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 - July 17, 2014
go Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary Shakta & Hari Dev - Friday, July 18   
go Breathwalk Personal Intensive - This Weekend, Saturday & Sunday!
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - July 25  
go Shakta's Teaching at Sukhava Bodhe  - Labor Day Weekend
go Recording Available - Stress Relief & Resolving Issues from the Past
go KYL's Theme for July and August - Happy to Be... in Summer!
go New Level 2 Course in Puerto Rico - Conscious Communication
go Chicago Level 2 with Gurucharan - Mind & Meditation  - This Fall!
go Shakta Teaching Tuesday Classes at Lunch Time
go KYL Summer Class Schedule
go Childplay Yoga with Gurudass Kaur  - August 22-23-24!
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
go Just For Fun
10th Anniversary - July 18

This week Shakta and Hari Dev celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary! Here are the personal wedding vows that they said to each other on that day:

Hari Dev Singh said to Shakta Kaur:
Three years ago
    When our eyes met
    And our souls merged,
    I knew then that this day was destined to be.

One morning
    As I lay dying
    There was only one voice
    Your voice
    Which called my soul back to life.

When my body was too weak
    to sit-up for our morning prayers,
    You would sit at my feet and say,
    “It’s alright, baby, I’ll say your prayers for you.”

Only your love and devotion
    Have made this day possible;
    I now commit everything that I am
    To honor you and serve you
    As you have done so beautifully for me.
Then Shakta Kaur said to Hari Dev:
You are so amazing.
    You probably didn't even know that.
    It's a blessing that you're standing here with me today.

You're my hero.
    You became my hero when you moved from California to Chicago to be here with me.
    You became my hero every day last year as you fought to live and stay here with me.

When my dad was alive I used to tell people that he was the best man I knew.
    Now I get to marry the best man I know.

With this ring I want you to know that my devotion to you just keeps on growing... and growing... and growing.
Click Here to see photos of their wedding day ten years ago.
Breathwalk Training... 
Breathwalk Training...
 
Chicago - July 19-20, 2014
This Friday!



Saturday - 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday - 8 am to 5 pm

There is still time to join us!

     Weekend #1 – Personal Intensive
- July 19-20 ($300)
     Weekend #2 – Instructor Training - September 20-21 ($500 early rate)
Course Venue
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (and along the lakefront)
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60605
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.**

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:
1) Breathwalk book by Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and
2) 5 Fantastic Breathwalks in an Illustrated Program Guide.

In addition, those taking Instructor Certification Receive:
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.

  Click Here for more information, or click here to register.
* 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:
     USA Today    
New York Times

Fee increases: $300 July 9 and after.
Relax Into the Sound Current...
Healing Power of

‘Triple Gong & Mantra’

with Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev and Tej Karam Singh

Friday, July 25 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$16 advance / $20 door
Once again our popular monthly 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 Kaur and Hari Dev for this very 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 Paiste symphonic gongs. Your mind will have no defense to the gongs 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.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us with the deep vibrational healing of triple gong and mantra!
"Joyful Awakening" is Sukhava Bodhe

Yoga & Music Festival
August 29 to September 1

Shakta is thrilled to be a part of Sukhava Bodhe (pronounced "soo-khaah-vuh boh-dhay") Yoga & Music Festival 2014 once again. And, she hopes you can join her there! Sukhava Bodhe — or "joyful awakening" — is an amazing opportunity to experience your own unique joyful awakening through four days of yoga, music, kirtan, art, wisdom talks, camping (be sure to bring a tent and supplies), dancing, celebration and community.

The festival takes place in the stunning natural surroundings of Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat & Sanctuary, a 37-acre property featuring a historic stonehouse, meandering paths through shady woods, and a tranquil pond offset by a quiet sand beach. Use the code below by August 1 to receive 20% off your ticket purchase. Just enter the promo code at checkout when you purchase your tickets online.
Click Here to register - use code SHAKTAYOGA14 for 20% discount.
Recording Available...
Stress Relief & Resolving Issues from the Past

'Soul Talk' Conference Call with Shakta
Recording Now Available!
If you missed Shakta’s most recent ‘Soul Talk’ now you can listen whenever and from wherever you like!

Stress relief was the topic. Shakta shared that ‘stress’ means the pressure that life exerts on you and the way pressure makes you feel and act. You experience stress or strain when your inner resources are inefficient or blocked. It’s then that you can’t respond to stress effectively. Too much unprocessed stress ultimately distorts your focus, your clarity and even your sense of self.

On this call you will also learn:
-- 3 things that most people don’t know about stress,
-- a powerful meditation for stress relief and for resolving issues from the past plus,
-- how Teacher Training helps you overcome both external and internal stressors!

Click Here to access the recording.
KYL's Theme...
KYL’s July & August Theme*

Happy to Be... in Summer!

