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 - May 28, 2015
go Shakta Teaching at Summer Solstice and Women's Camp - Espanola  
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Friday June 19  
go Outdoor Kundalini Yoga & Meditation - Chicago - All Summer!   
go KYL’s Theme - Yoga and Meditation for Radiant Joy!    
go Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 - Chicago  
go Shakta at the Sukhava Bodhe Yoga & Music Festival - Labor Day Weekend 
go Travel to India this December with Shakta and Hari Dev
go Breathwalk in Albuquerque - After Summer Solstice!  
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go Just for Fun - This Moment of Gratitude Changed My Life
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Outdoor Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Pritzker Park

with Shakta Kaur - All Summer Long!

Let’s take our yoga and meditation outdoors!

12:15 to 1:00 pm - First & Third Tuesdays
June 2 & 16
July 7 & 21
August 4 & 18*

Shakta Kaur is sharing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation beginning in June in Pritzker Park (corner of State and Van Buren). These 45-minute classes are a perfect ‘taste’ of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for beginners.

Each outdoor Kundalini class includes exercise, relaxation and meditation. Bring some water and your yoga mat (or just use the grass!). Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, a cap/sunglasses and sunscreen. An extra shirt (or eye pillow) is handy to cover your eyes during relaxation, too.

Come be warmed by the sun, feel the breeze on your skin and create a stress-free zone in the middle of your day... right in the middle of the city! All levels welcome!  (map)


* There is no charge for these classes. However, at the end of class participants are asked to write down one word describing something for which they are grateful. This is to complete the exchange of energy for what was freely shared with them!
Summer Solstice wih Shakta...
Shakta’s Teaching at

Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration
and International Women’s Camp

Espanola, Ram Das Puri, New Mexico

The Path of Destiny - Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & the Gong
Friday, June 26 - Tantric Shelter - 4:00 – 5:30 pm
You are designated as a human being for the destiny to become One. It is a road that you alone have to travel! No one else can travel it with you because you are especially made by the One in the image of One’s own self. So, when the pressure is on will you travel the path of destiny or the path of neurosis?! Come clear the distractions, release the pressure and embrace your soul!
Breathwalk to Rejuvenate Your Energy Reserves
Thursday, July 2 - Shakti Valley - 7:00 – 8:00 am.  Yogi Bhajan once called Breathwalk, ‘the ultimate fitness program for everyone in the Aquarian Age.’ Our Breathwalk this morning is specifically designed to rejuvenate you! You’ll learn to synchronize your breath with your footsteps while mentally focusing on the primal sounds Sa Ta Na Ma. If you enjoy walking Shakta guarantees that you will enjoy Breathwalk!
Conquering Insecurity
Thursday, July 2 - Shakti Valley - 9:00 am to 12 noon.  Kundalini Yoga class featuring a meditation with Yogi Bhajan via DVD!  When we are insecure we are afraid. When we are insecure we begin to compromise. When we are insecure we just want to survive. We’re thinking short-term, not long-term. When we are insecure there is no vastness, no connection with divinity, nor a feeling of oneness with God or each other. A life based on insecurity and fear is animal, not human. Animals are always insecure and fearful. But you have come into this life fully equipped to face whatever is put on your path. That’s because you are made by the One that is Super-Secure! And, if you do not relate to insecurity, security--which is the Creator--comes through! Come be uplifted in this class with Shakta as you conquer the pressures of time and space... and your insecurities! Through kriya, process and a special meditation via DVD with Yogi Bhajan you’ll say good-bye to insecurity and learn to rely on security a little bit more each day!
Click Here to register for Summer Solstice and/or International Women’s Camp.
Click Here to read the ‘Conquer Insecurity’ article Shakta wrote for 3HO.
KYL's Theme...


Yoga and Meditation for Radiant Joy!
Radiant joy! Isn’t that what life’s all about?! Your soul didn’t incarnate on earth plane for you to have a miserable time. Happiness is your birthright! Your soul has come here so you may live your destiny and then go home – victorious, radiant and full of joy!

As we move through spring and into summer this is the perfect time to consciously nurture the natural radiance and joy inside. No matter what the economics, the situation or the circumstance come to class and remember to embrace the joy of life!

At KYL this month come to:
-- strengthen your radiant body
-- exert your spiritual royalty & presence
-- claim your ‘happiness’ birthright
-- develop your neutral, meditative mind, and
-- continually remind yourself of this beautiful gift of life!

Drop in to a class of your choice, or click here to pre-register.
KYTT in Chicago...
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) Chicago
Begins July 31-Aug1-2, 2015 - Ends April 1-3, 2016

Learn to live an extraordinary life!

