The aim and objective of the ABF is to promote the authentic original Kriya Yoga as taught by Babaji Nagaraj, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Paramahamsa Hariharananda and the current head of the Kriya Yoga Institute Paramahamsa Prajnanananda.
Kriya Yoga is an ancient system of meditative yoga revived in modern times by the great avatar Babaji Nagaraj through his disciple Lahiri Mayasaya, c 1861, and brought into popular awareness through Paramahansa Yogananda’s book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’.
Kriya Yoga consists of a number of levels of pranayama (breath control), yogic postures and bhandas (locks) which are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion.
Kriya Yoga ultimately leads to realisation – going beyond the body, mind, intellect, thought, and even the world, to Soul-consciousness. By the practice of Kriya Yoga meditation, one aspires to lead a life of divine consciousness, which ultimately brings love, purity and joy.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prana or breath” or, “extension of the life force“.
Pranayama is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gita.
According to Bhagavad-Gīta As It Is, Pranayama is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing“, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, pran and ayam.
Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders, improving autonomic functions, relieving symptoms of asthma (though a different study did not find any improvement) and reducing signs of oxidative stress. Practitioners report that the practice of pranayama develops a steady mind, strong will-power, and sound judgement, and also claim that sustained pranayama practice extends life and enhances perception.