Essence of Art and Science of Raja YogaEssence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga brings you the essential teachings and techniques that will prepare you to receive Kriya Yoga initiation. This course is an abbreviated version of The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course*. This version is offered as a way to streamline the process of preparing for Kriya, the sacred technique of meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

The focus in this abbreviated course is in three main areas: Yoga Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation. The author Swami Kriyananda, clearly explains how these teachings, when correctly approached, can and will further our spiritual progress. He offers specific breathing and meditation exercises in each section to help you experience the life-changing effect of Yogananda’s teachings for yourself.

*The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course includes in-depth study of Yoga Postures, Diet, and Healing.


Who is This Course For:

This course is especially for those who have completed Lessons in Meditation and are on the learning track to eventually receive Kriya Yoga initiation. Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga provides eleven core lessons and meditation exercises, covered over a period of thirteen weeks.

If the timing of this course does not work for you, or you simply would like to take this course at your own pace, we invite you to join, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course, which can also serve as step 2 on the Path of Kriya Yoga.

Tuition for 13-Week Course: $69.95

More Upcoming Dates:

  • September 12 to November 28, 2018
  • January 2 to March 20, 2019

Or enroll in The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course anytime.


What You’ll Receive:

  • In-depth instruction to help you prepare for for Kriya Yoga.
  • Textbook sections: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation (downloadable pdf format).
  • Over 26 hours of downloadable audio learning tracks with Swami Kriyananda (mp3 format).
  • Live webinars* every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Pacific Time**, which will include:
    • Yogic philosophy and how it applies to daily life.
    • Instruction on ancient yogic breathing techniques and meditation.
    • Interactive discussion with plenty of time for Q&A.
  • Interactive forum and weekly assignments for deepening your practice.
  • Personal support from instructors (via email, telephone, or live chat).
  • Certificate of Completion.

*All webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing.
**Calculate your local time here.

Webinar Presenters

Dhyan Davis

Dhyan Davis

Annapurna DeLyle

Annapurna DeLyle

Brahmachari Prashad

Brahmachari Prashad

Mai Lee

Mai Lee

Kalidas Hansen

Kalidas Hansen

Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria

Badri Matlock

Badri Matlock

Gita Matlock

Gita Matlock

More About Course

Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga“Most important to the mission of this great line of avatars was the revival of the highest of ancient yoga techniques, to which they have given the somewhat unassuming name, Kriya Yoga. Kriya means, simply, action. Any number of yoga practices may be, and are, called kriya yoga. In the present case, the action referred to is of a particular sort; its special purpose is to awaken energy in the spine and brain, by means of which the Kriya Yogi can attain enlightenment by the shortest possible route.” — Swami Kriyananda
This course will give you the necessary knowledge, but more importantly, the experience and attunement as you prepare for Kriya Yoga. Yoga is often thought of in terms of yoga postures. In truth, the postures give only a fraction of what the ancient teachings of yoga have to offer. In this course, you will learn the deeper philosophy of yoga and how it can be applied to every aspect of your life. You will also learn ancient breathing exercises (pranayama) that can be used as remedies for specific mental and physical conditions, along with advanced meditation techniques.
This course offers several methods for student engagement. Along with the downloadable reading and audio assignments, you will be given breathing and meditation techniques in each lesson. Each section ends with a quiz, which has two parts: direct questions on the reading assignment and an opportunity to share your experience from practicing that weeks lesson. This allows for interaction and personal support with the course instructor. There is also an interactive forum where you can post questions or inspiration to be shared with your fellow students as well as instructor.

There will be weekly live classes, the first eleven weeks of the course presented by the instructor and special guest speakers. All of the live classes are recorded for students unable to attend live.

The recommended pace of this course is one lesson per week and you will have thirteen weeks to complete the eleven lessons. If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to complete the course in the given time, we offer a one-time free enrollment in the course immediately following the current course you are enrolled in.

Course Outline

Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The History and Paths of Yoga: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — First Steps in Yoga & Meditation, Part One and Two
  • Audio File — Pathways to God: Heart, Head, & Hands
Activities
  • Lesson One Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga
Activities
  • Lesson Two Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Yama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Weeding Your Garden of Self-Realization
Activities
  • Lesson Three Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Niyama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Watering Your Flowers of Self-Realization
Activities
  • Lesson Four Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Life Is a Battlefield: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Develop Good Habits
Activities
  • Lesson Five Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Affirmations, Part One and Two: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Control Your Subconscious Mind
Activities
  • Lesson Six Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Energy and Energization: Philosophy, Posture, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Become a Dynamo of Energy
Activities
  • Lesson Seven Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — Magnetism: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How & Why To Develop Your Magnetism
Activities
  • Lesson Eight Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment — The Guru: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — What Is a Guru?
Activities
  • Lesson Nine Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment – The Anatomy of Yoga, Part One and Two: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File – The Anatomy of Yoga, Part One and Two
Activities
  • Lesson Ten Quiz
Assignments
  • Reading Assignment – The Yogic Scheme of Life: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
Activities
  • Lesson Eleven Quiz
After completion of all eleven lessons and quizzes, you can receive your Certificate of Completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once the course ends, students no longer have access to it. You will have thirteen full weeks to complete the eleven 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. If you find that you want longer access to the course material, you are welcome to enroll in Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course at a reduced rate. Contact admin@onlinewithananda for coupon code.
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 weekly webinars* which are Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Pacific Time calculate your local time here.

*All webinars are recorded and posted within the course, available for later viewing.

The webinars which include: yogic philosophy, guided breathing and meditation, and discussions are every Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Pacific Time calculate your local time here.
All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live. We send the link to the recording to everyone enrolled in the course.
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.
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.

Course Instructors

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Dhyan Davis

Dhyan Davis grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Ananda Village back in 2010. Immersing himself in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, he finally discovered what had always been missing in his life: inner joy. Through the power of Kriya Yoga and service to others, Dhyan has dedicated his life to spreading the universally applicable teachings of yoga and meditation to other truth seeking souls. Being a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation teacher, he has lived and taught these liberating techniques of yoga both in America and India. Earnest in his search for truth and in his love for others, Dhyan extends his friendship to soul friends everywhere.

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Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria came to Ananda in 1976 and ​served​ on the Ananda​ Organic​ Farm from 1976 through 1986. In 1979, she was married to Ananta in a ceremony performed by Swami Kriyananda. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Maria and Ananta to direct and further develop the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served for 23 years as ministers and spiritual directors. In 2009, Kriyananda asked them to return to Ananda Village. Since that time Maria has served again on Ananda Farm, with Online with Ananda, Village Membership, and Ministerial Outreach. She loves chanting and singing, being in nature, and is an avid bird-watcher.