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  1. I watched the video and did not think much of Isha Kriya. It just seemed like another form of meditation where you sit there and think, and in the past when I have attempted meditation it has not helped me or changed me. In the end I was wrong, but originally when I made my first attempt of Isha Kriya I tried to follow the instructions of the video and noticed that when I thought the words ”I am not this body, I am not even this mind” that I was not able to breathe properly. I was trying too hard and getting short of breath. Also I was not able to concentrate and was too aware of my body and mind. I was focusing on the wrong things. I tried saying the words out loud to see if I would get a better experience, and it worked. I breathed much better doing belly breathing and my mind was quieter and better able to concentrate just on the words. At the end of the Isha Kriya it left me feeling relaxed, calm, and rejuvenated. My body felt reborn. I had to change positions every so often because of pain, but it did not impact the quality of my experience.

  2. I didn’t think to much of Isha Kriya. It seems like something suburban moms did during their free time. I thought we’d just sit and hum. I was astonished when I experienced the Isha Kriya in class. I could almost feel an invisible air to me that drifted slowly around me encompassing my body and mind. I can almost put the experience into words.

    Allowing my eyes to close I relied completely on my sense of hearing. I felt a sense of vulnerability. I couldn’t see what I looked like doing any of the motions. Folding my legs criss cross applesauce infront of me with both palms faced up and resting on my knees, I tilted my head up. Taking my first breath I concentrated on the air traveling from the top of my head to the bottom of my spine. There was a sense of release with every breath. As we began to chant “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” a vibration sprung across my back. It caused a beautiful peaceful sensation all over my body. I felt as though every word rang out like a bell. Every sound seemed to hit me like a frequency. It was a gentle low frequency. My skin became alive as the air and words rang out. I began to feel light and open. My shoulders relaxed further and further into a state of release. All thoughts began to leave my body. It became intensely hard to think. I could only hear and experience my breathing.

  3. To be perfectly honest, I struggled with the kriya as much as I enjoyed it! I struggled both physically and mentally. Physically, my back hurt throughout the meditation and I’m not sure why. I sat against a wall for support, but maybe that’s not enough. I will try sitting on a cushion next time. And mentally, I struggled to be patient and maintain my focus. My mind kept wandering to the things I needed to get done after meditating. I even started to plan my this Yoga Journal essay in my head! It was difficult to hold myself accountable without a roomful of other people meditating with me. I noticed that, although the instructor in the video suggested that I lift my face focus my attention between my eyebrows, I found myself sagging and tipping my face toward the ground. The more I tipped forward, the more my thoughts wandered. In order to clear my mind, I had only to straighten up and focus on the spot between my eyebrows. This was difficult to maintain but it worked!
    I most enjoyed the portion of the video in which the instructor chanted, “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” because it was easiest for me to focus on. I think mantras help me do my best meditation because they focus my brain on a set of words instead of my racing thoughts. I will keep this in mind next time I meditate!

    • Just an excellent stream of consciousness essay! With all things that we have to work hard on the end product is a gift, I think you will find this true with your Isha Kriya, please continue being mindful as well patient, best wishes, Namaste

  4. I have taken a yoga class before and have been very excited to step back into the whole aspect and positivity of it. Last semester I took a meditation class, and am now ready to seek this new understanding of Isha Kriya. Isha Kryia. While watching this video It did go about explaining the process very well, but following it was a bit difficult. In class, the experience was extremely well because we didn’t have to necessary follow, but instead do it on our own. I felt a bit rushed while going along with the video. With this said, I have learned aspects of how to do the process which is helpful, but would enjoy weening off the video once I feel ready and experiencing it on my own time.
    Isha Kryiia is such a great experience in all being that for once yoga focuses solely on breathing, vibrations, and relaxation. I have never thought to focus so much on the vibrations my body can portray. I have a feeling that the more work and time I put into this practice, the better I will get, and more benefits will come. Excited to keep at it!
    -Sarah Dailey

    • Yes you are correct the benefits build as we continue to practice Isha Kriya. Look for the new Assignment there is a chart you may want to bookmark/print to use instead of the video or make your own chart. Namaste

  5. I don’t mediate as much as I probably should but I found the Isha Kriya to be very relaxing and make me feel a lot calmer. The anxiety that I have is because I am a nervous person. Everything makes me nervous and I never stop moving. I was able to do this during my lunch break and it made me return to work less stressed and more happy about being there. It helped me get through the day. I will definitely try my hardest to do this maybe two or three times a week during my lunch break. My job can be very stressful and I have been feeling like I want to quit but this just put me in a more relaxed state. I love that I was able to be in tune with my body and mind and just overall be relaxed instead of having my mind go all over the place and stress about everything. This was a great experience for me. I liked that I can listen to him because right now its difficult to chant and breathe but I know with time I will be able to get it. Thank you for this – see you Monday!

  6. Kache’ Mumford
    Yoga- Wed. 8:30
    2/9/2019

    Isha Kriya
    I don’t know why but I felt like this mediation was easier to do without other people around. It’s not because I feel self conscious with other people around or anything but there is something beneficial for me to have more silence around me. Sometimes with all the kids that are in our class it feels like everyone is just screaming the words. It was more relaxing for me just to have a few soft voices around me. I found that I was able to drop in more.
    I have always wondered why we say “I am not this body. I’m not even this mind.” The reason was never told to us in class and it also wasn’t really explained in the video. I did some research of my own and I discovered that it’s not philosophy or ideology. The phrase is not something you shout to yourself. It’s something that is simply added to breath to make you more aware. But i still wonder why those words? Why that phrase? In my mind I think the reason is to connect with who you are. Taking away the mind and body and connected to the essence of who you are through breath.

    • There is a reason why an explanation for the words uttered is left for you to explore, glad you have begun contemplating this. Please be patient with your classmates it is all new and together we will grow nicely. Namaste

  7. This was my first time ever really sitting down and trying to meditate. Being someone who gets distracted very easily, it was definately a challenge both when done in class, and then doing it along with this video for the first time.
    It wasn’t until doing it for a third time that I started to really feel different while doing Isha Kriya. Something I also noticed with my own body was trying to speak “I am not the body, I am not even the mind” out loud for some reason made it harder for me to immerse myself in my meditation, so I tried where the video says to mentally say the words and I found it a lot easier to focus on it.
    I was “fortunate” to have a stressful week, so by starting to meditate, I could immediately feel the difference and feel how relaxed I would get after doing it. I have become more mindful of my body, and by focusing on my breath, I have been able to carry over breathing how I do doing Isha Kriya into my daily life while working or being somewhere I may not be able to just sit down and meditate.
    I’ve attempted meditation before but as I mentioned, this was the only one that really has done anything for me and has really pushed me to be aware of myself and helped to give me time to contemplate things in a lot more of a relaxed manner. It will certainly be making its way into my schedule a few times a week, because it is truly doing wonders for me.

