“Kriya Yoga – A Powerful Way To Walk The Spiritual Path” Article by Sadhguru


IMG_0289Kriya Yoga – A Powerful Way To Walk The Spiritual Path.

Please do click the link below the picture to read what Sadhguru explains about Kriya Yoga.   For those who practice The Isha Kriya this is an excellent read about the power that you are accumulating from the daily practice.  Thanks Sadhguru and to The Isha Foundation for sharing the wisdom of Classical Indian Hatha Yoga.


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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the very concept of Kriya Yoga. I personally feel that it’s a good way to feel more relaxed in life and to reach the inner spirit within me. To me, it’s the ultimate way to reach complete inner peace.

  2. It’s interesting to read that Kriya isn’t just a practice so much as it’s a way of life. The dedication it takes to reap all the benefits is an incredible commitment.

    I figured at first that there would be more to Isha Kriya than a method of meditation.

    What I found most interesting was the difference between Kriya and Karma, though I figured it to be a little differently than was explained. Maybe Kriya is the benefits of focusing inwards, while Karma is the benefits of focusing outwards? Then again the meaning of the word ‘Karma’ has kind of been changed around in the West, so I imagine its true meaning isn’t what I initially learned it was.

  3. This article was very interesting to me, especially the section “the mechanics of life”. i believe that the kriya yoga is important only if you put commitment to it.if you want better results you have to go for it, and just focus, clear your mind and stay tuned. its like when you’re under the process of kriya session, like they say, you wonder off about how the world is created, you feel like you want to be one with life.

  4. I can relate to this article. I have noticed how Kriya Yoga takes a lot of discipline. The fact that the article states how people are always looking for comfort is even noticeable when I do yoga. Sometimes I subconsciously find ways to be more comfortable. After I take notice of that, I immediately make sure I am doing whatever position I am doing at the moment the right way. I have also noticed that once I fix any mistakes in posture, I don’t normally fall back into doing it wrong anymore. The longer the practice, the better the results.

  5. This article was very interesting. For most of my life I have been told to question things, so it was very different to hear that to master Kriya you should not question and just do. I think a lot of the time I won’t do something because I do not see an immediate reason or reward. WIth Kriya we experience the reward as we practice.

  6. “But kriya yogis can do whatever they wish with themselves in terms of energy and they can do a lot with the world also.” The last sentence of this article really had me thinking about kriya yogis. I found it interesting that only kriya yogis are the only ones that can do whatever they want with themselves and can do a lot with the world where gnana, bhakti, and the path of karma yoga can only do one or the other.
    -Alyssa Mercadante

  7. “Karmas are those which bind you, kriyas are those which release you.” This puts it all into perspective for me. Kriya has been a release for me, I just wasn’t sure in what ways. But I have realized that it allows me to focus on my deeper self and that then allows me to give this deeper more pure being to those around me. I can walk down a powerful spiritual path and feel closer to myself and everyone who I come in contact with.

    Lauren Burroughs

  8. I thought this article was rather interesting and somewhat intense in that it was so blunt and matter of fact about how Sadhguru felt about the Isha Kriya in comparison to other forms of yoga and how people must go about practicing. The explanation about Kriya being internal action and energy which releases you and Karma being external action which binds you was helpful and clarifying. I also really appreciate his stating that the body, mind, and forever fluctuating emotions have nothing to do with practicing the Isha Kriya, as it is a completely separate form of energy and practice. It’s also very true how people in today’s society grow up expecting all different sorts of comforts, how spoiled we are! And while I condone learning a new form of meditation or any other kind of practice by silently listening to your teacher/instructor/what have you, the bit about Sadhguru being against asking logical questions doesn’t sit well with me, as I am very logical person and adore explanations and being told how the world works. Meanwhile, I understand and find it admirable and more lesson inducing to silently follow instruction and to come to your own conclusions, or I suppose just work in simplicity without being a bother. And I think that learning in this way does pay off in the form of realization and more balanced energies and simply knowing yourself in a different way. This article was rather informative and inspiring in a sense of work ethics and focus.
    On the note of the Isha Kriya, I have practiced the recommended five times since my last response. I’ve continued to noticed a sense of better balance and focus and improved posture. I especially enjoyed our meditation session on monday night before we came back to our mats for our hatha yoga practice. Entering a sacred space with a large group so silently and respectfully gave me a more communal and bonding feeling when practicing my meditation, and I just always adore the ambiance of a dark candle lit room. There was a lot of positive energy and vibrations and I couldn’t have been more at peace in such a large group of people. I am confident that continuing my practice will further instill this sense of grounding and peace.

