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Kriya (in Sanskrit "action, deed, effort") most commonly refers to a technique or practice within a yoga discipline, also the outward physical manifestations of awakened kundalini. Types of kriya may vary widely between different schools of yoga. Kriyas are the spontaneous movements resulting from the awakening of Kundalini energy. Certain kriyas eventually developed into the asanas of hatha yoga. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... For other uses such as Yoga postures, see Yoga (disambiguation) Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Sanskrit: योग Yoga, IPA: ) is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... Kundalini ( ) is a Sanskrit word meaning either coiled up or coiling like a snake. ... Kundalini ( ) is a Sanskrit word meaning either coiled up or coiling like a snake. ... A drawing of a girl in lotus pose Students taking a yoga class A woman in the Lotus position A yoga instructor performing an asana Asana is a Sanskrit word that literally means a seat but in the practise of yoga refers to a pose or posture. ... Hatha yoga (Sanskrit हठयोग ), also called Hatha Vidya (हठविद्या), is a particular system of Yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. ...

Kriya Shakti is "a power of thought" said to be greatly studied by yogis[1]. Lakshmi is a common aspect of Shakti Shakti meaning force, power or energy is the Hindu concept or personification of Gods female aspect, sometimes referred to as The Divine Mother. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. ...

Among the specific Kriya practices are:

Kriya Yoga:

  • For a lineage-free, guru-independent exposition of Kriya yoga as a “sharing of a personal experience,” see "Kriya Yoga: Synthesis of a personal experience," by Ennio Nimis [1]

Other techniques: Kriya Yoga is a very specific system of Yoga that was revived in modern times by Lahiri Mahasaya, c 1861. ... Shyama Charan Lahiri, best known as Lahiri Mahasaya (September 30, 1828 - September 26, 1895) was an Indian yogi and the guru of Sri Yukteswar Giri. ... Paramahansa Yogananda (Bengali: পরমহংস যোগানন্দ Pôromohôngsho Joganondo, Sanskrit: परमहंस योगानं‍द Paramahaṃsa Yogānaṃda; January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952), born Mukunda Lal Ghosh (Bengali: মুকুন্দ লাল ঘোষ Mukundo Lal Ghosh), was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of... Satyananda Yoga is a school of yoga founded by Swami Satyananda. ... Swami Satyananda (born in Almorah, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1923), a disciple of Swami Sivananda, is a modern yoga master and guru. ... Tibetan Buddhism[1] is the body of religious Buddhist doctrine and institutions characteristic of Tibet and the Himalayan regions, which include northern Nepal, Bhutan, India (Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Sikkim), Mongolia, Russia (Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva) and northeastern China (Manchuria: Heilongjiang, Jilin). ... The Outer Tantras are the first three divisions in the ninefold division of practice according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. ...

  • Yoga cleansing techniques described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Main kriya cleansing techniques are:
  1. neti,
  2. nauli,
  3. trataka,
  4. kapalabhati,
  5. dhauti and
  6. basti.

Sudarshan Kriya (Sanskrit: su = right, darshan = vision, kriya means purifying action)[1] is a unique rhythmical breathing process that is said to have been revealed to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during a spell of silent meditation that he had gone into for 10 days in 1982. ... Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (born May 13, 1956, Kannada: ರವ್ಇಷನಕರ) is a spiritual and humanitarian leader, born in India. ... The techniques of Knowledge as taught by Prem Rawat, known as Maharaji to his students, comprises four techniques that he claims helps his students to take their senses and invert them within to experience inner peace. ... Prem Rawat (b. ... The most fundamental text of Hatha Yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a Sanskrit classic written by Swami Swatamarama, a disciple of Swami Goraknath. ... This is a list of sentient races from the fictional universe of Star Wars. ... Nauli is one the Kriyas (1) or Shatkarma (cleaning exercises) from Yoga. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

External links


  • A bridge between the inner and the outer world Article about Kriya Yoga by Swami Janakananda Sarasvati
  • Mapping the brains activity after Kriya Yoga Article by Erik Hoffmann Ph.D


  1. ^ Helena Petrona Blavatsky (1893 - 1897), The Secret Doctrine, London Theosophical Pub. House, 1893-97, ISBN 0-900-588-74-8

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Kriyas (1850 words)
Kriya is a Sanskrit term that literally means "to move." I believe the term refers to a belief in the various Yoga traditions that the kundalini is in motion when the shaking and quaking is occurring.
Kriya Yoga is derived from the concept of the movement of the kundalini, and it was articulated by Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar, and popularized in the West by Yogananda through the Self Realization Fellowship.
The Kriya, then is an involuntary or spontaneous movements and typically manifests as twitches, jerks, flinches, spasms or shaking of the body in response to the movement of the kundalini, which is stimulated through intense spiritual practices.
Kundalini-teacher.com. Kundalini Awakening Symptoms. Kriyas (733 words)
Kriyas (pronounced kree-yuhz) are automatic movements, vocalizations or actions that are part of the process of Kundalini clearing the karma held in the energy body.
Kriyas most often occur when the body's instinctive guidance is in the process of moving a blockage to the flow of spiritual life energy.
Kriya Yoga, brought to the west by Yogananda, and taught by the Self Realization Fellowship is based on a simple but powerful kriya that is essentially the same as Kegel exercises that are sometimes taught to pregnant women, or others suffering from urinary incontinence.
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