Kriya Yoga

The science of breath and the path to freedom

Kriya Yoga is a simple, yet extraordinarily powerful, meditation technique -a quick path to reach higher states of consciousness and change your life by developing mind, body, intellect and awareness of the soul.

Kriya Yoga is non-sectarian, requires no painful austerities, and suits lay practitioners involved in modern, daily life as much as it does those who meditate in the quiet caves of Himalayan peaks.

The word 'kriya' itself signifies the unity of work and worship of activity and divinity. Continuous awareness of the power of the indwelling soul can transform all of our actions - however mundane into worship, and our whole lives can be made divine. Calmness, peace, joy, love and compassion are the fruits of practice - fruits that are available to all who wish to practice with sincerity and humility.

Based on the science of breath, Kriya Yoga greatly enhances all spiritual practice. The technique emphasizes the relationship between the breath and mind. The breath influences the mind and vice-versa. This reciprocal relationship reveals the secret of controlling the mind: 'Breath control is self-control. Breath mastery is self-mastery.' When the breath is mastered, the face of the divine can be seen.

A sincere spiritual seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain self-realization or enlightenment -in this very lifetime. This powerful yoga is a manifestation of the many yogas described in the Bhagavad Gita, but primarily it derives from:

Karma Yoga

Detachment from the fruits of actions in the world, and more importantly, from the inner activity of mind.

Jnana Yoga

A disciplined intellect acquires spiritual knowledge, and this wisdom creates freedom through detachment from the fruits of actions.

Bhakti Yoga

Unconditional love is awakened by gratitude and by the joy arising from the openness with all creation, which is cosmic consciousness.

Direct transmission from teacher to student

This spiritual tradition technique has been practiced by saints, seers, and sages from time immemorial. The rishis (seers) of the Upanishads, Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, Maharshi Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra, and many other masters of yoga practiced and taught this scientific method through the ages. Kriya Yoga is a powerful tool to be used by seekers of all religions in order to hasten spiritual development.

For generations, Kriya teachings have been lovingly handed down from teacher to student, year after year, century after century. In 1861, the great Himalayan yogi Mahavatar Babaji re-introduced the ancient practice of Kriya Yoga to modern times from hidden Himalayan caves to our contemporary cities, streets and villages through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya.

Still taught directly from teacher to student, Kriya Yoga through the compassion of our lineage of masters and yogis is now available to seekers across the globe. The Kriya Yoga techniques are passed on only by word of mouth from an authorised teacher directly to the student.

An Ideal Starting Point

There is no better way to understand Kriya Yoga than from the lips and through the words of a realized master. In the video below, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explains the science and essence of Kriya Yoga.


Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

Taking the next Step

At Kriya Yoga ashrams and centers throughout the world, guided meditations are open to those initiated by authorized teachers. Introductory programs and initiations are offered regularly.

We are happy for the opportunity to help you in any way we can with your Kriya practice. To learn more about Kriya Yoga, please see the listing of the ashram or center nearest you and call the contact person directly.

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