Living the Principles of Self-Realization brings you the essential teachings and techniques of Raja Yoga that will prepare you to receive Kriya Yoga initiation. This course will streamline your process of preparing for Kriya Yoga and enrollment in this course follows your completion of Step 1: Lessons in Meditation.

Kriya Yoga is the sacred technique of meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

The focus in this 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.

Who is This Course For:

This course is a part of the Path of Kriya Yoga and is for those who have completed Lessons in Meditation and are on the learning track to eventually receive Kriya Yoga initiation. Living the Principles of Self-Realization provides eight core lessons and meditation exercises, covered over a period of ten weeks.

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Tuition for 10-Week Course: $69.95

Upcoming Courses:

  • October 21st to December 30th
  • December 2nd to February 10, 2021
  • January 13 to March 24, 2021
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What You’ll Receive:

  • In-depth instruction to help you prepare for for Kriya Yoga.
  • HD pre-recorded classes covering a wide range of topics
  • 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 Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 am Pacific Time**
  • 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.
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Meet your Instructors

Dhyan Garcia-Davis

Dhyan Garcia-DavisDhyan 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.

Nayaswami Lalita

Lalita moved to Ananda Village in 1984. In 1988 she and her husband moved to Ananda Sacramento as ministers. Lalita taught yoga and meditation classes, gave Sunday Services, led sadhanas and worked in the Ananda Center. She and her husband also helped establish the Ananda Community in Rancho Cordova.

In 1999 they moved back to Ananda Village as program directors for the Village Residential Program. During that time Lalita worked closely with new residents providing friendship, counseling, group meditations, organizing the household and classes. In 2018 they moved to Crystal Hermitage where she is now the manager. Deepening her spiritual life through meditation, Kriya and service is a priority. It is a joy to help others deepen their own spiritual life and find the joy we are all seeking

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
Living the Principles of Self-Realization 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 eight weeks of the course presented by the instructor. 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 ten weeks to complete the eight 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.

63 reviews for Living the Principles of

  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

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    I am truly blessed to be a learning the Raja Yoga. This course is awesome, a lot of questions in my life were answered through this course.
    Thank you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thank you to our teachers! Your sacred and loving approach to your students is remarkable and very welcome. I am learning more and more. I am a long-time meditator, but last year I had felt stuck. It was similar to what Swami Kriyananda talks about when he questioned everything and watched himself critically, but found himself in a place he hadn’t been. I was told about Raja Yoga some time ago and made an attempt in my readings, then found myself looking online more
    and was led to these courses. My heart chakra is opening again and I am happier and mellower. My meditations have become deeper and greatly uplifting. I feel
    more centered. I read and reread the book and the lessons with devotion and eagerness to hear and experience more. I am enthralled by this great lineage.
    Thank you for your seva. Thank you for your kind instruction. With great love, Rose Ghilardi

  8. 5 out of 5

    This class was a blessing. My practice has improved and progressed significantly.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Where can we learn about our purpose in life? And, more importantly, where can we learn HOW to actually achieve this purpose? The joy that we find in this world is temporary and unfulfilling. The current state of our world is in chaos and people are filled with deep emotional pain and suffering. One only needs to turn on the news.

    What a sense of relief that Ananda – and in particular this course – presents. Before Ananda, I believed that God existed and that we needed to cultivate our relationship with Him to find joy. But I was entirely lost as to how to develop this relationship and get closer to Him. It seemed that the more I tried, the farther I got. Ananda and this Raja Yoga course presents the student (or devotee) with the essential tools (and weapons) to fight the “good fight” and become soldiers of the light. What other way can we find joy?

    Swami Kriyananda provides the Raja Yoga teachings in a simple but electric way. Dhyan Garcia-Davis helped me understand the teachings in a more clearer, practical and formidable way. Every question that I had, Dhyan was able to answer with an impressive understanding. His wisdom was just natural. I was very comfortable speaking with him and sharing my personal experience with him. He inspired me to become the person that I really want to be.

