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Kriya Yoga Plus Devotion
Kriya Yoga plus devotion is a concept from Paramhansa Yogananda that he claimed, “works like mathematics.” The practice of devotion as taught by Yogananda was very much an outward focus, of directing one’s love outside oneself to the Divine. The crucial missing part of this practice is self-love. Without directing one’s love inside first, there is no self-acceptance and the internal consent for change that are the pre-requisites for inner transformation, the hallmark of yoga. At Modern Kriya, we teach the Inner Smile, which puts the self-love first and integrates it into all practices.
Why Desire is Not the Root of Suffering
Despite the claims of several spiritual traditions, desire is not the root of suffering. Our challenges arise not from desire, but from fragmentation of our past experiences and unresolved issues. This fragmentation impacts our ability to feel comfortable with the internal change required for spiritual transformation. At Modern Kriya, we leverage the power of both Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy to give you the support you need to empower your harmonious spiritual development.
Why Spiritual Isolation Can Slow Your Development
Spiritual isolation for the purpose of purification and resistance to the outside world is a common theme in many spiritual traditions. While isolation can have some initial short term benefits, the internal fragmentation that creates personality issues cannot be solved by isolation. What is required is an integration of the fragmented parts of the self. At Modern Kriya, we teach students how to integrate and harmonize these disparate parts of their personalities and energies in an alchemical synthesis that leads to spiritual empowerment.
Kundalini has been mystified both because of misunderstanding and as a means for controlling others. The term kundalini is actually a misnomer since it really refers to the movement of prana/chi/life force. If the movement is very strong or chaotic, people may feel that they are having a ‘true’ kundalini awakening. But this kind of chaotic movement of the life force does not lead to balance, harmony, and integration, all of which are essential ingredients for spiritual development. At Modern Kriya, we teach powerful and highly effective practices that support a balanced approach to internal transformation that leverages both Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy.
The Problem of Spiritual Codependency
Many spiritual paths have an issue with codependency between teacher and student. The student is expected to follow only what the teacher says, to spurn all other sources of information, and to unquestioningly validate the teacher’s assertions. This doesn’t allow for the inner transformation of the student and their unique development. At Modern Kriya, we leverage Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy to provide students with the most powerful tools for their transformation.
Whole Body Enlightenment vs Head Enlightenment
Whole body enlightenment is much more than just expanded spiritual perceptions. It is a combination of the refinement of one’s substance, energy, and conscious. Many spiritual paths deal only with only head enlightenment (expanded states of consciousness), but this is similar to viewing travel photos but without ever travelling to your destination. At Modern Kriya, we go all the way with an approach to whole body enlightenment that leverages the internalizing power of Kriya Yoga and the transformative power of Daoist Internal Alchemy.
The Purpose of Kriya Yoga
Whether the main goal of your Kriya Yoga practice is the attainment of samadhi, union with the Divine, or escape from the karmic cycle of rebirths, the resolution of your internal issues at an energetic level is a prerequisite for success. Often termed samkaras (karmic seed tendencies) or ego consciousness, these internal patterns of resistance will manifest similar behaviour again and again if they are not resolved. Kriya Yoga alone is insufficient for resolving these internal issues. That’s why at Modern Kriya we leverage Daoist Internal Alchemy practices specifically designed for internal transformation. We combine these with Kriya Yoga resulting in a very powerful approach to whole body enlightenment.
Take Responsibility for Your Spiritual Development
Although many believe that it is the teacher or guru who empowers the student, only the student that can take responsibility for their own spiritual development and do the work to get there. At Modern Kriya, our approach is to provide you the most transformative practices from Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy to help you develop the skills for inner transformation. This puts you in the driver’s seat of your spiritual development.
How Many Kriyas Does it Take to Attain Samadhi?
In some Kriya Yoga schools there is a particular prescribed formula for reaching samadhi (superconsiousness) that is expressed as a certain number of repetitions of Kriya pranayama. However, what is missing from this equation is the fact that pranayama alone does not equal transformation. Without a transformative process, although one can attain deep internalization (pratyahara) with Kriya Yoga, expanded states of consciousness like Absorption and Samadhi usually won’t manifest. At Modern Kriya we are informed by a Daoist Internal Alchemy approach that brings inner transformation to the forefront. Consequently, this combination of Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy is highly effective for rapid (and balanced) spiritual development.
