The Surya Kriya workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of one or two days, with two sessions of four hours each. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
Surya Kriya is a potent Yogic practice of tremendous antiquity. Traditionally reserved for select groups of practitioners, Surya Kriya is now being offered as a comprehensive practice that is very conducive for the hectic pace of the modern world.
“Surya” means “Sun”, and “Kriya” means “Inner energy process”. Fundamentally, Surya Kriya is about activating the Solar energy within the body. All life on this Planet exists only because of the Sun. Each and every energy source that all the different life forms rely on in order to sustain themselves come either directly or indirectly from the Sun. If the Sun were to disappear, all life on the Planet would be gone within hours. So, Surya Kriya is about activating this source of energy in the body.
Surya Kriya is different from it’s more well-known relative, Surya Namaskar, or “Sun Salutation”, in that the original practice is Surya Kriya. Surya Namaskar was derived out of Surya Kriya in order to make it more conducive for the average audience. Surya Kriya is a much more refined and precise process that needs more attention in terms of the geometry of the body, and it also incorporates a particular pattern a breathing. There is another process called “Surya Shakti”, which is another far-off relative of the original Surya Kriya. Traditionally, it has been said that if you want to use this system as just a physical exercise to build muscle and become physically strong, then you do Surya Shakti. If in addition to being physically fit, you also want to have a minor spiritual element to your practice, then you do Surya Namaskar. But if you want a stronger spiritual process within the physical process that you are doing, then you do Surya Kriya.