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Thursday - May 15, 2014
||Breathwalk Personal Intensive
||Childplay Yoga with Gurudass Kaur
||KYL’s May-June Theme -
Relax, Restore and Rejuvenate
Triple Gong & Mantra Coming Soon -
||New Chicago Level 2 with Gurucharan
- Mind & Meditation -
||Memorial Day Weekend Class Schedule
||Spirituality and Art:
The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini
||Level 1 Kundalini Yoga
Teacher Training - Canada -
Fall 2014 & Spring 2015
Cultivate Peace Within Workshops in PEI Canada -
May 28 & 29
News & Notes...
||Yoga Class Schedule
||Yogi Bhajan Quote
||Just For Fun
August 2-3, 2014
Saturday - 9
am to 5 pm
Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm
Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- August 2-3
($250 prior to June 1)
Weekend #2 –
Instructor Training - September 20-21
($500 early rate)
Walking is often the #1 recommended exercise for people of all ages and all ability levels. And, with ‘sitting’ becoming the new ‘smoking’ walking for better physical and mental health is becoming even more important than ever before.**
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (and along the
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60605
Breathwalk is a walking meditation practice derived from Kundalini Yoga. It combines yogic knowledge with western scientific methods. This combination is proven more effective than “just walking,” with many other added benefits including increased mental clarity, increased vitality, an elevation in mood levels and a greater sense of wellbeing and connectedness.
Breathwalk is a simple, yet profoundly effective mental and physical fitness program. It uses a variety of different breath patterns, timed with your footsteps, to effect a change in your mood and energy level. And, there are 20 different Breathwalks available to choose from!
Join Shakta for a rejuvenating, refreshing and simply remarkable weekend learning to use Breathwalk... for your health and well-being... and to uplift the lives of many others.
Two levels of Breathwalk training are offered. Weekend #1 is designed as a personal intensive. You learn 5 Breathwalks with an Illustrated Guide for each, plus, you’ll receive the Breathwalk textbook. Weekend #2 is designed for those wishing to go deeper with the intent of possibly teaching Breathwalk. An additional 15 Breathwalks are provided in an Illustrated Guide for those taking Weekend #2 along with Home Study materials. In addition, extensive Instructor Support Materials are provided.
Personal Intensive Participants Receive:
Breathwalk book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) 5 Fantastic Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.
In addition, those taking Instructor
3) 20 Tremendous Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide,
4) The Breathwalk Home-Study and Journaling Guide, and
5) A DVD with Instructor’s support materials including Power Point presentation, research, press clippings and Breathwalk class and workshop design models.
for more information, or click here to
* A pre-requisite for Weekend #2, Instructor Training, is the satisfactory completion of Weekend #1, the Personal Intensive.
** See these recent posts about sitting’s lethal effects:
New York Times
Fee increases: $275
June 2; $300 July 2 and after.
KYL’s May-June Theme
Relax, Restore, and Rejuvenate
Come to KYL during May and June for a special series of classes at KYL designed to help you relax, restore and rejuvenate. One of the most beautiful actions we can take in our life is to relax. But, it takes a lot of wisdom and courage. Wisdom to realize that the One who rotates the earth can certainly take care of our routine. Courage to relax about our life, to relax about our work, to relax about our relationships. Simply ‘be.’ Trust it, believe it, so that everything can start happening for you!
Come to KYL during the months of May and June to release the tensions, restore your equilibrium and allow yourself to relax, restore and rejuvenate!
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3 Gongs This Night!
Healing Power of
Triple Gong &
with Shakta, Hari Dev, and Tej
Friday May 23
- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
$16 adv / $20 door
In May our popular session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra’ features not one, not two, but
three beautiful Paiste gongs! Recent Crystal Lake, Illinois, Teacher Training Graduate Tej Karam Singh joins Shakta and Hari Dev for this special evening.
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 all three symphonic gongs. Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds!
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. As Yogi Bhajan once
‘When we speak with Guru’s words with our tongue, we are purified.’
click here to
pre-register and join us for the deep vibrational
healing of gong and mantra.
Gurucharan Returns to Chicago
Level 2 Course
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Two 3-Day Weekends: Sept. 26-27-28 and
Early Birds Receive $100 Discount -
Register by June 1st!
“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.
$ 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
*$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.
Memorial Day Weekend Class Schedule
Friday May 23 - Monday May 26
||12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
||10:30 am to Noon - with Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
Spirituality & Art...
Copyright Beatriz Ledesma
Spirituality and Art:
The Creative and Visual Energy of Kundalini
a special workshop with Shakta Kaur
and Beatriz Ledesma,
- June 7
11 am to 1:00 pm
$30 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.
