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 - September 18, 2014
go Level 2 Course in Chicago with Gurucharan - Mind & Meditation  - 8 Days Away!
go Triple Gong & Mantra - This Friday!  
go Breathwalk - Free Class This Sunday!
go 3 Workshops in Madison, WI with Shakta  
go Our Fall Theme:  Yoga for Determination   
go Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Madison WI  
go How Kundalini Yoga Saved my Life - in Grad School  
go Level 2 Course in Puerto Rico - Conscious Communication - March 2015
go Shakta Teaching Tuesday Classes at Lunch Time
go KYL's Autumn Class Schedule  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Glass on the beach = ART!
go Food For The Gods - Spicy Lentil Soup
Madison WI Workshops...
Reclaim Your Excellence

with Shakta

3 Workshops in Madison
Friday & Saturday - November 14 & 15
In the beginning you were perfect, you are perfect now and you shall always be perfect. But, life’s whirlpool of color and sound always seems to take you away from YOU! Come take one, two or three different workshops with Shakta Kaur when she visits Madison, Wisconsin, in November to re-set yourself to your original perfect balance so you can become YOU again!

Register for an individual workshop or receive a deep discount when registering for all three workshops. Shakta guarantees that you’ll raise yourself above the chaos of life and reclaim your excellence!

Friday - Nov 14
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Healing Power of Gong & Mantra $25  register
Saturday - Nov 15
10 am to Noon
Rejuvenate Your Energy with Breathwalk
(Walking Meditation)
$30  register
Saturday - Nov 15
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Reclaim Your Excellence
with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & the Gong
$30 register
Save $25 - Register for all three $60  register

Transform Yourself...
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Teacher Training in Madison, Wisconsin

with Shakta Kaur, Mahan Rishi Singh, D.C. and Hari Simran Singh, D.C.

March to November 2015 - 9 Weekends – 9 Months!
If you’re thinking about taking Teacher Training but this fall is too soon consider coming to Madison, Wisconsin, next spring instead! Shakta Kaur leads this KRI-certified Level 1 course—for the first time ever—in Madison!!

Our venue is the amazing Quarry Arts Building originally designed to create a restorative environment for Madison’s healing and professional community. The land on which the Quarry Arts Building sits was once called Taychopera. This tribal name describes a place of peace, healing and restoration. It is a perfect location for our Teacher Training course.

We hope to see you in Madison for Level 1, The Aquarian Teacher, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, with Shakta Kaur and her amazing team of Teacher Trainers!

Click Here for more details.                 Register Online -Save $200 by Dec 31, or, save $100 by Feb 6, 2015.
Application Form - to pay by check.     Download Brochure
Our Fall Theme...

KYL’s September-October Theme

Yoga & Meditation for Determination
Determination is a quality that we all admire. Having great determination is also known as having great will-power, resolve, purpose, fortitude, grit, strength of mind and strength of character.

When we are determined we push ourselves beyond the limitations. Being ‘determined’ becomes a priority. We are determined from the first moment to the final act.

Determination requires commitment. We recognize we have a specific purpose in the play of life. Honoring that purpose provides a self-determination to overcome any impossibility along the way.

A lack of determination may arise from a lack of self-esteem or from insecurity. Living with indecisiveness or denying ourselves the opportunity to fully express ourselves also manifests as a lack of determimation. 

Build bridges--not barriers--to achieving your excellence.  Come to KYL this fall to:
--get rid of any inner deficiency
--make the impossible possible
--uncover the strength of who you are and manifest it
--live a life of self-determination, self-achievement and self-excellence!

Drop-in to the class of your choice or click here to pre-register.
The Season Shifts...
Healing Power of

Autumnal Equinox

‘Triple Gong & Mantra’

with Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev and Tej Karam Singh

Friday, September 19 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$16 advance / $20 door
In anticipation of the autumnal equinox our popular monthly session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra’ again features not one, not two, but three beautiful Paiste gongs!  KYL Teacher Tej Karam Singh brings his gong to join 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 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.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us with the deep vibrational healing of triple gong and mantra!
Free Breathwalk Class...
‘Autumnal Equinox’
Breathwalk Sunday

Sept. 21 - 1:30 to 3:00 pm
register in advance
Do you love walking? Would you like to improve your walking experience? If so, then come try Breathwalk with us! On Sunday, September 21, come Breathwalking on the eve of the Autumnal Equinox—for FREE!

You’ll learn to synchronize your breath with your walking steps. And, you’ll learn how to augment your experience with directed, meditative attention. Plus, Breathwalk is simply lots of fun to do!

Bring your friends, colleagues and family. We’ll meet at 1:30 pm in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building (FAB). Wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and comfortable walking shoes. There is no charge for this event! But, reservations are required.

Click Here to pre-register.
Keep Up!
How Kundalini Yoga Saved my Life

in Graduate School

by Akasha Kaur (Marina) Livis
“It’s August 26, 2014 at 4:15am and I’m taking the old-fashioned elevator up to the 5th floor where my former yoga home is located. As the gate of the elevator closes and the man sitting inside presses a button, I feel like I’m in a time machine that’s taking me back to 2006. Eight long years have passed since I stepped foot in this magical place, Kundalini Yoga in the Loop, situated between artist shops in the Fine Arts Building on South Michigan Avenue! My last memories of practicing Kundalini Yoga in Chicago all happened inside this quaint little studio, where I used to come religiously every Sunday morning like some people go to Church.

