Between 1981 and 1992 I was practicing “spinal breathing” meditation; later I found out that, in fact, I did practice the Kriya Pranayama of The Kriya Yoga Great Master Babaji (Christ of Himalaya). I was sitting hours in lotus posture and breath in each of the seven spinal centres, stopping for few seconds up in Bindu and coming down to Muladhara.
Kriya Yoga (Spinal Breathing) has six phases: First Kriya, Second Kriya, Third Kriya and The Higher Kriyas (Fourth, Fifth and Sixth). It is wise to practice seriously a phase for at least 6-12 months.
I studied the Kriya taught by the Great Masters Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Satyananda Giri, Yogacharya Shastri Mahasaya, Paramahansa Hariharananda and Paramahansa Prajnanada.
Later I started to teach and initiate my students in the basics of Kriya Yoga: Maha Mudra, Talabya Kriya, Ketchari Mudra, Om Japa, Kriya Pranayama, Navi Kriya, Mental Kriya, Kriya with short breaths and Yoni Mudra.
I strongly recommend the combine practice of Kriya Yoga and Tai Chi. It cleans the body and the mind. Combine with appropriate exercises from Heart Imagery, it gives you God’s realization.
What is Kriya Yoga (The Spinal Breathing)?
KRIYA YOGA or SPINAL BREATHING is an ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. Kriya was brought into popular awareness through Paramahansa Yogananda’s book AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI and through Yogananda’s introductions of the practice in the West since 1920 and India since 1917. The system consists of a number of levels of SPINAL Breathings based on techniques that are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. Kriya Yoga can be practiced by any person at any age.
Kriya Yoga Masters about Kriya Yoga:
Kriya Yoga is the science of controlling life energy – Prana. Kriya Yoga is a technique that activates the astral cerebrospinal centers Kriya Yoga hastens the practitioner’s spiritual development and helps to bring about a profound state of tranquility and God-communion (Swami Satyananda)
Kriya consists of body discipline, mental control, and meditating (Patanjali)
Kriya Yoga brings awareness of the Self (Lahiri Mahasaya)
Kriya Yoga brings you to Christ-Consciousness state (Yogananda)
Four Kriya Yoga Great Masters: Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Satyananda Giri
First Kriya Recording performed by Daniel Mitel (40 mins recording of complete First Kriya): Kriya Yoga 1 By Daniel Mitel
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda” movie trailer
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