"Raja Yoga sets you free. Raja Yoga releases the power to respond with love."
- Brahma Kumaris
Mind, Body & Soul
What is Raja Yoga?
Raja Yoga is a form of meditation that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. It is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practiced anywhere at any time. Raja Yoga meditation is practiced with ‘open eyes', which makes this method of meditation versatile, simple and easy to practice.
What is meditation ?
Meditation is the journey inwards, a journey of self-discovery or, in fact, re-discovery. Meditation is time taken for quiet reflection and silence, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Taking time out enables us to come back to a centered place of being. In our modern world, the pace of life is growing ever faster and we are losing touch with our true inner peace and power. When we no longer feel grounded, we can experience ourselves pushed and pulled in many different directions. It is at this point that we start to experience stress and a feeling of being trapped. Gradually, over time, this feeling leads to illness and disease, as our mental, emotional and physical health is thrown out of balance.
Why Raja Yoga Meditation?
Meditation is a state of being in that place just beyond everyday consciousness, which is where spiritual empowerment begins. Spiritual awareness gives us the power to choose good and positive thoughts over those which are negative and wasteful. We start to respond to situations, rather than just reacting to them. We begin to live with harmony, we create better and happier, healthier relationships and change our lives in a most positive way.
How do I practice Raja Yoga?
Step 1 - Relaxation is about letting go of tension and stress and bringing the mind and body into a state of calm and peace.
Step 2 - Concentration allows me to use my time productively, once I have relaxed: I focus on the thoughts I choose to have.
Step 3 - Contemplation is reflecting deeply on myself, my inner world and my values.
Step 4 - Realisation is when my understanding and feelings combine, and I experience a more profound, more meaningful reality within.
Step 5 - Meditation is focusing on a thought and remembering my eternal identity, and re-awakening a wonderful state of well-being.