Monday February 10th, 2014
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Greetings everyone, this February Monday of the waxing moon (which reaches Her fullness in Leo this Friday)

I realize it has almost been three months since I sent my last Yoga Newsletter; I hope you have all been doing well, and feeling the fruits of keeping up with some form of Yoga and/or Meditation practice!

My daughter Ashlie and I are freshly home from a trip to Peru. This was our first time visiting a South American country. Machu Picchu was amazing, the Andes mountain ranges were beautiful, the Sacred Valley was luscious, and the whole experience was beyond what words could describe. I noticed my third eye opening from our time spent in Cusco, Machu Picchu, Urubambo, and Ollantaytambo. I've included a few pictures of the trip in this newsletter - enjoy! 

News on the Yoga front: I am excited to be offering a second weekly drop-in Kundalini class at Hemma starting tomorrow (Tuesday 9:00-10:15am) in addition to the Thursday 4:45 - 6:00pm Kundalini class. In both classes, over the next 21 weeks, we will be moving through The 21 Stages of Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Please read further below for an introduction to these Stages of Meditation.

In addition, I will be offering an Introduction to Tantra workshop at Hemma on Saturday March 8th, 1:00-4:00pm. Tantra Yoga is an inner (Antar) yoga which awakens our connection to Shakti and the cosmic powers that are behind all of Life. As we increasingly align with the inner Shakti, we unfold the higher potentials of awareness within us. To find out more about this workshop, please click here (and scroll down that page).


Yoga Gems

The 21 Stages of Meditation
(adapted from "The 21 Stages of Meditation" by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, 2012 Kundalini Research Institute)
Yogi Bhajan divided the meditative path toward realization into 21 stages. These 21 stages are composed of three journeys: The Crystallized SelfThe Expressive Self, and The Transcendent Self. Each journey has seven stages which represent the mastery of a particular meditative skill as well as the development of a particular dimension of the Self.

These three journeys represent three developmental processes, which mature the full range, potential, and relationship to the Self. The first four stages within each journey faces our actual condition, gathers appropriate resources, and releases blocks, fears, or ignorance. The last three stages of each journey take us to a higher level and consolidate the skills and sense of Self for that journey.

As we move through and master the stages of meditation, we acquire the resources to live more fully and successfully, we steadily refine our ability to experience happiness in our lives. We all begin with different capacities and skills, but the entire path to realization - no matter our starting point - is covered in these three journeys.

The Crystallized Self: The first Journey

(adapted from "The 21 Stages of Meditation" by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, 2012 Kundalini Research Institute)

The first seven weeks we will be moving through the journey (seven stages) of The Crystallized Self. The focus of this first journey is to recognize, experience, and crystallize the Self.

The blocks that are encountered in the first four stages are upsetboredomirritation, and frustration. These reactions to our thoughts and emotions often lead to a loss of our centre, and we lose touch with our basic sense of Self. 

The primary skill at these stages is to become a witness to all the thoughts and feelings. As we become more alert and focused, our attention must shift from pure awareness to experience, from observer to participant, passive to active, from outside to inside. When we first shift our attention to a more subtle sense of Self, our minds resist by dumping old thoughts, wrapping the mind in fantasy or inducing sleep. Hold steady to the discipline and stay present. The sounds and breath patterns of the meditation will carry us across these obstacles.

The last three stages, focusabsorption, and experience of the crystallized Self is where the ascent starts. We have a sense of our Self, separate from all the commotions, emotions and sensory impulses; we begin to focus and recognize a still point, a nucleus 
within, which is the Self. It is this crystallized sense of Self that is needed in order for consciousness to work. This nucleus of Self allows us to be fully open to the world and yet still present as our Self; we grow more subtle as we drop the identification with our impulses and emotions.

The final sate of this first journey is a two and a half hour meditation that opens the heart centre. Here, the crystallized sense of Self becomes stable and we can feel all our emotions and sensations without getting lost in them. They become our friends. We are light and free to find kindness and compassion in any situation.

We won't have the total time to do the full two and a half hour meditation in class at Hemma, but I hope to offer a special class in my home for those who wish to experience the full length - stay tuned for the date (possibly the Sunday or Tuesday evening of March 23rd or 25th)! Please email me and let me know if you are interested and if one of the nights would work better for you. We have started the journey of the Crystallized Self in the Thursday class on Feb. 6th, and will start the journey for the Tuesday class tomorrow, Feb. 11th. No need to attend them all, come to what you can!


Questions & Content
Please send any Yoga related questions to me and I will be happy to answer them! Also, if there is something specific you'd like to see in these moon letters or in Kundalini or Yin Yoga class - please let me know!

Yoga Classes
I teach the following drop-in on-going yoga classes at Hemma
(everyone and all levels welcome)
Kundalini Yoga
Tuesdays 9:00-10:15am &
Thursdays 4:45-6:00pm

Yin Yoga
Mondays 9:00-10:30am
Have a beautiful day, and Sat Nam!

Dawn Rabey, PhD, Transpersonal Psychotherapist
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Yoga Teacher (E-RTY200, RYT500) ~ ~ 250-661-8679

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