    Anyone who takes this course, not only will learn about the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga, but more importantly, will develop a deep relationship with Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, which will take the student (or devotee) into different and higher levels of joy that he or she is unable to reach by himself or herself. What this course really offers, in other words, is Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda’s grace. As the Bible states, “But to all who did receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

    We need to “receive” God’s grace and, I sincerely believe that Master Yogananda and Swamiji Kriyananda, are emissaries for this grace. Through Ananda – and courses like these – we can find the Eternal Joy that we are all seeking. And if it’s not in our destiny to find it in this lifetime, then we can certainly make a great leap towards it.

    Take this course – it will change your life!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Very thankful to have been a part of this course. I am able to participate in the course whenever there are open moments in my life, and there was enough to keep me growing and learning, but not too much to interfere with obligations, jobs, responsibilities, etc. I appreciated connecting with Brother Dyhan, the teacher, and being free to discuss anything. This course went a little further in depth and taught me many more breathing techniques and meditation postures. I look forward to further spiritual adventuring since finding Master Yogananda’s Autobiography one year ago. Blessing to all!

  11. 5 out of 5

    If you are considering being a part of this class in Raja Yoga, I recommend it highly. The lessons, materials and insights are nothing short of priceless. Wherever you may be on your journey there are teachings within that will resonate with you deeply, as they did with me. Swami Kriyananda’s writings and lectured classes were reviewed and discussed with great wisdom and love by instructor Dhyan.

    Take the Course
    Dive Within
    Spread the Peace


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    5 out of 5

    I came to this course at just the right time in my spiritual development. This experience has brought me through a journey that has sometimes been difficult, often reassuring and always enlightening. There was much individualized support given by the instructor which helped my understanding. Ananda Church of Self-Realiztion is a place, physically and spiritually, of loving guidance. Remember always, as I strive to do, that we are drawn here for a deep purpose. This is true whether you’ve been connected to Ananda for years or for a moment. We are loved.

  13. 5 out of 5

    I continue to be amazed about the depths of the experience in all Ananda online courses. Certainly, this course on Raja Yoga has been full of wisdom, giving me a much greater understanding of both the ancient teachings of Yoga and the new expression that Paramhansa Yogananda gave to them. But much more than that, the course has been an experience of spiritual growth. Because Ananda, as I have experienced it, is obviously not only about teaching the techniques and philosophy but primarily about giving you everything you need to grow. Our teacher Dhyan went to great lengths to give very individual feedback, and he helped me tremendously with every little question I had. But above all, he gave me a lot of inspiration and joy – which made me think: Ok, we are all in this together as friends, helping each other, sharing our experiences, caring for the spiritual welfare of our sisters and brothers. And this is truly invaluable!

  14. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend the Raja Yoga course. The course is well written with weekly lessons to illustrate the teachings. The course is augmented with audio recordings from great masters and from the instructors at Ananada. Personally, I felt this course helped to deepen my meditative/spiritual practice. Dhyana’s comments were insightful, wise, and supportive. Another outstanding online course offered by Ananda community.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Excellent, excellent, excellent… This course was absolutely amazing! The level of knowledge and wisdom given through the literature as well as the teacher Dhyan was life changing. I have to compliment the way in which the lessons are given. The flow is so east to follow and the written lessons are exact and easy to inner stand. Following up with the lessons with the audio of Swami was a brilliant idea. The Ananda School gives you an array of different avenues to make sure you are grasping each lesson thoroughly and in every way you can. Now on to the teacher Dhyan, what can you say about someone who is SELFELESS and ALWAYS has a willing heart to help in anyway that he can. I apprecialove him so much for his patience and guidance. Ever attentive when he noticed that I wasn’t participating in the way I normally do and he contacted me immediately to make sure that all was well. He never lost faith in me and always kept me motivated. There are really no words to express my gratitude. I only can send him and his family an abundance of Love and Light. Thank you so much for helping me on my journey, my gratitude is endless! Om Shanti

    Sumer Mullen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Great course! Many insights, a lot of awareness, many behavioral patterns coming out of the surface, a lot of changes for the better, a lot of joy, a great teacher!

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Ananda on-line courses keep surprising me with how effective and personal the on-line study can be. The reading and audio/visual assignments, weekly webinars, and a seemingly 24-access to support one’s study are just wonderful in their scope of knowledge and heart. My life keeps expanding with this interaction of the community, fellow participants, and the instructor(s).

