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“Awakening the Spine Through Kriya Yoga” by Brother Chidananda (video)

October 05, 2021

In this excerpt from a talk given at the 2016 SRF World Convocation, SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda discusses ways in which the practice of Kriya Yoga allows us to maintain a divine connection with Spirit even while living in the material world.

Using an engaging example from ancient mythology, Brother Chidananda illustrates the relationship between the yogic practice of pranayama (withdrawing the life force from the senses and directing it toward the higher centers of divine perception in the spine and brain), and retracing our steps back to the freedom in God-awareness that we have lost by being trapped in the maze of mortal consciousness.

By utilizing the science of Kriya Yoga “we don’t have to go through life in a state of complete forgetfulness, complete obliviousness,” he assures us, “because Kriya Yoga is the science of awakening the spine.”

You can watch Brother Chidananda’s entire 2016 Convocation class, “Kriya Yoga: Science of Spiritual Living for the Modern Age,” on the SRF YouTube channel.

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