181 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.

  7. mm
    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.

  10. mm
    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    I have been a student of Self-Realization for four years. I took this course to recap and make sure all was done properly. Thank you. I have enjoyed and found it very good to refresh all the things I learned from this four year journey. Everything I have learned has been useful in every aspect of my life in this world.

    I found this late in life and feel the changes have made me more aware of my surroundings and others feelings and emotions. I feel blessed to have found this beautiful spiritual journey.

  18. 5 out of 5

    I give this course 5 stars. The instructors have been so caring and supportive of my learning. The meditation course has been better than I ever dreamed it would be. Stumbling upon Ananda and the Kriya Yoga path has been a true blessing to me. I am joyful about finding the community online and so grateful to all of its members who have touched my life thus far. Namaste.

  19. 5 out of 5

    I am so grateful and blessed to have taken this course on meditation and self-realization. Even though I had the book for about a year and went through it several times, this online course really helped to clarify and enhance my practice of meditation. The instructors were very caring and helpful and all the added videos and live events and writings were truly inspiring. I plan to continue on my path of practicing Kriya Yoga and learning as much as I can and living it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Very professional course, with plenty of course materials and practical video tutorials. The tutors are quick in their response to our assignments, providing us with detailed comments and instructions where needed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful! There was so much more offered by this course than I ever expected. I am very thankful to all involved, and I am continuing onward to the next course!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful! Beautiful spirits enlightening us in such a unique and soul-enriching, soul-pleasing way. Thank you for the awesome experience. I am continuing onward and will take the teacher course this spring to share this wonderful work with my local community.

    Many blessings to you. Namaste!

  23. 5 out of 5

    This course is a really thorough experience, not only offering an incredible wealth of techniques, ideas and explanations in the forms of text, video and life events. It is also something that you can rarely find: The creation of a real community, where participants help and inspire each other. I was especially surprised and pleased with the possibility to ask questions anytime, the teachers being supportive, friendly and very knowledgeable. All of this is invaluable and goes far beyond anything that the word “course” would describe adequately. Thank you!

  24. 5 out of 5

    This course is simply amazing with the quality of instruction that is given and the level of information that is conveyed by each of the teachers ! Each one of the teachers is extremely knowledgeable and very approachable . I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn meditation and to seasoned meditators who want to develop new and worthwhile practice skills .

  25. 5 out of 5

    I have learnt a lot about meditation and really enjoyed the course set up. I appreciate it that it was in an online format, yet each model opened weekly. This way it was easier to commit following and completing the course. I’m looking forward to learning more in the next step on the path. Namaste

  26. 5 out of 5

    Everything was top notch. You can tell the attention and care that the instructors put into this course. It is not only an online course but much more. It will deepen your understanding of meditation in a life applicable practice. It will offer you a community from all over the world who you will be able to relate to, kinder souls like yourself. You don’t feel alone in your spiritual journey.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Some years before I started this course, I have had a good meditation-Practice, with Buddhist Vipassana meditation. But this I lost through private circumstances. As I started this course my main goal was, to find a way…. and to strengthen my less spiritual discipline.
    The books of Paramhansa Yoganananda inspired me. This course, the step 1 of the path, was maybe the most important step in my life. I could restore my discipline and could thanks the very motivating support and care of a friendly team find more inner peace. Now I’m strong motivated to go further. Thanks for the great help.

  28. 5 out of 5

    What a blessing! It’s incredible to feel that from here in my little home in New Hampshire I feel completely embraced by and part of this global community of seekers. The world has become a smaller and friendlier place since joining this course and connecting with so many other precious drops in this vast ocean of oneness, with special gratitude to our teachers Sagar, Jitendra and Susan. I still have a busy mind and a long way to go (a path I can travel right here with all of you since I will be signing up for the next course in January) but I now feel I have a firm grounding in my practice, greatly increased equanimity, and expanded compassion for myself and others on this path (and for those not yet on it, or at least not consciously). I have a set of practices that have become familiar to me and that I trust will continue to deepen. Best of all, Paramahansa Yogananda comes increasingly present to me each day. I highly highly recommend this course.

