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

Ananda’s Most Popular
and Comprehensive Course!

WINTER 2022 with Dr. Murali Venkatrao,PhD, ERYT500, 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.  

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 2022!

Winter session starts on January 20th. Detailed dates coming soon!

Location and Dates

Starts as ONLINE-only on Zoom (we will include an in-person option as mandates permit): 11 Thursdays + one Saturday:  September 9th – November 18, 2021, 6–9:15 p.m. Pacific Time

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

1Thursday, 6 – 9:15p9/9/2021
2Thursday, 6 – 9:15p9/16/2021
3Thursday, 6 – 9:15p9/23/2021
4Thursday, 6 – 9:15p9/30/2021
5Thursday, 6 – 9:15p10/7/2021
6Thursday, 6 – 9:15p10/14/2021
7Thursday, 6 – 9:15p10/21/2021
SATSaturday, 9a – 3p (45 min lunch)10/23/2021
8Thursday, 6 – 9:15p10/28/2021
9Thursday, 6 – 9:15p11/4/2021
10Thursday, 6 – 9:15p11/11/2021
11Thursday, 6 – 9:15p11/18/2021

Hatha Yoga includes: yoga postures (asanas),  pranayama,  affirmations,  healing, diet, and yoga routines.

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.

Costs: Tuition for the Hatha & Raja Intensive is $395.00. 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).

Taught by Dr. Murali Venkatrao, PhD, ERYT500, YACEP, Director Ananda Institute of Living Yoga.


Sita Tocco, Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher, RYT-500.

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Course Tuition: $395. Sign up now!

Register online or call 425-806-3700

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Have you taken this course with us 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