After many years of suggesting, Yoga Alliance change their structure by making clear distinctions between secular and Spiritual approaches to Yoga; without any result. Institute for Personal Development, Inc. has made a conscious decision to renew memberships with the organization, in spite of these differences.
Clear Distinctions missing in Yoga Alliance
Spiritual Yoga: The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga is a belief in One Power– under the Divine Law of Life; forever held, controlled, and governed by Spiritual Truth. Guided by the Perfection of Being.
Secular Yoga: Human rules, concepts, beliefs and theories originate in a belief in two powers; good and evil which are under the law of karma. Subject to human error and fallibility.
If you are looking for a demonstrable Spiritual Science– you are in the right place.
Kriya Yoga is a Spiritual Science and should never be mixed with a secular practice. “You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.” Mary Baker Eddy
Kriya Yoga is Union with the Divine; “The eight essential stages of Kriya Yoga” are a complete holistic health management system that translate into a path of action, a path of knowledge, and a path of devotion. These lifestyle strategies are designed to initiate a process in spiritual development that unfolds in three phases: pre-personal or unconscious awareness, personal or self-conscious awareness and trans-personal or super-conscious awareness. Total Consciousness is the goal of Yoga.” Kenneth Toy (Swami Jayananda)
It is crucial to understand what is meant by Spiritual Development because Spirit is all and the only power in this universe, however Spirit isn’t a power that is applied to control anything in the visible tangible world. Spiritual unfoldment is experienced in the recognition of the One Power as the only Power to maintain Its perfect creation. This transformation is experienced by the expansion of identity from material moorings and beliefs to Spiritual Truth.