  18. 5 out of 5

    I truly feel that I was led by a God to the study of Raja Yoga. I live in rural America where it is unlikely that I would have found this beautiful path. In this class I’ve been given practical as well as well as mystical techniques to undeniably commune with God. This has fulfilled a long held yearning. From these practices I am gaining strength and steadiness! And a deeper understanding of who I am, and what my relationship to God is and can be.

    Dhyan has been a patient, empathic guide through this class and was the exact person I needed to give me courage to continue when I thought my busy mind would not let me. Now I have a practice! Thanks God!

  19. 5 out of 5

    An awesome course to get to know the depth of yoga and what it means to live the spiritual path. This stuff just fascinates me! Dhyan did a fantastic job guiding us throughout the course 🙂 Thank you Dhyan!

  20. 5 out of 5

    This course is one of the most profound experiences in my life. Is not just a dry philosophy course but a education for life. The clear and strength forward approach of Swamiji is a blessing. The way the information is presented is very clear. And brother Dhyan makes the most obscure topics clear and easy to understand. The meditations are wonderful to add.
    This course will give you tools to deepen your practice and tackle life with an actively calm attitude. The principles of raja yoga are the pinnacle of yogic though and the aim of yoga is presented in this course and made me feel is within anyone’s grasp. After all we are enlightenment we just have to imprime our knowing. I feel closer to God, Guru and Ananda through this course.

  21. 5 out of 5

    This is the second Ananda online course I’ve taken with Dhyan and I’ve found him to be consistently supportive , accessible and ready to help with any personal or technical issue. For those wish to delve deep into the depth and breadth of Raja Yoga, I doubt you’ll find a more clear or concise course. I’ve very grateful to haveaccess to these wonderful online teachings and look forward to taking my next step on the path of Kriya Yoga ~ Namaste

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raja Yoga as offered online with Ananda has been such a blessing that has surpassed every expectation. It turned what could easily have been a merely intellectual exploration into an experiential one by providing a wonderful structure, gentle support, and energy to the teachings and practices. It was for me a direct connection to this beautiful lineage of Enlighened Masters who have filled my heart with music and only just begun to help me awaken the eternal spring of joy, gratitude, devotion, and immeasurable love within. Don’t hesitate to open to the profound gift of this offering.

  23. 5 out of 5

    All online courses with Ananda were profound and enriching experiences.
    In particular, this course of Raja Yoga was a deep experience of spiritual growth.
    The course is very well organized and all material provided: texts, audios, videos, as well as the live seminars and morning meditations are outstanding. Dhyan has been exceptional in guiding us in this spiritual journey. We have been practicing yoga and meditation for many years but with Ananada and this course in particular, our spiritual life has taken a sharp turn. The way the teachings are conveyed renders them easy to apply to our daily life and so, opens the way to extremely enriching deep experiences of Masters’ guidance.

    Patrizia and Umberto Banderali

  24. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoying the whole Kriya Yoga process, glad I signed up!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yoga will never be the same — after years of tiptoeing around the edges – practicing hatha yoga, meditation, off and on — I discovered in this course the cornerstone, the “backbone” of yoga, a world so deep and large and high that in any other context, I am not sure I would have undertaken the journey. This course, though, is accessible and has opened a new world to me, invited me on a path which I have long been seeking in the deep respect of my soul, for which I am ever grateful. The readings are dense but illuminating. And Dhyan has been a good shepherd with great intuition, whose webinars seemed to speak to the very questions about the path, about the readings, that were in my mind at the time (despite the thousands of kilometers that separate us). I am ever grateful for the course, for Dhyan’s honest, gentle wisdom and I will continue on the path that Ananda offers now, with humble and joyful anticipation.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for this wonderful course ! I really loved it to dive deep into the theoretical part, as well as into the practical part.
    This had a transformational effect on my daily attitude towards myself aswel as towards others.
    One of the signs I remarked is that I’m becoming more kind. My character is to be “passionated” by what I’m doing, to be “intense”, and so a consequence of that is that I am sometimes also “intense” in my reactions when things are not going like I (ego) want, and then I become like we call it “agressif” but not in a bad way. Well that kind of reactions I have less, and together with the fact that I become more “kind”, I become also more patient (patience is something that I didn’t had at all). So thank you for this beautiful adventure together, and also for the “eye-opening” (little pun) guidance during the whole journey.