  29. 5 out of 5

    This is a wonderful course for spiritual seekers and meditators at all levels of skill and aspiration . First , it sets the framework for a strong daily practice involving meditation , visualization , prayer , affirmations , daily living and lifestyle . Much emphasis is placed on developing your Prana (life-force ) in a very positive manner . Topics such as personal magnetism , vibrations , positive affirmation and the power of prayer are all taught with enough detail to implement them in your daily life . The podcasts are of great value , extremely informative and inspiring . The Gurus teaching this course are very approachable and actually reach out to their students on their own initiative to assist them when needed . No matter what meditative or religious tradition someone is from , this is an amazing course that is taught by sincere and talented teachers . Thank you to all the Gurus involved with this course and at Ananda Sangha . You have been a great help !

  30. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this course. The coursework was easy to follow and the instructors were genuine. Thank you for all your inspiration and kind words. I can’t wait for the next course.

  31. 5 out of 5

    I may have attended an “online” course, but it felt anything but. 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. Despite the immense wisdom and experience shared among the people teaching this course, there was never a moment of superiority or ego displayed by these model citizens for humanity. I was encouraged to fully engage in the course but the method of encouragement resulted in greater enthusiasm rather than a feeling of obligation. The content was very clear and the course was structured in a way where the teachings built up each other without every feeling overwhelming. There was 100% support from the fully present instructors every step of the way. The readings, audio, video and tools such as the ananda app provide your with a solid foundation to work with. I live close to one of the centers and visited ananda twice for 2 days each visit during the duration of the course, which enhanced the experience and what I was able to get out of the program. This is so much more that just a “lesson in meditation”, it’s a framework clearly laid out that shows you how to begin a clear, happy, functional and productive life. The residents and Ananda and instructors are living proof that what they are doing actually works. They really walk the walk. The joy and peace that they radiate are what I can strive towards achieving through this program and I am so grateful to have these roles models who can help me navigate out of the disfunction into a state of bliss.

  32. 5 out of 5

    I was in a state of total distress when I began this course and the progress I have made in terms of my ability to connect with the infinite, with myself, and with my path has given me a sense of security and confidence I have never before experienced. The freedom of being open and honest about my experiences with the teachers and receiving loving and supportive feedback was monumental. Thank you very much.

  33. 5 out of 5

    I have been meditating for some years, learning from various schools. i was at Barbados till 15th of October,2018. I was passing through a torrid time due to the financial scandal and misdemeanour of the CEO of the university. I did my best for the students of the medical school and then came back to Hyderabad, following a circuitous route. i was down financially as well. Somehow, i know that I will be able to come through the ordeal. After reaching home, I was laid up with viral fever. Being a physician and teacher, i have served my best to the downtrodden people and thus , even at the age of 72 yrs, I am not financially sound. i have been going through this meditation course. it has definitely fortified my will power . i am still passing through stormy time. I hope that, what I learnt from this course will definitely help me in attaining salvation and joy for ever. I wish to learn further.
    Thanks and regards,
    DrPVPrabhkar Rao

  34. 5 out of 5

    This course has meant so much to me. I have always loved God, but had no one to teach me, though I have sought wisdom. The teachers in this course or so loving and their very faces reflect knowledge of the divine. Also the course is very well designed, so that one can grow at a pace that works with a busy lifestyle. Words are inadequate for expressing my gratitude for instruction received. Joy for life is definitely much greater for me than before taking the course.

  35. 5 out of 5

    My life is enriched with meditation. It is wondrous how one can connect on so many levels through virtual contact. I am inspired by the engaged and thoughtful responses to questions, discussions and comments by the instructors and by fellow classmates. I look forward to continuing my path to kriya.

  36. 5 out of 5

    I loved this course ! It’s in the same time practical, theoretical and motivational, It goes to the essence by giving you simple but very efficient tools to connect with your inner self. I also loved the guidance from the teachers. Thanks a lot for all this wisdom, love and joy !

  37. 5 out of 5

    I felt a magnetic pull to this course whilst revisiting Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and despite a decade of established meditation practice I just knew I had to sign up. Over the years meditation has gifted me inner peace through unifying the Father God and Divine polarities of both my inner and outer worlds and the techniques, support and guidance provided with Lessons in Meditation has deepened and enriched my journey in ways I’d only previously dreamed of! Feeling deeply grateful.

