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Exploring Kriya Yoga meditation, lifestyle and Self-realization philosophy in the 21st century. Hosted by Ryan Kurczak, a student of Roy Eugene Davis.

The Kriya Yoga Podcast Ryan Kurczak

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

Exploring Kriya Yoga meditation, lifestyle and Self-realization philosophy in the 21st century. Hosted by Ryan Kurczak, a student of Roy Eugene Davis.

    TKYP210 | Sattva, Rajas and Tamas

    TKYP210 | Sattva, Rajas and Tamas

    Sattva, Rajas and Tamas are the primordial forces that reveal your embodied state of consciousness. These cosmic forces of creation are energies that permeate all levels of our being. Knowledge of their influence helps you to take action to harness their strengths so that you can empower your meditation practice and yogic lifestyle.
    By cultivating Sattva, and even just becoming aware of the Gunas, you increase your capacity to know and experience clearer states of consciousness and inner well-being.
    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline-

    • 44 min
    TKYP209 - Developing Spiritual Power and Spiritual Strength

    TKYP209 - Developing Spiritual Power and Spiritual Strength

    In this episode of The Kriya Yoga Podcast, Ryan Kurczak discusses the concept of spiritual strength and power, focusing on how to cultivate these attributes through yoga and meditation practices.
    The core of the talk revolves around the teachings from the Yoga Sutras, particularly Sutra 23 in Chapter 3, which highlights the importance of friendship and its role in developing spiritual strength. The speaker explains that by contemplating and engaging in true friendship, one can cultivate immense spiritual power akin to the strength of an elephant. This concept extends beyond mere social friendliness to include deep, internal self-compassion and acceptance.
    The discussion delves into the idea that many people turn to meditation and spirituality due to underlying emotional or psychological distress. It is emphasized that instead of using meditation as a means to suppress these feelings, individuals should foster a compassionate relationship with themselves, recognizing and attending to their inner wounds. This approach not only enhances meditation practice but also leads to genuine spiritual growth and strength.
    Mr. Kurczak also shares personal anecdotes, including the impact of significant losses in his life, which forced him to internalize support and engage in profound self-analysis. He cites the book "No Bad Parts" by Richard Schwartz, which aligns with the talk’s theme of embracing all aspects of oneself with love and compassion.
    In conclusion, Ryan encourages listeners to practice self-analysis, cultivate internal friendship, and approach meditation not as an escape but as a means to become more present, alive, and spiritually robust.
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    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline

    • 39 min
    TKYP208 - Learning Vedic Astrology

    TKYP208 - Learning Vedic Astrology

    Today's guest is Fiona Marques, Vedic Astrologer and directer of The Asheville Vedic Astrology Apprenticeship Program.  Fiona is a graduate of the Asheville Vedic Astrology Program and the host of The Vedic Astrology Podcast. She is also an Ayurvedic Coach, Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist for the last 15 years.
    In this session, Fiona and I discuss the value of astrology for one on the spiritual path, and the value of learning the philosophy of astrology as a support for one's spiritual path.
    You can schedule an astrological session with Fiona, find out more about The Vedic Astrology Podcast, and how to begin your studies in Vedic Astrology, using the links below.
    Schedule a session with Fiona:
    https://www.fionamarques.com/ 
    Begin your Vedic Astrology Studies:
    https://vedic-astrology.teachable.com/
    Tune in to the Vedic Astrology Podcast:
    https://www.thevedicastrologypodcast.com/
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    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline

