Kriya Yoga Techniques

By Patricia | May 8, 2009
How Does Kriya Yoga Work

What is Kriya Yoga?

Kriya Yoga is one of the oldest forms of Yoga. It finds mention in many of the ancient texts of India including the Bhagwada Gita. In fact, the techniques used in Kriya Yoga are said to have been handed down from the Gods to the sages who developed and practiced the art of Yoga in ancient India thousands of years ago. Kriya Yoga was considered to be one of the highest forms of Yoga in ancient India. However, much of the knowledge about this therapeutic practice was lost in the mists of time.

Kriya Yoga was eventually revived in the late nineteenth century by the Yoga guru Mahavatar Babaji and his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. “Autobiogrpahy of a Yogi”, a book by Paramhansa Yogananda further catapulted Kriya Yoga in to the limelight. He is also credited with introducing Kriya Yoga in the West in the twentieth century.

How does Kriya Yoga work?

All yoga techniques allow the individual to tap in to the spiritual energy that resides deep in the spinal column, either directly or indirectly. Kriya Yoga is so effective because the techniques taught in Kriya Yoga allow the practitioner to directly tap into this spiritual source through the practice of specialized breathing techniques (Pranayama).

It has been said that practicing only half a minute of these specialized Kriya Yoga techniques allows the individual to attain a year of spiritual and mental growth. These techniques help the individual to open the hidden energy channels in the spine and to balance them. With practice and dedication, a Kriya Yoga practitioner is eventually able to control this spiritual energy and use it at will.

Of course, this takes years of practice and hard work under the watchful guidance of a guru. Kriya Yoga cannot be learnt from books and DVDs. These powerful techniques have to be taught by a guru who is well-versed in the intricacies of Kriya Yoga. In fact, the student is not even taught these special Kriya Yoga techniques in the initial phase of training.

The student must first prepare his mind and body by learning and following three other important techniques. These are:

  1. Energization Exercises - these exercises prepare the body for learning the Kriya technique
  2. The Hong-Sau technique - this is a concentration technique that allows the mind to develop focus
  3. The Aum technique - this is a meditation technique that allows the practitioner to become one with the universe through the chanting of the sacred word “Aum”.
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