What is Kriya Yoga?

The Path of Kriya Yoga

Autobiography of a YogiKriya Yoga was made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya is a technique of energy control, or pranayama and also a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes energization, yoga, meditation practices and right or conscious living through the teachings of Raja Yoga. Kriyabans follow the example of the enlightened Masters mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi and grow in deeper connection to spirit and self to reach the ultimate goal of Self-Realization.

The path of Kriya Yoga includes the following meditation techniques:

Energization Exercises

Unique method of recharging the body with cosmic energy using will and concentration.


A technique of concentration, which uses the breath and a mantra to help focus the mind.

Aum Technique

A technique of meditation, which enables the practitioner to hear blissful inner sounds emanating from the subtle spinal energy centers (chakras).

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique available to mankind today for realizing God or reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine

Learn Kriya

The path to Kriya Yoga through Ananda begins with the Raja Yoga course. Find information on how to receive initiation into Kriya Yoga through Ananda Portland. Ananda has shared these teachings with thousands of seekers for over 35 years. Kriya’s effectiveness has been proven in the lives of people from all walks of life, religions, and nationalities.

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