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August 14, 2014
||Early Morning Sadhana at KYL -
||Shakta's Teaching at Sukhava Bodhe - Labor Day Weekend
||Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra
Friday August 22
||Guru Ram Das Chant for Yogi
||Yogi Bhajan Birthday - Early
Morning Sadhana - Tuesday August
||KYL's Theme for August -
Happy to Be... in Summer!
||Level 2 Course in Puerto Rico -
Conscious Communication -
Course in Chicago with Gurucharan - Mind & Meditation -
Tuesday Classes at Lunch Time
||KYL Summer Class Schedule
||Level 1 Kundalini Yoga
Teacher Training - Canada -
Registration Closes Sept. 4!
News & Notes...
||Yoga Class Schedule
||Yogi Bhajan Quote
||Just For Fun -
Shakta at International Woman's
Early Morning Sadhana
This Saturday -
Sadhana at KYL
Shakta - 4:30 am to 7 am
"When a person gets up in the morning and does the sadhana, do you know what accompanies that person?
All the angels, all saints and sages come to listen.
Their souls fly to those places to listen where God is chanted."
4:30 am – Japji (meditative prayer)**
Once each month we offer the experience of early morning sadhana at KYL. We begin at 4:30 am when the rays of the sun are hitting the earth at a 60 degree angle. Why get up at this time? Because this is the time when all of the great spiritual teachers appear to bless, elevate and transform each one of us.
There is no charge for this special early morning sadhana.****
4:55 am – Kundalini Yoga Kriya (set of exercises)
5:50 am – Aquarian Sadhana Mantras*
6:55 am – Hukam*** and the Long Time Sunshine Song
7:00 am – Yogi Tea and light breakfast snacks! (bring something to share!)
NOTE: The doors to the Fine Arts Building (FAB) open at 4:00 am. Please time your arrival for between 4:00 and 4:15 am. We begin sadhana at 4:30 am. The doors to the FAB are locked again at 4:30 am.
* Yogi Bhajan gave a specific sequence of mantras on June 21,
1992, with instructions to use them for morning sadhana in this particular order: 1) Long Ek Ong Kar, 2) Wah Yantee, Kah Yantee, 3) the Mul Mantra, 4) Sat Siree, Siree Akal, 5) Rakhe Rakhanahaar, 6) Wahe Guru Wahe Jio and 7) the Guru Ram Das chant.
** Japji is a prayer which relates the conscious mind to the soul. ‘Jap-’ is often translated as ‘song of’ and ‘-ji’ as ‘the soul.’ As a result, Japji is called ‘the song of the soul.’
*** A ‘hukam’ is the divine order of the day.
**** Sadhana (pronounced ‘sod nuh’) is, literally, ‘spiritual discipline;’ the early morning daily spiritual practice.
"Joyful Awakening" is Sukhava
Yoga & Music Festival 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.
29 to September 1
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
to receive 20% off
your ticket purchase. Just enter the promo code at checkout
when you purchase your tickets online.
Here to register - use code SHAKTAYOGA14 for 20% discount.
Relax Into the Sound Current...
Healing Power of
‘Triple Gong & Mantra’
with Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev and Tej Karam Singh
Friday, August 22 -
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! 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.
Click Here to pre-register and join us with the deep vibrational healing of triple gong and mantra!
Guru Ram Das (1534–1581)
Guru Ram Das Chant
August 15 through August 25
Guru Guru Wahay Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
“Wise, wise is the one who serves Infinity.”
|Beginning Friday, August 15th, all classes at KYL are featuring a special mantra called the Guru Ram Das Chant. We traditionally begin chanting this mantra 11 days prior to Yogi Bhajan’s birthday (Aug. 26th). Guru Ram Das was the
fourth of the Sikh Guru Saints, a great teacher and master of Kundalini Yoga of 16th century India known for his humility and compassion.
Yogi Bhajan considered Guru Ram Das his teacher on the astral plane. It is by the grace of Guru Ram Das that we are able to practice the technology of Kundalini Yoga.
Nirgun & Sirgun
This mantra has two parts, Nirgun and Sirgun. The first part, Guru Guru Wahay Guru, is a Nirgun mantra which vibrates only to Infinity. It has no finite qualities. It is the unknown. It projects the mind outwards to the source of all knowledge and ecstasy.
The second part, Guru Ram Das Guru, is a Sirgun mantra. This relates to the manifest energy or form and means, “the wisdom that comes as a servant of Infinity.” In combination, the parts of the mantra project the mind to Infinity and allow the guiding faculty to come into your practical activity.
