Start a New Meditation Practice or Inspire Your Current One

The 9-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.

Next Session: January 9 – March 12, 2020

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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.”
Waldemar Z.

“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

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

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.

Brahmachari Jitendra

Brahmachari Jitendra, Director of Ananda’s Online Ministry, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Monk living at the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, Jitendra began his journey with the teachings and meditation in 2006. He helped lead the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center in Rhode Island and aided in spreading the path of Meditation in Boston and New York City.

Jitendra has taught meditation in diverse settings including Yoga Studios, Colleges, High Schools, Rehabilitation Centers and more.


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 lifetime access to all course material.

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 every Tuesday at 6:00 pm Pacific Time. We also offer 2 additional webinars: Opening Orientation Webinar on course start date and a Next Steps Webinar in the final week of the course.

All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live.

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.

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 generally 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.

More Questions?

In 9-weeks, you’ll learn to meditate more effectively— thanks to a broad spectrum of meditation techniques, including:

Ancient meditation techniques as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda

Using the breath to calm the body and mind

How to sit for the most effective, comfortable meditation practice

Paramhansa Yogananda’s unique “Energization Exercises”

Digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and course instructors

Personal support from instructors

Two live webinars with the instructors every week, with guided meditations, discussions and Q&A

Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructors

Downloadable textbook (pdf) and downloadable audio learning tracks (mp3)

Certificate of Completion

Lifetime access to course material upon completion

Enrich Your Life with these Powerful Meditation Techniques

Next Session: January 9 – March 12, 2020 (nine weeks)

Tuition: $99.95

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  • April 9 to June 11, 2020
  • July 9 to September 10, 2020
  • October 8 to December 10, 2020
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