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 - February 19, 2015
go A Dance of Breath, Sound and Movement - Shakta's Workshops at Moksha!  
go Experience the First Weekend of Kundalini Teacher Training - Open to All!  
go White Tantric Yoga® - Registration Open!  
go Healing Power of Triple Prosperity Gong & Mantra - Friday Feb 27  
go Shakta Teaches "Yoga for Prosperity & Abundance" - Sunday!
go Travel to India in 2015 with Shakta and Hari Dev  
go Level 2 Course in Puerto Rico - Conscious Communication - March 12-18, 2015
go Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Madison WI - Begins March 6, 2015
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just For Fun - Shakta Shows You Lake Michigan as Rarely Seen!  
go Food For The Gods - Claire Sylvestre’s Flourless Black Bean Brownies  
Kundalini Workshops with Shakta

A Dance of Breath, Sound and Movement

Fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation with Shakta

at Moksha Yoga Riverwest
700 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL, 60642  (map)

Friday / Saturday / Sunday - February 20-22
Workshop Fees...
All 4 Workshops:
     $130 regular
     $104 Moksha Member

... or, purchase individual workshops.
Join Shakta in a ‘first ever’ event at Moksha Yoga... a full weekend to dive deep into the fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan!

This magical weekend begins with a ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra’ on Friday evening (6:30-9:00 pm). Saturday morning (10 am – 1 pm) come to ‘Reclaim Your Excellence,’ enjoy lunch with Shakta and fellow yogis, then, stay for ‘Intention & Inspiration’ Saturday afternoon (2:30 – 5:00 pm) which features a DVD class with the Master, Yogi Bhajan. Each of these sessions includes yoga, deep relaxation, meditation and a down-to-earth explanation of this dynamic style of practice.

In Sunday afternoon’s ‘Meditation Intensive’ (2:30 – 5:00 pm) Shakta shares a variety of meditation techniques from the Kundalini Yoga lineage – silence, sound and anahat. Light asana, relaxation and the gong are included in this session.

All sessions with Shakta are appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome. Click Here for more details and to pre-register!
Open to All...
Open to All!

First Weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

in Madison, Wisconsin

March 6-7-8
$400 advance / $450 door*
Come experience the first weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Madison, Wisconsin, with Shakta Kaur!

This is perfect if you are:
    --considering Teacher Training but aren’t 100% sure yet;
    --interested but cannot commit to 9 weekends over 9 months;
    --intrigued by what you’ve experienced in Kundalini classes and want more; or
    --already certified in another yoga style and would like a deeper understanding of Kundalini.**

You will:
    --learn how to maintain your physical being for optimal balance;
    --discover how to clear the mind and become calm;
    --receive yogic lifestyle tools to help make your life easier and happier and
    --gain an experiential understanding of the connectedness between your body, mind & spirit!

This is a rare opportunity to dive deep into the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend! Come learn a spectrum of techniques for personal growth and transformation, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth.

Click Here to pre-register.
*   Textbooks are not included in the ‘First Weekend’ Registration fee. However, they will be available at an additional charge.
** The ‘First Weekend’ registration fee is fully applicable to the course tuition if you decide to continue with the remaining 8 weekends.
Annual 'Spring Cleaning' for The Mind
White Tantric Yoga® Chicago

Registration Now Open!

Saturday, April 18 - 8 am to 6:30 pm
 
details     register
Fees (same prices as in 2008!):
Regular Rate:  $147 until April 4  $167  April 5+
Seniors / Students* $  93 until April 4  $108 April 5+ 
New Venue!
Jones College Prep High School
700 S. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605
map
“The beauty of White Tantric Yoga is that it is subtle, it is exalting and it works to give you the mastery of life.” --Yogi Bhajan

WHAT IS IT?
White Tantric Yoga® is world-renowned as one of the most powerful and beautiful of all subtle energy practices. It enables you to break through deep subconscious blocks, so that your mind, body, and soul can act together as one. As a path to personal freedom and awareness, it has been said that this practice can bring success to every area of your life.

White Tantric Yoga® (WTY) is a day of six to eight meditations practiced with a partner. You sit facing your partner and follow instructions given on DVD by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan, and repeated by the course facilitator. Every course is facilitated in person by a representative of the Mahan Tantric.

Each WTY course consists of between six and eight kriyas. A WTY kriya is a meditation incorporating a yoga posture, mudra (hand position), eye focus (dristi) and mental focus. Sometimes the mediations are accompanied by music. The meditations vary in length from 11 to 31 to 62 minutes. There are ample breaks in between each meditation.

WHAT TO EXPECT
There are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga®. Beginners will tune into their internal energies and enjoy a deep and sometimes challenging meditative experience. More advanced meditators will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness.