    • 49 min
    TKYP207 - The Possibility of Samadhi

    TKYP207 - The Possibility of Samadhi

    Self-realization is an unqualified, aware, present state of being. It is a synonym for enlightenment, nirvana, atma[1] jnana[2], etc. Self-realization occurs when one is awake and aware of one’s timeless essence, free of identification with any thought, emotion, memory, perception, object, or feeling. Self-realization is evident when these vrittis[3] (activities in consciousness) have subsided. The system of Yoga[4] was developed to encourage a repeatable procedure to experience Self-realization. 
    The central practice of Yoga which provides a route to Self-realization is samadhi[5]. Samadhi is cognitive absorption. It is a state of consciousness where one focuses attention to a point, such that one is aware of what is focused on at the exclusion of all else. Repeatedly accessing samadhi, in a conscious way, results in an experience of timelessness and freedom from identification with a sense of limitation. 
    Samadhi is the culmination of a structured approach to meditation which results in sustained, one-pointed focus. This structured approach is called Sanyama[6]. Sanyama is described in The Yoga Sutras, Chapter 3, verses 1-3 states, “Dharana[7] is a fixation of the field of consciousness within a focal point. The single directionality of thought towards the chosen focal point is meditation. When the field of consciousness reflects the chosen focal point alone, as if empty of its own form, there is cognitive absorption.” 
     
    [1] Atma Defined: The Self. Transcendent being.
    [2] Jnana Defined: Knowledge. Not data, but wisdom/knowing.
    [3] Vritti Defined: Fluctuations in the field of consciousness.
    [4] Yoga Defined: A formal practice with the intention, structure and purpose to cultivate repeated experiences of spiritual experience that result in absolute soul-freedom.
    [5] Samadhi Defined: Cognitive absorption.
    [6] Sanyama Defined: Sustained focus on a chosen object of awareness that culminates in Samadhi.
    [7] Dharana Defined: Focusing consciousness an a chosen object.
     
    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline-

    • 33 min
    TKYP206 - Simple Steps to Success with Kriya Yoga | With Ray Booker

    TKYP206 - Simple Steps to Success with Kriya Yoga | With Ray Booker

    Today's guest is Ray Booker, Kriya Yoga teacher and student of Roy Eugene Davis. Ray has been engaged on the Kriya Yoga path for many decades. He is an accomplished musician, student of Sanskrit and an Ayurvedic expert. During our talk Ray shares stories of his time with Roy Eugene Davis, from their trip to India, to times spent together in Georgia.  Mr. Booker reveals simple and effective ideas to encourage success on one's spiritual path.
    Ray works with students all over the world, and he can be reached through his website: https://vibrationalayurveda.com/
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    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline

    • 57 min
    TKYP205 - Two Phases of Kriya Yoga Meditation Practice

    TKYP205 - Two Phases of Kriya Yoga Meditation Practice

    During our March 2024 Equinox retreat, we discussed the two phases of Kriya Yoga Meditation practice.  Phase one includes arranging your life, consciousness and schedule to support super-conscious meditation.  Phase two is the consistent experience of super-conscious meditation.
    Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.
    If you would like to participate in online live sessions consider becoming a member of The Kriya Yoga Online Patreon Community or applying to the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program.
    For continued inspiration and instruction, please read my new book, An Essential Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice. Now available in hardcover and softback on Amazon.  Also, now available Understanding the Holy Science: A Theoretical and Experiential Study Guide to Sri Yukteswar's Kriya Yoga Practice.
    For more information about Kriya Yoga events, courses and online classes please visit:
    A community of Kriya Yoga practitioners engaged in supporting this work.
    https://www.patreon.com/KriyaYoga
    Blog posts, books and information on the Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Course.
    https://kriyayogaonline.com/
    A Year Long Kriya Yoga Introduction Course
    Kriya Yoga Online Ashram (teachable.com)
    Hundreds of hours of videos related to Kriya Yoga and spiritual growth.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

@AvatarAidan ,

Awesome podcast

Ryan has an open and fresh approach to kriya and is fun to listen to. I find myself going through all of them from the beginning. Great resource!

rdpitta ,

Returning to Kriya Yoga

Thank you. Needed this today. 2-18-21. Initiated by Roy Eugene in 2001. Ron

mysonwantspizza ,

Very informative

I have gained much insight by listening to these recordings. Ryan’s way of presenting the information is clear and concise in a way that is easily understood. Many of my questions have been answered through this podcast. I highly recommend.

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