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The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga – 12-Week Series This class is Step 2 on the Path of Kriya Yoga and a prerequisite for Meditation Teacher Training Program. Based on “The Art and Science of Raja Yoga” by Swami Kriyananda, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, it is the most comprehensive course on yoga and meditation offered today. It gives us the balanced and complete approach of raja yoga, which is also known as the “royal” yoga. The course is organized around seven topics: Philosophy, Meditation, Postures, Breathing, Routines, Healing Principles and Techniques, and Diet. It also includes in-depth discussions of the paths of karma, bhakti, and gyana yoga. We will discuss the interdependence of these seemingly separate areas and how all of them, when correctly approached, further our spiritual progress. These teachings are truly universal and apply to everyone regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation and have the power to transform your life. Yoga is more than body postures. Most people think of Yoga as physical postures. But Yoga is far more. Raja Yoga is one of the seven schools of Indian philosophy and has been taught for millennia. It offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. You Will Learn: •Philosophy: karma, chakras, Self-realization, kundalini, guru, attunement, astral worlds, reincarnation, the Yugas, astrology, devotion, and selfless service. •Hatha/Asana: physical body postures as a preparation for deep meditation. •Pranayama/Breathing: 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. Also covered: affirmations, chanting, and visualization. •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. Experience balance, harmony, and energy control. •Diet: Learn how food affects consciousness, and what types of food benefit your health and your spiritual life. This 12-week course is designed for those who want more than an only intellectual experience of yogic teachings and are wanting to apply these tools to improve their own quality of life. The class includes yoga postures for all experience levels, including beginners. Ongoing Support Your course registration includes: 12 in-person classes The Art & Science of Raja Yoga online course (over 20 hours of audio, video, and PDF textbook) Private learn to meditate instruction Added Bonus: You can re-take our Raja Yoga course as often as you like, absolutely free! Cost for this 12-week series is $295. For further information call (805)[masked]

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Are you seeking more inner peace? Would you like to reduce stress and improve your health and well-being?

Or would you like to be more deeply grounded in the heart-centered wisdom of your spirit and be able to share that light with others?

The purpose of this group is help you experience the joy of meditation in a relaxed and supportive setting with sincere like-minded souls interested in meditating, learning, sharing, and connecting.

You'll learn a practical and powerful method of meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi." This ancient healing science will help you reduce tension and feel more relaxed with improved mental clarity and awakened inner vitality. In addition to their scientifically proven health benefits, these techniques can take you even deeper into an expanding connection with your spirit.

No prior meditation experience is required to join or attend. If you do not know how to meditate, we will teach you an authentic method that Yogananda himself recommended and taught: it is an easy-to-learn, transformative, and profound technique.

In addition to a guided meditation, each meeting is unique with a different theme and will usually include:

-Breathing Exercises
-Chanting
-Spiritual Reading from Inspiring Books
-some gentle spiritually oriented Yoga Postures

All are welcome! No prior experience is required.

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