Datta Kriya Yoga Workshops at Hanuman Temple
Datta Kriya Yoga Workshops
1) Datta Kriya Yoga Workshop
Day & Time: Saturday 10AM to 11:30AM @ Hanuman Temple Yagashala
Schedule: 2016 - Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15
- 1. Nadi Shuddi Vyayama
- 2. Surya Namaskars
- 3. Yamas and Niyamas
- 4. Pranayamas
- 5. Mudra Pranayamas
About Datta Kriya Yoga
HH Sri Swamiji is a living exponent of Datta Kriya Yoga (DKY). He has re-organized the ancient Kriya Yoga practices founded by Adiguru Dattatreya, to better suit the current generation. The purpose of Datta Kriya Yoga is to minimize bodily and mental afflictions and to improve single-pointed concentration. It is the science of meditation and the art of successful living. DKY involves Pranayamas (breathing control techniques to effectively enhance prana shakti or vital energy), Sahaaya Kriyas (supplementary subtle techniques), Nadi Shuddhi Vyayamas (gentle physical exercises, synchronized with breath) and Mudras (hand and finger gestures, which enhance and redistribute prana shakti). It also involves teachings about good and morals based life, developing love for nation, developing a spirit of sacrifice to help others and developing Sattvic eating habits. It is very a useful module for everyone, especially in today's tension-filled lives.
In DKY, the human body is believed to be a microcosm of the universe and made up of the five elements of nature and prana which are distributed to the entire body through nadis (subtle energy pathways). There is an intricate network of nadis which operate in union with fiber like links called plexuses. They provide mental and pranic energy to different organs of the body. Nadis carry prana to the chakras (subtle energy centers). Pranayama is the key to Datta kriya yoga. It involves learning breath control (Pranayama) to effectively channel the flow of Prana (life force) which traverses the 72,000 Nadis or astral nerves in the human body. By doing so the aspirant learns to direct mental power to open the three Nadis, important knots in the nervous system, which obstruct the rhythmic flow of Prana. By undoing these knots a Kriya yogi opens the path for Kundalini energy to flow. Sri Swamiji has made it an inseparable part of His mission to revive this ancient knowledge and bring it to everyone. He has been actively propagating the benefits of Kriya Yoga to millions of people. Many who have been trained in this process of Kriya Yoga are reaping its material and spiritual benefits. Kriya Yoga helps aspirants to learn to activate and control their senses and to control their thought processes.
We are breathing every moment indiscriminately without knowing that our breath is the vital energy. We live so long as our breath is there. By indiscriminate breathing we waste our energy. The same breath which we take day in and day out, when consciously seen through the mind and regulated through Pranayama, no longer remains as breath in the physical sense of the term. Instead, it becomes instantaneously a spiritual energy. The effect of our breath on nervous system is totally different depending on whether we are "physically" breathing or whether we have spiritualized our breath. The same thing (Breath), which without yogic understanding was physical, when properly guarded, respected and regulated through principles of Pranayama (kriya yoga), becomes spiritual energy, and our life thereafter, takes a yogic stance. All this looks very easy, but it is extremely subtle. What we have to do is to spiritualize our breath. Breathing, as such, is physical but Pranayama is spiritual. Their common denominator is the "air principle" [vayu tatva]. Our ultimate goal in Pranayama is to quiet the mind and experience Bliss.
Sri Swamiji says, “long breath, Long life. Short breath, Short life. A long breath, a long Pranayama is beneficial for our nervous system and mental balance. Whoever practices long breathing will not be tired easily. Those with a short breath get tired very easily." Sri Swamiji further says, “many people are impressed by the effect of Pranayama in balancing the mind. Everybody faces problems related to health, wealth, office, children, house etc. We get upset, irritated, disappointed, and angry which depletes our energy. In these instances, our nervous system works extra hard and our heart pumps rapidly wasting our precious energy. Through Pranayama, one can control breath, senses, food and other actions."
DKY is incorporated with several mudras Pancha Prana, Pancha Tattva, Rasi and Health Mudras. When Pranayamas are done with these mudras, imbalances in the five elements or energy functions in the body are reduced thus improving health of the individual. Nadi Shuddhi (cleansing of nadis) is vital for a healthy life. Nadi Shuddhi Vyayamas are simple exercises and suitable for all ages. When the Vyayamas are performed properly with breath synchronization, they energize the physical and pranic bodies. One can enhance immunity and overcome body afflictions. By coordinating the body postures with breathing patterns (deep inhalation and exhalation), pranic energy passes to different parts of the body and strengthens the organs.
Sahaaya Kriyas (manasika kriyas) are supplementary kriyas which help in improving dharana and dhyana Shakti. Practitioners experience increased levels of concentration and awareness. Datta Kriya yoga course is only a means...a very good means to get inducted into leading a better life. Through Kriya yoga, a new dimension will enter into one’s life. Yoga is a way of life and not just knowledge or practice for an hour or so. It is a continuous phenomenon. It enables one to experience that the same energy that drives the Universe also drives each of us. It establishes a link between the individual self and the Supreme self and expands the horizons of the individual to infinity. Age, Gender, Religion, Caste or Creed is no bar to enter into Yoga. Sri Swamiji and his trained disciples have conducted many Kriya yoga classes in various cities across the globe. People that have taken the classes are attracted to the simple explanations and demonstrations of all techniques and the encapsulated approach that answers several issues of our day to day life.