Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditation technique of energy and breath control, or pranayama. It is a practice for spiritually awakened living; a way to discover our essential nature and live a more conscious and fulfilling life.
We can understand it better by breaking down the two words: ‘kriya’ means a ‘completed action’ and ‘yoga’ refers to the conscious union of the body, mind, soul and spirit. Put together, kriya yoga is the ‘Yoga of Action or Awareness’ which incorporates techniques such as pranayama (breathwork), mantra (chanting) and mudras (spiritual hand gestures) to accelerate spiritual growth.
The ultimate goal of kriya yoga is to achieve spiritual awakening, or enlightenment.
How To Practise Kriya Yoga
The practise of kriya yoga brings together the most effective elements of all systems of yoga including:
- Step-by-step meditation methodology of Raja Yoga with its eight limbs of practise
- Surrendered devotion of Bhakti Yoga
- Focused self-inquiry pathway of Jnana Yoga
- Importance of selfless service that is Karma Yoga
Through practising kriya yoga you can go beyond the awareness of your body, senses, emotions and thoughts in deep meditation. The focus is on the fontanel on top of the head, and from there you bring more balance in all the chakras and throughout the entire body. You will experience, through your blissful meditation, contact with higher levels of consciousness.
The emphasis in kriya yoga is placed on healthy, purposeful, conscious living, supported by specific meditation techniques. It is an intentional, universal approach to self-realisation and your destiny of spiritual enlightenment. We are all spiritual beings and enlightenment is the revelation of this. Practising kriya yoga helps you to see and achieve this awakening.
How To Learn Kriya Yoga
The best way to start learning as a beginner is with a kriya yoga teacher. They will be able to teach you the basic meditation practises, which you can do at home or wherever you feel comfortable.
To get started, Yoga I Am provides an online kriya yoga training course where you can learn all of the practical steps of kriya yoga. You will develop an eye for alignment and master how to make verbal cues and safe and smart hands-on adjustments. This is a transformational practice of mind body spirit and you will be changed.
When you are at a stage where you are meditating correctly and regularly, you will be able to live and be present the whole day with a clear and calm consciousness. You will not lose yourself anymore in daily worries; you will live more from your inner self.
The History Of Kriya Yoga
Kriya yoga is an ancient meditation technique which was hidden in secrecy for many centuries. It was revived in 1861, when the great yogi Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. Lahiri then taught the technique to his disciple Sri Yukteswar, who taught it to his disciples, including Paramhansa Yogananda.
Kriya has been taught in an unbroken link of spiritual succession to this day. Paramhansa Yogananda personally authorized his disciple, Swami Kriyananda (founder of Ananda) to initiate qualified people into Kriya Yoga.