Yoga, Ayurveda & Self Healing w/Dr. Sham Rang Khalsa

Dr. Sham Rang S. Khalsa brings a wealth of information on using Ayurveda as a way to understand who we are and where we are at any given moment, which is the foundation for true healing.

Dr. Sham Rang Singh KhalsaSaturday and Sunday, November 1 – 2

10 AM to 5:30 PM

includes an Ayurvedic lunch.

$200 if registered by Sept 30.

$240 if registered by Oct 16. 

$270 at the door. 

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If you are interested in scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Sham Rang, please email us at Spaces are limited. 

Ayurveda means science of life, a system of healing from ancient India. Besides introducing main concepts of Ayurveda, this course will present Ayurveda from the yogic perspective, using Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to guide you to that place of consciousness from which the ancient rishis discovered Ayurveda. When we connect into that Source, Ayurvedic principles come alive to fuel deep understanding, and a powerful path opens for the healing of Self and others.

Day 1 class:  Introduction to Ayurveda from a yogic perspective

  • History of Ayurveda and its context in today’s world of medicine and healing
  • Tattvas, Doshas, Gunas
  • Layers of Tissue and Agni (digestion) within the body and mind
  • Ayurvedic understanding of how illness arises and alleviates
  • Homeopathic Ayurveda, how to utilize the energies of illness and “imbalance” as if they were a gift instead of a mistake

Day 2 class

  • Learn how to bring Ayurveda from knowledge to useful experience, how to improve your ability to digest life and all that it brings to you
  • Practical application of yogic techniques for self-healing within the context of Ayurveda
  • Learn how to explore your assumptions, the belief sets that keep feeding perceptions of reality
  • Following the clues provided by our Sensory System, learn how to follow the doshic track back to the misperceptions that allowed illness to arise
  • Penetrating more deeply with meditation to find intuitively the Grace where misperception dissolves and the need for illness falls away.

Why do you practice yoga? Or why not to.

Since I can’t speak for others, I would like to share a little bit of my thoughts on this topic. 

If I were looking for a good workout, I would go to the gym. It’s easier, and it’s cheaper, unless you need to belong to the deluxe kind. Or unless you are the type to look for the Groupon, Living Social, Lululemon and by-donation deals to keep you going for a long time.

If I were looking to relax or to be pampered, I would get a massage or do a spa. Or see a feel-good movie or enjoy a glass of wine with a friend. In this case, however, yoga might be cheaper.

If I were looking to get limber, I’d get on the floor and stretch in the comfort of my own home. It’s free.

If I were looking for validation, assignments, a way to understand why things in my life are not going the way I hoped, I might see a therapist or join a self-improvement program.

If I am looking to find a discipline that will help me put myself as the point of reference, see clearly and from a broader lens, know what I want (as distinguished from what others expect of me), see others in their best light, strengthen my ability to respond to what calls at me daily rather than being pulled to my bed for another nap, and give me the courage to become bigger than I currently am…

…then I practice yoga. And when I am looking for a fast acting one, I practice Kundalini Yoga. As regularly as I brush my teeth.

Yoga is mental, physical and spiritual hygiene, and when I don’t treat it as such, my mouth gets really gross…

Yoga is not for the weak. But it is often used as a soft-addiction or temporary fix.

Love, Savitree.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” –Audre Lorde

Own up, Take responsibility, No excuses

We all do it.  We screw up.  And this morning, I totally blew it! Yep, this is me, head hung in shame….

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But, No Excuses.  I did not show up for class this morning and believe me, I feel AWFUL!  I can’t imagine who ever woke up early and waited in the parking lot & waited some more for me to arrive until such time that you decided that I was a no show.  My sincere apologies! I am embarrassed and filled with regret.

To the early risers who showed up this morning, please email me at  to receive two free classes: next Thursday and the Thursday after as well as as much Yogi Tea as you can consume (and take a thermos with you!).

With much love,


Build Your Reserves

Congratulations to the folks in Chicago for getting through this incredible winter– evidently, we experienced the “coldest four months ever [in Chicago]“!

Perhaps that’s why I can’t believe how warm it is today. On some level, I thought the cold was here to stay. Not really, but on some level…

Chicago winters are not the favorite amongst many; people move out of this great city often because they want something milder, kinder, and less volatile. On the flip-side, Chicago summers are super fantastic! The slight hint of summer here causes residents to want to celebrate and go carefree; to shed the layers (on many levels) and be outside as much as possible, soak up the sunlight, barbeque outside, run, play tennis, go for walks, have an outdoor party and stay away from the gym unless it’s raining, or unless the heat gets unbearable.

