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 - April 26, 2012
go Yoga for 'Keep Up' Spirit & Grit - Sunday with Shakta  
go Love... Serve... Remember - with Live Music by Harnam Singh
go Healing Power of Gong & Mantra  
go Embrace Your Destiny - Free Conference Call with Shakta  
go Breathwalk Training - Chicago
go 'Invincible Woman Tour' - Australia - with Shakta
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
go Level 1 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Masaman Curry
Our Theme...
This Sunday with Shakta at KYL

Yoga for ‘Keep Up’ Spirit & Grit
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 this Sunday for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Shakta 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 Sunday's class with Shakta.
Live Music & Kundalini Yoga
Love...   Serve...   Remember

Kundalini Yoga and the Gong with Shakta
Featuring Live Music & Chanting
with Harnam Singh

Friday, May 4 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm ($15 adv/$20 door)
“Love is a consistent memory. With each breath it comes, it lives, it excels in you.”
— Yogi Bhajan
Harnam Singh is a dedicated yogi, artist and musician who is a favorite on the devotional music scene. His lush vocals, skillful guitar playing and relaxed vibe put everyone in the mood to chant! And, now, for the first time, Harnam Singh is stopping by for a visit at KYL!

In a special Friday night class co-taught by Shakta Kaur you will energize your heart center to really love your uniqueness. You will be reminded to serve none except your own consciousness. And, you will remember that your own potential is a breath away in this simple sacred science we call Kundalini Yoga.

So, join Harnam Singh and Shakta Kaur on Friday, May 4th, to "Love... Serve... and Remember" all the best parts of you! Click Here to register.
Healing Power of Gong & Mantra
with Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh

Friday, May 11
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
($15 in advance / $17 at the door)
Come enjoy our popular once-each-month session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra.’ Perfect for unwinding after a busy work week KYL’s Friday night ‘gong and mantra’ sessions are one of our most popular regular events.

The Gong is a beautiful reinforced vibration that impacts the body by releasing blocks, reducing tension and stimulating circulation. Your mind will have no defense to the Gong after 90 seconds!

And, you’ll experience what the yogis say about the human body--that it is, in fact, like a wonderful musical instrument constructed with meridians that allow an inflow of healing and energy to cascade into the body like a waterfall. Out of the Gong came all music, all sounds and all words.

At the close of the session we use primal sounds (Mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we tune into a different level of intelligence, or consciousness.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of gong and mantra!
Free* Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta
Embrace Your Destiny

Saturday, May 12
7:00 am Central Time / 8:00 am Eastern Time / 9:00 am Atlantic Time

Register
Fate and destiny - karma and dharma - exist together. At every moment we can choose to act in our fate or in our destiny. In fate, we create karma--actions we must complete or resolve. Acting in destiny we are in flow with the universe, with our spirit and with our basic nature. These actions are beyond karma. They are in dharma, or, living within our destiny cycle.

Because we have a will which has freedom we can make new choices to dissolve fate and transform ourselves. Utilizing the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation we can re-write our destiny and live to our fullest potential. This happens when the soul is un-shrouded and clear. At that moment transformation takes place and the magic begins.

The soul returns again and again, remembering a little, forgetting, then remembering, until the destiny task is manifested. Each of us has a very unique destiny to fulfill which no one else can complete.

On this 1-hour phone call Shakta will share...
    - four tools to help you embrace your spiritual destiny,
    - a meditation guaranteed to bring tremendous change to your destiny and
    - information about the Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, Teacher Training courses!

You will learn how Teacher Training is an ‘earned’ destiny which...
    - provides a direct, internal experience of yoga and meditation,
    - orients your mind toward its proper role as your ‘servant,’
    - stops the repetition of past errors and patterns,
    - invokes your intuition, and
    - makes your life easier.

Join Shakta on Saturday, May 12th, to learn how to consciously ‘embrace your destiny.’

Click Here to receive the call-in number and pass-code. 
* While there is ‘no charge’ for this call, your normal long-distance telephone charges apply. 

