How Classical Yoga Liberates and Enlightens – The Raja Yoga Immersion Course
By Michael Plasha
The Raja Yoga Immersion Course
Join us in exploring the spiritual, psychological and philosophical roots of Yoga.
Raja Yoga (the Royal Path) appeals to people who like to apply their willpower in meeting life’s challenges and who want to understand the psychology of their minds. It invites us to explore ethical and moral values, lifestyle choices and concentration techniques. This process leads to mastery of the body, senses, mind and emotions. Hatha Yoga can release stress from the body but the cause of stress is the mind/body concept or ego. Raja Yoga roots out the cause of stress leading to liberation from the mind so we can reunite with our true nature – unconditional love, peace and joy!
When posture or asana (Hatha Yoga) is separated from its greater context, the benefits are limited and may cause harm. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe the eight limbs of Raja Yoga and how they offer a complete system for undoing the conditioning that causes stress and suffering. A sutra is an aphorism.
You will learn how these eight limbs –asana is just one- work together to give us a holistic approach to Yoga and life. Previous asana practice is not required and asana practice is not part of the Raja Yoga Immersion Course.
This course is on Jan. 19 and 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 10:30 to Noon, the cost for all 6 programs is $100. Registered Yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance can earn CEUs. Yoga students may attend any of these programs for $20 each. Bring a notebook and your favorite Sutra translation if you like.
These programs will also focus on how to apply the sutras in daily living to experience and maintain peace of mind and live in harmony with others and the Earth.
Michael Plasha, E-RYT 500 has studied the Yoga Sutras since 1971. Yoga Journal said, “Plasha has mastered Hatha and Raja Yoga.”
Plasha Yoga Studio
4508 Zuck Road, Erie