Come to KYL during July and August to enjoy a special series of classes designed to bring you happiness and success while conquering any shortcomings. Experience an expanded sense of self and allow yourself to ‘be’ present, to ‘be’ aware and to ‘be’ in enjoyment of (the northern hemisphere’s) summer!

Your breath (pranayama) combined with kriya (yoga exercises) and meditation (focusing the mind) all work together bringing a message of freshness and optimism. You’ll stop searching outside and realize that all is within. Come build up your power of excellence this summer even as the season reaches its zenith — happy to ‘be!’

Click Here to view class schedule.
* Thank you to Atmabir Kaur (Ruth) Richman of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, for sharing this thematic idea with Shakta!
Conscious Communication - Level 2 KYTT

Level 2 "Conscious Communication" - Puerto Rico

With Mahan Rishi Singh, D.C., Nirbhe Kaur and Shakta Kaur

March 12-18, 2015
includes a lovly "free day" to enjoy the island
Communication is a gift to know. Communication is a gift to understand. Communication is a gift to realize. If you do not use communication for these three things, it is better that you shut up and don’t talk.’ -- Yogi Bhajan

Join us for this unique seven-day course (one of five Level 2 modules) to learn how to speak — meditatively and intuitively — not just to talk! The discipline of conscious communication qualifies you to speak each word one-pointedly, faithfully, courageously, directly and simply.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Gather your energy and awareness to support what you intend to communicate.
  • Practice harmonious communication in areas of conflict or confrontation.
  • Consciously communicate at the subtle frequencies of your chakras.
  • Realize prayer as the intimate presence of the Infinite within you.

This is our second Level 2 course at the beautiful Copamarina Resort. You will love the ‘Copa.’ Their staff is truly accommodating. Our classroom is on the waterfront. Our vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared. Our group dinners under the trellis are nothing short of magical. And, we guarantee that you will enjoy relaxing in the hammocks scattered around the property during breaks from class!

Course Fee:
$   599
$1,099
$1,199
$1,299
Prior Graduate of CC
Prior KYL Level 1/Level 2 Alumni
IKYTA Member
Regular Rate

Click Here for more information.


* Housing and meals fee a separate charge.
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

$1,099 - KYL Level 1 or 2 Alumni*
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*
$   599 – 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
*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.
Shakta at Noon...

Tuesday Lunch Time Classes
with Shakta Kaur

July 22, 29 - 12:15 to 1:00 pm

Believe it or not, Shakta used to teach all of the lunch time classes at KYL ten years ago! At the time she decided on a 45-minute format for those who work in the city. Many can only take an hour or so for lunch. ‘There are plenty of kriyas and meditations that fit nicely into a 45-minute time slot,’ Shakta says!

So, come join Shakta on one of these Tuesdays to ‘relax, restore and rejuvenate’ before you head back to the office!
Click Here to pre-register or simply drop-in for class.

Summer Class Schedule...

Summer Class Schedule

Wednesday Evening (6 pm) ...
July 23 - Hari Dev

Monday  No Noon Class
6 pm- Sangatpreet Kaur
Tuesday 12:15 pm - Shakta
No Evening Class
Wednesday 12:15 pm - Hari Dev
6 pm - Hari Dev
Thursday 12:15 pm - Hari Dev
6 pm - Tej Karam Singh
Friday No Classes 
Saturday No Classes
Sunday 10:30 am to Noon - Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
Childplay Teacher Training

Childplay Yoga

with Gurudass Kaur

August 22-24, 2014
at KYL Downtown Chicago

$400 regular rate - $375 Until July 31
Learn to teach yoga and meditation to children!
You don’t need to have children to take Childplay Yoga!
However, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are
welcome to take Childplay Yoga, too!
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!

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.   Download brochure.

The fee is $400 August 1 and later.
Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training

Prince Edward Island, Canada

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 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 TogetherTimes 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.

Ashram Setting - 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!

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 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 Brochure     Download Registration Form     Register Online     Tour Venue     Map


*  Both Sessions #1 and #2 plus once-monthly conference calls (Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., & March) are required for certification.
Just For Fun
Shakta Kaur is featured in Prince Edward Island’s (PEI), ‘The Guardian’ newspaper! She's talking about PEI's upcoming Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course!!  Read all about it at:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Living/2014-07-08/article-3791448/A-peaceful-pracice-on-P.E.I./1
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - July 12

New Moon - July 26

(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
  • Noon-Time Weekdays - 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ($12)
  • After Work Weekdays - 6 to 7 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday ($14)
  • 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
  • July 19-20  · Breathwalk Personal Intensive
  • July 25  · Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Aug 22-24  · Childplay Yoga Training - $375 - brochure
  • Sep 20-21  · Breathwalk Instructor Training
  • Sep 26-28 & Nov 7-9  · Mind & Meditation with Gurucharan  - details
 
Year 2015
  • Mar 12-18  · Puerto Rico Level 2 - Conscious Communication
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
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.
"