  27. 5 out of 5

    I once again have benefited deeply from the teachings and personalized guidance of another on-line Ananda class! It was a perfect follow up to lessons in meditations. Even if it is an overview of the whole of raja yoga both the written materials and audios are great at sharing its essences and was exactly what I needed!
    I also took advantage of the help offered by Dhyan and asked questions as they came up. His kindness and knowledgeable answers were greatly appreciated! I would encourage anybody who has any questions to not hesitate and ask them, because it helps to the clarification you seek and Dhyan is a a beautiful soul quite able to help you in this area!

  28. 5 out of 5

    When I was taking this course, my life went through many changes, it made me very busy and frustrated, almost wanted to quit this course due to not enough time to learn. After two weeks delay of my Quiz, I allocated whole day to catch up. When I was going through the reading and writing my delayed quiz, I gain the high energy from the reading material. I reflected a lot on my life experience with the learning material, and it’s perfect. I was able to regain my inner strength and will power to deal with the life challenges. Special thanks to teacher Dhyan, his feedback and email to me had provided me with very positive energy. He helped me to see the challenges I was facing was good learning material for me to achieve another height of the spiritual development. I am very happy I didn’t quit in the middle of the course. I will go for the third one now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    My eyes have been opened. Many thanks and blessings to everyone at Ananda and especially to Dhyan for sharing true teachings and revelations to seeking souls.

  30. 5 out of 5

    I have had very much a feeling of ‘coming home’ through this course and the previous one. So much of what I have read or heard over the years, often from vastly different sources, (and often forgotten) seems to have come together. I remember reading once that a definition of good writing is that, when you come to the end of one paragraph, the questions in your mind are answered in the next paragraph. So it has been with these courses, that what I was wondering about was explained in the next lesson. I have been very impressed by the simplicity and clarity of the teachings, but also the range of cover from basic meditation techniques, which attracted me in the first place, to deeply philosophical explanations of the fundamental origins of the world (also simply and clearly expressed).
    Having begun by wanting to improve my meditations, I have found this course has deepened my experience and understanding of meditation and brought to the forefront the need to spend more time and energy on spiritual practice. I have no hesitation in recommending it very highly to anyone seeking to follow the spiritual path.

  31. 5 out of 5

    This class was an inspiring journey of self reflection and devotion. The instructors are always available to clarify and offer support. Leave yourself enough time to absorb each chapter and especially the additional resource of Swami’s advice and guidance offered each week by recording.

  32. 5 out of 5

    This course was as expected-amazing. All the teachings for me are like building a fence so that we can meditate without bothering too much about the outside world. Dhyan has been excellent in providing guidance and answers. For me this course is the stepping stone to learn Kriya Yoga and not just a recreational activity. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings are practical in as much as worldly people can co relate to them and see why spirituality is so important for all of us.

  33. 5 out of 5

    This is really an inspiring course, very well built and a lot of tools are offered to guide thé students. The support of thé teacher is sublime, heartfelt expressions and compassionate words make this course all together blissfull. ❤️

  34. 5 out of 5

    I’m so happy to have found these lessons and Dhyan Davis is a true, living example of the teachings. I can honestly say that I’ve gained more tangible progress and confidence in both my physical and spiritual life with this path than I have in all previous years of seeking combined. These lessons and techniques match perfectly with my way of life and I feel like I’m on a wonderful, (yet often challenging:) battle against my inner enemies. It’s like being engaged in a delightful scavenger hunt of exploration and Self discovery in each moment. My doubts, fears and confusion are fading one-by-one and the understanding and connection to the Self is growing stronger and more powerful each day! I am so eager and ready to continue and can’t imagine my life without these Ananda lessons from the masters. I keep thinking how lucky I am to be alive and prepared right now in this era where all these teachings are available in digital format, allowing us to practice and train while still living in the world and going about our daily lives. Thank you!

