Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kriya Yoga Course

My Kriya Yoga Course has two parts available for downloading: beginner and advanced. Download details are provided on my Download page. In this post I'll provide an overview to help give you an idea of whether this course might be useful for you.

Yoga is a spiritual practice, similar to any other spiritual practice, where the purpose is to discover your true self, also known as achieving Self-Realization. The state of being where the true self is realized is known as Samadhi. This state of being is achieved through the process of Kundalini Awakening.

By awakening the Chakras, awareness of the true self increases, until Kundalini Awakening in achieved. Within yoga there are many different paths, and after investigating most of them, I feel Kriya Yoga is the safest and most efficient method for achieving Kundalini Awakening.

To ensure the practice of Kriya Yoga leads to a positive result, some preparatory practices need to be completed to prepare the body/mind/spirit complex for the magnitude of energy that is generated by the Kundalini Kriyas of Kriya Yoga. The book "A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya" provides those preparatory practices. In my beginner course, I cover the first 12 beginner lessons given in this book which I expect to take about 6 weeks to complete depending on your level of fitness. In my advanced course, I continue to go through the lessons in this book, but also combine them with the practices given in the book "Kundalini Tantra/2009 Re-print". The advanced course is designed to take about 8 months to complete.

There are three types of practices involved in each lesson: Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing), and Dhyana (meditation). Each type of practice has a special role to play and prepares you for the next type. With each practice your mind is gently and progressively turned inward, but each practice also has a distinct spiritual effect. The primary effect of the Asanas is to unblock the Nadis (spiritual pathways) and allow the Prana (spiritual energy) to flow freely in the body. The primary effect of Pranayama is to increase, balance and purify the flow of Prana in the Nadis, while the primary effect of Dhyana (at the beginner stage) is to balance, purify and awaken the Chakras.

In my next two posts, I'll provide more details on the beginner and advanced courses respectively.

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