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 - August 20, 2015
go Conference Call Recording Now Available! - Kirtan Kriya  
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - This Friday!  
go Shakta’s Teaching ‘One Under the Sun’ - This Sunday!  
go Guru Ram Das Chant - August 15-25  
go Early Morning Sadhana at KYL - August 26  
go Class Schedule at KYL  
go Level 2 - Vitality & Stress
go Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 - Chicago  - New Start Date!  
go Open to All - First Weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
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
The Power of Change ...

Conference Call Recording Now Available

Kirtan Kriya - The 'Change Maker' Meditation

Last month Shakta held a ‘free’ conference call to learn about and practice the ‘Change Maker’ Meditation. The ‘Change Maker’ meditation is called ‘Kirtan Kriya.’ It uses the primal sounds Sa Ta Na Ma to subtly change any demoting habits and re-confirm promoting habits.

Plus, on this call Shakta shared the results of several important medical studies regarding the effects of ‘Kirtan Kriya’ on the brain. This includes how just 12 minutes a day for 8 weeks can increase memory, slow down deterioration in the brain and promote overall cognitive health.

Now you can listen to the ‘Change Maker’ conference call any time of day or night. Click Here to listen.
The Power of Sound ...

The Healing Power of

Triple Gong and Mantra

with Shakta, Hari Dev, Tej Karam

Friday - August 21 - 6:30 pm to 8 pm
$16 adv / $20 door  (register)
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, not 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 ‘Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru’ session of triple gong and mantra tomorrow, Friday, August 21.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is best! Click Here to pre-register.
This Sunday at KYL...

Shakta's Teaching

One Under the Sun

 Sunday - August 23 - 10:30 am

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.

Guru Ram Das (1534–1581)

Guru Ram Das Chant

August 15 through August 25

Guru Guru Wahay Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
“Wise, wise is the one who serves Infinity.”
Now through August 25th, all classes at KYL feature a special mantra called the ‘Guru Ram Das Chant.’ We traditionally begin chanting this mantra 11 days prior to Yogi Bhajan’s birthday on Aug. 26th. Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Guru Saints, a great teacher and master of Kundalini Yoga of 16th century India known for his humility and compassion. Yogi Bhajan considered Guru Ram Das his teacher on the astral plane. It is by the grace of Guru Ram Das that we are able to practice the technology of Kundalini Yoga.

Nirgun & Sirgun
This mantra has two parts, Nirgun and Sirgun. The first part, Guru Guru Wahay Guru, is a Nirgun mantra which vibrates only to Infinity. It has no finite qualities. It is the unknown. It projects the mind outwards to the source of all knowledge and ecstasy.

The second part, Guru Ram Das Guru, is a Sirgun mantra. This relates to the manifest energy or form and means, “the wisdom that comes as a servant of Infinity.” In combination, the parts of the mantra project the mind to Infinity and allow the guiding faculty to come into your practical activity.

Miracle Mantra
Also called the ‘miracle mantra,’ Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru invokes the protective energy of Guru Ram Das. It can rescue you in times of trouble. It projects the mind to Infinity then allows guidance to come into your finite, daily activities. When you chant his mantra, you can re-write any sense of your being limited. You will know yourself as an unlimited being! Bottom line, if you ever need a miracle, this is the mantra to chant!

Come to class at KYL between now and August 25th, chant 'Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru' and watch as miracles both small and large manifest in your life!
August 26 is the ...

Celebration of a Master

Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday

Wednesday - August 26

Early Morning Sadhana at KYL

(Doors open at 4:00 am. Doors lock at 4:30 am. Doors re-open at 7:00 am.)
Featuring 2.5 Hours Chanting 'Long Ek Ong Kar'

4:30 am – Japji Sahib*
4:50 am – Warm-Ups
5:00 am – Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
5:12 am – Long Ek Ong Kar**
7:45 am – Hukam*** and Breakfast Snacks. 

Come honor the life and legacy of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the west in 1968. Before then, these teachings were considered a secret science. Yogi Bhajan’s fundamental belief was that happiness was the birthright of every person. He spent his entire life teaching people how they could live to their highest potential.

Synchronized Chanting Worldwide
Once each year, on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, the entire worldwide community of Kundalini Yogis gathers for a simultaneous synchronized chanting of two mantras. One of them, Long Ek Ong Kar, we chant for 2.5 hours.

Prayers Are Answered!
Yogi Bhajan once said that whenever you chant Long Ek Ong Kar for 2.5 hours on his birthday that you would receive the answers to your prayers! Come be uplifted in the celebration of the life of one individual who has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people all around the world!

There is no charge for this event.
* Japji Sahib – A prayer written by Guru Nanak, the 1st of the Sikh Gurus, which relates the conscious mind to the soul. It is a technology of progression that clears all the chakras.

** The syllables are Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru. This was the only mantra meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States. The syllables mean, “The creator and all creation are one. This is our true identity. The ecstasy of this wisdom is Great beyond words.”

*** Hukam – The divine order of the day.
Kundalini Classes at KYL

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Class Schedule at KYL for Summer

Monday 6 pm with Charandeep Kaur
Tuesday No Classes 
Wednesday 6 pm with Ranbir Kaur
Thursday  12:15 pm with Shakta
6 pm with Tej Karam Singh
Friday  12:15 pm with Hari Dev
Saturday  No Classes
Sunday  10:30 to Noon with Shakta
(veggie potluck after class)
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
$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 September!
9 Weekends Over 9 Months!


Begins Sep 25, 26, 27, 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.
First Weekend Open

First Weekend Open to All*

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

Chicago, Illinois
September 25, 26, 27


 Pre-registration Required (Click Here)

Here’s your opportunity to ‘test drive’ Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training! We call it the ‘First Weekend Open to All!’ The ‘First Weekend’ is especially designed for those considering Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training but aren’t 100% sure yet. You can come to the first weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training to participate, learn and assess your readiness to complete the course!

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® for an entire weekend. You’ll participate in class, experience an early morning sadhana and get a chance to meet others like yourself interested in self-growth, transformation and personal development.

Don’t miss this chance to learn a complete spectrum of techniques for personal change, self-healing, internal balance and spiritual growth!

Fee:  $400 in advance / $450 at the door.  Save $50 and click here to pre-register (...no obligation to continue with remainder of course).

Schedule
Fri., Sep 25 – 6:00 to 9:30 pm
Sat., Sep 26 – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sun., Sep 27 – 4:30 to 7:00 am (early morning sadhana); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (class).

This is the yoga to guarantee that you’ll be happy. It guarantees you. There’s a divine promise.
It’s a divine guarantee to make you healthy, happy and holy.
”” --Yogi Bhajan


$400 Fee does not include the Teacher Training textbooks. However, ‘First Weekend Open to All’ participants are always welcome to purchase the textbooks at an additional fee.
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


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!
Moon Watch
CURRENT MOON

New Moon - August 14

11 Days After - August 25

Full Moon - August 29

(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 Charandeep 
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
  • Now thru Nov 2015  · Madison Lv 1 Teacher Training Ongoing
  • Aug 21  · Triple Gong & Mantra  - Friday - 6:30 pm
  • Aug 2015 - April 2016  · Chicago Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training - 9 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 27  · 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
"
Sat, in the language of Gods, Sanskrit, means Truth; Nam means Name. So without dispute we can say that Universal Consciousness, that Universal Spirit, that creative force in us, has a Universal Name and that is Sat Nam.
"