Kali Ray: The Founder of TriYoga
Kali Ray is also known as Kaliji, Sri Kali Lakshmi Deviji, and Swamini Kaliji. She is the founder of TriYoga, a systematized yoga method with Basics to Level 7 TriYoga Flows and Prana Vidya (the trinity of breathing practices, concentration techniques and meditation that balance and increase prana or life energy), and hundreds of hand mudras. Kaliji has devoted her life to sharing the ancient, universal teachings of TriYoga. Kaliji is a swamini from the Jayalakshmi Datta Avadhoota lineage, started by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. He recently conferred to her the honorary title of Vishwa Bandhu (Friend of the Universe). Many students throughout the world have been inspired and transformed by her presence, her mastery of the flow, and the ageless wisdom inherent in the TriYoga teachings.
What is TriYoga?
TriYoga is a complete method that includes the full range of traditional yoga practices, including Hatha yoga, Nada yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga practices. “TriYoga is in the tradition of the ancient yoga in that it is guided by the direct experience and intuitive knowledge that arise from the inner flow of kundalini, or universal life-energy” (Kaliji).
The Beginning of How did TriYoga
As a child, Kaliji was naturally drawn to self-inquiry and meditation. She would frequently wonder, “Where was I before coming to this planet? Where do I come from?” After asking these questions, she would feel blissful for a few seconds. She had other childhood mystical experiences of inner connection. Then during a break from college, after meeting a man who spoke to her about yoga and eastern philosophy, Kaliji fell out of a boat during a storm. She thought that she was going to drown.
As she surrendered to this destiny if it was meant to be, she felt immersed in bliss. After her rescue, she prayed for the Divine to reveal the source of this bliss. At that moment, in July of 1975, kundalini (the universal life energy) awakened and for twelve hours she was immersed in bliss.
Five years later, on January 5, 1980, Kaliji was leading a group in meditation. She shared a concentration technique of energy rising up the spine. As soon as the meditation began, Kriyavati siddhi spontaneously awakened within her, creating the spontaneous flow of asana, pranayama, and mudra. Moved by the powerful energy and beauty of these flows, her students asked her to teach what they had witnessed. This later became known as the birth of TriYoga.
Since then, the continuing flow of Kriyavati (the spontaneous manifestation of kundalini through Hatha yoga) has flowed through Kaliji’s body while in meditation, revealing TriYoga Sadhana (practices).
The Significance of The Name TriYoga
TriYoga represents the Universal Trinity that manifests the Divine. “Tri” means trinity. The Trinity can be found throughout creation. In philosophy, TriYoga refers to body, mind, and spirit. In Hatha yoga, TriYoga refers to asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practices), and mudra (‘seal’ or practices to develop focus). TriYoga has its source in the triple principle of sat (existence), chit (knowledge), and Ananda (bliss). The trinity also manifests as the three energies of the mind: sattva (balance, calm), rajas (activity), and tamas (lethargy, stability). This Trinity is ultimately the formless manifestation of the one Supreme Spirit.