    – Malachai Marzolf

    • Thanks for your honest comments here. The Isha Kriya is not meditation, it is a Kriya that helps us purge blockages, tune and balance and blossom into our best selves. Saying the words creates a vibration that is a part of the science for the unfolding to happen, so please do return to practice this way, especially when in class because the collective vibrations are very beneficial and powerful for us all. Namaste

  8. The Isha Kriya is still a bit of a struggle for me to be in that full relaxed state but with progress of doing it various times throughout the week I think it will get better. I’m still trying to just sit there and not focus on my mind and body. Doing the Isha Kriya by myself was bit intimidating and difficult when vocalizing my own voice by itself. Also, it was harder to follow along with the video. With that being said, I think it worked better for me because in class when doing it with other people it might be harder when you hear various voices at the same time. So far, my breathing and anxiety has improved right after meditation. Before I had never heard of this and I didn’t consider vocalizing as something to even do in yoga. It made me view the awareness of breathing and vibrations of my voice. I think the overall impact when it is progressed is to realize myself and my existence. When ‘I am not the body, I am not even this mind’ it’s when you separate yourself from all the stress of body and mind.

  9. Georgia Cummings Journal Entry- Isha Kriya

    I am normally a very anxious person and find it almost impossible to sit still and do practices like Isha Kriya or meditation, but once I forced myself to commit to the practice and let myself get lost in it, it became much easier. It still takes me a few minutes to be fully immersed into the practice but after a few days I found that it has gotten easier for me. Additonally, I think that having the phrase to repeat while doing this made it easier because it is just enough for me to focus on something but eventually get lost in and be able to not focus on anything. I also found myself putting meaning to the words the first two times I practiced but fell out of that habit as I became more comfortable with this practice. I expected to feel relieved after my fifteen minutes of Isha Kriya was over because I sometimes have trouble with it, but each time I leave feeling refreshed and relaxed, similarly to how I felt after past experiences with meditation. I found that it even helped with my anxiety for a few hours each day that I did it. I would like to maintain this practice as often as I can, and I hope that reminding myself of how calm I feel afterwards will encourage me to keep it up.

  10. In this video, instruction for Isha Kriya meditation is provided. This practice stresses the importance of a comfortable, erect posture, closed eyes, deep and full breaths, the development of a vibration with vocal inhalations and exhalations. The phrase “I am not this body” is to be spoken when inhaling, and “I am not even the mind” on the exhalation. This focus should pull the mind away from distractions.

    When I first watched the video, I was intimidated by the length of sitting time. Twelve to eighteen minutes is enough time to buy a few groceries, send a few emails, fold clothes and put them away. They can really fly by with multitasking. But when seated and focused on one task (especially with my eyes consciously closed) the amount of time that passed made me antsy the first week I began this practice. I found that the more I focused on ridding my mind of thoughts, the more I began thinking about my to do lists, if I was hungry or not, what the sound outside my window was. I was really frustrated. Here I had read about all of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and the video made the steps seem impossible to perform it incorrectly, but alas I really struggled. It wasn’t until class the following Monday when we had a Isha Kriya meditation session as a group that I grew more comfortable with this practice, and am now beginning to enjoy it and feel the benefits. Hearing everyone’s voices finding their own comfortable pace with their inhalations and exhalations emphasized how the practice varies from person to person. Which makes a lot of sense! Of course we don’t all have the same lung capacity and abilities. Trying to follow the video made me feel that I couldn’t keep up and I was very conscious of that. Now I do not use the video, and I feel much more confident and active about taking the time to meditate.

    I recently read a book called Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake. Sheldrake examines 7 practices that multiple religions (no matter how they differ) share, like rituals, pilgrimages, expressing gratitude, etc. One of the 7 chapters covers meditation, which is where I first started to learn of its heath benefits and history. As someone who does not identity with a religion, I am always interested in faith and forces that are spiritual. I appreciate that meditation is a part of many many religions but does not have to be connected to a god, but really just serves as a means to recenter, clarify, and relax, allowing us to take a moment away from multitasking lives to check in with the body and feel our own vibrations. I have now seen how a daily meditation session impacts my stress level–I feel calmer, and less frantic to complete my tasks.

  11. Michael Piazza – Monday Night Class

    I’ve been having a difficult time with the Isha Kriya meditation. In the past I’ve used other methods of meditation but have varied in my methods. When I first began meditation I simply sat in dark silence, trying to ward off any distracting thoughts that would take me “out of the zone” so to speak. After a while a good friend introduced me to the “Nam myoho renge kyo” chanting meditation and I really got comfortable using this method, as I found the chanting to be transcendental and dissociative. For some reason uttering the words “I am not the body, I am not even the mind” takes me out of that meditative zone I so readily fell into during the chanting meditation.

    An important thing to note is that in the past when I used chanting meditation I did it regularly every morning and night, whereas I performed the Isha Kriya at random times throughout the week and felt somewhat rushed doing it. I think regardless what form of meditation I perform what is most important is the habitualization and ritualization of the act.

  12. At first, I was skeptical of the Isha Kriya exercise. I didn’t want to say the words. It was awkward at first, but I found that as I committed to the exercise chanting the words, they began to lose their meaning and became a reflection of my energy at the time. The words began to trace the path which the meditation took me on, and I became both aware and separate from myself, my voice, my breath. The act of the repetition of speech released a very soothing effect, as I was not able to distract myself from thoughts or worries from the day. I was instead focused on the simple act of breath and speech as well as my elongated spine which granted a sensation difficult to describe. After the exercise was complete, I found that something had been released or lifted. It was a feeling of clarity which I ended up carrying around with me for the majority of that day and the days since I have continued with the meditation.

  13. The Isha Kriya is a meditation for peace and the ability to manifest a positive life. The breathing techniques used as well as the chanting engender and nearly trance like state where you are mindful- you can ignore any and all thoughts and emotions. With this comes extreme calmness and ability to see life as it really is.
    My impressions of this video was my intrigue about how good it was. You could feel the calmness exuding from the man guiding the meditation. Chanting “I am not this body… I am not even this mind”, was so beneficial to me as it helps me dissolve any egoistic attachment I have to my thoughts and my physical being. The breathing techniques were helpful too. At the end of the video, I felt calm, and perceptive, and felt more genuinely equipped for what life is throwing at me. I felt strength in uncertainty.
    I looked up the Isha Kriya foundation FAQ and I found that my question, which was “Is there a limit to how much Isha Kriya I practice?” had already been asked. Someone asked how many times to practice, and was told that ideally twice a day is best, but one can practice as much as they like. I was wondering about that because I’ve heard too much of a good thing is not good, so I thought maybe being in such a state super often maybe could have a negative effect. I’m glad I was wrong. Is there ever too much yoga?

