A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques (Anglais) Relié – 30 janvier 2007
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I was looking for an authentic and comprehensive introduction to yoga, to use at home (in order to save money and time), and only later supplement with the aid of a teacher/course. I had no preview of this book available, but when I got it I immediately realized that it was exactly what I was looking for. It's organized in progressive lessons, each with its own set of asanas, pranayama, meditation techniques and Indian philosophy explained. It certainly gives an insight into yoga as a totalizing discipline, far beyond the anti-stress gymnastics that is usually marketed as yoga in the West. For anyone who wants to understand more of the amazing world of yoga, this is THE book! --By Diego Ferioli on 21 Nov. 2010
This book contains a very detailed and thorough account of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and kriya and the philosophy and history of yoga. I would really recommend it for anyone who is looking to develop their yoga practice in a systematic way. The book takes the form of a course which starts from the very beginning opening up the body slowly and in a balanced way and introduces new aspects to the practice in a manageable and structured manner. It takes you from the beginning all the way through to the advanced practices of pranayama and then kriya. There are practice plans in each section, so you can be sure to balance your asanas and these are developed over the course of the book. If you practice according to their instructions you will get a very nice experience of how this type of yoga develops. --By Homeland on 2 Nov. 2012
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Très bien écrit, tout y est et le livre lui-même est un superbe objet que l'on prend beaucoup de plaisir à consulter.
Mais attention ne pas chercher à apprendre le Kriya avec un bouquin.
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As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, this book is one of the most comprehensive, articulate and informative book I have found so far on meditation and yoga.
The book emphasizes that, 'There is no need to believe before hand that the techniques will work. Practice and you will know it to be true'.
The book starts with Hatha yoga, basic asanas and progresses through basic breathing techniques. Along the way it gives an in-depth analysis of various forms of yoga - Karma yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti yoga, etc.
It emphasizes that these different yogas complement each other and do not go against each other.
Some people might ask, well isn't there 'one god'. Shouldn't there be one path? This is a narrow way of looking at things. Sure there is one 'Mount Everest' but there are probably many different ways to get to the base-camp!
And each has its own scenic views and obstacles.
Same with the different yogas. Pick one that best suits your personality or better integrate a few of them - E.g. Karma yoga (This is easy to begin - If you work everyday!), Bhakti yoga (Prayer, devotion,etc) and Raja yoga (Breathing, Meditations,etc).
The book gives precise instructions especially in the breathing techniques and gives it to you in steps, so that you can measure your progress and move onto the next level.
The book moves onto advanced kriya techniques towards the end of the book (these require some level of mastery over postures and breathing techniques).
This is a book to keep for a lifetime and go through again and again to understand and integrate more knowledge as one progresses on the path.
After practicing the first 7 lessons (7 months) of the book at home I decided to get serious about Satyananda Yoga and started looking for a teacher. As it turns out, there are only 4 fully accredited Satyananda teachers in North America (yes you read that correctly!) as it takes 3 to 5 years of intensive study to achieve that designation (as opposed to about 1 month to get a basic 200-hour yoga certificate elsewhere) and they have only started training Satyananda teachers in North America about 5 years ago. As all 4 of the teachers are in Cleveland Ohio, I took a flight out there to start my journey down this amazing path and hope to join the ranks of Satyananda teachers in a few years.
If you are a serious and disciplined aspirant and are interested in the practice of yoga for rapid spiritual evolution (as opposed to simply for health and fitness), then this is the path for YOU.
Hari Om Tat Sat,
I had practiced for 4 years from this epic volume, spanning the entirety of the courses and all of the kriyas. There is no finer manual on yogic and meditative sadhana than this. However, the culmination of my journey was not at the end of the practices, as I had assumed it was going to be, but actually towards the beginning.
Lessons 1-12, which I went through in about 7 months, were life changing. I had been attempting to practice yoga and meditation somewhat irregularly for months prior to finding this book, but never really experienced much that had enticed me to keep going. But thanks to stories like Autobiography of a Yogi, I kept searching, and then I found this book (at that time this book cost $110 USD.) A daily sadhana of progressive practices revolutionized everything. Quite quickly I discovered what the experience of awareness and consciousness were, and how staunchly glued to sensory perceptions and body identification mine was, and perceived the noticeable benefits in my life that come from separating awareness from sensory identification and experience. I also became more physically flexible than I had ever been in my life, and I was only 20 years old then.
My sadhana exploded between Lesson 12 through the end of Lesson 16 with the introduction of Karma Yoga and Aum Chanting - the two driving catalysts that allowed me to experience the beginning states of savikalpa samadhi. In two months time, I made more progress with these two practices than I ever have at any other time since. And that may just be my own temperament. But I want to put it out there that if you find something that works extremely well for you, don't muddle with it. Just let it be and keep going with it. At the time I didn't know that it were these two practices specifically that got me there, before I moved onto another lesson and lost the ability to gently coast into samadhi during mental aum chanting. It wasn't until recently that I finally put those two pieces together. But at the time, in an effort to keep pace with the lessons, my sadhana changed accordingly, and I lost the benefits of complete absorption and hearing the inner sounds, along with a host of benefits and experiences in support of those lofty states that I can hardly begin to describe (and at the time, could hardly believe.)
