Kriya Yoga is an ancient yoga tradition revitalized during modern times. It was introduced to the United States in 1920 and popularized through the book Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. It consists of various levels of pranayama-derived techniques (which link breath to movement), with the intention of accelerating spiritual development and creating a deep state of harmony. Kriya Yoga directs energy around six spinal centers, which relate to the 12 signs of the zodiac.
What to expect
During a Kriya Yoga class, student will learn to direct their energy to revolve either downward or upward around six spinal centers. This practice is aimed at focusing the mind, body, and spirit toward a deeper understanding of oneself and one's energetic interconnectedness to the universe as a whole.
Kriya Yoga was revived by Mahavatar Babaji and his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya around the year1861. It was later popularized by Paramahansa Yogananda, who introduced Kriya Yoga to the United States in 1920.