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 - July 16, 2015
go Free Conference Call with Shakta:  The Change Maker Meditation  
go Shakta & Hari Dev's Anniversary - 11 years!  
go Shakta's Teaching 'One Under the Sun' This Sunday  
go Free 31-minute Meditations with Shakta  
go Summer Class Schedule at KYL
go Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra  
go Level 2 - Vitality & Stress - Registration Open!  
go Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 - Chicago  - New Start Date!
go Outdoor Kundalini Yoga & Meditation - Chicago - All Summer!
go Shakta at the Sukhava Bodhe Yoga & Music Festival - Labor Day Weekend! 
go Travel to India this December with Shakta and Hari Dev
News & Notes...
go Yoga Class Schedule
go Yogi Bhajan Quote
go Moon Watch
go For Your Health - The Health Benefits of Yoga
This Saturday...
Free Confernece Call with Shakta

The Change Maker Meditation

Saturday July 18 - 8 am Central

Dial: 1-605-475-2090          Access Code: 788139
-- Do you have some unfinished business that could use a gentle push towards completion?
-- Are there any less-than-positive habits you would like to break?
-- Would you like to improve your memory, concentration and focus?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then join Shakta for a free conference call to learn a powerful yogic tool that can help you achieve a higher level of understanding about yourself and the world around you.

The Kundalini Meditation that Shakta will share is one that many practice together 40 days prior to the beginning of KYL’s Teacher Training courses. This meditation uses the syllables Sa Ta Na Ma:

Sa = Infinity, cosmos, beginning
Ta = Life, existence
Na = Death
Ma = Rebirth.

Sa Ta Na Ma is, quite literally, the cycle of creation. From the Infinite comes life and individual existence. From life comes death or change. From death comes the rebirth of consciousness to the joy of the Infinite through which compassion leads back to life.

Shakta will also discuss details and answer questions regarding the journey of personal growth and transformation that is called Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - in Chicago, Illinois, USA, begining Aug. 28-29-30.
Happy Anniversary...

11 Years of Wedded Bliss!

July 18, 2004 to


The photo shows Hari Dev (left) and Shakta riding off to their wedded life in a horse-drawn carriage.  A sign on the back of the carriage read
"Marriage is a Carriage unto Infinity."
Click Here to see pictures of Shakta and Hari Dev’s wedding day 11 years ago! Their marriage ceremony was held in the studio! Yup, they were married in Kundalini Yoga in the Loop's studio 514! (That was one Sunday where the morning class was cancelled... for good reason!) KRI’s CEO Nirvair Singh Khalsa performed the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony a private bus took guests for photos in front of Buckingham Fountain in Chicago’s Grant Park. Then it was onto a beautiful ship for a luncheon cruise on Lake Michigan along the Chicago lakefront.
This Sunday at KYL...

Shakta's Teaching

One Under the Sun

 Sunday - July 19 - 10:30am

Veggie potluck after class!

The sole purpose of life is to embrace the soul. We are here to goad our consciousness across time and space to reach our original condition – alignment with the One!

Mostly, however, we want to be one of a kind! And, that’s all right, too. That’s the Creator’s idea for us as well. That’s a perfect and divine state of being.

We are supposed to live with each other in love, perform our work as a worship and follow the path of the One. One within ourselves. One with each other. There is only One. There has always been only One. There will always be only One.

‘One Under the Sun’ is that urge to return to something bigger than ourselves. The yogis call it Oneness consciousness. Join Shakta this Sunday to realize your:
  - destiny to become One
  - nobility and dignity
  - Infinite teacher within, and
  - unique destiny task that no one else can complete!

Drop-in’s welcome. Or, click here to pre-register.

31 Minutes can Change Your Life...

Free Meditation Sessions with Shakta

Sundays - 1:00 to 1:45 pm

July 19, 26,  August 2, 9
- Is it difficult to ‘quiet’ your mind?
- Do you feel like you just can’t meditate?
- Could you use some guidance in how to get the most out of meditation?
- Would you like to learn how meditation can improve your life?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then come join Shakta on four special Sunday afternoons. She’ll answer your questions and share tips for getting the most out of your meditation practice. Plus, you’ll get to meditate with her and others for 31-minutes...  straight!

Meditation is a regular part of every Kundalini Yoga class at KYL. And, the benefits of meditating regularly are numerous, including:
• Your blood pressure normalizes
• Your heart rate slows
• Your immune function improves
• You use oxygen more efficiently
• You produce fewer stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol
• You make more sex hormones, particularly DHEA
• Your pituitary gland releases more growth hormone (an anti-aging chemical)

Meditation is a process that can be blissful or even cozy at times. Other times you can be downright miserable! That’s because meditation is a cleansing process. The most important part of meditating is to ‘keep up!’ Let the meditation do its job of cleaning up any negativity. That way your best and highest self can come shining through!

