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 - April 4, 2013
go Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra - Friday!
go An Introduction to Ayurveda with Aurelijus   
go KYTT in Crystal Lake, IL Begins June 2013
go Bhajan Kaur Returns to KYL - Wednesdays at 6 pm
go White Tantric Yoga® Chicago - 8 Days Away!
go Yoga for Prayer & Blessings at KYL
go White Tantric Yoga® Guidelines for Teachers
go White Tantric Yoga® Chicago Mantra Sheet
go Level 2 "Vitality & Stress" - PEI Canada - May 24-29, 2013
go Breathwalk Personal Intensive Weekend - July 26  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Shakta at the Golden Temple
Renew, Recharge, Relax ...
Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra

with Shakta and Hari Dev
 
April 5 - Friday - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Bring a friend and join us for one of our most popular monthly sessions of the ‘Healing Power of Double Gong and Mantra!’ As always, we begin every ‘gong and 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.

So, click here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of double gong and mantra on Friday April 5 (and Friday, May 3).
One Night Only...
An Introduction to Ayurveda

with Aurelijus

May 1 - Wednesday - 6:30 pm to 8 pm
$15 advance / $20 door
Lithuanian Ayurvedic specialist Aurelijus visits KYL for one special evening of lecture and discussion on the basics of Ayurveda, the ancient science of health and healing. Aurelijus started practicing yoga when he was only 15 years old. And, he began studying the ancient Hindu texts at the age of 16! In 1989 Aurelijus visited India for the first time. Since then he travels back to India each and every year.

Aurelijus has established ashrams and yoga centers in Lithuania, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. He has taught the Vedic Shastra in South Africa's universities in Durban. He studied Ayurveda at the Jiva Ayurveda institute in India.

At KYL Aurelijus will share how to live calmly (rather than chaotically!) utilizing the basic principles of Ayurveda. Topics covered include food/nutritional guidelines, sleep/nidra, the mind/manas and the psychological aspects of optimal health. In addition, Aurelijus will touch on how to determine your basic dosha/constitution. This is a rare opportunity to study with someone who has immersed himself totally in the ancient Indian arts of self-realization and self-healing. Click Here to pre-register.
New KYTT this June - Early Bird Registration Ends May 1st!
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

in Crystal Lake, 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 Crystal Lake, Illinois.   The city of Crystal Lake is over 175 years old (map  Located 45 miles northwest of Chicago, 30 miles south of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and 60 miles southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In February 1836, the first white settlers, Beman and Polly Crandall and six of their ten children, came from New York State traveling to Crystal Lake in a covered wagon)

The Crystal Lake KY Teacher Training course takes place on 8 weekends over 8 months beginning June 7-8-9 at a beautiful private home. There is lodging nearby in homes of fellow classmates 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
KYL Alumna Returns...
Bhajan is Back!

Bhajan Kaur (Lauren) Daniel

Wednesdays, 6–7 pm
We are happy to announce that Bhajan Kaur (Lauren) Daniel returns to KYL once again teaching the Wednesday evening class from 6-7 pm! Bhajan is a 2006 graduate of KYL’s Level 1 Teacher Training course. She is also certified in Thai Yoga Therapy and is a Registered Thai Therapist with the THAI Healing Alliance.

We’re hoping you’ll join Bhajan each and every Wednesday evening at KYL beginning Wednesday, April 3rd! Drop-in to Bhajan’s class or Click Here to pre-register.
Chicago's Annual Spring Cleaning for the Mind...
White Tantric Yoga Chicago

Saturday - April 13
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Just 8 Days Until WTY!

Regular Rate: $175
Students and Seniors*: $108

Details     Registration Form     Online Registration
 
“In White Tantric Yoga, energy is created en masse to purify the physical and mental bodies. The soul, which is already pure, starts relating to the very existence of the being.” --Yogi Bhajan
WHAT IS IT?  White Tantric Yoga® is world-renowned as one of the most powerful and beautiful of all subtle energy practices. It enables you to break through deep subconscious blocks, so that your mind, body, and soul can act together as one. As a path to personal freedom and awareness, it has been said that this practice can bring success to every area of your life.

