Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The eN-Kriya Technique (part 1)

In this video Paramahamsa Nithyananda presents the 7 steps of eN-Kriya. In the video I will post next, he again describes the 7 steps, but with additional details. So in this post I will simply summarize the information provided in this video and save the bulk of my analysis for the next post after all available details of eN-Kriya have been provided.

The video starts with some repetition of what was in the previous video, so you can skip ahead to the 5:20 mark where he lists the recommended sitting postures in order of priority: Padmasana, Vajrasana, or Sukhasana. Step 1 is 11 rounds of Nadi Shodhana which should take only 90 seconds (8:00). He states that the first 3 steps of eN-Kriya are really just preparation for Kriya (9:10). Step 2 is 21 rounds of Bhastrika Pranayama (9:30). Step 3 is 21 rounds of slow breathing with inner and outer breath retention (11:00).

He says eN-Kriya provides the maximum benefit with less time and less effort (11:30). The lazy man's guide to enlightenment (11:50). Step 4 is 21 rounds of Shanmukhi Mudra (my name not his) with the ring finger closing the nostrils rather than the middle finger (16:00). He gets sidetracked, then continues step 4 at the 25:30 mark. He recaps that the first 3 steps are preparation, step 4 is the main Kriya, then step 5 is for settling or balancing the body. Step 5 is 7 minutes of Bhramari Pranayama (my name not his) or intense humming (28:30). Step 6 is 7 rounds of Shakti Dharana. In each round, raise your arms to the sky and visualize the masters presence and energy landing on you and awakening your Kundalini, then bow down to the cosmos (29:30).

He recaps the steps again, and it sounds like he names step 3 Amana Kriya, step 4 Samburi Mudra, and step 5 Maha Mantra (30:10). He gives another interpretation for step 6, of receiving energy from the Sky and offering it to the Earth (30:50). Finally, step 7 is sending love and compassion to the whole world (31:30). All 7 steps should take less than 42 minutes (32:30).

That concludes my summary of this second video, and in my next post I will cover some additional details provided in a third video followed by my detailed analysis.


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  2. Hi Manoj

    I am very grateful for this more detailed explanation on Nithyananda's teachings.

    I would also like to ask if it is enough to practice the eN-Kriya only once a day and if it needs to be done around the same time during the 21 days?

    Also, is it ok to practice it before going to sleep?

    Thank you



  3. Hi Joana,

    Once a day is fine and anytime is fine, however, it is preferred if yoga is practiced on an empty stomach and the stomach is most empty in the morning before breakfast.

    All the best!

    1. Thank you for replying.

      I haven't started yet, so will try and do it properly :)