“The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind,
that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”

—Paramhansa Yogananda

Raja Yoga class
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 4-month immersion offered twice a year

Thursdays, Jan 10-Apr 25, 2019, 6-9 pm
optional guided practice: 9-9:30 pm
Cost: $525  Register

Our current training:
Thursdays, Aug 23-Nov 15, 2018
(registration closed)

Cost includes course texts, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda, How to Meditate, John (Jyotish) Novak, and a syllabus.

Students who wish to attend again, see below...

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6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga teachings
9-9:30 Guided practice session (optional)

One of our most popular offerings is this 4-month immersion. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas well-known in the West.

Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others.

Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God.

The teachings of Raja Yoga are compatible with the core teachings of all the great world religions. Devoted members of other faiths are also an active part of Ananda.

Note: Because this is an immersion that builds over time, we recommend that you email Shanti if you need to start the class after the first 3 weeks.

Instructors: Shanti Rubentone MD, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, Tandava Walden, Lakshmi LaPine, and guest teachers

Students who wish to attend again (auditors)     Cost: $50  Register
You are very welcome attend if there is room after new student enrollment, and in order of registrations as space allows.

Raja Yoga at Ananda

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Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda“It seems that all questions that life presents to us can be solved using these teachings. The course helped me look at habits I have built up over time that keep me stuck, and gave me tools to get free.”
—L. Williams


“Anyone on a spiritual journey needs the fantastic tools offered in this class. I am walking away with a more in-depth understanding, awareness, and overall feeling of joy and inner peace — everything I need to continue my path.”
—C. Wilkerson


Video testimonials:

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Explore these 5 areas of study:

Raja YogaYoga Philosophy: the purpose of life • the dream nature of the world • what is the soul? • karma: the law of life • what is good and evil? • inner spiritual realities (the chakras, kundalini) • what happens when we die? • what is a guru? • the cycles of time (yugas) • how to achieve freedom from suffering • what is God? • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Hatha Yoga: yoga postures for health • preparation for deep meditation

Pranayama: how breath influences the mind, body, and energy • breathing techniques to reduce fatigue, depression, or lack of mental clarity • techniques for stilling the mind and heart • techniques to calm strong emotions • methods of slowing the heart • health benefits

Meditation: clinical research on meditation • the purpose of meditation • techniques to calm the mind • how to reach deeper states of meditation • meditation as a spiritual practice • the role of the heart (devotion)

Healing: yogic techniques for improved overall health • techniques to help chronic pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, weight problems, digestion, heart ailments, and stress • methods of healing others • healing at a distance • affirmation • prayer

“The teachers individually and together are wonderful, experienced and caring people. They create a community where the energy is clear and high.”
—S. M.

“I could keep coming to this class for years and never get tired of it. On a scale of 1-10, this is an 11!”
—A. Trowbridge

“...a philosophy and way of being that far surpasses anything I’ve studied before.”
—B. Gallup

“This is a fun class with like-minded people. The content was excellent and made me want to learn more. Great teachers, great energy—and great food.”
—A. Manolov

Yogananda & SwamijiRaja Yoga teachings come from ancient India, passed from teacher to disciple. Swami Kriyananda (right), author of the text we will be using, received his training from Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was guided by Babaji to share these teachings in the West.

This course is offered twice a year starting in January and August.


How to find us


Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.