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 - January 10, 2013
go Early Morning Sadhana - This Sunday!  
go KYL's Jan-Feb Theme - Yoga for Prosperity and Abundance
go Divine Alignment Weekend with Guru Prem Singh  
go "Rebirthing" with Shakta in Richmond, IL - January 18-19!
go Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Join Us!
go Level 1 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island (Spring & Fall 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
Early Morning Sadhana
This Sunday - January 13

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.
KYL's Theme...
Yoga for Prosperity and Abundance

KYL's Theme for January & February
Come to KYL during the months of January and February for our annual ‘Yoga for Prosperity and Abundance’ series! Every class during the next eight weeks will use yoga postures, meditations, mantras and the gong to release old habits of scarcity and bring in new habits of abundance.

Raise your self-esteem, conquer self-animosity, eliminate negative thoughts and affirm your worthiness to receive through special yoga and meditation classes where you will learn:
How to Recognize Prosperity
The Power of Blessing
Gratitude as a Vibration
How Intuition Helps Us Receive
How to Tap Opportunities
Tithing as a Tool to Receive More
About the Breath of Prosperity
Your Prosperity Consciousness
How Forgiveness Creates Wealth
How to Go from Misfortune to Good Fortune
and More Techniques to Open You to the Flow of Prosperity.
Click Here to pre-register for classes! Or, simply drop-in to the class of your choice!
Master of Postures at KYL!
Divine Alignment

a weekend workshop with Guru Prem Singh

Sat. March 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
Sun. March 3 - 10 am to 5 pm

$250 adv/$300 Feb. 11 or later ($159 for one day only – either Sat. or Sun.)

Guru Prem SinghCome join ‘posture master’ Guru Prem Singh Khalsa when he visits KYL for two days of postures, alignment and bandhas study! Yogi Bhajan himself named Guru Prem the ‘Posture Master!’ Once you spend time with Guru Prem in March you’ll see why! Guru Prem Singh has taught and practiced yoga all over the world for over 35 years. He is a Teacher Trainer of Kundalini Yogis and an advanced Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. In Chicago he’ll share with you the tools of his trade in ‘Divine Alignment’ and letting your Heart Rule!

You will learn:
  • Correct Alignment in Sitting, Standing and Reclining
  • Basic & Advanced Asana Fundamentals
  • New Tools to Unlock Patterns of Tension in the Body
  • How to Safely Approach More Challenging Asanas
  • The Bandhas’ Applications and Uses
  • How to Connect with the Earth while using Gravity to Your Benefit
  • Warm-up exercises/stretches to open up the hips and shoulders, plus,
  • Much, much more!

Guru Prem Singh is the author of three books--'Divine Alignment,' ‘The Heart Rules’ and 'Everyday Devotion.’ His wisdom, expertise and insights are beneficial to both beginners and more advanced yogis.

No matter where you’re at in your ‘divine alignment’ you will benefit from these two special days with Guru Prem Singh. So, come learn the basics, challenge yourself and have even more success on your yogic journey!

Click Here to register.
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)

$199
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: $199 per person. 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!
Visit India with Shakta and Hari Dev
There is still time for you to join us!
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.
The journey fee (land only) is $1,995.  Full payment is due at registration, cut-off is soon.  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.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - January 11

11 Days After - January 22

Full Moon - January 26

(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
  • 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 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
"
Purpose of meditation is prosperity here and hereafter.
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