  38. 5 out of 5

    If you are looking to discipline yourself on the subject of meditation, this is the course you should take. It is precise, concise and to the point, besides reminding you of basic themes to have a true spiritual advance, – emergency for everyone in this life. After this course, I have the tools to continue on the path of meditation and internalization. Infinite thanks.

  39. 5 out of 5

    I loved this course. It is an amazing value for the price and I now have so many tools to help me keep on my meditation path and to deepen my spiritual life. I am so thankful to Online with Ananda who have made it possible for me to learn, even from deep in the rainforest, and feel connected! I highly recommend this course. Blessings

  40. 5 out of 5

    It changed my life. I added in unexplainable words to the journey I was in. The desire is even more now.

    Blessings and Gratitude to Divine Mother and Ananda!

  41. 5 out of 5

    This course exceeded my expectations in every way! I was a little uncertain about the “coldness” of an online environment and also due to a big time difference whether I would feel a part of the community, but the recordings of live sessions made that possible with nothing lost. Yoganada’s warmth was (and is) ever-present. The structure was very beneficial in helping me maintain a regular practice, and the techniques are ones I will be using the rest of my life. I’m very grateful.

  42. 5 out of 5

    Each experience I have with Ananda and the classes I take enrich my life and spirit! The flow, simplicity and feedback are well beyond my expectations. I felt supported and the suggestions and insight by the 3 instructors was helpful to integrate into my daily routine. Meditation is a regular spiritual practice for me now and this journey with Yogananda and Ananda and the Expanding Light is my path and I look forward to Raja Yoga and the next step in kriya yoga. Tami from Tahoe

  43. 5 out of 5

    I had a good number of watershed moments during my weeks studying Lessons in Meditation. The course offered a wonderful variety of video, audio and literary resources and offered plenty of interactive support from the instructors along with loads of extra resources. All my questions were handled promptly and thoroughly by the instructors, whom I found to extremely knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and genuinely caring. Highly recommended.

  44. 5 out of 5

    It is written that Kriya yoga techniques will rapidly accelerate spiritual development and encender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. These words should not be taken lightly. I was curious to know how this could be possible. Take this course and your life will be profoundly changed regardless of your intentions for joining.
    Paz, Paz, Paz, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

  45. 5 out of 5

    This course has allowed me to take my meditation practice to the next level. Using the tools and techniques learned in this course, I am able to meditate longer and go deeper in my meditations. All the Instructors were wonderful and the weekly webinars complemented the lessons. I would highly recommend it for people learning how to meditate.

  46. 5 out of 5

    An excellent course that has really helped me to make meditation a part of my daily life. The consistency of my practice that the course has helped me to cultivate has given me the benefit of a much greater sense of peace and calmness, not just while meditating, but throughout my daily living. The course is well-structured and the variety of educational material (reading, audio, video, live webinars) helped to keep me engaged. The instructors devotion to the spiritual path, and to their students, is very apparent, and greatly appreciated.

  47. 4 out of 5

    Very good class, structured well. I utilized it to create a daily habit of meditation. The energization exercise were helpful in keeping me awake during meditation time. I do plan on taking the next class. William Diedrich

  48. 5 out of 5

    I’ve learned a lot throughout this course. Before the course, I was just “meditating” passively whereas this course taught me meditation is actually a very active concentration.

    The live satsang were also a great addition to deepen the practice.

    Thanks everyone for making this course happen 🙂

  49. 5 out of 5

    This course brought more “life” into my life. I have learned about my relationship with God, others, and myself.
    Having to complete the weekly quizzes helped keep me accountable and follow through on meditation on the days I just didn’t want to. Allowing 9 weeks to complete the 7 week course was also beneficial. I didn’t think I’d need the extra time, as I am usually a driven student. I found that this material really required me to follow a different pace – more loving and subtle.
    The Satsang online was really helpful. Feedback was so valuable and encouraging.
    I also truly enjoyed reading from the other participants. There is so much knowledge and diversity. I was also humbled and grateful to learn there are so many others in this world truly seeking the Divine.

  50. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic course with an abundance of resources.

    Due to time zone issues, participating in the ‘group’ online sessions was not possible – however these are all recorded and available to view (for when your time zone allows).

    Bumped into ‘issues’ when participating in the course, however these issues can be addressed and explored with the functionality of the website/tuition portal.

