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 - December 13, 2012
go Holiday Open House - Friday, Dec. 14   
go Yogic New Year's Eve Celebration at KYL
go Winter Solstice Double Gong & Mantra - Friday Dec. 21
go Holiday Gift Certificates
go Saturday Classes in December - Elf Dance!  
go KYL's December Theme: Yoga to Tap Your Inner Knowledge & Wisdom
go "Rebirthing" Weekend in Richmond, IL
go Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Join Us!
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 Just For Fun - Breathwalk in Chicago
go Food For The Gods - Garbanzo Stew
Open House...
Fine Arts Building Holiday Open House

Friday - December 14 - 5 to 9 pm


3-Minute Meditations @ KYL - 6:15 to 8:30 pm
This Friday KYL’s home -- the historic Fine Arts Building (FAB) - comes alive for the annual Holiday Open House. Come and enjoy ten floors of dance, symphonic music, chamber music, jazz, the spoken word, opera, ballet, modern music, theatre recitals and plenty of visual art, too! You may even find an unexpected gift for yourself or a loved one as you traverse the magnificent hallways of the FAB.

This year KYL teachers will offer 3-minute meditations every quarter-hour beginning at 6:15 pm. Step inside one of KYL’s two suites to remove irritation, change your perspective and calm your mind!

We look forward to seeing you Friday (... no charge for this event)!
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.
Winter Solstice Event
Winter Solstice Double Gong & Mantra

with Hari Dev Singh and Friends!
Friday, December 21 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

(This class will still occur even if the end of the world happens earlier!)

Please pre-register for this event.
“Revolve your life around Summer and Winter Solstice
and everything will be taken care of.” -- Yogi Bhajan
Join Hari Dev Singh and friends to celebrate the time when darkness rules — Winter Solstice! This is the time of year the ancients considered the ‘gateway to God.' The gods of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks were all born at this, the darkest time of the year, to bring light.

And, on this transitional Winter Solstice you’ll expand beyond your imaginings to illuminate the divine light within!

Come use this moment in the quiet cycle of life—winter—to deepen your intentions. And, when you come to KYL to celebrate the Winter Solstice on Friday, Dec. 21 bring your written intention with you.

Begin by writing:
1) What you want to leave behind in 2012,
2) What you want to bring forward for you personally in 2013, and
3) What you want to bring forward for the world in 2013.

Bring your written intention to KYL, drop it in our special bowl and know that your intentions will manifest.

Please pre-register for this event.
  Click Here to pre-register ($16).  No walk-ins please.
Holiday Gift Certificates

Holiday Gift Certificates

Now available at KYL!

A discount of 10% is given on the $100 gift card - your cost is $90!
Don’t know what to get your favorite yogi for the holidays? How about a KYL gift certificate that can be used towards classes, workshops, special events, clothing, books or CDs? Purchase your gift certificate online, in person at KYL, or over the phone (312-922-4699). We can mail your certificates either to you or to your intended recipient.

Holiday Gift Card $90 ($100 credit)

Regular Gift Card (any amount)

Place your order soon so it will arrive in time for the holidays!
 Saturday, Dec. 15 Class
One Saturday in December

Aman Jiwan Kaur is Teaching
Sat., December 15 - 10:30 am to 12 noon

  Click Here to see the "dancing talent" of KYL's teachers (really, do this...)
KYL's December Theme...

Yoga to Tap Your Inner Knowledge & Wisdom

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 month of 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!
Shakta Goes to Richmond, IL
Rebirthing Meditation Weekend

with Shakta Kaur in Richmond, IL (McHenry County)

Friday, January 18 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
Saturday, January 19 (9 am – 6:00 pm)
Sunday, January 20 (4:00 – 6:30 am, optional)

You Still Have Time to Join Us!
On one special weekend in January Shakta Kaur comes to Richmond, Illinois, to share Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in McHenry County so you may ‘clean your house and cleanse your being!’ Just as you clean and prepare your home for the New Year it is just as important to cleanse your subconscious mind − the realm of dreams and memories, the seat of fears and negative habits − too!

Join Shakta to:
• Move and Stretch with light Kundalini Yoga
• Experience ’Deep’ Rebirthing Meditations
• Awaken Your Intuitive Capacity • Unload the Pain of Perpetual Memories
• Release What No Longer Serves You!

Included in the fee is lunch on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday. Fee: $159 per person (on or before Jan. 3) / $199 (Jan. 4 and after). Plus, overnight sleeping accommodations are available on-site, too ($45 per person additional).

This ‘Meditation Rebirthing Weekend’ in Richmond is appropriate for all levels. Beginners are welcome! But, space is limited. Advance registration is required. Click Here to pre-register or download the flyer.
Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Includes Kumbha Mela!  Join Us!
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
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
Garbanzo Stew

Just For Fun
Breathwalk Instructors paused in the midst of their training for a photo with Shakta in the Fine Arts Building (FAB) lobby. Seated, left to right: Sangatpreet Kaur (Daniela) Amendola and Jiwan Shakti Kaur (Jacque) Hazelwood.  Kneeling:  Paramdev Kaur (Darcia) Cheeks.  Standing, left to right: Meherpreet Kaur (Virginia) Illich, Saibhung Singh (Phil) Clampitt, Shakta Kaur, Lori Rubinfeld, Kamal Prem Kaur (Martha) Adrienne and Darcy Armstrong. Not pictured: Manpreet Kaur (Cheryl) Pitts-Williamson and Charanpal Kaur (Sarah) Schulte.
Moon Watch

New Moon - December 13

11 Days After - December 24

Full Moon - December 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 ($12)
6:00-7:00 pm ($14) - not on Friday
  • Saturday (Dec. 15 only) & Sunday (every Sunday)
10:30-Noon ($18)
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
(Class fee discount of 17% with a 6-Class Pass)
Other Events
Year 2012
  • Dec 31, 2012 · Yogic New Years Eve Celebration 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
Why are we limited? Because of lack of wisdom through knowledge. If you know wisdom and then you go through an experience, you have knowledge. Then you are one step higher and one step higher and one step higher. Any wisdom which you experience within yourself becomes a knowledge within you. A man of wisdom will fail. A man of knowledge will never fail.