  35. 5 out of 5

    This class is great! The course material comes from Swami Kriyananda’s book, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga – which has very in-depth coverage of the topic. The writings and recordings from Swami Kriyananda are inspiring and practical. The course instructor was Dhyan Garcia-Davis. What a blessing he is! I really appreciate all the time he spent supporting our success and providing thoughtful advice to my quiz responses.

    I highly recommend taking this Ananda class. It is the perfect next step after Lessons in Meditation.

  36. 5 out of 5

    My meditation practice has deepened after taking this course. I m becoming more aware of my mind patterns and consciously making improvements. I m feeling blessed to have a community and people to clarity doubts. I m at a point where I can leave house, the online course has been a blessing.


  37. 5 out of 5

    Great course! I came away with strengthened love and devotion. And I have a better understanding of “right living” to which I am now dedicated. The instructor Dhyan was very supportive.

  38. 5 out of 5

    Taking this course made a big difference in my relationship with myself and my understanding and practice of Yogananda’s teachings. The material was dense but I was able to complete all the work while still managing the demands of daily life. It brought together many aspects of the spiritual path and their relevance for my growth. It helped me resolve inner conflicts about being on this path that is so different from mainstream society. The course provided guidance and a framework for dealing with spiritual challenges in my life currently. Dhyan Garcia-Davis gave encouraging talks, and devoted great time and attention to responding to essay questions. I felt held and supported through the process of confronting my shadow aspects and holding on to a positive view of myself and my progress even when I faced big spiritual challenges or felt that I didn’t do as well as I wished in a situation. He helped me judge myself less harshly, and see myself as a loving child of God who is making a sincere effort to grow past my negative, ego-protective habits. I’ve been involved with Ananda for 9 years, read many books, listened to many talks, done several retreats and a Kriya Yoga internship in an Ananda community, and thought that the material would be redundant and I might be bored. it was not and I was challenged, kept interested, and assisted in applying these teachings to my spiritual growth. I strongly recommend this course, and Dhyan as an instructor. It changed and inspired me, pulled me out of a low period in my life, gave me new direction and motivation to keep on keeping on with the practices that are most meaningful to me. I feel very grateful for this experience.

  39. 5 out of 5

    I feel so grateful to have taken this course. The mediations and exercises were so helpful on my journey. The talks from Swami Kriyananda were powerful and inspiring. I thoroughly recommend this course and I look forward to beginning the next course in the series. Thank you Ananda !!

  40. 5 out of 5

    This course has really been a blessing. All I have learned is helping me a lot in my following my spiritual path. The instructor has been very supportive and his words always very inspiring and uplifting. I am so grateful for this experience!!!

  41. 5 out of 5

    Great and valuable course.
    All the material is very valuable and the teacher is extremely implicated and suportive.
    The content is challenging and the pace high but the process worth it.
    I recommend without reserve this course

  42. 5 out of 5

    Well there is a reason why everyone is giving this class 5 stars. From a technical perspective, however your prefer to learn auditory, visual, prefer to read they cover all grounds by having materials in books (PDF), Audio files and Streaming Webinars. You have access to your teacher (Dhyan for me) to ask questions through the forum and lots of reference material with weekly quizzes including specifics as well as essay. So again from how the courses operate is fantastic. Secondly I want to put out the passion, enthusiasm, energy and individual attention from Dhyan was incredible which as we know feeds your own energy to dive deeper. Not just answering questions but providing a sounding board and inspiration made this a joyous experience.
    Third the actual content. Most likely you took introduction to meditation and maybe you have already studied a bit about Raja Yoga, but this course goes into much greater detail. Probably commit to learning 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You don’t know what you don’t know, and this course will support in the realization of this and make you then want to dive in deeper with many questions. Lastly the results, I can say this class has greatly strengthened my will to go down this path and have seen the fruits of this labor in a multitude of ways. Good luck finding your path to whomever is reading this (& Many blessings 😉

  43. 5 out of 5

    This course and every other course I did with Ananda has added to my development . Implementing the learnings into my daily life has made me calm and accepting. I appreciate the teachers for guiding me on my journey. I look forward to connecting to this source of knowledge again by doing another course for which I am ready.

