A Kriya Yoga Course Report
During a kriya yoga course held for seventy people at Bihar School of
Yoga, the participants were interviewed as to their reactions, experiences
and suggestions. A detailed questionnaire was filled in by ten people
covering the major fields of interest.
- Occupation: covered all socio-economic fields from solicitor, housewife
and student to waitress and unemployed.
- Diet: all vegetarian.
- Yogic preparation: the range of yogic practice was from 8 months to
4 years, with a mean of 1-5 years. All students had participated in a
special 10 week preparatory kriya course in Australia.
- Disabilities: no mental disabilities. Physically, all were fit except
for minor orthopaedic problems such as bad knees, which did not interfere
with the practice.
- Changes experienced during kriya yoga :
- a) Physical: most experienced cleansing in the form of diarrhoea, fever
and indigestion. These were associated with mental cleansing at the
subjective level-Though tension manifested on the physical level, those
interviewed experienced it as being channelled out of the body, leaving
the individual feeling relaxed and purified. Some reported more sensitive
and subtle perception through the senses, while others felt only positive
physical advantages from the practices, without experiencing any disturbing
- b) Pranic : most practitioners felt increased energy. During the practice,
vibrations within the brain were noticed, accompanied by a subjective
experience of peace stillness, and chakra points were felt to be stimulated.
One subject experienced pain in mooladhara chakra accompanied by a release
of unconscious energy in the form of intense emotions, fears and energy
waves, which seemed to indicate a deep cleansing of the unconscious
mind (associated with mooladhara chakra). Cleansing of the pranic body
is often accompanied by insecurity, sadness, tension, guilt and other
emotional experiences; some painful, some joyful. This is usually channelled
through crying, diarrhoea or fever. Other subjects reported that the
energy manifested smoothly,
- c) Mental: improvement in concentration, visualisation and mental calm
were reported. Many thoughts arose during the initial practices of the
kriyas, leading to a thoughtless state in the later practices said to
be peaceful and blissful.
- Sleep: changes in sleeping patterns were noticed but must, in part,
have been due to acclimatisation to a foreign country.
- Body temperature: was felt by most to increase during the practices.
One subject experienced intense heat during the night accompanied by spontaneous
movements and kriyas, and a deeply spiritualized awareness.
- Dreams: intense dream activity was felt by most subjects indicating
the release of tensions.
- Appetite: fluctuations with mood and physical well-being. Where tensions
were being released appetite decreased, and when mood was high, appetite
- Interrelationships: were changed for the better in the majority of
cases, with increased tolerance and a sense of unity predominating. One
subject reported a better understanding of situations while another felt
no change in this area.
- Overall summation: all subjects felt their experiences with kriya
yoga were satisfying. Some anxiety was felt during the course by a few
people due to mental, emotional and physical purification, but in general
this was relieved through satsang and with time. The majority of people
felt relaxed, rejuvenated and an overall sense of well being at the end
of the course.