KRIYA YOGA

Babaji NagarajBabaji’s Kriya Yoga is a scientific art of perfect God Truth union and Self-Realization. It was revived by a great Master of India, Babaji Nagaraj, as a synthesis of ancient teachings of the 18 Siddha tradition. It includes a series of techniques or “Kriyas” grouped into five phases or branches (Kriya Hatha Yoga, Kriya Kundalini Pranayama, Kriya Dhyana Yoga, Kriya Mantra Yoga, and Kriya Bhakti Yoga).

Classes offered will focus primarily on the phase concerning Kriya Hatha Yoga, a series of 18 postures with some focus on alternative pranayama and meditation techniques.

Kriya Hatha Yoga includes “asanas,” physical postures of relaxation, “bandahs,” muscular locks, and “mudras,” gestures, all of which bring about greater health, peace and the awakening of the principal energy centers, the “chakras”. Babaji has selected a particularly effective series of 18 postures, which are taught in stages and in pairs. One cares for the physical body not for its own sake but as a vehicle or temple of the Divine.

Kriya Yoga is “Action with Awareness.” It is a means of self-knowledge, of knowing the truth of our being. The first objective of Kriya Hatha Yoga is deep physical and mental relaxation. Asana deals directly with the material part of the physical totality. The body can become purified of many disorders and irregularities by asana. The variety of asana grants flexibility and a sense of lightness and buoyancy in the body, so that gravity has less an effect on it. Ultimately the 18 asana series will awaken the energy centers along the spine and stimulate the uncurling of kundalini, our potential power and consciousness.

The integral alignment of body, mind, and spirit gained through the practice of Kriya Yoga awakens our potential power and consciousness, known as “kundalini.” The level of our consciousness determines the nature and quality of the life we live. We must develop an advanced spiritual consciousness, which opens the mind to other dimensions of existence. Only then, can we use that consciousness in the activities of our life to positively affect the world and those around us.

Premadasa, RYT, has been a practitioner and student of Yoga for 10 years. He has been initiated into the 144 Kriyas of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga and he is a certified graduate of the Teacher Training program of Babaji’s Kriya Hatha Yoga in Quebec. He is also a student of Ayurveda and he has experienced the many different branches, lineages, and disciplines of Hatha Yoga which have become popular in the West. His aim is to educate, promote, and encourage pure health through the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda within the community.

(Excerpts taken from babajiskriyayoga.net )

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