Raja Yoga - The Ancient Teachings of Self-Realization
This is an ongoing class that anyone is welcome to join at anytime. Each class is a discussion of ideas central to the spiritual path and a pre-requisite to taking initation into Kriya Yoga.
Wednesdays, starting January, a 12-week series.
Times are 5:45 – 6:45 pm: yoga postures session, 7 – 8:30 pm: philosophy class
Cost: $225 includes all materials and the book,“The Art and Science of Raja Yoga” by Swami Kriyananda.
One of our most popular classes is this 12-week immersion (13 classes), offered once each year. Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. This course 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.
Each class begins at 5:45 pm with an hour of gentle hatha yoga postures tailored to meet the needs of the group and a brief meditation. There is a break for a snack and conversation, and the remaining class time is devoted to discussion of Raja Yoga, and especially these areas of study:
Philosophy: karma, chakras, Self-realization, kundalini, guru, attunement, astral worlds, the Yugas, astrology, devotion, and selfless service.
Hatha: postures as a preparation for deep meditation.
Pranayama: control the breath to harmonize, increase, and direct energy in the body. Learn how to reduce fatigue, depression, lack of mental clarity, and other stress-related illnesses through the practice of pranayama.
Meditation: Experience meditation as a powerful spiritual practice—a way to make God real in your life. Devotion, an understanding of our chakras, and the role of the guru are a part of that exploration.
Healing: Learn yoga practices to help relieve many conditions, including chronic pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, nervous disorders, weight problems, digestion, heart ailments, and stress.
- Class 1, History of Yoga
Class 2, Paths of Yoga
Class 3, Ashtanga Yoga
Class 4, Yamas
Class 5, Niyamas
Class 6, The Battlefield
Class 7, Affirmations
Class 8, Energy
Class 9, Magnetism
Class 10, The Guru
Class 11, Spiritual Anatomy, Part 1
Class 12, Spiritual Anatomy, Part 2
Class 13, The Yogic Way of Life