The Energization Exercises

Paramhansa Yogananda was a guru in India that came to the United States in 1920. With him he brought ancient teachings of yoga that had been passed down from his previous line of gurus. These gurus include: Jesus Christ, Babaji Krishna, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. Each great master guided by the great master before him.

These teachings that Yogananda taught across the United States included Yogic philosophies, meditation techniques, like Hong Sau and Kriya Yoga, and the Energization Exercises. The Energization Exercises are a compilation of 39 carefully ordered physical movements that help to stimulate and develop the understanding of energy in the body. These exercises allow a person to experience the body as energy. One feels the power of energy within the body, but also recharges the body with energy from with out.

It is difficult for me to put into words how, personally, these exercises make me feel, but I shall attempt.

I am a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the lineage of gurus he comes from. It is recommended for disciples of this lineage to practice the Energization Exercises at least once a day, if not twice per day, along with their yoga and meditation practice. A couple of weeks ago life became busy, as it does, and I went an entire week without doing these exercises. The following week I picked up my practice where I had left it. The week off allowed me to notice how better my body feels with this practice but also how much better my mood is.

The proof is in the pudding. On days my practice is strong and I do the full 39 exercises I have so much more productive energy, more willingness to go with the flow of my day, and a better attitude! When I say productive energy, I mean it. I have a fire of energy in  my belly to get things accomplished! Whether that be doing the things that have sunk to the bottom of my to-do list or just getting my daily chores done, everything about the act of doing it is better. I am happy to do it and finishing the task boosts my energy to go on to the next task!

On days that I do the Energization Exercises there is also a difference in the external happenings of my day. These days are filled with moments of magic. Things that I have prayed about or asked for guidance with will find resolution or solution. I am inspired and creative, an innovative problem solver. I find myself less shaken from unkind words from others and find myself not shaken when things don’t go according to plan. My mind is clear and I feel a sense of acting from my center and being a better version of myself.

As a yoga and meditation teacher I advise my students to develop a personal practice with the techniques they find most useful and beneficial. For me, personally, this is how my morning and evening practices usually go:

Morning Practice:

Centering with a Pranayama (breathing technique)

All 39 Energization Exercises

3-7 Asanas or body postures

Savasana or deep relaxation

Meditation with Hong Sau (and additional techniques)

Evening Practice:

The Superconcious Living Exercises or the shortened version of EE’s

Meditation with Hong Sau (and additional techniques)

You have to find what is right for you and realistic. I try to spend 45 minutes to 2 hours on my personal practice each day. Sometimes this doesn’t work well with my constantly changing schedule. All one can do is their best. The effort is a significant part of the practice!

If you would like to try the Energization Exercises for yourself here is a link!

I hope you have a wonderful week! Blessings to you.





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