What is Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth.
It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine.
Kriya is a technique of energy control, or pranayama. It is also a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes additional meditation practices, right living, and a link to the enlightened Masters mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi.
Kriya is taught at Ananda Sangha just as Paramhansa Yogananda taught it — as a comprehensive spiritual path. Its effectiveness has been experienced by thousands of dedicated Ananda Kriya Yogis, from all walks of life, religion, and nationality.
Those interested in learning Kriya Yoga can join us for the entire course that prepares the aspirant to receive initiation into kriya yoga. Kriya yoga is an ancient and sacred yoga technique that has been practiced by saints and sages for thousands of years. In the modern age, this technique has been introduced by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple, Lahiri Mahasaya, to be taught and shared with true and sincere aspirants seeking spiritual evolution. This technique has been mentioned by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.
Steps to Learn Kriya Yoga Meditation
The Path of Kriya Yoga is organized into 4 Levels of classes which gradually prepares one towards receiving the sacred Kriya Yoga Initiation. It typically requires a minimum of 8-9 months to complete the course.
Learn to Meditate – Level 1
Paramhansa Yogananda said that the first step to deep meditation is single-single-pointed concentration and relaxation, and that is exactly what we’ll learn in this class. This is a single 2.5 hours class, where we will share the Hong-Sau technique of concentration which will help you experience deep calmness and stillness, and help you manifest these qualities in your daily activities. During this session we will cover:
- How to overcome the restless mind
- Deep relaxation at will
- Correct posture
- How, when and where to Meditate
- Establishing a daily routine of meditation
1 Class of 2.5 hours. An optional review class is also offered.
Fee: Rs 400 (includes softcopy of reading materials)
Deepening Meditation & Raja Yoga – Level 2
This class series is an in-depth study of the Yogic Path and lifestyle. The key component of this series is the learning of 39 Energization Exercises that were developed by Paramhansa Yogananda. These exercises will give us the ability to recharge our body at will by drawing in cosmic energy from the universe. Throughout the weeks we will continue to deepen our meditation practices.During the series we will cover the following topics:
- Learn Yogananda’s 39 Energization Exercises
- Principles of Energy, Will & Magnetism
- Overview of Yoga – Bhakti, Gyana, Karma and Raja
- Ashtanga Yoga & Yamas and Niyamas
- Overcoming Habits
- Applying Yoga Principles in Daily Life
6 Class of 2 hours each
Fee: Rs 1600 (includes softcopy of reading materials)
Aum Technique and Discipleship – Level 3
At this point the spiritual aspirant shifts from being a student to becoming a disciple. Discipleship doesn’t mean a change in your outward life, or the renunciation of a worldly life. It only means a deeper inner relationship with the Divine through the channel of the Guru. The following aspects are covered:
- Understanding the need and role of the Guru
- Recognizing a true Guru & Attunement with the Guru
- Pre-requisites and right attitudes of a true disciple
- The lineage of our Masters, Mission of Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda & Ananda’s mission
- Discipleship Ceremony
- The Aum technique of meditation
6 Classes of 2 hours each
Fee: Rs 2100 (includes a physical book)
Preparation for Kriya Yoga – Level 4
During this final level we study many of the deeper teachings of the Yogic path, all the while continuing to practice all the meditation techniques that we have learnt in the previous levels. We begin to really lengthen our meditations, allowing for longer, deeper sadhanas. This class series covers the following areas:
- The Anatomy of the Astral body
- Several Kriya Preparation Techniques
- Understanding of Chakras
- Signs of Spiritual Progress
- Deeper discussions of key principles of spiritual path
10 Classes of 2 hours each
Fee: Rs 2500 (includes a physical book)
Kriya Yoga Initiation
After completion of this series of classes, there will be the Kriya Initiation Ceremony where qualified students will receive the sacred diksha in Kriya Yoga by a Kriyacharya. Continued support is provided through individual guidance by phone, e-mail or in person, as well as through guided kriya meditation and retreats.