Kriya Yoga is a practice that incorporates the stretching aspects of Hatha Yoga, the breath and meditation of Raja Yoga and Patanjali's Eight Limbs. Our practice at Svadhyaya Yoga Studio is a Raja-Hatha practice. Each class incorporates breath, movement and self-study. This month, we will be focusing more on allowing the practice to effect us.
Kriya is one of the most difficult aspects of Yoga because it requires that we release. It is easy to hold on, to control our muscles, our breathing and to be in control of ourselves. More difficult is relaxation; to let go and to allow change to occur. Back bending is often referred to as Heart Opening in the Yoga world. We tend to find fear, frustration and agitation as we bend in reverse. Our bodies are tight and unwilling to open. We are fearful of what might present itself as we open our hearts. We are so used to hiding, stuffing away and repressing things that are hurtful or cause us sadness that when we are confronted with releasing these things we become tense as we are outside of our comfort zone.
Physically, as we work through the practice of bending and cleansing (Kriya) you may notice that your posture changes, your attitude toward yourself and others may shift and you may find yourself more willing to receive and let go.