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March 15, 2012
||Spring Equinox Week at KYL
||Yoga for 'Keep Up'
Spirit - KYL's Theme March & April
||Woman as the 'Adi Shakti' - a
Workshop with Shakta
||'Invincible Woman Tour' -
Australia - with Shakta
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. - This Friday Only!
||Pre-Natal Yoga: The
Power of the Mother
||White Tantric Yoga® (WTY)
||WTY Bazaar & Goodie Bags
||The Stages of Meditation
- Journey 3 -
2 Days Away!
||Breathwalk in Pittsburgh & Toronto
- Fee Increase April 7!
||Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago &
Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
||Level 1 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island
- Fall 2012
News & Notes...
||Yoga Class Schedule
||Yogi Bhajan Quote
Spring Equinox Week at KYL...
Celebrate the Transition
from Winter to Spring
Join us for a very special week of classes at KYL as we celebrate the Spring Equinox
(March 20 - at 12:14 am Central Time) — the day when night and day are equally poised and balanced. Translated literally ‘equinox’ means ‘equal night.’ In reality, however, the day is a bit longer than the night at an equinox
(details). The good news for those in the northern hemisphere at least is that--from this day forward--the sun will continue to predominate, inching us ever closer towards summer.
Come to KYL and remove the last vestiges of cold and darkness from the winter. Refresh, relax and recharge with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Here’s what we have planned:
Tuesday - March 20
Kundalini Yoga Classes
with Hari Dev Singh (12:15 pm)
and Jasdeep Kaur (6
Click Here to pre-register
Thursday - March 22
Flow into Your Excellence
A New Moon Workshop*
with Kartar Singh Khalsa
Thursday, March 22
- 7:00 to 9:00 pm
$25 adv/$30 door
Fundraiser for the Devi Scholarship**
KYL welcomes guest teacher Kartar Singh Khalsa from Herndon, Virginia, in a very special
New Moon workshop designed to integrate your body’s eight energy systems with your highest self... your
Excellence!... your Spirit! In ‘Flow into Your Excellence’ you will both deeply clear and then reset all of your energy systems.
A fundamental connection to your personal excellence begins at the first energy center—your base. Your energy flowing like water and the ability to lay a seed is awakened at the second level. A gut level knowing brings an open navel and soft diaphragm at the third center. Trusting yourself over what others may say as right or wrong unfolds compassion and the fourth energy center. An authentic voice—the free expression of your trusted truth—opens the fifth center. A functioning guidance system and intuition open the sixth and seventh centers. And, a strong magnetic field at the eighth center attracts all that will serve your highest self—your Spirit—and filters out everything that will not.
In this class you will meditatively experience each of these energy centers, consider how they are working and not working, deeply clear what needs to be cleared and bring about a fundamental reset of body, mind and spirit as you ‘Flow into
Click Here to pre-register.
* Your energy is at the lowest on the New Moon. It is a good day to fast on lemon and water. On this day if that is not possible consume only liquids and/or eat very lightly after noon.
** Established through the generosity of our 2006 Teacher Training graduates the Devi Scholarship ensures that KYL’s Chicago, Illinois, USA, Level 1 Aquarian Teacher Training course remains accessible to all regardless of financial ability. Subsequent classes of KYL Level 1 graduates continue to ‘pay it forward’ so others may participate. Devi Scholarships are granted to individuals who are unable to pay the entire cost of tuition. They are partial scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500.
Friday - March 23
Healing Power of ‘New Beginnings’
Gong & Mantra
with Shakta Kaur and Surinder Singh
Friday, March 23
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
($15 in advance / $17 at the door)
In many traditions, the Spring Equinox is the start of the New Year and a symbol of new life. It is said that the goddess ‘Eostre’ represented new beginnings. The ancient holiday ‘Eostre’ celebrated the return of spring and the balance between light and dark. Eostre gave a rabbit friend the power to lay eggs once a year... on the Spring Equinox! The eggs symbolized new life and the rabbit symbolized the power of fertility.
No matter what your beliefs may be about this time of year come celebrate the journey from darkness to light with our monthly ‘Healing Power of Gong
& Mantra’ session. As always, we begin 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, and sometimes three beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs. Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!
After the gong we use sound (mantra) with a meditation
to remind us that the entire universe was built on vibration.
And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we will
realize a re-birth of our own intentions for 2012 with an
especially chosen ‘new beginnings’ meditation.
to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of
gong and mantra on Friday.
