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 25, 2013
go Full Moon on Thursday - Come to Class!  
go An Introduction to Ayurveda with Aurelijus
go KYTT in Crystal Lake, IL Begins June 2013 - Early Bird Rate Ends in 7 Days!
go Yoga for Prayer & Blessings at KYL
go Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra - May 3
go Level 2 "Vitality & Stress" - PEI Canada - Still Time to Join Us!
go Breathwalk Personal Intensive Weekend - July 26
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - New Baby Arrives!
go Food For The Gods - Thai Black Beans with Mangoes & Cilantro
Thursday is Full Moon
     Thursday, April 25
Full Moon Kundalini Yoga Classes
(with Partial Lunar Eclipse)

12:15 to 1:00 pm with Hari Dev Singh
6:00 to 7:00 pm with Har Rai Kaur
Come to class at KYL on Thursday to mark both the Full Moon and the Partial Lunar Eclipse. In the eastern traditions, eclipses are delicate times ... and spiritual times. The recommendation is to practice your yoga, be in community/sangat, meditate and eat lightly.

Some astrologers advise not to start anything new in the time between a lunar and solar eclipse! The annual solar eclipse happens on May 10th. So, that means you need to finish up loose ends quickly! Or, simply wait awhile to start any new, big projects.

Click Here to pre-register for today’s Full Moon Thursday classes with Hari Dev Singh and Har Rai Kaur. Or, simply drop-in to the class of your choice!
Note:  The partial eclipse is not visible in North America.
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
Just 7 Days Until Early Bird Registration Ends!

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'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.
Renew, Recharge, Relax ...
Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra

with Shakta and Hari Dev
 
May 3 - 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 May 3 (and Friday, June 14 and July 19).
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
Food For The Gods

Thai Black Beans with Mangoes & Cilantro

recipe
Black beans are a massively nutritious blend of protein and anti-oxidents (anthocyanins).  Read-up on the remarkable properties of anthocyanis from the National Institutes of Health, in which they say:
"In both in vitro and in vivo research trials, anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation..."
... among many other reasons to ingest these compounds.
Just For Fun
KYL Level 1 teacher-in-training Abhaijot Kaur (Olivia) Jaks gave birth to Helena Radha Kaur (8 lbs. 12.6 oz.) on Thursday, April 11th at 7:06 pm. We were all wondering if she’d be a ‘Tantric Baby,’ meaning, born on the day of White Tantric Yoga in Chicago, Sat., April 13th. But, Abhaijot texted Shakta Thursday morning saying she had gone into labor. Oh, yes, and, that she probably wouldn’t be able to help out at White Tantric Yoga (WTY) on April 13th after all (...no kidding!). The first 40 days after birth are a special time of bonding between Abhaijot Kaur and Helena Radha Kaur. Even though we are not physically with them during this time we have them both wrapped up in our arms!

"Bearing a child is not a human job; bearing a child is a totally divine, divine, divine, divine, divine job." – Yogi Bhajan
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - April 25

New Moon - May 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
  • 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 14  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • July 19  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • July 26-28  · Breathwalk Personal Intensive
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Blessed is my Creator, blessed is His creation. Blessed is me as creature, part of all that beauty, bounty, and bliss, and the wonderful world he created, and it is Wha! May we all live in that peace and tranquility, harmony and care, and compassion to understand there is one God, who lives in all of us, all the time. And that is life. May that life be blessed forever. Forever. Forever. Sat Nam.
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