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 - October 4, 2012
go KYL’s 9th Anniversary Sadhana + Guru Ram Das' Birthday - Tuesday Oct. 9
go Guru Ram Das Birthday Chanting
go Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day - Saturday Oct. 6
go Clear the Ghosts! Four New Saturday Classes with Shakta  
go Shopping with Shakta - October 6
go KYL's October Theme - Yoga for Vision
go A ‘Taste’ of Teacher Training - First Weekend Open to All!   
go Class Fees Increase October 1
go Yoga, Sex & Feminism Conference (YSF) - Dallas!
go Shakta needs an Assistant in Dallas, Texas - Nov. 1-4
go Level 1 Teacher Trainings - Chicago (Fall 2012) & Prince Edward Island (Spring 2013)
go Level 2 Teacher Training - PEI Canada - May 24-29, 2013!
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Nine Years of KYL
KYL’s 9th Anniversary Sadhana

and

Guru Ram Das’ Birthday

Tuesday, October 9 - 4:15 to 7:30 am

"Whatever you ask of Guru Ram Das on his birthday, he must deliver."—Yogi Bhajan

When Shakta opened the doors to KYL in October of 2003, the first class she taught was on Guru Ram Das’ birthday.  Was that merely circumstantial, or, was it serendipity? We think it was destiny!

Shakta chanted Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru** by herself for 2.5 hours that morning. Every year since then, we chant 2.5 hours of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru together at KYL on Guru Ram Das’ birthday. Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus and Yogi Bhajan’s teacher on the astral plane.

Be sure to make a special effort to join us on Tuesday morning, October 9, because Guru Ram Das is known as the Lord of Miracles. When you join with others to praise the realm of Guru Ram Das on his birthday anything stuck in your life can be moved from the impossible to the possible. And, who couldn’t use a little of that nowadays?!

Schedule, Tuesday, October 9
  • 3:45 am - Doors to Fine Arts Building (FAB) Open
  • 4:15 am - Japji (meditative prayer).
  • 4:30 am - Doors to FAB Close
  • 4:40 am - Tune In with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.’
  • 4:45 am - Warm-ups.
  • 5:00 am - Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru (chanting for 2.5 hours).
  • 7:35 am - Hukam*** followed by the Long Time Sunshine Song.

** Effect of the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru: When life seems stuck, praise the domain of Guru Ram Das, the realm of the heart and of the Neutral Mind where all things become pure. This mantra reaches the realm of miracles. Ask for a miracle and then watch the impossible become possible!

*** Hukam:  The divine order of the day.
Guru Ram Das Birthday Chanting
Guru Ram Das Birthday Chanting

11 Days

Friday, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 9
I was told in my childhood that if you recite the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru eleven times a day, a miracle will happen to protect you. Many times in my life I had those miracles happening to me. It can create miraculous situations and environments around you to take you out of any problem on the planet.-- Yogi Bhajan

If you’re looking for a beautiful daily practice of chanting why not try eleven days of the shabd* ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru?’ This is an extended mantra widely known for its blessings of protection and healing in times of deep trouble.

Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru means ‘honored and praised is Guru Ram Das.’ This sound current brings you directly into the realm of the heart. It helps you access the neutral, meditative mind. Watch as all issues, commotions and worries suddenly clear. You will feel content, pure and safe.

If you’re unfamiliar with ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das GuruClick Here for a copy of the mantra sheet. We have several different musical versions of ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru’ available at KYL. Stay after class and pick out a beautiful CD of ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru’ to support your practice!


*Shabd – ‘Sha-‘ means ‘to cut’ and ‘-bd’ means the ‘ego.’ So, a shabd is a sound current which cuts through the ego. Also, sometimes spelled ‘shabad.’
Reflection...
Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day

Saturday, October 6
Let no one weep for me after I am gone. That would not please me at all. When a friend receives a robe of honor, then his friends are pleased with his honor.-- Guru Arjan Dev, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, page 923.

It is on this day that we remember the passing of Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga and the Mahan Tantric. Shakta Kaur remembers that day very well. She was teaching a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class at a book store in Chicago on the evening that Yogi Bhajan transitioned from the earth plane. She arrived home later that night to receive a phone message from a friend in Canada who relayed the news.

Before leaving the physical plane, Yogi Bhajan requested that his death be a time of celebrating his going home. So, during the 17 days after his death--a traditional time of memorial for Sikhs--and until his Memorial Service in Espanola, New Mexico, the Kundalini Yoga community came together and chanted, prayed, talked and ate meals together.

