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Dear Sir,

i was reading paramahansa yoganandas, autobiography, in that i have seen kriya yoga as his main yogic technique.

Is kriya yoga same as pranayama, i would be grateful if you can throw us some light on this


1. Kriya Yoga is a method to realize the self, just as other forms of Yoga.

2. Pranayama is an 'Anga' (component limb) of many forms of Yoga such as Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga etc. Pranayama, therefore, by itself is not Kriya Yoga.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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