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 - September 26, 2013
go Our 10th Anniversary is October - Lots of Events!  
go October Special - Weekday Classes Priced at 2 for $10  
go Recording Available - Change Your Destiny
go Soul Talk - A Second Free Conference Call with Shakta - October 5
go Chicago Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Jan-Aug 2014 - Registration Now Open!  
go Breathwalk Instructor Training - Weekend #2
go Canada Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Registration Now Open!
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go Food For The Gods - Thai Masaman Curry (vegetarian)
KYL's 10th Anniversary

October Theme... The Power of 10

KYL’s 10th Anniversary!
The number 10 in Kundalini Yoga is the dynamic ‘all or nothing’ number! And, the number ‘10’ is our focus during the month of October because this is the month that KYL celebrates its 10 year anniversary in The Fine Arts Building!

All classes during October focus on the 10th Body also known as the Radiant Body. The Radiant Body is just one of your ten bodies.* It represents your spiritual royalty and strength. Your 10th Body makes you courageous in the face of any obstacle. You exert a magnetic presence and command the respect of all who know you. And, you maintain that victorious spirit in spite of what may be occurring outside of you!

Come celebrate with KYL during October to...
     -- recognize your inner nobility
     -- enhance your radiance and royal courage
     -- develop your stamina and energy plus
     -- increase your ability to come through in all situations!

* The 10 Bodies are the yogic description of what the perfected human being looks like and acts like. The 10 Bodies are the Soul Body, Negative Mind, Positive Mind, Neutral Mind, Physical Body, Arcline, Aura, Pranic Body, Subtle Body and Radiant Body. The 10 Bodies form a technical break-down of how the different parts of the psyche--the 10 bodies--work.
Oct. 6
FREE Mantra Chanting (31 Minutes) - 1:00 to 1:35 pm - Sunday October 6

Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru - “I was told in my childhood that if you recite the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru 11 times a day, a miracle will happen to protect you. Many times in my life I had those miracles happening to me. It can create miraculous situations and environments around you to take you out of any problem on the planet.” --Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yogis worldwide begin a daily sadhana of chanting Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru 11 days prior to the birthday of Guru Ram Das. It is a beautiful, cozy practice often done in the homes of yogis with a lovely meal afterwards. Come have the experience of chanting the shabd* Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru for 31-minutes on Sunday afternoon, October 6th. You may have financial worries. You may have relationship problems. You may be confused at the next step to take. But, you have the power within you to change your circumstances and manifest nothing but the best.

That’s because the sound current of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru can help you manifest anything! Miracles often surround the person that chants this mantra. And, if you learn to chant it by heart, miraculous events can come into your life ... on the spot! There is no charge for this event.

* Shabd – ‘Sha-‘ means ‘to cut’ and ‘-bd’ means the ‘ego.’ So, a shabd is a sound current which cuts through the ego.
Oct. 9
FREE Early Morning Sadhana - Celebrate the Birthday of Guru Ram Das - 4:30 am to 7:45 am - Wednesday October 9

"Whatever you ask of Guru Ram Das on his birthday, he must deliver." -Yogi Bhajan

Our schedule:
   4:30 am – Japji Sahib
   4:55 am – Warm-Ups
   5:10 am – Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru*
   7:45 am – Hukam and Breakfast Snacks.**

(Doors open at 4 am; doors lock at 4:30 am.***)

When Shakta opened the doors to KYL in October of 2003, the first class she taught was on Guru Ram Das’ birthday. Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus and Yogi Bhajan’s teacher on the astral plane. Was that merely circumstantial, or, was it serendipity? We think it was destiny!

Shakta chanted Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru* by herself for 2.5 hours that morning. Every year since then, we chant 2.5 hours of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru together at KYL on Guru Ram Das’ birthday.

Be sure to make a special effort to join us on Wednesday morning, October 9, because Guru Ram Das is known as the Lord of Miracles. When you join with others to praise the realm of Guru Ram Das on his birthday you will be brought directly into the realm of the heart. You will access the neutral, meditative mind. Any and all issues, commotions and worries will suddenly clear. You will feel content, safe and secure. There is no charge for this event.

* Effect of the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru: When life seems stuck, you praise the domain of Guru Ram Das, the realm of the heart and of the Neutral Mind where all things become pure. This mantra reaches the realm of miracles. Ask for a miracle and then watch the impossible become possible!

** Hukam-the divine order of the day.

*** If you don’t arrive at KYL by 4:30 am come any time after 7:00 am when the Fine Arts Building opens to the general public. Join in and chant with us for the last 40 minutes or so. You’ll definitely reap the benefits!

