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 26, 2012
go Living from the Heart  
go Couples Kundalini  
go Healing Power of ‘Prosperity’ Gong & Mantra  
go Yoga & Meditation for Prosperity
go The Stages of Meditation - Journey 3 - March 17-18  
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 - Truly Aquarian Teachers!
Living from the Heart
Valentine's Day Classes at KYL

Tuesday - February 14
12:15 to 1:00 pm - with Hari Dev Singh
6:00 to 7:00 pm - with Jasdeep Kaur

Are you feeling the deep flow of spirit, the soul of love? Or, are you angry and frustrated about your relationships... with your family, your co-workers, or, even yourself? Our happiness is in large part dependent upon our relationships. Whether you are coupled in a special relationship or not come to class on Valentine’s Day for heart-awakening yoga to expand and open yourself beyond what you thought possible!  Register
Enhance Your Relationship...
Couples Kundalini
Tuesday, Feb. 14 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm
with Shakta Kaur

$15 adv/$20 door (per person)
Come share 90-minutes of heart-centered ‘Couples Kundalini’ yoga and meditation with your partner on Valentine’s Day! You will improve your practice of the ‘yoga of relationship’ with special partner warm-ups, build intimacy by stimulating the free flow of energy within your body and experience sacred couples meditations especially designed to augment the feeling of oneness between the two of you. All levels welcome. Appropriate for beginners.  Register
Healing Power of ‘Prosperity’ Gong & Mantra
with Shakta Kaur, Saibhung Singh, and Surinder Singh

Friday, February 17
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
($15 in advance / $17 at the door)

End Your Karma and Connect with the Endless Circle of Infinite Prosperity!

Bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our most popular monthly sessions of Gong and Mantra—for prosperity! This month we’ve chosen a mantra especially designed to jumpstart your New Year with all the abundance that you deserve.

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, not two, but three 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.

The mantra for January, ‘Hari Hari Hari Hari Hari Hari Har,’ has the capacity to open you to attracting and receiving exactly what you need. Sometimes it is more than you might expect or even want and sometimes it is totally different from what you desire. The more you are able to relax into this meditation the more you will allow the manifestation of what the Creator has in mind for you.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of gong and mantra on Friday.
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).

The Stages of Meditation with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
"Transcend the Self"
Weekend 3 - March 17-18

Presence Like a Beacon, Everywhere Radiance, Prayerful Stillness,
Preacher, Teacher, Sage and the Infinite Pulse

Give yourself a weekend of meditation that is guaranteed to ‘Transcend the Self.’

Fees (until Feb. 27):  Both Days - $250;  Single Day - $150


March 17-18 is the third 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.

Meditation is both a skill and an experience. It has stages, just as a flower grows from seed to sprout to leaves to bloom. Gurucharan returns to Chicago for the final of three weekends to share what he’s learned with us.

Come join a community of practitioners as you transcend and sublimate the self. You will traverse through seven stages of meditation including Presence Like a Beacon, Everywhere Radiance, Prayerful Stillness, Preacher, Teacher, Sage and the Infinite Pulse. The weekend is part lecture, mostly experiential and totally timeless in its effects. You will deepen your meditation practice and realize a grand new awareness.

Open to meditators from all traditions.  Click Here for more information and to register.

What Others Are Saying About the ‘Stages of Meditation’ with Gurucharan Singh ...

Awesome. Transformative. Awakening. Uplifting. Enlightening. Challenging. Cleansing.  Strengthening. Extremely (infinitely!) valuable. A coveted experience I never knew was possible - a joyous experience way beyond my expectations. I felt strength and stamina that totally surprised me and gave me new confidence and hope. My experience and understanding of meditation was deepened tremendously.” --Kamal Prem Kaur Adrienne

This course is for anyone who wants to enhance the joy of their meditation experience.* Anyone may participate. Meditators from all traditions are invited (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, March 18 for those desiring a group yoga practice prior to the start of ‘The Stages of Meditation.’
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

Registration is now open! Housing in Lovely 3-Person Cottages! Brochure     Registration Form     Details
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. See Registration Form for details.
Just For Fun - TRULY AQUARIAN TEACHERS - AND THEIR LOVING ASSISTANTS!
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!’

And, a big thank you to the five women who shared ‘assistant’ duties during the eight weekends of this first-ever Indianapolis Level 1 course. We couldn’t have done it without their graceful seva!

Front row left to right:  Sat Pavan Kaur (Cindy) Krulitz; Liv Terath Kaur (Nicole) Jasinski; Shakta Kaur; Inderpreet Kaur (Miranda) Shields; Hari Datti Kaur (Diane) Hancock. Not pictured Siri Kaur (Tiffany Baker), Sat Sandesh Kaur (Loren Crawford).

Back Row (L-R):  Har Inder Kaur (Monica Nakatsuka), Sahejliv Kaur (Tori Kizer), Charanpal Kaur (Sarah Schulte), Indra Kaur (Vivian Hurley), Harchand Kaur (Ruth Ann) Hendrix, Hardev Kaur (Dawn Schroeder),  Sat Bachan Kaur.  Far back row - Satyajeet Singh (John Silvestri).
 
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - January 23

11 Days After - February 3

Full Moon - February 7

(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 2012
  • Feb 17 · 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
"
If you become your own teacher, prosperity will be there. Good things and good ideas will come to you.
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