Raja Yoga and Meditation Center of Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit, down-to-earth, cozy, neighborhood yoga studio. We intend to make yoga accessible to as wide a range of people as possible, and make sure everyone has a personalized and positive experience. Raja Yoga and Meditation Center of Greater Philadelphia is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The term “Raja Yoga” means “the royal path” and refers to the eight branches, aspects, or training steps for personal evolution described in the Yoga Sutras. It implies a holistic and complete practice of yoga which offers training in yoga postures (asana), relaxation, pranayama, and meditation.
Our hatha classes are ideal for beginners and those seeking a more meditative experience and longer stretches with held postures. Our vinyasa classes are more challenging physically, the speed and nature of the flow will depend somewhat on the individual instructor. All of our classes include a substantial savasana (relaxation practice) at the end, as well as basic instruction in seated, mantra based meditation. We offer a weekly meditation class, as well as seasonal, weekend retreats at the Himalayan Institute, near Honesdale, PA.
As a non-profit organization, we send yoga teachers out into the community to teach free classes to those who can benefit from yoga, but who perhaps cannot make it into our studio. We fund raise for and support classes in a senior’s center, a substance abuse center, elementary schools, and a community center for refugees in South Philadelphia. It is our hope to expand these programs to include providing teachers for prisons, hospitals, and other local community centers. We also offer a donation based class on Saturday which helps raise funds to support these programs. If you would like to attend classes at the studio but truly cannot afford to, we are happy to work with you on a sliding scale. If you would like to donate to help support our yoga outreach programs, see the “Non-Profit Outreach” page of the website. Thank you.