White Tantric Yoga (WTY) is a day of six to eight meditations practiced with a partner. You sit facing your partner and follow instructions given on DVD by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan, and repeated by the course facilitator. Every course is facilitated in person by a representative of the Mahan Tantric.

Each meditation incorporates a yoga posture, mudra (hand position), eye focus (dristi) and mental focus. Sometimes the meditations are accompanied by music. The meditations vary in length from 11 to 31 to 62 minutes. There are ample breaks in between each meditation.

WHAT TO EXPECT.  There are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. Beginners will tune into their internal energies and enjoy a deep and sometimes challenging meditative experience. More advanced meditators will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness.

The mere act of registering for a White Tantric Course sends an intention--a message to the universe--that you’re looking for a change and that you want to cleanse yourself. Some people have very specific intentions for White Tantric Yoga. They might have an intention of getting rid of “X,” to heal “Y” or to understand “Z.” In the alternative, if you have an unpleasant memory, you can bring that thought and find relief at White Tantric Yoga—you don’t have to go through it over and over again.

WHAT TO WEAR.  Wear loose fitting and comfortable white or light-colored clothing. White combines all the colors and enhances the magnetic field. Bring a white cotton head covering that will stay securely on your head (there will be white head coverings available to purchase at WTY if you forget yours or don’t have one). Wearing a head covering is for your personal growth and upliftment. It also helps keep your positive energy within. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily because White Tantric Yoga is practiced with the feet uncovered.

For more information regarding Chicago's White Tantric Course...
Details     Registration Form     Online Registration

* "Student" please bring a valid high school/college/vocational school ID.  Seniors are 65+ years.  People taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training are not eligible for the student rate.
KYL's Theme...
Yoga for Prayer and Blessings

KYL's Theme for April
Prayer is the most powerful technique to communicate to the unknown. The unknown is both within and without. It does not have the boundaries that our conscious mind creates and depends upon. So, come to KYL in March and April and learn to expand your concept of prayer. Come to communicate prayerfully, to develop a prayerful attitude and to complete the link between your known and unknown.

Many of us have old understandings of prayer. We think we have to sit and beg a distant saint or deity for acknowledgement or to fulfill a need. We were taught to ask or to plead and wish for something rather than communicate, recognize our Infinite nature and confirm our consciousness. We were told we were sinners and we had to redeem ourselves.

But, the Aquarian approach to prayer is different. Prayer is communication. Come to KYL to learn:
  - Prayer is tapping energy from the Unknown part of you.
  - Prayer is cultivated in two powerful ways ... Shakti and Bhakti.*
  - Prayer is the intunement of the mind into the Unknown.
  - Prayer is to create by intention.
  - The four qualities of a prayerful person.
  - Prayer that moves the Divine comes with a full heart and love.
  - Prayer doesn’t give you God; you are already God.

Each class at KYL during the months of March and April focuses on ‘prayer and blessing.’ We hope you will join us! Click Here to view the class schedule, or, simply drop-in to any class, any time!
* Bhakti is devotion, surrender, humility and reverence to your highest and best self. Shakti gives you the courage, energy and strength to face and dispense with fears and projections.
Kundalini Teacher Support...
White Tantric Yoga®

Guidelines for Teachers

(and for others interested in learning more!)
We have prepared a special set of guidelines for teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® to use in their classes when describing the experience of White Tantric Yoga.

Even if you are not a teacher you may be interested in reading the ‘Guidelines!’

We kept two objectives in mind while preparing these Guidelines. The first is that we desire to expand attendance at White Tantric Yoga (WTY) in Chicago by appealing to meditators from other disciplines. The second is to ensure beginning students are comfortable with the process of WTY so that their experience is enhanced. We also want beginners to be inspired to return to their local Kundalini Yoga classes in the future, too!

