" THE 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION - A JOURNEY TO THE SELF "What kind of life do you want to live? How can you develop it? What approach and formula can we use so we can grow and not suffer? Make meditation the art of life. Make meditation the science of life. Because only with that, and that only can you develop intuition.”

Yogi Bhajan

THE 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION – A JOURNEY TO THE SELF

 

“Make meditation the art of life.  Make meditation the science of life.  Because only with that, and that only can you develop intuition.” Yogi Bhajan

 

An incredible 7 day meditation course from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

 

There are three journeys, each of which has 7 stages, which take you through a process where you begin as you are and then steadily sharpen your consciousness, clear your mind and strengthen your body until you can realise YOU within you.  This course takes you through all three journeys, giving you the opportunity to go deeper into your experience of your mind and your self.

                         

Open to all students of meditation, no matter what your level of experience.  

All who want to immerse themselves in a deeply transformative process are welcome.

Yogi Bhajan

“When you meditate you try to recite one word, whatever the mantra is, and you concentrate on one point, whichever that point is, then your subconscious releases all the garbage and dirty thoughts.  It (the subconscious) fills you up with garbage.  Then as you use the soap, the mantra, all the dirt comes out.  When you meditate, every negative thought should, will and must come out.  But when those thoughts come out and the subconscious releases those thoughts, you keep on chanting the mantra.  You concentrate on the positive rhythm and projection of your mind while the subconscious releases the negative rhythm.  Ultimately the negativity is balanced out and you are left new, fresh, and mentally strong…” Yogi Bhajan

Course format – Download here Course Programme

Daily Programme

Each day begins with Sadhana followed by breakfast and recreational time.  We then begin the day’s programme of assigned meditations.  Each meditation will have an introduction and explanation followed by the practice of that meditation.  There will then be break or rest period before the next meditation.  The days are balanced and spaced to allow time for food, digestion, rest and of course a yoga kriya to keep the body balanced and the energy moving.

We do not go late into the night.   Dinner is usually around 19.00 and the evening is time to relax or join in social/sangat activities.

SPECIAL NEW YEAR PREPARATION AND MIDNIGHT MEDITATIONS

We will include silence as the group requires. Some people like to keep silence and others need to let go of the energy created by the process.  We will find a balance which we hope will accommodate the wishes of the majority.

Accommodation is in simple dormitory style rooms keeping our focus on sangat and group consciousness.  Dormitories will be segregated male and female.

Food will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options.

Teachers

HHJI head shot           Gurumarka New            IMG_9840 (2)

Hari Har Ji                            Gurumarka Khalsa          Bibi Nanaki Kaur

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NEW DATE AND VENUE

December 28th 2016 to January 4th 2017

At The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire.  For further images click here

A beautiful, peaceful setting surrounded by nature, in an elevated position overlooking the Forest of Dean.  Spacious accommodation in dormitory style with places to relax and socialise between and after meditation.  Plenty of car parking and access via public transport.

Arrivals: From 18.00pm on Wednesday 28th December. 

Departures: From 12.30 -13.00pm on Wednesday 4th January.

HOW TO GET THERE

Airports – Links from Bristol, Birmingham, London Heathrow.

Train Stations – Nearest Train Station is Gloucester. From Bristol, Cardiff , Birmingham and London Paddington from (Heathrow Airport).

Taxi – 20 minutes drive from Gloucester Train Station. Approx £25.

Sat Nav – GL17 0HA

Address – The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0HA

Full cost including course fee, accommodation and food £600.00 For discounts see below.

Non-refundable deposit £200.00 on booking, £200.00 two months prior to the start (November 1st)  and £200.00 by December 1st.

Late Booking possible with a deposit of £400.00

Staged Payments by prior arrangement.

Student/low waged please contact us.

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All humans know that there is so much more to life than we generally experience.

People want freedom of expression, to be recognised, loved, appreciated – but what we experience is frustration, boredom, isolation and stress.

Life can become an existence, a series of obstacles and negotiations and our joy of being is reserved for those precious moments when we can somehow escape and pretend that its not happening.

The Sahej Academy has been created to provide a space where new values can be found.

If we could be happy and content, no matter what our circumstances are perceived to be, our world would be so different.

We offer a space where you can learn to find within yourself all the resources you need to live a happy, prosperous and fulfilled life.

We do not offer instant miracles! You have to do the work……

We offer varied tools and techniques from the physical to the philosophical presented with integrity and unconditional love.

Sahej means a state of ease, flow and grace. It is the understanding that all things serve the One, it is the synchronisation of the mind and the soul.

Universal Kindness is available for all to give and receive. When wisdom guides our consciousness we can truly enjoy the play of life.

 

What is Kundalini Yoga?

In the coming years there will be seven billion people living on the planet. The change in technology, psychology and sociology will be huge. The chaos of information in the computer age will make it difficult for people to cope with their day to day lives. The body, mind and spirit will have to be organised to meet these natural human phenomena.

