Art and Science of Raja YogaThe Art and Science of Raja Yoga is the full version of Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga*. It is the most comprehensive course on yoga and meditation offered today. It gives us the balanced and complete approach of raja yoga, which is also known as the “royal” yoga. The course is organized around seven topics: Philosophy, Meditation, Postures, Breathing, Routines, Healing Principles and Techniques, and Diet. It also includes in-depth discussions of the paths of karma, bhakti, and gyana yoga. The author, Swami Kriyananda, excels in showing the interdependence of these seemingly separate areas and how all of them, when correctly approached, further our spiritual progress.

The main purpose of yoga postures, for example, sometimes thought to bestow only physical benefits, is to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Affirmations, visualizations, breathing exercises, healing techniques, the different paths of yoga, and, to a certain extent, diet are similarly helpful. What unites these various areas is raja yoga’s inward, spiritual focus, which achieves its fullest expression in the practice of meditation.


*For those seeking Kriya, Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga is an abbreviated version of The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course. Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga is specifically tailored to streamline the process of receiving Kriya. It covers three main sections in depth: Yoga Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation. Either version (full course or shorter, abbreviated course) can be taken as Step 2 on the Path of Kriya Yoga.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Complete textbook (pdf format)
  • Audio learning tracks to accompany each lesson (mp3 format)
  • Digital videos
  • Webinar Recordings from “Becoming a Spiritual Warrior Series”
    • The Battle of Life
    • Transcending Ego
    • Victory! Satchidananda Ever New Joy
  • Interactive forums
  • Regular online discussion meetings with instructor
  • Personal support (via email, telephone, or live chat)
  • Certificate of Completion

More About Course

Art and Science of Raja Yoga Online Course“Yoga, literally, means ‘union.’ This union can be understood on different levels: philosophically, as that of the relative, limited self with the absolute Self; religiously, as that of the individual soul with the Infinite Spirit; psychologically, as the integration of the personality – a state wherein a person no longer lives at cross-purposes with himself; emotionally, as the stilling of the waves of likes and dislikes, permitting one to remain in all circumstances complete in himself.” — Swami Kriyananda
You will learn how to apply the ancient principles of yoga to every aspect of your life through affirmations, healing, philosophy, lifestyle, meditation, and diet. In addition, you will learn a system of yoga postures appropriate for any age or physical condition, which will help to prepare you for meditation. The meditation instruction includes ancient breathing exercises (pranayama) that can be used as remedies for specific mental and physical conditions, along with advanced meditation techniques.
This course offers several methods for student engagement. Each lesson contains downloadable reading assignments, digital videos of Swami Kriyananda, audio learning tracks, and discussion forums. There will be occasional live classes presented by the instructor and special guest speakers. All of the live classes are recorded for students unable to attend live. Each lesson ends with a recommended daily routine, as well as a quiz which allows for further interaction with the course instructor.

The recommended pace of this course is one lesson per week and you will have 24 weeks to complete the 14 lessons. You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at admin@onlinewithananda.org.

Course Outline

Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The History of Yoga
  • Audio File — First Steps in Yoga & Meditation
  • Digital Video — Qualities of Dwapara Yuga
Activities
  • Lesson One Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Dwapara Yuga
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The Paths of Yoga
  • Audio File — Pathways to God: Heart, Head, & Hands
Activities
  • Lesson Two Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — What have been your experiences with the Paths of Yoga?
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga
  • Audio File — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga
Activities
  • Lesson Three Quiz
  • Forum Discussion — Ashtanga Yoga, Does It Work?
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Yama
  • Audio File — Weeding Your Garden of Self-Realization
  • Digital Video — The True Spirit of Ahimsa
Activities
  • Lesson Four Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Yama Helpful for Meditation?
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Niyama
  • Audio File — Watering Your Flowers of Self-Realization
Activities
  • Lesson Five Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Superconsciousness
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Life Is a Battlefield
  • Audio File — How to Develop Good Habits
  • Digital Video — Overcoming Ego
Activities
  • Lesson Six Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Devotion
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Affirmations, Part One
  • Audio File — How to Control Your Subconscious Mind
Activities
  • Lesson Seven Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Ananda Yoga
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Affirmations, Part Two
  • Audio File — How to Focus Your Mental Powers
Activities
  • Lesson Eight Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Your Favorite Chant?
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Energy and Energization
  • Audio File — How to Become a Dynamo of Energy
Activities
  • Lesson Nine Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Energization Exercises
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Magnetism
  • Audio File — How & Why To Develop Your Magnetism
Activities
  • Lesson Ten Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Magnetism
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The Guru
  • Audio File — What Is a Guru?
  • Digital Video — Yogananda’s Discipline with Love
Activities
  • Lesson Eleven Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Guru Disciple Relationship
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment – The Anatomy of Yoga, Part One
  • Audio File – The Anatomy of Yoga
Activities
  • Lesson Twelve Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic – Divine Mother
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The Anatomy of Yoga, Part Two
  • Audio File — Secret Teachings of the Bible
Activities
  • Lesson Thirteen Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Attitudes
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment – The Yogic Scheme of Life
  • Audio File – How to Test Your Spiritual Progress
Activities
  • Lesson Fourteen Quiz
  • Forum Discussion Topic — Kriya Yoga
Certificate of Completion is available after the completion of all 14 lessons and quizzes.
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Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas is online instructor for Art and Science of Raja Yoga. He is an Ananda Lightbearer-Minister and has been teaching meditation and yoga for many years. A resident of Ananda Village, he served a decade as the Head Chef and Culinary Instructor at The Expanding Light Retreat. He is known for his joy, devotion, and hospitality.

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