Welcome to the Raja Yoga Intensive! . अथ योगानुशासनम् “At-ha Yoga Anu-sha-sanam ” Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras chapter 1, verse 1. “And now we come to the practice of yoga!”. Introductions. Hi! my name is : Nayaswami Susan McGinnis How did you hear about this course?
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Welcome to the Raja Yoga Intensive! अथ योगानुशासनम् “At-ha Yoga Anu-sha-sanam”Patanjali’s Yoga Sutraschapter 1, verse 1 “And now we come to the practice of yoga!”
Introductions • Hi! my name is : • Nayaswami Susan McGinnis • How did you hear about this course? • What would you like to gain from this course? • Re-taking? What advice for others would you offer?
Introductions • Hi! my name is • Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway • How did you hear about this course? • What would you like to gain from this course? • Re-taking? What advice for others would you offer?
Guided Meditation • Reading from “Metaphysical Meditations” • Chant: At-ha Yoga Anu-sha-sanam • Posture, measured breathing, watching the breath • Visualization into silence • Close with an Affirmation
Affirmation I leave behind me both my failures and accomplishments. What I do today will create a new and better future, filled with inner joy.
Course Background • What is Yoga? • History of Yoga • What is Raja Yoga? • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras • Our text: Art & Science of R.Y.
Course concepts & history • Ananda founded by Swami Kriyananda • Based on teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda • What is Ananda? • Foundation course for kriya yoga, and teacher certification
Format of Evenings (1 of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pm • Snacks, 7:15 – 7:30 • Sign-in at desk / pick up name tag • Leave snacks at desk • Check snack sheet • After class, put name tags back! • Let us know if late or absent
Format of Evenings (2 of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pm • Put 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;
Format of Evenings (3 of 3)Raja segment 7:30-9pm • Begin with meditation practices • Discussion topic • Text: 14 “Steps” & 7 subsections • Binder: syllabus & resource material • Institute of Living Yoga: take this course for teacher training credit
Other Details • Saturday workshop: March 29: raja segment in AM; Hatha, pm • Questions are welcome (class/email) • Personal interviews; available before class • Ananda activities: weekly meditations and Sunday Service (see handout)
Suggestions • Keep a journal • Ask questions • Watch your reactions • Talk to your family • Make a commitment to your Self
What is Meditation? Slide #1 • Concentration • Listening • Attuning to higher reality • Space between thoughts • Unlearning • 3 stages: relaxation, concentration, stillness
What is Meditation? #2 • Self-Awareness • Awareness of subtle energy currents • Self-realization • Stillness • Receptivity
Why Meditate? • Reduce tension • Improve health • Lower blood pressure • Better circulation • Mental clarity • Emotional stability
Why Meditate? • Develop intuition & creativity • Revitalize body and mind • Improve memory • Pain control • Realization of higher Self • Form of prayer and divine contact • God realization
Preparation for Meditation • When? • Where? • How to sit? • Avoid full stomach
Guided Meditation http://anandawashington.org/ Guided-meditations Password is “peace”
Raja course website http://anandawashington.org/raja Password is “Win14Raja” General Resources; Sidebar for each Class Talks by Swami Kriyananda
Stages of Meditation • Relax & Recharge - Doing • Concentrate within - Doing • Be still and Know! – Being • Banat, banat, ban jai! (Doing, doing, soon done!)
Homework for next week • In your home, establish your meditation area and seat • Discuss and invite support of family members • Meditate at least once a day; twice is nice(r) • Record your meditation times • Read Steps 1 and 2 (sub-sections I, III, and VII) • Use homework questions for self-test • Teacher training students: complete and turn in homework