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 - August 9, 2012
go Guru Ram Das Mantra - August 15-25  
go Celebration of a Master - Yogi Bhajan's Birthday  
go In Memory - Sikh Gurdwara Families of Oak Creek, WI   
go KYL's Theme - Yoga for Humility and Intuition
go "Healing the Wounds of Love" - Free Community Conference call with Shakta Kaur
go Teacher Training Devi Scholarships Available - Apply by Sept. 1!
go Breathwalk Training Chicago - Level 2 'Instructor'
go Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Canada
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 - Lime (or Lemon!) Squares: Non-Dairy, Gluten Free
Guru Ram Das Chant
August 15-25 at KYL

Guru Guru Wahay Guru
Guru Ram Das Guru
Beginning Wednesday, August 15th through Saturday, August 25th each class at KYL will include a special mantra called the Guru Ram Das Chant. This mantra has two parts, Nirgun and Sirgun. The first part, “Guru Guru Wahay Guru,” is a Nirgun mantra which vibrates only to Infinity. It has no finite qualities. It is the unknown. It projects the mind outwards to the source of all knowledge and ecstasy.

The second part, “Guru Ram Das Guru,” is a Sirgun mantra. This relates to the manifest energy or form and means, “the wisdom that comes as a servant of Infinity.” In combination, the parts of the mantra project the mind to Infinity and allow the guiding faculty to come into your practical activity.

This meditation invokes the protective energy of Guru Ram Das,* master of Kundalini Yoga and a great teacher and yogi of sixteenth century India, by whose grace we today are able to practice the technology of Kundalini Yoga.

The mantra brings a meditative peace, mental and physical relaxation and protection. It also channels healing energy. It can be useful when you’re suffering the negative effects of office politics, too!

It is a good meditation to practice whenever you need divine guidance, protection or assistance. Miracles can happen!

So, come to KYL any time between August 15 and August 25th to experience the peace, relaxation and protection of chanting Guru Guru Wahay Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru.

* Shakta taught the first class at KYL on Guru Ram Das’ birthday in 2003 ... accidentally ... but, obviously, not an accident!

** Above comments on the Guru Ram Das chant from CD liner notes to The Yoga of Sound, Relaxation, by Mata Mandir Singh.
August 26 is...
Yogi Bhajan's Birthday - Sunday, August 26

Celebration of a Master
On Sunday morning, August 26, KYL honors the life and legacy of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the west in 1968. Before then, these teachings were considered a secret science taught only to certain households in India. Yogi Bhajan’s fundamental belief was that happiness was the birthright of every person. He spent his entire life teaching people how they could live to their highest potential.

Once each year, on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, the entire worldwide community of Kundalini Yogis gathers for a simultaneous synchronized chanting of two mantras. One of them, Long Ek Ong Kar, we chant for 2.5 hours! Los Angeles begins chanting at 3:00 am, Chicago at 5:00 am, Boston at 6:00 am, etc., around the world. Yogi Bhajan once said that whenever you chant Long Ek Ong Kar for 2.5 hours on his birthday that you would receive the answers to your prayers!

Our schedule for early morning on Sunday, Aug. 26:
4:20 am – Japji (meditative prayer)*
4:45 am – Warm-Ups
5:00 am – Guru Guru Wahay Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru** chant for 11 minutes
5:11 am – Long Ek Ong Kar (Morning Call)*** chant for 2.5 hours
7:45 am – Hukam**** and Long Time Sunshine Song.
7:50 am - Enjoy some breakfast snacks and delicious Yogi Tea!

Please arrive between 3:45 and 4:15 am. The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) will be locked after 4:15 am. If you happen to arrive late and need entrance to the Fine Arts Building, please call 312-656-8229.

Shakta finishes her 40-day early morning practice of chanting 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kar on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday (she started on July 18th). Come join her to celebrate the life of a man who has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people all around the world!

There is no charge for this event.

* 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.’

** Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus/Teachers and was known for his humility and compassion. This mantra can rescue you in the time of trouble. It projects the mind to Infinity then allows guidance to come into your finite, daily activities.

*** The syllables are Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru. This was the only mantra meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States. The syllables mean, “The creator and all creation are one. This is our true identity. The ecstasy of this wisdom is Great beyond words.”