11, 12, 13
KYL’s 10th Anniversary Weekend - October 11-12-13
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) celebrates 10 years of serving downtown yogis in October! When Shakta Kaur first started teaching Kundalini Yoga it was in a small hatha studio in the Loop.* At the time, Shakta was the only person teaching ‘Kundalini Yoga in the Loop!’ So, that was how she advertised at the time. Eventually, that is also how KYL got its name! To celebrate our ten year anniversary KYL is offering plenty of ‘free’ events in addition to regular classes and events.

*The ‘Loop’ is the 1.79-mile circuit of elevated train that forms the hub of the ‘L’ rapid transit system in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Oct. 11
Healing Power of Double ‘Birthday’ Gong & Mantra - Friday, Oct. 11 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm - $16 advance / $18 door.

Come Celebrate Shakta’s Birthday! With birthday treats immediately afterward!

This is a special ‘double gong’ event because we’ll celebrate Shakta’s birthday, too! Pre-register early, bring a friend to enjoy a long, luxurious deep relaxation with not one, but two, Paiste symphonic gongs.

We’ll begin with ‘light’ Kundalini Yoga to prepare the body and mind for relaxation and rejuvenation. Then we’ll end our practice with a beautiful group mantra meditation. Well, actually, we’ll end with some luscious birthday treats, but, you know what we mean!

Seating is limited for Shakta’s Double ‘Birthday Gong & Mantra.’ Click Here to pre-register.

Oct. 12
FREE Alumni & Friends Potluck  - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Saturday October 12 (dinner about 6 pm)

A simple get-together with fellow KYL graduates/friends/family to celebrate 10 years in the FAB!  Socialize with past friends, "catch up" on their lives, enjoy a potluck dinner and have warm conversations.  Please bring a dish to share at potluck. Call (312-922-4699) or e-mail info@ShaktaKaur.com if you have any questions about what to bring!

While there is no charge for this event we’d like to have a head-count ahead of time, please Click Here to register.

Oct. 13
Ten Years to-the-day Class with Shakta Kaur
Sunday, Oct. 13 - 10:30 am to 12 noon
($18 door / $16 advance - and delicious veggie potluck afterwards!)

Come join Shakta for a ’10 Years to-the-day Class’ where you will focus on the strength of your Radiant Body. The Radiant Body is a little band that sits on top of your aura. It enables you to act courageously which means acting even though you are afraid.

Yogi Bhajan called the Radiant Body ‘one plus.’  It’s one--the soul body--plus your radiance. The 10th Body is a state where there are no blocks to exhibiting your soulful self externally. You recognize and realize your magnificence and you want to show it to others. You realize, however, that whatever flows through you is, when all is said and done, the creator’s radiance, not yours.

Shakta will guide you through a kriya to stimulate the body and mind so that you can easily tap into the Infinite’s intention for your incarnation. You’ll move, relax and dance each molecule to remind yourself to always trust in your Best, Original and Highest Self!

Click Here to pre-register.
October Special for KYL's 10th Anniversary

2 people, $10 bucks

(Weekday classes only)
To mark our tenth year at KYL here is a simple gift for you - two people attend a class for ten dollars.  Valid for our weekday classes only, Monday through Friday (not weekend classes nor for Gong and Mantra night).  Of course, both people must attend the same class to receive the $5 each class rate.  So bring a friend to class and enjoy this special rate.  You may also adapt this offer to be One Person for $10 if you wish.  Valid for Monday-Friday lunch and evening classes only during the month of October.  Drop-in or register ahead of time, the same rate applies!
Recording Available...
Change Your Destiny

Conference Call with Shakta
Recording Now Available!
If you missed the prior conference call with Shakta you can still ‘change your destiny’ by listening to the call recording! Shakta talked about how fate and destiny--karma and dharma-- exist together. She said that at every moment you can choose to act in your fate or in your destiny.

She shared four tools to help you embrace your spiritual destiny. She also shared a meditation—that you practice on this call with her—guaranteed to bring tremendous change to your destiny.

Plus, if you’re interested in more details about the Chicago, IL, USA or Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, Level 1 Teacher Training course there was conversation on the call about Teacher Training, too!

Click Here to access the ‘Change Your Destiny’ recording.
Free Conference Call with Shakta

Soul Talk - Conversations with Shakta -

a series of free conference calls

Saturday - Oct. 5 – Release Your Fears
Saturday - Nov. 2 – Beat the Blues

 7 am Pacific / 9 am Central / 10 am Eastern / 11 am Atlantic
What do you fear? The #1 fear of most Americans is the fear of public speaking. Other common fears include the fear of taking an exam, the fear of change, enclosed spaces, heights, spiders, snakes, ghosts and growing old. Most everyone has some fear of death. Fear comes in degrees from mild caution to extreme phobias and paranoia.