I moved onto lesson 17 and the end of aum chanting, and the slow forgetting of karma yoga, and the loss of being able to achieve samadhi. My experience with the lessons from 17 to 24 was relatively uneventful. I didn't particularly enjoy many of the techniques and bided my time until I reached the lessons on kriya yoga, thinking kriya yoga was going to be the crowning jewel of the lessons.
The kriyas from this book... I miss those years of my life and I wish I had them back, as I feel it was a waste. I now have experience with 3 other systems of kriya yoga outside of this manual and I can say definitively, without question or hesitation, that these kriyas are absolutely awful. As is the idea of practicing that much kriya yoga as its own sadhana. I now know from personal experience that kriya is like supercharged pranayama. It is not meditation, nor should it ever be substituted for meditation. Nor should someone practice kriya for more time than one would practice a pranayama before meditation.
First of all, the pathways that most of the kriyas use are very awkward to perform, and don't at all yield much in the way of benefits. There is also absolutely no use for separate kriyas with different pathways to perform "specific functions" like shuttling amrita around the body. These specific functions all happens as a matter of course by way of normal meditative advancement, not by focusing on them as separate developments in one's sadhana.
Second: Too much kriya. Too much kriya generates too much internal energy. And with too much energy, the mind buzzes around like a live electrical wire, unable to calmly land on its target during meditation. Meditation becomes fitful, difficult, shallow, and unproductive. And if you do too much kriya without meditation to stabilize the energy and center the mind, you run into some severe psychological issues, which I'll highlight under the next problem...
Third: There is no real meditation practice allotted throughout the kriya sadhana in this book. In the early stages, a practice called antar mouna (inner silence) is recommended, but observing inner silence does not actually settle the mind or draw it deeper. Eventually the mind becomes bored by observing mental silence and begins manufacturing thoughts to entertain it. The kriya sadhanas eventually do away with meditation techniques altogether. The result of this is a mind electrified like a live wire by too much kriya with nothing to settle it. In my personal experience, this made me neurotic, antisocial, overwhelmed by people, feelings, or any sort of communication or commitment in life. I would lash out at people very rudely over nothing at all, and would become obsessed with a mental grip like a rabid dog over the most stupid and inconsequential things. I had many fights with internet strangers. I lost all of my friends, my family definitely thought I had dropped off the deep end, and I became very depressed, despondent, and withdrawn. Finally I came to the conclusion that I had to stop or I was going to end up in a nut hut. Except that there was a definite withdrawal experience, so I had to slowly ween myself off kriya practices until I could quit entirely, which lasted several years before I had normalized myself again.
And those were the best years of my life after quitting the kriya from this book. Once I fully recovered, I became the life of the party and made more good friends than I could ever have wish for. My life was increasingly better, and I could connect with people on a deeper level in a way that I never could before.
But eventually I began to yearn for the days from my early sadhana and my experiences in samadhi. As my social life was finally beginning to calm down, I started researching different systems of meditation. AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) was one of the only systems I found that was reasonable in its time requirements, but also contained the elements from my early sadhana that I knew to be phenomenal for quick growth (asana, pranayama in the form of a simple kriya (the one used by Paramahansa Yogananada), mantra repetition, and rest). The speed of advancement from the techniques was astounding, and with the added concept of self-pacing (which doesn't seem to exist in any other system) monitoring and balancing practice times so as not to overload from too much kriya or meditation, kept the pace at maximum level without any problems.
Out of curiosity and to compare experiences however, I also switched to Insight meditation with "noting" practices as outlined in the free online book "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha", which is a phenomenal book. I had some wonderful and very insightful experiences, making it nearly to the end of stages of insight.
From there, I discovered the original kriyas of Lahiri Mahasaya in a book called "Kriya Secrets Revealed". I worked with many of the practices as laid out in that book for about 8 months before coming to the conclusion that, while the kriyas are good, there's still too much focus on kriya, and not enough focus on meditation. But I didn't have any of the kind of problems I had with the kriyas in this book.
And now I'm back to AYP, where I'm happy to stay for the foreseeable future.
My take away from my personal experience that I can give to everyone else is this: Do the practices, daily. Be mindful of their effects on you. Don't overdo it. If you intend on working through the kriyas in this book, please put your own mental well-being first and pay heed to the warnings above from my own experience above.
Do the different kriyas and kriya pathways of this system and other systems produce different results, or doesn't it matter? They do all produce different flavors in their results, and yes, it will matter. Some will cause introversion, some will cause extroversion. The ones that enter the brainstem or brain are more intense than the ones that don't. The ones that don't are much more calming, but depending on what they are, may not generate the energy necessary for deep meditation. The beauty of a good kriya, well-executed, is that it allows the individual to overcome the 5 hindrances to the early states of meditation, so that one can travel relatively deep from the very beginning each time they meditate (instead of having to wrestle with the 5 hindrances each and every time) -- allowing access to the more refined, tenuous states far more quickly. And finally: after you're done experimenting with different kriya pathways, find one kriya pathway and stick to it. One kriya pathway is all that's needed, and it's only needed in order to till the soil in preparation for deep meditation.
For those curious, my current sadhana routine is:
- 5-10 minutes of postures, or 1-3 rounds of Mahamudra
- 5-10 minutes of kriya via AYP (referred to there as Spinal Breathing Pranayama)
- 20 minutes of japa meditation (mental repetition of a word or phrase)
- 10 minutes of rest in shavasana.