If you never had the opportunity to be in the physical presence of Yogi Bhajan know that you experience the touch of him as the Master of Kundalini Yoga through the teachings—the kriyas and meditations which he so selflessly gave. As a result, you begin to exemplify the qualities he exemplified and taught us to make our own--dignity, divinity, grace, commitment, courage, kindness, compassion, wisdom and understanding. These are the qualities of a Sensory Human--qualities that are much needed as we continue to make our way through this time of transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age.

That is the lineage of which you are a part. And, it is on this day that we remember the man--Yogi Bhajan--who brought this technology to us as an inheritance direct from the soul, direct from Infinity, delivered through the Golden Chain, to you.

Saturday Classes with Shakta
Clear the Ghosts!

Four Saturday Classes with Shakta

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27
10:30 am to 12 noon
  • We all have ghosts.
  • What kind of ghosts do you have?
  • Are you willing to ‘throw out the ghosts’ that haunt your attic?!

On four Saturday mornings in October Shakta will take you ‘up there’ into your own attic. This is the place where nobody wants to go and where everything that you haven’t been able to unload yet is still stored!

Yogi Bhajan called it ‘the idiot’s attic’ that exists in every human.’ What is this ‘idiot’s attic?’ It is your subconscious--the realm of dreams and memories, the seat of fears, negative habits, emotional impulses and commotional behaviors. The subconscious can be kept clean through meditation.

So, come to KYL in October and ‘throw out the ghosts’ in four special classes with Shakta. You’ll get to experience Yogi Bhajan teaching (via DVD) in one of those classes. And you’ll feel such lightness, clarity and delight afterwards that you’ll wonder why you never got around to cleaning out your ‘attic’ sooner! Click Here to pre-register.

See It to Believe It!
Shopping with Shakta

Saturday, October 6
on Chicago’s own Devon Avenue

1:30 pm Lunch - 3:00 pm Shopping
Have you always wanted to go to Devon Avenue but felt a little intimidated going on your own? Have you ever gone to Devon Avenue on your own but were overwhelmed with all the choices?

If so, then, plan to join Shakta for an Indian buffet lunch (first) and shopping (second) ... at some of her favorite places on the ten-block stretch of Chicago’s far north side called ‘Devon Avenue.’

Although mainly Indian focused, Devon Avenue is arguably the most multicultural street in the entire city. Businesses there are run by Pakistanis, Iraqis, and Russians ... that cater to Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Jains and Christians. Even Shakta’s dad (Greek) once had a store on Devon Avenue!

You may join Shakta on Devon Avenue at 1:30 pm OR leave from KYL with her at 1:00 pm. Click Here to RSVP and for more information.
Yoga for Vision...
KYL's October Theme

 Yoga for Vision

To See Your Goal and Keep it in Your Consciousness
Are you feeling a need to ...
   -- Access a whole new level of intuition and wisdom?
   -- Find new solutions to old problems?
   -- Manifest a previously unimagined goal?
   -- Tap into your own creativity and source of your vision?

If so, then come to KYL during October for ‘Yoga for Vision--to See Your Goal and Keep it in Your Consciousness.’ Your ‘vision’ is related to your ‘intention’ but it is what comes before intention. It is a grasp of the direction your creativity wishes to take you.

We are often taught that we need to have ‘vision’ first, ‘intention’ second and ‘creativity’ as the third element that infuses ‘intention’ with our Shakti, with our life force. The creative force manifests as the feminine. Vision is the approach of the masculine offering to take creativity into form.*

But, unorganized creativity, inspiration and a little bit of chaos has to come first! We have to become comfortable with holding the space for all possibilities. Then the vision, intention and organization follow naturally and without effort ... so long as our need for control can be relinquished!

Your ‘vision’ may not always make intellectual sense. It may feel more intuitive, but, it will always seem right. The moment you trust your consciousness, your intuition bill become handy, opportunities will come to you and you will be boundless.

How to keep that vision in your consciousness is the next step. Come to KYL during September and October to learn a new set of guiding forces and principles as you re-‘vision’ your future! Click Here to pre-register for classes.
* Special thanks to Lena Stevens for these ideas!
First Weekend Open to All!


A ‘Taste’ of Teacher Training

$300 adv/$375 door
Friday-Sunday, Oct 26-28
Schedule
Friday, Oct. 26 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 27 – 8 am to 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 28 – 8 am to 5 pm (plus, early morning sadhana 4:15 to 6:45 am!)

Have you been thinking about taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Chicago but aren’t 100% sure yet? If so, then, come to the first weekend to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the entire course. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for stress relief, mental clarity, self-healing, personal change and spiritual growth.