    My spiritual journey has evolved tremendously due to the guidance provided and I cannot highly recommend enough. So much so that I have already enrolled in Step 2, and await the next stone to place my feet upon.

    Many thanks Sagar, Susan and Jitendra 🙂

  51. 5 out of 5

    I think you’ll be hard pressed to find anything negative about this course. It’s simply a positive and uplifting environment to deepen (or start) your meditation practice.

    I had added feedback on various issues or questions I could come up with outside of the course, with suggestions on free resources to check out (like asking questions about back strengthening exercises and such).

    As some of the others have mentioned, I was unable to attend most of the live sessions due to time constraints but it’s all recorded for you and if you have questions you can talk to the instructors directly.

  52. 5 out of 5

    I’ve always wanted to become more disciplined in following my spiritual path and this course has enabled me to do exactly that. The lessons were well-structured with more than enough supporting information like articles, videos, downloadable lessons and mp3s. The teachers were very responsive, kind, encouraging and inspiring, always trying to provide personalized guidance whenever possible in the kindest and gentlest of ways. And the teachings were very practical, even for beginners without being pedantic or preachy in any way. One can feel the sense of inclusion, love and sharing in this school of spiritualism.

  53. 5 out of 5

    I have been searching for God all my life but still was wandering. I recently read The Physics of God, which I found fascinating and convincing so I did some research on Joseph Selbie . Among other things, I found his connection with Ananda . I brought up Ananda’s website and found that they would be starting a Course in Meditation. I signed up, and so happy I did. I tried meditation years ago but it did not become part of my life. Now, through this course and the instructors I feel that I have found what I have been looking for. I liked the way the course was structured and the support and caring of the teachers. I have noticed changes in the way I deal with various aspects of life and how much peace it has brought me. Thank you !

  54. 5 out of 5

    I was nudged to pursue the path of Kriya Yoga and was more motivated to take the meditation course, I am embarrassed to admit, by the fact that I had to, than by a deep desire to learn more about meditation itself.
    However, I am very grateful that it’s an obligatory course on the journey to learn the Kriya technique, because I have gained so much from it! It is very useful and has taught me, not only a bunch of user-friendly, pleasant and pertinent meditation techniques that enhance my spiritual life, but it has also given me invaluable experiences and skills, such as discipline, an ability to instantly find Joy and it has helped bring a calmness to my life that wasn’t there before.
    I got way more than I ever expected to from this course and would suggest it to anybody who wishes to deepen their relationship with the Divine!
    Also, the people who teach it are so loving and are great at answering any questions and offering pertinent support all throughout the course! I felt their sincere love and desire to serve as our guides with these materials!
    May you find your way as pleasant or even better! 🙂

  55. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed learning the principles & techniques within Lessons In Meditation.
    It gives a very complete experience for both beginner & seasoned people practicing meditation.
    The 3 instructors were very knowledgeable and prompt in replying to questions & emails.
    I loved the way the info was provided via PDFs, audios, videos & webinars.

    I had several realizations during the course that have deepened my perceptions
    and opened my heart to new possibilities — truly a life-changing experience!

    It was awesome to get to know 70+ other Dear Souls on their journey back to Oneness!

    I highly recommend everyone take this course — The course & the people I interacted with
    were both filled with Divine Wisdom & Uplifting Energy!

    It will definitely send your life in a positive direction with tools you can use
    to deepen your connection with your body, mind & soul.

    The Energization Exercises alone are a PRICELESS GIFT
    that will raise your energy level. health & your level of consciousness!

    Peace, Stillness & Joy to you All,

    Leonard (Canada)

  56. 5 out of 5

    This course has gone way beyond my expectations. The teachers seem very sincere, and dedicated. This was my first attempt to take an on line course, and wasn’t sure how it would work, but I would not hesitate to continue on. I am meditating twice a day.. morning and before bed, and this routine has become very important to me. thank you for all that do. IDF, Jane Runkle

  57. 5 out of 5

    A most wonderful way to start your journey of meditation. The pace allowed for everyone to keep up-but there was also lots of great information given out. I feel like I’ve stepped into a brand new world and left the old, negative, tired, unhealthy me behind. I feel much more joy in my spirit-every day is now a new adventure because my attitude has changed. The instructors and the other students are so positive and uplifting.
    This meditation class has started me on a new road to God-and I could not be happier.
    Thanks to everyone at Ananda. I highly recommend you take this course.

