Kriya Yoga is an advanced technique for spiritual evolution that has been taught by enlightened sages for thousands of years. Part of the ancient science of Raja Yoga, it is mentioned by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras and by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Kriya works by giving the practitioner control of the life force. Through life force control, the yogi is able to overcome all the obstacles preventing union with the divine.
According to Paramhansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi ― Kriya Yoga is the most effective technique for reaching the goal of Self-Realization; Self-Realization is knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all you need to do is improve your knowing.
Those wanting to learn the advanced Ananda Kriya meditation techniques need first to develop a regular daily practice of meditation and the Energization Exercises. Further steps include lessons and courses in discipleship that are available. It typically requires a minimum of 9 months to one year of daily practice of the energization exercises and the Hong-Sau technique before one receives Kriya Initiation.
KRIYA YOGA MEDITATION – LEVEL ONE (BASIC COURSE)
Paramhansa Yogananda taught two basic techniques that can be learned and practiced by anyone, of any faith, on any path. The Hong-Sau technique of concentration and Introduction to the Energisation Exercises. This introductory course is offered over 2 weeks.
This course will help you learn the basics of meditation. The practice of Kriya Yoga rests upon a foundation of daily meditation, service and devotion.
You will be given tested techniques to still your body, free your mind from restless thoughts and direct your inner awareness upward to subtle spiritual realms within. These practical methods will quickly help you to relax the body and mind, focus your concentration, and expand your consciousness. Learn through direct experience what joy, peace, and deep calmness are really like and discover how quickly, through daily practice, these qualities can be yours in all aspects of your life!
Topics to be covered:
– How to reduce tension and stress at will
– How to concentrate more effectively
– Correct meditative posture
– Introduction to Energisation Exercises
– How to establish a daily routine of meditation (sadhana)
Text-book for Level 1: Lessons in Meditation by Jyotish Novak
KRIYA YOGA MEDITATION – LEVEL TWO (ART AND SCIENCE OF RAJA YOGA)
Based on Swami Kriyananda’s book The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, this is one of the most comprehensive courses available on the ancient science of yoga.
Some of the topics covered are:
– Breath, mind, spinal currents,
– Chakras, energy, mental and emotional attitudes,
– Devotion, will power,
– Yoga philosophy, psychology,
– Meditation, energisation,
– Yoga postures, affirmations,
– Healing techniques, and the role of the Guru.
Text-book for Level 2: The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda
[Completion of level 1 and a regular practice are pre-requisites.]
KRIYA YOGA MEDITATION – LEVEL THREE (AUM AND DISCIPLESHIP)
The Discipleship Series is the next level of the course which helps take you from ego consciousness to soul consciousness. This series prioritizes devotion and emphasizes on the importance of the Guru-Disciple relationship.
This course involves learning the AUM technique and understanding the Guru-disciple relationship.
[Completing Level 2 and a regular practice of techniques previously learnt is a pre-requisite to take up level 3.]
KRIYA YOGA MEDITATION – LEVEL FOUR (KRIYA YOGA PREPARATION)
These classes offer deeper discussions on the benefits and practice of Kriya Yoga. We will also go into specific techniques to prepare for Kriya initiation. Classes include the history of Kriya, the astral spine, and how to bring the benefits of Kriya into daily life, group Sadhana and specific techniques to be practiced before Kriya Yoga initiation.
The Kriya Yoga Technique:
Once the student has completed all the levels and upon approval by an Ananda Kriyacharya, one can take initiation. The technique is given in an initiation ceremony.
A Kriya technique review, checking, and question and answer session is held after the initiation for the Kriyabans (one who receives Kriya Initiation).
Continued support is provided through individual guidance by phone, e-mail or in person, as well as through guided Kriya meditations and retreats.