KYL’s March-April Theme
Yoga for ‘Keep Up’ Spirit
Would you like to have the spirit, the power and the grit to ‘keep up’ with whatever life sends your way? Would you like to draw upon an unending reservoir of tenacity, bravery, fortitude and determination in the face of any challenge? If so, then, come to KYL during the months of March and April for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation especially designed to help you:
...real or imaginary;
...perceived or otherwise;
...today and always!
‘Keep up and you will be kept up’ even as you face the seemingly impossible. It is a test of your wisdom, your endurance and your character—a chance of grace—so you can make it anywhere!
Click Here to pre-register for March/April classes at KYL.
A workshop with Shakta...
Woman as the 'Adi Shakti'
the Primal, Original, Creative Energy!
KYL, Suite 501
Saturday, March 31
10 am to 1 pm
$35 adv/$40 door
No creature on the planet has the beauty, the strength and the power of woman. But, how does a woman connect to this energy when it is needed most? How can she free herself of insecurity? How can she alleviate the constant companions of stress, anxiety and depression?
Join Shakta Kaur to learn how to invoke the primary creative power which manifests on the earth plane as ‘woman’ whenever you need it most. Be nurtured by the Divine Potential you carry within called the Mother Power. Discover how to live in alignment with your highest consciousness without competition, criticism or blame. Shakta will also share the meaning behind the mystical symbol of Infinity – the Adi Shakti – which she wears on her turban. All levels welcome. Appropriate for beginners.
Click Here to register.
The Invincible Woman Tour - Australia
Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne
May 22-June 5, 2012
Join Shakta ‘down under’ as she travels to Australia on ‘The Invincible Woman’ tour this spring! This will be Shakta’s second visit teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Australia. Shakta has been invited by
Ayurveda Yoga Australia to three east coast cities—Sydney, Byron Bay
("Gold Coast") and Melbourne.
Shakta’s workshop topics include ‘The Invincible Woman,’ ‘Woman as the Adi Shakti’ and ‘The Lunar Woman, Solar Man and Sexuality.’ She’ll also teach a Breathwalk class in each city. Plus, in Sydney and Melbourne Shakta and a panel of experts from different modalities will discuss a variety of issues important to women including healing, relaxation, transformation and transitions.
One Day Only...
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
(KRI Director of Training)
Friday - March 16
We are pleased to offer private one-on-one appointments with KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., during his March visit to Chicago. Gurucharan combines western scientific training with Eastern traditions to develop practical approaches to personal growth and fulfillment.
Gurucharan is committed to sharing the essence of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan to create a lifetime of fulfillment for you in spirit, vitality and destiny. He is unmatched at applying yogic techniques to help with either personal or professional issues.
Besides his expertise in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® Gurucharan earned both an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on research in meditation and clinical counseling. He has a keen understanding of Humanology-- the psychology of personal excellence developed by Yogi Bhajan-- and has used it in clinical practice for three decades.
Gurucharan is the co-author of Breathwalk® and
The Mind with Yogi Bhajan. He also co-edited The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook.
A limited number of 55-minute appointments are available with
Gurucharan Singh on Friday, March 16th.
Click Here to check
available times. $195 per session.
Pre-Natal Yoga Classes
The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga
Sarab Nidhan Kaur Gillespie
Mondays - Through April 9
6 to 7 pm
KYL is pleased to once again offer our popular pre-natal yoga class, ‘The Power of the Mother,’ Mondays
(March 5 to April 9) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
The practice of yoga and meditation during pregnancy helps
the body function more optimally and also influences the mental
and emotional states of the mother-to-be. Learn how to create
harmony within your changing self and your environments in the
company of other pregnant women. Come share, meditate and enjoy
your unfolding both as a woman and as a giver of life. Expand
your power to conceive and create through pre-natal Kundalini
Yoga at KYL!
You will learn:
- basic pregnancy yoga postures,
- body care and nutrition tips,
- yogic teachings regarding the connection between the mother and the soul to be incarnated, and
- meditations particularly suited for the time both during and after pregnancy.
New mom and KYL Teacher Training graduate, Sarab Nidhan Kaur Gillespie, is your instructor for this course. Sarab Nidhan practiced Kundalini Yoga and Meditation throughout her pregnancy and found it greatly reduced her stress level allowing her to relax . And, on June 10th,
2011, her healthy and handsome baby boy, Benjamin, was born!
Six pre-natal classes are $75 in advance; individual classes $14 each. Women interested in becoming pregnant are also encouraged to attend.
Here to register.
All-day Meditation Intensive
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Registration is now open!
“The beauty of White Tantric Yoga is that it is subtle, it is exalting and it works to give you the mastery of life.” --Yogi Bhajan
WHAT IS IT?
