- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Kriya Yoga Publications; UK ed. edition (1 January 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1895383641
- ISBN-13: 978-1895383645
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Durga Jan Ahlund has been practicing and studying Yoga since 1967, and teaching Yoga regularly, since 1990. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga and also practices as a Yoga therapist. She created a two year self-study course on Yoga and Meditation and wrote, acted and produced the video, Kriya Hatha Yoga: Self-realization through Action with Awareness. She has written a book on Kriya Yoga, Insight Along the Path, with Marshall Govindan. She developed and has been teaching since 1998, a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course (Yoga Alliance certified) at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Quebec, and in India, Brazil and Europe. She has been involved in the writing of commentary and editing of many translations of the literary works of the 18 Yoga Siddhas. She was inducted into the teaching Order of Acharyas of Babajis Kriya Yoga in Bangalore, India in January 2003 and gives Initiations into Babaji's Kriya Yoga in Canada and the U.S.A. She is married to Marshall Govindan Satchidananda and has two grown sons. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Marshall Govindan Satchidananda has practiced Babajis Kriya Yoga intensively since 1969. He studied and practiced Kriya Yoga in India for five years with Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, assisting him in the establishment of 23 yoga centers around the world during an 18 year period as a dedicated. During this period he practiced Kriya Yoga for eight hours per day on average, and as a result attained Self-realization. While in India he studied the Tamil language and the works of the Tamil Yoga Siddhas. In 1980 he assisted in the collection and publication of the complete writings of Siddhar Boganathar in Tamil. In 1988 he was asked by Babaji Nagaraj, the founder of Kriya Yoga to begin teaching. In 1991, he wrote the best selling book, Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition;, now published in 16 languages. In 1992 he founded Babaji's Kriya Yoga Ashram on a beautiful 80 acre mountain top site in St. Etienne de Bolton, Quebec. He offers classes, seminars and retreats there year round. In 1993, he edited and published the first international English translation of Tirumandiram: a Classic of Yoga and Tantra. In 1995 he retired from a 25 year career as an economist and systems auditor to devote himself full time to teaching and publishing in the field of Yoga. Since 1992, he has travelled extensively throughout the world guiding about many Kriya Yoga study groups in over 20 countries, ashrams in Canada and Bangalore, India, and a lay order of teachers of Kriya Yoga: Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, a non-profit educational charity, incorporated in the USA, Canada, India and Sri Lanka. Since 1989 he has personally initiated over 12,000 persons in Babaji's Kriya Yoga in a series of intensive sessions and retreats. In October 1999 he was blessed with the darshan of Babaji Nagaraj near his ashram in Badrinath, Himalayas. He 2003, he was again blessed with His darshan, at Val d Aosta, in the Italian Alps, and given the name Satchidananda. From 2000 to 2001, he completed the writing of, and publication of Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Siddhas, now published in seven languages. Since 2000, he has sponsored and directed a team of scholars in a large scale research project engaged in the preservation, transcription, translation and publication of the whole of the literature related to the Yoga of the 18 Siddha.
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Highly recommend this book to any yoga student who wants to learn true art of practicing yoga straight from ancient masters of yoga from India.
Chapters leading to the postures the author delves deeply into the purpose of practicing yoga and why it should be an intergal part of any body's life.
Than in a very detailed fashion all 18 postures are demonstrated very clearly for all level of yoga students to follow.
Very thankful that the authors strived to keep the authenticity of yoga as it was meant to be practiced.
The accompanying DVD I recommend, of the choice of two Kriya Hatha Yoga DVDs, is Babaji's Kriya Hatha Yoga Self-realization through Action with Awareness.
Kriya Hatha Yoga is a much fuller-body set of exercises than the Yogoda exercises taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and his followers. It is not a "no-pain-no-gain" workout routine. Under the right conditions, yoga can lead to pratyahara and experiences of other "limbs" of yoga. Kriya Hatha Yoga definitely does. The possibility of Self-realization through just these practices is once again asserted. I say "once again" because one of the chapters is a revamp (without being a rehash) of the introductory lecture on the instructional DVD.
The basic 18 postures are covered here, with modifications, variations, and contraindications spelled out. There are photos as well as drawings of the poses. Most of the poses call for movement phases within the pose. The routine can be thought of as 9 pairs of posture and counter-posture, actually, which makes it easier to memorize.
I might have preferred a spiral-bound edition. I hope a Kriya Hatha Yoga CD and/or small poster comes out, too. I am not aware of any products that familiarize us with poses beyond the 18 that are of this style per se.
This is an excellent introduction to the philosophy of Babajis Kriya Yoga and a good companion to any Babaji's Kriya Yoga student or for the general yoga student.
It details the 18 postures, an integral part of Babajis Kriya Yoga sadhana, spiritual discipline with illustrations, photos with detailed explanations of how to perform the poses complete with precautions and benefits in a readable style.
This volume is graced with a handsome cover, the numerous illustrations and photos assist in the explanations of how to perform the postures.
What distinguishes this book from a previous edition entitled "Babajis Kriya Hatha Yoga, 18 postures of relaxation and rejuvenation" is that that explains how hatha practice fits into ones overall sadhana practice.
More than any other book, this book encapsulates what Babaji's Kriya Yoga is and how to get started.