Kriya Yoga involves learning breath control (Pranayama) to effectively channeling the flow of Prana (life force) which traverses the 72,000 Nadis or astral nerves in the human body. By doing so the aspirant learns to direct mental power to open the three Nadis, important knots in the nervous system, which obstruct the rhythmic flow of Prana. By undoing these knots a Kriya yogi opens the path for Kundalini energy to flow. Sri Swamiji has made it an inseparable part of His mission to revive this ancient knowledge and bring it to everyone. He has been actively propagating the benefits of Kriya Yoga to millions of people. Many who have been trained in this process of Kriya Yoga are reaping its material and spiritual benefits. Kriya Yoga helps aspirants to learn to activate and control their senses and to control their thought processes.
Kriya Yoga is not just learning Pranayama (breathing techniques), but also several aspects that improve healthy living. It involves teachings about good and morals based life, developing love for nation, developing a spirit of sacrifice to help others and developing Sattvic eating habits. It is very a useful module for everyone, especially in today's tension-filled lives.
Kriya Yoga, the practice of controlling breathing (Pranayama) is one method that Sri Swamiji teaches to improve health and peace of mind. Sri Swamiji and his trained disciples have conducted many Kriya yoga classes in various cities across the globe. People that have taken the classes are attracted to the simple explanations and demonstrations of different pranayama techniques and the encapsulated approach that answers several issues of our day to day life.
Kriya yoga course is only a means...a very good means to get inducted into leading a better life. Through Kriya yoga, a new dimension will enter into one’s life. Yoga is a way of life and not just knowledge or practice for an hour or so. It is a continuous phenomenon. It enables one to experience that the same energy that drives the Universe also drives each of us. It establishes a link between the individual self and the Supreme self and expands the horizons of the individual to infinity. Age, Gender, Religion, Caste or Creed is no bar to enter into Yoga.
Pranayama is the key to kriya yoga. We are breathing every moment indiscriminately without knowing that our breath is the vital energy. We live so long as our breath is there. By indiscriminate breathing we waste our energy. The same breath which we take day in and day out, when consciously seen through the mind and regulated through Pranayama, no longer remains as breath in the physical sense of the term. Instead, it becomes instantaneously a spiritual energy. The effect of our breath on nervous system is totally different depending on whether we are "physically" breathing or whether we have spiritualized our breath. The same thing (Breath), which without yogic understanding was physical, when properly guarded, respected and regulated through principles of Pranayama (kriya yoga), becomes spiritual energy, and our life thereafter, takes a yogic stance. All this looks very easy, but it is extremely subtle. What we have to do is to spiritualize our breath. Breathing, as such, is physical but Pranayama is spiritual. Their common denominator is the "air principle" [vayu tatva]. Our ultimate goal in Pranayama is to quiet the mind and experience Bliss.
Sri Swamiji says, “long breath, Long life. Short breath, Short life. A long breath, a long Pranayama is eneficial for our nervous system and mental balance. Whoever practices long breathing will not be tired easily. Those with a short breath get tired very easily." Sri Swamiji further says, “many people are impressed by the effect of Pranayama in balancing the mind. Everybody faces problems related to health, wealth, office, children, house etc. We get upset, irritated, disappointed, and angry which depletes our energy. In these instances, our nervous system works extra hard and our heart pumps rapidly wasting our precious energy. Through Pranayama, one can control breath, senses, food and other actions."
Yoga Sangeeta is proud to promote Kriya Yoga for the benefit of all people, and a better society for tomorrow. Classes are held frequently in various cities across USA. For additional details, please check the calendar or contact us.