I am currently going to a Yoga teacher who is teaching me Kriya yoga. I have been studying the Raja Yoga book by Kriyananda. I do asana's each morning prior to meditation but do not do the energization exercises. Do I do both the asanas and energization exercises each day? My teacher is not able to initiate me into Kriya yoga. Do you recommend that I take your courses in order to be initiated?
—Linda Hagen, United States
Yes, in order to be initated into Kriya Yoga, one must study all three parts of the Ananda Course.
Yoga postures are not required as part of the path of Kriya, but daily practice of the Energization Exercises are integral to learning Kriya.
Paramhansa Yogananda taught Kriya as a spiritual path that includes a regular daily meditation practice using the techniques of hong-sau and Aum (taught in Part III of the Ananda Course), along with the Energization Exercises.
The final step of initiation into Kriya can take place after about one year of regular practice, beginning with when one learns Hong-Sau and Energization.
Because the path of Kriya is so individual, it’s best to email the Ananda Kriya Sangha for your country. Find contact information, and more information about the path of Kriya Yoga.