While a good dose of fear is often necessary for personal safety sometimes at a very early age fear becomes part of our subconscious. As adults we may show this unconscious fear as fear of loss, separation, abandonment or feelings of helplessness. Other times fear might show itself in feelings of not really being sure of ourselves. Fear clouds our judgment and engages not only the mind, but the body, too.

There are ways to eliminate and take fear out of your life—once and for all. Join Shakta on this conference call as she shares:
• a powerful yogic tool that can help you release fears,
• a meditation that uses a sound which means ‘to protect and sustain the self,’
• how the fear of change can be overcome, plus,
• information about the Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, Teacher Training courses!
(While this call is ‘free,’ your normal long-distance telephone charges will apply.)

Click Here for the call-in number and pass-code.
Chicago Teacher Training Registration Now Open at KYL

Registration is Now Open!

Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Chicago

8 Weekends Over 8 Months - January to August 2014
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]

If you become your own teacher, prosperity will be there. Good things and good ideas will come to you.” --Yogi Bhajan

Registration is now open for KYL’s 13th Level 1 Course - the Aquarian Teacher, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. We begin on January 17 and end on August 17, 2014. Teacher Training at KYL is always a beautiful personal journey of growth, challenge, transformation and upliftment!

Why Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training? Kundalini means ‘awareness.’ Awareness is the active interaction of you as a finite individual identity with you as an Infinite potential identity! This dormant energy of awareness is in you. And, Kundalini Yoga is the supreme technology to take you to your Original, Best and Highest Self!

Drop Frustrating Patterns. As you move through the Teacher Training course you will grow. Like a snake you will shed old skins to become more of who you really are. You will learn to examine your attitudes, behaviors and emotional habits. All your frustrating ‘demoting’ habits will come to the surface to be acknowledged, blessed and sent on their way! You will gain new perspectives and capacities. You will develop ‘promoting’ habits to support your expanded awareness. The Number ‘8’ KYL’s Chicago course is 8 weekends over 8 months.

The number ‘8’ is quite significant. It has many different properties and meanings all over the world.
   --In China the number ‘8’ represents the totality of the universe.
   --Eight was the number of balance and the cosmic order according to the Egyptians.
   --The Greeks taught that there were eight divisions of the sky.
   --In Hebrew the number 8 is Sh’moneh meaning ‘super abundance.’
   --There are 8 arms of Vishnu and 8 forms of Shiva.
   --Sage Patanjali codified the teachings of yoga that we know today as the ‘8 Limbs of Yoga.’
   --The ‘Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi’ (‘Lord, make me an instrument of peace’...) contains 8 requests.
   --And, in mathematics the symbol of Infinity is represented by the number ‘8’ laid down--the ‘Infinity Loop.’

Aura. In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan there are 8 Chakras or energy centers of the body. Seven Chakras correspond with the physical body and the 8th Chakra is the aura. The aura is both your protection and your projection. In Teacher Training you’ll learn how to augment your aura, attract positivity and repel negativity!

Pranic Body. The number 8 in Kundalini Yoga is also associated with the Pranic Body. Prana is the life force that you breathe in on the air. It continuously brings energy into your system. The Pranic Body allows you to feel fearless, fully alive and at one with creation. In Teacher Training you learn to renew your energy and tap into your self-motivation so that you have more than enough vitality to enjoy life and achieve your goals!

Owner’s Manual. The techniques that you learn during this 8 month course form an ‘owner’s manual’ for human consciousness. Everyone needs a technical know-how to get the best from the body, mind and spirit. That technical know-how is called ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’

Through your own practice and discipline you will go beyond mere intellectual knowledge. You experience with your own heart and being your Original, Best and Highest Self. That is how, as Yogi Bhajan says, all ‘good things and good ideas will come to you!’

Tuition: $3,200 (until 11/16/2013) - $500 down - Payment Plans Available ($3,400 tuition)
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]
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.)
Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Two Sessions of 12-days - Spring and Fall 2014
Registration is Now Open! Level 1 Teacher Training Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

     Session 1 - April 25 to May 6, 2014 (arrive 4/24 depart 5/7)
     Session 2 - Oct. 15 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 an 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 the call to change their life. Some feel the 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 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.

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. 25th and receive a $300 tuition discount!

Download Brochure     Download Registration Form     Register Online     Tour Venue     Map
Food For The Gods

Masaman Curry - Vegetarian

Moon Watch

Full Moon - September 19

New Moon - October 4

(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
  • 10th Anniversary Month 0ctober  · Many events to celebrate 10 years at KYL downtown Chicago.  See List of activities above.
  • Oct 5  · Free Conference Call with Shakta - Release Your Fears!
  • Oct 25-27  · Breathwalk Instructor Training
Year 2014
  • January 17  · KY Level 1 Teacher Training Chicago Begins
    Jan-Aug 2014    Download Brochure
  • 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
Everyday grace must be your reality, your norm.