Kriyas are yogic techniques for awakening. They awaken subtle energies: chakras (energy centres) and nadis (energy pathways). Kriyas awaken deeper levels of perception and lead to enlightenment and self-mastery.
“Kriya Yoga is a rite, a ceremony, a method, a sadhana. It is a method of refining one’s forces so that the individual awareness can penetrate the depth of one’s nature.” – Swami Satyananda
Why is Kriya Yoga Helpful?
There are various systems of yoga throughout the world that emphasize single-focused concentration. Most of us have not developed a relaxed enough state of mind to achieve this one pointedness without creating further stress, strain or tension. The mind often does the opposite of what we ask it to do. This is where Kriya Yoga is so helpful to the practitioner. Allowing the mind to wander and moving the awareness through the body and energy channels often induces a natural state of relaxation and dhyana (one pointed focus) for the practitioner.
“All of us have potential which is beyond our wildest dreams, but most of this potential remains untapped.”
What are the Kriyas?
The Kriyas are practices that use posture, breath, awareness, mantra and mudras to help direct and create free flow of energy. These are powerful practices designed to stir and awaken your kundalini energy. Kriyas are considered by some to be a short cut to your kundalini rising. Kriyas awaken deeper levels of perception and lead to enlightenment and self-mastery. These are transformative tools that can add a whole new dimension to your yoga practice.
This 7-day residential course is taught by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati who has been practicing and teaching Kriya Yoga for 25 years. While there are many different types of Kriyas Swami Shantimurti guides you through 20 traditional Kriyas distilled from an original set of seventy that were passed to him by his guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Like notes of music, it is important to select and combine the right practices in order to have a harmonious effect.
Throughout the week you are introduced to this beautiful sequence systematically which culminates to full sessions by the end of the week. This is an amazing opportunity to learn these ancient and powerful techniques from someone who has so much experience with them.
This is a powerful, advanced set of practices. While not required, it is suggested that you have a regular yoga practice in place before participating in this course.
NB: This Kriya Yoga practice comes from Swami Satyananda Saraswati who received it from his guru, Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh, India. It is different to the Kriya Yoga taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and his Self Realisation Fellowship.
Instructor:………..Swami Shantimurti Saraswati
Date:………………5-11 July 2014
……………………….Starts 10am Saturday and finishes at 2pm on Friday.
Please note: A $450 deposit is required to secure your place on the course (course numbers are limited). Full payment is required two-weeks before the course starts – ie by 21 June 2014. After this date all payments become non-refundable.