  14. The Isha Kriya is a meditation practice within yoga. The practice is used to relieve one of their external thoughts and worries, to reach peace and tranquility. The benefits of this can be wide-ranging including, reduced anxiety, a clearer mind, better breathing, and physical well-being. While performing the Isha Kriya at first, I found it difficult to clear my mind and concentrate. Once I was able to give over my thoughts, I became more in tune with the processes of my body. I could feel every part of myself as I chanted the phrase “I am not this body, I am not even this mind.” In the mediation, I felt a sense of relaxation, but I really felt the difference afterward. I was much more present and awake like I had come out of a haze. I hope as I continue through this class, I can continue to recharge myself and learn ways to stay better focused.

  15. when I did this I found it a little hard because I get anxious just sitting still but I really focused and I was surprised I stood sitting down for 12 minutes. Isha Kriya means a powerful spiritual process for everyday practice. One thing I noticed is that your breathing changes if you’re focused on doing the practice. One thing I learned is that you have to be focused and not have distractions around you. Another thing I realized is that Isha Kriya helps with focus and your breathing and also your heart rate. I enjoyed this because you can see that Isha Kriya is very important for health and wellbeing. After I finished doing the Isha Kriya I found myself calmer than before. It’s a stress reliever. I see myself doing this practice on a daily basis.

  16. In the first class we were introduced the Isha Kriya, which is an effective guided meditation meant to reorganize a person’s energy and relax their mind. After class we were instructed to watch the video, Learn Isha Kriya Online, and practice ourselves. After watching the video, processing the information, and trying the Isha Kriya a couple times, I found it to be very helpful in terms of focusing and relaxation.
    In the tutorial, it is specifically stated that you are not supposed to pay any mind to what is happening in your body and thoughts. At first it was hard for me to stay seated and not let my environment distract me, but it has been my goal to have consecutive successful meditations. My ideal successful meditation would consist of me being able to focus for long periods of time, in order to eventually sustain a focused mind long term.
    Although I’ve had trouble maintaining strong focus during these practices, I know that it just takes some practice and patience. I have noticed though, that I do have moments where I’m repeating “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” and I am only focusing on meditation. Successful meditation involves focusing on only what you’re saying and your breathing rhythm, and after a while that is the only thing in your brain.

  17. Isha Kriya is such a great way to relax your body but even more so your mind.
    I have been practicing it for about 3 days now and I’ve noticed after doing so my days have been more productive and positive. My body also is not aching as much and I have less back-pain than before! More importantly, my mind feels clear.

  18. Isha Kriya does so much even in just one sitting. I have been doing it for about 3 days now and my whole body feels different.
    When I start off my morning, after doing it I feel much more productive and clear in the mind. Also my body feels great. I usually have some tightness in my back and pain now is relatively gone.
    I overall feel very alert, and in the right mind.

  19. The first time I practiced the Isha Kriya I was really struggling to stay focused while practicing. I have always disliked meditation because I can never seem to keep my mind in one place and I just find it hard to relax when I have so much going on. Although, after a couple of times practicing, I am noticing that I am improving on keeping my mind still and trying to not let my mind drift away from the meditation. As I keep practicing, I feel that I will keep getting better and better at this skill.

    -Charlotte Johansen

    • Remember The Isha Kriya is not merely a regular meditation it’s a Kriya, that allows for an inner journey and transformation. IK includes, yoga through asana, pranayama through breathing prior to chanting, contemplation. With regular daily practice it gradually allows for the benefits to emerge. Namaste

  20. Holland Sanchez
    I have always been interested in yoga because I love finding ways to be in tune with my body, mind, and spirit. I went to a few classes but never enough times where I remembered the movements and which ones benefit what I need at the moment. However, learning the benefits that Isha Kriya brings I find myself wanting to learn more about techniques. I have needed a tool to cope with how hectic my life has been since the summer so I was very excited to try this practice.

    When it began I was nervous because I have lower back problems and sitting for too long tends to be painful, but I was very surprised I wasn’t in as much pain as I expected. I quickly placed a thin pillow underneath me to help with the bottom pain and eventually had to relocate up against a wall to straighten my back out more. Once I closed my eyes and tilted my head back I was in the zone to begin, but my mind soon became busy with thoughts. I have always struggled with being able to clear my mind during yoga without falling asleep, but once the mantras started I had something to focus on. I notice that I focus better with mantras, but I am trying to learn to accept thoughts that will flow in and out every once in a while during yoga.

    I was very pleased with Isha Kriya because the timing of this practice and its benefits entering my life is perfect. I have been wanting to re-center myself and focus more on the energy inside of me in order to feel more peaceful. It made me think of the book “The Power of Now” because it mentions multiple practices that help you focus on your body at the moment. Making sure that no distractions get in the way and breathing for yourself. With that in mind, I could feel myself opening up and relaxing with every inhale and exhale along with the mantras. I found that my breathing got deeper with every cycle and the deeper my exhales were, I swear I could feel the stress melting down my arms and out of my upward-facing palms. I really enjoyed this practice and I’m excited to learn more!

  21. After taking my first yoga class, I found a start to find my mind and body inner peace. Besides the different positions of yoga, Isha Kirya uses one position that spoke out to mean. When watching the video, a calmness within in his tone and the relaxing background music grabbed my interest in the video. He gave a simple step by step instructions of the practice that I’ve participated in. My favorite aspect was the tone of voice with the words “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” because it grabbed a sort of relaxed hiding within out with those words. He soon later completes the mediation with you, which brought my body tensed into a relaxed form. You can see in his setting how peaceful it is with a plant on the shelf and the loose clothes help your body cool down. He taught in an eighteen-minute video how it just takes this mediation of inhaling and exhale in certain words can help the body be at ease. I could only focus on my breathing, which made me think less and focus more on the relaxation. Watching this video reminded me of reading a book when I just paid attention to words and just letting my mind at ease. I also let my mind just take a break when reading each word to feel calm and this video brought me back to that connection.
    In the end, my back wasn’t feeling so tight and it rejuvenated into being loose again. The pain I once had, now has a way to cool the pain down in the future. I’ve learned how to keep a relaxed mind and keep everything else going on out the door to focus more on this practice. Furthermore, I recommend watching this video from helping the mind at ease from the teachings of Isha Kirya. Namaste Isha Kirya

    – Brandon Naccari

  22. Natalie Morrow

    This video instructs the viewer how to perform Isha Kriya. Afterwards there is a section where the viewer can follow along to the guided instructions of Isha Kriya meditation. Before beginning, one must sit up straight with legs crossed, face East, place their hands on their thighs with palms turned upwards, close their eyes, turn their face slightly upwards, and mildly focus between their eyebrows. Isha Kriya is performed in three stages. Stage one is comprised of inhaling and exhaling slowly for 7-11 minutes. On the inhale one thinks, “I am not the body.” On the exhale one thinks, “I am not even the mind.” After this is complete, stage two begins. This is made up of saying “Aaa” with an open mouth seven times. It is important that the sound comes from just below the navel and the performer can feel the vibration of the sound. Stage three is next. I this stage, one clears their mind and breathes for 5-6 minutes with focus kept between their eyebrows. Some important things to remember are to not pay attention to the mind or body and to not the breaks. Performing Isha Kriya can have benefits such as health, dynamism, prosperity, well-being, and peace if performed for a mandala or cycle.

