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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

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