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Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga

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Hatha Yoga

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

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: