Kriya yoga is an exercise system in which yoga poses and meditation are use to encourage spiritual growth. Kriya yoga consists of three exercises: "tapas" (the physical body), which is performed through asana and pranayama to produce relaxation and energy flow; "svadhyaya" (the mind), is performed through mantra and yoga scripture; and "ishvara pranidhana" (the self), which is performed through the devotion of the self to God. Kriya yoga cannot be formally practiced until an individual has completed an initiation ceremony, before which they must spend time participating in self-study and meditation to learn the teachings of this form of yoga and different meditation techniques. Like other forms of yoga that have grown in global popularity, it has become increasingly available as a commercialized form of exercise and now carries diverse meanings, both spiritual and secular, in various communities - although Kriya yoga retains an explicit spiritual emphasis.
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