  58. 5 out of 5

    Excellent class, and I don’t say that lightly. Sure, the topics and materials were great, but what really made this an extraordinary experience was the patience, wisdom, insight, and hands-on support of the instructors (an enthusiasm of my fellow students!). Have I incorporated every new tool I learned into my practice? No. But with the feedback and guidance from Susan, Sagar, and Jitendra, I feel much more open to incorporating techniques that I otherwise would have simply brushed aside out of lack of initial interest and/or frustration (e.g., energization exercises; thanks Susan!). I will be unpacking these lessons and continuing to use them to deepen my practice for a long time to come. Many, many thanks.

  59. 5 out of 5

    i really enjoyed the course and appreciated the feedback i received from the instructors. i would recommend the course for anyone wanting to learn to meditate.

  60. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been involved in the meditation practice for over 30 years and have taken tons of courses online as well as workshops and I have to say that this by far is the best meditation course available online. The lessons in meditation course are absolutely wonderful and the additional live discussions and meditations added so much dimension to the course. I was going to go self-paced course route but the live interactive courses really added a bit of pressure for me and that allowed me to push forward and actually get the practice exercises done in a timely matter. Love you guys!!

  61. 5 out of 5

    I truly believe these techniques in meditation are the airplane ticket to god realization. They are simple and effective. I have not experienced more joy and peace from any other methods. I know that if these lessons were the only literature I had, I would not be needing anything else. God bless any of you who are fortunate enough to try them out or to pick up one of their books.

  62. 5 out of 5

    I am truly Grateful to have had this opportunity to take up this course . It has been extremely informative, filled with techniques and wisdom to help me with my daily practice and take it to deeper levels. . The teachers have been Great and easily accessible whenever I have had questions to clarify. Thank you so much and God Bless

  63. 5 out of 5

    The course was well run with great content and exceptional and attentive teachers. You get great support throughout the course. I have been meditating for a few years already, but learned new and valuable techniques on the course. This course is great value for money.

  64. 5 out of 5

    Great message and wonderful support as I navigated the tools and techniques to learn understand and feel the message!

  65. 5 out of 5

    It been really special to witness how discovering ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, followed by the ‘Lessons in Meditation’ courses found me at the perfect phase in my life. I had become very interested in finding the right teachers and teachings that could guide my spiritual practice, help me to get the most out of my daily commitment and inspire my spirit with continued enthusiasm for meditation throughout the rest of my life. I’m happy to say that I couldn’t be more enchanted by the course lessons and teachers in this first class. Everything that I’ve read, listened to and practiced with over the past several weeks has continued to stoke my inner fire more and more each week. I’ve signed up for the next round of courses without a single hesitation because I cannot wait to continue along this delightfully curious adventure with Paramahansa Yogananda and the Great Saints of East and West as delivered through their incredibly inspiring living disciples at Ananda. Thank you for doing this work!

  66. 5 out of 5

    This is a great course and accessible way into Kriya yoga. The course is well structured and easy to follow and lays out the foundations in a clear and concise way. It’s enjoyable and inspirational. Although the course takes places in a virtual way – I found there was a very is a strong energetic transmission from the videos containing Swami Kriyananda which is truly a gift. Highly reccomended.

  67. 5 out of 5

    This course has been more than I would have ever imagined. I began as part of my sacrifice for Lent and was 100% committed to putting every ounce of my effort into this course. I believe that made a big difference. Also the reason I was willing to put all of my effort towards the course was because I had read Autobiography of a Yogi and was drawn to this teaching. But I can’t stress enough how important effort and willingness is. In the 8 weeks it took me to complete this course, my daily experience has changed dramatically. I used to have to drag myself out of bed each morning because I had no energy or excitement about my day. I used to highly depend on distractions and escapes just to make it through my days and weeks. By the time I was halfway through this course, I was able to wake up each morning with a positive outlook and let go of most of my distractions and escapes. For me, this was absolutely miraculous because I had been in this state of functional depression for at least 7 years and nothing had worked. But through this course I experienced an inward sense of peace and joy that I had been looking for outwardly. I’m really looking forward to course #2.

