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 24, 2014
go Gong & Mantra Friday at KYL - Tomorrow!  
go New Chicago Level 2 with Gurucharan - Mind & Meditation 
go Shakta is Teaching Happiness at KYL on Sunday  
go Spirituality and Art: The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini - May 3
go Childplay Yoga with Gurudass Kaur  - August!
go Level 2 Course in Prince Edward Island, Canada - Life Cycles & Life Styles
go Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Canada - Fall 2014 & Spring 2015  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
Renew, Relax, Recharge ...

Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra

with Shakta and Hari Dev
 
Friday April 25 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Bring a friend and join us for one of our most popular monthly sessions of double gong and mantra—for prosperity!

We begin every ‘Healing Power of Gong & 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!

After the gongs 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. Or, as Yogi Bhajan said,

‘When we speak with Guru’s words with our tongue, we are purified.’

So, click here to pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational healing of double gong and mantra.
Gurucharan Returns to Chicago
Level 2 Course

The Mind & Meditation

with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. and Shakta Kaur
Two 3-Day Weekends: Sept. 26-27-28 and Nov. 7-8-9
Mind is actually a contact between you and God, without you even knowing it. It can make you feel you are nothing. It can make you feel you are everything.” – Yogi Bhajan

Join us at KYL for this unique six-day course (one of five Level 2 Modules) to enhance the depth of your understanding of the mind and meditation. It is a unique opportunity for you to assess your meditative skill and refine your approach to meditation. To master your mind, you must master meditation!

In this course you will:

  • Focus and elaborate on the relationship to your own mind
  • Increase your ability to observe neutrally, to clear your mind of distractions
  • Experience and practice the use of intuition as a primary skill
  • Learn the structure of the mind as described in The Mind book
  • Understand how to use the 27 projections of the mind
  • Examine how to apply this to your own mind and in your life
  • Become confident to teach and incorporate these ideas in your classes

Each day we study with the Master, Yogi Bhajan, in a DVD class with 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 increase our ability to heal through meditation and to use our skills to help people.

This is a 60-hour course. Fifty hours are spent in the classroom with 12 hours of home study to be completed 90 days after the course concludes. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa is teaching 3 days of this course.

Course Fees*
$  499 – Prior M&M Graduate
$1,099 – KYL Level 1 or 2 Alumni
$1,199- IKYTA Member
$1,299 – Regular Rate

Click Here to register       Download Flyer
*$100 discount if paid before June 1st. Discount does not apply to $499 fee. Housing and meals are not included in the tuition fee. Credit card payments add 3% finance charge.

Refund policy: To withdraw from the course before it begins we must receive your request in writing by August 26th and you will forfeit $250 of your deposit. To withdraw from the course after August 26th we must receive your request in writing and you will forfeit your entire deposit. Once the course begins there are no refunds.
"Happiness is your birthright."


The 7 Steps to Happiness

Sunday, April 27 - 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 on Sunday for the final class in a special series on the ‘7 Steps to Happiness.’

The seven steps begin with Commitment which gives you Character. Character gives you Dignity. Dignity will give you Divinity. Divinity gives you Grace. Graces gives you the Power to Sacrifice. And, that ability to Sacrifice gives you Happiness!

Happiness is when you can give thanks for being these seven things! Each and every class at KYL through April focuses on the ‘7 Steps to Happiness.’

Simply drop-in! 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 - 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

$400 regular rate
$300 by May 22!
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.

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 21, for the lowest rate.  The fee increases $50 on May 22, and another $50 on July 1.
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.
Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training

Prince Edward Island, Canada

New Dates - Two Sessions of 12-days


     Session 1 - Oct. 14 to Oct. 25, 2014 (arrive 10/13 depart 10/26)
      Session 2 - April 24 to May 5, 2015 (arrive 4/23 depart 5/6)

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 November through March.  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 2 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 this Fall and another 12 days next Spring 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.

Download Brochure     Download Registration Form     Register Online     Tour Venue     Map
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - April 15

New Moon - April 29

(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 2014
  • 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
  • Sep 26-28 & Nov 7-9  · Mind & Meditation with Gurucharan  - details
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
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The first mistake of a man born on this Earth: they do not remember that God created them, and they did not create themselves; and that everything from birth to death is created. Simply you have to harvest it. All the time you waste in logic, argument, reason, fantasies, emotion, commotion, you don’t reach the destination. That destination is where your Creator created for you peace, tranquility, grace, wealth, health, happiness.
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