How to Awaken Your Kundalini Safely
To awaken kundalini safely, one needs to ensure a harmonious perpetual flow of the life force similar to the ouroboros (alchemical symbol of the snake eating its tail). At Modern Kriya, we use the Microcosmic Orbit to circulate rising and descending chi in a loop to balance its distribution throughout the body. This helps prevent kundalini syndrome and leads to an energetic balance, harmony and vitality. The Microcosmic Orbit and other powerful techniques of inner transformation are available for Modern Kriya members.
Spiritual Setbacks Are Opportunities for Growth
Many people on the spiritual path believe that spiritual setbacks retard one’s progress. However, what is normally considered as a setback is really an indicator of an unresolved issue that needs to be worked out. By having the right spiritual tools, one is able able to take advantage of these opportunities for inner transformation.
What to Do When You're Unsure in Meditation
Being unsure what to do in meditation may result from a number of factors. The most common of these are the inability to get into a meditative state (internalization) and the what to do once you’re there (transformation). At Modern Kriya, we teach two of the most effective practices for internalization and transformation: Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy.
Kundalini Symptoms and Enlightenment
Kundalini symptoms are a sign of energy flow, not a sign of enlightenment. Often the energy flow exacerbates fragmented energy from unresolved issues and can lead to increased problems. It is through the integration of fragmented energy that one moves towards inner harmony and enlightenment. The techniques we teach at Modern Kriya both lead to integration/inner harmony and increase of energy.
The Limitations of the Guru
Some spiritual seekers believe that it is the intercession of the guru that empowers them on their spiritual journey. However, any spiritual teacher worth their salt will know that it is the effort of the student that leads to results. Like a finger pointing to the moon, the spiritual teacher can only show the way; it is up to the student to behold the celestial beauty.
Why the World is Not an Illusion
There’s a common misunderstanding among many spiritual paths that the world is an illusion or that all aspects of manifest reality are Maya (delusion). Many spiritual seekers who espouse this perspective seek to deny all phenomenal existence with the goal of escaping the karmic cycle to unite with the ‘true self’ or the void. While all phenomena are impermanent, this does not mean that they are unreal. The wise spiritual practitioner engages in an alchemical process where they transform their inner phenomena and use them as fuel for their spiritual development.
How to Focus During Kriya Yoga Meditation
I’m often asked about how to maintain one’s focus during Kriya Yoga meditation or meditation in general. Implicit in this question is the idea that focus will someone make the meditation technique work better. The reality of the situation is much more complex since one’s “loss of focus” in meditation can occur in many different stages including during the shift to internalization (pratyahara) as well as once one is internalized. Ultimately, it’s not about focus, but of understanding how meditation and inner transformation actually work.
The Key of Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation focuses on becoming aware of either one’s reaction to particular circumstances or the feelings inside one’s body–the idea being that insight will arise through being an objective observer. However, this approach is not sufficient for internal transformation. Leveraging a Daoist Internal Alchemy approach, at Modern Kriya we utilize the Inner Smile to get true and lasting transformation.
The Chakras and the Microcosmic Orbit
Many spiritual paths use a variety of systems of chakras in their meditations and spiritual practices. But there is more to one’s energetic anatomy than just chakras. Chakras are actually only part of the Microcosmic Orbit, a unified loop of life energy that flows along the front and back parts of the body.
When to Focus Your Kriya Yoga Practice and When to Diversify
A common question asked by students is when to focus their practice and when to diversify. Focus is important in the skill building phase of any technique. Diversity is important so there can be spontaneity in one’s practice. A flexible mixture of focus and diversity will provide you the greatest opportunities for inner transformation.
Harmony Through Daoist Internal Alchemy
In Daoist Internal Alchemy the route back to the Original Source begins with harmonizing one’s internal energy (chi). The yin-yang expression in the five phases of chi in the body is harmonized through such practices as the Inner Smile, Ocean Breathing (Ming Men breathing), Six Healing Sounds, Microcosmic Orbit, Fusion of the Five Elements, and other practices.
Three Enemies of Spiritual Development
There are three enemies of spiritual development that are not normally talked about that can completely derail your efforts at inner transformation: repression, dissociation, and mythologizing. These factors are present in many spiritual traditions at an unconscious or unexamined level. Becoming aware of these pitfalls and how to avoid them will save you considerable grief and will speed you on your spiritual journey.
Winning the War of Meditation
Many spiritual traditions talk about winning the war of meditation as if one could defeat one’s failings in some kind of yogic skirmish and arise victorious as the “true self’. This perspective, however is misguided, since it leads to repression and dissociation. At Modern Kriya, we give you tools to integrate disparate parts into a central harmony that empowers your inner transformation.
