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Kriya Yoga in Daily Life — A talk by Nayaswami Shankara (Ananda Hyderabad)

June 8, 2023

Kriya Yoga is a spiritual practice and meditation technique that originated in ancient India. It is a comprehensive system that combines various yogic practices, including physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and mantra chanting. The term "Kriya" means action or movement, and "Yoga" refers to the union of body, mind, and spirit. Kriya Yoga is often associated with the teachings of the great yogi and guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, who introduced it to the Western world through his book Autobiography of a Yogi.

Kriya Yoga focuses on the subtle energy centers within the body, known as chakras, and aims to awaken and channel the dormant spiritual energy, known as Kundalini, which resides at the base of the spine. Through a systematic practice of specific techniques, Kriya Yoga practitioners seek to purify and balance their energy, quiet their minds, and experience a deep connection with the divine. The practice of Kriya Yoga involves a combination of physical exercises, breathing techniques, and meditation. It utilizes the breath as a vehicle to control and direct the life force energy, promoting physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual growth. The practice is said to accelerate the spiritual evolution of the practitioner, leading to a direct experience of higher states of consciousness and ultimately, self-realization. Kriya Yoga is considered a path of self-discipline, self-inquiry, and devotion. It is often taught through initiation by a qualified teacher who imparts the techniques and guides the practitioner on their spiritual journey.

While Kriya Yoga has its roots in Hindu philosophy, it is practiced by people of various religious backgrounds and is adaptable to individual beliefs and experiences. Overall, Kriya Yoga offers a transformative path for seekers who aspire to deepen their spiritual understanding, cultivate inner peace, and awaken their true potential.