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Introduction to Raja Yoga

Raja: Testimonials

Text: Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

Yoga is a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit. This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago. However, since yoga explores universal truths, its teachings are as valid today as they were in ancient times. Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion so that all beliefs may practice its techniques. Yoga is union with all.

Over the centuries, four different paths of yoga (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Raja) have developed. Viewed as four branches of the banyan, or people tree, which puts down roots from its branches and appears to be growing down to earth from heaven. For this course, we will explore the Raja Yoga path.

The course consists of six weekly one-and-a-half hour classes. Each class begins with a discussion of yoga techniques, followed by instruction on practicing the asanas or poses. Each week focuses on different techniques and asanas of the Raja path, all of which contribute to a deeply relaxing and enlightening experience.

What will be covered?

12 asanas

Universal law

Yamas (abstentions)

Niyamas (observances)

Pranayama (control of vital energy)

Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)

Dharna (concentration of the mind)

Dhyana (meditation)

Samadi (the superconscious state)

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