How to Improve Your Kriya Yoga Practice
Kriya Yoga as traditionally taught has some gaps in practice that can limit your spiritual growth. Luckily, at Modern Kriya we understand these shortcomings and have developed powerful approaches leveraging Daoist Internal Alchemy to fill in these gaps. The result is a super transformative toolkit of practices for internal transformation and whole-body enlightenment.
Opening Your Soul Pathways
In order to experience your essential nature, or soul, it is necessary to retrace your steps along the energetic pathways to your essence. However, traversing these pathways is not enough, you also need to do some house keeping. Without resolving internal conflicts that exist at the level of the personality (also know as the five phases of chi), and deeper levels, one will only have glimpses of one’s essential nature. Through Daoist Internal Alchemy practices, you are able to resolve inner conflict, harmonize the chi in your channels, and traverse them into deep aspects of your soul and the deep energetic architecture and dynamic power of the universe.
The Three Nadis in Kriya Yoga and Daoist Internal Alchemy
The Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna nadis referenced in Kriya Yoga are akin to the left, right, and central core channels (Chong Mai) in Daoist Internal Alchemy. The experience of Absorption and Samadhi in Kriya Yoga is the experience of being in the central channel. However, blissful awareness is only part of the picture as much inner transformation is still needed at the personal and ancestral levels in the core channel, as well as further opportunities to help transform the larger chi field.
The Still Prana of Lahiri Mahasaya
Lahiri Mahasaya, pre-eminent proponent of Kriya Yoga, lauded the still state of prana (Life Force) through which the breath, heart, and mind are calmed and one is able to perceive the true self (Atma or soul). This still state of life energy corresponds to the unpolarized state of Yuan Chi (Original Breath) in Daoist Internal Alchemy. Lahiri recognized the transformative nature of still prana/unpolarized chi, which is able to dissolve one’s inner resistance and resolve inner turmoil.
What is Moving Meditation?
Meditation is much more than just sitting still. The expansion of consciousness, which is a benchmark of successful meditation, is actually a product of inner transformation, rather than a result of particular meditation techniques. Moving meditation practices, such as qigong, help to encourage inner transformation through spontaneous resolutions of stagnant chi in your inner energetic architecture (i.e., energy body). By adding moving meditation to your practices, you can dramatically increase your potential for inner development.
Open the Third Eye or the First Eye: Which is Better?
Many spiritual aspirants are obsessed with opening the Third Eye. While there are some benefits to opening the Third Eye , it’s premature if one doesn’t first open up the First Eye or Ming Men, which is the energy portal in the lower abdomen. Without the Yuan Chi (original, unpolarized Life Force) flowing through one’s energetic architecture from the Ming Men, one is likely to only experience temporary states of awakening. By opening up the Ming Men (First Eye), one will experience lasting inner transformation.
Kriya Yoga in the Microcosmic Orbit
Kriya Yoga, as traditionally practiced, may create energetic imbalances that over-activate the spine (rising prana) at the expense of the energy in the front of the body. Practicing Kriya Yoga in the Microcosmic Orbit can rectify this situation as it balances the energy of the fire path (back of the body) with the water path (front of the body). When these two are balanced, a smooth harmonious flow of the life force (chi) results and many outstanding internal issues are resolved.
Open the Gate to Vitality and Enlightenment
The Ming Men (Gate of Destiny) is the entry point of chi (subtle life force) within the body. It is connected to the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (deep reservoirs of chi) and to the 12 regular acupuncture meridians. Learning to open the Ming Men is one of the first steps in Daoist Internal Alchemy. Once the Ming Men is open, you will experience greater health and vitality, resolution of deep seated issues, and inner transformation towards greater enlightenment.
What is the Pain Body, Really?
Eckhart Tolle popularized the idea of the Pain Body, a corporeal manifestation of one’s inner pain, a so-called “dark side of the ego”. However, this concept of the Pain Body is a misunderstanding of the process through which painful feelings are embodied. In Daoist Internal Alchemy, pain from the past is understood in terms of stagnant chi which gets stuck and may become painful, but which can become unstuck and flow again through communication with the Chi Field or Life Force. Rudimentary Daoist Internal Alchemy practices deal with this phenomenon of stagnant chi head on and help liberate stuck life force to reintegrate feelings from the past and process it into an elixir for inner transformation.
