Kriya Yoga Meditation Retreat

Kriya-yoga: Mahavatara Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Shriyukteswara Tradition

Rishikesh Nath Yogshala organizes to take initiative and learn Kriya Yoga Meditation techniques for Self-realization.

Kriya-yoga and its need

Kriya-yoga is a meditation technique based on pranic energy (Life-force) and chakras (energy centers in Central Nervous System) beginning with the breath. This is a technique of Self-realization. Kriya Yoga is one of the most powerful methods of meditation and the awakening of spiritual consciousness in man. This is to know the life-force that controls our physical, subtle and causal bodies; this is to have mastery over our mind. In addition to these, it develops concentration, sharpens intellect, increases discriminating ability, increases work potential leading to success in business and job, and hence increases material prosperity. This also brings harmony in family and social life, removes ill effects of planets on your life, reduces worries and stress, removes psycho-somatic ailments and increases life span. A practitioner learns to live a tension free life with knowledge, development, peace and bliss.

We all try to live a happy life with peace and bliss, and for that with all our efforts to achieve prosperity, development, happiness and peace we end up in misery and are ever unsatisfied. We are unhappy either due to poverty, physical illness or mental stress and are forced to look into us and our society with negative characteristics. Even in the societies where exists a material saturation, the members of the societies are not satisfied. With all our perfections in science and technology and with the exaltations in philosophical knowledge we fail to satisfy our inner need, because we do not have mastery on our life. We need to have mastery over our mind. We need to sublimate our ego by practice of meditation with proper devotion. We need to overcome our cravings and aversions.

In the present day world we all have become slaves to our mind. Whatever we do, we do simply being swayed away by our emotions, influenced by our thoughts and desires or being attracted by allurements. We do not follow our discriminating intellect. But this should not be like this. We have to be master of our mind. If we go according to the wrong ideas of our mind we will commit mistakes. Since all our activities are first done in mind and then are expressed as speech and/or actions, we have to clean our mind so that we are not cheated. This we do by practicing Kriya-yoga meditation.

The Sanskrit word “yoga” comes from the root “yuj” which means ‘union’ and ‘Samadhi’. This is union of the individual self with the Cosmic Self (God). Kriya Yoga is the practice part of the yoga. This is a method to attain the union with the Self in each inhalation and exhalation. Since the practice is based on breath everybody can practice this. In this technique one concentrates at chakras or energy centers in the brain and in the spinal cord. Our mind is in constant motion and this is reflected by our breath. When we are angry, afraid, and greedy or have sexual urge etc, our breath is agitated. When the breath is calm, the mind is also calm. We learn to calm our breath to calm our mind through Kriya Yoga. In this way after a long and un-interrupted practice we gain control over our mind and attain the state of Samadhi.

Kriya Yoga is a union of wise combinations of bandhas, mudras, pranayama, asanas, and awareness. The teaching and learning of Kriya Yoga is done gradually. A beginner starts with the First Kriya. Then she/he proceeds into Second Kriya and so on. In the First Kriya she/he learns the techniques, viz., Nabhi Kriya, Khechari Mudra, Guru Pranam, Om technique, Hamsa Sadhana, Mahamudra, Kriya-1, Paravastha, Jyoti Mudra and Sambhavi Mudra etc.


The teachings Kriya-yoga are found in Vedas, Upanishads, Yoga sutras and Bhagavad-Gita. In the course of time practical aspect of this ancient knowledge was forgotten. In the 19th century this was again made popular by Yogiraj Shri Shyamacharana Lahiri when he learned it from a Himalayan Yogi known as Mahavatara Babaji. Lahiri Mahasaya obtained the highest Knowledge by the practice of this Kriya Yoga. One of his best disciples was a great yogi, Swami Shriyukteswara Giri Maharaj, whose world famous disciple and author of the book, Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahamsa Yogananda had an important role in spreading the Kriya Yoga in the Western countries in the beginning of twentieth century.

The transmission of this teaching has been continuing in India. Pujya Swami Nityananda Giri Maharaj is a Kriya Yoga master who has learned these techniques from his master Swami Shankarananda Giri Maharaj who in turn had learned it from Prabhujee Swami Narayana Giri.  Prabhujee was a disciple of Swami Shriyukteswara Giri Maharaj.

About Swamijee

His Holiness Swāmī Nityānanda Giri was born in 1961 in a remote village in Odisha State, India. He has completed his post-graduation studies, M. Sc. in Zoology in 1983 and obtained Ph.D. on the subject in the branch Cytogenetics (Genotoxicity) in 1990. He was engaged in teaching to post-graduate and under-graduate students of Life Sciences in a prestigious institute of India from 1990 to 1996.

From 1997 to 2002 he was engaged in social services related to health awareness and health services management. He was initiated to the Kriyā-yoga meditation techniques in January 1994 and belongs to the tradition of Ṡrīyukteṡwarjī. He started living monastic life at Rishikesh and renounced all the family obligations and other social obligations in the year 2002.

He is a revered monk and a master in the tradition of Kriyā-yoga. At occasions, he uses to teach and initiate seekers to the Kriyā-yoga meditation techniques in India and abroad from September 2005 onwards to disseminate the knowledge received from the masters of the linage as a mission. He is presently living at Rishikesh.

Fifteen- days Course on First Kriya

  • Introduction to Kriya-yoga
  • Initiation
  • Prana Vidya- The knowledge of life-force
  • Austerities, Self-study and Knowing the Ishwara.
  • Righteousness and observances.
  • Pranayama
  • Body Principle
  • Practical lessons on Nabhi Kriya, Khechari Mudra, Guru Pranam, Om technique, Hamsa Sadhana, Mahamudra, Proper Kriya-1, Paravastha, Jyoti Mudra and Sambhavi Mudra.
  • Guided Meditation.
Start Date End Date Price With Shared Room
1st of every month 15th of every month 1099 USD