Guidelines for Practitioners

Practice

  • Do not try to master all the kriyas at once. Begin with Nadishodhana Kriya first. Understand and practice it well for one week. Then add second kriya and practice both of them for the next week. Add one kriya per week till you learn all the kriyas.
  • Do not practice too much from day one. Begin from small and manageable time duration and then gradually build your practice. After reasonable practice you will be able to do the kriyas for hours together.
  • Do not hurry. Don't keep looking at your watch instead focus on the practice. The practice time should be utilized only for the practice and not for day dreaming or planning the day! 
  • If possible maintain a spiritual diary on daily basis and note down how you practiced, whether you violated any disciplines and any other observations about your practice. Show your observations and notes to you teacher for any clarification or guidance.
  • Feel free to ask your questions and doubts to your teacher. It is always better to get your doubts clarified rather than pushing them aside.

Place

  • Kriyas should be performed in a place having pleasant atmosphere.
  • As far as possible select a place that is isolated.
  • The place must be free from dust and insects (mosquitoes etc.).
  • The place should be free from noise.
  • If possible select a cool place.

Time and duration

  • Kriyas should be performed twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • If for some reason it is not possible for you to do kriyas twice do them in the morning.
  • Practice at the same fixed time every day.
  • During weekly holidays and public holidays do kriyas for extended duration.
  • There is no fixed duration for practicing kriyas. It all depends on individuals. Just for the sake of guideline beginners can start with 1 hr at a time, intermediate level students can extend it to 2 hrs. An advanced level practitioner is mature enough to decide the duration for himself.

Seat

Many Kriya Yoga practices are meditative in nature. Hence it is required to have a pleasant and comfortable asana or seat. No need of any fancy Yoga mat. A simple way to prepare your seat is to have a thick four fold blanket covered by a soft four fold cotton cloth. Do not use the blanket or the soft cloth for any other purpose. Do not share it with others.

Practice Routine

  • The best time for practice is between 4 AM to 6 AM. If you can't find any time between this slot you can decide on any other convenient slot. It is recommended that once decided do not change the time slot frequently.
  • After you get up in the morning attend to nature's calls, take a bath and then sit for your practice. If you live in a very cold weather you can skip the bath. The point is to feel fresh and clean during the practice.
  • Wear light clothes made up of pure cotton. No need to be too much choosy.
  • If you perform some other physical exercises (Suryanamaskara, Yoga postures or something similar) then complete them before you start Kriya Yoga practices. begin the Kriya Yoga practices only after your body temperature and breathing returns to the normal.
  • Sit on your seat facing east or north.
  • You can use any of the meditative posture such as Padmasana, Siddhasana, Swastikasana or Sukhasana during your practice. Don't make too much fuss about the posture. Always remember what Maharshi Patanjali said - "Steady and comfortable should be the posture."
  • Close your eyes and calm down. Try to be aware of your breath. Continue for 5-10 breaths.
  • Then chant Om loudly for three times. Feel the vibrations created by the supreme sound. Feel that the vibrations are destroying negativity in and around you.
  • Then mentally chant the following prayer with utmost sincerity. As you chant the prayer also reflect on its meaning.

    Asatoma Sat Gamaya 
    Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya 
    Mrityorma Anritam Gamaya

    O Lord! Lead me from the unreal to the Real
    Lead me from the darkness to the Light 
    Lead me from the mortality to the Immortality

     
  • Now begin your actual Kriya Yoga practices.
  • After completing the Kriya Yoga practices lay down in Shavasana and relax.
  • Slowly open your eyes and end the practice session.

Disciplines

  • Be honest at all levels - personal as well as professional.
  • Self-control is the key to success. Follow celibacy as much as possible. Uncontrolled engagement in sense pleasures leads to feeble mind.
  • Be detached from the fruits of action. Do not avoid your daily duties.
  • Have full faith on the chosen path.
  • Study sacred texts such as Bhagvat Gita regularly. Positive impressions caused by them help you to enhance your spiritual experience.
  • Do not make any excuses to avoid the practice.

Diet

  • Moderate diet is a very important point for making any progress.
  • Avoid spicy and oily food altogether.
  • Fill two quarters of stomach with food and one quarter with water. One quarter should be kept free for gases.
  • Include fresh fruits, vegetables and cow milk in your diet whenever possible.
  • Do not practice immediately after taking food in any form.

General

  • It is recommended that you learn the above techniques under the guidance of an experienced Guru.
  • Do not expect effects of your practice to come in a very short time.
  • Your sincerity and past karmas govern your progress.
  • Do not compare your practice with others. Everybody in this world is unique.
  • Do not practice when you are seriously ill or disturbed.
  • Always listen to your body. Do not stress or strain yourself.
  • Do not share your own practice and experiences with others except your Guru.
  • During the practice do not allow your mind to wander away. Practice done with awareness gives more benefits.
  • Avoid being in bad company. Try to be in the company of likeminded people.

Bipin Joshi is a software consultant, an author and a yoga mentor with more than 22 years of experience in classical yoga system of India. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than ten technology books for Apress and WROX press. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced yoga way of life he also teaches Kriya and Meditation to selected individuals.

बिपीन जोशी लिखित देवाच्या डाव्या हाती आणि नाथ संकेतींचा दंशु या पुस्तकांची आपली प्रत आजच विकत घ्या. त्यांच्या अजपा योग मार्गदर्शनाविषयी अधिक माहिती येथे उपलब्ध आहे.


Posted On : 28 Jul 2007


Tags : Yoga Kriya Yoga Courses Sadhana

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