An inspiring course with Nayaswamis Gyandev & Diksha

Are you ready for roll-up-your-sleeves spirituality? Do you want specific things you can do—not mere philosophy—to make positive shifts in your life?

If so, then this highly experiential course is perfect for you. You’ll gain an entire toolbox of simple, yet powerful, techniques for working directly with subtle energy, the intelligent force that makes things happen in this world—and inside of you.

It all comes from Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of Yogi, and his close, direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

Join Gyandev & Diksha at any time during this 4-part, 8-week course. You will have access to all course materials, including video recordings of webinars, so you can catch up with our online group, start your experiments, and get engaged in the discussion forums.


Course Benefits

Master the Body-Energy-Mind Connection

Understand the secrets of working with subtle energy, and learn how to use it to upgrade the workings of your own body and mind—and your life. You’ll begin to establish new ways of living that truly serve you.

Break Through Barriers to Success

Discover how to work skillfully with inner and outer factors that have been guiding your life until now—for better or for worse—and learn how to make changes that will take your life to a higher level.

Learn Techniques That You Can Use Anytime

Most of these techniques can be used to great effect in meditation, and you can also use them anytime during the day, in any amount of available time—in some cases even as short as a single breath. Of course, more practice will yield even better results.

Gain a Wide Spectrum of Practical Insights

You’ll interact regularly with classmates via discussion forums, as together you experiment with these techniques, and share your insights and experiences.

Discover How to Live Superconsciously

Practice keys to living the way great saints and masters live: in a powerful divine flow that will help you find solutions, overcome difficulties, have greater joy, and draw God more dynamically into your life.

Be Guided by Experts

Your instructors, Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha, have been practicing and teaching these techniques for decades, and they’ll share with you their experiential knowledge of how to make the most of them.

Course Structure

This course consists of 4 two-week modules spread over an eight-week period. The first week of each module is a time to learn and explore a number of new techniques and exercises. The second gives you time to integrate those practices with the preceding modules’ practices. Halfway through each module is a live webinar to help you refine what you’ve been learning and doing. Following are the topics of the four modules:

Module 1 (Feb 20 – Mar 06):  Have Dynamic Energy—and Use It!

You’ll practice techniques that dramatically increase your level of energy, then use that energy to gain full cooperation from your mind and focus your willpower more effectively. You’ll also learn the little-known secret of effective affirmation practice.

Module 2 (Mar 06 – 20):  Harmonize Your Emotions

Emotions are major carriers of energy, and they can serve us—or block us, or lead us astray. You’ll learn the hidden inner mechanism of emotion, and practice simple techniques that will help you harness that energy and redirect it to your benefit.

Module 3 (Mar 20 – Apr 03):  Increase Your Magnetism

Magnetism makes everything happen in your life, inwardly as well as outwardly. Learn to direct your energy wisely to generate the kind of magnetism—and get the kinds of results—that you want to have You’ll also learn how to protect yourself magnetically from negative people and environments.

Module 4 (Apr 03 – 17):  Live in a Superconscious Flow

This is the ultimate goal of all seeking: to live in divine consciousness. It can seem elusive, but in this module you’ll learn simple, energy-based practices that take you far in this direction. You’ll also develop a personal plan for using the techniques of this course in your daily life.

Elements of Each Module

This course focuses on practicality and direct, personal experience, not philosophical study. Each module offers:

  • An overview video that gives you a context for the module’s techniques and exercises
  • 2–5 technique videos, plus written summaries of the techniques
  • 2–3 additional strategies for daily living, to help you explore the module’s topics in a highly personal way
  • Supplemental material to deepen your understanding and practice of the module’s techniques and exercises
  • 6–8 videos and audios that you can practice with. All of them include meditation and other inner practices; some include Ananda Yoga practice as well.
  • Discussion forum (not “live”) to share your experiences and insights, ask questions, get guidance, and connect personally with classmates and instructors
  • “Live” webinar at the halfway point of the module

In addition, throughout the course you can take advantage of:

