Raja Yoga

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.

Raja Yoga Series

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga: Ancient Keys of Wisdom
(see the bottom of this page for class recordings)

Wednesdays, starting January 13, 12-week series. Times are 5:45 – 6:45pm yoga postures session, 7 – 8:30pm 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 twice 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

Previous Classes on Raja Yoga- Recorded

Vedic Astrology, Raja Yoga and Transformation


With Drupada John MacDonald

To listen to the recording of this class, offered in March 2011

Everyday Spirituality: Practicing the Ancient Tools of Raja Yoga in Everyday Life

Listen to this class offered in September 2011 with Nayaswami Sabari