How to Learn Kriya Yoga When There are No Teachers Near You
Often I am contacted by individuals interested in learning Kriya Yoga wanting to know how they can learn and begin practicing Kriya Yoga, even though there are no local teachers. Sometimes, they do not have the means or capacity to travel long distances to meet with an authorized teacher from an unbroken Kriya Yoga lineage.
One of the positive qualities of this modern age is our accessibility to knowledge. Compared to the past, we have access to books like never before. We have access to documents, recordings, videos. Through the power of email and digital meeting spaces, we even have access to experts in their field, at the push of a button. This holds true for Kriya Yoga as well.
Below, you will find a list of resources I have created over two decades, to allow any sincere seeker to begin studying Kriya Yoga. If a teacher is not locally available, or one does not have the means to travel, studying available resources is an excellent way to prepare for the time when a teacher becomes available to you.
This information is no substitute for learning directly from a living teacher of the tradition. However, sincere study and application of the basic principles can carry one a long way. In fact, thorough study and preparation before committing to a path, or participating in a Kriya Initiation service, often makes the time of commitment or initiation more potent.
As a teacher in the lineage of Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda, Roy Eugene Davis and their successors, it has been my intention to clearly share, as practically as possible, what I have been fortunate to learn and practice. The following recordings, videos, books and offerings contain the fundamental philosophy and practices needed to begin one’s path on the road of Kriya Yoga. Sincere study, personal reflection and application of what is learned, will give the best start and information needed until one’s teacher becomes apparent.
1. Audio Recordings
The Kriya Yoga Podcast – Presentations and interviews related to understanding the philosophy, techniques and history of Kriya Yoga.
2. Books Available on Amazon
Preliminary Meditation Techniques, Philosophy and Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (an essential Kriya Yoga text)
Three transcriptions from Kriya Yoga Guru Roy Eugene Davis, related to the essentials of living as a Kriya Yogi
Beginner to advanced Kriya Yoga techniques, essential philosophy, and an exploration of Vichara.
A short inspirational text related to a fictional conversation with Guru Mahavatar Babaji
Recommendations for approaching life from a spiritual perspective
KriyaYogaOnline YouTube Channel
Hundreds of hours of video related to Kriya Yoga Practice and Philosophy
Kriya Yoga Meditation Beginner’s Guide
Essentials for understanding the Kriya Yoga Path
Guided Kriya Yoga Meditations
Guided meditations of various lengths to learn proper meditation procedures
A Crash Course in Kriya Yoga
An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Kriya Yoga Practice
Introduction to Modern Kriya Yoga Spirituality Stay-at-Home Retreat
10 Classes on Kriya Yoga
Talks on Kriya Yoga with My Kriya Yoga Teacher Roy Eugene Davis
Essential lectures from a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda
4. Downloadable Kriya Yoga Courses
5. The 2 Year Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program (Online)
The Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship is a two year program of intensive learning, Self-study and meditation practice. Due to the interpersonal nature of this course, only 25 applicants are accepted each year. Applications are accepted for the following year beginning October 15th.
6. Recommended Reading From Gurus of my Kriya Lineage
The Science of Self-Realization by Roy Eugene Davis
The Eternal Way by Roy Eugenes Davis
Paramahansa Yogananda as I Knew Him by Roy Eugene Davis
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar
The Jewel of Abundance by Ellen Grace O’Brian
7. Patreon Journal of a Kriya Yoga Teacher Community
Monthly class lessons posted, regular online webinar gatherings, articles and interaction for increased comprehension
It is my wish that these resources provide for you a firm foundation in Yogic Philosophy, Meditation Technique and Kriya Yoga Lifestyle Guidelines. It is also my wish, that these resources serve as enriching inspiration as you navigate your life and rediscover your essential nature as Spirit.