Enhance Your Meditation with the Inner Smile
The Inner Smile is a simple, yet profound technique that can be integrated into any meditation practice. It helps to develop awareness of one’s inner energetic conditions and establish self-acceptance, which is a prerequisite for inner transformation. The Inner Smile harmonizes both inner and outer conditions and can enhance all aspects of your life.
Limitations of Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga is considered by many as the pinnacle of yoga meditation practices. While Kriya Yoga is effective for helping one to “go inside” (pratyahara), it is not effective for processing one’s unresolved issues from the past. To resolve these issues, a different approach is needed. That’s why at Modern Kriya, we’re informed by a Daoist Internal Alchemy perspective that leverages powerful techniques including the Inner Smile, the Six Healing Sounds, the Microcosmic Orbit, Fusion of the Five Elements, and other practices, which result in inner transformation that isn’t possible with Kriya Yoga alone.
The Advantage of an Earth Based Spirituality
An earth-based spirituality which holds the body as the center for transformation is highly advantageous for spiritual development and is also highly pragmatic for helping one to deal with the challenges of daily life. This contrasts with spiritual paths that have an etherial center for their spiritual development that regards the dissolution of the ego as the path to enlightenment. We are embodied beings and, hence, an earth based spirituality that can help us integrate disparate parts of ourselves and challenging circumstances, and is essential to true and lasting development.
How to Overcome Your Resistance to the Life Force
Resistance to the flow of the Life Force (also called Chi or the Subtle Breath of Nature) is at the root human suffering. By learning to open up your inner space and develop a collaborative relationship with the Life Force, you begin to dissolve your resistance, thereby improving your health, increasing your vitality, expanding your consciousness, and empowering yourself. The practices we teach at Modern Kriya are very powerful tools for your transformation.
How to Balance Kundalini Fire
Practicing pranayama exclusively along the spine (the fire path) may lead to an energetic imbalance (especially if the prana is left in the upper centers during and after meditation). The way to balance the rising chi in the fire path is to connect it to the water path in the front of the body. The rising and descending of chi creates a harmonious circuit of perpetual energy flow (i.e., the Microcosmic Orbit), which will help facilitate the transformation of stagnant chi within.
What is Meditation?
There are many definitions of meditation ranging from “sense withdrawal” to “concentration to know God.” However, there is a crucial aspect of meditation missing from these definitions, that of inner transformation. Without inner transformation, there is no expansion of consciousness and the meditator will inevitably end up plateauing and feeling stuck. Learn how to put the essential ingredient of inner transformation into your meditation.
The Secret of Bhakti Yoga
The secret of Bhakti Yoga is self-love. Without loving and accepting the self, there is no chance for union with the Divine since a lack of self-love creates resistance to the love of Original Spirit. Through easy to apply principles from Daoist Internal Alchemy, you can learn how to accept and love yourself and open yourself up for Bhakti Yoga and inner transformation.
Why Your Spiritual Development is About YOU
Many of us have believed at some point that spiritual development is contingent on emulating the founder of a particular spiritual tradition, to follow in their footsteps, so to speak. While you can certainly learn from others, ultimately you must follow your own path since your process of transformation is unique to you and you have the opportunity to provide a unique contribution to the world.
The Secret of Jnana Yoga
Jnana Yoga or Wisdom Yoga is a tradition that seeks to decipher the real self, soul, or atma through the process of self-inquiry. The practice is usually done through asking the question, “Who am I?” and then discarding phenomena that does not meet transcendental criteria. However, the secret of Jnana Yoga is not in discarding or repressing sense experiences but in embracing them and opening them up for inner transformation.
How to Spiritually Transform Your Personality
To spiritually transform your personality you need to go much deeper than emulating particular virtues. At Modern Kriya, we utilize a Daoist Internal Alchemy approach that includes practices like Ocean Breathing, the Six Healing Sounds, the Microcosmic Orbit, and Fusion of the Five Elements, which bring about internal transformation at all levels including health/vitality, emotional patterns, and deeper spiritual development.
How Your Meditation Practice May be Amplifying Your Problems
Ups and downs are a common thing on the spiritual path. Some believe that this is the result of past sins or karma and that the solution is either faith in the guru/saviour or transcending the suffering. But there’s a much simpler and direct way of dealing with your issues. At Modern Kriya, we take an approach to spiritual development that is informed by Daoist Internal Alchemy. We teach very effective practices that help to facilitate harmonious inner transformation.
