Cultivate Inner Peace and Joy

Lessons in Meditation

Learn a simple yet powerful technique of meditation as originally taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Meditation not only reduces stress and improves physical and emotional well-being, it can help you be more focused and calm regardless of outer conditions.

You will receive in-depth instruction to help you create and maintain a consistent meditation practice. These techniques are scientific in their approach, and can bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life.

In addition to learning meditation, you will also learn  Paramhansa Yogananda’s “Energization Exercises” which are his unique contribution to the science of Yoga. The Energization Exercises 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.

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 new to meditation, these lessons will help you establish and develop a deep and consistent practice. With persistence, you will awaken your true nature: a pure reflection of divine peace, joy, and love.

Tuition for 9-Week Course: $69.95

What You’ll Receive:

  • In-depth instruction to help you create and maintain a consistent meditation practice.
  • Downloadable textbook (pdf).
  • Downloadable audio learning tracks (mp3).
  • Digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and course instructors.
  • Weekly, live guided meditations and discussions online.
  • Two additional live question & answer webinars.
  • Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructors.
  • Personal support from instructors (via email, telephone, or live chat).
  • Certificate of Completion.

**The guided meditations and discussions are every Friday at 12:00 noon Pacific Time* and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm Pacific Time.* We also offer 2 additional webinars: Opening Orientation Webinar on course start date and a Next Steps Webinar on the final week of the course. We will post exact dates and times on the course page.

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

More About Course

Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

“In meditation, try to go beyond thinking. As long as thoughts enter the mind, you are functioning on the conscious level. When dreaming, you are in subconsciousness; then you are more aware in the astral body. When your consciousness withdraws still more deeply, into superconsciousness, then you are centered in bliss, in the spine. In that bliss-state you are aware in the causal body, the soul.” — Paramhansa Yogananda

You will find extraordinary benefits from practicing the lessons in this course. Physically, you will experience increasing vitality, flexibility, and strength. Mentally you will be able to work with more clarity and concentration. Your emotions also will benefit: you will become more even-minded, learn to overcome negative moods, and develop attitudes which bring true happiness and well-being. You will rediscover a sense of peace and harmony with the world around you, and your capacity to give and receive love will expand until it embraces all places and every living thing.
You will have nine full weeks to complete the seven lessons outlined in the course. A new lesson will be opened each week.

Each lesson contains a short introduction video, a reading assignment, a recommended daily practice for that week, a digital video by Swami Kriyananda, and an audio learning track. Once a lesson becomes available, the content of that lesson is accessible 24/7 for the remainder of the course.

Students are also invited to participate in weekly, live guided meditations and discussions online. All of the live classes are recorded for those unable to attend live. In addition, each lesson contains a quiz, which allows for further interaction with the course instructors. For a more dynamic learning experience, we encourage students to interact with instructors and fellow students through the forums where one can ask questions and start discussions.

The recommended pace for students is to complete one lesson per week, which typically requires 1 to 1 1/2 hours a day including the daily mediation routine.

16 reviews for Lessons in Meditation

  1. 5 out of 5

    I have been meditating for the past 5 years on and off. I am so happy that I took this course. It gave me a deeper understanding of meditation and also taught me techniques to help me go deeper. I now look forward to meditating everyday. The instructors were super friendly and extremely helpful as well. I feel like I have become a part of a new family.

  2. 5 out of 5

    I loved the course. I am very impressed with the love and care of the teachers. I did have problems connecting with some live web events and my device does not support the software for the recordings. Very happy though thankyou

  3. 5 out of 5

    I enjoyed this course and went from meditating sporadically to meditating daily.
    The amount of support material was more thorough
    than many other online courses I’ve taken, which cost twice as much.
    The material was presented in a step by step way that was easy to follow
    and the exercises to do each week were clearly delineated.
    The teachers responded quickly, thoughtfully and in an encouraging
    manner. Being able to download the .pdf’s and .mp3’s was very convenient.
    All of this helped to make the course was very inspiring and made me want to continue
    with the next in the series. My sincere thanks to the teachers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    This class has been such an awesome experience for me…..it has changed my life in many ways. I am so grateful to all of our wonderful instructors. I plan to continue on with Ananda on line as a member and with some of the other classes. Thank you all so much!! You are all such a blessing!

  5. 5 out of 5

    The course has a clear progression so the learning is manageable and straight forward. The learning material is good with some inspiring videos and audio talks. The practices are clear and very helpful. The teachers are caring and warm, certainly a good advocate for the quality of Kriya Yoga. Overall a quality course, now it is up to me to make sure that I bring what I have learned into my everyday life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    I am so grateful that I took this course. It has really step changed my meditation. I have learnt a lot that’s useful and it has really helped me to deepen my connection. The pace of the course as well as the guidance of the teachers is really supportive to learning and internalising as you go.

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    5 out of 5

    My life has been enriched through the practices taught in this course and through the caring support of the instructors. I enjoyed the varied sources of information (readings, webinars, guided meditations, recordings) and being personally connected to a community of like-minded people. The guidance of Swami Kriyananda, through his audio and video recordings, brought depth and richness to the study of these practices. I will carry these lessons forward into my daily practice of yoga.

  8. 5 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course on the first step towards Kriya Yoga. Many and almost all of the teachings of this course I have included in my daily practice. Especially the breathing techniques have improved my sense of calm. Life throws so many challenges at us and we are overwhelmed by those challenges. Meditation has helped me cope with those challenges to a great extent. I have realized that meditation must be practiced every day for it to be effective. I thank the team at Online with Ananda and wish you good luck in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Even though I had been meditating for several years before attending this course; the methods, techniques, and inspiration shared by the instructors have helped me immensely. Where my practice was sporadic, it is now consistent. Where it was at times a struggle to relax and go deep, it is now nearly effortless. Where my meditation once provide only a fleeting calmness in my life, it now pervades my days. Many great gifts were conveyed during these teachings and I feel blessed to have been included.