White Tantric Yoga® is world-renowned as one of the most powerful and beautiful of all subtle energy practices. It enables you to break through deep subconscious blocks, so that your mind, body, and soul can act together as one. As a path to personal freedom and awareness, it has been said that this practice can bring success to every area of your life.
White Tantric Yoga (WTY) is a day of six to eight meditations practiced with a partner. You sit facing your partner and follow instructions given on DVD by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan, and repeated by the course facilitator. Every course is facilitated in person by a representative of the Mahan Tantric.
Each WTY course consists of between six and eight kriyas. A WTY kriya is a meditation incorporating a yoga posture, mudra (hand position), eye focus (dristi) and mental focus. Sometimes the meditations are accompanied by music. The meditations vary in length from 11 to 31 to 62 minutes. There are ample breaks in between each meditation.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. Beginners will tune into their internal energies and enjoy a deep and sometimes challenging meditative experience. More advanced meditators will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness.
The mere act of registering for a White Tantric Course sends an intention—a message to the universe—that you’re looking for a change and that you want to cleanse yourself. Some people have very specific intentions for White Tantric Yoga. They might have an intention of getting rid of “X,” to heal “Y” or to understand “Z.” In the alternative, if you have an unpleasant memory, you can bring that thought and find relief at White Tantric Yoga—you don’t have to go through it over and over again.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear loose fitting and comfortable white or light-colored clothing. White combines all the colors and enhances the magnetic field. Bring a white cotton head covering that will stay securely on your head (...there will be white head coverings available to purchase at WTY if you forget yours or don’t have one). Wearing a head covering is for your personal growth and upliftment. It also helps keep your positive energy within. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily because White Tantric Yoga is practiced with the feet uncovered.
Here are links to register and for more helpful details to prepare for White Tantric Yoga Chicago:
On or before April 7 - Regular $155; Student/Senior $ 98
April 8 or later - Regular $165; Student/Senior $108
Venue: American Dental Association - 211 East Chicago Ave
- Chicago, IL 60611
WTY Bazaar and Goodie Bags
Shakta at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul (opened in 1461).
Once again WTY Chicago will have a ‘Bazaar’ area available for vendors this year! Bazaar tables are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Per WTY procedures, the Bazaar may only be open at lunch, during the afternoon breaks, and again after WTY concludes. The fee for a six-foot skirted display table is $60 per table.
WTY Chicago provides a complimentary ‘goodie bag’ for each attendee! Goodie bags are offered in lieu of a ‘Community Table.’ Goodie bags reduce paper waste and ensure that each WTY attendee receives a complete package of conscious business / holistic marketing materials. The fee to include one item in 170 Goodie Bags is just $20!
Click Here for details. April 7 is the deadline for
Bazaar table and for receiving goodie bag materials.
The Stages of Meditation
with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
3 - March 17-18
Just 2 days away! You may still join us!
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
Fees: Both Days - $300; Single
Day - $160
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.’
Breathwalk® is Coming
Pittsburgh, USA - April 28-29 and August 4-5
Toronto, Canada - July 14-15
"Early Bird" rate for Pittsburgh ends April 6!
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)
Pittsburgh Course Venue
Wholistic Awareness Center
4363 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July14-15, 2012
($250 adv / $300 after June 9)
Toronto Course VenueWalking 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.**
Bliss Yoga Studio
2992 Bloor St. West
Toronto (Royal York subway)
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.
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
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.
* 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:
New York Times
Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island
Plan Ahead for These Special Courses...
- 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)
Registration is now open!
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!
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!
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.
Full Moon - March 8
New Moon - March 22
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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.)
... 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.
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."
... 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
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.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
($13) - not on Friday
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
April 28-29 ·
May 22 to June 5 ·
"The Invincible Woman Tour - Australia"
Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne
July 14-15 ·
Toronto (Canada) Breathwalk
August 4-5 ·
Sept. 7-9/Oct. 19-21 ·
Chicago Level 2 Teacher Training
& Life Styles"
Canada (PEI) Level 1 Teacher Training
First 11-Day Session Sept. 2012
(second session April 29 to May
28 to Oct. 3 ·
Canada (PEI) Level 2 Teacher Training
"Vitality and Stress"
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
We say "Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan" because we don't want to pollute it with other things. ...That's why we ourselves named it "White Tantric Yoga." White Tantric is for the spirit, for elevation and it completes everything. That's why we distinguish it from Black Tantric and Red Tantric. Those are temporary nonsenses. We don't even want to associate ourselves with them.