What to Do When You Reach a Spiritual Plateau
People on the spiritual path often experience a feeling of stagnation, which may be interpreted as a spiritual plateau. They may be provided by their spiritual traditions with a variety of reasons and strategies to help deal with this, but these approaches may not actually work. An alternative perspective, informed by Daoist Internal Alchemy, explains what is going on and how to remedy it.
Inner Smile: Catalyst for Alchemical Transformation
The Inner Smile is much more than a grin. It is a catalyst for inner alchemical transformation. It both provides complete acceptance of what is and recognition of what could be (consent for change). This very simple practice can take you far.
Why Your State of Consciousness is a Byproduct of Your Internal Process
Many people on the spiritual path believe that states of consciousness result from particular practices and end up chasing enlightenment or higher states of consciousness. However, states of consciousness actually result from the unfoldment of your internal process and are merely a byproduct of it. Once you learn how to open yourself up internally to transformation, everything in you changes, including your state of consciousness.
What is Love and Why is it Transformative?
The Daoist perspective on love as complete acceptance has powerful transformative effects. Love is a catalyst that allows patterns that limit the chi flow to open up so the Life Force can flow through them and they can transform in new and dynamic ways leading to resolution of long standing emotional issues, increased health and vitality, and expansion of consciousness. The Daoist approach to self-love leads to total transformation.
Why Kundalini Awakening is Only Half the Story
Learn why kundalini awakening is only half the story of enlightenment and how Daoist Internal Alchemy can complete the other side of the story and lead to a complete inner transformation.
How the Breath Can Empower You
The way you breathe is a direct result of how you live your life. Most of us in Western cultures have adopted a form of shallow chest breathing which keeps us in our sympathetic nervous systems and complicit in a culture of busyness. This is not natural and is disempowering. Learn how you can use the breath to empower you and put you back in the driver’s seat of your life.
Is the Guru Really Necessary?
Many spiritual paths state that the intervention of the Guru is essential for one’s spiritual development and that the disciple cannot progress without it. However, any teacher worth their salt will tell you that you must do the work for your own development. Check out this video to find out why!
Why Samadhi is Not Enough
Many spiritual paths, especially those from the Vedic or Buddhist traditions, believe that achieving samadhi or nirvana is enough to free oneself from the fetters of suffering. This is simply not the case. Check out this video to find out why!
How to Overcome Your Negative Karma
Many people on the spiritual path are concerned with overcoming negative karma. They may believe that complicated spiritual practices will help them do that. However, overcoming karma is more straight forward than they might think. Check out this video to find out how!
How to Harmonize Your Emotions on the Spiritual Path
It’s crucial to learn how to harmonize your emotions if you want success on the spiritual path. The power of Daoist Internal Alchemy is that it has simple techniques which allow you to do this. Check out this video to find out how!
Interoception and How to Communicate with the Life Force
The process of communicating with the Life Force (Subtle Breath of Nature or Chi) begins with interoception, which is an internal sensing through our Heart-Mind. We can leverage practices from Daoist Internal Alchemy to strengthen this communication so that we can begin to collaborate with the Life Force to open us up to the inner chi flow and dissolve old patterns that are no longer serve us. The result is inner transformation. Once you understand how it works, there’s nothing that can hold you back. Check out this video to find out how!
Why Enlightenment is a Process and Not a Final State
The process of enlightenment is natural and dynamic. It is not a one-size fits all approach or rigid path that pumps out enlightened beings like a factory. The enlightenment process can happen in anyone if we allow it, and its manifestation is specific to us–who we are, our history, circumstances, ancestry, and so on. And most important of all, it’s available to us as soon as we learn to open up our inner space!
Participate in Your Own Healing
Whether you are receiving treatment through Western allopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, energy healing or other sources, actively participating in your own healing will speed the process and help make lasting permanent changes for better health. Check out this video to find out why!
Qigong vs Pranayama
There’s a world of difference between the approaches to working with the life force when it comes to Qigong (Daoist Internal Alchemy) vs Pranayama (yoga meditation). Check out this video to find out why!
Secrets of Pranayama Revealed
Pranayama is a Sanskrit term for control of the life force. Most yoga meditation practices approach pranayama through control of the breath. There are fundamental principles for how to do pranayama to ensure that it leads to internalization and deeper states of meditation. Check out this video to find out how!
