This description of Kriya is a direct excerpt from the Sattva Yoga Academy training manual. Jeanette is certified by Sattva.
Kriya is "action that leads to evolution, expansion, and liberation". In Sanskrit, Kri means "action, to do". Ya is another name for "Atman or soul".
Introducing Kriya Yoga
Kriya is a specific technique or action designed to create a specific evolutionary response. Where karma is action that creates bondage, kriya is action that creates expansion and liberation. The purpose of kriya is to get into deeper states of shunya (silence)".
Kriya is a practice which allows the body to learn to cope with increased energy, to create deep harmony with the energy of the cosmos, to combine jiva with brahman, the individual with totality. As we access deep wisdom through the practice of kriya, integration with totality occurs.
The practice of kriya is a tool for people to increase their ability to hold and sustain increasing energy of Kundalini. Without practice for experiencing and containing Kundalini energy, the nervous system is unable to handle or cope with the intensity of this energy. It can happen that people have spontaneous experience with Kundalini. Preparing the body through kriya practice for the greater energy that will be experienced helps to deal with any health issues that may arise. We use kriya in Sattva Yoga practice to prepare ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually for the transformative experience available through accessing the deep reservoir of intelligent energy of the universe.