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.
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Hatha Yoga Sadhana
Swami Adi Parashaktiananda
Sunday, August 13 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
This Hatha Yoga Sadhana Course is a seven day program to help prepare students for the full two week Sadhana Intensive course which was devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas.
Art of Asana Alignment
Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Workshops are in the area of asana and yoga therapy. Classes take place exclusively on the mat. We practice continuously throughout the workshop as we learn to apply the materials taught.
Yoga for the Three Bodies, From Asana to Stillness
Sunday, October 8 – Friday, October 13, 2017
Yoga classes will have specific themes on the effects of the asanas on the physical body, astral body, kosha by kosha, and finally the effects on the causal body leading to stillness.
Raja Yoga Sutras
Sunday, November 26 – Friday, December 1, 2017
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.