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 - March 22, 2012
go Spring Equinox Week Continues at KYL  
go KYL Spring Class Schedule  
go Yoga for 'Keep Up' Spirit - KYL's Theme March & April
go Woman as the 'Adi Shakti' - a Workshop with Shakta
go 'Invincible Woman Tour' - Australia - with Shakta
go Pre-Natal Yoga:  The Power of the Mother
go White Tantric Yoga® (WTY) - Early Bird Rates Disappear in 17 days!
go WTY Bazaar & Goodie Bags - Reserve Your Place by April 7!
go Breathwalk in Pittsburgh & Toronto - Fee Increase April 7!
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
go Level 1 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Spring Equinox Week Continues at KYL...
Celebrate the Transition
from Winter to Spring
at KYL
Join us for some very special classes at KYL as we continue to celebrate the Spring Equinox of last Tuesday when night and day were so beautifully poised and balanced. Translated literally ‘equinox’ means ‘equal night.’ In reality, however, Tuesday was a bit longer than the night. The good news for those in the northern hemisphere at least is that--from this day forward--the sun continues to predominate, inching us ever closer towards summer.

So, ‘spring into KYL’ and refresh, relax and recharge with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Here’s what we have planned for Thursday and Friday:

Thursday - March 22 - Tonight!

Flow into Your Excellence
Thursday "Guru’s Day" Workshop!*
with Kartar Singh Khalsa

Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
$25 adv/$30 door
A Fundraiser for the Devi Scholarship**
KYL welcomes guest teacher Kartar Singh Khalsa from Herndon, Virginia, in a very special Guru's Day 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.
Yogi Bhajan always called Thursdays “Guru’s Day”—a day in every seven when a flow of grace and good fortune was especially available. Kartar invites you to leave behind the worries and cares that come with too much identification with earth, the troubles of your inner mind to join us in a practice of grace and tranquility to open the flow of spirit.
In fact, Yogi Bhajan said about one of the kriyas we’ll practice—“you’ll never be the same.”

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)
Register
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.
 
So, Click Here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of gong and mantra on Friday.
KYL Spring Class Schedule
Please Join Us for
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Classes

Our New Line-Up of Teachers for Spring...
Sundays 10:30 am to Noon - Shakta Kaur
(veggie potluck after class!)
Mondays 12:15 pm to 1 pm - Jasdeep Kaur
6 pm to 7 pm - Sangatpreet Kaur
6 pm to 7 pm - Sarab Nidhan Kaur (pre-natal)
Tuesdays 12:15 pm to 1 pm - Aman Jiwan Kaur
6 pm to 7 pm - Jasdeep Kaur
Wednesdays 12:15 pm to 1 pm - Saibhung Singh
6 pm to 7 pm - Sarabraj Kaur
Thursdays 12:15 pm to 1 pm - Hari Dev Singh
6 pm to 7 pm - Har Rai Kaur ('relax and glow' class)
Fridays 12:15 pm to 1 pm - Jasdeep Kaur
6:30 pm to 8 pm - Healing Power of Gong & Montra (once per month)
Saturdays 10:30 am to Noon - Amarbir Kaur
Our Theme...
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:

Surmount obstacles
     ...real or imaginary;

Overcome barriers
     ...perceived or otherwise;

Dissolve frustrations
     ...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!
with Shakta
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.
Australia Tour...
The Invincible Woman Tour - Australia
with Shakta
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.

Workshop Schedule      Travel Itinerary
Pre-Natal Yoga Classes

The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga
with Sarab Nidhan Kaur Gillespie

Mondays - Through April 9
6 to 7 pm
Sarab Nidhan and BenjaminKYL 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. Click Here to register.
All-day Meditation Intensive
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Early Bird Rates Disappear in 17 days!

Registration is now open!
Full Details     Brochure     Registration Form     Online Registration
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:
     Full Details     Brochure     Registration Form     Online Registration

Fees: 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).

WTY Bazaar
and
Goodie Bags

Deadline to reserve your place - April 7.
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 reserving a Bazaar table and for receiving goodie bag materials.
Breathwalk Training...
Breathwalk® is Coming To...
 
Pittsburgh, USA - April 28-29 and August 4-5
and
Toronto, Canada - July 14-15

Pre-Register Soon!  "Early Bird" rate for Pittsburgh ends April 6!
Pittsburgh:
     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
Toronto:
     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July14-15, 2012 ($250 adv / $300 after June 9)
Toronto Course Venue
Bliss Yoga Studio
2992 Bloor St. West
Toronto (Royal York subway)
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.

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.
* 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
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)

Registration is now open!
Flyer     More Details     Housing Options

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.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - March 22

11 Days After - April 2

Full Moon - April 6

(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
  • April 28-29 · Pittsburgh Breathwalk Personal Intensive
  • May 22 to June 5 · "The Invincible Woman Tour - Australia" with Shakta
    Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne
  • 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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In White Tantric Yoga, energy is created en masse to purify the physical and mental bodies. The soul, which is already pure, starts relating to the very existence of the being.
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