This weekend, we're meeting up for week two of our exploration of the 5 Types of Yoga. I'm excited to share some meditation techniques and practice how to develop mindfulness during a guided wooded hike together. We're diving into Raja Yoga this week, so here's a sneak peek!
Raja Yoga, sometimes called "yoga of the mind," actually means "royal yoga" or "the royal path."
Many think of raja as just being meditation. It does emphasize the benefits of meditation for spiritual self-realization, but raja is actually all inclusive of Patanjali's 8 Limbed Yoga Path, or Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta (‘book about yoga’). It’s an ancient manuscript said to contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, as well as specific teachings on vinyasa (asana movement with special care), drishti (gazing technique), bandhas (energy locks), mudras (hand positions), and philosophy. So all of these things make up "the royal path" of raja yoga.
Patanjali's 8 Limbed Path makes up what we strive to practice through the vehicle of yoga. Each 'limb' has many parts and practices, but it is the system as a whole that offers the deepest yoga practice and creates the best version of ourselves.
B.K.S. Iyengar says that yoga philosophy is what separates yoga from being simple acrobatics. It's so useful and applicable for our relationships, thought patterns and interactions. Studying yoga philosophy helps us to break our patterns that hold us hostage (samskaras.)
We'll be studying all 8 limbs this Saturday during the hike as well as how to incorporate them into your practice. Here's all the details, I hope you can join us!
Raja Yoga Hike • Pleasant Valley Park • Saturday, August 6th at 10:00am
(*Rain location, Wholehearter Yoga) • Purchase your pass here for $20