Start a New Meditation Practice or Inspire Your Current One
The 10-week Lessons in Meditation program is designed to provide in-depth instruction in scientific meditation techniques that bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life, regardless of outer conditions.
These techniques are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.
Upcoming Session: May 27 to August 05, 2021
Create a sustainable practice
Whether or not you are new to meditation, these lessons will help you develop a deep and consistent practice. With ample feedback from meditators with decades of experience and your own persistence, you will awaken your true nature: a pure reflection of divine peace, joy, and love.
Meditation Grounded in Ancient Traditions
Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and for almost 50 years has trained teachers in techniques grounded in the highest yogic practices of India, as brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.
Receive Practical Techniques
In addition to meditation, learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s “Energization Exercises,” which are designed to provide the practitioner with better health, more energy, and an ability to direct the energy in the body at will. Mastering them can be a powerful tool for deeper, longer meditation.
Step 1 on the Path to Kriya Yoga
This course is the first step on the path to Kriya, a meditation technique taught by Paramhansa Yogananda that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth.
“Having taken tons of online courses & workshops, I have to say that this, by far, is the best meditation course available online.”
“The amount of support material was more thorough than many other online courses I’ve taken, which cost twice as much.”Shelley S.
“It will offer you a community from all over the world who you will be able to relate to — You don’t feel alone in your spiritual journey.”Helina
“What really made this an extraordinary experience was the patience, wisdom, insight, and hands-on support of the instructors, and the enthusiasm of my fellow students.”Ursula L.
Meet Your Instructors
“The level of care and support extended by the instructors makes you feel as though you are a part of an extended family who genuinely care about your spiritual growth and well being. . . . There was 100% support from the fully present instructors every step of the way.”— Kiana B.
Brahmachari Sagar resides at the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California and serves Ananda’s Online Ministry. Born in a family of kriya-yogis, Sagar read Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age, an influence that culminated in his decision to serve Yogananda’s mission through Ananda.
Sagar led Ananda’s work in Mumbai for about five years and has served Ananda’s work in India in several capacities: as a teacher & counselor to students, as a meditation & stress-relief workshop facilitator for corporates, and as Ananda India’s Fundraising coordinator.
Prior to commencing his life of service at Ananda, Sagar was a graduate student with full scholarship at Boston University and holds advanced degrees in Engineering.
Susan McGinnis first found Ananda in Seattle. She was a part of the Seattle Sangha for over 30 years and lived in the ashram in the urban community. She helped begin (and later manage) East West Bookshop, as well as served as a Lightbearer minister and teacher. In October 2017, she was asked to move to California and serve at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. She considers it a privilege to be at the retreat where Ananda began 50 years ago, to share the transforming teachings of yoga, and the joy of meditation.
Susan loves to sing in the choir, and experience God’s presence in nature.
Jitendra, Director of Online with Ananda’s Online Outreach ministry, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda living at Ananda Village in Northern California. While serving with Ananda, he enjoys spreading the ancient teachings of Yoga to all truth seekers around the world and look forward to connecting with new friends from different backgrounds and affiliations.
After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, Jitendra began his journey with the teachings and meditation in 2006. He continues to feel the inner transformation that comes with the power of the techniques. He is a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200).
Jitendra is originally from Rhode Island, where he helped lead the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center and aided in spreading the path of Meditation in Boston and New York City. He has taught meditation in diverse settings including Yoga Studios, Colleges, High Schools, Rehabilitation Centers and more.
- Beginners at meditation
- Those who struggle with consistency in meditation and want to develop a strong, daily meditation routine
- Those who have been meditating, or teaching meditation, for a few or several years but want to dive deeper in their meditation practice or clarify their understanding of meditation based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
- Those who want to begin their journey on the path of Kriya Yoga
- Those who have read Autobiography of a Yogi and feel deeply inspired to practice Yogananda’s teachings and techniques
All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live.
Each week’s lesson, consisting of the text-pdf and the videos, can take an hour and a half or two to go through. Oftentimes, assimilating the contents deeply requires revisiting them often.
Additionally, participating in the live webinars and forum interactions add significantly to the benefits that can be accrued from the course.