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 - December 18, 2014
go Winter Solstice Sunday Class - with Shakta  
go Annual New Year's Eve Celebration  
go Holiday Specials at KYL  
go Our December Theme:  Spiritual Strength
go Travel to India in 2015 with Shakta and Hari Dev  
go Level 2 Course in Puerto Rico - Conscious Communication - March 2015
go Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Madison WI - March 2015
go Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - New Jersey - March 2015
go Triple Gong & Mantra - December 26!   
go KYL Holiday Class Schedule  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Shakta and President Obama  
Earth's Sacred Day...
Winter Solstice Sunday Class
on the New Moon!

with Shakta

Sunday, December 21 10:30 am to 12 noon
(with delicious veggie potluck afterwards!)
We’ve come to the deepest place in our year ... the Winter Solstice! Solstice means ‘standing still sun.’ Winter solstice is when, because of the earth’s tilt, the northern hemisphere is leaning farthest away from the sun! And, it looks like the sun is ‘standing still.’ That makes it is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.  This year's Winter Solstice occurs on the day of the New Moon making it even more auspicious!

Winter Solstice was celebrated among the ancients as a turning point. It was a time to pull within, to be quiet and go deep. As the ancient ones knew, it is always in the deepest and darkest times that the best planting occurs. When you come to class with Shakta on Sunday, December 21st, be ready plant some new seeds of your own!

You will be asked to write down:
    · What you want to leave behind for yourself (personally) in 2014
    · What you want to bring forward for yourself (personally) in 2015, and
    · What you want to bring forward for the planet in 2015?

Prior to the Solstice, and to help you prepare to write these intentions, think about ...
    · What you are endeavoring to manifest now in your life?
    · How you can change your thought patterns to empower your intention?
    · What old connections could you release for your highest good?
    · Where could you turn for the best sources of inspiration and solutions?
    · What wisdom is seeking to reveal itself to you at this time?
    · What new idea has seeded itself already this winter and how can you best nurture it to fruition?

As you ponder the answers to these questions know that the Kundalini Yoga and Meditation that Shakta chooses for us on the New Moon Winter Solstice will be exactly what is needed! Come to class with Shakta on Sunday, December 21st to plant these seeds with a deep knowing that the light will return and that your intentions will blossom!

You may register ahead of time, or simply "drop in" for this special class.
Set the Tone for Next Year...
Annual Yogic New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Fine Arts Building Downtown - 10th Floor
Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
410 S. Michigan Ave.

7:30 pm to 12:30 am
‘Conscious Fun for Everyone!’
 
Join a group of like-minded yogis and their friends for a fun, inspiring and conscious evening of yoga, meditation, the gong, chanting and community at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop’s Annual "Yogic New Year’s Eve" celebration! Held in the historic Fine Arts Building’s (FAB), yogis from the city and suburbs will gather once again to enjoy a perfect view of both Lake Michigan and the midnight fireworks off of Navy Pier. Plus, delicious potluck vegetarian food and drink will be served in an alcohol-free and tobacco-free environment.

The evening includes:
  • 7:30 pm –Doors Open
  • 8:00 pm –Yoga, Meditation and Double Gong for ‘A New You, A New Year, A New Way’
  • 9:30 pm –Vegetarian Potluck Dinner (Everyone brings a ‘dish and a wish’ for the New Year!)
  • 10:45 pm –Mantra Dancing
  • 11:30 pm –Gongs, Drumming and Chanting the Night Away
  • Midnight –Fireworks Viewing from 10th floor
  • 12:15 am – Prosperity Meditation to bring in your best year ever!

Space is limited. Advance registration required. No walk-ins day of the event. $55 single/$100 for two until Dec. 26 (then, $10 higher). Call 312-922-4699 or click here to register.  Download Flyer
Bargains!

Holiday Specials at KYL!

Clothing – 25% off *
CDs ‘Blue Dot’– Just $10!!
Gift Certificates – any $ amount!

If you’ve been eyeing a particular Indian shawl or white tunic at KYL now is the time to make that purchase. Through Dec. 28 all clothing at KYL is 25% off. Also, any CDs you find with a ‘blue dot’ on the cover are just $10 each. There’s no limit on the number of CDS you may purchase at this price, either!!