  44. 5 out of 5

    This course was very inspiring and informative for me. The Instructor Dhyan embodies the timeless teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through his kindness and helpfulness. It was a very nice experience to complete this course with like-minded people and to be part of the Ananda community.
    I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this course and to dive deeper into the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
    I highly recommend to join this course and be inspired.

    Be the change!!!

  45. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful class! Excellent material, and support from Dhyan. I worked full time and was able to complete the lesson objectives, so it’s very doable for anyone with work and family obligations. The love and care is clearly expressed by Dhyan in his email and quiz responses. This course has helped me realize the vast spiritual community we can be a part of if we choose to put the effort in. Excellent job Dhyan!!! Much love brother

  46. 5 out of 5

    The course is charged with the powerful positive energy coming from both the materials and the teacher. Dhyan is the Chanel of light helping us with this incredible transformation on the way to our better self. It is simply how it feels. Dhyan thank you and respect for such incredible positive energy.

  47. 5 out of 5

    This is a powerful course that I highly recommend to any serious spiritual seeker. It will inspire you, strengthen you, ignite your divine intelligence and open doors that will help lead you right up the heavenly ladder. The teacher (Dhyan) is very knowledgeable, authentic and his fervency and zeal for the subject is contagious. He puts a lot of energy into video recordings and feedback on quizzes, thereby helping you to dive deep into this rich well of information. This is the content you need, which will inspire you to continue on with your meditation practice. Ananda is amazing and it’s a blessing to find this divine connection to Yogananda and his teachings through this impressive community.

  48. 5 out of 5

    I must say with all sincerity, this course – Raja Yoga – was truly tremendous! If you have doubts about what this class has to offer in terms both the depth and breadth of the yoga sciences, you will be most pleasantly surprised! This class provided more insight, more understanding, more perspective and greater appreciation for what Raja Yoga has to offer than might have been imagined. Dhyan is an excellent instructor.. and offered both wise and insightful advice at several points in my progression through the program. If you are looking to add depth in both your understanding and depth in your meditation practices, I heartily recommend this course. Like the preceding Meditation Course, I didn’t know what to expect but I received far more than I thought possible!!

  49. 5 out of 5

    Both courses that I have taken through ananda so far have been informative, interesting, engaging, and as others have said the Instructors of each course are very supportive. In the Raja Yoga course I was appreciative of the feedback that Dyhan gave me on the quizzes I took . They were detailed and gave me a better understanding of the areas of my spiritual life that needed a little more attention. Dyhan’s lectures were also great because he shared his experiences on the spiritual path and how it wasn’t always easy and that we still go through struggles which helped me push through when I felt unmotivated at times. My connection to my Higher Power has deepened in an extraordinary way by using the techniques taught in Lessons of Meditation and the Raja Yoga course. I didn’t think simple exercises and meditation techniques could have such profound results, but they do. As long as your devoted to the spiritual path you will see the results!
    Thank you Ananda and all of the teachers that I’ve worked with thus far!

  50. 5 out of 5

    I just want to say: T H A N K S
    I could write a lot, but I rather suggest everyone to make his own experience.
    This course, as well as all the other courses I participated, have (partly) mold the person I am now.
    You want to find happiness in that crazy world around you and advance spiritually? Here at Ananda-online you´re at the right place.

    Keep doing that great work @ Ananda.

    from Germany

  51. 5 out of 5

    The course “Living the Principles of Self-Realization”, is a course worth taken if one is really interested in attending to Self-realization.

    The course starts with the Principles of Energy and Energization followed by what is Raja Yoga and the Paths of Yoga. Next it discusses Ashtanga Yoga: Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path, Yama, which talks about the Dont’s of the Spiritual Path and Niyama, the Do’s of the Spiritual Path. These are rules and regulation of the Spiritual Path, what you should not do “Yama” and what you should do “Niyama”. Transforming Habits and the Science of Using Affirmations is one of the most powerful lesson in this programme. I is about reprogramming the subconscious mind for better things to happen in one’s live

    The lesson on Environment is Stronger than Willpower: The Principle of Magnetism, is another important lesson which teaches one on how to be positive in his or her thoughts and changing the negative way we do things, which helps us build positive magnetism in other to attract positive things to once live and build projection around outlives. The Nature and Purpose of Creation, opens us up to why we are here on earth, what our duties are as human and what to do in other fulfill our purpose here on earth.

