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 - December 26, 2013
go 11th Annual New Years Eve Celebration at KYL - Space Still Available!
go Class Schedule Changes December & January
go Shakta Teaching The Infinite Pulse this Sunday at KYL  
go Healing Power of ‘Double’ Gong & Mantra - Friday Dec. 27
go Breathwalk in Hawaii (Kauai) with Shakta
go Level 2 in Puerto Rico with Gurucharan - Authentic Relationships - $200 Discount Extended!  
go Level 2 Course in Prince Edward Island, Canada - Life Cycles & Life Styles - $200 Discount Extended!  
go Chicago Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Level 1 - Jan-Aug 2014 - Just 21 Days Away!
go Canada Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Level 1 - Spring & Fall 2014
go Kirtan Kriya - The Change Maker Meditation
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
A New You, A New Year, A New Way...
11th Annual Yogic New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Fine Arts Building Downtown
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
410 S. Michigan Ave.

7:30 pm to 12:30 am
‘Conscious Fun for Everyone!’
 
Join a group of like-minded yogis and their friends for a fun, inspiring and conscious evening of yoga, meditation, the gong, chanting and community at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop’s 11th Annual ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve’ celebration! Held in the historic Fine Arts Building’s (FAB), yogis from the city and suburbs will gather once again to enjoy a perfect view of both Lake Michigan and the midnight fireworks off of Navy Pier. Plus, delicious potluck vegetarian food and drink will be served in an alcohol-free and tobacco-free environment.

The evening includes:
  • 7:30 pm –Doors Open
  • 8:00 pm –Yoga, Meditation and Double Gong for ‘A New You, A New Year, A New Way’
  • 9:30 pm –Vegetarian Potluck Dinner (Everyone brings a ‘dish and a wish’ for the New Year!)
  • 10:45 pm –Mantra Dancing
  • 11:30 pm –Gongs and Chanting the Night Away
  • Midnight –Fireworks Viewing
  • 12:15 am – Prosperity Meditation to bring in your best year ever!

Space is limited. Advance registration required. No walk-ins day of the event. $55 single/$100 for two. Call 312-922-4699 or click here to register.  Download Flyer
December Schedule Changes

KYL Class Schedule Changes for December

No Classes On...

Dec. 30, 31
Jan. 1, 2, 3

But, come join us for our 11th Annual ‘Yogic New Year’s Eve’ on Dec. 31st!
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The Infinite Pulse
 Shakta is teaching ...

‘The Infinite Pulse’


... this Sunday, December 29
10:30 am to 12 noon
(with delicious veggie potluck afterwards!)
 

When I call on my Infinity I can come through anything.” --Yogi Bhajan

Our beginning is spirit. Our end is spirit. In between we often forget that we are part of Infinity. When we do remember we feel a tenuous connection at best to All that is.

You might feel this connection as a longing to belong--a yearning to connect with something greater than yourself. Someone else grasps it every once-in-awhile through the breath and mantra. Often, however, with the busy-ness of daily life the promise of connection to this ‘Infinite Pulse' seems just beyond our reach!

Fortunately, for us, we have a technical know-how through which we can join our individual consciousness with the consciousness that is All. This realization is not bound by time and space. And, it is not achieved in linear stages. Only when we become still do we establish ourself in relationship with the Infinite.

Come to class at KYL in December to:
-- calm the mind and recognize what is important to you --transcend and transform any subconscious habits of self-belittlement
-- gain energy to deal with the mental and spiritual facets of your life
-- use the breath to connect with the your highest and best self
-- hear, see and feel the interconnection of all things
-- understand better your relationship with the Infinite Pulse; with the spirit in you.

Click Here to pre-register.
Renew, Relax, Recharge ...

Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra

with Shakta and Hari Dev
 
Friday December 27 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
On the Friday after Christmas bring a friend and join us for our most popular monthly session 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!

We suspect you might need to ‘quiet the mind’ on the Friday after Christmas—in particular if you’ve spent the preceding days making merry! 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.
Breathwalk On the "Healing Island"...

