“Taking Raja was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It was life changing! Just do it.”

Raja Yoga Open Houses!

Sunday, December 11 at 11:45 am, In-person & online on Zoom

Sunday, January 15 at 11:45 am, In-person & online on Zoom

Interested in learning more about The Art & Science of Raja Yoga course starting on January 19, 2023?

Join us for an information session with Dr. Murali Venkatrao, the lead instructor of the course, and Sita Tocco. In-person at the Blue Lotus Temple or online on Zoom.

Ananda’s Most Popular
and Comprehensive Course!

WINTER 2023 with

Murali Venkatrao,PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Director

Ananda Institute of Living Yoga

At the Raja Yoga Intensive, you’ll learn how to meditate, how yoga postures can give you strength and confidence, and how the lifestyle of yoga can uplift your life and that of others.

You’ll discover how the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita integrates with the a deeper understanding of the Judao-Christian heritage, and how the science of yoga comes to us through the timeless psycho-spiritual insights of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (wherein is found the Eight-Fold Path known as Ashtanga Yoga).

The practical wisdom of Raja Yoga includes tools for working with the subconscious mind to change habits, and for using the breath to release tension and emotional blocks.

The secrets of success—personal magnetism, right attitude, creativity, and energy—form an integral part of the yoga science. This course features the modern, now “classic” textbook by Swami Kriyananda, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga.  

In this course, you will:

*Experience how using the body and breath with deep awareness profoundly stills the mind.

*Learn the powerful technique of watching the breath to deepen concentration and bestow a sense of calmness and well-being.

*Explore meditation, affirmation, pranayama, chanting, and yoga postures, mudras, and bandhas.

All of these techniques lead to a place of profound stillness – and it’s in this stillness that we touch upon our true soul nature and experience the qualities of peace, joy, calmness, discernment, and great vitality.

The course is open to all, whether new to this or wanting to deepen your experience. There are no prerequisites. Meet new friends of like mind. No organizational affiliation needed or expected. Raja yoga is universal and nonsectarian.

The Raja Yoga Intensive is included in Yoga Teacher Training in the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. Tuition for “YTT” includes the Raja Yoga course. The Raja Yoga Intensive is also a foundational course and prerequisite for those students who may be interested in kriya yoga preparation and initiation.

Now enrolling for WINTER 2023.

Winter session starts on Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Location and Dates:

ONLINE on Zoom & IN-PERSON at the Blue Lotus Temple:

11 Thursdays:  January 19 – March 30, 2023, 6–9:15p Pacific time

 1 Saturday: March 11, 2023, 10a-4p Pacific time

We encourage you to watch the videos at the top of the page with testimonials from students who took the course online!

CLASSDAY and TIMEDATE
1Thursday, 6 – 9:15p1/19/2023
2Thursday, 6 – 9:15p1/26/2023
3Thursday, 6 – 9:15p2/2/2023
4Thursday, 6 – 9:15p2/9/2023
5Thursday, 6 – 9:15p2/16/2023
6Thursday, 6 – 9:15p2/23/2023
7Thursday, 6 – 9:15p3/2/2023
8Thursday, 6 – 9:15p3/9/2023
9Saturday, 10a – 4p3/11/2023
10Thursday, 6 – 9:15p3/16/2023
11Thursday, 6 – 9:15p3/23/2023
12Thursday, 6 – 9:15p3/30/2023

The course consists of two segments, hatha yoga and raja yoga.

Hatha Yoga includes: yoga postures (asanas),  pranayama,  affirmations,  healing, diet, and yoga routines. The Hatha segment is from 6p – 7:15p pacific time.

Raja Yoga includes: meditation practices using breath, mantra, pranayama, affirmation, chanting, visualization, and chakra exercises; philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Eightfold Path of Ashtanga Yoga; and the philosophy of Karma, Kundalini, astral and causal planes, cosmology, reincarnation, and much more. The Raja segment is from 7:15p – 9:15p pacific time.

Costs: Tuition for the Hatha & Raja Intensive is $395.00, but don’t miss out on the Early Bird Discount to $365 if you register and pay in full by December 18, 2022. Text is purchased separately. 

Students taking the Intensive as their prerequisite, foundation course for teacher training have documentation fees of $45, plus must already be enrolled in the Institute of Living Yoga ($50).

The raja and hatha segments are designed to be taken together, but can be taken separately as well. The costs for the segments are: $250/raja and $175/hatha.

Taught by Murali Venkatrao, PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Director of Ananda Institute of Living Yoga

With:

Sita Tocco, Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Ready to enroll?

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Complete Course Tuition: normally $395. Take Advantage of the Early Bird Discount and save $30 if you sign up and pay in full by December 18, 2022. Sign up now!

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for Raja segment only $250.

Raja Yoga includes: meditation practices using breath, mantra, pranayama, affirmation, chanting, visualization, and chakra exercises; philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Eightfold Path of Ashtanga Yoga; and the philosophy of Karma, Kundalini, astral and causal planes, cosmology, reincarnation, and much more.  The Raja segment is from 7:15p – 9:15p pacific time.

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for Hatha segment only $175. Hatha Yoga includes: yoga postures (asanas),  pranayama,  affirmations,  healing, diet, and yoga routines.  The Hatha segment is from 6p – 7:15p pacific time.

Register online or call 425-806-3700

Have you taken this course with Ananda Washington before? For returning students the price is only $150. Register for re-take here:

Re-take Tuition: $150

Taking this course for credit? You can pay for the fees here ($50 application fee + $45 documentation fee):

Raja for CREDIT: $95

Students will have online access to:

  • Archival re-mastered recordings by Swami Kriyananda on the topics of the Raja textbook
  • Chakra meditations by Savitri Simpson (“Chakras for Starters”)
  • Access to the Raja-student’s website with a library for the art of “living yoga”
  • Extras include mantras, special fasting and diets, and much more!

Articles from The Art and Science of Raja Yoga