    The programme ends with an Introduction to the Guru-disciple Relationship. Do we want to be completely spiritual, then we need to stick to a path and be loyal to the teachings of the path and its leadership called the Guru or Master as no one can get a degree in any college without being a registered student take a matriculation oath, and have a teacher who will take you through the college programme.

    Without a teacher you cannot graduate. So we get make a head way in our spiritual quest without a being a disciple and follow a Guru, Master or Teacher, that will take us in-dept through the spiritual path. It makes sense. And so if you don’t want to have a degree you don’t need a teacher simple.

    All this been said, practice is the answer and not the tons of the theory. If we do not practice what we have been told to do, one can’t verify the truth in the theory. So practice makes perfect. Everything in this course has been logically articulated and kept simple.

    I have been spiritually uplifted and therefore recommend this course to a true seeker of God.

    Thanks Ananda Team.

  52. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is an inspiring yet practical course that I would recommend to all serious spiritual seekers. Under the loving stewardship of Dhyan and Lalita, the curriculum was presented in a multi-media format featuring numerous teachers which enabled students to gather a variety of perspectives on the topics at hand. Unlike other spiritual courses I have taken, the teachers made an effort to connect deeply with each Soul. Every student was treated with the utmost care, respect and consideration. No question went unanswered and every challenge was acknowledged whether there was a solution for it or not. This course lays the ground work for leading a spiritualized life and the instructors demonstrate the “Principles” through their actions.
    To all the great Souls who made this course possible — thank you.

  53. 4 out of 5

    While I cannot say thet the course ‘blew me away’ as did the first in this series, ‘Living the Principles of Self Realisation’ certainly continues to build on its foundations, both in terms of deepening meditation practice and in terms of furthering our understanding of Yoga. I especially enjoyed the video introductions and Dhyan’s webinars, in particular the sections on affirmations and magnetism. The assignments and the feedback I got helped me to hone in on the most important points and to apply the lesson to my own life. Thanks to both Dhyan and Lalita for the time they took for their personal, thoughful feedback. I have been touched in many ways and feel inspired to continue. Many thanks all round.

  54. 5 out of 5

    As with all classes I have taken thus far with Ananda, I found Living the Principles of Self-Realization to be full of tools that I am able to use on a daily basis to keep me on my spiritual path. Some of the concepts in the class were difficult to understand but the facilitators did an excellent job of making the concepts understandable. The feedback I received on the quizzes was helpful and right on point. They are walking the path alongside the students which makes this system work. Due to work commitments I got behind in my studies and received a gentle but firm suggestion from Dyhan to keep going, encouraging me on and highlighting the benefits of continuing. I really appreciated that he took notice I was struggling a bit. His loving motivation encouraged me to complete the course. For anyone interested in learning and moving forward in the spiritual quest I highly recommend this class. Changed my life for the better!!

  55. 5 out of 5

    Great course, I was glad that I took the course. The instructors was very helpful and kind. The course materials and presentations are well organized. Highly recomended for those who want to deepen their meditation and go deeper into the spiritual path.

    Many thanks and blessing,

    Minh T

  56. 5 out of 5

    This course: “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is truly an uplifting and inspiring course. The teachings of ancient principles on how to live our lives to the fullest have enriched my perception of life. The teachers, Dhyan, Arati, and Lalita are wonderful souls, who will guide you with their vast knowledge and examples; their gentle guidance will inspire you to be diligent with your practice.

    I’m not a novice in yoga, but what I have learned in this course and previous Ananda meditation course is so much more than I have learned so far. Enrolling in these classes has been the best decision I took during a challenging year of pandemic and social unrest. The teachings of “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” was like finding a beacon of hope and peace amidst chaos. One begins to find and understand the meaning behind the struggles of life.
    I want to extend my special gratitude to Dhyan for his listening and guidance in a calm and patient manner. May he and his team be blessed.