  9. The more I read about Isha Kriya and the more I practice it, I am continually learning about how powerful and important it can be. The idea that people “seeking” comfort cannot fully obtain the powers of the Isha Kriya is so important because it shows that you have to have a different mindset and emotional state than one may normally be comfortable with throughout their everyday lives. Isha Kriya is starting to seem like a whole different lifestyle to me on it’s own. The power that it emits within in a person is something one can only really understand once they feel it. I myself am still struggling to mentally relax when I practice Isha Kriya on my own, but I will not give up. The idea that Kriya cannot fully be explained and it cannot be broken down is beautiful to me. Personally, I juxtapose it to the feeling of Love; you cannot really understand it or explain it until you feel it yourself. It is all just too powerful.

  10. I was very intrigued by the difference between Karma and Kriya, and how Sadghuru states that Karmas bind you while Kriyas free your being. This makes sense, as the Isha Kriya really does help to separate the being from the mind and body. But it was also interesting to me when he said that you must not be one to seek comfort in order to practice the Isha Kriya. One would think that comfort would come with the peace found in the Isha Kriya, but I suppose he is right. We are not trained in our society to have a level of discipline and internal focus that allows us to easily step inside ourselves and separate from our mind and body. Staying inside your mind is easy, but getting out of that box is the real challenge of the practice. -Joseph Mineo

  11. The Sadhguru speaks of many important concepts at first. The unifying principle however lies in the characterization of the energy known as kriya. The Sadhguru contrasts the internal nature of the kriya energy with the external nature of the karma energy. Both energies of course can be used to accomplish various tasks in their respective spheres of influence. This is an important point, I would beseech the reader to further consider its implications. After this point the Sadhguru addresses the path of kriya more directly and I find it very interesting how he characterizes certain distinctions. For example, the Sadhguru mentions that the element of comfort can provide an impediment to the practice of the way of kriya; however the Sadhguru explains that it is not a problem to make use of comfort, by sitting comfortably perhaps, but rather the mindset of constantly seeking this as a goal above all else. To me this would seem like a kind of imbalance between allocation of kriya energy and karma energy; a person in the above example would be expending great energy in achieving certain karmic activities, apparently leaving no room for kriya pursuits. I personally believe this is a wonderful explanation given by the Sadhguru.

  12. This article was very interesting. I had no idea that kriya was the opposite of karma. It makes sense to me now that kriya is a deeper understanding of the internal body and mind rather than the external energy it creates. Kriya yoga is fascinating to me because it deals with the self rather than anything else, but it goes even deeper than the self. This deep interaction with the internal is something that one must not think about and just accept because it is impossible to fathom what actually happens to the self during Kriya. It is a deeper level of understanding that comes without asking questions of how it came to be. I often have stiffness in my body mostly in my joints and this week the kriya was very hard for me because of the stiffness I was having. It is important to get passed that however, and be able to loosed yourself up during the practice.

  13. Kriya Yoga is w ay of life where you give yourself completely and allow your human energies to take over, you don’t allow you brain or your body to inhibit you in anyway unlike other forms of yoga such as karma where you believe what you put out and you can ask questions about what you’re doing and you can allow others to influence you. With Kriya yoga you can give yourself completely and allow the actions to happen. What I’ve drawn from this article is that by giving yourself completely and allowing all your limits to be gone and fears and questions, you begin to participle in life fully without letting any other influences into your life. But this is a difficult think for an average person to do in American society where we are forced to live with schedules and accountability where we get constantly get questions and there are reactions to what we do. We are accountable for our actions and therefore kiva yoga is probably the most disciplined type of yoga and con only be done by the most dedicated and free spirit who is willing to embrace this form of yoga to benefit from its rewards that I think few can experience. This article also shows me that you can embrace difference forms of yoga and allow difference energies to be apart of your life with less discipline that is needed than Kriya yoga, because the average individual will ask too many questions and want too many answers.

