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 organization 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.
Hatha classes are ideal for beginners and those seeking a more meditative experience and longer stretches with held postures. The emphasis is on stretching, strengthening, stress reduction, and training the mind to be in the present moment. All of our classes include a substantial savasana (relaxation practice) at the end, as well as basic instruction in seated, mantra-based meditation.
Vinyasa classes are faster paced with many flowing sequences including sun salutations. It is beneficial to have some foundation in the yoga poses, but the Vinyasa teachers at Raja adapt to the ability levels in the room, giving extra help and attention where needed. You will sweat and get a cardiovascular workout in these classes and possibly see some advanced poses.
Meditation classes include relaxation and pranayama as preparation, but are tailored to a sitting meditation practice. One is taught to have a comfortable seated posture on the floor or in a chair, and will learn a variety of techniques including mantra meditation, guided meditation, and contemplation for creativity and self-improvement. For more information on the meditation training see the MEDITATION page of the website. 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, a community center for refugees in South Philadelphia, and for cancer patients at HUP. It is our hope to expand these programs to include providing teachers for prisons and other local community centers. 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.
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