Kriya Yoga

What is Kriya Yoga? 

Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditation technique brought to the west by Paramhansa Yogananda, by which we can have a direct intuitive experience of God as our own true Self.

In Chapter 26 of his Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda describes Kriya Yoga as:

“…a simple, psychophysiological method by which the human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers… A yogi who faithfully follows its technique is gradually freed from karma or the universal chain of causation.” (1946 Edition), Chapter 26

Kriya yoga includes four core meditation techniques and yoga practices.

These are learned step-by-step through a (nearly) year-long process of training, study, and practice. There are also supportive and preparatory techniques given as part of the training.

Watch videos explaining Kriya Yoga and how to learn it.

Why Learn Kriya Yoga? 

The ills of society today — at the onset of the 21st century — have their origin in a pandemic loss of meaning and purpose in life, and, a loss of connection with the world and people around us. While science has brought to us material progress, efficiency and comfort, these can never  satisfy our soul’s yearning for the “truth that can make us free” and our heart’s longing for connection and purpose.

Paramhansa Yogananda was sent to the West by the rishis of India with a new dispensation to teach the art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation. Through this ancient, but newly resurrected, technique, we can have a direct, intuitive experience of God as our own true Self. This inner science of contacting God is the necessary and appropriate balance that will help us harmonize and use wisely the power over nature science has given us.

Through the awakening of our own soul-intuition through Kriya Yoga, we can love all as our own Self and feel our connection with all life and the Creator of life! Faithful practice of the scientific, psycho-physical spiritual techniques of Kriya Yoga can accelerate our spiritual growth and liberate our soul from the meshes of maya, the world of opposites and unceasing change.

Kriya is more than a technique. It is a way of life that includes devotion, selfless service, and discipleship to God through the line of Self-realization preceptors who have been sent to awaken within us the “inner guru” of wisdom.

 

How can I learn Kriya Yoga? 

Here are the steps you will follow to learn the art and science of Kriya.

  1. Raja Yoga Intensive for Hong Sau meditation & core teachings
  2. Kriya Yoga Preparation Training – Segment 1
  3. Kriya Yoga Preparation Training – Segment 2
  4. Study the life of Paramhansa Yogananda – included in #3
  5. Study the precepts of discipleship – included in #2
  6. Take discipleship initiation – included in #3
  7. Learn the Aum meditation technique – included in #3
  8. Learn the Kriya preparation exercises – included in #2
  9. Kriya Interview – included in #3
  10. Take initiation into Kriya Yoga

 

 

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Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
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This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!
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Advanced Ananda Yoga is a more challenging and vigorous class, incorporating traditional yoga postures like inversions as well as a longer sadhana or meditation towards the end. A minimum of 6 months of regular yoga[...]
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Fullness Meditation Class Series @ Ananda Meditation Temple
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Meditation is natural and deeply rewarding. It offers a direct and intuitive experience of states of consciousness that are peace-full, health-full, mind-full and soul-full. Benefits: The benefits of meditation have been amply documented by medical[...]
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Paramhansa Yogananda writes, ‘Intuition is developed by: • Exercising common sense; • Daily introspection and analysis; • Depth of thought and concentrated activity; • Calmness, and: • Holding onto the calm aftereffects of meditation.’ So[...]
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12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!