Study Group on Raja Yoga: Yoga Philosophy and Psychology

Study Group on Raja Yoga: Yoga Philosophy and Psychology with Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz, IYM

Tuesday, February 25 • 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Open Enrollment


Discover the eight-limbed philosophy dedicated to the development of your full potential and the expression of your inner spiritual self. Focusing on a rich text, this class will review the heart of the individual basic sutras that are essential to seeing this scripture as “a practical guide to the mind” and how it informs all branches of Yoga. Suggested reading: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda. May be attended on a drop-in basis with no preregistration.

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Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, an Ordained Integral Yoga Minister. Also know as ”The Sarge,” is a KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Trainer, and has a previous ordination as an Interfaith Minister from the All Faiths Seminary, New York City (2004). He is certified in Integral Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville and The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a Hatha Yoga (2011) teacher, having taken the Accessible-Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco, as well as a Meditation (Yogaville, 2011), and a Raja Yoga Teacher (IYSF, 2012). His teaching home base is the Integral Yoga Institute of New York and has been fortunate to travel internationally offering classes and training’s. As a minister he has performed wedding ceremonies as well as other life cycle events in many places both locally in the New York/New Jersey area as well all around the U.S.A.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance, with a Tuba Concentration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Music School in 1996 and is an accomplished musician having performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and was an active busker (a street musician). Currently he uses his music training with his voice serving as a prayers leader (a lay cantorial leader) at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Rudra, earned his certification to ”kid around,” as a Children’s Yoga Teacher from Kidding Around Yoga in 2012. He serves as a Counselor and Assistant Director of Camp Yogaville, at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Virginia’s summer camp, where he was bestowed with the loving nickname, “The Sarge”, for showing an ability to discipline the children in a loving way. He continues to serve there annually, as well as participate in the Kidding Around Yoga Camp in Florida in the same capacity and lead Kidding Around Yoga trainings in New York and other places both domestically and internationally.