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 - March 6, 2014
go Shakta is Teaching '7 Steps to Happiness' - Sunday!  
go Open to All - First Weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
go Spirituality and Art: The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini - April 5!
go Embrace Your Destiny - Conference Call Recording Available  
go White Tantric Yoga® Chicago - Registration Open!
go White Tantric Yoga Bazaar and Community Table
go Level 2 in Puerto Rico - Authentic Relationships - Two New Reasons To Join Us!  
go Level 2 Course in Prince Edward Island, Canada - Life Cycles & Life Styles
go Chicago Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Level 1 - Mar-Oct 2014
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Shakta in a Truck!
KYL's Theme - Happiness
Shakta is Teaching Sunday at KYL...

The 7 Steps to Happiness

Sunday, March 9 - 10:30 am to 12 noon
(with delicious veggie potluck afterwards!)

This is the yoga to guarantee that you’ll be happy. It guarantees you.
There’s a divine promise. It’s a divine guarantee to make you healthy, happy and holy.

 --Yogi Bhajan
Join Shakta this Sunday for the second class in a series on the ‘7 Steps to Happiness.’ The 7 steps to happiness are commitment, character, dignity, divinity, grace, the power to sacrifice and then, finally -- happiness! In fact, every class at KYL for both March and April will focus on the ‘7 Steps to Happiness.’

Simply drop-in to class!  Or, click here to pre-register.
First Weekend Open

First Weekend Open to All*

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

Chicago, Illinois
March 14, 15, 16

 Pre-registration Required (Click Here)

Are you considering Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at KYL but aren’t 100% sure yet? Well, why not come to the first weekend to participate, learn and assess your ability to complete the course. The fee for attending is $400.*

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for personal change and transformation, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth.

Friday     – 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday – 8 am to 6 pm
Sunday   – 8 am to 5 pm

(Plus, early morning sadhana 4:30 to 7:00 am - either Saturday or Sunday.)

Click Here to register for first weekend, no obligation to continue with remainder of course.

$400 Fee does not include the Teacher Training textbooks. However, ‘First Weekend Open to All’ participants are always welcome to purchase the textbooks at an additional fee.
Spirituality & Art...

Copyright Beatriz Ledesma

Spirituality and Art:
The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini

 a series of workshops with Shakta Kaur
and Beatriz Ledesma, Ph.D.

Saturdays - April 5, May 3 and June 7
11 am to 1:15 pm
$30 per workshop - pre-registration required

Come join Shakta and Beatriz for a unique opportunity to open up both your creative and spiritual channels. Using the technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and the power of the mandala you will enhance and deepen the connection between your inner and outer worlds.

Each workshop includes:
     -- 60 minute Creativity Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Shakta
     -- 60 minutes creating mandalas with Beatriz to capture your experience
     -- all art materials

A mandala is a circular symbol representing wholeness, completeness, and unity. Throughout history, the mandala appears as the integrating symbol of self. In Tibetan Buddhism it is created as an artistic aid for meditation; the mandala becomes a visualization tool to advance practitioners toward a state of well-being and wisdom.

Dr. Beatriz Ledesma is a professional artist, educator, and psychotherapist. She earned her graduate degree in fine arts and art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Successful as both an artist and clinical practitioner, Beatriz shines the light of her art into the passages of the psyche; both in her image-making and also using artworks-in-progress as part of psychotherapy sessions with clients. Beatriz’s studio is located in the Fine Arts Building--the home of KYL! She often works with Shakta Kaur on both individual and group projects.

Click Here to pre-register.  Each workshop stands alone.

Conference Recording Available
Embrace Your Destiny

a conference call with Shakta

Recording Available
If you missed last Saturday’s ‘Embrace Your Destiny’ conference call with Shakta you can now listen whenever and wherever you’d like!

Shakta spoke about how at every moment we can choose to act in our fate or in our destiny. In fate, we create karma--actions we must complete or resolve. Acting in destiny we are in flow with the universe, with our spirit and with our basic nature. These actions are beyond karma. They are in dharma, or, living within our destiny cycle.