This workshop includes:
-- ‘light’ Kundalini Yoga to move & neutralize body tension
-- ‘deep’ meditation to access your inner creativity
-- ‘mandala’ creation to connect your inner and outer worlds
-- ‘From the Center’ a copy of Beatriz’ mandala art book (available for sale).
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.
Childplay Teacher Training
August 22-24, 2014
at KYL Downtown Chicago
7 more days to save $100!
Tuition just $300 before May 21!
Learn to teach yoga and meditation to children!
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!
You don’t need to have children to take Childplay Yoga!
However, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are
welcome to take Childplay Yoga, too!
To Teach 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.
Register early, by
May 21, for the lowest rate. The fee increases $50 on May
22, and another $50 on July 1.
Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training
Prince Edward Island,
Sessions of 12-days
Session 1 - Oct. 14 to Oct. 25, 2014 (arrive 10/13
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.” --
Registration is now open for a most unique learning experience on Canada’s beautiful Prince Edward Island (PEI). Shakta returns to PEI to lead a 220-hour Aquarian Teacher Level 1 Teacher Training course in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.
12-Days Together –
Times Two! This amazing course is held in two 12-day sessions. The first session runs in the fall of 2014 and the second session in the spring of 2015. Conference calls are scheduled once each month during Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. & March to keep us on-track with both our written homework and personal practice. And, the conference calls also keep us up-to-date with our fellow classmates as they share their experience of integrating the teachings of Yogi Bhajan into daily life.
One of the reasons this Level 1 Course is so unique is because both students and faculty live together at the Centre Goeland, a tranquil, comfortable and cozy retreat center located on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Vegetarian meals
are prepared by the Centre’s professional staff. You’ll feel at home and at ease at the Centre Goeland. Plus, a tree-lined path leads to the beach which is just steps away and available for you to enjoy during breaks from class. The bonds you’ll create with fellow classmates after sharing Teacher Training in this calming, rejuvenating and natural setting will last a lifetime!
Feeling the Call
- Some people take Level 1 Teacher Training because they feel the call to change their life. Some experience a huge lifestyle change and that experience is what calls them to Teacher Training. Some feel a call to be more authentic. Some feel a need to connect with like-minded people on a deeper level. Others simply want to spend time immersing themselves in the yogic teachings of a Master. Whatever your desire is to take this amazing course know that the end result will be perfect for you!
- Kundalini Yoga is called a ‘sacred science.’ This is because the sacredness of the student is awakened through it. Whether you’ve taken 1 or 101 yoga classes, the personal journey we call ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training’ is absolutely the next step.
A most remarkable experience begins this fall on Prince Edward Island. Come immerse yourself into the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. You’ll experience a clarity and neutrality of mind; a feeling of connection and vastness; a calmness and evenness in your life and more fulfillment as a human being... guaranteed!
Download Registration Form
* Both Sessions #1 and #2 plus once-monthly conference calls (Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., & March) are required for certification.
Shakta Returns to PEI...
Two Workshops in
Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
May 28 & 29, 2014
$15 suggested donation*
Learn to manifest the peace that is always at your core with
Kundalini yoga postures, deep yogic breathing, mantra and
meditation. Experience the profound psychological rest of the
gong. Vibrate the universal field with your personal peace plan.
Cultivate peace within so you can make peace where you go.
Appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome!
• Move and Stretch with light
• Experience Deep Meditation
• Unload the Stress of Your Day
• Release What
No Longer Serves You!
Details - 6 to 8 pm
* A portion of the proceeds to fund a partial
scholarship for a PEI resident to take the Level 1 Kundalini Yoga
Teacher Training course Shakta is leading on PEI next fall!
Just For Fun
|Shakta is a "cat magnet."
Full Moon - May 14
New Moon - May 28
(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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.)
... 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.
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."
... 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
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.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
($14) - Monday &
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
|(Class fee discount of 17% with a 6-Class Pass)||
May 23 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
May 28-29 ·
Cultivate Peace Within - PEI Canada
June 7 ·
Spirituality & Art - Saturday - 11 am
- 1 pm
June 20 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
July 25 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
Aug 3-4 ·
Breathwalk Personal Intensive
Aug 22-24 ·
Childplay Yoga Training -
Sep 20-21 ·
Breathwalk Instructor Training
Sep 26-28 & Nov 7-9 ·
Mind & Meditation with Gurucharan -
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
There are two ways of living in this world; the way of worry and the way of relaxation. If you worry, you have to concentrate to imagine, and it becomes physical work. But if you turn your mind to the Universal Mind, then things will come to you.