    When I performed Isha Kriya, I felt very much at peace. Through stage one I felt the tension between my eyebrows melt away and I was left with a light, happy sensation there. I struggled with keeping my head tilted up in the beginning because I was focused on the breathing and the words. Once my breathing and words synced into a rhythm, that’s when I felt the ease between my eyebrows. At the end of this stage, I felt energized and at peace. Through stage two, I felt that the light, happy feeling moved to my mouth, making me want to smile at its corners. My stomach also had a sensation of warmth and lightness right below my navel where the sound was produced. On the other hand, the tension did return to my eyebrows. Through step three, I initially found it difficult to keep my head clear of outside thoughts. This got easier as I want along but still remained a problem for me. The tension again melted between my eyebrows and I found that my entire head felt the warm, light, happy sensation. I became very relaxed and with about two minutes left, I felt my hands begin to tingle, as if they were connected to the sensation in my head. I left feeling relaxed and positive.

    I have found a similar experience to that warm, light sensation in my head to when I’ve used peppermint oil on my temples. I recently got an oil diffuser and learned that the oils can be used for other purposes. I applied a drop of oil to each temple when I had a headache and found it very effective in soothing it. I also sometimes place the oil on my sinuses when my headache is very strong. Isha Kriya was an effective and positive way to start my day!

  23. Alexandra Newbey

    Isha Kriya seems to be a great way to relax the body as well as the mind. I’m glad that I have been introduced to this practice due to balancing the current stressors in my life such as being a full time college student, working forty hours a week and somewhat trying to manage personal relationships. This is a very useful tool that can be used anywhere that allows one to be seated and at anytime.I am interested to monitor my inner growth and transformation from engaging in the practice of Isha Kriya over time and align my positive energies.

    I also appreciate the saying “I am not the body, I am not even the mind”. Firstly I appreciate it as it is not a saying designated to when you are practicing the meditation but rather a saying you can revisit and state during the day when you reach your most stressed moments, and I plan to incorporate that into my coping mechanisms for when I feel I need a moment to breathe and detach myself from a stressful situation. I also appreciate this statement as I do sometimes find it hard to gain complete focus while I attempt to do meditations, but this phrase is helpful. It reminds me to step outside of myself and interact with my inner spirituality and how that interacts with the greater energies surrounding me rather than just the vessel it inhabits. I want to attempt to start my days off and end them with a session of Isha Kriya and hopefully this will help me to be an overall more relaxed person and help me dead with the stress I face better.

    After completing my first attempt at Isha Kriya it felt like something inside my body had been released or lifted; which I realized to be my current attachments to stress and negative energies, as well as my egotistical attachments to these components. It enduced feelings of clarity which were able to help me continue with the rest of the work I had to do for the day, and I’m happy I chose to do this assignment before the rest. This practice reminds me of an experience I had when I did yoga outside during a sunset overlooking the ocean. It was easy for me to feel at peace while I had all the beautiful external aesthetic stimulation, but surprisingly Isha Kriya made my body feel similarly after. The point I’m trying to make is that I appreciate this practice because it does not matter where you are, you will get positive and lasting results from engaging.

  24. I was initially curious as to the application of the phrase “I am not the body/ I am not even the mind,” however in use it did serve as a practical reminder to not dwell on thought or on the body. Relating to this, I was concerned about being able to sit still for the duration of time and not becoming caught up in my thoughts (which is a frequent problem of mine), and there were certainly moments where I felt the need to redirect myself from a distracted path. Yet I was surprised at the level of focus I encountered as the time went on. I somewhat anticipated I would grow more restless as time went on but instead found the opposite. It became easier the longer I did it. I look forward to continuing with this practice, as at times I can become overwhelmed with thoughts or anxieties and Isha Kriya made me feel like I could exercise some level of mental discipline. I hope that with continued use I will be able to develop my own mental discipline even further through the practice. My weekend was quite busy so implementing the meditation instructed in this video gave me the chance to find an inner quiet and space away from the hustle bustle which I very much appreciated.

  25. Lia Vaccarino
    2/2/2020
    Before watching this video, I have had no experience with Isha Kriya. My experience with meditation itself is limited to my own efforts, following no regimented system or guidelines. Besides this fact, I have found meditation to be a positive aspect of my life and mental health. While meditating on my own, I find having the freedom from expectations greatly improves my overall meditation. When compared to my own practices, it is admittedly harder to find yourself worrying about doing it wrong with Isha Kriya. Unfortunately, I find the voices and the glow from my computer distracting. I am sure that with more practice, I would find it easier to surrender my mind to other people’s ideas. as they stated, it takes 90 days.
    To review the subject as a whole, I feel I would need a much deeper understanding of the practice and culture surrounding it. at this point, I do not feel confident in my ability to review this with an unbiased lens. Hopefully, by the end of this class, I will maintain a deeper understanding.
    As for a comparable resource, I would cite the song- The Mercy Seat by nick cave. It’s repetitive rhythm and chanting like lyrics allow for a clearing of the mind in a way that I have not found in any other song.

  26. Kristina Gallo

    Yoga Journal Entry

    Isha Kryia:
    After watching the video about Isha Kriya, I learned so many new things, and I genuinely believe this form of meditation is something that can be incorporated into everyone’s daily life. Yoga and meditation was always something I wanted to learn, to better control my stress and anger, but I never understood the levels of it, or the power it really does have. I am very excited to continue to open up my mind and body to the new things I will learn.
    Isha Kriya has three stages. Stage one starts off will sitting cross-legged, arms at your side, with your head tilted upwards. You sit for 7-11 minutes, thinking the phrase “I am not the body” as you inhale, then the phrase “I am not even the mind” as you exhale”. When doing this, I felt grounded and secure, remembering that we as humans are souls, and we all have something to offer. Stage two is sitting, breathing, and saying “Aaa” 7 times. This released all the stress that I have been holding in, and it was extremely calming. The last stage is Stage three, where you sit for 5-6 minutes, with your face turned upwards, just focusing on yourself.
    This video was extremely relaxing and was a nice addition to my day. Through this type of meditation, I was really able to focus on my breathing, and help relax my body. I thought the voice throughout the video was very helpful and reminding me what to focus on, but through the first stage of him repeating the two phrases, “I am not the body” and “I am not even the mind”, it did distract a bit from my own process of thinking it. The collection of voices in the second stage, all coming together to say “Aaa”, I thought was very nice, and because it was a flat, one note sound, it didn’t take away from my own meditation. My absolute favorite part about this, besides grounding myself and taking some time to really sit and just be, was the music that was incorporated. I enjoyed the music so much that afterwards, I went and found some more songs that were similar to this. During this process, I was comparing this peace that I felt to the way I feel when I knit. A simple, relaxing way to relieve stress, but with Isha Kryia, I was able to let my mind rest, where as when I knit, I am always thinking about life.