Click Here to register.

Class Fees @ KYL


 
Single Class 6-Class Pass
Lunchtime
45-minute class
$12 $60
Dinner
60-minute class
$14 $70
Weekend
90-minute class
$18 $90
Monthly Pass $145 Unlimited Classes within 30 Days!
As always, purchase five classes in advance and you’ll receive the sixth class free! That’s a 17% discount! 
Shakta Teaching at...
Yoga, Sex, Feminism
Shakta is Teaching at the "Yoga, Sex and Feminism" Conference

Dallas, Texas - November 1-4, 2012

more details      view Shakta's workshops
Come join Shakta and 21 other teachers from a variety of lineages at the first-ever ‘Yoga, Sex & Feminism’ TantraVinyasa Conference in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 1-4. This is a landmark event where the topics include relationships, unconditional love, intimacy, sexuality and walking in grace. Special workshops focus on the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming yogis, too!

Shakta is teaching a ‘Lunar Woman, Solar Man and Relationships’ Personal Intensive from 8 am to 12 noon on Thursday, Nov. 1st. Then she’ll teach one workshop each day, Friday through Sunday including ‘The Invincible Woman’ on Friday, Nov. 2; ‘Sacred Sexual Bliss’ on Saturday, Nov. 3; and ‘Sexuality, Intimacy and Pleasure with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong’ on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Come join Shakta and the very special group of teachers and yogis who will gather together in Dallas the first weekend of November! Call 800-599-YOGA to learn more about the conference and to pre-register.
Do You Live Near Dallas?
Shakta needs an assistant at the
Yoga, Sex & Feminism Conference
in Dallas, Texas - Nov. 1-4
If you live in or around the Dallas, Texas, area and can assist Shakta at any/all of her classes on Nov. 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 at the Yoga, Sex & Feminism Conference please e-mail info@ShaktaKaur.com. Shakta would like to speak with you about all the details. As Shakta’s assistant you will receive free admission to the Yoga, Sex & Feminism conference on the day you assist! That means after helping with Shakta’s morning class you will be able to participate in other yoga or meditation classes of your choice (dependent upon space availability)!
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 - Begins Spring 2013

  Brochure     Registration Form     Details

Course Dates
     Session 1: April 29 to May 9, 2013 (arrive 4/28, depart 5/10)
     Session 2: Sept 24 to Oct 4, 2013 (Arrive 9/23, Depart 10/5)

Registration is now open!
     $2,900 (enroll by Feb 28; pay-in-full by April 29)*
     $3,200 (enroll by Feb 28; make 7 payments)*
     Reserve your place with a $500 down payment!

Level 1 in Prince Edward Island (PEI) begins in the spring of 2013! Eleven days in the spring and eleven days in the fall with conference calls every month in between (plus a final conference call in November). This is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the teachings while having plenty of time to integrate what you’ve learned once you’ve gotten back into your regular routine at home.

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.
Level 2 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island
   
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Level 2 - Vitality & Stress

DATES CONFIRMED
Class Friday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
(Arrive Thursday, May 23/Depart Thursday, May 30.)
Reminder: Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day in the USA.


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. Lodging and meal information coming soon.
 
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - October 15

11 Days After New Moon - October 26

(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
  • Saturday
10:30-Noon ($17) 'Throw Out the Ghosts' with Shakta - 4 Saturdays in October.
  • Sunday
10:30-Noon ($17)
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck!)
Other Events
Year 2012
  • Oct. 26, 2012 · Chicago Level 1 Teacher Training
    10 weekends over 9 months.
  • Dec 1-2 · Chicago Breathwalk 'Instructor' Training - Weekend #2

 
Year 2013
  • April 29 to May 9 & Sep. 24 to Oct. 4, 2013  · Canada (PEI) Level 1 Teacher Training
    First 11-Day Session (4/29 to 5/9)
    Second 11-day Session (9/24 to 10/4)
  • May 24 to 29 · Canada (PEI) Level 2 Teacher Training
    "Vitality and Stress"
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Our brain does not believe in ghosts. We don’t. But whenever we start feeling, believing and understanding that a ghost, or a perpetual fear, is real, then we lose fear. There are many human ghosts—being unsuccessful, being poor, being sick, being divorced, being married, being in love. Oh, a terrible ghost is being in love. It’s a hell. You know when you are in love whether it is going to work out or not—it’s “Oh, oh, oh, oh.” Oh, God it is so funny. How people ruin their glands—you can’t believe it.”
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