Also called the ‘miracle mantra,’ Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru invokes the protective energy of Guru Ram Das. It can rescue you in times of trouble. It projects the mind to Infinity then allows guidance to come into your finite, daily activities. When you chant his mantra, you can re-write any sense of your being limited. You will know yourself as an unlimited being! Bottom line, if you ever need a miracle, this is the mantra to chant!
Come to class at KYL between August 15th and 25th and watch as miracles both small and large manifest in your life!
August 26 is the ...
Celebration of a Master
Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday
Tuesday - August 26
Early Morning Sadhana at KYL
Featuring 2.5 Hours Chanting Long Ek Ong Kar
4:30 am – Japji Sahib*
4:20 am – Warm-Ups
5:00 am – Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
5:12 am – Long Ek Ong Kar**
7:45 am –
Hukam*** and Breakfast Snacks.
(There is no
charge for this event.)
Come honor the life and
legacy of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, the
man who brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and
Meditation to the west in 1968. Before then, these
teachings were considered a secret science. Yogi
Bhajan’s fundamental belief was that happiness was the
birthright of every person. He spent his entire life
teaching people how they could live to their highest
Once each year, on Yogi Bhajan’s
birthday, the entire worldwide community of Kundalini
Yogis gathers for a simultaneous synchronized chanting
of two mantras. One of them, Long Ek Ong Kar, we chant
for 2.5 hours.
Yogi Bhajan once said that
whenever you chant Long Ek Ong Kar for 2.5 hours on his
birthday that you would receive the answers to your
prayers! Come be uplifted in the
celebration of the life of one individual who has
changed the lives of tens of thousands of people all
around the world!
* Japji Sahib – A prayer
written by Guru Nanak, the 1st of the Sikh Gurus, which
relates the conscious mind to the soul. It is a
technology of progression that clears all the chakras.
** The syllables are Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe
Guru. This was the only mantra meditation that Yogi
Bhajan taught during his first year in the United
States. The syllables mean, “The creator and all
creation are one. This is our true identity. The ecstasy
of this wisdom is Great beyond words.”
*** Hukam –
The divine order of the day.
Be... in Summer!
Come to KYL in 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!’
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* 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!
|Prior Graduate of CC
Prior KYL Level 1/Level 2 Alumni
Here for more information.
* Housing and meals fee a separate charge.
Gurucharan Returns to Chicago
Level 2 Course
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Two 3-Day Weekends: Sept. 26-27-28 and
$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.
$ 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
*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
Aug 19, 26, Sep 2 -
12:15 to 1:00 pm
Believe it or not, Shakta used to teach all of the lunch time classes at KYL
10 1/2 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!
to pre-register or simply drop-in for class.
Summer Class Schedule...
Summer Class Schedule
||12:15 pm - Shakta
No Evening Class
||12:15 pm - Hari Dev
6 pm -
||12:15 pm - Hari Dev
- Tej Karam Singh
||10:30 am to Noon - Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
Kundalini Teacher Training in Canada...
Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training
Prince Edward Island,
Sessions of 12-days
Registration closes Thurs., Sept. 4th!
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!
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* Both Sessions #1 and #2 plus once-monthly conference calls (Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., & March) are required for certification.
Just For Fun
|Shakta Kaur teaching
her ‘Invincible Woman’ workshop at International Women’s Camp.
Each woman was given an image of ‘Durga’ like the one that
Shakta’s holding. This was the image of feminine ‘invincibility’
used during the meditation, ‘Woman as the Ashtabhuja.’
Here for a copy of the meditation.
Full Moon - August 10
New Moon - August 25
(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.
- Noon-Time Weekdays - 12:15 to 1:00 pm
- After Work Weekdays - 6 to 7 pm
(After Sunday's class join us for a vegetarian potluck.)
|(Class fee discount of 17% with a 6-Class Pass)||
Aug 22 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
Sept 19 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
Sep 20-21 ·
Breathwalk Instructor Training
Sep 26-28 & Nov 7-9 ·
Mind & Meditation with Gurucharan -
Oct 31 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
Nov 28 ·
Gong & Mantra - Friday - 6:30
Mar 12-18 ·
Level 2 - Conscious Communication
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
I am a gardener of consciousness. I have no relationship with you other than that. My only relationship with you is to nurture you, to make you grow, make you feel good, make you healthy, happy and holy.