Siddha Yoga

Last Updated: June 12, 2018

Definition - What does Siddha Yoga mean?

Siddha yoga is a spiritual yoga tradition that was founded by Muktananda and is now led by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. This type of yoga seeks to perfect its practitioner and bring them closer to being a siddha, or enlightened master.

One of the main elements of the Siddha yoga path is shaktipat-diksha. This is a process through which a guru awakens a student’s inner power in order to help them reach a higher level of self-knowledge and attain Self-realization.

Traditionally, the shaktipat initiation was only possible for students who spent a long time searching for spirituality. However, the Shaktipat Intensives offered by Siddha yoga make it possible for new students to receive this awakening as well.

Yogapedia explains Siddha Yoga

Siddha is a Tamil word that may be translated to mean "perfected one."

There are a number of Siddha yoga ashrams and meditation centers all over the world. This tradition's two main ashrams are located in New York and Ganeshpuri, India. There are other locations across the U.S., India, Canada, Germany and Japan.

The mission statement for Siddha yoga is “to constantly impart the knowledge of the Self.” The founders teach that one must see God within one another because God dwells within each person.

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