  68. 5 out of 5

    Yes. Sign up now. Great organization (both in terms of how the information was presented, as well as the entitiy of Ananda itself). The materials were presented in depth, with a nice range of formats (regular interactive, live stream satsangs, which were also recorded for viewing convenience; video lessons with accompanying PDF transcripts; printed material from Ananda books; chanting. Good instructors and good instructor interactions at a number of levels, including personalized feedback for each lesson quiz. Easy enough not to be an added burden in one’s life, while also challenging enough to actually learn many good tools. The many interlocking aspects of meditation that were presented (including body, mind, soul, and spirit) added to, and greatly enriched what I had previously thought of as simply a struggle just to sit and attempt to clear the mind. I continue to deepen my practice and understanding of the movement of prana, and the Energization Exercises are elegantly simple and hold potential for a process of ongoing deepening and appreciation of the importance of prana. Having become more appreciative of chanting over the last few years, it was a pleasant surprise to know that Yogananda said that “chanting is half the battle.” Like I said, Yes! Sign up now….

  69. 5 out of 5

    This is really a great course with a wide variety of tools and techniques which are so helpful. I was deeply impressed about the wisdom , the totality and the heartful connection in this course. This was really uplifting and so helpful ! Thanks for this opportunity .

  70. 5 out of 5

    I cannot express enough how much I loved this course. I have always loved the Idea of meditation, but never really understood the why’s and the hows. I learned So much here. The instructors are Fabulous! Always available to answer questions in a detailed, expressive way and very supportive! I took this course while very, very busy but I still learned so much. Thank you for the opportunity!

  71. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for the care, consideration and love that went into this course. It has deepened my meditation practice and allowed me to incorporate it into my everyday life. The techniques are all practical and achieve a result. The support of the Teachers has been fantastic and while I was one of many on the course I felt that they took time to connect through the weekly quiz and the online support network. Much Love and Light to all of you special Beings.

  72. 5 out of 5

    I was pretty new at meditation an wanted to deep my knowledge on the subject. This course has given me a new perspetive on meditation and in life, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this course, the instructors are great, always there to guide us. I took this course while being a mon and working full time, I did it and it has helped me in many ways, I highly recommend this course! 🙂 I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to do this course.

  73. 5 out of 5

    Great course. The instructors are helpful and supportive. Thank you!

  74. 5 out of 5

    I am so glad I found this course, it really helped to start from the basic building blocks of meditation and learn proven techniques from past masters. The instructors were always on hand for any questions and I really felt part of a family during the course. Thanks a million. Looking forward to the next one…

  75. 5 out of 5

    What an excellent program ! The teachers make it so as they take a firm interest in seeing you progress in your practice and that you understand the material. They deliver exceptional value and the structure is flexible yet directed toward your development in joy and union. Highly recommend this class !

  76. 5 out of 5

    It took me quite a while to decide whether I was ready to take this course and commit myself to the time and effort required. As soon as the course began I knew I had made the right decision. The teachers were excellent and showed great care for the students. I received great feedback and all of my questions were answered. The course material was extremely well organized and presented via written lessons, videos, and live discussion. There was a great deal of depth in the content which made it suitable for novices, for experienced meditators, and for those who have taught meditation. I see the Lessons in Meditation course as a great gift that has been given to me and I am excited to continue and to grow my meditation practice and understanding. I highly recommend this course!

  77. 5 out of 5

    I Just completed the “Lessons in Meditation” course. Having read “Man’s Eternal Quest” and “Autobiography of a Yogi” (in that order), I was convinced theoretically -more than 20 years ago- about the purpose of life as explained by Paramhansa Yogananda; to find never ending happiness! Then getting sucked into life made this a second priority ! But now after so many years I am back again, more than convinced that never ending happiness is not to be found in the material world. We are willing to spend hours watching TV or practicing piano etc, years studying to become a Doctor or Lawyer thinking it will bring us permanent happiness, but very little or no time in Meditation, which will bring us the never ending, ever changing joy we all long for. This course has set me on the right path again! The welcoming and understanding teachers have made this course an absolute pleasure. In Sagar, you will find one of the most accomplished teachers. If you have a burning desire to understand the mysteries of life, read the above books and join this course that will culminate in learning Kriya Yoga.