If you are a teacher OR if you simply want to learn more about White Tantric Yoga® Chicago Click Here to access the ‘Guidelines.'
WTY Mantras...

Mantra Sheet - 2013
Click Here to see which mantras we will chant at White Tantric Yoga (WTY) Chicago on Saturday, April 13th. (They are probably mantras that you already know!) Mantras marked with an asterisk are the ones we will chant. The remaining mantras will be played as we meditate.
Level 2 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island
   
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Level 2 - Vitality & Stress

Beautiful Housing at McLean House Inn

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.
Breathwalk Training...
Breathwalk® Returns To...
 
Chicago, USA - July 26-28, 2013

  KYL brings Breathwalk training back to Chicago!
Mark your calendar for July 26-28 for
Weekend #1, the Personal Intensive.
 

     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July 26-28 ($250 / $300 after June 25)
     Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - TBA* ($500 early rate)
Course Venue
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (and along the lakefront)
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60605

Class Times: Fri - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm / Sat - 8 am to 6 pm / Sun - 10 am to 6 pm
Walking is often the #1 recommended exercise for people of all ages and all ability levels. And, with ‘sitting’ becoming the new ‘smoking’ walking for better physical and mental health is becoming even more important than ever before.**

Breathwalk® is a walking meditation practice derived from Kundalini Yoga. It combines yogic knowledge with western scientific methods. This combination is proven more effective than “just walking,” with many other added benefits including increased mental clarity, increased vitality, an elevation in mood levels and a greater sense of wellbeing and connectedness.

Breathwalk® is a simple, yet profoundly effective mental and physical fitness program. It uses a variety of different breath patterns, timed with your footsteps, to effect a change in your mood and energy level. And, there are 20 different Breathwalks available to choose from!

Join Shakta for a rejuvenating, refreshing and simply remarkable weekend learning to use Breathwalk®...  for your health and well-being... and to uplift the lives of many others.

Two levels of Breathwalk® training are offered. Weekend #1 is designed as a personal intensive. You learn 5 Breathwalks with an Illustrated Guide for each, plus, you’ll receive the Breathwalk textbook. Weekend #2 is designed for those wishing to go deeper with the intent of possibly teaching Breathwalk. An additional 15 Breathwalks are provided in an Illustrated Guide for those taking Weekend #2 along with Home Study materials. In addition, extensive Instructor Support Materials are provided.

Personal Intensive Participants Receive:
1) Breathwalk® book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) 5 Fantastic Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.

In addition, those taking Instructor Certification Receive:
3) 20 Tremendous Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide,
4) The Breathwalk Home-Study and Journaling Guide, and
5) A DVD with Instructor’s support materials including Power Point presentation, research, press clippings and Breathwalk class and workshop design models.

  Click Here for more information.
* A pre-requisite for Weekend #2, Instructor Training, is the satisfactory completion of Weekend #1, the Personal Intensive.

** See these recent posts about sitting’s lethal effects:
     USA Today    
New York Times
Just For Fun
Early morning prayers at the Golden Temple (Harimandir Sahib) in Amritsar India.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - March 27

New Moon - April 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."

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.

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
  • April 5  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • May 1  · Introduction to Ayurveda at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm ($16 adv/$20 door)
  • May 3  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • May 24 to 29 · Canada (PEI) Level 2 Teacher Training
    "Vitality and Stress"
  • June 7-9 · Crystal Lake, IL - KYTT Teacher Training Level 1
    Level 1 - 8 weekends over 8 months
  • June 28  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • July 26-28  · Breathwalk Personal Intensive
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
We say "Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan," because we don't want to pollute it with other things. ... That's why we ourselves named it "White Tantric Yoga." White Tantric is for the spirit, for elevation and it completes everything. That's why we distinguish it from Black Tantric and Red Tantric. Those are temporary nonsenses. We don't even want to associate ourselves with them.
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