What is Raja Yoga? 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Raja’ comes from the Sanskrit “Rajan” and is a title for a monarch in India. Raja Yoga is the path of self-discipline. Through yoga poses and mindfulness, those who practice this type of yoga may rule over their distracting thoughts, following the royal path to the true Self in meditation.

 

There are eight limbs of yoga in the traditional scriptures of yoga. The first four are the basis of most modern 'Hatha Yoga' practices, which centre around the physical. Raja Yoga is more concerned with the mind and spirit and relates to the four higher practices - Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration of mind), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (enlightenment or universal consciousness).   

Go to Raja Yoga if you want: 

Meditation 

Self-inquiry 

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Who was Raja Yoga founded by? 

The practice of Raja Yoga was compiled by the sage Patanjali in his famous Yoga Sutras, before 400 BCE. 

When was Raja Yoga founded? 

Raja Yoga is a traditional practice, so whilst it was first recorded in the Yoga Sutras, it was taught in the oral tradition for centuries beforehand.

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is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.