    -Gabrielle Madera

  14. This post was very interesting to me.I learned a lot of different words like Kriya,asanas,Ghana,Bhakti and karma,still not clear on some of the definitions but find it interesting to know these words. I think that kriya is interesting thing to have under your belt,but it seems if you was not taught from a younger age this will be hard to throw yourself into Spruce you with with trusting others in this day and age for me.

  15. I really enjoyed this article and the emphasis it has on positivity and balance. I think it’s important to practice yoga not only for the mind and body but for the spirit. If you bring good energy wherever you go, good energy will follow you. Whatever comes around goes around, and that is karma. Whatever you express internally and receive is kriya. Being unable to control your emotions and spirit cabn greatly effect your yoga practice. My favorite quote from the article is “Similarly, whatever we do with your body, your body is well today so it likes asanas. Tomorrow morning if your body is stiff, you will hate asanas. Your emotions are not at all reliable.” Practicing yoga and the isha kriya are great ways to find happiness, and to have your emotions become more reliable.

  16. It is enlightening to read about the path of kriya yoga. It is apparent that this is a lifelong pursuit. We all have learned how to always seek short-term reward and comfort but this yoga is a search for something more distant and powerful. I understand that I have built up habits of ease that keep me from living a more fulfilling and healthy life. I am glad that I have encountered yoga and meditation as a framework for searching for long-lasting, abstract, and complex forms of satisfaction.

  17. I thought it was very interesting that the article shows the difference between body, emotion, and energies. The fact that the feelings of the body and emotions can change from day to day based off external factors and there is no way to predict how they may shift, while energies are a continual path that cannot be changed by day to day stressors drives home the idea of the Isha Kriya separating the self from the body and mind. I also thought it was very interesting how kriya is essentially a way of life, and one so contradictory with the modern lifestyle. We search for reason in everything, along with physical and mental comfort, and kriya yoga appears to be a method of accepting the purpose of things without question, even if the things are uncomfortable. The article left me wondering if there are many people in modern life who can or have achieved the lifestyle of a kriya yogi, especially since the article points out that almost everyone is raised from childhood to the ideals of the modern society’s need for comfort and reason.

    Amelia McNally

  18. My favorite thing about the Isha Kriya (and Sadhguru as a whole) is his willingness to use contemporary technology to reach out to an audience he otherwise might not have reached. It is particularly significant when it comes to the Isha Kriya, as it can only be taught by Sadhguru himself.

    It is wonderful that technologies like YouTube can allow him to globally share this information. Were it not for technology like this, expense to actually visit Sadhguru/attend a seminar may prove prohibitive to potential meditators.

  19. I found this very interesting and it put a lot of the other forms of yoga into perspective and what everything does for your body and mind. I believe that anyone, including myself, will hear about the kriya and immediately shoot it down because the effects that it claims are illogical, however that is simply a mental barrier from trying something new because there is a chance it will make you uncomfortable. As an individual that has been practicing the Isha Kriya with this type of mind I can say that once you get over the hurdle of daily logic and truly take the time to perform this process there is such a change. There is such a feeling of freedom, freedom from stress and anxiety as well as freedom from myself. When not performing the Isha Kriya I notice a greater sense of control and a surge of power while still embodying that freedom feeling.

  20. I must keep reminding myself that I am not the body or the mind and be conscious of this not only when practicing the isha kriya but also in my daily life. Kriya meaning internal activity makes a lot of sense to me especially when practicing this meditation. I never knew that karma meant outside activity so it is very interesting to look at how kriya and karma interact. Kriyas release while karma binds. We are bound to this earthly state and that which surrounds us externally but we can be released spiritually and internally within ourselves with kriyas. It is interesting how gurus will teach kriya indirectly so as to get the student away from the comforts he or she has adopted throughout life. I wonder how different the processes would be in teaching if one were to start from childhood.

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