Gift certificates for classes, workshops, Teacher Training or products at KYL are available in any dollar amount, too. Simply call 312-922-4699 or ask a KYL teacher to help the next time you come to class.

*Clothing includes shirts, tunics, leggings & pants. Head coverings are excluded from this special, sorry!

KYL's Theme...  Shakta’s Teaching Sunday at KYL

KYL’s December Theme

Yoga & Meditation
for
Spiritual Strength
Never feel that you are alone. Your self, your consciousness and your spiritual strength is always with you. Never ignore yourself and the unseen hand of God that is always with you.” -- Yogi Bhajan
Some people think that their strength comes from their muscles or their wealth or their influence. But to the yogis strength does not come from the body or from the show of money or power. Strength comes from the spirit or soul. Soul is a part of the Creator. Therefore you are a part of the Creator and the Creator is a part of you. That is your strength! Spiritual strength is when you are constant and continuous in the flow of your spirit—no matter what comes your way!

During the month of December come to KYL and learn how to:
     - develop meditative strength
     - optimize the 8 chakras and 10 bodies
     - enhance your reputation, and
     - share the strength you have!

Drop-in to the class of your choice or click here to pre-register.
December 2015 Trip to India
Visit India, Change Your Life

with Shakta & Hari Dev
Nov-Dec 2015
Pre-Tour North India:  Delhi, Taj Mahal, Golden Temple Nov 29 to Dec 6
Main Tour Cochin, Elephant Camp, Houseboat River Tour, Vaidyagrama, Conference:  Ayurveda & Yoga: Where Science Meets Consciousness, Coimbatore Dec 6 to Dec 18
Post-Tour South India:  Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Trichy, Tanjore Dec 18 to Dec 20
  Register by Dec 31, 2014 for the lowest rate. Arrive US Dec 21

For all spiritual seekers travel to India has an almost magical appeal. The very land is steeped in spirituality where many ancient practices were developed and perfected over thousands of years. Simply walking the land can leave a profound and lasting imprint on your soul. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the people of India are guaranteed to change the way you view yourself and the world.

Shakta and Hari Dev’s tour maintains all the comforts of home with the profound experience that is India. You absorb the country’s rich spiritual traditions while enjoying safe food, top notch lodging and the guidance of experienced staff. Highlights of this tour include the 7-day ‘Ayurveda and Yoga Conference: Where Science Meets Consciousness*,’ pre-dawn visits to both the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Taj Mahal in Agra, touring in a houseboat, visiting an elephant camp sanctuary, viewing the intricately carved temples of Madurai in south India, and (of course!) shopping in the bazaars with Shakta.

Design your own tour! Take just the pre-tour and main tour. Or, take just the main tour and post-tour. It is totally up to you and your schedule!  Did you graduate from a KYL Level 1 or 2 Teacher Training Course? If so, then you receive an additional $100 discount!

Pre-register with your down payment of $600 by December 31st to receive the ‘early bird’ rate.**

Detailed itinerary:   http://www.spiritualjourneys.net/Tours/Shakta15.htm

Download Flyer       Registration Form

Note:  You must have a passport valid until June 2016 and obtain a visitor's visa for India.  Roundtrip airfare to India is not included in the tour prices.


*   Shakta is teaching Kundalini Yoga & Meditation once again at the Ayurveda & Yoga Conference!
** Plus, alumni of KYL’s Level 1 or Level 2 courses receive an additional $100 discount!
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

Make Your Sleeping Room & Meals Reservations Now!
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 or Khalsa Healing Arts Level 1/Level 2 Alumni
IKYTA Member
Regular Rate

Click Here to register online, or download application form.


* Housing and meals fee a separate charge.
Transform Yourself...
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Teacher Training in Madison, Wisconsin

with Shakta Kaur, Gurusahay 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 next year consider coming to Madison, Wisconsin, in the Spring! Shakta Kaur leads a 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
KY Teacher Training in New Jersey
Level 1 Teacher Training in Westfield, New Jersey

with Shakta Kaur, Hari Simran Singh, D.C. and Siri Sat Kaur

March to November 2015 - 9 Weekends over 9 Months!
The Aquarian Yoga Center in Westfield, New Jersey, is preparing to host its second Level 1 Teacher Training course. And, Shakta Kaur is serving as their Lead Trainer!

