Raja Yoga

“Yoga should be adapted to the individual, not the individual to yoga”.

T. Krishnamacharya

Here in the Dublin School of Yoga we teach Raja Yoga using postures and stretches (Hatha Yoga) to incorporating personal development and mind management. Everyone can use and benefit from the practice of raja yoga.

Raja yoga (royal path) or (classical yoga) the yoga of meditation, is one of four classical schools of yoga and is said to offer a path to moksha (spiritual liberation) and self-realisation. Raja yoga represents both the goal of yoga and the method of attaining it. As it involves physical, mental and spiritual dimensions and can help you achieve balance and harmony.

Raja yoga is often used with Ashtanga yoga (8 Limbs of yoga), and through continued meditation and yoga practice, it is said to bring about peace and contentment.

One of the biggest obstacles to self-realisation can be a busy mind and excessive cravings or attachments, leaving you with no real sense of self. The practice of raja yoga with a focus on meditation and energetics can help to quieten the mind and body. It includes teachings from all the different paths of yoga and follows a sequence of steps.

Through the practices outlined in the eight limbs of yoga, you can move closer to experiencing your true self and reach an enlightened state of consciousness known as samadhi.

The eight limbs of yoga:

  1. Yama (attitudes toward our environment).
  2. Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves).
  3. Asana (physical postures).
  4. Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath).
  5. Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses).
  6. Dharana (concentration).
  7. Ddhyana (meditation).
  8. Samadhi (complete integration).

Some of the Many Benefits of Raja Yoga

  • Raja yoga will help you to move your focus away from negative self-talk and move towards thoughts that add value to your life.
  • Using breath work you will calm the mind and body, relax the tightness of muscles that hold stress and tension.
  • Learn the mechanics of your breath and how to increase your capacity to use your breath consciously.
  • Learn to improve your gaseous exchange O2 in C02 out.
  • Learn how to develop a rhythm in your breathing.
  • Learn how to balance the breath and improve your sleep patterns.