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 - January 12, 2012
go The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. - This Weekend!
go Early Morning Sadhana - Sunday Jan. 15  
go Monday Class Schedule - Martin Luther King's Birthday  
go Yoga & Meditation for Prosperity
go KYL Graduates with Shakta @ Winter Solstice  
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
go Just For Fun - Indianapolis' Truly Aquarian Teachers  
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!

Give yourself a weekend of meditation that is guaranteed to ‘Express Your Real Self.’

Fees:  Both Days - $300;  Single Day - $160 (call to get this rate).


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.’
Monday Class Schedule
Celebrating the birth of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday - January 16
No Class at 12:15 pm
Yes Class at 6:00 pm
Early Morning Sadhana

Sunday, January 15 - 4:15 to 7:00 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 Kriya (set of exercises)
5:40 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras**
6:45 am – Hukam*** and the Long Time Sunshine Song
7:00 am – Yogi Tea and light breakfast snacks!

Once again this month we offer the experience of Sunday 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 4:00 am. We begin sadhana at 4:15 am. The doors to the FAB are locked again at 4:30 am.

* Japji Sahib – A prayer written by Guru Nanak which relates the conscious mind to the soul.

** Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 2992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana in this particular order: 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.  

**** 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.
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 register for January and February classes (or, just ‘drop in’ for an individual class).

Winter Solstice 2011
Shakta with KYL Teacher Training Graduates
Shakta was happily surrounded by graduates from several of KYL’s Level 1 courses at Winter Solstice in December. From left to right: Sat Mandir Singh Sweiss (Chicago, IL, USA, 2008); Harbir Kaur Ducoing (Chicago, IL, USA, 2011); Namleen Kaur Keto (Chicago, IL, USA, 2011); Shakta Kaur; Bhajan Kaur Daniel (Chicago, IL, USA, 2006); Siri Chand Kaur Leslie (Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2010); Indra Kaur Hurley (Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2011); Tejwant Kaur Hall (Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2010); Upma Kaur Peterson (Chicago, IL, USA, 2006); Sadh Baksheesh Kaur Ciafardini (Chicago, IL, USA, 2006); and Prabhsangat Singh Alphonse (Chicago, IL, USA, 2010).

Not pictured, but also attending, KYL graduates:  Jasbir Kaur Dzurik (Tallahassee, FL, USA, 2010); Prathna Kaur Ellis (Tallahassee, FL, USA, 2010); Livdeep Kaur McCue (Tallahassee, FL, USA, 2010); and Gunpreet Kaur Stager (Tallahassee, FL, USA, 2010).
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

Registration is now open! Click Here for details.

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.
Just For Fun - TRULY AQUARIAN TEACHERS!
Last May a small group of students from the Midwest gathered together in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, for Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. What they didn’t realize at the time was that their gathering was the first of its kind not only in the city of Indianapolis, but, in the entire state of Indiana. They also didn’t realize that with the close proximity of their graduation on December 4th with the ‘change of the age’ on 11.11.11 that they were also the USA’s first class of truly ‘Aquarian Teachers!’

Congratulations to each and every one of them. We applaud their diligence, hard work and growth! And, we delight in watching their continuing journey in becoming ‘consciously conscious of their consciousness!’

Back Row (L-R):  Hardev Kaur (Ruth Ann) Hendrix; Indra Kaur (Vivian Hurley); Harchand Kaur (Dawn Schroeder); Shakta Kaur; Satyajeet Singh (John Silvestri); Liv Terath Kaur (Nicole Jasinski) and Charanpal Kaur (Sarah Schulte).  Front Row (L-R):  Har Inder Kaur (Monica Nakatsuka); Inderpreet Kaur (Miranda Shields) and Sahejliv Kaur (Tori Kizer).
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - January 9

New Moon - January 23

(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 2012
  • Jan 20 · Gong & Mantra Chicago · ‘Connect with the Endless Cycle of Infinite Prosperity’ - Friday night, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - $15 adv / $17 door.
  • 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 put an object ten feet from the mirror, in the mirror it will reflect ten feet. That is true in your mind and in the Cosmos. Question is, if you desire something, either that can be fulfilled or it can’t be. Nobody is desireless. Even to become desireless is a desire. So in the cosmic law of nature, God has created us in exactly the same situation where we are equidistant from every thought, from every action and from every reflection.
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