How can I learn Kriya?
Kriya Yoga is an ancient yogic technique following the principle of direct Guru-Disciple relationship. Hence, it can only be learnt from a realized Guru or one of the authorised teachers s/he has appointed. New Zealand hosts teachers in the Kriya lineage usually during the month of October of every year. You can learn the Kriya meditation technique by being initiated by such a teacher.
Next Initiation Programme
Initiations for the 2019 year are now complete. Our next initiations are planned for Auckland and Fiji in September 2020 but you might like to keep your eye on initiation events at our Sydney ashram - https://www.kriya.org.au/.
You might also like to know that our guru, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda will return to New Zealand in May to host a centenary celebration event in Auckland for Yogananda's bringing Kriya yoga to the West. See more about that event here: http://www.yogananda2020nz.org/
In the meantime, please contact us and we will add you to our mailing list for occasional non-member events. Additionally, you are most welcome to catch up with one of our members to discuss the benefits of Kriya Yoga.
We look forward to hearing from you.
What is initiation?
Initiation ceremony, also known as Deeksha in Sanskrit, is a purification ceremony to prepare the student to commence a beautiful inner journey. The Guru purifies the spine, the body and then guides the student to perceive the triple divine qualities (the inner experiences of sound, light, and vibration). The Kriya meditation technique is learnt on the same day, following initiation.
How can I prepare for initiation?
Any one eager to discover their true nature of inner peace and bliss can learn Kriya. There is no specific preparation. However, the spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi” provides an excellent introduction and inspiration. The first edition of the book is public domain and can be read online or downloaded here.
Another practice that Kriyavans undertake is constant breath awareness. This simple, yet extremely powerful, technique helps the individual to calm down the mind and experience deeper states of being. Upon waking up, you may start the day with 5-10 minutes of breath awareness. During the day, you may perform all activities while keeping a small portion of the mind always aware of your breath.