Raja Yoga

Ananda’s Most Popular
and Comprehensive Course!

“Taking Raja was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It was life changing! Just do it

Raja Yoga with Dr. Murali Venkatrao, PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Director,
Ananda Institute of Living Yoga

At the Raja Yoga Intensive, you’ll learn how to meditate, how Yoga postures can give you strength and confidence, and how the lifestyle of Yoga can uplift your life and that of others.

You’ll discover how the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita integrates with the a deeper understanding of the Judao-Christian heritage, and how the science of Yoga comes to us through the timeless psycho-spiritual insights of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (wherein is found the Eight-Fold Path known as Ashtanga Yoga).

The practical wisdom of Raja Yoga includes tools for working with the subconscious mind to change habits, and for using the breath to release tension and emotional blocks.

The secrets of success—personal magnetism, right attitude, creativity, and energy—form an integral part of the yoga science. This course features the modern, now “classic” textbook by Swami Kriyananda, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga.

In this course, you will:

*Experience how using the body and breath with deep awareness profoundly stills the mind.

*Learn the powerful technique of watching the breath to deepen concentration and bestow a sense of calmness and well-being.

*Explore meditation, affirmation, pranayama, chanting, and Yoga postures, mudras, and bandhas.

All of these techniques lead to a place of profound stillness – and it’s in this stillness that we touch upon our true soul nature and experience the qualities of peace, joy, calmness, discernment, and great vitality.

The course is open to all, whether new to this or wanting to deepen your experience. There are no prerequisites. Meet new friends of like mind. No organizational affiliation needed or expected. Raja yoga is universal and nonsectarian.

The Raja Yoga Intensive is also a foundational course and prerequisite for those students who may be interested in Kriya Yoga preparation and initiation.

11 Fridays:  September 08 through November 17, 2023

The course consists of two segments, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. The Raja and Hatha segments are designed to be taken together, but can be taken separately as well.You can join the class online using Zoom.

Hatha Yoga includes: Yoga postures (asanas), Pranayama, affirmations, healing, diet, and yoga routines. The Hatha segment is from 6.30AM – 7:45AM India time, every Friday from 08 September through 17 November, 2023.

Price: Rs.1200/-

Raja Yoga includes: Meditation practices including breath, Mantra, Pranayama, affirmation, chanting, visualisation, and chakra exercises; philosophy of the Bhagwad Gita and Patanjali’s Eightfold path of Ashtanga Yoga; and the philosophy of Karma, Kundalini, astral and causal planes, cosmology, reincarnation and much more. The Raja segment is from 7:45AM – 9.45 AM India time every Friday from 08 September through 17 November, 2023.

Price: Rs.2,800/-

Raja & Hatha Yoga: If you enrol for both, your class timings will be 6.30AM – 9.45AM India time every Friday from 08 September through 17 November, 2023.

Price: Rs. 4,000

Meet Your Instructors:

Taught by Murali Venkatrao, PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Director of Ananda Institute of Living Yoga Murali Venkatrao PhD, E-RYT500, YACEP has been teaching Yoga since 2002, and is an active researcher studying Yoga’s impact on diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and other metabolic disorders. He is currently the Director of Yoga teacher programs at the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga in Bothell, WA, and a Professor of Yogic Physiology at Vivekananda Yoga University in Norwalk, CA.  Murali also serves as a Minister at Ananda Washington where he teaches various courses on Vedanta, Hatha Yoga, Yoga philosophy, Yoga therapy, beginner and advanced teacher trainings, and more.
Murali earned his PhD in Yoga from S-VYASA Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University in Bangalore, India where his research focused on diabetes risk reduction and glycaemic control through Yoga techniques.


Sita Tocco, Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

Students will have online access to:

  • Archival re-mastered recordings by Swami Kriyananda on the topics of the Raja textbook
  • Chakra meditations by Savitri Simpson (“Chakras for Starters”)
  • Access to the Raja-student’s website with a library for the art of “living yoga”
  • Extras include mantras, special fasting and diets, and much more!