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

Moment of Silence & Prayer

Sunday, August 12
10:35 am
All of the teachers, staff and guests of Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) were shocked and saddened by the events at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, last Sunday.

A Gurdwara is a place of worship, a sanctuary of prayer, peace and meditation. A Gurdwara is open to everyone regardless of religion, caste or creed. For such a violent act to take place in a Gurdwara is not only tragic, it is terribly troubling as well. In memory of the shooting victims, and to show support for their families, join us this Sunday at KYL, for a moment of silence and prayer.

BACKGROUND
While there are 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States the community in Wisconsin is small, about 2,500 to 3,000 families. American Sikhs have often been singled out for harassment and occasionally violent attacks since the September 11, 2011, attacks on the World Trade Center. Some witnesses to the Wisconsin Gurdwara shootings say the gunman had a tattoo marking the September 11, 2001, attacks. The gunman was shot and killed by authorities who arrived shortly after the shooting began. Five men and one woman were killed. A police officer who was one of the first on the scene was critically wounded as well as three others. All of the injured are still hospitalized.

* Gurdwara literally means, ‘Gate of the Guru.’ A Gurdwara is a Sikh place of worship.
KYL's Theme

Yoga for Humility and Intuition

KYL's August Theme
What some have said about Yoga for Humility & Intuition:
‘This series is just what I need. I just didn’t know I needed it so much!’

‘The lessons of humility are reaching me at a time in my life when I finally feel ready to learn about humility. Thank you.'
Our series of ‘Kundalini Yoga for Humility and Intuition’ classes continues during the month of August. Everything that comes to us is part of our destiny. It has been given to us so that we may experience and mature because of it. But, the divine will and our will only meet as one in humility. Inner conflict only arises when we lack humility and demand control ... that we never truly have!*

Come to learn that...
  • 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?

Just drop-in or Click Here to pre-register for classes.


* The 21 Stages of Meditation, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Free Conference Call
Healing the Wounds of Love

Free Community Conference call with Shakta Kaur

Saturday, August 18 - 8:00 am Central 
(7:00 am Mountain / 8:00 am Central / 9:00 am Eastern Time - 75 minutes)
  • Are you struggling with a current relationship?
  • Are you holding on to wounds from an old relationship?
  • Are you ready to release the patterns that limit you in relationship?

We all have old wounds of love. Some exist from childhood. Some exist from friendships, lovers or spouses. All of these wounds of love enable our hidden agendas, our ‘masks’ and hide our authenticity.

Join Shakta to learn how to establish a new story for all your relationships — your soul’s story. You’ll learn why when you do certain things like jappa*, meditation and yoga you take charge and change your internal story.

You’ll be guided in a meditation to invoke the authentic self to heal. And, you’ll learn about the perfect longing, love and fulfillment between a son and his father — Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Ram Das — that was recorded in Shabd Hazaray.**

Plus, Shakta will share information about the Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, Level 1 Teacher Training courses. She will make a special announcement on this call about these two Teacher Training courses!

If you want to change your story, drop the pain and empower your relationships join Shakta for this special 75-minute conference call. With commitment, you’ll break old patterns and awaken your heart so that you can heal the wounds of love — with yourself and others — from this moment forward.

Click Here for the call-in number and pass-code.


* Jappa – Literally, ‘to repeat.’ It is the conscious, alert and precise repetition of a mantra.

** Shabd Hazaray – An extended mantra. The son of Guru Ram Das--Guru Arjan Dev--wrote four letters to his father during a time when they were separated from each other. The pain and longing that Guru Arjan Dev went through during this separation were expressed selflessly and personally in his letters. These four letters of Guru Arjan’s became part of Shabd Hazaray.

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.

‘By hearing God’s Name the mortal becomes a perfect person,
religious guide, spiritual hero and a great yogi.’

These words from the 8th Pauri (stanza) of Japji* are what started it all. They were the inspiration behind the creation of a special scholarship fund—the Devi Scholarship—available to applicants of Chicago’s Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) Level One Teacher Training course. He named the fund after his mother because it was she who urged him to take his first Kundalini Yoga class. His intention was that whoever wanted to take the incredible journey that we call Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan® could do so regardless of financial need. It was his way of paying back for all that he had received from the course.

