Raja Yoga Or Royal Yoga

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CHAPTER FOUR

Raja Yoga

R aja Yoga or Royal Yoga, is based on the history and philosophy of true yoga. That is, the yoga which rests on the thousands of years of Veda Knowledge, the Upanisads, and the Patanjali Sutras. Raja Yoga refers to training the mind so that we can experience direct contact with the inner self. Ashtanga Yoga is derived from the Patanjali system called Raja Yoga.

Having studied some yoga history, the principles of Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar, I started thinking about how to approach the sequencing of postures. Since posture is important I decided to try and aim for feelings of well-being, joy and balance in everything.

In the beginning, my movements and postures tended to be hasty and uncoordinated. After successive

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