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Raja Yoga Now: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times – Online Series Part 2

Price: $75.00–$108.00 – Sliding Scale Tuition

The Yoga Sutras of Sri Patanjali is the foremost scripture on Yoga. It dates from antiquity, but the wisdom and practices it presents are extremely relevant for modern times and challenges. In Part 1, which was offered in May/June, the Essential Philosophy and Basic Psychology of the Yoga Sutras were presented. In July, we will be offering Part 2, which will be open to new participants, as well as to those who took Part 1. Sessions will include lectures, followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

Among the topics we plan to cover are:

  • Overcoming obstacles: “Making the teachings work for you”
  • Kriya Yoga: “Preparing for the inner journey”
  • Kleshas: “The fundamental obstructions”
  • Understanding Karma: “Releasing the ties that bind us”

Our world today is in the midst of a dynamic period of transformation and transition. Our collective humanity is being called to face unprecedented challenges. Our bodies, minds, and spirit are being put to the test as we are all called to find new ways to think, act, and live. 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali can serve as a practical guidebook for this process. It provides profound insight into the human condition and how to gain mastery over the mind. It offers methods to optimize our health, change our behaviors, and transform the way we move through life. Ultimately, it leads us to the highest spiritual realization, in which we abide in the peace and joy that is our true nature. 

In our increasingly interconnected world, the benefits experienced by any one of us more readily affect all of us. Coming together at this time, immersing ourselves in these sublime and practical teachings, can be a support and light to us all. Let’s support one another as we move through this time of unknowing and transformation together. 

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Live sessions will begin at 2 pm (EDT) with a lecture followed by Q&A. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

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I am really enjoying the classes, Swami Karunananda is able to really express everything very well. Her discussions really resonate with me. As she says it takes a long time for the practice but it's good to have this support and especially during these turbulent times. — Mary Ann Zelinsky

Swami Karunananda is so cool! Her brilliance is not only conveying these spiritual principles and practices in such an understandable way but also the essence she conveys. She uplifts us as she teaches, in a way that is beyond words. I am very grateful! — Montina Sraddha Cole

Swami Karunananda is incredible. So knowledgeable, down to earth, compassionate, articulate, and funny! She clearly takes the practice seriously but not herself. — L. Misztal

She was the embodiment of peace, ease, and usefulness. — Jordan McCoy
I took the program to better understand the Yoga Sutras, the program definitely helped me. Swami Karunananada was wonderful! Warm, compassionate, patient. A great teacher! — Past Participant


Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500

Swami Karunananda

Swami Karunananda, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has been teaching all aspects of Yoga since 1971, and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing. In 1989, she developed and has taught, the Integral Yoga® Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation.

Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA.

Interested in fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary entitled, With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She served as contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama, as well as a senior writer for the Integral Yoga Magazine. A publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

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Explore the Yoga Sutras in-depth in an ongoing monthly series. Sessions will include lectures, followed by the opportunity to ask questions.