Breathwalk
Kauai

Personal Intensive - Feb. 8-9, 2014

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

"Who moo  Who moo
New ku  New ku
Ah poo  Ah ah"

The island of Kauai, Hawaii, is Shakta’s favorite place on the entire planet. It is known as the ‘healing’ island, lush and green with a beautiful combination of sunshine and rainbows. Over the years Shakta has visited the Hawaiian Islands 17 times on either business or pleasure trips. Fourteen of those visits have included time on Kauai.

Shakta and Hari Dev are returning to Kauai for the first time since 2007 for a little vacation. While there, Shakta has arranged to teach a 2-day Breathwalk Personal Intensive for anyone who loves walking (and who happens to be on Kauai at the same time)!  Breathwalk is the walking meditation practice derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. With Breathwalk you can change your mood, mental state and energy level simply by synchronizing your footsteps with breath, mudra and mantra.

Included in the ‘Breathwalk on Kauai’ Personal Intensive is both outdoor and indoor instruction, the Breathwalk textbook (by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa) and 5 Breathwalks in an ‘Illustrated Program Guide.’ You’ll basically receive everything you need to Breathwalk at home by yourself or with friends and family! So, join Shakta for a magical weekend on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai learning Breathwalk. And, receive a $50 discount when you pre-register before January 10th!

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Authenic Relationships in Puerto Rico

Give Yourself the Gift of $200 Off!

Authentic Relationships

with Gurucharan Singh and Shakta Kaur

March 20-26, 2014
(arrive 3/19; depart 3/27)
(With a lovely ‘free’ day on March 23rd to enjoy the island!)

 

Were you at Winter Solstice in Lake Wales, FL?  If so, the Early Bird rate applies until Jan. 31st!

Join KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. and Shakta Kaur as they co-teach ‘Authentic Relationships’ on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! This is a unique 6-day course (one of 5 Level 2 modules) to learn how to consistently connect with the true identity of yourself and others as ‘Sat Nam.’

You’ll also learn to release judgments and fears that obstruct your view of one’s true identity. You’ll learn to maintain your integrity and learn to always relate to your true Essence in the midst of the rhythms and energies at play in all of your relationships.

Come explore how to:

  • Create and maintain soul-based relationships
  • Honor the polarities of the masculine and feminine energies
  • Recognize and create Authentic Relationships in each area of your life
  • Hold and maintain relationships that support and catalyze your growth, and
  • Cultivate personal practices that develop your capacity for Authentic Relationships.

Each day you study with the Master, Yogi Bhajan, through a video recording and meditation. In addition, you work both individually and in groups, exploring key concepts and ideas in Authentic Relationships. You’ll experience kriyas and meditations as well as other processes to recognize how your personal life is affected both by Authentic Relationships and be relationships with a false core.

Click Here for more information.  Click Here to register online.
*The $200 discount does not apply to the $499 tuition rate.
Life Cycles & Life Styles in Canada...
Give Yourself the Gift of $200 Off!

‘Life Cycles & Life Styles’

in Prince Edward Island, Canada
with Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, D.C. and Shakta Kaur

May 23-28, 2014 (over Memorial Day weekend)

Were you at Winter Solstice in Lake Wales, FL? 
If so, the Early Bird rate applies until Jan. 31st!*


details
Join us on beautiful Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada for this unique 6-day course (one of 5 Level 2 modules) to learn about yourself and your relationship to your destiny cycles: the 7-year cycle of consciousness, the 11-year cycle of intelligence and the 18-year cycle of energy.

In ‘Life Cycles & Life Styles’ you will:
- Cultivate promoting habits that are in balance with the natural stages and rhythms of your life.
- Invite success by defining your purpose for yourself rather than having it defined for you by fate.
- Learn to steward your sexuality to keep it potent and vital over your life span.
- Practice a powerful form of re-birthing so that your true character can be reflected and projected.
- Become aware of how to live and die consciously.
- Continually clear your subconscious so that you can act intentionally with grace and purpose.

Each day we study with the Master, Yogi Bhajan, through a video recording and meditation. We work both individually and in groups, exploring key concepts and ideas. In addition, we experience kriyas and meditations as well as other processes to put aside the constant whir or our life for the stillness and intuitive sensitivity of our consciousness. Click Here for more information.

