Raj-Yoga Math and Retreat
A monastic community founded in 1974 by Yogi Father
Satchakrananda Bodhisattvaguru on an ecumenical basis, combing
both Hindu and Christian traditions and practices.
Satchakrananda started yoga practice in 1967 and is said to
have experienced the raising of kundalini energy after only
two months. He went on to spend a period at a Trappist monastery,
attended Kenyon College, and became coordinator of the
Northwest Free University, where he taught hatha yoga. In
1973, he was mystically initiated by the late Swami Sivananda
(1887–1963), founder of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh,
India, and went on to found his own monastic community the
following year. In 1977, he was ordained a priest by independent
Archbishop H. Adrian Spruit of the Church of Antioch
and has since combined teaching of traditional yoga practices
with regular celebration of the Mass.
The small community is located in the foothills of Mt. Baker
overlooking the Nooksuck River near Deming, Washington.
The Math offers classes for residents and may be contacted at
P.O. Box 547, Deming, WA 98244.
Sources
Satchakrananda, Yogi. Coming and Going The Mother’s
Drama. Deming, N.Mex. Raj-Yoga Math & Retreat, 1975.
———. Thomas Merton’s Dharma. Deming, N.Mex. Raj-Yoga
Math & Retreat, 1986.

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