Raja Yoga Now: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times – Online Series Part 3
September 9 @ 2:00 pm - September 30 @ 3:30 pm
with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500
SEPTEMBER 9 – 30, 2020
Join us for Raja Yoga Now, our ongoing series that offers a deep dive into the Yoga Sutras of Sri Patanjali, the foremost scripture on Yoga. Simple and direct in approach, universal and inclusive in scope, these ancient teachings are a perfect match for modern challenges.
In Part 1, the essential philosophy and basic psychology of the Yoga Sutras were presented. Part 2 focused on obstacles and how to overcome them—both the common obstacles that arise on the spiritual path, as well as the fundamental, underlying obstructions that are the root cause of all suffering. The nature of karma was explored and Kriya Yoga, preliminary steps for those who wish to go deep was explained.
In Part 3, the journey continues. The essential teaching of the Yoga Sutras will be considered through a new lens. We will move from the individual to the universal to see things from a more cosmic philosophical viewpoint. The nature of the world and the purpose of life will be made clear. This expanded perspective will provide a larger context to help us understand our current situation and forge a positive path forward.
We then arrive at the centerpiece of the Yoga Sutras: Patanjali’s eight-limbed system that addresses every level of the individual, all aspects of life, leading to optimal health and wellbeing, personal transformation, and spiritual realization. Beginning with yama and niyama, the ethical foundation of Yoga, ten core values that are crucial for our individual and collective wellbeing are presented. By working with these precepts, we come to a deeper understanding of our attitudes and behaviors—the ways we treat ourselves, others, and the world around us. Are we loving and kind? Do our thoughts and actions support the wellbeing of others? Do we strive to maintain our peace in all conditions? Does our very presence promote peace and harmony? If everyone agreed to follow even one of these principles, the world would be transformed on every level: environmentally, economically, socially, politically, and spiritually.
After laying the foundation, Patanjali explores the following six limbs, systematically leading us from the physical, to the vital, to the mental levels, and then beyond the body and mind to experience the Supreme Peace and Joy that is our true nature. With insight and compassion, he gently leads us to ever subtler levels of self-mastery and attainment. As we strengthen ourselves and find greater peace and balance within, we become positive forces for change in the world.
Topics covered will include:
- Purusha and Prakriti: “The Interplay of Spirit and Nature”
- Yama and Niyama: “The Foundation of Spiritual Life”
- Pratipaksha Bhavana: “The Transformative Power of Positive Thinking”
- “Ashtanga Yoga: “Eight Keys to Peace”
Let’s support one another as we move through this time of unknowing, guided by this perennial wisdom.
All are welcome to participate, including those new to the teachings of Raja Yoga, as well as more experienced practitioners.
Live sessions will begin at 2 pm EDT with a lecture followed by Q&A.
There will be an additional Q&A session in the evening on September 23 for those who are unable to attend the live session.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 6 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email [email protected].
Approximate Cost: $ 95 – $ 140