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with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500

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Raja Yoga is a pathway to liberation—to freedom from all sorrow, fear, delusion, and suffering. It explores the nature of suffering from philosophical and practical perspectives and explains how to overcome it. It shows the way to maintain equanimity when facing personal obstacles or dealing with global problems. Ultimately, the study and practice of Raja Yoga enables you to experience the highest spiritual realization and abide in peace and joy always.

This wisdom is beautifully presented in a comprehensive system that addresses all aspects of the individual—social, physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Topics covered will include:

  • The Nature of the Mind
  • The Experience of Suffering
  • Attachment vs Non-attachment
  • Skill and Method in Spiritual Practice
  • How to Overcome Obstacles

On this retreat, you will have a unique opportunity to dive deep into The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the classical text on Raja Yoga, and learn how to apply these teachings in your life. There will be daily, guided sessions devoted to meditation, Hatha Yoga, and pranayama, as well as lectures, discussions, guided exercises, journaling, and spiritual support sessions.

The centerpiece of the program is a day of meditative silence focused on the direct experience of these teachings. During the program, there will be opportunities to receive personal guidance, and at the end of the week, there will be a session for designing an individualized take-home plan for personal practice.

This program is open to all who wish to deepen their understanding and experience the broad and profound benefits Yoga has to offer. Retreat for one week, and return home recharged and equipped to make your life healthier, happier, with clear spiritual direction and focus.


Karunananda very concisely covered Yoga philosophy in a way that was fun, attainable, and immediately applicable to my life. I am hoping for more of these awe-inspiring Raja immersions in the future. — Ann G. Carroll

Official time for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm 

About the Presenter

Karaunananda RajaSwami Karunananda has had over forty years’ experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. She designed and conducts teacher training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation. She served as president of Satchidananda Ashram in California and in Virginia, and as director of the San Francisco and Santa Barbara Integral Yoga Institutes. She compiled and edited The Lotus Prayer Book and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda, and she is the author of Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga.