Classically, kriya yoga is a blend of raja, jnana, and bhakti
practices. The word kriya means "to do, to make an effort," or "to
One of the main ways that kriya is practiced is a daily program of
self-discipline of mind and body, introspection, and devotion to God.
Another way that kriya yoga is practiced in the world
today is in directing life force to move up and down the
spine, transforming the meditators state of being until spiritual
realization occurs. This technique is usually conveyed privately through initiation from a
Guru or longtime practitioner of this method.
Both forms of kriya are deeply related and very ancient well over five thousand
years old and probably much older. Several million people practice both forms of kriya
yoga throughout the world today. (You are welcome to learn more in the Three Amazing Techniques.)