Register by May 31 to receive a $200 discount!
Taking the personal journey we call ‘Teacher Training’ is truly a gift to yourself. KYL’s Level 1 course is based on the comprehensive science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. It is a journey in the art and science of improving yourself based upon excellence and exaltation. You will:
  1. receive a direct, internal experience of yoga and meditation,
  2. orient your mind toward its proper role as your ‘servant,’
  3. stop the repetition of past errors and patterns,
  4. invoke your intuition, and
  5. learn to live an extraordinary life!
At first you were probably attracted to Kundalini Yoga for the more obvious reasons like:
  • increasing your strength and improving your flexibility,
  • reducing your stress and learning to relax,
  • learning proper breathing or even
  • for health problems.

But, over time the attraction to this technology increases as you experience:
  • a feeling of connection and vastness,
  • a clarity and neutrality of mind,
  • a calmness and evenness in your life, and even
  • fulfillment as a spiritual being.

Once you complete all course requirements you will also learn how to teach Kundalini Yoga publicly—anywhere in the world--should you so choose! Call Shakta to talk about your vision for taking Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. Or, just to hear her voice and have your questions answered.

Register with your down payment by May 31 and you’ll receive a $200 discount!


Brochure     Application     Register Online     

Send Shakta an email at Shakta@ShaktaKaur.com if you have questions, or call (312) 922-4699.
Labor Day Weekend...

Join Shakta at the Sukhava Bodhe Yoga & Music Festival!

Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4-7
Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat & Sanctuary (map)
Receive 20% off your ticket purchase by using the ‘ShaktaYoga15’ promo code!

Shakta’s Schedule...
    Friday, Sept. 4 – Self-Experience: An All Day Kundalini Intensive - 10 am-4 pm
    Saturday, Sept. 5 - Woman as the Grace of God with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong - 9:30-10:20 am
    Sunday, Sept. 6 – Breathwalk: Mobile Meditation! - 3:00-3:50pm
    Monday, Sept. 7 - Double Gong & Meditation for Prosperity with Kundalini Yoga & Meditation -1:30-2:50 pm

Shakta is thrilled to once again be part of the Sukhava Bodhe (pronounced "soo-khaah-vuh boh-dhay") Yoga & Music Festival 2015. And, she hopes that you will join her there!.

Sukhava Bodhe — or "joyful awakening" — is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a mindful community of yogis, musicians, and activists. Experience your own unique joyful awakening through 4 days of all-ages yoga, slacklining, music, kirtan, art, wisdom talks, camping, dancing, and celebration.

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 code ShaktaYoga15 to receive 20% off your ticket purchase and her intensive. Just enter the promo code at checkout when you purchase your tickets online.

Renew, Relax, Recharge ...

Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra

with Shakta, Hari Dev & Tej Karam
 
Friday June 19 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
People around the world have long observed seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. Most of the celebrations have been spiritual or holy days linked in some way to the Summer Solstice. KYL joins in this month to celebrate the longest day of the year with a very special session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong and Mantra!’

As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra’ 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 not one, but two, but three beautiful Paiste 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 tune into a different level of intelligence, consciousness and spirit.

So, come join us for a very special ‘Summer Solstice’ session of triple gong and mantra on Friday, June 19: Seating is limited. Pre-registration suggested.   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!  

Register by June 30th to receive a complimentary Ayurvedic massage!

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!
Breathwalk in Albuquerque...

Breathwalk Personal Intensive

in Albuquerque, After Summer Solstice

June 27-28,2015
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. Weekends #2 and #3 are 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 Weekends #2 and #3 along with Home Study materials and additional Instructor Support Materials! 

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 Weekends #2 & #3, 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
Just For Fun





This Moment

of Gratitude

Changed My Life

Read the story  
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

11 Days After New Moon - May 28

Full Moon - June 2

New Moon - June 16

(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, 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
  • Mar to Nov 2015  · Madison Level 1 Teacher Training Ongoing
  • June 19  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • June 27-28  · Breathwalk After Solstice - Albuquerque, NM
  • July 2015 - April 2016  · Chicago Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - 8 weekends over 9 months
  • Nov 29 - Dec 21  · Visit India, Change Your Life  a journey with Shakta and Hari Dev (details)
 
A Poem by Yogi Bhajan

The Beloved

"When I joined myself to Truth I got drenched with the color that never fades!

The rhythm of my breath

Became the very sound of God’s Name.

And sitting perfectly in chardi kala,

The True Guru took me by the hand.

 

My burning desires;

My attachment, greed and pride all vanished.

My lust and passion, my flaming anger,

Were all destroyed

When the True Guru held my hand.

 

I perfected the Yoga of Sat Nam.

Divine Radiance filled my Destiny.

My Master showed me the Invisible Path

And, merged in Light, my Lotus bloomed.

Light flowed everywhere . . .

Effortlessly!

 

I became the Beloved when I learned how to love.

Oh People!

I became majestic and God came to live within me.

 

Beloved.

I became the Beloved.

It just happened.

God did it.

 

When I joined myself to Truth.

I became filled with Light.

Inside . . .

Outside . . .

Light and more Light!

Drenched in Light . . .

The True Guru held my hand.