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 - September 10, 2015
go Healing Power of Triple Gong & Mantra - Tomorrow Night!  
go Conference Call Recording Now Available! - Kirtan Kriya
go The Subtle Bodies - KYL's Fall Theme  
go Autumn Class Schedule  
go Celebrating the Birth of Guru Ram Das  
go Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day - October 6  
go Level 2 - Vitality & Stress - 22 days away!
go Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 - Chicago  - Starts Sep 25! 
go Open to All - First Weekend of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
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 Sound ...

The Healing Power of

Triple Gong and Mantra

with Shakta, Hari Dev, Tej Karam

Friday - September 11 - 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.

Tomorrow our meditation is called, ‘Oneness of Heart.’ It is a special healing meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught on September 11, 2001. We use it tomorrow to heal ourselves and all the places on our planet that need our focus and energy. This is one session of triple gong and mantra not to be missed!

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is best! Click Here to pre-register.
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 mental deterioration and promote overall cognitive health.

You can listen to the ‘Change Maker’ conference call any time of day or night. Click Here to listen.
KYL's Theme for Fall


Yoga & Meditation for
The Subtle Bodies

Shakta Teaching Sunday, Spetember 13
New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse!

10:30 am to Noon
The yogic model of the human being is a vast one. Yogis have unshakable faith in the human being’s almost unlimited capacity for health, healing, energy and vitality. They believe in the capacity of human intuition to give guidance to life. Their goal is the experience and expression of the higher self—the higher physical, mental and spiritual self!

Human beings can reconstitute, renew and refresh themselves with each breath. We are a swirling mix of 8 chakras, 5 tattvas, 3 gunas, 72,000 nadis and 10 bodies.

Come to class this month to:
--learn more about your subtle bodies
--recognize when one or more are out of balance
--bring yourself into alignment whenever you need it!

Drop-in’s welcome. Or, Click Here to pre-register...
Autumn Kundalini Classes at KYL

View Class Schedule

Autumn Class Schedule at KYL

Monday 6 pm with Charandeep Kaur
Tuesday No Classes 
Wednesday 12:15 pm with SukhMeher Kaur
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)
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Guru Ram Das

the Lord of Miracles

and Spiritual Teacher of Yogi Bhajan
Each fall we have the blessing of celebrating Guru Ram Das’ birthday. Known as the Lord of Miracles, Guru Ram Das embodied humility, service, and deep devotion. Guru Ram Das held a special place in Yogi Bhajan's heart. Kundalini Yogis look to Guru Ram Das for guidance, healing, and protection. And, Yogi Bhajan gave us a special practice to do in celebration of Guru Ram Das' birthday each year.

September 28 - October 8
For 11 days prior to Guru Ram Das’ birthday we chant the shabd* Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru, ideally, for 31 minutes a day.** Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru is known as the Shabad of Miracles. It is widely known for its blessings of protection and healing in times of deep trouble. Then we celebrate Guru Ram Das’ birthday on October 9th with a special early morning practice, see below!

October 9
Guru Ram Das’ Birthday - Early Morning Sadhana
Friday, October 9
4:30 am to 7:30 am
"Whatever you ask of Guru Ram Das on his birthday, he must deliver."—Yogi Bhajan

When Shakta opened the doors to KYL in October of 2003, the first class she taught was on Guru Ram Das’ birthday. Guru Ram Das was the 4th of the Sikh Gurus and Yogi Bhajan’s teacher on the astral plane. Was that merely circumstantial, or, was it serendipity? We think it was destiny!

Shakta chanted Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru** by herself for 2.5 hours that morning. Every year since then, we chant 2.5 hours of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru together at KYL on Guru Ram Das’ birthday.

When you join with others to praise the realm of Guru Ram Das on his birthday anything stuck in your life can be moved from the impossible to the possible. And, who couldn’t use a little of that nowadays?!

Schedule, Friday, October 9
4:00 am - Doors to Fine Arts Building (FAB) Open
4:30 am - Japji (meditative prayer).
4:30 am - Doors to FAB Close
4:45 am - Tune In with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.’
4:50 am - Warm-ups.
5:00 am - Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru*** (chanting for 2.5 hours).
7:35 am - Hukam**** followed by the Long Time Sunshine Song.

There is no charge for this early morning sadhana!


* A shabd is an extended mantra. ‘Sha’ means ‘to cut.’ ‘-bd’ means ‘the ego.’ A shabd is a mantra that dissolves the ego which obstructs the truth and prevents us from perceiving and acting from our authentic Self.
** If 31-minutes of meditation is impossible on some of the days prior to Guru Ram Das’ birthday simply chant Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru for 3, 7, 11 or 22 minutes. Even having the sound current of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru playing continuously on repeat will have an effect on you and your environment.
*** Effect of the mantra Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru: When life seems stuck, praise the domain of Guru Ram Das, the realm of the heart and of the Neutral Mind where all things become pure. This mantra reaches the realm of miracles. Ask for a miracle and then watch the impossible become possible!
**** Hukam-the divine order of the day.
The Master Passes...

Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day

11th Anniversary of His Passing

October 6
‘Let no one weep for me after I am gone. That would not please me at all. When a friend receives a robe of honor, then his friends are pleased with his honor.’ -- Guru Arjan Dev, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, page 923.

On October 6th we remember the passing of Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga and the Mahan Tantric. This year marks the 11th anniversary of Yogi Bhajan’s passing.

Shakta Kaur remembers that day 11 years ago very well. She was teaching class at a book store in Chicago on the evening that Yogi Bhajan transitioned. She arrived home later that night to receive a phone call from a friend in Canada who relayed the news.

If you never had the opportunity to be in the physical presence of Yogi Bhajan know that you experience the touch of him as the Master of Kundalini Yoga through the teachings—the kriyas and meditations which he so selflessly left. When you practice this technology you begin to exhibit the qualities Yogi Bhajan exemplified and taught us to make our own--dignity, divinity, grace, commitment, courage, kindness, compassion, wisdom and understanding.

That is the lineage of which you are a part. This is your inheritance--direct from the soul, direct from Infinity, delivered through the Golden Chain, to you. October 6th is a special time to reflect on his life and legacy and to give thanks for the teachings once more.

Downtown Chicago at KYL...


Vitality & Stress

Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
Oct. 2-3-4 and Oct. 23-24-25, 2015

Just 22 days away!+

  • 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.’
+ The number ‘22’ is the Infinite number of longing and mastery of the mental realm.
Level 1 Teacher Training in Chicago...
Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) Chicago

Come Join Us!
We Start in September...

9 Weekends Over 9 Months!


Begins Sep 25, 26, 27, 2015 - Ends May 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!

It is also 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! There is no obligation to continue the course. However, if you decide to join us your ‘First Weekend’ fee is fully applicable to the course tuition. Generous payment plans are also available.

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.
December 2015 Trip to India - Registration ends September 30th!
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 - September 13

11 Days After - September 24

Full Moon - September 27

(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 12:15 with SukhMeher
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
  • Sep 2015 - May 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
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The one who practices Kundalini Yoga commands the five tattvas, the three gunas, the seven chakras and all 108 elements in the universe including a conscious creation of the Creator.
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