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 - July 11, 2013
go Early Morning 40-Day Sadhana Begins Thursday - July 18  
go Yoga for Grace - KYL's Theme for July and August
go Healing Power of ‘11 Days After New Moon’ Gong & Mantra - July 19
go Breathwalk Weekend - July 26
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Savory Black Bean Soup
Join with Shakta for ...
Early Morning Sadhana - From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Join with Shakta in 40 Days of Chanting

Long Ek Ong Kar (Adi Shakti Mantra)
Join Shakta on Thursday morning, July 18th*, as she begins her annual 40 day sadhana of two-and-a-half-hours of Long Ek Ong Kar which will end on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, Monday, August 26.

Long Ek Ong Kar is the cornerstone of early morning group practice and is often called simply, Long Chant. It is also referred to as ‘Morning Call.’ It initiates the Kundalini, initiating the relationship between the soul and the Universal Soul while balancing all the chakras.

The meaning of ‘Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru,’ is: ‘One Creator created this Creation. Truth is His Name. Great beyond description is His infinite wisdom.’

Yogi Bhajan said about this mantra,
‘In the time period two-and-a-half hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels of energy are most clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open the solar plexus, which in turn will charge the solar centers. The person will get connected with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle of time and karma.’

Shakta's sadhana follows this schedule:
     4:00 am – Japji **
     4:15 am - Yoga
     4:30 am - Long Ek Ong Kar
     7:00 am - Daily Hukam ***


* July 18 is Hari Dev Singh and Shakta Kaur’s wedding anniversary! Click Here to see photos from their wedding ceremony nine years ago officiated by KRI’s CEO Nirvair Singh Khalsa.
** 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.
KYL's Theme...

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

for Grace
The most precious thing you have as a human being is your own grace. The only real difference between people is in their degree of grace. Your real power—your spiritual power—is in your grace.
“What is Grace? Grace is the shield of radiation or radiant shield which protects the pranic balance in your entire living system, not only with you, and within you, and within your psyche, but how you correlate to all other psyches in your communication of memory. All who have gone before you, all who have to follow you. Do you understand what grace is now?  The trust that others place in you, is your grace. The word you give to others is grace. Expectation of you being who you are is grace. It is a sum total of your personality, reflected by you. It is your radiant body.” — Yogi Bhajan
Come to KYL and learn to:
   -- be grateful for consciousness and existence (because accepting is grace)
   -- develop the grace of the meditative mind
   -- not lose your grace, no matter what
   -- stand any disgrace with grace and
   -- serve your grace, not your ego.

Drop-in to the class of your choice or Click Here to pre-register.
Renew, Relax, Recharge ...
'11 Days After New Moon' Gong & Mantra

with Shakta and Hari Dev
 
Friday July 19 - 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.  On this evening we'll chant a mantra reserved for just 3 days each month--one of them being the '11th day after the New Moon!  Come join us for this very special evening!

So, click here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of double gong and mantra on Friday July 19 (and Fridays on Aug 16, Sept 20).
Breathwalk Training...
Breathwalk® Returns To...
 
Chicago - 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 ($300)
     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

Black Bean Soup

Black beans are so very good for you!  Delicious too.

recipe
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - July 8

11 Days After - July 19

Full Moon - July 22

(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
  • July 19  · '11 Days After the New Moon' Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • July 26-28  · Breathwalk Personal Intensive
  • Aug 16  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Sept 20  · Gong & Mantra at KYL
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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Anybody can provoke you. Do not be provoked, do not cross the line of your grace. Sit down and assess yourself, ‘Where is my grace? My grace is me!’ You do not need to learn—your grace can attract the entire divinity of God to you. It is your privilege. The most precious things you love and want to have--prosperity, beauty, bounty, bliss and happiness—will work for you. Nothing is free. The price has to be paid—live by your grace.
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