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 - November 15, 2012
go Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Price Reduced $700!
go Early Morning Sadhana Sunday, November 18   
go Thanksgiving Class Schedule at KYL  
go Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra - Nov. 23!  
go Clean the House! Cleanse your Being! - Saturday Classes with Shakta & Yogi Bhajan DVD
go KYL's Theme: Yoga to Tap Into Your Knowledge & Wisdom
go FREE Registration to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration - Hurry! 3-days left
go Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration at KYL
go Level 1 Teacher Training - 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
go Food For The Gods - Kale Chips
Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Includes Kumbha Mela!  Price Reduced $700!
Just Scheduled!  Visit India with Shakta and Hari Dev
Feb 12 to 27, 2013
(registration form)
Travel with Shakta and Hari Dev this February for an extraordinary visit to India. This is our 4th tour of India and this time we include a few days to experience the largest spiritual celebration in the world
The Kumbha Mela

For all spiritual seekers, travel to India has a special appeal. The very land is steeped in spirituality where many ancient practices useful today were developed and perfected over 5,000 years ago. Simply walking the land can leave a profound and lasting imprint on your soul.

Join Shakta and Hari Dev as they lead another yatra to India where you will enjoy safe food, excellent lodging and the guidance of experienced local staff every step-of-the-way. This is a special year to visit India as the Kumbha Mela is taking place in Allahabad. The ‘Kumbh’ is a mass pilgrimage at which Hindus gather at the Mother Ganges to bathe for purification and removal of karma.

In addition, the 4th International Punarnava Ayurveda & Yoga Conference is scheduled for Feb. 17-18 in Allahabad in the midst of the Kumbh Mela. And, Shakta Kaur has been asked to teach once again at the Conference! So, your tour to India includes admission to all of the Conference sessions as well!

Highlights of our yatra include the following (view itinerary):
  • Kumbha Mela in Allahabad (video)
  • 2-Day ‘Punarnava Ayurveda & Yoga Conference’ in Allahabad (details)
  • Early morning boat ride on the Ganges River in Varanasi (video)
  • Pink city of Jaipur (and an elephant ride!) (video)
  • Taj Mahal in Agra (video)
  • Golden Temple in Amritsar (video)

International airfare is a separate cost; here are some examples (as of Nov. 1, 2012):  From Los Angeles - $1,250; From Chicago - $1,300; From New York - $1,190.  (Not recommended, but you could take a non-stop flight on Air India - from Chicago @ $1,403; or from JFK @ $1,362.)
The journey fee (land only) is $1,995. Your deposit of $500 must be sent with registration - due by December 1.  Full payment is due by December 14.  Do not purchase your air tickets until we confirm with you.  If the tour is canceled your deposit is fully refunded.  Travel arrangements are with Spiritual Journeys under the direction of Deepak Singh - 508-358-4267 - click here to open registration form.

Travel Suggestions & Visa Information: Click Here
Important:  Visitor Visa is Required to Enter India - Click Here
Early Morning Sadhana
This Sunday - November 18

Early Morning Sadhana at KYL

with Shakta - 4:30 am to 7 am

4:30 am – Japji (meditative prayer)**
4:55 am – Kundalini Yoga Kriya (set of exercises)
5:50 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:55 am – Hukam*** and the Long Time Sunshine Song
7:00 am – Yogi Tea and light breakfast snacks! (bring something to share!)

Once each month we offer the experience of Sunday early morning sadhana at KYL. We begin at 4:30 am when the rays of the sun are hitting the earth at a 60 degree angle. Why get up at this time? Because this is the time when all of the great spiritual teachers appear to bless, elevate and transform each one of us. There is no charge for this special early morning sadhana.****

NOTE: The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) open at 4:00 am. Please time your arrival for between 4:00 and 4:15 am. We begin sadhana at 4:30 am. The doors to the FAB are locked again at 4:30 am.

* Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21, 2992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana in this particular order: 1) Long Ek Ong Kar, 2) Wah Yantee, Kah Yantee, 3) the Mul Mantra, 4) Sat Siree, Siree Akal, 5) Rakhe Rakhanahaar, 6) Wahe Guru Wahe Jio and 7) the Guru Ram Das chant.

** 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.
Thanksgiving Week Classes at KYL
Class Schedule for Thanksgiving Week

YES Classes: 

  • Friday - Nov. 23 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
       (Gong & Mantra Night)
  • Saturday - Nov. 24 - 10:30 am to Noon
       ("Cleanse Your Being" with Shakta)
  • Sunday - Nov. 25 - 10:30 am to Noon
       (with veggie potluck after class)

NO Classes:

  • Wednesday - Nov. 21
  • Thursday - Nov. 22
  • Friday - Nov. 23 (noon class)
       However, Gong & Mantra happens at 6:30 pm!

Regular schedule resumes Saturday, Nov. 24.

Day After Thanksgiving Gong & Mantra...
Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra
with Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh

The Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
(Also on Dec 21)
Bring a friend and join us for one of our 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 ($16 in advance / $18 at the door - or a 90-min class-pass).
Saturdays with Shakta...
Clean the House! Cleanse your Being!

Saturday Classes with Shakta
Nov. 17 & 24

10:30 am to 12 noon
(Plus Yogi Bhajan via DVD, Nov. 17)
Housecleaning is simple--turn on the vacuum, dust the shelves, wash the floors and windows—right? Well, yes and no!

