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 31, 2013
go Healing Power of "Prosperity" Gong & Mantra  -  Friday!  
go KYL’s Shakta Remembers Her First Kundalini Yoga Class   
go Teacher Training in Richmond, IL - Begins in June!  
go Shakta Spotted Downtown by Time Out Chicago
go Speak, Create, Initiate Your Best Year Ever! - In Six Days!
go KYL's Jan-Feb Theme - Yoga for Prosperity and Abundance
go Divine Alignment Weekend with Guru Prem Singh  
go Level 1 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island (Spring & Fall 2013)
go Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Join Us!
go Level 2 Teacher Training - PEI Canada - May 24-29, 2013!
go Send Your Prayers to the Golden Temple   
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Prayer
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - 4 year old Lena Likes Her Yoga
go Food For The Gods - Black Beans in Cream Sauce
go For Your Health - Eat Black Beans!
Prosperity Gong & Mantra
Healing Power of Prosperity ‘Double Gong' & Mantra
with Shakta and Hari Dev

Friday - February 1 - 6:30 pm
register
Using the mantra to ‘End Your Karma & Connect with the Endless Circle of Infinite Prosperity!’

Bring a friend and join us Friday night for one of our most popular monthly sessions of double gong and mantra—for prosperity! For Friday we’ve chosen a mantra meditation specifically designed to connect you with the endless circle of Infinite Prosperity!

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.

The mantra for Friday --
Hari  Hari  Hari  Hari  Hari  Hari  Har  (listen to it)
opens you up to attracting and receiving exactly what you need. As you concentrate and really engage the sound know that the Universe will bring you exactly what you need; and sometimes it’s totally different from what you desire. You may want to cultivate the idea that you don’t simply desire to attract prosperity and end your karma ... you actually deserve it!

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of double gong and mantra tomorrow, Friday.
Shakta's Retrospective...

"My First Kundalini Yoga Class"

by Shakta

12 Years Ago - February 3, 2001
 
A tale about falling books, mom, and Kirtan Kriya...



Photo Caption: Musician Livtar Singh Khalsa and
Shakta, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, Summer 2001.
“In the year 2000 I had already traveled to India on a tour with Deepak Chopra and was preparing for a trip to Egypt in 2001 with another spiritual teacher. In the meanwhile I continued to work on my own personal growth and development. It seemed like every weekend I was taking one workshop or another at a bookstore in Chicago called Transitions Bookplace.

Transitions was what you'd call an 'alternative' book store filled with self-help and new-age books, magazines and book chats every evening with various authors. On the weekends Transitions held workshops and seminars with these very same authors.   (continue reading)
New KYTT this June
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

in Richmond, IL

with Shakta Kaur
plus an incredible team of
Visiting Teacher Trainers!

8 Weekends - June 2013 to January 2014
For the first time ever, Shakta is leading a Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in Richmond, Illinois.   The village of Richmond is over 150 years old (map  Located 55 miles northwest of Chicago, 11 miles south of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and 44 miles southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

The Richmond KY Teacher Training course takes place on 8 weekends over 8 months beginning June 7-8-9 at a beautiful private home. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms at the home which are available to those who might need to stay overnight during the course!

This program is based on the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). The course is registered as an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance (YA).

In this Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course you learn the fundamental principles and practices of Kundalini Yoga. You embark on a tremendous journey of self-growth and personal development as you develop the skills to instruct students in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation should you so choose.

This is a 220 hour course of which 180 are classroom hours of instruction in a well-defined curriculum including:

• Yogic Philosophy & The Origins of Kundalini Yoga • The Chakras
• Sadhana—Daily Spiritual Practice • The Ten Bodies
• Yogic Lifestyle, Diet & Nutrition • The Art of Relaxation
• The Art of Self-Healing • Sound and Mantra
• The Role of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher • The Science of Breath
• Teaching Kundalini Yoga Postures, Kriyas & Meditation • Anatomy & Physiology


Links for more details:   Brochure     Registration Form     Register Online
2013 - Your Best Year Ever!  In Six Days!
Two Conference Calls with Shakta

Speak, Create, Initiate Your Best Year Ever!

Wed. Feb. 6 and Wed. March 6

For anyone desiring to make 2013 their best year ever!

What would your ideal life look like?
What would your ideal teaching scenario look like?
What kind of economic strength do you desire for yourself?
What are you committed to providing ... for yourself and the planet?
What promise are you making ... personally and/or professionally?

Recognizing your ideal life or ...
       Becoming a better teacher (of any holistic practice) ...
       Building a satisfying professional life and/or business for yourself
       ... is no mystery.

But, three elements are needed:
     1) the alertness to recognize opportunities;
     2) the ability to speak about your plans; and
     3) taking initiative with action!

