Welcome to the Raja Yoga Intensive!

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“And now we come to the practice of yoga!”. अथ योगानुशासनम्  . “At-ha Yoga . Anu-sha-sanam. ”. . Patanjali’s. Yoga Sutras. chapter 1, verse 1. 1. Introductions. ID: 657757 Download Presentation

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Welcome to the Raja Yoga Intensive!

“And now we come to the practice of yoga!”

अथ योगानुशासनम्  “At-ha Yoga Anu-sha-sanam” Patanjali’s Yoga Sutraschapter 1, verse 1




Hi! my name is :Nayaswami Susan McGinnisHow did you hear about this course?What would you like to gain from this course?Re-taking? What advice for others would you offer?2



Hi! my name is Nayaswami Hriman McGillowayHow did you hear about this course?What would you like to gain from this course?Re-taking? What advice for others would you offer?3


Guided Meditation

Reading from “Metaphysical Meditations” Chant: At-ha Yoga Anu-sha-sanamPosture, measured breathing, watching the breathVisualization into silenceClose with an Affirmation4



I leave behind me both my failures and accomplishments. What I do today will create a new and better future, filled with inner joy.5


Course Background

What is Yoga? History of YogaWhat is Raja Yoga?Patanjali’s Yoga SutrasOur text: Art & Science of R.Y.6


Course concepts & history

Ananda founded by Swami KriyanandaBased on teachings of Paramhansa YoganandaWhat is Ananda?Foundation course for kriya yoga, and teacher certification7


Format of Evenings

(1 of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pmSnacks, 7:15 – 7:30Sign-in at desk / pick up name tagLeave snacks at deskCheck snack sheetAfter class, put name tags back!Let us know if late or absent8


Format of Evenings (2

of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pmPut away yoga supplies and/or set up or put away chair(s); clean-up snack area;Be seated by 7:30 p.m.Pick-up Handouts/leave homework (for-credit students)Website handouts; audio recordings; make-up classes; 9


Format of Evenings (3

of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pmBegin with meditation practicesDiscussion topicText: 14 “Steps” & 7 subsectionsBinder: syllabus & resource materialInstitute of Living Yoga: take this course for teacher training credit10


Other Details

Saturday workshop: March 29: raja segment in AM; Hatha, pmQuestions are welcome (class/email)Personal interviews; available before classAnanda activities: weekly meditations and Sunday Service (see handout)11



Keep a journalAsk questionsWatch your reactionsTalk to your familyMake a commitment to your Self12


What is Meditation? Slide #1

ConcentrationListeningAttuning to higher realitySpace between thoughtsUnlearning3 stages: relaxation, concentration, stillness13


What is Meditation? #2

Self-AwarenessAwareness of subtle energy currentsSelf-realizationStillnessReceptivity14


Why Meditate?

Reduce tensionImprove healthLower blood pressureBetter circulationMental clarityEmotional stability15


Why Meditate?

Develop intuition & creativityRevitalize body and mindImprove memoryPain controlRealization of higher SelfForm of prayer and divine contact

God realization16


Preparation for Meditation

When? Where?How to sit?Avoid full stomach17


Guided Meditation

http://anandawashington.org/Guided-meditationsPassword is “peace”18


Raja course website

http://anandawashington.org/rajaPassword is “Win14Raja”General Resources; Sidebar for each ClassTalks by Swami Kriyananda19


Stages of Meditation

Relax & Recharge - DoingConcentrate within - DoingBe still and Know! – BeingBanat, banat, ban jai! (Doing, doing, soon done!)20


Homework for next week

In your home, establish your meditation area and seatDiscuss and invite support of family membersMeditate at least once a day; twice is nice(r) Record your meditation timesRead Steps 1 and 2 (sub-sections I, III, and VII)Use homework questions for self-testTeacher training students: complete and turn in homework21

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