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 - June 7, 2012
go ‘Embrace Your Destiny’ Class with Shakta - Sunday   
go Shakta Teaches at Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration  
go Gurunam Singh Returns to Chicago!  
go Devi Scholarships Available  
go Embrace Your Destiny - Conference Recording Online
go KYL's Theme for June
go Breathwalk Training Chicago - July 14-15!
go The Power of the Mother: Pre-Natal Yoga - begins June 11!
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 - Chickpea Flour Curry with Vegetables
This Sunday at KYL...

Embrace Your Destiny

with Shakta Kaur at KYL
Sunday - June 10 - 10:30 am

(with a delicious veggie potluck following class)
Join Shakta this Sunday morning for yoga and meditation especially designed to open your heart and mind to ‘Embrace Your Destiny.’ Surrender to the call of your soul so that you may serve your destiny. ‘Surrender’ is not a negative word. ‘Surrender’ the smallest parts of you to the Infinite; so you may act in tandem with the Creator’s purposes. It is the opportunity to align your will to that of your highest and best self.

In each 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. Your actions are beyond karma. They are in dharma, or, living within your destiny cycle.

So, come to class with Shakta this Sunday and ‘Embrace your Destiny.’ Click Here to pre-register ($15).
Visit Shakta at Summer Solstice
Shakta Teaches at Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration
‘The Lunar Woman, Solar Man and Relationships’
with Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa

Espanola, New Mexico Sunday, June 17 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Remember to visit KYL’s Booth in the Bazaar, too!
“It's true that this time of year has me turning towards Summer Solstice ... both physically and spiritually. Years back when I first read what Yogi Bhajan had said about the Solstices-'Revolve your life around summer and winter solstice and everything will be taken care of,' I thought to myself, 'I wonder if that will ever happen! I can say that it has. My soul, my being, my essence needs the annual cleansing power of both the Summer and Winter Solstice. And, there is no better place to be than in the company of over 2,000 like-minded yogis during Summer Solstice at Ram Das Puri!

This year the 3HO IKYTA Teachers Conference on Friday, June 15, focuses on the theme of 'grit.' This comes from Yogi Bhajan's 'Eight Elements of Excellence.'* Even if you're not a Kundalini Yoga teacher, come to enjoy yoga, meditation and community with yogis from all over the globe at the Teachers Conference. It is open to all! Plus, you'll also learn how to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally to have the 'grit' of a spiritual warrior for whatever challenges might come your way once you leave Summer Solstice and are back in your daily world of work and family.

At the 'Lunar Woman, Solar Man and Relationships' workshop on Sunday, June 17, Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa and I focus on how woman's basic nature is like the moon which waxes and wanes, while man's basic nature is like the sun which is continuous and constant. The moon reflects the sun. And, if there is no moon to reflect, the woman becomes the 'full moon' to reflect herself. The yoga set in this class is especially chosen to 'Welcome Happiness and Success and Expel Grief and Guilt.' We want to move out of the way OF whatever no longer serves us in our relationships. And, we'll share how women can learn to chart their own moon center cycle. (By the way, this session is appropriate for everyone-singles or couples.)

As I prepare for Summer Solstice I realize that my computer desk actually faces 'west' ... towards New Mexico! On a more subtle level I find that my inner self is preparing for the spiritual upliftment, unfolding and community that the sacred land of Ram Das Puri always provides at this time of year. I look forward to seeing you there!”
* See Yogi Bhajan's Quote below.
Gurunam Singh Returns to Chicago!
Tuesday, July 10

7:00 to 9:00 pm

$20 adv/$25 door
More details coming soon... mark your calendar!
For Chicago's Level 1 Teacher Training
Teacher Training Devi Scholarship

Applications Available

Deadline is September 1
If finances have kept you from taking the Chicago Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course at KYL, then the Devi Scholarship may be just what you need! Go on-line for more details, then complete the application form and return it with your financial deposit on or before Sept. 1st to be considered for one of several partial scholarships. Devi Scholarships are funded by friends, supporters and prior graduates of KYL’s Level 1 Teacher Training courses.

Here’s what one recipient had to say about the impact of receiving a Devi Scholarship:
Shakta, I wanted you and Hari Dev Singh to know that the Devi Scholarship which enabled me to take Teacher Training has SAVED my life... literally. I was broke in more ways than one. I needed much healing in both body and mind. You knew that my financial situation was such that without the scholarship I would not have been able to take the course. What you don’t know is that I believe Kundalini Yoga has healed both my body from Chron's Disease and my brain from its Bi-Polar behavior. It truly has been a medicine of the divine. I constantly see changes in me that I know are a result of the Teacher Training course. I now have a new hope in my life. None of this would have been possible without the Devi Scholarship. I thank you and all the teachers before me who made this possible.
To apply for a Devi Scholarship you’ll need to complete an application form that requires answers to six questions (available here). You are asked to write a biography about yourself; to describe a teacher of any kind whom you admire; to describe your current yoga practice; and to write something about your motivation to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL. When you send in your application you include a financial deposit ($500 recommended). This indicates to the universe your commitment to take the course. You will need to offer some evidence of financial need. Finally, a personal interview is conducted to determine which candidates will eventually receive a Devi Scholarship.

Click Here for information or to apply for a Devi Scholarship.
Aquarian Age Conference Call with Shakta
Recording Now Online

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.

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.

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

Our Theme...
KYL's Theme for 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 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


 

     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July 14-15, 2012
     Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - TBA* ($500 early rate / $575 after July 16)
 
Course Venue Class Times
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
(and along the lakefront)
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60605
Friday - July 13 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday - July 14 8 am to 6 pm
Sunday - July 15 8 am to 6 pm

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).
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     Devi Scholarship

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.
Food For The Gods

Chickpea Flour Curry with Vegetables

recipe
A lovely blending of curry tastes with ginger and garlic highlights.  If you do not have Chickpea flour, then just get some dried chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and grind them into a powder.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - June 4

New Moon - June 19

(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)

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.

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."
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 10 · Gurunam Singh live kirtan and class with Shakta Kaur
  • 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
"
The 8 Elements of Excellence:
  1. The Vision to see your goal and keep it in your consciousness.
  2. The Courage to attempt it and to keep up.
  3. The Grit to go through it.
  4. The Humility to know who the Doer is.
  5. The Knowledge to substantiate it.
  6. The Prayer to feed it.
  7. The Grace to carry yourself through it.
  8. The Determination to achieve it.

"