Babaji’s Kriya Hatha Yoga: Self-realization through Action with Awareness
The goal of life is happiness, peace, love and enlightenment. The desire for perfection comes from the Self, the image of God, which seeks to express itself through all humanity.
Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is a scientific art of God, Truth union and Self-Realization. It was revived by a great master of India, Babaji Nagaraj, as a synthesis of ancient teachings of the 18 Siddha tradition. It includes a series of techniques or ‘kriyas’ grouped into five phases or branches. Paramahamsa Yogananda taught that practice of Kriya Kundalini Pranayama can accelerate the natural progression of Divine Consciousness in human beings.
Learn the 18 postures developed by Babaji Nagaraj and become aware of what is aware. Become the Seer, not the Seen. Bliss arises! This unique instructional video provides careful instructions in not only the technical performance and alignment of each posture, but also in the higher states of consciousness, which they awaken. It includes an introduction into the philosophy of yoga, the nature of consciousness and the cultivation of Self-awareness. Make your practice of yoga deeply meditative. In this beautiful DVD, the postures are taught in progressive stages, with preparatory variations making them accessible to the beginner and challenging for the experienced student of yoga. These postures, selected by Babaji, will rejuvenate and energize you. The instructions emphasize the energetic and relaxation effects. They may assist in the healing and purification of the physical and subtle bodies, thus helping to eliminate some of the most common sources of misery: poor health and mental confusion.
“This is the first Kriya Hatha Yoga tape to come our way. The teaching, a blend of Patanjali’s kriya yoga and kundalini yoga, is attributed to the legendary Babaji Nagaraj, the ageless siddha (adept) introduced to Westerners in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya yoga, the yoga of “ritual action,” is probably not as well known as its eight-limbed cousin, ashtanga yoga, Kriya traditionally has three elements: asceticism (tapas), self-study (svadhyaya), and devotion to the Lord (ishvara-pranidhana; see Yoga Sutra II.1). However, the first two elements cited here are practice (abhyasa) and dispassion (vairagya), usually considered the two great “wings” of the classical school and embracing both kriya and ashtanga yoga.
The asana practice consists of a fixed series of 18 mostly familiar poses, such as Full and Half Shoulderstand, Plow, Triangle, and Boat. The names given to several of the poses are a bit unusual; for example, the aforementioned Boat, typically called Navasana, is here Vajroli Mudrasana, which is actually what this position is called in the Gheranda-Samhita, a seventeenth-century hatha manual. Along with Shoulderstand and its variations, the sequence consists primarily of alternately forward-sitting and back-bending poses, many augmented by pulsing “micro-movements,” or kriyas. There are only two standing poses: a forward bend near the beginning and a Triangle at the very end, which provides the only twist. The 100-minute session strolls along with lots of time to rest and reflect in between poses. There are minimal physical instructions, the emphasis being on the energetic and spiritual dimensions of the work.
This is an earnest, unique and inspiring presentation, suitable for experienced beginners and intermediates.”
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