The science of Raja Yoga explains the subtle functioning of the mind: its different levels, how habits are formed, how pain is generated and how one can free oneself from mental suffering. It teaches us how to focus the mind and realise our true nature which is beyond mental conditioning.
It makes us aware that our true self is pure bliss and absolute peace. It gives a wonderful message of hope and encouragement and inspires us to rise beyond the habitual states of depression, excitement and fear and find the centre within where we are not shaken by the changes that challenge us in our lives.
Course textbook: Raja Yoga Sutras
“There is something beyond the mind and that is the Self, consciousness. Psychoanalysis should be combined with Raja Yoga. We must not only have a thorough knowledge of the Western science of psychology, but also combine it with Raja Yoga.”– Swami Sivananda
3-day Retreat Schedule
Monday 10 July
Asana class – Asana class with extended pranayama practice
Workshop – The evolution of the mind: the subconscious, conscious and superconscious mind
Asana class – Increasing awareness in the asanas
Satsang – The power of chanting to open the heart
Tuesday 11 July
Asana class – Standing, balancing and triangle variations
Workshop – How to deal with the kleshas, the underlying causes of mental pain
Asana class – Breath awareness in the asanas
Satsang – Meditative silent walk along the Thames
Wednesday 12 July
Asana class – The meditative asana experience
Workshop – Yamas and niyamas: ethical foundations for living peacefully with oneself and others
Swami Jyotirmayananda is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London. She is an inspired and experienced teacher.