But, because we have a will which has freedom we can make new choices to dissolve fate and transform ourselves. Utilizing the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation we can re-write our destiny and live to our fullest potential. This happens when the soul is un-shrouded and clear. At that moment transformation takes place and the magic begins.

Utilizing the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation you can re-write our destiny and live to your fullest potential. The soul returns again and again, remembering a little, forgetting, then remembering, until the destiny task is manifested. Each of us has a very unique destiny to fulfill which no one else can complete.

On this call Shakta shared --
--four tools to help you embrace your spiritual destiny,
--a meditation guaranteed to bring tremendous change to your destiny and
--information about the Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, Teacher Training courses!

Teacher Training is an ‘earned’ destiny which--
--provides a direct, internal experience of yoga and meditation,
--orients your mind toward its proper role as your ‘servant,’
--stops the repetition of past errors and patterns,
--invokes your intuition and
--makes your life easier.

It is my personal belief that there are certain souls which have to study from certain other souls. They have earned that destiny. The contact of the psycho-magnetic field is already arranged. Once in a life, each soul must come across the orbit of that soul from which he has the opportunity to learn. It is a law of consciousness. By the virtue of your previous incarnation, you always meet your teacher. Either you surrender your ego to the teacher or you run away from him. The law is that you will meet the opportunity, not that you will recognize it or sustain a commitment to it.” --Yogi Bhajan

Click Here to listen to the ‘Embrace Your Destiny’ Conference Call.
Register Soon For...
White Tantric Yoga Chicago

Saturday - April 12
8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Advance Rate: $165 (by March 31)
Regular Rate: $180 (April 1 and later ...no foolin’!)

Students and Seniors*:  $100 (by March 31) / $110 (April 1+)

Details     Registration Form     Online Registration
“The beauty of White Tantric Yoga is that it is subtle, it is exalting and it works to give you the mastery of life.”
          --Yogi Bhajan
WHAT IS IT?  White Tantric Yoga® is world-renowned as one of the most powerful and beautiful of all subtle energy practices. It enables you to break through deep subconscious blocks, so that your mind, body, and soul can act together as one. As a path to personal freedom and awareness, it has been said that this practice can bring success to every area of your life.

White Tantric Yoga (WTY) is a day of six to eight meditations practiced with a partner. You sit facing your partner and follow instructions given on DVD by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan, and repeated by the course facilitator. Every course is facilitated in person by a representative of the Mahan Tantric.

Each meditation incorporates a yoga posture, mudra (hand position), eye focus (dristi) and mental focus. Sometimes the meditations are accompanied by music. The meditations vary in length from 11 to 31 to 62 minutes. There are ample breaks in between each meditation.

WHAT TO EXPECT.  There are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. Beginners will tune into their internal energies and enjoy a deep and sometimes challenging meditative experience. More advanced meditators will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness.

The mere act of registering for a White Tantric Course sends an intention--a message to the universe--that you’re looking for a change and that you want to cleanse yourself. Some people have very specific intentions for White Tantric Yoga. They might have an intention of getting rid of “X,” to heal “Y” or to understand “Z.” In the alternative, if you have an unpleasant memory, you can bring that thought and find relief at White Tantric Yoga—you don’t have to go through it over and over again.

WHAT TO WEAR.  Wear loose fitting and comfortable white or light-colored clothing. White combines all the colors and enhances the magnetic field. Bring a white cotton head covering that will stay securely on your head (there will be white head coverings available to purchase at WTY if you forget yours or don’t have one). Wearing a head covering is for your personal growth and upliftment. It also helps keep your positive energy within. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily because White Tantric Yoga is practiced with the feet uncovered.