I would take the L from Evanston, IL, where I was a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Communication Disorders program. Every other day of the week, I was miserable; fighting inner and outer demons, battling a depression that I was sure would take my life. Shakta Kaur’s Sunday morning classes were my respite, my home away from home during those lonely and gloomy days. On the outside, it appeared that I had everything going for me: I got into the top 3 graduate program for speech language pathology in the country; I was living just a 5 minute walk from Lake Michigan and a scenic bike ride away from the academic building where I spent the majority of my days; I managed to make a few good friends and found a spiritual community after relocating here from New Jersey.

Despite all this, by my third quarter in the program, everything looked bleak and the thought of completing what I started filled me with dread. I somehow managed to keep my academic GPA up, but when it came to performing up to standards in my sessions with clients, I was a train wreck. I was encouraged to go for therapy, so I started seeing a psychiatrist and a psychologist who tried their best to help me... to no avail. The cocktail of antidepressants I was on only made me more suicidal, and talking about how I was feeling only made me feel more like a victim with no escape. Only disciplined meditation and yoga practice created any noticeable changes in me. I would come to class with the usual negative train of thought that followed me around like a rain cloud, and come out of class feeling like the sun had risen on my horizon.

During the intense practice of pranayama, kriya and meditation, I noticed subtle shifts in my energy and physiology. Since I was taking anatomy class at the time, I would visualize the diaphragm moving up and down during inspiration and expiration, and imagine how the vocal cords and all the laryngeal muscles expanded and contracted while reciting Gurbani mantras. Sat Kriya strengthened my sense of self by reconnecting me with the seat of personal power and Kirtan Kriya reminded me that I am Infinite and my soul never dies. This brought a much-needed perspective on the ego’s desire to escape from my mental and emotional anguish. As I lay in corpse pose during deep relaxation while listening to the sound of the Gong being played, I quickly shifted out of the default analysis paralysis state and into a more relaxed and intuitive mode through the activation of my parasympathetic nervous system. The practice of yoga brought my book learning to life and gave it practical significance.

Kundalini yoga is the only practice that has given me the experience of God and connection with Source, not just the intellectual knowledge or philosophy about it. Now I would like to share this powerful technology with others, so that they too have the opportunity to experience personal transformation. Which is why, after practicing this style of yoga for the past 15 years, I finally committed to Level I Aquarian teacher training and recently became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher! If you are searching for mental sanity as I did, the solution lies not in a quick fix in the form of recreational or over-the-counter drugs, but in a lifestyle change. Congratulations, you have come to the right place!”
About Akasha Kaur: Marina (Akasha Kaur) is a licensed social worker and certified holistic health coach who helps men and women facilitate their own mental, emotional, spiritual and physical transformation. She works with a wide range of clients including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those struggling with clinical depression and anxiety. Contact Akasha Kaur for a complimentary phone or SKYPE consult at www.marinawellness.com.
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
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 - Just 8 Days Away!
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

Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 - 12:15 to 1:00 pm

Believe it or not, Shakta used to teach all of the lunch time classes at KYL 10.75 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.

Autumn Class Schedule...

Autumn Class Schedule

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

Spicy Lentil Soup

Everyone at KYL’s potluck last Sunday voted to include this tasty and spicy lentil dish in our repertoire permanently. Hari Dev adjusted a few of the spices to make it just his own, which are duly noted in the recipe, too!
Just For Fun
Shakta Kaur is working with Fine Arts Building (FAB) artist Beatriz Ledesma on a collaborative art piece for October’s ‘Artists Month.’ Their work will hang in the second floor gallery of the FAB. Originally, Beatriz and Shakta were going to make a mosaic based upon one of Beatriz’ mandalas. However, the piece has now morphed into a mosaic spiral--using lots of the beach glass Shakta picks up on her morning walks to Chicago’s 12th Street Beach!
Moon Watch

Full Moon - September 8

New Moon - September 24

(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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ($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
  • Sept 19  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Sept 21  · Free Breathwalk at KYL - Sunday -1:30 pm
  • Sep 26-28 & Nov 7-9  · Mind & Meditation with Gurucharan  - details
  • Oct 31  · Ghostly Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Nov 14-15  · 3 Workshops in Madison WI  - Friday Gong 7:30 pm / Saturday Breathwalk 10 am; Reclaim Your Excellence 1:30 pm  (details)
  • Nov 28  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
Year 2015
  • Mar 12-18  · Puerto Rico Level 2 - Conscious Communication
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga is the science of keeping up, in spite of all odds, at any cost. It is not to become a saint, it is to create saints. It is not to make life possible, but to make the impossible possible. It is not for ego, lowliness and disgrace, but for those who are strong and can roar like lions through all the obstacles, and reach their destiny every day. It is grit, commitment and consciousness within one’s self to achieve the mission of the self. It collects all the senses of the sensory system into one sense, to make sense to all. It collects ‘God is Me’ with all the sentiments of reality. Kundalini Yoga creates a human who sheds light, who walks through darkness fearless and free, with no vengeance.