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*. Essence of Art and Science of Kriya Yoga will streamline your process of preparing for Kriya. Kriya Yoga is 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. Through these exercises, you will personally experience the life-changing effect of Yogananda’s teachings.

*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.

Student Reviews

Tuition for 13-Week Course: $69.95

More Upcoming Dates in 2019:

  • March 27 to June 26
  • June 19 to September 18
  • September 11 to December 11

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 4:00 to 5:00 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.

Course Instructor

Dhyan Garcia-Davis

Dhyan Garcia-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.

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
Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga 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.
There are 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.

4 reviews for Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga

  1. 5 out of 5

    I can’t say enough how much this whole discovery of Ananda and the Raja Yoga Course have meant to me.

    When I reached a point in my life where I felt I was lost and had no direction, I was fortunate enough to discover Ananda Village and it’s teachings which have given me so much hope. A rebirth in every sense. And being able to share it with so many like minded, wonderful people is an added pleasure.
    Much Love to all of you who teach, and those like me who are here to learn and discover a path to a better life.
    I look forward to the next level in the path to Kriya Yoga.

  2. 5 out of 5

    I am no longer the same man as I was when I began this course. There has been a minor transformation. I am no longer at the mercy of entrenched mental and emotional patterns (ego). The knowledge, exercises, and meditations, have clarified my outlook on life. This is an ongoing process and a journey I look forward to. The tools I have learned in this course have given me the ability to move forward instead of reacting to the curves life send my way. My ego is being subjugated by my efforts and desire to merge with divine consciousness.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The skill and love displayed by the teacher of this course has been an inspiration to me. The master Jesus tells us by their deeds you will know them. The lessons are skillfully put together in a way where the students can bring them together to experience Dhana for themselves. Thankyou

  4. 5 out of 5

    This course was simply excellent. The book was both substantive and challenging. Its fine organization drew one through progressively deeper insights and vistas. I gained a tremendous amount from the readings, breathing exercises and meditations. I experienced significant change in my awareness of mental moods, and my ability to alter these habits with breathing and reflective meditation. My attachment to ego is certainly less than at the beginning of the course. Maria and Dhyan were superb instructors, and both offered thoughtful and insightful responses to the questions I asked throughout the course. Their support and love for all of us was palpable. I leave this five-star course quite inspired to continue and deepen the spiritual quest for inner realization so beautifully outlined by the instructors, as well as the many others in the Ananda Community. ‘Heartfelt thanks.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you for the commitment and inspiration on the path of Raja Yoga, which prepares the student for the next step to Kriya Yoga. My practice has deepened with this course and looking forward to the next step.

Course Outline

  • 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
  • Lesson One Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga
  • Lesson Two Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Yama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Weeding Your Garden of Self-Realization
  • Lesson Three Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Niyama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Watering Your Flowers of Self-Realization
  • Lesson Four Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Life Is a Battlefield: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Develop Good Habits
  • Lesson Five Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Affirmations, Part One and Two: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Control Your Subconscious Mind
  • Lesson Six Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Energy and Energization: Philosophy, Posture, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Become a Dynamo of Energy
  • Lesson Seven Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Magnetism: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How & Why To Develop Your Magnetism
  • Lesson Eight Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — The Guru: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — What Is a Guru?
  • Lesson Nine Quiz
  • Reading Assignment – The Anatomy of Yoga, Part One and Two: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File – The Anatomy of Yoga, Part One and Two
  • Lesson Ten Quiz
  • Reading Assignment – The Yogic Scheme of Life: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • 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 4:00 to 5:00 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 4:00 pm to 5:00 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.