One Devi Scholarship recipient sent an open letter to those KYL graduates who contributed so generously. Her letter reads, in part,

“I’d thought of writing a thank you immediately upon receiving this scholarship, but decided instead to offer up a prayer of gratitude and wait until I could share what the experience meant to me. I am awed by the breadth of yoga, by the true reach of consciousness, and the possibilities of yoking yoga with daily living. Thank you for believing so much in this yoga and that those called to this path, regardless of financial circumstance, must heed the call. In providing the finances to facilitate an answer to Spirit, you do an incredible service to the world. You create teachers. You birth a greater mindfulness. You go above and beyond to gracefully usher in the footsteps of the Aquarian Age. I thank you most heartily for this. I know that many opportunities will come for me to give as you have; I trust that I shall show as much generosity and so continue this Golden Chain of offering, of connection, of evolution and of service. Thank you.”
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.
* Japji – or, Japji Sahib - an extended prayer written by Guru Nanak which relates the conscious mind to the soul.
Breathwalk Training...

Breathwalk
® Level 2 'Instructor'
 
Chicago, USA - December 1 & 2

If you have already taken the Breatwalk Personal Intensive why not come and participate in the Instructor Training?

$575 tuition fee (includes all materials)

Weekend #2 – Instructor Training
- December 1-2, 2012 ($500 early rate / $575 on Aug 18)
You will enjoy two days of camaraderie with a group of fellow walking enthusiasts. You will learn how others have used Breathwalk to improve the lives of the people in their communities. And, you will see why we think Chicago is always fun during the first week of December! Lock in the lowest tuition rate now with your down payment. Call 312-922-4699 or Click Here to pre-register online.
Course Venue Class Times
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
(and along the lakefront)
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60605
Saturday - Dec 1 8 am to 6 pm
Sunday - Dec 2 8 am to 6 pm
 

 

Level 2 Teacher Trainings - Chicago & Prince Edward Island
   

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.

  • $450 – Prior LC & LS Graduate
  • $1,099 – KYL Level 1 or Level 2 Alumni
  • $1,199 – IKYTA Members
  • $1,299 – Regular Rate

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.
 
  • $450 – Prior V&S Graduate
  • $1,099 – KYL Level 1 or Level 2 Alumni
  • $1,199 – IKYTA Members
  • $1,299 – Regular Rate


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
The Art & Science of Improving Yourself

Our 11th Level 1 course!
10 Weekends Over Nine Months
October through June

Chicago, IL USA

Begins October 26, 2012 - 10 Weekends over 9 Months
Brochure     Registration Form     Devi Scholarship

Tuition $3,100 - $500 Down Payment - Installment Plans Available

At first you might be attracted to Kundalini Yoga for the more obvious reasons like:
-- increasing your strength and improving your flexibility,
-- reducing your stress and learning to relax,
-- learning proper breathing or even
-- for health problems.

But, over time the attraction to this technology increases as you experience:
-- a feeling of connection and vastness,
-- a clarity and neutrality of mind,
-- a calmness and evenness in your life and
-- fulfillment as a spiritual being.

Taking the personal journey we call ‘Teacher Training’ is truly a gift to yourself. This course is based on the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. It is a journey in the art and science of improving yourself based upon excellence and exaltation. Come learn to elevate your own consciousness. You will also develop the skills necessary to teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation publicly as a consciousness educator (if you so choose).

Kundalini Yoga is called a sacred science. This is because the sacredness of the student is awakened through it. Come respond to the call of your soul and the Infinite and join us the last weekend of October. Partial scholarships are available (application deadline Sept. 1st).
 
 

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

Lime (or Lemon!) Squares - Non-Dairy, Gluten Free

recipe
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - August 1

New Moon - August 17

(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
  • 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.
  • Dec 1-2 · Chicago Breathwalk 'Instructor' Training - Weekend #2

 
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
"
Death is as inevitable as life is. Passage of life is as inevitable as day and night is. But your commotions and reactions to life are inevitable and will kill you. You are not being genuinely humble enough to even let your wisdom exercise itself. A person who is not humble cannot understand the subtlety of the soul because he cannot understand the Infinity of the God.
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