Hatha Yoga is the physical practice of yoga which focuses first on the asana practice. Hatha yoga is part of the integral system of Raja yoga and focuses on the subtle energy flow in the body known as prana. In this category we will offer courses that focus on the anatomy of hatha yoga, gentle and restorative postures, and experiental courses for beginners, immediate, and advanced.
Raja Yoga is the Royal path of yoga consisting of 8 steps. The first steps are the moral foundations for the yoga practice followed by asana, pranayama, sense withdrawl, concentration, and culminating with meditation and samadhi. Raja Yoga is about controlling the mind and thought waves in the mind. The mind is compared to a lake with waves and when the waves of the mind are turbulent we experience temporary happiness followed by pain and suffering. In order overcome this cycle we try to slow down the waves in the mind until the mind-lake is calm without any waves and we can see cleary our True Nature as peace, happiness, and bliss.
Video of the 12 Basic Postures:
Krishna Darshan, Swami Adi Parashaktiananda
Sunday, November 11 – Sunday, November 25, 2018
Sadhana Intensive is a two-week program devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. He said that six months of this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the West for next 40 years.
Raja Yoga Sutras
Sunday, December 9 – Friday, December 14, 2018
Raja Yoga is the royal Yoga path of mind control and meditation. It is a natural culmination of the Hatha Yoga practice which is considered to be a step to Raja Yoga. The purpose of Raja Yoga is to bring the mind to calmness so one can realize the Self, the peace and Bliss within.