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What Is Kriya Yoga?

The Technique

Learn more about the Kriya technique and the principles on which it is based.

The Path of Kriya

Kriya Yoga is more than a technique. It includes other spiritual practices, right living, and more.

Discipleship and Kriya

The Path of Kriya Yoga includes a living link to the Kriya Yoga line of masters.

The Science of Kriya Yoga

Read “The Science of Kriya Yoga” from Autobiography of a Yogi.

Origin of Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is an ancient practice that was revived in 1861.


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Referring to the universal need for yoga, and particularly for Kriya Yoga, which guides the energy into, and up, the spine, Yogananda once said,

You can be in a room twenty years, trying to get out through the walls, the ceiling, the floor. It is when you finally discover the door that you find your way out. That’s how it is with the soul. The average devotee may struggle his whole life trying to escape the bodily limitations by unscientific means, and by the paths only of devotion or discrimination. By Kriya Yoga, however, if he is sincere, he can escape quickly. Kriya Yoga takes one to God by the universal highway: the spine.

—From Conversations With Yogananda


Paramhansa Yogananda

Practice Kriya night and day. It is the greatest key to salvation. Other people go by books and lesser practices, but it will take them incarnations to reach God.

Kriya is not only, as I’ve often said, the airplane route to Him, but also the greatest way of destroying present temptation. When you feel that joy within, no evil will be able to touch you. To you, sense pleasures will then seem like stale cheese compared to the nectar of God’s joy.

—Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi