The videos below provide insights into many misunderstood subjects and esoteric teachings in meditation, Kriya Yoga, Daoist Internal Alchemy, yoga, and related practices. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kriya Yoga and Overcoming the Senses
Many Kriya yogis think that development in spirituality is about overcoming the senses, but this is a misunderstanding of the spiritual process. Instead of being in a battle with oneself, which is a process of separation, one can practice self-acceptance, which leads to integration. Leveraging simple, yet powerful techniques from Daoist Internal Alchemy, the Kriya yogi can experience harmonious inner unfolding and lasting spiritual development.
Kriya Yoga, the Spiritual Eye, and Inner Experiences
Seeing the spiritual eye and having particular inner experiences are much coveted in Kriya Yoga. However, the desire for specific visions may obscure one’s subtle inner unfolding. It is important, therefore, to have an effective strategy to be internally receptive to inner experiences, rather than chasing after particular spiritual phenomena.
Kriya Yoga and Prana
Prana, or life energy, is an important part of Kriya Yoga. However, Kriya Yoga schools often have different approaches to working with prana that may stress the need to have specific spiritual experiences. Understanding the foundations of the inner process of unfolding, therefore, provides vital insights into how to get the most from your Kriya Yoga practice.
Kriya Yoga, Ego, and Atman
Overcoming the ego and establishing the supremacy of the atman (soul) is a common theme in Kriya Yoga and other yogic paths. However, this perspective is a misunderstanding of the true spiritual process, which is not about separation between ego and soul, but the integration of unresolved patterns. Once you understand how the spiritual process works, you no longer have to identify with either ego or soul, but see the continuity between them and how you can best establishing a harmonious resolution to your inner life.
Kriya Yoga and Ultimate Liberation
Kaivalya, meaning “separateness” or ultimate liberation, is often considered the final goal of Kriya Yoga and other yogic paths. While the separation of matter and spirit promises a state of limitless freedom for the adept, in actuality it does little to address and resolve internal patterns that limit spiritual development. Only by undergoing an internal process of integration and transformation is the student able to make spiritual gains.
Kriya Yoga and Samadhi
Samadhi, or superconscious experience, is a much coveted state in Kriya Yoga. To get to samadhi, however, one needs to go through several stages that lay the foundation for samadhi to manifest. Understanding these stages and how to best to focus your efforts through the meditation process will put you on the right trajectory for spiritual success and inner unfoldment.
Kriya Yoga and Kundalini Activation
Kriya Yoga is an effective means of activating the kundalini, the dormant energy at the base of the spine, which is responsible for helping to fuel the expansion of awareness in meditation. This leads to the enfoldment of internalization (pratyahara), the Tranquil Breath (breathlessness), internalized concentration (dharana), absorption (dhyana), and superconsciousness (samadhi). Understanding the relationship between Kriya Yoga and the kundalini can help you get the most out of your meditation.
How to Go Deep in Kriya Yoga
Learning to go deep in Kriya Yoga meditation is about more than just a particular technique. It includes strategies aimed at making you receptive to subtle changes in your meditation that lead to inner unfoldment. Understanding how to leverage these principles will help you improve your meditations and support your spiritual progress.
Kriya Yoga and Spinal Breathing Pranayama
Some Kriya Yoga schools incorporate spinal breathing pranayama in their Kriya practice. Although some Kriya Yoga teachers have denounced spinal breathing pranayama, a careful examination of the principles of Kriya Yoga reveals how it may still be a viable practice provided it adheres to certain foundational principles. Understanding these principles can make spinal breathing pranayama effective and help improve your own Kriya Yoga practice.
Initiation in Kriya Yoga
Many Kriya Yoga schools consider initiation to be a requirement for all new students. While initiation can be helpful to establish a connection between the student and the teacher, often the outward ritual of initiation is emphasized more than the teacher-student relationship. This has often led to the observation of spiritual rules and routines at the expense of the essence of spiritual transformation. Therefore, fostering a relationship between the student and the teacher (whether formal or informal) is paramount for supporting students’ spiritual progress.