For more information regarding Chicago's White Tantric Course...
Details     Registration Form     Online Registration

* "Student" please bring a valid high school/college/vocational school ID.  Seniors are 65+ years.  People taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training are not eligable for the student rate.
WTY Community
White Tantric Yoga® Bazaar

Do you have what yogis need?
Once again WTY Chicago will have a ‘Bazaar’ area available for vendors! Bazaar tables are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Per WTY procedures, the Bazaar may only be open at lunch, during the afternoon breaks, and again after WTY concludes. The fee for a six-foot skirted display table is $60 per table. Click Here for more information.
White Tantric Yoga® Community Table

Instead of ‘Goodie Bags’ this year we offer a Community Table where you may leave your materials for attendees to pick up at their choosing. The fee to leave 150 copies of a flier or business card is $20 per item. There is limited space on our six-foot skirted ‘Community Table,’ so, reserve your spot soon! Click Here for more information.
Authenic Relationships in Puerto Rico 

Authentic Relationships

with Gurucharan Singh and Shakta Kaur
(This may be his final Level 2 course - be there!)

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

Fantastic New Reasons to Join Us --
--The Resort is giving you until March 11 to book your room!
--United, American, Jet Blue, and US Airways have just announced airfare sales!

What better way to celebrate the Spring Equinox than by joining Shakta Kaur and KRI’s Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. as they co-teach ‘Authentic Relationships’ on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! The Spring Equinox symbolizes a fresh start and rebirth. It is also a beautiful time to realize a re-birth in your intentions to recognize and create Authentic Relationships in each area of your life.

 ‘Authentic Relationships’ 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...

‘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)

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

Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Chicago

8 Weekends Over 8 Months - March to October 2014
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]

Begins March 14-16, 2014

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

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!

At First
Many people come to Kundalini Yoga for the more obvious reasons like:
    --increasing strength and improving flexibility,
    --reducing stress and learning to relax,
    --learning proper breathing or even
    --for health problems.

Over Time
But, over time the attraction to this sacred science increases because you experience:
    --a feeling of connection and vastness,
    --a clarity and neutrality of mind,
    --a calmness and evenness in your life and even
    --fulfillment as a spiritual being.

Teacher Training is a journey in the art and science of improving yourself based upon excellence and exaltation. You learn to elevate your own consciousness, to help yourself, to help others plus you will also develop the skills necessary to teach Kundalini Yoga publicly as a consciousness educator (if you so choose).

Sacred Science
Kundalini Yoga is called a sacred science. This is because the sacredness of the student is awakened through it. Whether you’ve taken 1 Kundalini Yoga class or 101 Kundalini Yoga classes, the personal journey we call ‘Teacher Training’ is absolutely the next step. A most remarkable experience begins in March. Come immerse yourself into the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. You’ll be very glad that you did!

Tuition: $3,300 - $500 down - Payment Plans Available ($3,500 tuition)
[download brochure]     [download application]     [register online]
Just For Fun
Shakta Kaur surprised everyone at the Kauai Breathwalk course last month when she arrived--in her truck! Well, actually, it was Doctor Hari Simran Singh and Sat Rattan Kaur’s truck. They let Shakta Kaur borrow it (and their house!) while she was on the island. ‘Keep on ‘truckin,’ Shakta!
Moon Watch

New Moon - March 1

11 Days After - March 12

Full Moon - March 16

(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) - 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 2014
  • March 14  · KY Level 1 Teacher Training Chicago Begins
    Mar-Oct 2014    Download Brochure
  • March 20-26  · KY Level 2 Teacher Training Puerto Rico
    Authentic Relationships    Download Brochure
  • April 5  · Spirituality & Art - Saturday - 11 am - 1 pm
  • April 12  · White Tantric Yoga Chicago
  • May 3  · Spirituality & Art  - Saturday - 11 am -1 pm
  • May 23-28  · KY Level 2 Teacher Training PEI Canada
    Life Cycles & Life Styles    Download Brochure
  • June 7  · Spirituality & Art  - Saturday - 11 am - 1 pm
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
Seven Steps to Happiness. The second step is character. Character is when all your characteristics—all facets, flaws and facts—are under your control. Yin and yang meet there, totally balanced. Character gives you Dignity.