Train your mind to develop your peace and happiness, stability and grace.
Meditation is the process of training the Mind to serve the Soul, to claim our true identity. With Meditation we develop the Royal Command of the Self to guide our lives, so we can experience joy, happiness, peace and bliss on a consistent basis, not just when something good happens to us. And dive in deep with the 21 Stages of Meditation course!
We are delighted to be offering this outstanding course again in Vancouver, for anyone who wishes to learn how to meditate, and/or deepen their meditative experience. This course fosters a deeply personal experience of your Infinite Nature. Meditate deeply and give yourself to the transformational process that will free you to be YOU—stronger, clearer, and more radiant!
Why 21 Stages?
There are stages? The real question is why do we practice meditation in the first place. Happiness. Fulfillment. Refinement of our consciousness. By articulating and describing each of the 21 Stages of Meditation, Yogi Bhajan has captured in words the states of consciousness that are traversed by those who use the power of meditation to enhance their lives in their pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, and peace of mind.
The 21 Stages of Meditation course gives you the tools and experiences to deepen your meditation and come to a profound understanding of your Self. As you progress through three meditative “Journeys” towards Realization, the class explores the natural structure and qualities of each of the 21 stages.
The experiences of one stage support the progress in the next stage. You can explore any of the stages on your own as an individual practice as the benefits of each meditation stands on its own. However, the power of practicing an entire journey comes from the intensity of the practice when done in sequence, within a concentrated period, and in a community of practitioners.
“My idea to teach you my dear ones is that you may not have to go to Tibet to find a Lama to learn it. My entire intention is that some fortunate ones who are seeking God-consciousness and realization as a human being should be provided this technical know-how. It is not difficult to reach that consciousness and be creative while living in this seen world while relating to the Unseen. There is nothing very special which you have to relate to. The techniques you need are all very simple processes and are in this body and mind. All we have to do is condition this lock and unlock the system for your energy and consciousness.” - YOGI BHAJAN
Who can take this course?
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about who can come—and the answer is anyone! We only ask that you have some Kundalini Yoga experience!
I heard this is a Level Three course?
One of the requirements for the Meditative Mind Pillar of Level Three will be the completion of the 21 Stages of Meditation course. If you are interested in pursuing Level Three, you can already fulfill that requirement now, (even if you have not yet completed (or even started!) Level One or Level Two). That is how unique and extra-ordinary this course is!
Have you just started taking Kundalini Yoga?
This course is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Are you a Kundalini Yoga Teacher?
You will amazed at how this course will deepen your own practice.
Do you practice a different style of meditation?
This course will broaden the scope of what you understand meditation to be and open new doors of perception in your life and in your practice.
Have you been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for years?
This course will reawaken your passion for the practice and provide the groundwork for a new understanding of how far you have come and where you want to go.
What do you mean by “First Journey”?
The entire 21 Stages of Meditation course consists of 3 “journeys” or meditative processes. Each journey is taught over a 2-day course.
Do I have to take the journeys in order?
No. This course is designed to be taken repeatedly as yo continue on your journey of meditation and contemplation. You may take the journeys in any order and retake them as often as you like.
I’ve taken this journey before, should I take it again?
Yes! Each time you approach these powerful meditative practices you are in a different place in your life and will have different experiences and insights. This is a course that is meant to be repeated.
First Journey: Crystallize the Self
Saturday & Sunday, June 2/3, 2018
Upset? Boredom? Irritation? Frustration? Focus. Absorption. Now we’re getting somewhere! We don’t often associate “negative” sensations and feelings like Irritation and Frustration with Meditation; yet these are very real stages that we must pass through and learn to conquer in order to achieve Focus (Dhyan) and Absorption (Pratyahar) and ultimately fulfill the First Journey in the 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION as outlined by Yogi Bhajan: The Crystallized Self.
Second Journey: The Expressive Self
Saturday & Sunday, July 7/8, 2018
RASA • DELIGHT • POLITENESS • HUMILITY • ELEVATION • GRACEFUL ENLIGHTENMENT • EXPRESS & BE YOURSELF
In this second journey, we deepen our sensitivity and understanding that we are involved in creating each and every moment of our lives. Once we recognize the Self, how do we express that Self creatively, authentically and effectively through our actions? The initial challenge is to develop a sensitivity to the Self, we stabilize our sense of Self while in relationship to others. We give ourselves the capacity, in consciousness, to become graceful, enlightened presence that creates, heals, and uplifts everything we touch.
