|What is KRIYA HATHA YOGA?
Babaji is a great master of yoga living today in the Himalayas who is sometimes called Kriya Babaji Nagaraj, Mahavatar Babaji or Shiva Baba. His body has not aged since the age of sixteen, when he conquered death and attained a supreme state of enlightenment. During the past forty years, several books, beginning with the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, written in 1946, have referred to the great spiritual master, Babaji, who for centuries has lived in the Himalayan mountains, appearing occasionally to a fortunate few.
According to the traditions of southern India, there are eighteen siddhas in particular who attained perfection, which included their spiritual, intellectual, mental, vital and physical bodies. After experiencing yoga or union with God, or ultimate Reality and connection to Source in the spiritual plane, like a salt doll merging with the ocean, the Tamil Yoga Siddhas experienced a progressive transformation of their intellectual, mental, vital and ultimately, physical bodies. In attaining such an integral realization they have manifested a Divine transformation of their entire human nature. While their attainment is beyond human comprehension, a comparative study of their lives and writings provides valuable insight into human potential. Babaji studied with these eighteen Siddhas, passed on their knowledge to us today through KRIYA HATHA YOGA and KRIYA KUNDALINI PRANAYAMA/DHAYANA.
Kriya Hatha Yoga:
The 18 postures of relaxation and rejuvenation
Kriya Hatha Yoga, the scientific art of mastering the physical body, through asanas, bandahs, and mudras, is the point of departure for the student of Kriya Yoga. An asana is a posture which produces relaxation. A mudra is a gesture, movement or position which affects the flow of life force, known as prana. It also refers to a corresponding psychic attitude. A bandha is a psycho-muscular energy lock which redirects the flow of pranic energy and awakens the chakras or psycho-energy centers. They were developed by the Siddhas, the ancient masters of yoga, and practiced to strengthen the chakras and energy channels, the nadis, and to eliminate energy blockages. They were also developed to permit the transmission of gradually increasing amounts of pranic energy, as well as to strengthen the immune system and to keep the body free of functional disorders.
For his Kriya Hatha Yoga, Babaji has selected 18 postures with several variations from among the thousands of postures which exist in classical hatha yoga. These 18 cover all of the parts of the body effectively and efficiently and are complementary to the objectives of the other phases of his yoga. They remain an important part of ones practice throughout ones life, even during the final stages of spiritual development and transformation.
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