Raja Yoga Meditation: What is it and Why is it Important?

Dr. Archana Shukla

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Archana Shukla


4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • Rajyoga meditation creates self-awareness and helps you find peace
  • It emphasizes the importance of mindfulness meditation
  • Raja meditation is a simple technique and can be practiced by anyone

The modern lifestyle has people active, busy and occupied at all times. As such, you may have no time to focus on finding inner peace. The constant struggle to achieve your goals pushes and pulls you in all directions. At this stage, it is common to feel trapped within yourself. This could be due to increasing stress, and if left unchecked, it can develop into health ailments. To bridge this gap between you and the inner self, meditation plays a key role.

It is a beautiful journey towards your inner self, allowing you to understand yourself better away from the hustle and bustle of life. Of the different benefits of meditation, the feeling of finding balance is important. Whatever types of meditation you may practice, remember the importance of mindfulness meditation. Rediscovering yourself is essential for maintaining your sanity. Raja yoga meditation is one such practice that helps maintain your mental equilibrium.

Read on to understand all about the Raja Yoga meditation technique.

Additional read: Importance of Yoga in Modern Life

What is Raja Meditation?

This is a unique form of meditation that gained popularity in the 19th century. It is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. The reason for its growing popularity is that it promotes better mental wellbeing. It is rightly called ‘Raja’, owing to its king-like qualities. Among its key traits is that it instils feelings of:

  • independence

  • confidence

  • self-awareness

These feelings help you become mentally strong and find peace. The spiritual process focuses on helping you understand your inner self. One of the major benefits of practicing Raja meditation is that you can control your mind and reduce negativity. As per studies, here are some advantages that you can experience [1]:

  • Decrease in blood pressure

  • Reducing addictions such as smoking

  • Lowers anger, irritability

  • Boosts mental peace

  • Increase in happiness

Your positive qualities are awakened when you do this meditation, and this can help you improve your performance. It also helps you understand the importance of silence and introspection. Introspection is essential to realize the true power within yourself. The Raja Yoga meditation technique is free of any ritual, and you can do it any time and at any place. This meditation is simple and may be easily practiced by anyone [2].

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How to Practice Rajyoga Meditation?

It is easy to include to include this meditation in your daily regimen. Make sure you do it consistently to get rid of unnecessary thoughts or worries from your mind. To practice this meditation technique, follow these simple steps.

  • Step 1: Find a calm, quiet place

  • Step 2: Relax yourself

  • Step 3: Sit in a comfortable position

  • Step 4: Be aware of your surroundings

  • Step 5: Encourage positive thoughts to come

  • Step 6: Find and maintain the peace within you

Find a peaceful spot inside or outside your house to meditate. The place you choose should be free of any disturbances or distractions. Ensure that you are seated in a stable position and keep your shoulders relaxed. Align your back in a straight line and ensure that your chest is straight too. Keep your palm on your knees and tighten your focus on a particular spot in your field of view.

Start by withdrawing yourself from other distractions and continue your natural breathing process. Take care to reduce the flow of negative thoughts from your mind. This calms you down and helps you focus on your meditation. As the sense of positivity increases within you, you will achieve a sense of serenity that rejuvenates you [3].

Additional read: What is The Importance of Mindfulness Meditation and How To Do It?

What Are the Benefits of the Raja Yoga Meditation Technique?

These are a few benefits of this yoga technique, which are that it:

Raja Yoga meditation aims to control your body and mind better. Before practicing it, find a calm place and sit comfortably so that you can focus on meditation. Remember, a restless mind can never find inner peace. So, free yourself from any stress and divert all your attention towards meditating. For expert advice on mental health, talk to therapists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an appointment within minutes and enjoy a more fulfilled life.

Published on 19 Nov 2021Last updated on 19 Apr 2023
  1. https://internalmedicine.imedpub.com/does-raja-yoga-meditation-bring-out-physiological-andpsychological-general-well-being-among-practitioners-of-it.php?aid=6409
  2. https://www.brahmakumaris.org/meditation/raja-yoga-meditation
  3. https://www.yogaindailylife.org/system/en/the-four-paths-of-yoga/raja-yoga

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Dr. Archana Shukla

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Archana Shukla

, MBBS 1 , MD - Psychiatry 3


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