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What is Himalayan Kriya Yoga?

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

You may have heard me speaking or posting a lot about Himalayan Kriya yoga lately.

In December 2022, I stumbled across a Himalayan Kriya yoga class by complete accident while in Bali. I signed up because it was the only class that worked for my schedule that day, not knowing what to expect.

As soon as the instructor walked in and began to speak, I realized I was in for an experience unlike anything I had had before. She started explaining that we were going to be working into subconscious, clearing toxic energy and thought patterns, releasing stuck energy in the body, shedding the programming of society... and I knew that I had found my way to something very special - and something VERY aligned with the teachings of my business.

About halfway through the practice, after about 30 minutes of breathing, tapping and moving in ways I had never explored before, it occurred to me that this was something I needed in my life. All the time. During that first practice I had a massive emotional release - I cried, I felt my feelings, I held space for myself. I left the studio feeling both clarity, and a deep-rooted sense of inner peace. Grounded. Stoned. Blissful.

At the end of class, I over heard the instructor speaking about an upcoming Kriya teacher training, and I instantly knew I needed to make it happen.

I only did that one, and only one, class before committing to becoming a Himalayan Kriya yoga instructor in January 2023. It was all I needed to know that this yogic tradition was something that aligned so deeply that I needed to understand it, practice it, and be able to share it as a potent tool for growth and healing within my coaching community.

So what is it? It's likely not at all like the yoga you are most familiar with or what you imagine when you envision a yoga class.

Himalayan Kriya Yoga is the style of Kriya yoga as facilitated and taught by the students of Maha Shiva Yogi: Dr. Pradeep Ullal who is directly guided by Maha Avatar Babaji. Although in essence the same frequency and lineage as other initiated lines of Kriya Yoga, the preparation for the body, mind, emotions and energy of the practitioner is more thorough.

It is energy yoga. It is a purification practice for the physical body, the energy body and the mind. It is a healing experience. It is not a workout, it is a spiritual practice.

Himalayan Kriya is an ancient practice that was only introduced to the general public in recent years as an effort to assist with collective healing during after the global pandemic. This is a "new" healing modality in the West that is only just beginning to find its way into studio. Himalayan Kriya uses breathwork, tapping, mantras, mudras and dynamic movement to remove energetic and emotional blockages in order to raise our vibration, increase flow of life force and connect you back with your truest, most authentic self. Using specific types of heat-generating and cleansing breath, lending from the acupressure points and energy meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and using ancient movements and mantras, we restore ourselves back to our true essence. A factory reset. It helps us shed fear, limiting beliefs and distorted ways of thinking and being by getting into the nervous system and subconscious and clearing us of the mental and karmic patterns and stored emotions that have been holding us hostage. It is efficient, effective, and very powerful. Through this purification practice we dissolve energy blockages that contribute to physical and mental health issues and can unlock new levels of wellness, joy and inner-peace.

It's your opportunity to feel and release the feelings that have been holding you hostage. It's a chance to get out of the head and into the body. It's a time for the body to do what it needs to do to heal itself. It's a space to get weird - to make the sounds, create the movements and express the things that we have been suppressing.

It allows us to empty our energetic container and start fresh. We can offload thoughts and feelings that we no longer need to hang on to, to help us to be less reactive, less susceptible to overwhelm, and less burdened by low-vibration emotional experiences.

We generate heat in the body using movement and breath to burn away the blockages that have been negatively affecting the mind and body, and we the power of intention through affirmations and mantras to release the thought patterns, limiting beliefs and fears that have been holding us back.

Through this energetic cleansing and physical detoxification we are able to reclaim our power and restore ourselves to our truest, most joyful, most aligned self.

I hope you'll join us and check it out! Classes are held live on Zoom each Sunday at 4:00 PM PST.

You can sign up using the link below!

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