Kriya Yoga FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on our Kriya Yoga Seminars

1) What is Kriya Yoga?

Kriya Yoga is a very ancient system for Self-Realization focusing on raising the Kundalini through the Spinal Breath called the Kriya Breath. The Kriya breath calms and stills the ceaseless demands of our normal breathing patterns and we can channel our breath towards higher activities. Mastering the Kriya breath through Kriya Yoga helps clear the internal Karma, habitual negative thinking and unhealthy emotional patterns and links us to cosmic consciousness.

2) What is taught in the Kriya Yoga Seminars?

Lahiri Mahasaya

Lahiri Mahasaya

The techniques taught in Lahiri Mahasaya’s lineage are handed down to the participants systematically over three levels. These techniques comprise of pranayama (breathing techniques), Dyana (meditation techniques) and mudras.

Please read  the following related articles:

‘The Science of Kriya Yoga’,


The most important technique which the participants will be initiated into is the Shiva Shakti Pranayama, which is for spiritual evolution and is taught in Level 1. Therefore, the Level 1 seminar is already very powerful by itself. The techniques taught in Levels 2 and 3 further enhances the Kriya Yoga practices to accelerate One’s spiritual progress. The OMKAR Kriya is also an important technique taught in Level 1.

In level 1, about 9 pranayama (breathing techniques), Dyana (meditation techniques) and mudras will be taught.

In Level 2, in addition to the techniques, the participants will be initiated into the Maha Mitrunjaya mantra to protect them from disasters or accidents which may shorten One’s life. It is prayer to Lord Shiva to protect us so that we have sufficient time in this life to achieve significant progress in our spiritual practice.

You may like to watch videos on Kriya Yoga by Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath for more details.

3) How many levels are there in Kriya Yoga?

There are 3 levels.

4) Is it necessary to attend all three levels together?

No it is not necessary. The most important technique in Kriya Yoga has already been taught in Level 1. Levels 2 and 3 add on techniques to accelerate our spiritual progress. However, the techniques taught in Level 1 are already very powerful by themselves.

5) How much fee will be charged for the seminars?

The fee for each seminar held in Malaysia is RM200. You can attend the same seminar again the following years for free.

The fee is used to cover the  costs travelling and accommodation costs incurred by Rudraji. The organizers also contribute to the cost and do not make any profit from the seminars.

 6) Will I see immediate progress?


Paramhansa Yogananda

This will depend on each participant. Some participants experience visions and feelings in their chakras during the seminars itself. These participants must have practiced Kriya Yoga before in their previous life and are just ready to continue their practice in the current life. Some may only experience them after a few months of practice. Nevertheless, in Kriya Yoga, our emphasis is on spiritual evolution. In other words, the development of wisdom and the strengthening of our awareness and mental faculties are more important than visions or other experiences. Having said this, many found that Kriya Yoga practices helps them to become more energetic and healthy. Paramhansa Yogananda said that the practice of pranayama fills our bodies with so much electricity that harmful viruses and bacteria cannot affect us.

Related articles/Videos:

Samadhi and Progress in Kriya Yoga (Videos by Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath)

Spiritual Progress, How Kriya Yoga leads to Wisdom

7) How is the Kriya Yoga taught by Rudra Shivananda different from those taught by other teachers? Who is Rudra Shivananda


Rudraji’s Guru = Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath


We cannot comment on the teachings of other teachers. Different people are drawn towards different teachers due to their karmic affinity. The techniques taught by Rudraji are those handed down from Lahiri Mahasaya.  Rudraji was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Yogiraj Siddhanath who was in turn initiated by direct disciples of Sri Yukteswar, the beloved disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and Guru to Paramhansa Yogananda.

In this  video , Yogiraj gave a brief explanation about the techniques taught by the Self-Realisation Fellowship.

Related article:

The Power of Initiation

8) Who is Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath?

Clip from a BBC Documentary on Yogiraj – The Hamsa Swan

Clip from a BBC Documentary on Yogiraj – India’s Contribution to Humanity

Meeting Anandamayima

Wings to Freedom Audio book Clip – First Meeting with Babaji

Wings to Freedom Audio book Clip – Meeting Haile Selassie

8) Do I need to be a vegetation before, during or after the seminar?

No it is not necessary

9) Can I be initiated by other Gurus after I attend these initiation seminars?


10) How does Kriya Yoga help in our daily life and spiritual evolution?

You will realize your highest potential, realize your true self and experience Bliss and Super-Conscious states.

It helps to balance our chakras. Problems caused when our chakras are imbalanced:

  • navel chakra activates greed
  • heart chakra activates hatred
  • throat chakra activates anger
  • 3rd eye chakra activates pride causing us to lust for power

Kriya yoga practices helps to:

  • Reduce negative karma & naturally increase our good karma
  • Reduce greed & craving & increase contentment
  • Reduce hatred & increase loving kindness
  • Reduce anger & increase compassion
  • And when pride is reduced, our inner peace increases

Please see this article: Kriya Yoga burns away Negative Karma

11) How can I learn more about Kriya Yoga?

These articles/videos may be helpful:

12) What is your personal experience with Kriya Yoga?

Please see Babaji in my Life

13) What is the difference between Kriya Yoga and Kundalini Yoga?

In the video below, Rudra Shivananda shares his experiences in both Kriya Yoga and Kundani Yoga and explains about the similarities and key difference between them.

14) The changes I am feeling after doing 2 days

  • Chanting “Om namah shivaya” spontaneously whenever I am idle and not getting any worldly thoughts. 

Yes, Babaji is a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

  • More awareness of tastes while eating food. In fact I am enjoying food better than before.

Yes, one of the benefits of Kriya Yoga is to increase our awareness or observation skills. We see things more deeply, that is, we begin to see the “tricks” used by the magician. The world has many tricks to keep us from seeing reality.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. K. Paramaswamy V.S Kasi
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 05:11:55

    A splendid idea. A Very useful column. Almost answered 80% of my questions and doubts running in my mind. Thumbs up and a very good effort. Om Kriya Babaji Namaha…..Tq


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