Kriya Yoga is a form of breath-based meditation that is typically practiced for about ten minutes per day. It has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years, and it has roots in yoga, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The word “kriya” translates to action or function. In this context, it means that there are many different types of breathing exercises you can do with the goal of achieving a state of consciousness known as enlightenment.
What is Kriya Yoga?
Typically, Kriya Yoga involves the practitioner inhaling and exhaling deeply while using specific breathing exercises to achieve a state of consciousness. There are many different types of breathing exercises in Kriya Yoga. In the ancient texts that outline this practice, it is said that these exercises can help one attain enlightenment.
When practicing Kriya Yoga, you might be asked to sit with your spine straight or with your back completely flat on the ground. You might also be asked to close your eyes and focus on your breath while performing some sort of movement such as moving your arms up and down or curling them into fists. The movements typically have no meaning beyond enhancing concentration during meditation.
How can Kriya Yoga be beneficial?
Kriya Yoga helps to improve sleep quality and reduce your stress levels. The act of breathing deeply helps to clear your mind and release tension in the body. Additionally, Kriya Yoga has been used as a therapy for some medical conditions like asthma, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even depression.
Kriya Yoga is an excellent practice for those who have busy schedules or who simply want to spend time meditating each day. With only ten minutes per day, you can easily fit it into your schedule. You don’t need advanced training or a specific location to do this practice either. It’s a great way to decompress from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reach a state of inner peace.
How to get started with Kriya Yoga
If you’re interested in trying Kriya Yoga out on your own, start by practicing it for about ten minutes per day. You might want to start with practice before bedtime, or perhaps you can try it during lunchtime. The length of time you spend meditating will depend on your personal preference and how much time you have available each day.
There are many different types of breathing exercises in Kriya Yoga that can help improve your mood. One way to practice is to focus on different parts of the body. For example, when inhaling through the nose, think about the area around your nostrils and visualize that area being filled with light and love, while exhaling through the mouth imagine the light and love flowing back into the space around your nostrils.
Another exercise is to use visualization techniques such as focusing on a specific color while meditating and imagining that color filling up the entire space around you.