  27. I was intrigued by the process of Isha Kriya described in this video. All of the guidelines of how to breathe, how to sit, etc., are specifically allowing us to let go of our physical bodies; similarly, the mental process of letting go of whatever thoughts may come to mind during our practice seems to be another important goal of the practice. I have previously practiced a certain kind of focused meditation where I have sat with my eyes open or closed and thought about releasing tension from my body, and then dismantling an object down to its smallest possible forms. I found this to be kind of relaxing, although my thoughts did frequently wander. I think Isha Kriya’s somewhat rigid physical process will be more effective in centering and improving my focus, especially with repeated practice.

    -William Heintz

  28. The preparation for the Isha Kriya consists of sitting in a cross legged position while simultaneously keeping your hands on your thighs and palms facing upwards. As I have practiced this, it seems to create an internal atmosphere of relaxation both physically and mentally. The meditation of Isha Kriya proceeds in three stages, the first stage revolves around inhaling and exhaling while mentally stating to one’s self “I am not the body” corresponding with the inhalation and “I am not even the mind” corresponding with the exhalation. This acts as a grounding for one’s mentality as it easy to fall into distractions when clearing the mind. The second stage consists of verbally hummed “Aaaa’s”. These vibrations from the exhaled hums pairing with the relaxing posture of the Kriya technique seem to create an ease of the body and spirit. Finally the third stage is completed by sitting for five to six minutes with an upturned face while keeping focus between your eyebrows. This stage also seemed to exponentially relax my mind as my thoughts became nothing in time with the practice of this meditation.
    I am not familiar with meditation as a whole, but after practicing the Kriya a few times I was able to find peace of mind as my thoughts are usually scurrying with busy days always ahead of me. As I followed along with the Sadhguru I found it increasingly easier to let go of these thoughts and even felt tension in my body being released. We were first introduced to this method of practice in the first class of Yoga last Monday. At that time I was still very unfamiliar with meditation as I have limited experience. I was at one point barely introduced to the practice of Anapanasati Sutta, a Buddhist practice of mindful breathing. This was introduced to me from my sister during my early days of high school. The practice is similar as it helps one focus on their breathing and let’s themselves become one with their surroundings. Chants are sometimes common with this practice as it revolves around the seven chakras or in the case of Buddhist monks “The Seven Factors for Awakening”. More information regarding this practice can be found attached below.
    Practicing this has helped me tremendously when coping with stress and every day to day life. The Isha Kriya cleanses both the body and spirit while creating a sense of malleability to the environment around you. At least that is what I experienced in my meditation. This allowed me to see past the ongoing thoughts in my mind and allowed me to mold my being into the present moment that I was living in.

  29. David White- Monday night Class

    The preparation for the Isha Kriya consists of sitting in a cross legged position while simultaneously keeping your hands on your thighs and palms facing upwards. As I have practiced this, it seems to create an internal atmosphere of relaxation both physically and mentally. The meditation of Isha Kriya proceeds in three stages, the first stage revolves around inhaling and exhaling while mentally stating to one’s self “I am not the body” corresponding with the inhalation and “I am not even the mind” corresponding with the exhalation. This acts as a grounding for one’s mentality as it easy to fall into distractions when clearing the mind. The second stage consists of verbally hummed “Aaaa’s”. These vibrations from the exhaled hums pairing with the relaxing posture of the Kriya technique seem to create an ease of the body and spirit. Finally the third stage is completed by sitting for five to six minutes with an upturned face while keeping focus between your eyebrows. This stage also seemed to exponentially relax my mind as my thoughts became nothing in time with the practice of this meditation.
    I am not familiar with meditation as a whole, but after practicing the Kriya a few times I was able to find peace of mind as my thoughts are usually scurrying with busy days always ahead of me. As I followed along with the Sadhguru I found it increasingly easier to let go of these thoughts and even felt tension in my body being released. We were first introduced to this method of practice in the first class of Yoga last Monday. At that time I was still very unfamiliar with meditation as I have limited experience. I was at one point barely introduced to the practice of Anapanasati Sutta, a Buddhist practice of mindful breathing. This was introduced to me from my sister during my early days of high school. The practice is similar as it helps one focus on their breathing and let’s themselves become one with their surroundings. Chants are sometimes common with this practice as it revolves around the seven chakras or in the case of Buddhist monks “The Seven Factors for Awakening”. More information regarding this practice can be found attached below.
    Practicing this has helped me tremendously when coping with stress and every day to day life. The Isha Kriya cleanses both the body and spirit while creating a sense of malleability to the environment around you. At least that is what I experienced in my meditation. This allowed me to see past the ongoing thoughts in my mind and allowed me to mold my being into the present moment that I was living in.

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.118.than.html

  30. Sadie Humphrey Reed- Journal Entry February 3rd 2020
    Julie Broglin
    I appreciated the video’s dedication to explaining the process of Isha Kriya before actually demonstrating it to follow along. The calming speech of the instructions really set up a peaceful environment for me, or probably any listener, to feel comfortable and engaged enough to follow along. I thought the details of the setup for this experience were very well described and I found that that made it easier when I eventually followed along with Sadhguru’s portion of the video.
    I found the physical position of the meditation familiar, although the spiritual elements were somewhat lost on me. I have never been very connected to the meditative parts of myself and find it very difficult at times to relax into such an activity. I find it requires me too much focus to not focus on anything and let the blankness of meditation guide me. However, this video seemed like a different process to me and it was easier for me to slip into meditation with the repetition of the phrases “I am not the body, I am not even the mind”. Especially going along with the video and having the auditory guidance of Sadhguru’s words instruct the experience.
    After viewing this video, I saw another post about Sadhguru’s poetry and decided to look into it. I found his poem, “Here-Yes Here” and thought it embodied what the addition of meditation to a daily routine might mean for someone like me.

    “Born of bodily fluids
    guaranteed of an earthly end
    Promises of heaven have turned
    mortal men into immortal menace.
    Those who made up eternal
    life will not value the bit
    of life that is here and Now.

    Life here distorted by promises
    of hereafter. Just for you to
    know, those who don’t make
    it here shall not make it anywhere

    It is Here and Here that
    the Hereafter is hidden.”

    I thought that this poem described some comprehensible words to the grounding aspects of meditation. That taking time to utilize practices such as meditation may enhance our everyday ability to appreciate life in the here and now.

