Next series: Thursdays, Aug 22-Nov 11, 6-9 pm
plus one Saturday, 9/14, 9 am-noon
No class 9/12
One of our most popular offerings, Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga postures 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.
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)
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.
Instructors: Shanti Rubentone MD, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, Brahmachari Tandava, Lakshmi LaPine, and guest teachers
These materials are provided free with registration:
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, by Swami Kriyananda
How to Meditate, by John (Jyotish) Novak
Binder of supplementary materials
Drop-ins are welcome through the 3rd week. Drop us an email if you need to enter the course after then.
Students who wish to attend again (auditors) • Cost: $50
Auditors are welcome if there is room after new student enrollment, and in order of registration. Course materials not included, but may be purchased separately if needed.
Explore these areas of study
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 • Ashtanga Yoga: The 8-fold-path
yoga postures for health • preparation for deep meditation
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
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)
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
Raja 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.