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 - May 24, 2012
go Memorial Day Weekend Schedule  
go KYL Says 'Farewell' to teacher Amarbir Kaur (Jamie) Bourne  
go Shakta Teaching at KYL this Sunday  
go Embrace Your Destiny - Conference Recording Available  
go KYL's Theme for May & June
go Breathwalk Training Chicago - Early Bird Rate Extended
go The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga  
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
go The Six Components to Level 1 Teacher Training at KYL  
go Level 1 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Memorial Day - Monday May 28
Memorial Day Weekend Schedule
YES Class
Friday, May 25 12:15 - 1:00 pm
with Jasdeep Kaur
Saturday, May 26 10:30 am - 12 noon
with Amarbir Kaur
Sunday, May 27 10:30 am - 12 noon
with Shakta Kaur (Vegetarian Potluck Immediately Afterward!)
NO Class
Monday, May 28
Best Wishes To...

Farewell Amarbir Kaur!

Join Amarbir Kaur for her last KYL class this Saturday!
KYL has been happy to have had the graceful presence of Amarbir Kaur Bourne teaching our Saturday morning class for the past two years. But, big plans on the horizon are pulling our courageous Amarbir Kaur away from KYL.

‘Amarbir Kaur’ means the princess who is eternally brave. ‘Amar’ means undying, continuous, beyond time, endless, everlasting, immortal and enduring. ‘Bir’ means brave and courageous. ‘Kaur’ means the Princess/Lioness of God who walks with grace and power throughout her life.

While we will all miss her at KYL we also know that we will see her often at upcoming Kundalini events. Many congratulations, Amarbir Kaur! May God and Guru continue to love and bless you!
Shakta Teaches This Sunday

Remembering and Honoring America’s Veterans

Featuring Change — the newest music from Gurunam Singh!
10:30 am to 12 noon
(with delicious veggie potluck afterward)

On the left is a picture of Shakta's father, Antone Kezios, a Marine Drill Sergeant.
Join Shakta this Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend as we remember and honor America’s veterans. For some people this time of year just means an extra day off from work, an outdoor barbecue and the ‘official’ start of the summer holiday season. But this is, first and foremost, the time of year originally designated as one of reflection and meditation on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to enjoy and express our personal freedoms today.

So, come to class with Shakta on Sunday where you’ll also enjoy music from Gurunam Singh’s (Silent Moonlight Meditation) newest CD , Change! Click Here to pre-register.
Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta
Recording Now Available

Embrace Your Destiny
If you missed the conference call with Shakta Kaur last Saturday morning (May 12, 2012) you may listen to it at your convenience by clicking here.

Shakta spoke about fate and destiny—karma and dharma—and how they exist together. She explains on this call, “At every moment you can choose to act in your fate or in your destiny. In fate, you create karma—actions you must complete or resolve. Acting in destiny means you are in flow with the universe, with your spirit and with your basic nature. These actions are beyond karma. They are in dharma, or, living within your destiny cycle.”

Utilizing the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation you can re-write our destiny and live to your fullest potential. 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.

Shakta shared:
  • 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!

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.

Yogi Bhajan said: “It is my personal belief that there are certain souls which have to study from certain other souls. They have earned that destiny. The contact of the psycho-magnetic field is already arranged. Once in a life, each soul must come across the orbit of that soul from which he has the opportunity to learn. It is a law of consciousness. By the virtue of your previous incarnation, you always meet your teacher. Either you surrender your ego to the teacher or you run away from him. The law is that you will meet the opportunity, not that you will recognize it or sustain a commitment to it.

So, learn how to consciously ‘embrace your destiny’ by listening here.

Our Theme...
KYL's Theme for May & June

Embrace Your Destiny
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.

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.

Come to Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) during May and June to ‘Embrace Your Destiny’ with yoga and meditation guaranteed to remove personal karmas, dissolve fate and open your heart and mind to the soul’s path! Click Here to register for classes.
Breathwalk Training...
Breathwalk® is Coming To...
 
Chicago, USA - July 14-15, 2012

Early Bird Rate Extended to June 1.
Just 8 days away!

  After a two-year hiatus KYL is bringing Breathwalk training back to Chicago!
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 June 1)
     Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - TBA* ($500 early rate / $575 after June 1)
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
Power of the Mother...

Sarabraj Kaur with son Dominic
Pre-Natal Yoga
with Sarabraj Kaur (Sarah) Gelsomino

Mondays beginning June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16
We are pleased to once again offer pre-natal Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Sarabraj Kaur (Sarah) Gelsomino at KYL! Yoga and meditation during pregnancy helps the body function more optimally while influencing the mental and emotional states of the mother-to-be. In these classes you’ll learn how to create harmony within your changing self and your environments while in the company of other pregnant women. (You need not be pregnant to attend pre-natal yoga.)

You will learn:
  • Basic pregnancy yoga postures
  • Body care and nutrition tips
  • About the connection between the mother and the baby’s soul, and
  • Meditations for during and after pregnancy.

Come share, meditate and enjoy your unfolding both as a woman and as a giver of life. Click Here to pre-register.
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).
The KYL Experience...
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.
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.


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.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - May 20

11 Days After - May 31

Full Moon - June 4

(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
  • 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
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The greatest education man has to learn is not medical science, not sociology, not chemistry, not biology, not mathematics, but the science of man, the science of self. The science of self and self-awareness is the highest knowledge a man can possess because then you can pull through all circumstances.
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