  31. According to the video, Isha Kriya is described as a powerful spiritual process for everyday practice. The proper way to execute this practice is by following these preparations: sit in a cross-legged posture, with the spine straight, hands resting on the knees with the palms facing up. The positioning of the face is supposed to be slightly upturned with eyes closed throughout the entire process. The Isha Kriya meditation fulfills three steps. Stage one involves inhaling and exhaling softly and slowly. Simultaneously, mentally say to oneself “I am not the body” while inhaling. For this the thought should last the entire duration of the inhale. Now for every exhalation, one must mentally say to themselves, “I am not even the mind”. This thought should also last the entire duration of the exhale. This meditation process repeats for 7-11 minutes. Stage two consists of uttering the sound “Aaa” 7 times with the mouth wide open, exhaling completely with each sound. Stage three is sitting for 5 to 6 minutes in proper position. The practice takes around 12-18 minutes to complete.
    An instruction that the video also included was that doing the Isha Kriya practice is more beneficial if the person is facing the east direction. This detail caught my attention and I wanted to know why. After doing some research and finding sources, I finally came across the fact that the eastward direction is favored because it is the fastest path to the attainment of powers. While attempting to do this practice successfully, it was difficult for me to get right into it because I get distracted quite easily which can disturb the organizations of my energies. The goal of trying to not pay any mind to your own body and mind is also confusing to me because during the practice I aim to be in tune and in focus of what my body and mind are doing. Although, Isha Kriya strives for the opposite and to just let your body and mind be.
    Because I had never practiced Isha Kriya, I wanted to know where it’s name comes from or what it means to try and get a better understanding of the meditation. After reading some sources, I learned that Isha refers to “that which is the source of creation”. The literal meaning of Kriya is “internal action”. This helps me understand that it’s overall purpose is to help a person connect with their own source of existence and create life in the opinion of their own desires and perception.

  32. Erin Pollack
    Yoga
    Mondays, 6:30-9:50

    While I actively practice meditation in my own calling, I found the Isha Kriya to be rather enlightening. I generally have a difficult time following specific directions in meditations, but my experience with following this one in particular was awakening. While the mantra is “I am not the body, I am not even the mind.”, I found myself occasionally blooming across the thought “I am spirit, Holy Spirit guides me.” This was very new to me, and even though I tried to push it away to follow the intended directions, I decided to let my soul open up this new idea that I am more than the scientific biological body and mind I am built in, I am also energy and spirit.

    During my practice I held three crystals: blue calcite, amethyst, and snowflake obsidian. Again, this was not in the directions of the practice but I felt compelled to do this as I was incorporating the Isha Kriya into my morning rituals. I could feel beams of energy radiating through the crystals into my spirit as I was guided through my breath. After completing Stage 1 (or the first seven minutes), I moved onto Stage 2. Stage 2 requires to use the sound “Aaaaa” powering it from just below the navel. For some reason, this was far more tricky for me as I tried to gain awareness of the physical vibrations the sound instilled in me. It was tricky to focus on the vibrations and powering from below my navel, this may require more practice.

    Stage 3 seemed like a simple meditation as a way to set my energy off from the Isha Kriya mantras and vibrational patterns. I enjoyed this as it came much easier to me. However, I did notice my thoughts racing a little more towards the end of this stage. I was probably just focusing on the work required of myself after! So I tried to set these notions off on a cloud that the wind would guide back to me later. By the end of this, I found myself being pulled to review an insightful and controversial book “The Law of Attraction: The Teachings of Abraham”. I was briefly thinking of how the woman spoke of her nose softly moving to create letters that later became her spiritual guide communicating with her. I recalled this moment because I enjoyed the easy feeling in my neck as I completed the Isha Kriya.

    Overall, I am interested to attempt to practice the full mandala of the Isha Kriya and find the effects and impacts it has on my body, mind, and spirit. While some moments will take significant practice for me, I would be willing to open up my being to a different type of guidance.

    • You are now very receptive and ripe for a wonderful inner blossoming via your IK practice! Coupled with the Hatha yoga you can be assured of super enhanced progress this semester! Namaste

  33. At first, I was fighting against this exercise as well as the yoga class itself. My attention span isn’t the highest, so I can be very impatient and get anxious easily. Because of this I often find it difficult to focus for long periods of time especially with something so slow. It’s always hard to let go and not let your surroundings distract you.
    Once I got over this, I found it very peaceful and rewarding. The Isha Kriya, along with the first yoga class showed me the benefits of these practices. It allows you to see into yourself like never before. A sense of peace and tranquility fill me when I complete these exercises. I still need practice, but I am learning.
    A comparable source may be a class at a monastery or the yoga studio here at Purchase.

    -Marlon DuBois

  34. Megan Lissner
    2/2/20

    Before this class I’ve had no formal experience with meditation, this video and my in class experience was my first meaningful exposure to the practice. I found the idea of constant blankness and an active disengagement with the mind for an extended period of time to be difficult and very challenging to grasp, but ultimately after a few more concerted efforts on my own part I found the practice to be steadily more and more invigorating, empowering, and beneficial to my mental health.

    I also of course have to note their being a sizable distinction between regular meditation and Kyria, Kryia as the video details emphasizes specifically on inner journey and transformation through the use of affirmations, chanting, and contemplation. When practicing Kyria I felt a personal emphasis on the control and steadiness of my breathing patterns, a particular activity I find routinely aggravated by my anxiety and neurotic inner monologue. Through practicing Kyria I actively began to notice a calmness and steadiness of both my breathing and heart rate, something I had not been able to fully achieve through simple “normal” meditation.

    When I think of meditation, and furthermore, Kryia I’m reminded strongly of auditory sensations, or in this case a lack their of. Specifically, during the blankness of meditation I’m reminded of music, even more specifically a Simon and Garfunkel song “Only Living Boy in New York”. To me, the song mirrors so many of the emotions and perceptions I feel while attempting to meditate; feelings of calmness, serene solidarity, and at the same time a collective bond with the world around me.

  35. In this video, the practice of Isha Kriya is formally introduced by Sadhguru. A step by step— how to— is listed for the viewer to further understand what goes into optimizing this experience. After we understand what goes into this form of realignment, a presentation of the approximate length of this form is displayed.
    I personally have little to no experience with the different practices that form the art of yoga/meditation. Learning more about Isha Kriya was very intriguing and allowed myself to really look into how I make use of my time during the day. As my current peers may/may not know, the circumstances of being a college student can make time for oneself difficult to manage. Being exposed to this practice is really exciting and I look forward to working on it on a rather consistent basis.

