“Kriya Yoga is a rite, a ceremony, a method, a sadhana. It is a method of refining one’s forces so that the individual awareness can penetrate the depth of one’s nature.”
Kriyas are yogic techniques for awakening. They awaken subtle energies: chakras (energy centres) and nadis (energy pathways). Kriyas awaken deeper levels of perception and lead to enlightenment and self-mastery.
Why is Kriya Yoga Helpful? There are various systems of yoga throughout the world that emphasize single-focused concentration. Most of us have not developed a relaxed enough state of mind to achieve this one-pointedness without creating further stress, strain or tension. The mind often does the opposite of what we ask it to do. This is where Kriya Yoga is so helpful to the practitioner. Allowing the mind to wander and moving the awareness through the body and energy channels often induces a natural state of relaxation and dhyana (one pointed focus) for the practitioner.
“All of us have potential which is beyond our wildest dreams, but most of this potential remains untapped.”
What are the Kriyas? The Kriyas are practices that use posture, breath, awareness, mantra and mudras to help direct and create free flow of energy. These are powerful practices designed to stir and awaken your kundalini energy. Kriyas are considered by some to be a short cut to your kundalini rising. Kriyas awaken deeper levels of perception and lead to enlightenment and self-mastery. These are transformative tools that can add a whole new dimension to your yoga practice.
Course Outline This 7-day residential course guides you through twenty traditional Kriyas distilled from an original set of seventy that were passed to our Founder, Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, his Saraswati lineage. Like notes of music, it is important to select and combine the right practices in order to have a harmonious effect.
Throughout the week you are introduced to this beautiful sequence systematically which culminates to full sessions by the end of the week. This is an amazing opportunity to learn these ancient and powerful techniques.
This is a powerful, advanced set of practices. While not required, it is suggested that you have a regular yoga practice in place before participating in this course.
NB: This Kriya Yoga practice comes from the Saraswati lineage through Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh, India. It is different to the Kriya Yoga taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and his Self-Realisation Fellowship.
These techniques are not widely available and spaces are limited on this course. Be sure to book early.
I have embraced the opportunity over time to practice the kriyas with Shantimurti and also with his parents Karmamurti and Bhaktimurti.
As a yoga teacher the first thing I noticed about the kriyas was it combined all the esoteric yoga practices like pranayama, bandha, mudra and chakra locations. I had learnt all these yoga basics over the years through teachers training at Ashram Yoga and I had taught them to yoga classes in isolation but I had never put them all together! That was fun. And powerful. The kriyas are accessible to everyone as they are just a series of techniques.
Using the mind to create pathways in the body which become motorways for energy is awesome! Especially when my mind likes to jump from one internal monotonous monologue to another. The kriya practice improved my concentration in everything I did from listening to golf.
After a practice of the kriyas I remember lying there feeling as high as a kite and very peaceful yet energised. I felt very sure of myself and my direction in life felt purposeful. My connection to everything was real. One time I practiced the kriyas I felt my body dissolve, it just happened then it stopped. It gave me personal insight to the nature of the body and it’s impermanence. Not all my experiences have been positive. However the positive defiantly out way the negative experiences.
The kriya practice very cleverly takes the mind through the process of pratyahara, dharana and dhyana. All too often as a yoga teacher I spent my hours of yoga focused on an asana-based practice with a touch of pranayama and meditation thrown in. Going on retreat (is such a treat) and totally immersing myself in the kriyas, guided by an expert (Shantimurti), without the usual time limitations, gives an actual experience that cannot be written down, it’s got to be experienced. Jump right in.