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 - July 12, 2012
go Early Morning 40-Day Sadhana with Shakta Begins Wednesday, July 18   
go Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra  
go RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE! Releasing Subconscious Fears with Shakta  
go KYL's Theme - Yoga for Humility and Intuition
go Teacher Training Devi Scholarships Available
go Breathwalk Training Chicago - This Weekend!
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island - Fall 2012
go Level 1 Teacher Trainings - Chicago (Fall 2012) & Prince Edward Island (Spring 2013)
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Squash & Chickpea Moroccan Stew
Early Morning Sadhana
Early Morning 40-Day Sadhana

with Shakta Begins Wednesday, July 18*
Join Shakta on Wednesday morning, July 18th, as she begins her annual 40-day sadhana of two-and-a-half-hours of Long Ek Ong Kar, ending on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, Sunday, August 26.

Long Ek Ong Kar
is the cornerstone of early morning group practice and is often called simply, Long Chant. It is also referred to as ‘Morning Call.’ It initiates the Kundalini, initiating the relationship between the soul and the Universal Soul while balancing all the chakras. The meaning of ‘Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru,’ is: ‘One Creator created this Creation. Truth is His Name. Great beyond description is His infinite wisdom.’

Long Chant – Morning Call
The Adi Shakti Mantra: Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru

4:00 am – Japji (meditative prayer)**
4:20 am – Warm-Ups
4:30 am – Long Chant, Morning Call, Ek Ong Kar
7:00 am – Hukam*** for the Day
7:20 am – Breakfast Snacks at KYL (bring something to share!)

Yogi Bhajan said about this mantra,
‘In the time period two-and-a-half hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels of energy are most clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open the solar plexus, which in turn will charge the solar centers. The person will get connected with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle of time and karma.’
There is no charge for this special early morning sadhana.****

NOTE: The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) will be locked at 4 am. There is no entry to the FAB after 4 am. So, arrive early!

* July 18 is Hari Dev Singh and Shakta Kaur’s wedding anniversary! Click here to see photos from their wedding ceremony eight years ago officiated by KRI’s CEO Nirvair Singh Khalsa.

** Japji is a prayer which relates the conscious mind to the soul. ‘Jap-’ is often translated as ‘song of’ and ‘-ji’ as ‘the soul.’ As a result, Japji is called ‘the song of the soul.’

*** A ‘hukam’ is the divine order of the day.

**** Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod nuh’) is, literally, ‘spiritual discipline;’ the early morning daily spiritual practice.
Gong & Mantra Night
Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra

with Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh

Friday, July 27 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bring a friend and join us for one of our most popular monthly sessions of gong and mantra! As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ session 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 beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs.

Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!

After the gong we use sound (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds, we are able to tune into a different level of intelligence, or, consciousness.  Click Here to register ($15 in advance / $17 at the door).
Recorded Conference Call
Releasing Subconscious Fears

a recorded conferece with Shakta

listen
If you missed the special one hour conference call with Shakta on June 30th it is now available for you to listen to whenever it fits into your schedule!

Shakta shared that fear comes in degrees from mild caution to extreme phobias and paranoia. And, that while a good dose of fear is often necessary for personal safety sometimes at a very early age fear becomes part of our subconscious.

Adults sometimes show this unconscious fear as fear of loss, separation, abandonment or feelings of helplessness. Other times fear might show itself in feelings of not really being sure of ourselves. Fear clouds our judgment and engages not only the mind, but the body, too.

So, listen in on the call and learn how to eliminate and take fear out of your life—once and for all. Included is the practice of a meditation that uses the sound ‘Gobind’ (which means ‘to protect and sustain the self)’ to help release subconscious fears ... now!  (View all recordings)
KYL's Theme

Yoga for Humility and Intuition

KYL's Theme for July and August
  • Humility is a capacity that allows wisdom to guide your life... to let the ego go and open the heart.
  • Humility takes you beyond what you know and opens your intuition ... to see the unseen.
  • Humility is the absence of arrogance, conceit or the feeling of superiority over others ... it comes from putting the Infinite above any status.
  • Humility is an openness to all that is ... are you humble enough to accept and act on your gifts without inner conflict?

Come to KYL during the months of July and August as you learn to see beyond the surface of your busy life to truly know who the Doer is! Come learn that humility has nothing to do with passivity, meekness, inferiority or giving up. Humility is first-and-foremost about putting your personality, your commotions and your neuroses aside to do what you came here to do ... to become consciously conscious before your own Infinity!

Click Here to pre-register for classes.

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.
Breathwalk Training...

Breathwalk
® is Here!
 
Chicago, USA - July 14-15, 2012 - This Weekend!


There is still time for you to join us!
Call to Register - 312-922-4699

     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July 14-15, 2012 ($300)
     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
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 - New Start Date
We’re starting KYL’s Level 1 course in Prince Edward Island (PEI) next spring (2013) instead of this fall. The spring 2013 dates are listed below. We’ll choose the fall 2013 dates later this month. This means you’ll have more time to prepare for your unique Maritimes Level 1 in the idyllic setting of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada.
 
Brochure     Registration Form     Details

Course Dates
     Session 1: April 29 to May 9, 2013 (arrive 4/28, depart 5/10)
     Session 2: TBA

Registration is now open!
     $2,900 (enroll by xxx; pay-in-full by yyy)*
     $3,200 (enroll by xxx; 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
Squash & Chickpea Moroccan Stew

recipe
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - July 3

New Moon - July 18

(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) - not on Tuesday
6:00-7:00 pm ($13) - not on Friday
  • 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. 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.

 
Year 2013
  • April 29 to May 9 · Canada (PEI) Level 1 Teacher Training
    First 11-Day Session (Second session in Fall 2013, dates TBA)
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Humility is not needed to show that you are weak. Your weakness is just that you have to receive the strength. Humility is to let the ego go and open the heart. Then you can receive the strength of God. It is humility which lets you open yourself to receive the ever living truth.
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