  78. 5 out of 5

    I learned so much from this course. Before when I meditated and I would just focus on my higher self, a kind of consciousness feedback loop as it were. That was fine as far as it went, but there was something missing; it was kind of sterile and it didn’t really go anywhere.
    Lessons in Meditation added depth and breadth to my practice. At first, I wondered if the postures and breathing exercises were necessary, but they do help in calming the body and focusing the mind. It’s hard to argue with thousands of years of development, after all. The practices helped me create a space where I could deepen my devotion to the Divine, and that’s where this class really shined.
    More than once, something in the reading or the webinars would answer questions that I had been pondering as if in answer to my prayers.
    Many thanks to all the teachers. Now, it’s on to Raja Yoga!

  79. 5 out of 5

    For the first time, I am meditating regularly. I now understand how to address physical and mental restlessness. Taking the time to learn and put these this instruction has paid off for me. This is just what I needed to start a meditation practice. Thanks Ananda folks, you do important work!

  80. 5 out of 5

    I have tried many times before to start a regular and consistent meditation practice both on my own and from other online courses but in Lessons in Meditation is the first time I have been able stick with it and create changes not only in daily routine but in attitude, energy and happiness in all areas of life much beyond the meditation cushion. The teachers here are clearly practicing what they teach and it shows greatly in all the aspects offered in this course. Highly grateful for the work continued on by all those who keep these courses going. Thank you!

  81. 5 out of 5

    This course has brought a lot of transformation in my life.
    It allows to go further and deeper in the meditation process.
    The teachers are very caring and helping. Many thanks for them and their investment.
    An experience to live … for the best and a complete uplifting of the mind.
    It has changed for ever my vision of the life.

  82. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for an incredible journey to a deeper level of attunement with God.

  83. 5 out of 5

    Taking this course has been a turning point in this life. Never before have I meditated as often nor as deeply. I feel I am awakening to God and connecting to everything at a different level. The guidance provided by the instructors was wonderful. I never knew an on-line experience could be so profound. I highly recommend this course!

  84. 5 out of 5

    I learned so much in this course. I am very gratefull to had the opportunity to join this course. The teachers did a great work and helped us with wisdom, inspiration, love and devotion. Thank you for your help!!!

  85. 5 out of 5

    The course was very easy to follow along with, just the right amount of course materials for the time given. The instructors were encouraging and kind and the techniques were approachable and highly effective.

  86. 5 out of 5

    Great meditation course, i highly recommend it for beginner to intermediate. I’m a beginner at meditation myself and I learn so much during this course. Well worth the price!

  87. 5 out of 5

    This is a very helpful course. I learnt a lot and enjoyed all the videos.

  88. 5 out of 5

    Joy is me! This Course has been a wonderful beginning of my journey into Meditation. I want to express my gratitude to the instructors, Susan, Jitendra and Sagar for their guidance and support, their inspiring feedback,guided meditations and webinars, that inmersed us in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. I am looking forward to the next steps in this Path!

  89. 5 out of 5

    Excellent Course! Packed with wonderful teachings

  90. 5 out of 5

    This course has been invaluable to my meditation practice. The techniques taught brought me much deeper than I’d anticipated. The readings and satsangs with the teachers have been incredibly inspirational. I recommend this course to anyone looking to deepen their meditation practice, anyone looking for a close relationship with God, and anyone moved by Autobiography of a Yogi. I’m excited to continue forward.

  91. 5 out of 5

    I’m very happy with this course. The teachers are with you every step of the way and are there to help you in any way. Since starting this course I have become more calm and I would recommend this course to any one, be a long time meditator or just a beginner, this is an amazing course to try.

  92. 5 out of 5

    I have been doing meditation for the last 2 years. However, I never know if I am doing it correctly and what to expect from meditation. This course and the teachings of Yogonanda give the precise technique for meditation and energy raising and made me confident what I am doing it correctly and I am on the right path. Kriya Yoga is a powerful tool and a shortest way to spiritual development.

  93. 5 out of 5

    I took this course as step 1 on the path toward Kriya Yoga. I had been meditating for years so I really didn’t expect to learn much. To my amazement, I learned more about meditation and how to achieve better results than I thought possible. The format was easy to work with and being able to return and watch recordings at a later time was invaluable. The instructors were all excellent! They each provided comments and suggestions to questions and from quiz results and clearly drew from their own experience and wisdom. I can easily recommend this course, whether you are working toward Kriya Yoga or just wish to get more from your meditation practice.