* The $200 discount does not apply to the $499 tuition rate.
Chicago Teacher Training Begins in 22 Days

Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Chicago

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

Just 22 Days Away!

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

Unbelievable to think that Teacher Training at KYL begins in two weels! This course is always such a beautiful personal journey of growth, challenge, transformation and upliftment! Is January that close already?!  We begin Teacher Training at KYL January 17 and end August 17, 2014. This course is always such 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: $3,300 - $500 down - Payment Plans Available ($3,500 tuition)
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Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Two Sessions of 12-days - Spring and Fall 2014

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 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.

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The Change Maker Meditation

Kirtan Kriya - The Change Maker Meditation


“The Saa-Taa-Naa-Maa (Kirtan Kriya) meditation is the basic
fundamental meditation which cuts through everything.” --Yogi Bhajan
Traditionally, before beginning a Level 1 Teacher Training course, we practice a meditation together (from the comfort of our own home!) starting 40 days in advance of the course. The meditation we practice is ‘Kirtan Kriya,’ the ‘change-maker’ meditation.* Here is as link to a conference call recording with Shakta where you can hear how to practice ‘Kirtan Kriya:’ http://www.shaktakaur.com/media/audio/kirtan-kriya/2011-Sept-14-Change-Maker.mp3

40 Days
The 40-days that we practice Kirtan Kriya together are a very sacred time. Historically, 40 days is a length of time often referred to in many ancient scriptures for enacting change. Doing something for 40 days can make or break a habit in a person. If you are consistent in your practice, it can clear old subconscious patterns, set up new positive patterns and change your life for the better.

The key word is “consistent.” How does this work? You choose a specific time of day—early morning, for example. If you practice Kirtan Kriya in the morning, but one day you oversleep or are late for work, be sure to practice it somewhere within the 24 hours before the next morning. The goal is not to miss even one day! However, don’t be too hard on yourself up if you wake up one morning and realize you missed one day. Just pick up where you left off and continue your sadhana** as the days draw closer to our first day of Teacher Training.

Shakta suggests that you note in a journal or notebook or on your computer your feelings and thoughts as you move through your 40-day sadhana. Begin with a line or two to yourself on Day 1, and remember to note any changes or feelings on Days 20, 30 and, of course, 40.

Stir it Up
Sometimes a personal sadhana can stir up feelings and emotions from the past. You may find forgotten memories surfacing. They may sometimes be painful. Relax and know that this is part of a normal cleansing process. Just remember to acknowledge your feelings, breathe, smile and allow them to go through you. The feelings will pass and will soon depart. You will have moved yourself on to clearer days in no time.

PPracticing ‘Kirtan Kriya’ each day for 40 days is an experience not to be missed!

Call or e-mail Shakta if you have any questions about either ‘Kirtan Kriya’ or Level 1 Teacher Training.


*A written copy of ‘Kirtan Kriya’ is also available here: http://www.shaktakaur.com/kriyas_meditations.aspx
**Sadhana (pronounced ‘saad nuh’) is a personal daily spiritual practice.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - December 17

New Moon - January 1

(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) - Monday & Thursday Only
  • 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
  • Dec. 27  · Gong and Mantra Night
  • Dec. 31  · Conscious New Year's Eve Celebration
    7:30 pm to 12:30 am / $55 single, $100 two    Download Brochure
 
 
Year 2014
  • January 17  · KY Level 1 Teacher Training Chicago Begins
    Jan-Aug 2014    Download Brochure
  • January 24  · Gong and Mantra Night
  • February 8-9  · Breathwalk Kauai,Hawaii Personal Intensive
  • March 20-26  · KY Level 2 Teacher Training Puerto Rico
    Authentic Relationships    Download Brochure
  • April 24  · KY Level 1 Teacher Training PEI Canada
    Session 1 - April 24 to May 7    Download Brochure
    Session 2 - October 13 to October 26    
  • May 23-28  · KY Level 2 Teacher Training PEI Canada
    Life Cycles & Life Styles    Download Brochure
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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The Law of Human Life is that 'I' must transform itself into Infinity.
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