Raja Yoga at the USC
In a demanding society there is often very little space or attention for oneself. This makes us easy targets for stress and exhaustion so that we are distracted from what we truly want, feel or are. That’s why, at the USC, you can participate in a variety of activities to achieve a better balance and coordination between mind and body.
Certain registration rules apply to our group classes and fitness training, which can be found on this page. Read them carefully.
Raja Yoga, meaning royal yoga, is an eight-fold path to self-awareness. It was described by Pantanjali in the Yoga Sutras many centuries ago. These eight steps are: moral principles, ideals, physical poses, control of energy, detachment, concentration, meditation and contemplation. This form of yoga puts you in touch with the core of who you are, free of all external influences. Within this core can be found a most precious gift, the real you. Hatha Yoga is an element of Raja Yoga in which poses (asanas) are central. These are beneficial in preventing health problems and alleviating ailments. By way of its pranayama (breathing techniques), concentration, visualisation and meditation, Raja Yoga can have a powerful impact on physical wellbeing and spiritual growth.