The following tantric krivas provide what is possibly the most ellicient method for systematically evolving man’s consciousness that has ever been developed. They are said to have been the teachings for the transcendental sadhana which Lord Shiva gave to his disciples and wife, Parvati.By tradition, kriya yoga was never taught publicly.The were always communicated verbally from guru to disciples. It is only in recent years that these kriyas have been published in accordance with the needs of this era.
Kundalini Kriyas of Kriya Yoga The Meaning And Benefits
These kriyas are rather advanced and too powerful for he average aspirant. Before an aspirant takes up their practise,he or she should have a thorough familiarity with and practical experience of all the preliminary practices. Also, it is advisable that he takes up these kriyas only under the guidance of a guru, who can see that the spirant is fully prepared for them and that any obstacles which arise while the aspirant is practising do not cause any harm in the way of disease, mental imbalance or psychic dislocation.
Preparation.. one must realize that all the rules and regulations which were enumerated at the beginning of this practice section also apply to all the aspirants who wish to successfully learn and practice kriya yoga.
It is essential that one has developed sensitivity to the positions of the chakras and kshetram by practising the techniques for the individual chakras as the techniques for integrated chakra.
Kriya Yoga Position Techniques
You should also know the position of the two pshychic pathways known as arohan and awarohan. By the tradition there are total 76 kriyas but out of them 20 main kriyas is sufficient to practise daily for any sincere sadhaka.
Name of 20 main kriyas are
- Vipareeta karani mudra
- Ujjayi pranayama
- Siddhasana/Siddha yoni asana
- Unmani mudra
- Khechari mudra
- Ajapa japa
- Shambhavi mudra
- Moola bandha
- Nasikagra drishti
- Uddiyana bandha
- Jalandhara bandha
- Shanmukhi mudra
- Vajroli/Sahajoli mudra
Hints on practice
The following suggestions will help you to master the kriyas and gain maximum benefit:
1. Do not strain physically or mentally under any circumstance, or you may experience negative side effects.This applies particularly in the case of kriyas such as maha mudra, maha bheda mudra, tadan kriya, naumukhi shakti chalini. Regular daily practice will gradually such changes into the mind and body, so that after some time, you will be able to practise the kriyas almost effortlessly.
2. Do not hold your breath for longer than is comfort‐ able. In many of the kriyas, such as maha mudra and bheda mudra, most people will initially find difficulty completing a full round in one respiration cycle without strain. In the beginning, it may be necessary to break in the middle of each round, or to take a short rest at the end of each round and take a few normal breaths. As you develop the capacity to hold the breath for long periods, and to control inhalation and exhale- this concession may be disregarded.
3.After long inner breath retention, it is best to breathe in slightly before breathing out. In many of the kriyas, such as maha mudra, maha bheda mudra, naumukhi and shakti alini, where the breath is held inside for prolonged periods, there is a tendency for the lungs to lock. The let way to overcome this problem and release the lungs to breathe in slightly before breathing out. This will make the kriyas much easier to do.
4. While learning each kriya, check that you are doing all the steps and that they are being done correctly. (Reference: Kundalini Tantra)