The mere act of registering for a White Tantric Course sends an intention--a message to the universe--that you’re looking for a change and that you want to cleanse yourself. Some people have very specific intentions for White Tantric Yoga®. They might have an intention of getting rid of “X,” to heal “Y” or to understand “Z.” In the alternative, if you have an unpleasant memory, you can bring that thought and find relief at White Tantric Yoga—you don’t have to go through it over and over again.

WHAT TO WEAR
Wear loose fitting and comfortable white or light-colored clothing. White combines all the colors and enhances the magnetic field. Bring a white cotton head covering that completely covers the crown of your head and that will stay on securely (white head coverings are available to purchase at WTY if you forget yours or don’t have one). Wearing a head covering is for your personal growth and upliftment. It also helps keep your positive energy within. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily because White Tantric Yoga® is practiced with the feet uncovered.

To register online for WTY (paying via credit card add 3% finance charge):   [online]
For complete details about the WTY experience, and to register via check:   [details]



White Tantric Yoga® Bazaar - Once again WTY Chicago will have a ‘Bazaar’ area available for vendors this year! Bazaar tables are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Per WTY procedures, the Bazaar may only be open at lunch, during the afternoon breaks, and again after WTY concludes.  The fee for a vendor table in the Bazaar is $60. (These are not ‘skirted’ display tables. Please bring your own table coverings!) Click here to reserve your table: [vendor]

White Tantric Yoga® Community Table - This year we again offer a Community Table where you may leave your materials for attendees to pick up at their choosing. The fee to leave 150 copies of a flier or business card is $20 per item. There is a limited number of space on our ‘Community Table,’ so, click here [community] to reserve your space soon.


* ’Student’ does not include those in Level 1 or Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training courses. 'Senior' is age 65+.
KYL's Theme...

Yoga for Prosperity & Abundance

KYL's February Theme

Shakta’s Teaching Sunday at KYL
10:30 am to 12 noon
(with delicious veggie potluck afterward!)
Come to KYL during February for our annual ‘Yoga for Prosperity and Abundance’ series! Every class uses yoga postures, meditations, mantras and the gong to release old habits of scarcity and bring in new habits of abundance.

Prosperity is damaged by mental insecurity. So, come raise your self-esteem, eliminate negative thoughts and affirm your worthiness to receive through special yoga and meditation classes where you will learn:
    -How to Recognize Prosperity
    -How Appreciation Builds Prosperity
    -To Use Tithing as a Tool to Receive More
    -How to Tap Opportunities
    -The Power of Blessing, and
    -How to go from misfortune to Good Fortune!

Simply 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
  Return to the US on Winter Solstice, 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!  

$100 discount if you pre-register before March 31
Did you graduate from a KYL Level 1 or 2 Teacher Training Course? 
If so, then you receive an additional $100 discount!


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!
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!

There is still time to join us! Plus, enjoy
deep discounts on select sleeping rooms!
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
$1,199
$1,299
$1,399
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!


Come take Teacher Training in Madison, Wisconsin, next month! 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
Application Form - to pay by check.     Download Brochure
Food For The Gods


Claire Sylvestre’s

Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Yes, yes... sounds odd, but really taste good!
Flourless Brownies recipe provided generously by Claire Sylvestre! (Makes 16)

No one will ever guess the secret ingredient in this recipe – black beans!!

Ingredients:
   1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
   3 large eggs (or vegetarian egg substitute, i.e., flaxseed)
   1/3 cup melted coconut oil, more for the baking pan
   1/2 cup cocoa powder
   1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons gluten-free pure vanilla extract
   1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cane sugar
   1/2 cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
   1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
   1/2 teaspoon baking powder
   1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8X8 inch baking pan. Place black beans, eggs, butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir the chocolate chips and walnuts. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until just set in the center. Cool before cutting into squares.
Just For Fun
Here are some images of Lake Michigan that very few people ever see.  Don't know if you would recognize her Breathwalking on these cold Chicago mornings, but, yes, that’s Shakta standing below the water line.  That's a 10 foot wall of frozen Lake Michigan ice and sand behind her (... with the top of the Planetarium in the distance, too!)  And, check out this beautiful arch.  It formed naturally along 12th Street Beach in downtown Chicago.  Shakta was wise enough NOT to try walking across the ice towards it to take a selfie!  The next day, as amazingly as it appeared, the arch was gone!
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - February 18

11 Days After - March 1

Full Moon - March 5

(Above Dates Adjusted for Central Time Zone)
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.

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.

Yoga Class Schedule  (view online)
Kundalini Classes
  • Noon-Time Weekdays - 12:15 to 1:00 pm
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 2015
  • 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)
  • Nov 29 - Dec 21  · Visit India, Change Your Life  a journey with Shakta and Hari Dev (details)
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
Make no excuses for your desire to be prosperous; it is a divine desire that should be given divine expression.
"