Yogi Bhajan told us that there are more than eight million kriyas. We can practice and teach a different kriya every day without ever encountering the same one twice in our lifetime. I don’t know about the eight million kundalini yoga kriyas – has anyone ever counted? – but there are always wonderful kriyas to try out, and it’s all thanks to some fantastic online resources (and the sevadars who keep them updated). Life is just too short!
When I first started teaching, the kundalini yoga kriyas contained in the Aquarian Teacher Manual were more than enough. My copy of that wise and now incredibly scuffed spiral-bound book is priceless to me. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are my favourite kundalini yoga websites to discover new kriyas:
Shakta Kaur Khalsa’s Kundalini Yoga In The Loop : hands down one of the best online resources for kundalini yoga kriyas! There are no images but the instructions are copied straight from a wide range of resources. This one is my go-to – thank you, Shakta Kaur Khalsa.
Pink Lotus : Ah, trusty ole Pink Lotus has been around for aeons and is super helpful with a comprehensive list of kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations as well as some fantastic blog posts and opinion pieces.
Kundalini Research Insitute : Ah, the KRI Library of Teachings! A fantastic range of excellent kriyas under one roof. This team has worked so hard to present these kriyas in such a user-friendly format, it’s absolutely worth donating to them to show our appreciation.
I hope you enjoy exploring those. Back to Yogi Bhajan’s eight million kriyas… the oldest text devoted specifically to hatha yoga is the 13th-century Dattatreyayogasastra. Dattatreya was a dedicated yogi, and his teacher was Shiva, who told him that there were 84 million kriyas, including lotus pose.
Sat Nam x