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 - August 1, 2013
go Shakta Teaching Sunday at KYL  
go Breathwalk Instructor Training - Weekend #2  
go Registration Now Open - Level 1 Teacher Training - Prince Edward Island, Canada  
go Early Morning 40-Day Sadhana - Day #15
go Yoga for Grace - KYL's Theme for August
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Food For The Gods - Cold Thai Noodle Salad
Shakta Sunday at KYL...


This Sunday - August 4


Shakta Teaches Yoga for Grace

at KYL

10:30 to Noon

(with delicious vegetarian potluck afterward!)
Breathwalk Instructor Training

Breathwalk Instructor Training

Weekend #2  - October 25-27, 2013 - Chicago, Illinois

For anyone who has already taken Weekend #1!

October 25 - Friday, 6 to 8 pm
October 26 - Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
October 27 - Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Thirteen walking enthusiasts joined us for Weekend #1 - the Breathwalk® Personal Intensive - last month. Their radiant faces are pictured here.  If you’ve already taken Weekend #1 and would like to expand the depth of your knowledge of Breathwalk, so that you can teach it, why not come to Chicago on Oct. 25-27? Chicago in the fall is an optimal time to practice Breathwalk outdoors and to begin the identity switch from a student to a teacher of Breathwalk!

Click Here for more information and/or to register.

Pictured left to right:  Santmukh Kaur (Arleen) Englander; Hari Jiwan Singh (Howard) Englander; Adi Shakti Kaur (Sophia) Hronopoulos; Dalpreet Kaur (Marissa) Munoz (kneeling); Susy Lavagna; Montine Pauers; Joni Winston (pink sweater); Fateh Kaur (Josephina) Leautaud; Mandeep Kaur (Chenoa) Lorenzo; Siri Radha Kaur (Susannah) LeBaron (purple sweater); and Moctar Datt.
(Not pictured: Jai Jagdeesh Kaur (Julie) Graber and Tej Karam Singh (Tom) Ford.)
Shakta is Leading Level 1 in Canada - Again!

 

Registration is Now Open!

Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training Course


Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

Two 12-Day Sessions, Spring and Fall 2014

Session 1 April 25 to May 6, 2014 (arrive 4/24 depart 5/7)
Session 2 Oct. 14 to Oct. 25, 2014 (arrive 10/13 depart 10/26)
“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” -- Yogi Bhajan
Registration is now open for a most unique Level 1 experience on Canada’s Prince Edward Island (PEI). This 220-hour Aquarian Teacher Level 1 Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is taught in two 12-day sessions—the first in the spring of 2014 and the second session is in the fall. (Both sessions are required for certification.)

Conference calls are scheduled once each month during June, July, August and September. These calls keep us on track with both our written homework and personal practice. And, they keep us up-to-date with our fellow teachers-in-training as they share their experience of integrating the teachings into daily life. Conference calls are also scheduled once each month for 4 months after the training ends. These calls guide the graduates as they begin sharing and teaching what they’ve learned.

Training Team. If this sounds like something you would like to experience, why not join us for 12 days next spring and another 12 days next fall for the 220-hour Level 1 Teacher Training course in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan that is called ‘The Aquarian Teacher?’ When you do, you will receive guidance from an international team of teacher trainers including Shakta Kaur (Chicago, IL, USA), Hari Simran Singh, D.C. (Oakland, CA, USA) and Shabad Saroop Singh (Montreal, CN).

Ashram Setting. This is a unique Level 1 course format, especially designed to create community in an ashram-like setting where your senses, mind and body will be nourished (and challenged!) by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. It is also golden opportunity to learn reverence and respect for yourself while being immersed in a discipline which can liberate you from the cycle of birth and death.

Feeling the Call. Some people feel a call to change their life. Some feel a call to be more authentic. Some feel a need to connect with like-minded people on a deeper level. Some simply want to spend more time immersing themselves in the teachings. Whatever your desire is to take this amazing course know that the end result will be uniquely perfect for you.

We are all teachers. We teach each other when we can see ourselves clearly and when we can help another see him/herself clearly. To teach is to transform and to be transformed. To be the best teacher we need to be the best student. And, the best student comes from a genuine immersion into a practice where we learn to be who we are and serve all from the heart.

Save $300!  Come immerse yourself in The Aquarian Teacher Level 1 Teacher Training Course on Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. Register with your down-payment by Oct. 25 and receive a $300 tuition discount! Click Here for more information.

We are happy to share photos with you (courtesy of Guru Nam Kaur Ferazza) of the first PEI Level 1 Course:  Click Here for photo gallery.
The Maritime provinces, also called the Maritimes or the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The time zone at PEI is called "Atlantic" - two hours ahead of Central Time.
Join with Shakta for ...
Early Morning Sadhana - From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Join Shakta in 40 Days of Chanting - Join-in any time!

Long Ek Ong Kar (Adi Shakti Mantra)

Today is Day #15 - We Began July 18

Did you join Shakta on Thursday morning, July 18th*, as she began her annual 40-day sadhana of two-and-a-half-hours of Long Ek Ong Kar?  She will end this special 40-day sadhana 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.
Food For The Gods

Cold Thai Noodle Salad

recipe
Our Crystal Lake Level 1 teachers-in-training were treated to this delicious dish last month by Meherpal Kaur (Tricia) Wallace. And then, Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev prepared it for last Sunday’s potluck. We think you will enjoy this ‘cold’ dish as much as we did!
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - July 22

New Moon - August 6

(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
  • 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
  • Oct 25-27  · Breathwalk Instructor Training
 
Year 2014
  • April 24  · KY Teacher Training PEI Canada, Session 1
    Session 1 - April 24 to May 7    Download Brochure
  • Oct 13  · KY Teacher Training PEI Canada, Session 2
    Session 2 - October 13 to October 26    Download Brochure
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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If you want to grow, if you want to glow, if you want grace; you will only get it if you follow the Ten Manners of Life—Listen; Feel the Other Person; Discuss and Dialogue; Come to a Mutual Understanding; Plan the Strategy; Keep Communication; Evaluate; Achieve; Exchange Greetings; Be Thankful.
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