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 - April 3, 2014
go Shakta is Teaching '7 Steps to Happiness' - Sunday!
go Spirituality and Art: The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini - April 5!
go Childplay Yoga with Gurudass Kaur   
go White Tantric Yoga® Chicago - 9 Days Away!
go White Tantric Yoga Bazaar and Community Table
go Level 2 Course in Prince Edward Island, Canada - Life Cycles & Life Styles
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
KYL's Theme - Happiness


The 7 Steps to Happiness

Sunday, April 6 - 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 sixth 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!  The sixth step is the Power to Sacrifice.  ‘Sacrifice is when God sits in your heart and presides in your head so that you are able to sacrifice’—and that takes you to Happiness!

In fact, every class at KYL through April focuses on one or more aspects of the ‘7 Steps to Happiness.’

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

Childplay Teacher Training

Childplay Yoga

with Gurudass Kaur

August 22-24, 2014
at KYL Downtown Chicago

$300 by June 1
Become a children’s yoga teacher with the guidance of the enthusiastic and energetic Gurudass Kaur! Gurudass created the Childplay Yoga Program for anyone interested in offering creative, fun and empowering yoga-oriented classes for children aged 3-12, teens and groups of adults. It is also a program for adults who desire to awaken the playful child within!

For Children  With the Childplay Yoga Program children play at yoga to become more balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It enhances their coordination, balance, flexibility, group skills, sense of humor, self-esteem, concentration and works out excess energy in a positive, uplifting environment.

For Yoga Teachers  Yoga teachers from all traditions can gain ideas, games and lighthearted techniques to use with adults outside the format of a structured yoga class. These techniques help create trust, increase sensitivity, strengthen communication and build a sense of community.

You will learn how to:
  -- create dynamic & sensitive children’s yoga classes
  -- use a wide array of games, exercises & meditations in your classes
  -- inspire children to participate
  -- encourage an atmosphere of joy and acceptance
  -- set up a class to ensure its success!

Childplay Yoga Hours: Friday, 6-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm.

       Click Here to pre-register.   Download brochure.

Register early, by May 30, for the lowest rate.  The fee increases $50 on June 1, and another $50 on July 1.
Register Now For...
White Tantric Yoga Chicago

Just 9 Days Away!

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

Fee: $180

Students and Seniors*:  $110

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.
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)

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.
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - March 30

Full Moon - April 15

(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
  • April 5  · Spirituality & Art - Saturday - 11 am - 1 pm
  • April 12  · White Tantric Yoga Chicago
              Details
  • 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
  • Aug 22-24  · Childplay Yoga Training - $300 - brochure
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Happiness comes out of contentment, and contentment always comes out of service.
"