Third Journey: The Transcendent Self
Saturday & Sunday, September 8/9, 2018
PRESENCE LIKE A BEACON • RADIANCE EVERYWHERE • PRAYERFUL STILLNESS • PREACHER • TEACHER • SAGE • INFINITE PULSE
In this Third Journey, we explore the realms of the Transcendental Self, bringing a fulfillment and clarity that is deep and true, beyond the Finite Self and the burdens of the ego. We tap into our natural state of wisdom, infinite innocence at play, and a presence that observes yet participates in all things with spontaneity and grace. Motto of this journey: Less Ego, More Bliss! Find what it really means to have merger with the Infinite Self, and the peace and power that brings.
Start time: 9:30am
End time: 6:30pm (approximately)
*Must be flexible due to the nature of the meditations.
Cost of the Program
Full price for all 3 Journeys Paid by May 31: $750
Full Price for all 3 Journeys paid after May 31: $850
Separate Journey paid before deadline: $275
Separate Journey paid after deadline: $300
First Journey deadline for discount May 31
Second Journey deadline for discount July 5
Third Journey deadline for discount September 6
10% discount for full-time students and seniors
GURU RAJ KAUR KHALSA is a KRI Certified Level Three Teacher and Senior Lead Trainer of Level One & Two Programs. She is head of Yoga West’s Training Team. Guru Raj Kaur brought Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan to Vancouver 45 years ago. Devoted to the purity and authenticity of this body of Teachings, she has been foundational to the development of the KRI Aquarian Teacher Training Academy. An original student of Yogi Bhajan’s, she shares the Teachings with a warmth, humour, integrity, and radiance that elevates the spirit.
HARI SINGH KHALSA is the beloved Head Teacher and Manager of Yoga West. He is a KRI Certified Level Two Practitioner, and a Level One Professional Trainer. He is a dedicated Kundalini Yogi for over 40years. One of Yogi Bhajan’s original pioneer teachers, he brings a deep devotion and warm wit to his teaching. He is also our Gong Master, and will bring to you a deep experience of the depths that the Gong can take you.
NIRMAL KAUR is a KRI Certified Level two practitioner, and a Level One Professional Trainer. She is a steadfast member of the Yoga West Teacher Training Team.
Nirmal Kaur is a Certified Practitioner of Sat Nam Rasayan (R)—“Deep relaxation in the True Name”—and has a healing practice in this tradition. Her strong meditative practice allows for a stable container, in which students can drop deeply into their own experience. She loves the teachings and delivers them with maturity, sensitivity and humor.
Though all are welcome into this course, it is highly recommended that you have experienced some Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan by attending several classes beforehand. Five are recommended as minimum. Though open to the public, this course is also part of the Level Three Teacher Training of the Aquarian Academy. Completion of this course will give you credit towards that program, after you complete Levels 1 and Level 2.
21 Stages of Meditation Book
The book 21 Stages of Meditation contains the meditations that will be covered during the course. It is a beautiful book. It is not included in the course fee, and not necessary to own for successful participation in the program. If you wish to purchase it, you can find it at Yoga West for $49.95 + tax. Do let the front desk know if you wish to purchase it and we can order more in.
21 Stages of Meditations is for those who want to really find the power of their inner resources. I believe in, as I have experienced often, through Kundalini Yoga teachings, that we really can reach for a power beyond the energy we are aware of having – reaching for prana. It really can carry us through anything…
I recently took part in the First Journey of this course. It was a game changer for me. The amount of deeply repressed emotion that was able to come out to the surface, and negative mental energy, was huge. It was like a massive dumping, a big clearing.
I have struggled throughout my life with emotional eating, feeling unhappy in my body because of this, being frustrated with myself for not doing better with food, and being so attached to it. After this course, this significantly changed for me - my emotional eating was literally at zero afterwards. It is almost a month later and it hasn’t gone back up. This course has been amongst the truly profound transformative experiences in my 20 years of inner healing and personal development work. What you bring to it, your level of desire for change and growth is the magic ingredient to make it as profoundly powerfully transformative as it can be. - Maya Lee (Puran Anand Kaur)
“Thank you for the 21Stages course this weekend. It was a wonderful experience and my health and my spiritual development have benefited immensely. It will be incorporated into my daily practice. I look forward to the next weekend in July!” - Nelson
“What a journey!It was gentle, sacred, powerful, beautiful…memorable.I would recommend the course for anyone interested in meditation.I am looking forward to the next journey with an open heart and a stable mind.” - Fateh Bir