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What is Rāja Yoga?

Yoga is not about relaxing, becoming stronger or more flexible, but about controlling life. And only through this mastery is a complete development of the human being possible. Gaining such mastery is the main goal of the ancient system called Rāja Yoga.


Rāja Yoga means "Royal Yoga" and is the crowning achievement of Yoga training. It is a significant deepening of the knowledge of Hatha Yoga. Rāja Yoga is described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and in the Bhagavad Gita.


As Svatmarama said in his Hatha Yoga Pradipika, "One cannot attain perfection in Rāja Yoga without Hatha Yoga, nor perfection in Hatha Yoga without Rāja Yoga." These two forms are therefore inextricably linked. This means that both physical and mental development belong together. One cannot exist without the other.


Rāja Yoga is a systematic composition of practical exercises to learn to control the mind. It is about awareness and the ability to guide thoughts. Anyone who practices this form of Yoga follows the royal path.


Freely translated, one achieves a beneficial connection between the parts in the human being through Rāja Yoga. The outside - the body - and the inside - thinking, feeling the emotions and the soul - will work together much better. Traditionally, this knowledge was transferred orally from teacher to student. The book The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is the guideline for proper Yoga practice. Together with additional knowledge from other works about Yoga, we acquire a solid and accessible foundation of understanding. Because you yourself will carry out research and practice, you will link your own experiences to the knowledge you study.

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