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    5 out of 5

    I am so happy that I joined this course. I am meditating for more than two years now but meditating without proper learning the process is like trying to read books without learning abc.
    After doing this cource, I am enjoying the meditation for longer period of time. I can spend time alone and feel happy most of the time. I enjoyed the course and getting guidance from the teachers inspired me to follow this path. Thank you all for your feedbacks and guidance. Namaste.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Really nice looking website. There’s all kinds of free content on the Ananda Meditation app. Lessons In Meditation is great for getting full instructions on the techniques in the Ananda Meditation app.

  12. 1 out of 5

    Enjoyed the lessons and liked the format of presentation. I have taken my meditation to the next level. The teachers are very helpful. namaste.

  13. 5 out of 5

    I did TM for 35 years and believe Kriya Yoga is the next step up! This first course on the Path of Kriya Yoga was beyond my highest expectations!

  14. 5 out of 5

    A journey begins….when the time is right. Want to thank the team for their dedication in guiding the students step by step. It is overwhelming living in NYC but everyday is spent in gratitude and love for God – getting a step closer.
    Thank you again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    I’d been practicing meditation for about a year before finding the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through Swami Kriyananda. I knew instantly that whatever Swamiji and Ananda had to offer was what I’d been searching for my entire life. I can honestly say that Ananda and this course are a gift from God. Never have I been so inspired by such teachings, or experienced such love from the teachers in the online course.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I couldn’t be more pleased with this online course in meditation. The source materials, videos, webinars, weekly guided meditations and, wonderful instructors all add up to a really in depth and highly informative introduction to meditation. The videos with Swami Kriyananda , in and of themselves, are a real treasure. The instructors are invaluable as well. Real people really living the path as Paramahansa Yogananda presented it. I couldn’t ask for more and feel greatly blessed that this opportunity to learn and grow spiritually exists.

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Course Outline

Principle
  • What is meditation?
  • Meditation and Health
Techniques
  • 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 One 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)
Principles
  • Importance of and power of deep relaxation in meditation
Techniques
  • Relaxing the body
  • Relaxing the mind
  • Yoga postures and breathing exercises
Meditation Routine
  • Relaxation routine before meditation
  • Meditation routine for week two
  • Audio file (mp3) with a guided meditation
Further Assignments
  • Digital Video – Part Two with Swami Kriyananda
  • Quiz Two after practicing lesson two routine for one week
Principles
  • Using Concentration to Focus Our Minds
Techniques
  • Introduction to Hong-Sau
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week three
  • Audio file (mp3) with guided Hong-Sau
Further Assignments
  • Digital Video – Part Three with Swami Kriyananda
  • Quiz Three after practicing lesson three routine for one week
Principles
  • Yogic teachings on overcoming the restless mind
Techniques
  • Visualization
  • Prayer
  • Chanting
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week four
  • Audio file (mp3) with chanting
Further Assignments
  • Digital Video – Part Four with Swami Kriyananda
  • Digital Video with Chanting (optional)
  • Quiz Four after practicing lesson four routine for one week
Principles
  • Levels of mind and the Superconscious
Techniques
  • Attuning to the Qualities of God
  • Meditation on the Guru
  • Longer Rhythms: Long Meditations, Silence, Seclusion, Retreats
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week five
Further Assignments
  • Audio file (mp3) with Swami Kriyananda, Deepening Meditation
  • Two Digital Videos – Parts Five and Six with Swami Kriyananda
  • Quiz Five after practicing lesson five routine for one week
Principles
  • Learning to control your energy:
    • body
    • mind
    • soul
Techniques
  • Key points for practicing the Energization Exercises
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week six
  • Digital Video of the Energization Exercises
Further Assignments
  • Digital Video- Part Seven with Swami Kriyananda
  • Quiz Six after practicing lesson six routine for one week
Principles
  • Making meditation a daily practice
Techniques
  • Practice of Japa
  • Practicing the presence of God
  • Journal writing
  • Reviewing the day
Meditation Routine
  • Meditation routine for week seven
Further Assignments
  • Two audio files (mp3) with Swami Kriyananda, Infusing Daily Life With God’s Presence Part One and Two
  • Digital Video – Part Eight with Swami Kriyananda
  • Quiz Seven after practicing lesson seven routine for one week
After completion of all seven 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 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.
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.
The guided meditations and discussions are every Friday at 12:00 noon Pacific Time* and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm Pacific Time.* We also offer 2 additional webinars: Opening Orientation Webinar on course start date and a Next Steps Webinar on the final week of the course. We will post exact dates and times on the course page.

*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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Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Co-Director of Online with Ananda, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 20 years. She is originally from Lake Tahoe in Northern California and first discovered Ananda in 1996. That same year, she became a Certified Meditation and Ananda Yoga Teacher and taught in her home town. She eventually moved to Ananda Village in 1998 – where she now lives with her husband Vic.  Before becoming Director of Online with Ananda in 2009, she served for many years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila is gifted in supporting and encouraging people, helping them take that next step spiritually. Through her role at Online with Ananda, she enjoys connecting with devotees worldwide, sharing in this journey of Self-Realization.

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Brahmachari Jitendra

Brahmachari Jitendra is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Monk living at the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. While serving with Online 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.

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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.