Commonly Asked Questions About Kriya Yoga
1. Some people claim they have the “real” or original kriya — why?
Lahiri Mahasaya had many disciples, and he taught Kriya to them with slight modifications depending on the needs of each individual. The essence of Kriya was taught the same, but you can see that there is no single original kriya, therefore. True spiritual Masters, like Lahiri Mahasaya and Paramhansa Yogananda, have the authority and understanding to teach Kriya in that way. Masters will also never claim to have the “only” true Kriya path, nor will they disparage others. Ananda teaches Kriya Yoga just as Yogananda taught it. He learned it from his Guru, Sri Yukteswar, who was a direct disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya
2. There are other groups that teach different “kriya” yogas — what’s the difference?
“Kriya” is a commonly used word in yoga. It literally means “action,” and is used to describe many different techniques. The Kriya that we teach at Ananda is specifically the Kriya Yoga of Lahiri Mahasaya.
3. Can Kriya Yoga be dangerous?
Kriya, when practiced under the guidance of an experienced Kriya teacher, is completely safe.
4. What does it cost to receive Kriya through Ananda?
There is a cost for the Ananda courses online, and/or classes at an Ananda Center, to prepare for Kriya Initiation, along with guest fees if you receive Kriya at Ananda Village. At the initiation itself, there is a monetary offering that is entirely up to the individual.
5. How long does it take to learn Kriya?
This process takes about a year, but this also depends on each individual. It is natural to think of any training we receive in terms of outer goals, yet with the Path of Kriya, much more is involved. The Path of Kriya Yoga involves learning and practicing spiritual techniques that promote inner transformation. Each of these techniques needs to be integrated into one’s life before moving forward. How quickly one can move forward with the material depends on personal karma and inner realities. The instructors work with each individual, according to their needs and realities.
6. Why do I have to learn other techniques before receiving Kriya?
The techniques of Energization Exercises, Hong-Sau, AUM, and more are part of the Path of Kriya Yoga. The Kriya Yogi continues to practice those techniques even after receiving the Kriya technique. The Kriya technique should be seen in a totality of all these techniques combined with right living. Finally, practicing Kriya requires a daily commitment to meditation. It can take up to a year (or more) to establish that practice.
7. Why is Kriya given as an initiation?
We have seen that when people practice Kriya without proper instruction, they often practice this subtle technique incorrectly and don’t gain the benefits. If people practice without trying to attune to the Guru’s grace, again, they don’t feel the full results and often lose interest in the practice. Learn more.