Lessons in Meditation

Step 1 of 5 on the Path of Kriya Yoga

9-Week Online Course in Meditation

Learn a simple yet powerful technique of meditation as originally taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. Meditation not only reduces stress and improves physical and emotional well-being, it will help you to be focused and calm, and obtain direct experience of the divine realities within. In addition to meditation, you will learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s “Energization Exercises,” a unique set of exercises that will give you better health, more energy, and an ability to direct the energy in the body at will.

Meditation course


Next Session Starts October 1, 2015 Enroll Now

You'll receive:

  • 7 lessons designed to help you create and maintain a consistent meditation practice.
  • downloadable textbook (pdf format) and audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and course instructors.
  • regular, live guided meditations and discussions online.*
  • interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructor.
  • personal support from instructor (via email, telephone, or live chat).
  • certificate of completion.

* The guided meditations and discussions are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm and every Friday at 12:00 noon (Pacific Time). They are recorded for those unable to attend live.

Who is This Course For?

This course is open to anyone who wishes to learn to meditate, regardless of religious or spiritual background. Whether or not you are a new to meditation, these lessons can help you establish and develop a deep, consistent practice and help awaken within the peace, joy and divine love that are a part of your true nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue to have access to the course after the end date?

Once the course ends, students no longer have access to it. You will have 9 full weeks to complete the 7 lessons. The recommended pace is one lesson per week, so there are two additional weeks as a cushion. Additionally, you are able to download all pdf and mp3 material. Once you complete Lessons in Meditation, you are eligible to enroll in the Lessons in Meditation Review course which will give you access to all course material for one year.

What time of day are the classes?

The classes are not at any particular time of day. One lesson is opened up each week. The content is available 24/7. Each opened lesson will remain open for the duration of the course. The only thing that is at a particular time are the live events.

When are the live events and what if I can't attend any of the live events?

The guided meditations and discussions are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm and every Friday at 12:00 noon (Pacific Time). They are recorded for those unable to attend live.

What if I can't complete the course in time?

If you have extenuating circumstances, and are unable to complete the course in the given time frame, you may request a one time re-enrollment in the next session at no charge.

What is the total estimated time commitment?

The time commitment varies with each student and varies with each lesson. Some of the lessons may require a little more time. 1 to 1 1/2 hours a day would be average amount of time commitment.

Sample of Course Content

Lesson 1 - Getting Started

  • What is meditation?
  • Meditation and Health
  • When to Meditate
  • Where to Meditate
  • How to sit comfortably on the floor or a chair
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week one
  • Audio file (mp3) with a guided meditation
Further Assignments
  • Digital Video - Part 1 with Swami Kriyananda
  • Introduce yourself through the Introduction Forum
  • Quiz One after practicing lesson one routine for one week
  • Share in Discussion Forum your experience with week one (optional)

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Lessons in Meditation
Jitendra, Maria, and Devalila collectively have taught meditation to literally thousands of students. Brahmachari Jitendra is recently from Rhode Island where he lead a meditation group and taught meditation in diverse settings. Nayaswami Maria as been part of Ananda since 1976. She and her husband, Nayaswami Ananta, were the Ananda Center leaders in Sacramento for over 23 years. She has guided many souls on the path to Self-Realization. Devalila is an Ananda Meditation Teacher graduate and Yoga Instructor, as well as an Ananda Minister. All three instructors live at Ananda Village in Nevada City, CA.


"I have taken many meditation courses and attended various workshops in the past. Honestly, your course is far better and offers a deeper knowledge. I am now meditating regularly and with a depth I had never before experienced. Thank you for all you have done to make this course available!" — G.R. recent graduate of Lessons in Meditation

"Lessons in Meditation truly opened and heightened a deep spiritual growth within myself. I am especially grateful for all the personal support and guidance I received each step of the way. Thank you for everything!"— D.K. recent graduate of Lessons in Meditation

"I've had a wonderful shift in my meditations as a result of this course. My meditations are much deeper, quieter, and I am able to re-presence myself during the course of the day. I am very happy with my progress." — L.R. recent graduate of Lessons in Meditation

"Without this online course and all the help and guidance I would still be where I was. I have had the book, Lessons in Meditation, for over four years and read it a couple of times but never put the techniques into practice by myself. By doing this week by week with you, one thing at a time, what a difference. Plus watching and participating in the online meditations was and is a blessing I can't even begin to describe. I'm going deeper and deeper into meditation. Thank all of you for doing this. You got me going on the right track." — D.P. recent graduate of Lessons in Meditation

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