These four Sundays of meditation with Shakta are complimentary. A different meditation will be practiced for 31-minutes each day. You may come for just one session or for all four! No registration is required. Simply drop-in.

Plus, immediately following each meditation session Shakta will answer questions about Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (Levels 1, 2 and 3).
Kundalini Classes at KYL

View Class Schedule

Class Schedule at KYL for Summer

Monday 6 pm with Tej Karam 
Tuesday No Classes 
Wednesday 6 pm with Ranbir
Thursday  12:15 pm with Shakta
6 pm with Tej Karam
Friday  12:15 pm with Hari Dev
Saturday  No Classes
Sunday  10:30 to Noon with Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
Restore & Renew...

Double Gong & Mantra Night

Friday - July 24 - 6:30 pm

with Shakta and Hari Dev

$16 advance / $20 door
Come join us for our once-each-month session of the ‘Healing Power of Gong & Mantra.’ As always, we begin every ‘Healing Power of 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, 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 ‘One Under the Sun’ session of double gong and mantra on Friday, July 24.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click Here to pre-register.
Downtown Chicago at KYL...


Vitality & Stress

Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

Oct. 2-3-4 and Oct. 23-24-25, 2015
  • Do you thrive under stress and challenge?
  • Do you cultivate your core vitality?
  • Do you have the endurance to cross every crisis?!
  • Do you practice a lifestyle that incorporates continuous preventative habits?!!

If you’re wondering how to do all of the above successfully then join us in Chicago in October to delve deeply into the amazing six-day Level 2 course called ‘Vitality & Stress!’  Co-taught by Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, D.C. and Shakta Kaur over two weekends you will learn why Yogi Bhajan said that we should be able to re-vitalize ourselves in as little as 15-20 minutes!  Come learn to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of stress in yourself and others.
  • Use small amounts of stress to strengthen your nervous system and develop caliber.
  • Call on positive emotions to handle stress better.
  • Review basic lifestyle habits from the perspective of stress and vitality.
  • Become a spiritual warrior who doesn’t create more stress through worry, drama or fear.

Brochure     Register

Tuition  (Pre-register by August 2 to save $100!)
$500 Prior ‘V&S’ Graduate*
$1,099 KYL Level 1 or 2 Alumni
$1,199 IKYTA Member
$1,299 Regular Rate

We look forward to seeing you then!

Love, Shakta Kaur and Hari Dev Singh

Life is based on two things: no stress and you are together;
too much stress, there is nothing expected of you
.” --Yogi Bhajan


* The $100 discount does not apply to prior graduates of ‘Vitality & Stress.’
Level 1 Teacher Training in Chicago...
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) Chicago

We're Starting in August!
Eight Weekends Over 9 Months!


Begins Aug 28-29-30, 2015 - Ends April 1-2-3, 2016
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!
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.

Brochure     Application     Register Online     

Send Shakta an email at Shakta@ShaktaKaur.com if you have questions, or call (312) 922-4699.
Downtown Chicago free Outdoor Class!
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
July 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!
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.

December 2015 Trip to India
Visit India, Change Your Life

with Shakta & Hari Dev
Nov-Dec 2015


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

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!
For Your Health
The Health Benefits of Yoga

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Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - July 15

11 Days After - July 26

Full Moon - July 31

(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
Monday 6 pm with Tej Karam 
Tuesday No Classes 
Wednesday 6 pm with Ranbir
Thursday  12:15 pm with Shakta
6 pm with Tej Karam
Friday  12:15 pm with Hari Dev
Saturday  No Classes
Sunday  10:30 to Noon with Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
(Class fee discount of 17% with a 6-Class Pass)
Other Events
Year 2015
  • Mar to Nov 2015  · Madison Level 1 Teacher Training Ongoing
  • July 24  · Double Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Aug 21  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Aug 2015 - April 2016  · Chicago Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - 8 weekends over 9 months
  • Sep 11  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Oct 9  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Oct 2015  · Chicago Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - Vitality & Stress
  • Nov 13  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Nov 29 - Dec 21  · Visit India, Change Your Life  a journey with Shakta and Hari Dev (details)
 
A Thought From Yogi Bhajan
"
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. This statement goes against every religion, but it is a fact. Your spirit took the birth, not your body.
"