“Every human, no matter what their religion, face a reality in the future where they will need a strong, healthy nervous system. They will need mental clarity and the back-up of spiritual strength to face this coming world.” Yogi Bhajan – Master of Kundalini Yoga.

What can Kundalini Yoga do for me?

Can you imagine a state of being in which you wake up happy every morning? Happy for no reason – just happy. Without winning the lottery, without going on holiday, just happy? Kundalini Yoga can do this for you. Not only that, you will find that you have more control over your life, be the person you want to be and live the life you want to live.

People come to Kundalini Yoga for many reasons, to explore themselves, to learn more about the yoga, to become teachers or simply to develop a spiritual practice. This is for everyone, no matter what you experience so far. It is a yoga for life in the 21st century, to build your strength and confidence, enabling you to enjoy life to the full and not feel defeated by change or circumstance. Yogi Bhajan taught above all that we should relate to our infinite selves, not our perceived limitations. The subtle use of Kundalini energy can make this change.

The human form is the most sophisticated piece of equipment on the planet and yet we have little instruction to show us how to get best out of it. Kundalini Yoga is a complete science which works through the body, mind and spirit to deliver us to the grace and greatness which is our birthright. Kundalini Yoga impacts all aspects of our physical, mental and spiritual being. It promotes a general sense of relaxation and well-being by balancing the glandular system. Strengthening the nervous system, promoting the better functioning of our bodily systems, promoting emotional balance and enhanced intuition, allowing us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions so we can be in control of ourselves rather than being controlled by our thoughts and feelings. It also helps to eliminate negative habits increasing our radiance and the impact we have on others.

What happens in a Kundalini Yoga class?

We begin by “tuning in” with a short mantra then we start some warm up exercises and follow this with a Kriya – a Yoga set of exercises for a specific purpose. This includes stretching postures, movement exercises, breathing exercises and chanting mantras. Mantras may seem strange at first but they are Yoga for the mind, they set up sound vibrations in the body and change mental states. Finally we finish with relaxation and/or meditation.

The information presented is intended for general knowledge and not as medical advice.

You may like to bring a mat or something to work on and also a blanket to keep warm during relaxation or meditation. Wear loose comfortable clothing, bring water to drink and avoid eating a meal for about 2 hours before the class – plan to eat your main meal either after the class or earlier in the day. Light, energy giving snacks before class are perfectly fine.

What is Sadhana?

Image by Kiran Singh

Sadhana means a practice of self-discipline that allows one to express the Infinite within one’s self. It is a conscious activity. We consciously choose to wake up early in the ambrosial hours before dawn in order to exercise the body and to meditate.

Each day is different, each day we are different, but through all the variations of mind and heart we consciously choose to maintain a constant and regular practice.

Our Sadhana generally begins at 05.00. We read a sacred text and then continue with a Kundalini Yoga Kriya and relaxation. We follow this with 62 minutes of chanted meditation. The whole practice is 2½ hours and during this time we give 10% of our day to ourselves, to God, to Infinity within us. This creates clarity and intuitive awareness.

Sadhana is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. If you want spiritual growth and maturity, if you want calmness, steadiness and certainty, do Sadhana. Sometimes its easy and sometimes its hard and sometimes it seems impossible but it is simple and effective and will bring about a deeper connection to your soul and the change of perspective you long for.

“The highest Sadhana is that your presence should remind people of God. What bigger and more powerful miracle than that can there be, that by your very presence you can invoke divinity in people?” Yogi Bhajan

What is White Tantric Yoga?

The practice of White Tantric Yoga is a special form of meditation practiced under the guidance of the Mahan Tantric. Yogi Bhajan became Mahan Tantric in 1971 and he has continued to make his energy available to us through his subtle body.

There are many opportunities throughout the year to experience White Tantric Yoga, there is a worldwide schedule available at www.whitetantricyoga.com.

There is a one day workshop in London each year and in 2015 it will be January 17th, the day is generally 08.30 until 19.00 but times vary. You can register for this event through the websitewww.kundaliniyoga.org.uk.

The workshop involves sitting in lines opposite a partner (someone you know or a complete stranger) and following the instructions given by Yogi Bhajan via a video prepared in previous years. The space is held by a Facilitator who is trained to direct the proceedings for the day.

Meditations can be 11, 22, 31 or 62 minutes long and full instructions are given. It can be silent, chanted or with breathing exercises (Pranayama) and there are mudras to hold. It can be challenging but it is always a wonderful experience.

You will need white clothing of natural fibres and a white head cover which must fully cover the crown of your head and stay in place during the meditations. You can take your matt or sheepskin to sit on, a cushion for your comfort and a shawl.

White Tantric Yoga experience is an essential part of Level 1 Aquarian Teacher Training but your course teacher cannot provide this, it is only available as explained above so go to the websites to decide which date and venue is the best option for you!