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While this retreat will be firmly grounded in the Kundalini yoga philosophy on birth, death, and the cycle of reincarnation, which finds its clearest expression in the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, all discussions will be held in a space that is open and respectful to people from all backgrounds, dharma’s, and religions. You will however explicitly draw from both the Kundalini yoga and Sikh teachings as they form the philosophical backdrop for the kriyas and meditations you will be practicing.
In this retreat, you will be staying in Villa Varia, Pellenberg. This villa has several bedrooms, a yoga room, and a yurt in the garden.
We live in a society where death is still an enormous taboo. We don’t talk about it, we don’t learn about it. In all honesty, we just deny it. You never really look into the nature of death as part of the cycle of life. When death occurs, we give everything into the hands of an undertaker, an entrepreneur, and we hardly get involved ourselves.
Nor do we ever examine our reactions to the question (What is death?), even though most of us don't want to admit it, death is the greatest fear. We must conquer our fears to live as Raj Yogis. Our denial of death produces either fantasy or fear in the subconscious, which blocks prosperity and creates (dis-ease) in our life and our relationship. We must learn how to confront the moment of death and determine ourselves within it so that we can (cross over).
In Kundalini yoga and Yogi Bhajan’s teachings the topic of death and the questions it raises are addressed openly and the fear of death is addressed head-on through the answers given and the techniques practiced.
What happens at the moment of death?, what happens after death?, what is death? does it announce itself, and if so, how?, what happens to our physical body, to our tattvas?, what happens to your nine other energetic bodies?, how does the cycle of reincarnation work exactly?, what determines or who decides if my soul has to come back, and what my next life will be?.
In Kundalini yoga your whole practice is essentially geared towards that final moment of crossing over, with every breath you remind yourselves that this might be your very last. You continuously practice the art of letting go, so that you can live lightly, gracefully and courageously, and learn how to die with grace and courage.
In this retreat, you will amongst other things, practice living without breath and conquering your fear of death through several pranayam exercises. You will focus on how to let go of the thoughts that weigh you down and tie you to your karmas. You will let yourselves be guided toward living weightlessly, lightly, as a mere guest on this earth. You will start rehearsing for that one certainty in life, the fact that one day you will leave this earthly plane again.
You will do so through several meditations, including some specific ones Yogi Bhajan has given to prepare yourselves for that final and determining moment of crossing over. You will study different shabads (teachings set to music) from the Sikh scriptures that in detail answer all questions on life, death, and what happens after death.
The overall aim of this weekend is to practice how to live gracefully and weightlessly and already during your lifetime, break the emotional bonds and attachments to this life on earth, so that you can live as a lotus flower amidst the mud, unaffected, unattached, and are free to go when that last breath comes.
You will explore how you can die a conscious death through practicing the pranayam of dying, journeying towards the light and the icy realms, floating free of earthly concerns, and consciously releasing yourself.
Japjeet Rajbir Kaur Khalsa
Japjeet Rajbir Kaur is a full-time KRI and IKYTA-certified Kundalini Yoga (KY) teacher. She is also an intern teacher trainer of the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy. She has been teaching KY since 2008, both in Belgium and in the UK (where she resides). Over the past years she has specialised in, amongst others, KY for stress-management, burnout, depression and anxiety; addiction recovery; pre- and postnatal yoga; and men’s, women's and relationships teachings. Japjeet is also a nutrition & health coach, life & yoga coach, and aroma & massage therapist.
Villa Varia is situated in a beautiful natural reserve close to Pellenberg hospital but is at the same time easily accessible from Leuven and Tienen. The energetic place which has come to exist here is described by others as (a home. an oasis. a place to find peace).
During this retreat, every day, you will be served all vegetarian and mostly vegan, organic, and gluten-free meals made with fresh ingredients. You will also be served tea and snacks such as fruit, nuts, and homemade cakes. Prabhu Anand, the host of the Villa Varia, is a professional cook. If there are any food intolerance or allergies, you can let Prabhu Anand know well in advance. Bringing or preparing your own food is not allowed.
Leuven is one of Belgium's finest medieval cities and the oldest university town in Europe, with its university library serving as a landmark in the city. You can visit the world-renowned Grand Béguinage which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the renowned M-Museum.
The eclectic Castle de Maurissens is named after its noble patron dated back from 1916. Since 1949, the castle lies within the park property of the Catholic University of Leuven.
Saint Peter's Church of Leuven is situated on the city's Grote Markt (main market square) right across the ornate town hall. It was built mainly in the 15th century in Brabantine Gothic style. The church has a cruciform floor plan and a 93 meter long low bell tower that has never been completed.
Please book your flight to arrive at Brussels Airport (BRU).
You can take De Lijn bus 3 from Leuven station to the venue (Pellenberg Hospital).
Villa Varia is eight kilometers away from Leuven railway station. There is a direct train from the airport to Leuven station which takes only around 15 minutes.
You can also take a 24-minute train ride from Brussels Midi train station to Leuven station, while the Brussels North station is only a 15-minute train ride away.
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