In fact, some of the obstacles that we believed would never disappear back in February seem to vanish just like that. Why?

Because we feel great!

The sunlight (the magnificent light outside of us) has awakened us and given us new energy. A caged & beaten lion free at last! We feel expanded, like we can breathe. We feel healthier maybe because we aren’t shivering, and maybe because we crave things other than food, beer and Netflix.

Life is a celebration. And Chicago summers are definite celebrations!
But instead of expending all of your pent up energy woo-hoo-ing outwards, I challenge you to take some of that fresh energy and newfound strength to get back on your horse named Discipline and build up that reservoir necessary to get through the other months that can feel so isolating and challenging.
With deep reserves, winter can be embraced as a time to go inward and tap into the magnificent light and strength that is within us, to guide us through our day, rather that a time to just somehow make it by the skin of our teeth. It can be a time when the Closing Sun that we sing after every kundalini yoga class works its blessings on a much higher level than they might serve otherwise.
This can be a time to forge lasting relationships with community and with Self, and to strengthen the practice. Celebrate these wonderful months AND nourish yourself to be sustainable and constant. Chicago weather is volatile, yes. But we don’t have to be.

Long Time Sun

A successful Grand Opening

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Thank you to all who joined us on Saturday, May 3 for UYC’s Grand Opening Event, and to everyone that had a hand in making the space what it is:


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The participation and generosity that came from our community was totally unexpected and touched our hearts beyond words. Urban Yoga Chicago is truly a space built out of community, from the flowers and plants (Nancy Mattei) to the glasses, bowls, dishes, utensils (Denise Babicz) and gorgeous wood cutting boards (Jenilyn Francis), to the text messages of well wishes from those who could not make it (you know who you are), to UYC tees (Reuven Gitter) to the string of lights and the labor of love put into making the upstairs loft space as beautiful as it is (Jeff Stitely) to the incredible paint job on the walls of the Tratakum Cove (Laurel W and Madie D), and to the hands that labeled all the spice jars and folded all of the brochures from 10 pm to midnight of opening day with her 4 month old beside her (Irene Rojas)… thank you!

2014-05-03 10.15.15Amanda Wultz opened with one hour of the Miracle Mantra Meditation. In all the years that I have practiced meditation, this was the fastest, most impactful one-hour meditation I had ever experienced. Was it the new space? Was it Amanda? Was it the company? Was it the Miracle Mantra? Does it matter?


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2014-05-03 11.27.47Jodh Kaur then led an 11 minute gong session, going between two gongs (a 24″ and a Neptune gong) that arrived on loan, and with love, by Surinderjeet Kaur.




2014-05-03 12.50.21Laura Briscoe led us in one of our favorite community activities– vegetarian cook together. It included kitcherie by Matt Lavoie and Laura Keil and Solstice Soup by Adam Braun. Sait Kinay made his famous grilled eggplant “salsa”. Mary Waldon brought over a delicious home-made gluten free bread, and Robbie Bogard a divine dish of homemade chocolate pudding (vegan!). Robbie also made a satisfying quinoa salad which I think everyone asked for the recipe. Our talented graphics designer, Jeff Lacdan poured his labor of love into the root vegetable salad, and Jeff Stitely into his delicious citrus salad– that dressing is a keeper (and so is Jeff)!

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After a wonderful meal, Jeff Stitely led us in a perfect-for-after-a full-meal-and-to-ease-into-self-expression drum circle. What an experience! We are hoping that Jeff will lead this again and again.



Then I led our 2nd 11-minute gong session with our 34″ Paiste house gong. Good time for it to let us know it needed some strengthening of the screws before our triple gong bath to come…

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GuruNischan led the yoga kriya, “Renew Your Nervous System and Build Stamina.” If you aren’t familiar with this one– keep coming to class! It’s bound to come up again. It’s intense pranayam with moving mudras to open you up and expand your capacity, followed by wild dancing to bhangra music.

Good news– we learned we could fit many more people in the upstairs space than we originally thought!

The layout was a 31-minute triple gong bath played by me, Surinderjeet and Jodh Kaur. The feedback was that it felt like one unified gong, out of this world, and “how did we do that”; we must have practiced for hours… we’ll take it!

2014-05-03 17.47.12Then back downstairs for a surprise treat: dark chocolate covered organic strawberries hand-picked and dipped by Irene Rojas! Yes, we had flourless chocolate and chocolate mousse, but they had to bow down to the hand-dipped strawberries, hands down the winner.

Then a light dinner of left-overs and a fresh serving of lentil salad compliments of Arshiya Khan.


What, don’t you have dessert first at your house?



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