  57. 5 out of 5

    The course “Living the Principles of Self-Realization”, was very helpful for me personally to deepen my knowledge in this amazing ancient teachings of India as redefined by Paramahansa Yogananda and brought in this course in a very clear way by his disciple Swami Kriyananda. I have benefited from it both theoreticaly and practically. The texts, sound material, video recording, live webinars and additional materials compliment each other very well, analysing and explaining the lesson from different angels. The teachers have been very supportive, helpful and I have felt their sincere intention to respond to my specific needs. They are a true guidance as they embody and practice the teachings they are transmitting. I recommend this course not only to those who wants to follow the path of Kriya Yoga but to everyone who wants to know how to be the best version of themselves and how to heave a meaningful life. I am grateful for the guidance and blessings I have received though this course!
    Love and Light, Adela

  58. 5 out of 5

    I want to recommend the Living the Principles of Self-Realization to every soul that is out there seeking to come home. The course features several techniques to calm the body and mind so that we can reflect in our life to take responsibility for patterns and current situations. Dhyan and Lalita are such great teachers full of love and understanding. Their wisdom and love are inspiring and motive you to continue growing in the spiritual path.

  59. 4 out of 5

    I must confess, “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is a great course and an eye opener and have added to my knowledge. It was a bit tough at the beginning for me because I was down with malaria fever but looking better now.

    The course was well packaged with reading and other materials and excellently presented to seekers by experienced instructors. Without mixing words, I will recommend this course to interested seekers who want to go further in the understanding the techniques of meditations leading to Self and God realization in this lifetime.

    In a nutshell, linking self with a Master soul or Guru to continue the spiritual path is what this course is all about. We have been following some of the rudiments of spirituality preparing the students to the great inner journey beyond the physical realms.

    It has always been said that when the Chela or student is ready the Master will appear.
    Many thanks and blessings to all Ananda team for presenting meditation via online platform in a very exciting way for seekers to quickly flow along.

    What is left now is practice, practice and practice to achieve the needed results…

    Rufus Jegbefume.

  60. 5 out of 5

    My spiritual journey, both in knowledge and practice has been enriched because of the course. And the tutors are quite simply wonderful souls. I really value the time they spent on giving me feedback that is not only encouraging, but insightful each time. Thank you, Dhyan and Lalita.

  61. 5 out of 5

    A lot has been written about the course that I can only agree with.
    I would especially like to mention that Dhyan and Lalita are always at your side, with loving words, prayers and individual solutions wherever they are needed.
    Thank you very much!

  62. 5 out of 5

    The Living the Principles of Self-Realization course has expanded greatly on the teachings received in the Lessons in Meditation course. By expanding on the principles learned such as Hong-Sau, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, Energization Exercises and many new topics I feel much more inner peace and am able to dive deeper than ever before.

    Dhyan is a wonderful teacher and thoughtfully responds to your questions as well as your quiz feedback. It is possible to feel his warmth through his individual responses to you.

    Onwards and upwards on the path to Kriya initiation!

  63. 4 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learning more about yogic philosophy and the principles of Kriya yoga. The readings, videos, and recordings were so rich and full of so much wisdom – I feel that I gained much knowledge from the teachings provided in this course. I definitely can say that I have a better grasp on the philosophical teachings of Raja yoga. Part of me just wants to sit with all the beautiful teachings and content provided in this class and let it all sink in deeper and deeper.

    I also feel that my meditation practice has been richly improved due to the new material I was introduced to in this course. I am excited to go on to the next course and further expand my meditation practice.

    Many blessings,

Course Outline

  • Reading Assignment — Energy and Energization: Philosophy and Meditation
  • Audio File — How to Become a Dynamo of Energy
  • Lesson One Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — The Paths of Yoga: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Pathways to God: Heart, Head, & Hands
  • Lesson Two Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga
  • Lesson Three Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Yama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Weeding Your Garden of Self-Realization (Yama)
  • Lesson Four Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Niyama: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — Watering Your Flowers of Self-Realization (Niyama)
  • 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 — Magnetism: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — How & Why To Develop Your Magnetism
  • Lesson Seven Quiz
  • Reading Assignment – The Yogic Scheme of Life: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Lesson Eight Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — The Guru: Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation
  • Audio File — What Is a Guru?
  • Lesson Nine 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 ten full weeks to complete the eight 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 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 Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am 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 Thursday from 9:00 pm to 10:00 am 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.