How to Strengthen Your Spiritual Center
Strengthening your sense of center is important in all aspects of your life, in particular spiritual development. Without a body-centric approach to spirituality, you will bypass essential parts of yourself that require integration if true spiritual transformation or enlightenment is ever to take place. Leveraging practical approaches from Daoist Internal Alchemy that we teach at Modern Kriya will have you well on your way to Whole Body Enlightenment.
Emotional Alchemy vs Character Building
Emotional Alchemy is a set of adaptive practices from Daoist Internal Alchemy that support the resolution of deep seated emotional issues (often from the past). This approach is contrasted with the more common prescriptive practice of character building used in many spiritual paths and religions.
What is Kundalini Syndrome and How to Remedy It?
In many spiritual paths (including Kriya Yoga), Kundalini Syndrome (or chi psychosis) is a common complaint. Learn what Kundalini Syndrome is and how you can learn to remedy and prevent it.
Open Up Your Inner Space for Healing and Enlightenment
Learn how you can use the principles of opening up your inner space and doing the Inner Smile to help unfold healing and enlightenment.
Spiritual Egalitarianism and Spiritual Hierarchy
Many people believe that reliance on a spiritual hierarchy is essential for their development. Find out why spiritual egalitarianism is a better approach to unfold your spiritual development.
Whole Body Enlightenment and the Spiritual Split
Often spiritual paths take an approach that denies aspects of themselves, such as the body, mind, or emotions in pursuit of higher awareness or realization. This approach, however, leads to a spiritual split that actually impedes the integration and transformation of all aspects of the self, in other words, whole body enlightenment.
Why Spiritual Escapism is No Escape
Many spiritual traditions use the idea of transcendence as a way of escaping from our daily reality. An integrated approach to spirituality embraces the whole of our being in the process of transformation. Check out this video to find out how!
Why Hong Sau Doesn't Work
In this video, we discuss why the Hong Sau Technique of Meditation doesn’t work for beginners. Check it out to find out why!
What's the Best Meditation Posture?
What’s the best meditation posture? Is it to sit in the Lotus Pose (Padmasana) that will guarantee your ascension into samadhi bliss or is there another way? Check out this video to find out!
Enlightenment vs World Destiny
There is an idea that enlightenment (or spirituality) and worldly destiny have to be mutually exclusive. This is simply not true. To quote a great master, “money in the hands of good people can change the world.” What we need is to synthesize pragmatic aspects of both spirituality and materiality to bring about a self-transformation that helps us become the best version of ourselves.
What Can You Do About Brain Fog?
Some people have asked me what they can do about brain fog, an impaired ability to think that may manifest as feeling mentally sluggish, fuzzy, or not being able to focus. There’s a very simple Daoist practice called the Heel Pump, or Riding the Horse, which helps to remove energetic blockages in the Microcosmic Orbit and circulate sex energy to the brain.
Evidence-Based Trauma-Informed Approaches to Meditation and Self-Care
This is a presentation for Mental Health Week 2021 on the neurobiology of stress and trauma and how meditation and Heart Rate Variability Resonance Breathing can play a crucial role in recovery and resilience.
What is Ujjayi Breath?
In this video, we discuss what is Ujjayi Breath and why should you practice it. Ujjayi Breath goes beyond Darth Vader imitations and leverages the body’s parasympathetic nervous system to help encourage whole brain integration and build resilience.
The Myth of One Million Kriyas
Many Kriya Yogis, especially those in SRF believe that one requires one million Kriyas to attain spiritual liberation. This idea is simply not true. Watch this video to find out why.
Kriya Yoga Revealed
In this video we talk about some of the misconceptions in the Kriya Yoga community, in particular the idea about maintaining the purity of the teachings.
The Myth of Breathlessness and the Tranquil Breath
The Myth of Breathlessness is something that has been perpetuated in yogic lore, especially some schools of Kriya Yoga. It isn’t a goal to aspire to (unless you are dead). Instead, Lahiri Mahasaya advocated becoming aware of the Tranquil Breath as it unfolded naturally and to gently allow it to carry one into Absorption (Dhyana) and eventually into Samadhi (superconscious experience or Oneness). This is good advice for those who want to continue to exist on this physical plane, yet have a rich inner life.
How to Improve Your Meditations
No matter what sort of meditation practice you do or what spiritual tradition or religion you follow, there is a magic key that you can use to improving your meditations quickly and effectively.
Why Can’t I Meditate?
Challenges with meditating are common. Many people are breathing too fast to enter a meditative state. Simply watching the breath will not work. In order to meditate, you need some effective techniques. This is what we’re here for.