Hatha Yoga and Kriya Yoga


I have been meditating according to the Ananda lessons for about eight months now. I began the second part (The Art and Science of Raja Yoga) and have been facing some health issues. I guess my question is can I be initiated into Kriya Yoga if I am unable to do the Hatha Yoga postures?

—Mary Tiwari, USA


Hatha Yoga postures are not an integral part of Kriya Yoga practice. Many Kriya Yogis find they don’t have time for the postures. The energization exercises are more than sufficient. People with certain health problems sometimes have to adjust how they do the energization exercises. So yes, you most certainly can receive initiation into Kriya without doing Hatha Yoga!