Cleansing Practices with Lexi Faith
October 29, 2018
My favorite practice right now is Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga uses mantras, breathwork, and group work in combination with yoga asana and meditation to create an integrated practice that shifts consciousness, releases emotions, and create an experience of unity, the definition of yoga.
I love that kriya yoga offers a space for me to feel creative, connected, and still in my body during yoga asana. I have learned that we use asana to integrate the energy that is generated through kriyas, which permeates into our daily life.
Kriyas are a technique that teach us to master our own energy field. Each kriya connects with a different energetic frequency, some leading us to the heart intelligence in a meditative manner, some invoking transcendental states, some move energy through voice, others through mantra and breath. Together in a guided experience, each journey is taught with a specific intention, combining the transformative practice of kriya, pranayama, asana, mantra, ecstatic dance, and more in an integrative yogic experience.
Most kriyas work with the energy of the vedic gods and goddesses, however all kriyas work with our internal energy. The vedic gods and goddess are merely mirrors to our own consciousness, as intended in Hindu Folklore. Personally, I have found that diving into the essence of yoga, which is unity, first through mastering asana, then through mastering meditation, breathwork, and kriyas, has been the most transformative experience of my life. I was able to feel emotions I didn’t know i was repressing, I have been able to experience where I still carry illusion, and slowly but surely, take off the lense of maya and experience life more fully than ever.
In my retreats, I love teaching yoga therapy, which goes into the specifics of asana, as well as meditation and kriyas, which allow my students to return home to themselves, as all of our answers to life’s questions lay there.