  • A comprehensive Resource Manual that contains all of the course materials (including video and audio links)
  • An “Ask the Instructors” forum, for additional guidance from Gyandev & Diksha
  • Foundational practice resources that will be used in every module, including meditation and Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises.
  • Resources for further study & practice

Meet Your Instructors

Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha are two of Ananda’s most popular teachers. They have decades of experience teaching all aspects of Yoga—from postures and breathing techniques, to meditation and yoga philosophy, to training teachers of meditation and yoga. They teach regularly at The Expanding Light, Ananda’s retreat in Northern California, as well as in Canada, Europe, India, Israel, and across the U.S. Together they co-direct Ananda Meditation Teacher Training (in person and online) and create guided meditation, affirmation, and visualization videos for the free Ananda Meditation app. Both offer meditation coaching and spiritual counseling (online and in person) through The Expanding Light.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami GyandevComing from a scientific background—he holds a PhD in applied math from Stanford University—Gyandev has always loved the practical, scientific basis of the yoga teachings: it’s all about direct, personal experience, not mere belief, and there’s no better way to have those experiences than through the techniques of this course. He has been practicing the techniques of this course—and many others as well—since 1982.

Gyandev is known for his penetrating insights into the down-to-earth applications of the yoga teachings, and his ability to make those teachings and techniques come alive in practical ways for students. He also loves to laugh—even serious subjects deserve a bit of lighthearted fun—and his gentle humor has endeared him to students for decades.

Gyandev is a Certified Online Instructor as well as an Ananda Lightbearer minister and Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga). He serves as director of Ananda Yoga worldwide and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. He has written three books (including Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness), created numerous audio recordings, and produced more than 50 yoga videos, including the 12-volume set, The Ananda Yoga Series.

Nayaswami Diksha

A multi-talented woman of great warmth, gifted in both intelligence and intuition, Diksha imbues her teaching with a keen mind, heart, spirit, and humor. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will to make positive changes in their lives.

In addition to the many courses she teaches at The Expanding Light retreat, she serves as an Ananda Lightbearer minister, and director of Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training (in person and online). Her articles and blogs on meditation appear regularly on

Diksha brings a broad and varied background to her teaching. A native Israeli, she has a B.S. in Biology from Hebrew University and did research in neurobiology at the Medical School of Jerusalem. She is an accomplished artist; in addition to her BFA for Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, she has received numerous awards for her work. She also spent three years in a Master’s program in Fine Arts at Kyoto Art University in Japan.

Diksha is also an expert in vegetarian cooking and diet, and has created Online Vegetarian Cooking for Health and Vitality (a 97-video series) as well as three acclaimed cookbooks: The Healing Kitchen, Global Kitchen, and Vegetarian Cooking for Starters. She also has studied and taught Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of natural health and healing.


No, you can engage with the course whenever it works for you. The only “live” activities are five webinars, which are video-recorded for the benefit of those who cannot attend.
One takes place on the first Saturday of the course at 11:00 AM (Pacific time). Each of the four other webinars takes place at 9:30 AM (Pacific time) on a Sunday, at the halfway point of a module.
For each module, expect to spend 1–2 hours becoming familiar with the techniques and exercises, plus another hour with the webinar. Spend as much time as you like in the discussion forums, sharing your experiences with the techniques, and learning from classmates’ experiences. As for how much time you’ll spend practicing the techniques and exercises, that depends on how good you want your results to be.
You can download the comprehensive course manual, a pdf that includes the written materials for the course as well as links to the audio and video content, which will remain available to you long-term on the web.
You will have continuous access to each module from the day it begins through 2 months after the final module ends.

Take Charge Today

Join Gyandev & Diksha at any time during the first 2 modules of this 4-module, 8-week course. You will have access to all course materials, including video recordings of webinars, so you can easily catch up with your classmates, begin your experiments, and engage with the discussions.

4 two-week modules spread over eight weeks
Tuition: $149 Special offer: $139
Upcoming Dates: February 20 – April 17, 2021

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