Yoga with Melissa 53 is part two of an Introduction to Kriya Yoga. Premadassa is back to lead us through postures seven through twelve of the eighteen postures of Kriya Yoga. The yoga postures or asana are: Vibareethakarani Asanam (Topsy Turvy Pose), Pathi Meenasanam (Half Fish Pose), Kalapi Asanam (Plough Pose), Paambu Asanam (Cobra Pose), Yoga Mudrasanam (Yogic Symbol Pose) and Paathi Chakra Asanam (Half Wheel Pose).
Kriya Hatha Yoga includes “asanas,” physical postures of relaxation, “bandahs,” muscular locks, and “mudras,” gestures, all of which bring about greater health, peace and the awakening of the principal energy centers, the “chakras”. Babaji has selected a particularly effective series of 18 postures, which are taught in stages and in pairs. One cares for the physical body not for its own sake but as a vehicle or temple of the Divine. Kriya Yoga is “Action with Awareness.” It is a means of self-knowledge, of knowing the truth of our being. The first objective of Kriya Hatha Yoga is deep physical and mental relaxation. Asana deals directly with the material part of the physical totality. The body can become purified of many disorders and irregularities by asana. The variety of asana grants flexibility and a sense of lightness and buoyancy in the body, so that gravity has less an effect on it. Ultimately the 18 asana series will awaken the energy centers along the spine and stimulate the uncurling of kundalini, our potential power and consciousness.