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Art and Science of Raja Yoga – Kriya Preparation

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm – Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Ananda Center at Laurelwood 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd
Gaston, OR 97119 United States
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Course Cost: $600 plus lodging and materials $75 early bird discount if registered by 8/21/14. 6 nights lodging + delicious vegetarian meals: Shared room: $420 Private room: $570 10% discount for family and friends registering together

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The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Course

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This one week, full immersion course, is a requisite for Yoga Teachers’ Training and a prerequisite for initiation into Kriya Yoga. The first two techniques in the system of Kriya Yoga, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, will be taught and explored in depth: Hong-Sau, an ancient technique of concentration, and Energization, a technique for increasing conscious awareness and control of divine life force. The course moves through a thorough understanding and experience of meditation, yoga postures, breathing exercises, diet, health and well-being, stress reduction and more.

You will learn how to apply the ancient principles of “Raja” (royal) yoga to every aspect of your life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. How can you find lasting happiness? Remain calm in the face of challenges? Maintain physical and emotional well-being? The science of yoga is ancient, proven, and universally true. The art of applying these principles to daily life is challenging, endlessly inspiring and the purpose behind our existence. The course is filled with tools to help you deal with real-life situations in a way that reflects your highest self.

“This is truly a life-changing program. I have more understanding about life and how to find enduring happiness and wholeness than I ever dreamed possible. Thank you for making this possible.” -EG

Our Retreat Center

Laurelwood ValleyIn the supportive and beautiful retreat center at Ananda Center at Laurelwood, you have the opportunity to explore your own understanding of life, see new possibilities and develop new habits that will bring you well-being and the experience of wholeness from within. Located southwest of Portland in a beautiful pastoral valley, there are numerous places to walk and connect with nature throughout our gardens, orchards, and grounds. Our guest rooms are simple, decorated to create an uplifting space to rejuvenate. Each room has its own sink with bathrooms just down the hall. Three delicious vegetarian meals each day are included as part of your stay.

Course Presenters

Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata GlazzardDaiva and Gangamata Glazzard have been the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Portland since 2004. They have been living and studying these teachings for more than 25 years.
Their personal invitation: We invite you to join us for this next session. Many students find themselves taking the program over and over as the years pass, as there is so much meaning and understanding available.  We look forward to sharing this with you.
Daiva and Gangamata Glazzard
A deep discount is available for those returning to the program.

Approximate Course Schedule

community livingSunday

  • Dinner 6pm
  • Introduction 7pm
  • Evening Meditation 9pm (optional)

Spiritual YogaMonday-Friday

  • Yoga and Meditation Practices 6-8am
  • Breakfast 8am
  • Class 10am-Noon
  • Noon Meditation
  • Vegetarian Meals in the Green Hill CafeLunch 12:45
  • Afternoon Class or Activity 2pm
  • Yoga and Meditation Practices 4:30-6pm
  • Dinner 6pm
  • Evening Program 7pm
  • Evening Chanting and Meditation 9:00pm

Sharing Friendship in the CafeSaturday

  • Yoga and Meditation Practices 6-8am
  • Breakfast 8am
  • Closing 10am-Noon
  • Noon Meditation
  • Lunch 12:45

About the Text


Art and Science of Raja Yoga TextThe timeless and definitive text, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, by Swami Kriyananda, is used as a guide for discussions and is required for all students. Additional texts are: Essence of Self-RealizationThe New PathScientific Healing Affirmations and Autobiography of a Yogi. All texts are available for sale at Ananda Center at Laurelwood. A 20% discount is available on the first night of the course.

Topics from the Text:

  • The History of Yoga and the Cycles of Time    Explore the origins of yoga.
  • The Paths of Yoga Yoga serves every individual.
  • Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga    Learn the steps of spiritual development that everyone must take on the path to spiritual awakening.
  • Yama    Explore the meaning of self-control. How can we use it to achieve our highest potential?
  • Niyama    Develop a deeper understanding of qualities such as contentment and self-study.
  • Life is a Battlefield    Learn about the law of duality, and how to take advantage of it. Develop inner peace in the midst of life’s chaos.
  • Affirmations    How do affirmations work? Practice techniques to help you break down subconscious blocks and achieve your goals.
  • Energy and Energization    In order to achieve anything we must have energy.
  • Magnetism    Magnetism is a little-understood, but very important key to success.
  • The Anatomy of Yoga    Your deepest nature is immortal and infinite…