Raja Yoga Sadhana – August 2023

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August 20 – Nov 5, 2023

Raja Yoga Sadhana

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

12 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Sundays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

“Sadhana is spiritual movement consciously systematized. Sadhana is the purpose for which we have come to this place.“ Swami Sivananda

Raja Yoga is the king of all Yogas. It deals directly with the mind, teaching us how to raise ourselves to the thoughtless state which is beyond description.


Raja Yoga shows us the way to self-perfection. Through its practice we are changed. Even a little practice reduces misery, lessens the sense of despair and frustration and promotes confidence, strength, peace and happiness. It will give you the calmness you are seeking, restful sleep, increased energy, vigor, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. It will infuse in you new strength, confidence, self reliance, and mastery over the mind.  


Based on one of Swami Sivananda’s masterpiece book  “Raja Yoga”  this course will teach you how to become a real Yogi amidst life’s struggles. “Raja Yoga” by Swami Sivananda stands as a profound commentary on the ancient and revered text, “Patanjali Yoga Sutras.” It serves as a guiding light for seekers on the Royal Path of Yoga, providing invaluable insights and practical wisdom to navigate the stages of spiritual evolution. It is a transformative masterpiece, serving as a beacon of light for seekers on the spiritual path. Through his profound insights and practical wisdom, Swami Sivananda inspires us to embrace the ancient teachings of yoga, guiding us towards self-mastery, inner peace, and the realization of their highest potential. 

Join this 12 week course with Jnaneshwari Chaitanya to dive deep into the teaching and practices of Raja Yoga. You will gain tools for the  change and growth you are seeking.

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya will guide you into the study and practice with care and with personal attention, making sure that you are able to utilize the teachings for achieving your personal goals.

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What People Are Saying About Jnaneshwari Chaitanya…

"I have found participating with Jnaneshwari’s course structure learning Raja Yoga has been very beneficial for me. The theory of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, with Swami Sivananda's commentaries and especially the kriyas, has provided a nice balance to the lessons. I have learned the importance of meditation going forward and after practicing with Jnaneshwari it is getting easier to do it on my own. It is becoming a "practice" through the repetition of the pranayama's and repeated prayers. I feel a strong connection through these courses to continue on this path! Thank you"
- Pamela B
"Jnaneshwari is a devoted, insightful, organized, intelligent and open hearted teacher. I have greatly enjoyed and have been inspired by her Bhagavad-Gita and Raja Yoga courses. She has filled in so many gaps in my yoga education. I feel like I’ve received a PhD in Sivananda Yoga studies! She is very open to students’ opinions and questions and always has an answer or a lighthearted story to bring home a point. If she does not have a suitable answer, she very reliably researches one and brings it to the next class. Not only am I a more informed yoga teacher because of her courses, but my personal practice has been reignited with truth and passion. I am deeply grateful for the teachings she presents in a logical, concise manner. She is very dedicated to making sure each student understands the material. she has gone out of her way on several occasions to make sure I get what I need from the course. I cannot say enough good things about Jnaneshwari, hee teaching style and the material she presents. Every single class I have had with her has taught me something profound and has brought me one step closer to liberation. Every class. With the most sincere gratitude"
- Jasbir
"This course started me on the change that I want to see in my life. This class taught me a better understanding of what the mind is, how to modify my thoughts, and control my thought patterns. I learned that understanding my inside helps me to change my outer circumstances. This course deals directly with understanding the mind. Through this practice I have been changed. I am calmer, more confident, with more energy for life! Raja Yoga will help you balance out life challenges."
- M. Butler, Ohio, USA
"I have been studying the Bhagavad Gita with Jnaneshwari continuously in a small group setting for the past 2 years and it has been a transformative life experience for me. I am able to have more control of my emotions, feel less anxious about life, am less judgmental, and fully trust that all that happens to me is for my growth ultimately. The sublime teachings taught with repetition from week to week allows me to learn drop by drop, and Jnaneshwari makes it so enjoyable. Each week the class engages in a 90 minute discourse where we are free to ask as many questions as necessary to understand the language of the text. I have also learned that the study happens over time and each week’s teaching builds on the previous week. Patience, humility, understanding, forgiveness self and others, self-control, and trust are some of the virtues that have been improved in my life over the past 2 years. I look forward to this precious time weekly with my classmates new and old"
- Maya F.
"Thanks to her excellent instruction style and depth of teaching, I am happy to say that I now am in my fourth Bhagavad Gita class with Jnaneshwari Chaitanya and looking forward to the next. She brings a shining enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to every class. Even though I started in the middle of the Gita discourses, a very helpful overview was provided so that I never felt lost or confused. "
- Leslie S.
"I absolutely love Gita's course by Jnaneswari Chaitanya. Can't wait every Monday to hear her teaching. Her voice is so calming, when you listen to her, you feel like a reborn. My first course led by her was in February after I found an advertisement for the ashram on Instagram. 6 weeks later I was 100% sure that I would love to participate in the next course. And here I am : more peaceful, caring and loving woman on her spiritual path surrounded by great teachers as Jnaneshwari! Thank you! "
- Nelly M.
"I completed my yoga teachers training in 2000 at the Ashram in Bahamas and although the Bhagavad Gita was part of the curriculum, I can honestly say I didn't really understand or appreciate it. As life got more complex and and the world seemed increasingly fragile I felt drawn to spiritual teachings that could offer some explanation of our true purpose here, along with tools to separate things that are important from those which are not. I enrolled in the online course taught by Jnaneshwari Chaitanya , which explores the Gita, in-depth, chapter by chapter. Jnaneshwari is a compassionate teacher who can explain complex ideas clearly and at a pace that allows for a deep understanding of the concepts. It still amazes me that words that were written over five thousand years ago can help make sense of the struggles that the world currently faces, while giving us a blueprint for keeping our own equilibrium. Although it would be lovely to be able to be at the Ashram, the online course allows for a weekly "visit" without all the travel that a trip would entail. I highly recommend this course taught by Jnaneshwari."
- Sheila M.

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Additional Information:

Offered as 12 weekly sessions on Sundays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & November 5, 2023 from 2:00-3:30pm ET

This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.

For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.

It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is a senior teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. She joined the Sivananda organization in 2001 and was initiated into Brahmacharya in 2016.

An experienced and devoted practitioner of Yoga, meditation and philosophical studies, she regularly teaches Yoga and Vedanta in the ashram programs and the Bhagavad Gita in Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is known for her clear and pure way of communicating yogic knowledge and its application in daily life.

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