of our consciousness.


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).
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
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - December 24

11 Days After - January 4

Full Moon - January 9

(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
  • 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
"
NEW YEAR COMMUNIQUE
When all virtues are put together,
All values are assessed,
All varieties are examined,
All variances are accounted for,
And when vigor and valor become the architect
Of intelligence and consciousness,
And devotion and dedication guide the goals,
Victory is assured.
"