    Ferdinand Cordero

  36. The video, on Isha Kriya The first half of the video introduced the yoga style and what was to be done. In the first half of the video, it went over the technicalities of the practice. What I took away from it was steps specifically. There were three steps to the video, to inhale, to utter the sound “aaa”and then solely to sit. There are certain times that each of these practices have to take place, for instance, when inhaling it is important to do so for five to six minutes in order to make sure it is done correctly and when sitting it must be done within five to six minutes. Also, when uttering the sound “aaa” it must be done seven times as well. To do this practice correctly for a full cycle, it must be done either twice a day for 48 days or once a day for 90 days. From the introduction, I learned what to do specifically and correctly to learn the practice.
    As for the experience of actually doing the practice, I found it very calming and relaxing. At times I did find it difficult to maintain concentration on what I was doing, but I feel like over time it will be easier to master as I become more familiar with it. I found it especially interesting how the practice forces one to stay focused and pay attention to absolutely nothing, which in a way was very freeing, but surprisingly difficult.
    I found that the practice reminded me of a specific film called, The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi. The film is entirely in sign language, which forced the viewer to pay attention to the screen, because the characters are not speaking. I found that this related a lot to the practice taught in the video, because in both the film and the video, I felt like I was forced to do one thing without any distractions, making me more invested in my surroundings and being still for a long amount of time.

  37. While practicing Isha Kriya for the first few times, I struggled to not focus on my surroundings, or on what I was saying/doing rather than what those things were doing for me. I also found that for me, following the video acted as more of a distraction than a tool. Around the 14 minute mark of this specific video music started playing and that was one of the things that helped me focus a little better, but any time something would be vocalized, I would “snap back out of it”. The more I continue to do it ( I’ve done it for only 3 days, twice a day) the more comfortable I was trying to do it but I know there is still a lot of room to get better. I am excited to recognize the change in myself and my experience of IK.
    Something I am interested in with this video is at the beginning when it explains the process it says “mentally say to yourself ‘I am not the body. I am not even the mind,” But then during the rest of the video it is audibly being repeated. So I am a little confused on if this should be chanted out-loud or thought in your head to help control your breathing. Another question that I had was what does Isha Kriya actually mean? After researching a little bit I found on ishafoundation.org that “Isha” refers to that of which is the source of creation and “Kriya” means “internal action”. I think it was beneficial for me to figure out what Isha Kriya meant so I could more easily understand what the goal of it is.

    ishafoundation.com
    “Isha Kriya – Free Online Guided Meditation.” Isha Kriya Yoga – Free Online Guided Meditation Video By Sadhguru, 2019, http://www.ishafoundation.org/Ishakriya.

    -Nicole Laing

  38. Fatima Lua (Castaneda)
    Wednesday 8:30am
    2/4/2020

    Before doing the Isha Kriya meditation I decided to look into the meaning behind it. When I looked it up, I found that Kriya meant internal action. When starting the meditation, I watched it a first time and then tried it out the second time. When you do the Isha Kriya we say “I am not the body, I am not even the mind” and it made so much more sense to me now. When you are doing every inner action during the meditation you aren’t using your body and your mind. I felt relaxed and able to feel my breathing. I was able to not think of anything and just be in the moment.
    In general, I have issues blocking out the noise (thoughts etc.) so being in this class and already learning this feels like I have control over myself more than I thought. I also feel like we have energy stored in our bodies that have been suppressed and the more we practice meditation the more they come to life. I felt really refreshed and calm once I finished this meditation. I felt like everything I had worried about before during the day or any thoughts I had that were running through my mind were no longer there anymore and I was really just focused in the moment, my breathing and having a fresh, clear mind.
    I am really excited to see what’s in stored for us throughout this course. I find myself already benefitting from everything we have been learning and I can’t wait to practice and work on my breathing and relaxing my thoughts more. This has made me realize that everything I put my mind through affects my body and once I release all of this I will be able to live a more relaxed, stress free life!

  39. The Isha Kriya was extremely difficult for me to do, and it took me a few tries to be able to complete the full video. I kept getting distracted or felt that I was just not in the right atmosphere to do it, so I would stop the video and try again another day until I finally did it. I think hearing the voice on the video may have hindered me at first, but once I got used to it, I found myself sinking into his words as they fell into place with my own thoughts.

    On my final, successful attempt, it didn’t take me very long to completely focus on each word, even each syllable, of the two phrases. But I wasn’t analyzing them or anything like that, I just felt like I was existing within those words. The vocalizations were a bit scary to me at first and were another reason why I had difficulty finishing the exercise the first few times, but on this attempt, they seemed very natural and beneficial for me to feel the vibrations created by my own voice. Only after I finished did I take some time to just sit in silence and really think about the phrases and what they may mean to me, and the entire exercise put me in a more relaxed state than I could have ever expected.

    I found another resource that explains a bit more about what Isha Kriya means, which also really helped me to appreciate it (https://ishayoga.org.au/isha-kriya). The source explains what Isha and Kriya mean and how the practice can show immense benefits for many people.

    I felt very accomplished after finally being able to complete the Isha Kriya, and I think my struggles at first only added to the peace I felt after finishing for the first time. I plan on trying to incorporate this exercise into my daily life as much as I possibly can in order to see some long term benefits.

    -Sofia Gandolfo

  40. According to this video Isha Kriya is a meditation practice that involves sitting crosslegged with the back straight up focusing on the eyebrows and repeatedly chanting the mantra I am “not the body I am not even the mind.” The instructions have the practitioner sit up straight for around fifteen to twenty minutes focusing between the eyebrows while repeatedly changing the mantra, followed by multiple exhales with sound from the belly and then sitting silently.
    Upon finishing the Isha Kriya video the second time, after following along with the exercises, I found myself in a significantly calmer state that I was before doing so. Since watching this video had been on my list of homework for the week, prior to doing so I had been working on another assignment for another class and I could feel my own stress. For the duration of the Isha Kriya video I was able to release my stress and feel all my worries about everything else I had to do fade away, until I was just left with my own headspace and the lines I was reciting “I am not the body, I am not even the mind.”
    My one struggle was keeping my back up straight the entire time. I tend to slouch as I move through the world until someone mentions to me that I’m doing so. And while I first I focused on keeping my back straight, at some point I let it slouch down so that I could focus on the mantras. I don’t understand how facing east offers more benefits that facing in any other direction, and I wish some of the purposes and preparatory points were explained more at the beginning of the video before the demonstration and follow along portion.
    This practice of reciting “I am not the body,I am not even mind” reminds me of ideas in some religions and spiritual practices that believe that the body itself is not the person, but the soul is what’s most important and that’s who the person is in he afterlife and to whatever deity or leader is being worshipped or followed.

  41. Emily Lomberg

    Isha Kriya is split into 3 stages. To begin you sit cross legged, with your head tilted upwards, on the inhale you mentally say “I am not the body” and the exhale “I am not even the mind”. This repeats for 7-11 minutes. Stage 2, you exhale “Aaaa” 7 times. For the last portion, you sit for 5 more minutes. While Isha Kriya was very peaceful, it was hard for me to stay ‘in it’ fully for the complete length of the practice.

