Preparation for Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a spiritual path, not just a single technique. The Path of Kriya includes specific techniques of meditation and yoga, along with discipleship and the philosophical understanding from Art and Science of Raja Yoga. After a student has taken our online courses, Lessons in Meditation, Art and Science of Raja Yoga, and Course on Discipleship, or their equivalent (the print version or classes at an Ananda Center), they are eligible to take this fourth step on the Path of Kriya Yoga. This course will help you to put all your previous training together into a comprehensive daily practice.

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*Enrollment available upon confirmation of having completed Steps 1-3 on the Path of Kriya Yoga.

Tuition: $59.95

What You’ll Receive

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • Interactive forums.
  • Regular online discussion meetings with instructor.
  • Personal support (via email, telephone, or live chat).
  • Certificate of Completion.

More About Course

Preparation for Kriya Yoga

Paramhansa Yogananda

“The practice of Kriya Yoga helps a student develop pranayama, or ‘control of the life force.’ According to Yogananda, pranayama is a condition, not just a technique. Development of pranayama is essential for reaching God-realization. Among yoga techniques, Kriya is the most effective because it is the most central and direct in that way that it works with controlling the live force.” — Nayaswami Devarshi

This course offers in-depth exploration on deepening your understanding and practice of the central techniques on the Path of Kriya Yoga. It will help you tune more deeply into the Guru-Disciple relationship as it relates to the path of Kriya. You will learn the AUM technique of meditation and additional practices that will help prepare you for your initiation into the Kriya technique. It will not only expand your understanding of the Path of Kriya Yoga, but will help integrate all your previous training into a comprehensive daily practice.
This course offers several methods for student engagment. Each lesson contains downloadable reading assignments, digital videos of Swami Kriyananda, and audio learning tracks from various speakers including Swami Kriyananda, Nayaswami Jyotish, and Tyagi Ram. There will be occasional live classes presented by the instructor and special guest speakers. All of the live classes are recorded for students unable to attend live. Each lesson ends with a quiz which allows for further interaction with the course instructor.

The recommended pace of this course is one lesson per week. You will have 16 weeks to complete the five lessons in this course. You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at

Course Outline

Before You Begin
  • Reading Assignment: Introduction and How to Use Lessons
  • Daily Meditation Practice Requirements for Kriya Yoga
  • Reading Assignment: Preparation For Kriya Yoga, Part One
  • Audio (mp3) Swami Kriyananda on Receptivity
  • Video: Energization Exercises
  • Video: Better Breathing in Meditation & Pranayama
  • Lesson One Quiz
Additional Resource
  • Bonus Video: Free Your Breath from the Ananda Yoga Series
  • Chant: I Awake in Thy Light by Swami Kriyananda
  • Reading Assignment: Preparation For Kriya Yoga, Part Two
  • Audio (mp3) AUM Technique with Nayaswami Jyotish
  • Audio (mp3) Chanting AUM at the Chakras with Tyagi Ram
  • Lesson Two Quiz
Additional Resource
  • Chant: Fill Me With the Sound of Aum by Swami Kriyananda
  • Reading Assignment: Preparation for Kriya Yoga, Part Three
  • Article: Devotion: Your Protection in Difficult Times by Swami Kriyananda
  • Audio (mp3) Kriya Yoga Preparation with Swami Kriyananda
  • Lesson Three Quiz
Additional Resource
  • Chant: O God Beautiful by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Reading Assignment: Preparation for Kriya Yoga, Part Four
  • Video: Maha Mudra
  • Audio (mp3) Science of Yoga with Swami Kriyananda
  • Lesson Four Quiz
Additional Resource
  • Chant: Why O Mind Wanderest Thou by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Reading Assignment: Preparation For Kriya Yoga, Part Five
  • Lesson Five Quiz
Additional Resource
  • Chant: No Birth, No Death by Paramhansa Yogananda
After the completion of all 5 lessons and quizzes, you can receive your Certificate of Completion.

Once you have completed the course, you can make arrangements with the course instructor, Director of Ananda’s Kriya Sangha, for Kriya Initiation.

Course Instructor

Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 20 years. Previous to her current role in the Ananda Kriya Sangha, she served as Director of Online with Ananda for nearly 10 years, where she developed and taught online courses – all based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Previous to her time at Online with Ananda, she served over seven years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila 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. In 1998 she moved to Ananda Village – where she now lives with her husband Vic. Devalila’s great joy and gifts are in supporting and encouraging people, wherever they are spiritually, and helping them find their next step along their journey toward Self-realization.