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Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yoganandaji in his Autobiography of a Yogi.

Kriya is taught at Ananda Sangha just as Yoganandaji taught it — as a comprehensive spiritual path. Its effectiveness has been experienced by thousands of dedicated Ananda Kriya Yogis, from all walks of life, religion, and nationality.

According to Yoganandaji, Kriya is the most effective practice available to mankind for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine. Kriya is also very practical in its effectiveness. Kriya Yogis find that the practices enhance their ability to concentrate, to become more effective in business and in family life, and to become better people in every way.

The techniques and practices leading up to initiation into Kriya can be learned in three ways:
• Through in-person classes at Ananda Centres throughout India
• Through the Kriya Yoga Home Study Course
• Through online classes which cover the same material

Kriya Yoga Home Study Course

The techniques and practices leading up to initiation into Kriya can be learned through the four books that make up the Kriya Yoga Home Study Course. The Course includes email support for all students with an Ananda Sangha Acharya, along with online supplementary videos for each Step.

Step One:
Lessons in Meditation

Learn techniques in the path of Kriya Yoga including:

• Yogananda’s Hong-Sau technique of concentration, which he called the “baby Kriya
• Learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, a unique system of exercises for controlling and increasing your energy level and overcoming fatigue
• Simple and practical suggestions for how to sit comfortably in meditation
• How to develop a daily, consistent habit of meditation

Step Two:
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga contains fourteen lessons in which the original yoga science emerges in all of its glory — as a proven system for realizing one’s spiritual destiny. This is the most comprehensive course on yoga and meditation offered today, giving a profound and intimate understanding of how to apply these age-old teachings, on a practical, as well as spiritual, day-to-day level in this modern age.

Step Three:
A Handbook on Discipleship

The following subjects are covered in depth:

• Does one need a living guru?
• The role of divine grace in spiritual progress
• How to follow a guru
• The importance of attunement and magnetism

In addition, there is a section on how to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yoganandaji and the Ananda Sangha line of Gurus. Students can take part in a home discipleship initiation ceremony.

Step Four:
Preparation for Kriya Yoga

This is the final step of preparation toward initiation into the technique of Kriya. This book can only be ordered after completing the first three steps.

It takes nine months to one year of daily practice and study to be initiated into the Kriya technique. Yoganandaji taught Kriya in this manner because Kriya is not merely mechanical in its effectiveness. Ananda Kriya Yogis have found a great deal of success in both their inner and outer lives through these practices.

If you would like to begin with home study, you can study The Ananda Course in Self-Realization books. The first three can be ordered online. Step Four can be ordered after finishing the first three. Many people begin with Step One, or One and Two together.

 

If you have any questions, please email kriyasangha@anandaindia.org.

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