    When beginning the practice, it was hard for me to stay in the moment and not have my mind to wonder on all of the tasks I needed to complete today. I went in and out from being relaxed with the Isha Kriya and my mind wandering. I think this will get easier for me with practice and completing it with other people. While I have done excersizes similar to this one in classes, I always struggle to be able to complete them and have the same experience on my own, hopefully this will come with time.

    At first, I did not understand how following “I am not the body, I am not even the mind” would be helpful, but after following the practice I can see how it helps to guide the breath and mind. I found also that I had a hard time maintaining the position, sometimes with my neck craning too far back or forward and therefore creating some unnecessary tensions. Again, with practice I believe the position will become more natural.

  42. While practicing for the first time, I struggled to stay focused and keep my breathing steady. While meditating in the past was not usually helpful or successful to me, I have now realized through practicing more often, that it is okay to have thoughts occasionally, but not to focus on them because they will still be there after the meditation. I find that I am able to meditate better when I am alone and there aren’t many sounds around me.
    It also helps that my roommate takes this class because we can talk to each other about our experiences and any trouble or tips we come across while meditating. I would like to incorporate IK into everyday practice, but it can be hard while taking so many classes throughout the day. Hopefully, I will be able to find a balance and really be able to focus on the practice and start to see the benefits.
    One thing that I have noticed while practicing Isha Kriya, is that your breathing throughout gets more steady and you are able to focus on it and keep it as one rhythm.
    One thing that I would like to see change throughout this practice is the focus of my thoughts. It is still hard to get over them but it is easier each time and is something I continue to work on. Another thing that I would like to see change is my confidence in saying the words out loud. I find that if I am not meditating alone, it can be almost awkward or nerve-racking to chant “I am not the body, I am not even the mind,” and I hope that with practice that will too improve.

  43. Isha Kriya meditation is the form of a breathing technique. With eyes closed a straight posture and deep breathing.Keeping the mind from troubling thoughts and distractions to reach a peaceful state.

    I found Isha Kriya quite relaxing as I was able to narrow in and just focus on my breathing as opposed to the stress of everyday life. It is not hard to do and is easy to get into. The peaceful feeling that can be felt after is apparent. The time to just focus and breath is extremely calming.

    The only thing that felt comparable to Isha Kriya that I felt was when I tried vinyasa yoga. The deep breathing and focus are very similar. With a focus on posture and breathing I was able to find a peace and calm with each.

  44. I have always wanted to focus on my breathing, in this manner, but I feel with my day to day life I have always pushed off the thought of Yoga. Watching this video the first time I began to think: 15 mins, my back is going to hurt, i won’t be able to focus on all this, etc. I then followed my instructions and watched it once more but this time really joining in. After my experience, I have realize it does take some time but with the right preparation and practice your body does feel like lighter. I even became very tired yet well fresh at the same time. Can’t wait to practice, do in class and make it a regular routine thing.

    — Josette Cappucci, Wednesday’s

  45. Alyssa Guerra
    The Isha Kriya is a meditation process that helps a person relax and distance themselves from the physical world. The repetitive thought process of “I am not the body. I am not even the mind” helps to remember that as humans we are so much more than the physicality of being. We are the energy that surrounds the universe and have the power to alter that energy when we are fully calm and aware of it.
    My personal impression of the Isha Kryia is that it is a calming, but rather long, process. The position began to hurt after a few minutes of not moving. My mind also began to wander and I found myself having to focus harder on my thoughts then on my breathing. The slow breaths did help me to relax and find peace throughout the day as I began to focus more on my breathing.
    I have never came across a film or book that this practice reminds me of. I typically watch action and horror movies and read a lot of gothic literature; therefore it is rare that I come across something this calming.

  46. Marianna Steen
    Isha Kriya is a meditation practice that helps guide you through this journey of self relaxation and to connect yourself with your spirit. It gets you out of the daily routine of running around and causing stress on yourself. This aids in good health due to the amount of peace that one will gain after doing this practice every day. Isha Kriya meditation is a type of practice that doesn’t cause any kind of stress on the body or mind and actually is something you could look forward to doing either at the start or end of your day.
    when I first heard of this practice I didnt think it would work for me because I am not great at getting out of my mind and just focusing on whats happening in the moment. when I sat down at first, I immediately was thinking about my day that just happened as well as my day tomorrow. it took me a second to adjust to this new feeling but almost immediately I wasn’t thinking about any of that anymore and I was listening to the recording and just breathing. I felt my body be free and I wasnt holding onto any stress anywhere. My body felt as if it was sleeping even though I new I wasnt. this was a very different sensation for me but also very fun to experience.
    An experience that I had once that related to this in a way was a warmup I had in an acting class about a year or so ago. We laid down on our backs so the setup was a little different but we took about 15 minutes to lay there breathing and humming something as we breathed in and out. It was so that we can be in tune with ourselves and let any kind of anxious nerves leave our body. It really did help when we had to go up and perform, I felt more relaxed.

  47. The video instructed us how practice Isha Kriya meditative techniques. We first had to sit cross-legged and make sure our backs are straight with our palms on our knees. We then had to close our eyes, tilt our heads back, and focus in between our eyebrows. Inhaling and exhaling was done using the abdomen. We then had to follow the Sadhguru as he recited the mantra: “I am not the mind” when inhaling and “I am not even the body” when exhaling. We had to recite this several times for a few minutes. Then Sadhguru had us say a long “Aaaa” seven times. The activity concluded with sitting still while gentle music played in the background.

    Since I have never practiced yoga and meditation before I enrolled in this class, this was a new and strange experience for me and cannot relate it to another activity. Throughout the activity, there were points where I had trouble focusing and my breathing went out of sync with the Sadhguru’s mantra. There were also times where I became impatient and I had to force myself to continue. Despite those difficulties, I noticed I became a little more grounded in space and felt that I was beginning to relax as the activity went on. I always thought that yoga and meditation was a “transportative” experience. In fact, it was the opposite. But since this was my first impression, I cannot make any sure judgments on this subject. Further practice is required to fully appreciate the experience.

    The only other activities that I can think of that can relate to this meditative exercise would be hiking, painting and/or drawing, and playing an instrument. These three activities require focus and to ground oneself. There is also directional forces that guides us when doing these activities; whether it’s walking along a trail and experiencing nature, mixing colors and applying them to canvas, or playing a song or soloing on chord-changes.

  48. Djurha Dume

    The first time trying to practice the Isha Kriya was quite the challenge. Although it is not a meditation, it is still something I am unfamiliar with doing. The problem I faced when first starting is being able to fully concentrate on what I am doing as most people would when trying to get their body acclimated to something new.
    In the tutorial, it is instructed not to even pay attention to anything on the outside. Instead, you are just focusing on maintaining a rhythm and just to be as relaxed as possible. The more I practice, the more I become relaxed and less stressed out I am about everything that’s going on in my life. The isha kriya is a very fascinating relaxation technique.

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