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The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Ananda Portland’s flagship course, is one of the requirements for initiation into Kriya Yoga. It includes instruction in two techniques in the path of Kriya, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Included are thirteen 4-hour sessions, offering a fully immersive experience in the ancient wisdom, techniques and practices of this timeless, raja (royal) way of life. Discover proven tools to awaken your highest potential. Offered in spring and fall.

Topics include:

  • The History of Yoga and the Cycles of Time    Explore the origins of yoga as a complete way of life.
  • The Paths of Yoga    Devotion (bhakti), Karma (action), Gyana (wisdom). Yoga is suited to every different temperament.
  • Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga    The eight limbs of yoga that define and describe the steps of spiritual development.
  • Yama    Practices to avoid that produce unhappiness.
  • Niyama    Practices to cultivate that produce contentment, success and fulfillment.
  • Life is a Battlefield    How to develop inner peace in the midst of life’s chaos.
  • Affirmations    Techniques to help you achieve your goals: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.
  • Energy and Energization    Discover the ways and means of optimum health and lasting joy.
  • Magnetism    The key to success and abundance in every undertaking, from meditation to one’s material goals.
  • The Anatomy of Yoga    Your deepest nature is immortal and infinite. What is keeping you from realizing this? Learn the ancient techniques that yogis use to break down the barriers keeping them separated from their highest Self.

Recommended: Completion of a Learn to Meditate class series or workshop.

Course fee: $395 for new students, which includes the cost of the book.

Only $100 if you have taken the complete course previously and wish to take it again (book not included). Repeating students can also take the Philosophy section only for $50.