Raja Yoga, or Yoga of the mind, is a broad term for the whole of Yoga, including all 8 limbs of The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali.
The 8 Limbs
- Yama - Encouragement to be truthful, both to your self and others. It also includes abstinence from that which harms you and others, for example stealing and greed.
- Niyama - Observing purity, contentment, accepting but not causing pain, the study of spiritual books, and self-surrender to the God of your heart.
- Asana - Practice of the physical postures, what we usually mean when we talk about yoga in the west. Asana means seat, or seated position. The original purpose for the practice is to develop a comfortable seated position suitable for meditation.
- Pranayama- Breath control through different breathing exercises. The practices intend to calm your mind, center yourself, and help prepaire for meditation.
- Pratyahara - Sense withdrawal. The practice of making wise choices that bring deep joy in the long run - compared to satisfying the senses and getting short-lived pleasure.
- Dharana - Concentration to one place, object or idea. For example a candle or the breath. This is the beginning of meditation.
- Samadhi - Contemplation and absorption in a superconcious state. This merging with the everything happens naturally in deep meditation. From there it can then continue to transform you in your every day life.
Through these practices we allign our
body, mind and spirit, and get to experience
the depth of who we truly are
* For a more detailed description read the 2nd and 3rd books in
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the sutras by Swami Satchidananda
The yoga in Lisa's classes is approached in a focused, balanced and sustainable way. The asana (the physical postures) are done with some longer holds,
to allow you as a student to go deeper and explore the posture fully.
It also increases strength and flexibility in the mind and body.
This way we can work with areas we might otherwise avoid and rush past in a more faster paced class. Lisa aims to look after each students personal needs,
in a warm, supportive environment.