For more information on KYL's upcoming Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainings:
     Chicago:     Brochure      Application Form
     Prince Edward Island:   Brochure     Application Form     Housing Details     More Info
Breathwalk Training...
Breathwalk® is Coming To...
 
Chicago, USA - July 14-15, 2012
Pre-Register Soon!
"Early Bird" rate ends May 18!

  After a two-year hiatus KYL is bringing Breathwalk training back to Chicago! So, if you’ve been waiting for Chicago dates, mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday - July 14 & 15 - for Weekend #1, the Personal Intensive. 

     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July 14-15, 2012 ($250 / $300 after May 18)
     Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - TBA* ($500 early rate)
Course Venue
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (and along the lakefront)
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60605
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
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
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).
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainings in Chicago & Canada
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

"The Aquarian Teacher"
in Chicago, IL, USA & Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

Chicago, IL USA

Begins October 26, 2012 - 10 Weekends over 8 Months
Brochure     Registration Form

A note from Shakta Kaur:  “I will never be the same again,” is what we often hear from those who have taken Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL .  My initial motivation was to deepen my personal yoga and meditation practice.  And, in truth, I had no intention of teaching Kundalini Yoga.  I already had a degree in music education and had taught public school music for several years.  I really thought that my teaching days were over!

It wasn’t long, however, before I found myself informally sharing the techniques I’d learned during Teacher Training not only with my friends and family, but with the loan officer at our bank and other business contacts.  I laughed out loud when I realized that I was, in fact, ‘teaching!’

Whatever draws you to this amazing course in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, know that the end result will be perfect for you even while it might also be totally different than what you initially expected.  Along the way your mental, physical and emotional growth will be enhanced in a supportive and cozy environment.  You will learn the tools to not only deepen your own personal practice, but, you will also gain the knowledge and self-confidence to elevate yourself and others into a more peaceful and powerful space.

Six Components to Teacher Training at KYL:

Kriya and Meditation: The foundation of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®
The theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga kriyas (yoga sets), asanas, and mudras.  Explore the nature of the mind and its training through Kundalini Yoga meditations, mantras, and pranayam (breathing techniques).

Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher
The history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy behind all yogic practices.  The technologies of Kundalini Yoga as they apply to healing and humanology (the science of daily living), including diet, nutrition, and relationships.

Anatomy & Physiology: Essentials of Yogic and Functional Anatomy
Traditional Western anatomy, its purpose and function, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine and digestive systems and their relation to the practice and teaching of yoga.  Also Yogic anatomy and the energy systems of the body including the chakras, nadis, pranas, vayus and the ten yogic bodies.

Consciousness of a Teacher: Virtues and Values of Living in the Golden Chain
The skills and techniques to become an effective instructor, including practical strategies for teaching beginners, ethical guidelines, curriculum development and the transformational role of the teacher in developing a successful yoga practice.

The Master’s Touch: Cultivating a Connection to the Master
Connect with Yogi Bhajan through DVD classes and study.

Teaching from Day One
Practical experience instructing various aspects of a Kundalini yoga class begin almost as soon as we get together!  Your first assignment is to become a teacher to yourself ... whether or not you ever teach a public Kundalini Yoga class.  And, along the way our Teacher Trainers help with both oral and written evaluations of your teaching.  Your fellow teachers-in-training offer important peer feedback, too.


Tuition: $3,100 (until Oct. 1) - $500 down - Payment Plans Available
 
 

Prince Edward Island, Canada

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!


* 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.
Food For The Gods
Masaman Curry

recipe
This lovely dish again graced the Sunday potluck, to much acclaim!
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - April 21

11 Days After - May 2

Full Moon - May 5

(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
  • May 22 to June 5 · "The Invincible Woman Tour - Australia" with Shakta
    Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne
  • July 14-15 · Chicago Breathwalk 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"
  • Oct. 26, 2012 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training
    10 weekends over 8 months.
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
When the karma of your previous incarnation will be cleansed out, and your courage is steady, then everything will start working for you without saying a thing. That is the state of life we must achieve.
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