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“Be Present, Be Reflective, Be Open”

The 3-fold path of Kriya Yoga (as laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) is the Heart of Integrated Practice.  It asks us to consider life experiences as a mirror for understanding our true Self more deeply.  

We will touch upon the Sutras in the second chapter of the Yoga sutras as we use traditional tools of Pranayama and Asana to guide awareness and energy towards anchoring in a foundation of clarity from which to respond to our lives.

Series Content

  • Session 1 – Langhana Practice with Pranayama Ratio (58 min)
  • Session 2 – Langhana to feel your Own Rhythm (1:01 Hour)
  • Session 3 – Gentle Shoulder Support (1:06 hour)
  • Session 4 – Svadyaya (57 min)

What is Kriya Yoga?

Are we are willing to be with the silence of this moment, with the light deep within the light of the heart? Turning to the peace that already is, let’s call that awareness.  If I call that awareness, then if I make the right effort to turn towards that via intimacy of my breath.  This stillness is a mirror.  Through this mirror, we come to a place of clarity that is compassionate and aware that is connects with this moment.  We see ourselves tied to the highest quality, nourishing quality as compassion, spaciousness, and joy.  As we make the right effort to connect with that, it will inspire and continue to inspire us in any and every situation that presents itself – in our inner life, relationships, community, and with our dear and complex world.  We are in training, and our goal is wholeness.

The goal is not to be controlled, but to be aware.  Sometimes we take awareness as an extension of controlling our lives, our thoughts, feelings, children, diets, etc.  We can watch this.  This control can sometimes be a way of being unkind to ourselves if it arises out of judgment.  The ultimate goal in Yoga is grace/freedom – it cannot be achieved; it is something that reveals itself.  The sutras do talk about control and changing things, the methodology.  How do we practice? the sutras say (Sutra I-12) – Abyasa (persevering  practice) and Vairagya (with non-attachement) – observing ourselves in this kind of practice makes us more aware of the fact that we are not necessarily in control of our own transformation.