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Kriya Yoga: A Sacred Science And A Powerful Way To Liberate The Soul

Kriya Yoga: A Sacred Science And A Powerful Way To Liberate The Soul

Japneet Kaur 20 September, 2021 Updated on : 14 Oct 2021
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What Exactly Is Kriya Yoga?

In simpler terms any external action or activity we do is called ‘Karma’ and any internal action or activity we perform is known as ‘Kriya’. Karmas are those that keep you tied up and Kriyas are the ones that set you free. Since Kriya is bound to bring release, Kriya Yoga can be understood as a sacred science that is made up of advanced techniques for meditation and liberates your soul from any and all forms of evils. Kriya Yoga is also addressed as the Royal technique of Yoga. 

Kriya Yoga is not just about yoga asanas like other forms of yoga. It's a powerful way to take the spiritual path but let us warn you, it is also a very demanding way of doing so. Kriya Yoga requires disciplining your body, controlling your mind and meditation. Kriya Yoga is a Raja Yoga technique that revitalises the subtle currents of energy in the body and slows down the heart and lungs' normal activity naturally.

How Is Kriya Yoga Different?

Kriya Yoga is a spiritual science that the sages of India discovered in the long forgotten history. Patanjali, the revered sage speaks of it in Yoga sutras and Parmahansa Yogananda claims that even Christ knew about it. However, Kriya Yoga was long forgotten and buried and lost in the dark times. It was Parmahansa Yogananda who was chosen to make Kriya Yoga available to seekers around the world. Since Kriya Yoga slows down the activity of the lungs and heart naturally it results in our consciousness being drawn to higher levels of perception and bringing us an inner awakening. We should also learn about kriya yoga poses to understand how and why it's different.

Meditation Techniques Used In Kriya Yoga

More than yoga poses, what really matters and is used in Kriya Yoga is the technique. Aum Technique is a technique of meditation used to show the seeker how to bring in the use of power of concentration. This technique focuses on the aspect of teaching the seeker on how to experience the all encompassing universal divine presence of Aum. This technique goes beyond the bodily limitations and brings about a moment of epiphany where one realises their own infinite potential. 

Kriya Yoga is a different kind of yoga that rather than focusing on the yoga asana focuses on the technique. Hong Sau Technique is another technique for concentration and helps in developing untapped powers of concentration. By practicing the Hong Sau Technique one can learn how to withdraw attention from the outside world and focus on the inner energies and focus on a goal that they wish to achieve or to solve a problem. 

There are no kriya yoga poses as such but there are some energising exercises that were developed by Parmahansa Yogananda to prepare our body for meditation. Energisation exercises involve using breath, concentration and life force. The technique enables us to draw abundant energy into the body and in turn purifies and strengthens the body. These energising exercises only take 15 minutes and are an effective way to eliminate stress.

Can I Learn Kriya Yoga At Home?

As said before Kriya Yoga is not just about yoga poses or asanas but more. So there are steps that you need to follow to learn Kriya Yoga. The first step in the process is to apply for the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons. During the first year of the lesson students are taught the three basic techniques mentioned above at home and the principles of a balanced spiritual living. It is for a reason that the introduction is a gradual process as one needs to acclimatise and condition themself for what lies ahead. The seeker is offered this initial period to assess the situation and what all is asked of him or her, to condition the mind and learn how to focus and concentrate.

What Are The Benefits Of Kriya Yoga?

There are many Kriya yoga benefits that a seeker can experience and some of them are as follows:

  • The Kriya Yoga meditation techniques take you from material to divine consciousness and bring about positive realisation.
  • The seeker learns about body discipline and mind conditioning and the ways to do it.
  • It strengthens the body and purifies it by making it get rid of all the negative energies and stress.
  • It helps you withdraw attention from the outside world and focus and concentrate on the inner energies.

We think by now you would be convinced to give Kriya Yoga a shot and enrol for the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons and see the difference for yourself. Use your one pass to fitness- FITPASS to reserve a slot!

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