On these two conference calls Shakta will help you:
     • ‘Vision’ your ideal life and/or holistic business
     • Define your ‘Mission’
     • Measure your results through ‘Objectives’
     • Determine the best ‘Strategies’ to build your ideal life and/or holistic business and
     • Lay out the ‘Plans’ so you know what needs to be done to manifest your desires.

Conference Call #1 you design your personal plan.
Conference Call #2 follows-up on the implementation of your plan.

Join Shakta to add power and will to your actions as you create your 1-page life and/or business plan for 2013. Meditate to cut negative thoughts and watch the seeds you plant on these two calls grow to fulfill your ultimate goals and destiny.

Click Here to register - $54 for one call, $100 for both calls - Download Flyer


* The recordings of both the February 6 and March 6 calls will be available to all who register by pre-paying in advance. So, even if you miss one (or both!) of the calls you will have access to the recording for 30 days afterward.
Big Auras Get Noticed!
Time Out Chicago Spots

Shakta Kaur

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Time Out Chicago wanted to know more about the Yogi in White.
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. Download Flyer
Visit India with Shakta & Hari Dev - Includes Kumbha Mela!  Join Us!
Visit India with Shakta and Hari Dev
Just Two Weeks Away!
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.
Let Shakta Take...
Your Prayers to the Golden Temple

Bring Your Prayers to KYL
Shakta will take them to the Golden Temple!
 

“When you pray you become an identity who is asking for help. You are asking the Infinite to come through for the finite. Prayer is powerful because prayer brings the entire Infinite with you.” -- Yogi Bhajan

On each of their past trips to India, Shakta and Hari Dev have hand-carried prayers to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. As Shakta prepares to travel to India again this year, she is again offering to bring your prayers to the beautiful temple known as Harimandir Sahib.* There the granthi** graciously prays over our bundle of prayers.

Manifestation of prayers brought to the Golden Temple is common as one student of KYL’s can attest: “Shakta, I don’t know what happened when you brought my prayers to the Golden Temple, but everything I wrote has come to be. It is miraculous, wonderful and I now appreciate the power of my own prayer.”

Along with your prayer it is customary to bring a monetary contribution when visiting the Golden Temple. Please put your prayer in one envelope and your monetary contribution (cash or check) in a second envelope. Bring both your envelopes to KYL and leave them in our special bowl. If you visit when class is not in session simply slip your two envelopes (one for prayers and a separate one for contributions) through the mail slot in the door of Suite 514.

If you mail your prayer and contribution, do so in order that they are received on or before Friday, Feb. 1. Again, two envelopes—one for your prayers and a second for your contribution.
* Harimander Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple) is the most sacred Sikh temple in the world, located in Amritsar, India. It was founded by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru. Constructed of marble and gold, it is surrounded by a pool of healing water. It is said that at least once in your life you are to have ‘a sight, a sip and a dip’ in the waters surrounding the Golden Temple!

** Granthi – one who performs priestly duties in a gurdwara (Sikh place of worship).
Food For The Gods

Black Beans in Cream Sauce

Very well received at Sunday's Potluck.
Make it and find out why!

recipe
Just For Fun
Little Lena Simmons was out shopping with her mom and decided to stop next to the store mannequins to practice her yoga. Here you see her with her hands in Prayer Mudra ending her spontaneous yoga practice!

Lena just turned 4 years old on January 29th. She likes painting, going to children's theatre, play-doh, and, of course, her yoga. She likes just about anything (except eating vegetables). But her mom did get her to eat raw carrots, and raw spinach ... with ketchup, of course!
For Your Health

Black Beans!  Again?

Yes, Black Beans Again! These little beans deliver a big nutritional package for your wellness. Beans are nature’s health food. They have an exceptionally high fiber content, and they’re a fine source of protein, as well as calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium. Black beans stand out because in that shiny black coating, there are at least eight different flavonoids, which are antioxidants. Called anthocyanins, they’re found in red grapes and red wine, red cabbage and other dark red fruits and vegetables. Black beans also contain small amounts of omega-3 fats, three times as much as other legumes provide.

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - January 26

New Moon - February 10

(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 ($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 6 & March 6, 2013  · Your Best Year Ever - Conference Calls with Shakta
    Both calls - $100; One call - $54
  • February 12 to 27, 2013  · India Yatra Including Kumbha Mela
    Tour fee $1,995 land-only, airfare is extra
  • March 2-3, 2013  · Guru Prem Singh Postures Workship
    Both Days - $250 ($300 on Feb. 11); Single Day - $159
  • 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"
  • June 6-8 · Richmond, IL KYTT Teacher Training
    Level 1 - 8 weekends over 8 months
A Prayer From Yogi Bhajan
"
Blessed are those who bless themselves. Gracious are those who understand their own grace. Kind are those who are kind to themselves and their being and their surroundings. And virtuous are those who feel the entire universe belongs to them and they belong to the universe by itself. May your Creator God guide you to these aspects of life so that you can live in peace and grace. Sat Nam.
"