Raja Yoga Exercises

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Raja yoga is a type of yoga that combines basic positions along with meditation. Familiarize yourself with Raja yoga exercises with help from a yoga expert in this free video clip.

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Hi there I'm Jennifer Parker, owner and director of Fluidity Dance and Yoga. And today I'm here to teach you some Raja yoga exercises. Raja yoga is a style of yoga that uses basic yoga positions but also focuses on meditation. And really finds meditation an important part of the yoga practice. So the combination I'll be showing you today is one that will help you relax and lengthen your spine so that you can get ready for a productive meditative practice. To get you ready for meditation here are some great yoga exercises to do in conjunction with your Raja routine. So we'll start off in staff pose. Bringing the fingertips pointed towards the feet as we lengthen the spine. We'll inhale bringing the hands up touching the palms together right in front of us. And as we exhale we'll reach forward grabbing for the feet or the ankles. Whatever you can grab. Bringing the head to the knees for a full forward fold. We'll inhale up bringing the palms together once again. And as we exhale we'll circle the hands around pointing the fingertips towards us as we push the hips up for an upward plank. We'll inhale here and as we exhale we'll come down flexing the feet.We'll inhale bringing the right foot in as our hands come up. And as we exhale we'll dive for our left foot again trying to bring the head to the knee. We'll inhale coming up bringing the palms together. And as we exhale this time we'll face the fingers away from us as we go for a second upward plank. We'll inhale here at the top of our plank. And as we exhale flexing the feet to come down. We'll inhale bringing the left leg in this time as we bring the hands up. And as we exhale we'll go down over the right leg trying to bring the head to the knee. We'll inhale sweeping up. And as we exhale we'll bring the arms back around for our staff pose. Now that you know some Raja yoga exercises to get you ready for meditative practice I encourage you to explore that side of this discipline. I'm Jennifer Parker with Fluidity Dance and Yoga. Namaste.

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