So, if you live on the east coast or travel there often, come join Shakta and her talented team of Teacher Trainers for the personal journey of growth and self-development that we call ‘Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.’ This is a course where you learn the fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® to improve yourself. And, once you satisfactorily complete all the course requirements you will also have the skills necessary to teach publicly if you so choose!

Kundalini Yoga is called a sacred science. This is because the sacredness of the student is awakened through it. Come respond to the longing within and join Shakta, Hari Simran Singh and Siri Sat Kaur in Westfield, New Jersey, for the experience of a lifetime!

Click here for more information and/or to pre-register: http://www.aquarianyogacenter.com/KY_Teacher_Training.php
Renew & Restore...
Healing Power of

Holiday

‘Triple Gong & Mantra’

with Shakta Kaur, Hari Dev and Tej Karam Singh

Friday, December 26 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm
$16 advance / $20 door
Bring a friend and join us for our day-after-Christmas session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra.’ Come share this special experience with a community of like-minded people. It will create a deep stillness in your heart and a calmness of your mind. Plus, you’ll experience the vibrations of not one, not two, but three beautiful Paiste gongs!

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 three Paiste symphonic gongs. The gong is a reinforced vibration that impacts the entire body by releasing blocks and reducing tension to allow the inflow of all blessings, grace and elevation.

After the gongs we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a different level of intelligence, or, consciousness.

So, Click Here to pre-register and join us with the deep vibrational healing of 'holiday' triple gong and mantra!
Holiday Class Schedule...
Just For Fun
 

Shakta Kaur was one of 500 guests who were invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of Crain’s Chicago Business’ ’40 Under 40’ list.  ’40 Under 40’ identifies individuals under 40 years of age who have broken barriers in their individual fields.  Why was Shakta there?  Well, in 1993 she was named one of Chicago’s ’40 Under 40’ for her leadership as a franchisee business advocate in her role as President of the American Franchisee Association (AFA).  You can see her name on the list below (aka Susan Kezios).  Oh, yes, that is the President’s name on the same list!  President Barack Obama was one of her ’40 Under 40’ classmates in 1993!  Please note, the magazine cover uses the term "militant" to describe Ms. Kezios.  How curious is that?

1993

Steve Albini
Darcy Bouzeos
Barbara Brown-Gorman
Joann Carpenter
Timothy Cawley
Gerard Centioli
Adela Cepeda
Gery Chico
Forrest Claypool
Daniel Coffey
James Dorsey

William Dutton
Bernard Edelman
Gary Edson
Gary Gardner
Peter Giangreco
Alan Gordon
Richard J. Gorman
Bob Gremillion
Muzette Hill
Deborah Hockman

Paul Humenansky
Polly Kawalek
Susan Kezios
Steven Koch
Denise Matthews
Linda Riley Mitchell
Barack Obama
Joe Perrino
David A. Schawk
Paul Sereno

David Shyrock
Susan Sjo
Mary "Honey" Skinner
Diane Swonk
Scot Thomas
Jeff Vitale
Julia Wallace
Larry Wert
Delena Wilkerson
Nancy Wolcott

Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

Full Moon - Dec 6

New Moon - Dec 21 - Winter Solstice!

(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."  And, this month we celebrate the New Moon on the day of Winter Solstice!

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
  • Dec 26  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Dec 31  · Yogic New Year's Eve - Wednesday - 7:30 pm to 12:30 am
 
Year 2015
  • Jan 23  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Feb 27  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Mar 6-8  · Madison, WI  Level 1 - Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (details)
  • Mar 12-18  · Puerto Rico  Level 2 - Conscious Communication (details)
  • Mar 27-29  · New Jersey  Level 1 - Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (details)
  • Nov 29 - Dec 21  · Visit India, Change Your Life  a journey with Shakta and Hari Dev (details)
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
On solstice days the energy is at the peak of its beauty. It should be very rhythmic for you if on solstice days you do more prayer, exercise more, and re-organize yourself more. It will pay you its dividend.
"