As you clean and prepare your house for the upcoming holidays it is just as important to clean your subconscious mind--the realm of dreams and memories, the seat of fears and negative habits--of the "dust bunnies" that persist there, too!

Saturday mornings in November Shakta will help you ‘Clean the House and Cleanse Your Being!’ You will cleanse hidden miseries and fears while removing old emotional impulses and commotional behaviors. You will change the brain’s energy so that your life has an immediate intuitive answer. You’ll feel such lightness, clarity and delight afterwards that you’ll wonder why you never got around to cleaning yourself out sooner!

Drop in for a Saturday class or Click Here to pre-register on-line.
KYL's Theme...

Yoga to Tap Into Your Knowledge & Wisdom

November & December at KYL
Ensure your Happiness, Success and Excellence!
In the past, great knowledge about human potential was guarded by secrecy and layers of initiations. You had to be born into a particular family or have a particular destiny to learn the sacred science of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Those days are gone forever thanks to Yogi Bhajan’s teaching the thousands of meditations and kriyas that he brought to the west beginning in 1968.

During the months of November and December, every class at KYL features meditations and kriyas designed for you to tap into your own inner knowledge and wisdom. You’ll not only remove fears, you’ll remove self-imposed limitation while broadening your focus at the same time. Expect resources, facts and opportunities to appear to substantiate your vision.

If you’ve become a little too limited, narrow or, simply afraid, come to KYL and tap into your inner knowledge and wisdom that is sometimes difficult to access on your own. You’ll find that touch of Infinite knowledge within—your intuition. And, you’ll go deep within to rest your mind, reset your behavior and remember that you incarnated to experience happiness, success and excellence!
Supporting KYL's Scholarship Fund...
FREE Registration to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration

Just 3 Days Remain to Purchase Your Ticket!
The winner of this pass can be anyone,
‘new' or a past attendee!

Raffle Tickets - $25 each.

All proceeds go to the Devi Scholarship Fund.
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) has an awesome opportunity for anyone who wants to go to 3HO’s Winter Solstice in Lake Wales, Florida. It is the chance to win a FREE registration to the 8-day event!

Your FREE registration includes all the Kundalini Yoga and Meditation workshops you could possibly desire, early morning sadhana each day, 3 days of White Tantric Yoga (WTY) ,all of your meals and a camping spot at the Winter Solstice Sadhana campsite, plus much, much more!

All of the proceeds raised from KYL’s raffle will go to our Devi Scholarship Fund. The Devi Scholarship Fund was created by KYL’s 2006 graduating class of Kundalini Yoga Teachers. They decided that everyone—no matter their financial capability—should have the opportunity to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Creation of the Devi Scholarship Fund was their way to ‘pay it forward’ to those who would come afterward.

So, purchase as many raffle tickets as you can. J It is your chance to win a FREE registration to Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration in Lake Wales, Florida. When you do, know that you are also providing needed support for KYL’s Devi Scholarship Fund-- a fantastic win-win for everyone!  View Flyer.

Click Here
to purchase on-line

(Purchase raffle tickets either in person at KYL or on-line between now and Nov. 18th. The winner will be chosen on Nov. 19th. The winner may be ‘new to Solstice’ or a past attendee. The winner must also register for Winter Solstice by Nov. 30th. This FREE pass may only be used for the 2012 Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration. It is not transferable to another year.)
Relieve, Relax, and Recharge...
Yogic New Year’s Eve

 Monday, Dec. 31 - Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave. - Fifth Floor
7:30 pm – 12:30 am
$54 single - $100 for two
Join us for a fun, inspiring and conscious evening of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, gonging, chanting and community at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop’s (KYL) 9th Annual ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve’ celebration! Held in the historic Fine Arts Building’s (FAB), yogis from the city and suburbs will gather once again to enjoy a perfect view of both Lake Michigan and the midnight fireworks off of Navy Pier. Plus, delicious potluck vegetarian food and drink will be served in an alcohol and tobacco free environment.

The evening includes:
  • 7:30 pm – Doors Open
  • 8:00 pm – Yoga, Meditation and Double Gong to ‘Relieve, Relax & Recharge’
  • 9:30 pm – Vegetarian Potluck Dinner (Everyone brings a ‘dish and a wish’ for the New Year!)
  • 10:45 pm – Kundalini Mantra Dance
  • 11:30 pm – Gongs, Drumming and Chanting the Night Away
  • Midnight – Fireworks Viewing
  • 12:15 am – Prosperity Meditation to bring in your best year ever!

Space is limited. Advance registration required. No walk-ins day of the event.

Call 312-922-4699 or Click Here to register.
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainings in Canada
The Art & Science of Improving Yourself

KYL's 12th Level 1 course!
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

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.
Food For The Gods
Kale Chips

Yummy, Crunchy, Healthy

Moon Watch

New Moon - Nov. 13

11 Days After - Nov. 24

Full Moon - Nov. 28

(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
  • Dec 1-2 · Chicago Breathwalk 'Instructor' Training - Weekend #2
  • Dec 31, 2012 · Yogic New Years Eve Party at KYL
    Conscious way to bring in the new year - free of smoke or alcohol.  $54 single / $100 couple.

Year 2013
  • February 12 to 27, 2013  · India Yatra Including Kumbha Mela
    Tour fee $1,995 land-only, airfare is extra
  • 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
To know wisdom is nothing. To experience wisdom becomes knowledge. Then you can stand through the times.