Surya Kriya

What is Surya Kriya?

Surya Kriya is a potent 21-step yogic practice of tremendous antiquity. It is a holistic process for health, wellness and complete inner well-being. 

“Surya” means “Sun”, and “Kriya” means “inner energy process”.  This process activates the solar plexus to raise the solar heat in the system. 

It also balances a person’s left and right energy channels, leading to stability of the body and stillness of the mind. This strong foundation becomes the basis for one to explore higher dimensions of life.


Traditionally  Surya Kriya is only available to a few selected yogis. Now Surya Kriya is offered by Sadhguru as a comprehensive spiritual practice that is ideal for the hectic pace of today’s world.

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Benefits of Surya Kriya

  • Develops mental clarity and focus
  • Strengthen and stabilise the body
  • Remedies weak constitutions
  • Boosts vigour and vitality
  • Balances hormonal levels in the body
  • Prepares one for deeper states of meditation

A sneak peek of Surya Kriya practice

Preparation steps

Before doing Surya Kriya, it is important that we prepare the body properly. We will learn a series of steps for this purpose.

These preparation steps help loose up the limbs and activate the very base of our spine.  They also balance our energy channels and bring up the metabolic level.

Daily practise of these preparation steps can improve our flexibility and bring us inner balance.

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Images showing Isha Hatha Yoga teachers demonstrating  a few postures from the 21 steps of Surya Kriya practice.

21 steps of practice

Surya Kriya is comprised of 21 steps. It also involves a particular way of breathing.  You can do one or multiple cycles of Surya Kriya.

Initially, it might take you 12 – 15 minutes to complete one cycle.  Gradually, as you do the practice, your body becomes more stable and your breath becomes much deeper. You will be able to achieve approximate 21 minutes per cycle.

The entire practice brings a certain profound experience of meditativeness and a certain quietness of the mind.  You can clearly notice this, even just after a few days practising.

Tuition fee: EUR 250.-

  • Practice intensity: Medium
  • Stomach condition: An empty stomach condition is essential
  • Practice time: +/- 30 minutes
  • Suitable age: 12 years old +
  • Previous experience in yoga is not required
  • You are prepared to do the practice regularly at home after the workshop

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Surya Kriya and Surya Namaskar?

Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation,  is a variation from Surya Kriya.  It is simplified so that it can be taught to a wider audience. Surya Kriya is the original and the fundamental format. It has a stronger spiritual inclination than Surya Namaskar.

Is Surya Kriya workshop suitable for me?

Surya Kriya is suitable for anyone who is older than 12 years. If you are relevantly mobile and have no severe back problem or hernia, you can do the practice.

Due to the nature of the practice it is not suitable for a lady who is pregnant. It is also recommended not to do Surya Kriya within 6 months of any open surgery; or with 6 weeks of any laparoscopic surgery.

I don't done any yoga before. Can I still attend the Surya Kriya workshop?

Yes. You can for sure attend the Surya Kriya workshop, regardless your previous experience in yoga.  There is no pre requisite for learning Surya Kriya.

The entire practice is taught in such depth, including the correctness of the postures and how to do the breathing.  After the practice, you will be able to repeat the full routine on your own.

Can I learn Surya Kriya online?

Surya Kriya workshop is not available online. You can only learn it in person.  This an ancient practice within the classical Hatha Yoga series. Sadhguru emphasis the importance of a live transmitting of all classical Hatha Yoga practices.  A certain atmosphere has been created in the class, which is the most conducive for you to receive them.

Can I combine Surya Kriya with other practices?

Yes, you can combine Surya Kriya with other practices.  If you do other Isha Yoga practices, Surya Kriya is a wonderful preparation steps for you.

If you practice other style of yoga, you can still combine your current practice with Surya Kriya. During the workshop, the teacher will explain how you combine it with other yoga practices.