  94. 5 out of 5

    100% recommend this course to anyone and everyone looking to enhance their lives. It has helped my a lot with my meditation and I already feel amazing. I feel that I am actually retaining information from here and really appreciate the hard work of each and every instructor. The overall course is easy to follow and understand, tasks are all very organized and audios are clear. The interactive platform is very helpful and the assignments are a perfect review.

  95. 5 out of 5

    I feel blessed to found out about that online meditation course and Ananda.
    I was looking for a meditation course that deepens my already existing knowledge and practice of meditation – and I found even more than what I was looking for.
    This course is not only about meditation as a technique itself. It´s about the understanding of ones own divinity. Besides Meditation there are many other offers, practices, techniques and advices to help you to build up an uplifting meditation routine in daily life and and and … so much more!
    Take part and be surprised.
    Even though you will learn and practice a lot, the weekly course material isn´t too much in quantity. It´s like the spiritual path generally, what I also learnt here on Ananda: Practical and Joyful!

    Take part and enjoy!

    from Germany

  96. 5 out of 5

    A wonderful first step for beginners like me. A clear takeaway is the definite and noticeable positive transformation of self . And it doesn’t stop at that.The sense of calmness and well being just gets better with constant practice. Esoteric aspects aside, I found this course to be a very practical and useful one for daily life. One doesn’t even have to believe in God to benefit from the course. Heartfelt gratitude for all the instructors. Their guidance was invaluable. thank you.

  97. 5 out of 5

    I found the course material to be very helpful to me in establishing a consistent meditation practice. I was impressed to see that when I asked a clarification question, one of the course facilitators responded in less than a day. I would recommend this course for beginners like me.

  98. 5 out of 5

    This class was literally a Godsend for me. I played with meditation for a long time but without consistency so I had, let’s say a quantity problem. In my attempts to meditate I was unable to achieve the deeper states that I knew and felt were available….I simply didn’t know how to do it. That we can call the quality problem. This course provided all the information I needed to improve both quantity and quality of my meditation practice. I am able to call it a “practice” now because I “practice” it daily. The structure provided for the process including the breathing, the chanting, the prayers, Hong Sau technique, and the energization exercises all have allowed me to place a framework around my spiritual practice.
    I cannot say enough about the support provided by the instructors for this class. They have been with us all, each and everyday, as we moved thru the classwork and the practical exercises. Without them I would not have succeeded. For me it is not enough to just read a book on how to meditate, I needed the insight and personal experiences shared by the instructors to really allow me to maximize the learning. Each of them are excellent in their own way and a blessing to all of us on our spiritual path.
    I would, and have recommended, this class to anyone interested in beginning a meditation practice or starting down a spiritual pathway. It was a TEN out of TEN!!! EXCELLENT and FUN.
    Thank You All. I look forward to continuing on the Path of Kriya with all of you.

  99. 5 out of 5

    This is the best course for any one who wants to dive into deeper meditation. It brings out all the good in you. I never had any idea about how to meditate. but now I could meditate for longer hours and enjoy the peace ,joy and the calmness. The Teachers really guides us to this path. The step by step path helps everyone to enjoy the course. I recommend this course.

  100. 5 out of 5

    This was such a great course for me. It helped me learn ways go go deeper in my meditation. I recommend it highly!

  101. 5 out of 5

    If you are looking for a course to set the foundations for a good meditation practice that promotes the union with God, this is the perfect course for you. This course not only teaches meditation techniques—how to sit, relax, breath, concentrate, expand your consciousness, and energize your body, mind, and soul—but also provides the underlying science and philosophy supporting these techniques. The course requires a high level of commitment, discipline, and dedication; and the instructors are there to support your journey and help you on the way.

    I highly recommend this course.

  102. 5 out of 5

    This Course not only helped me establish a consistent meditation practice, but it has opened my heart to devotion and incorporating spiritual teachings into my daily life. My initial frustration over how hard meditation seemed has now given way to a more patient desire to apply what I learned to the best of my ability and allow things to unfold naturally. Over the course of nine weeks, learning these techniques coupled with reading about the lives of Great Masters has put the world into a different perspective, which brings me much more peace than I’ve known before. The instructors are wonderful – they answer questions and provide support with utmost care and love. The webinars they conducted were so useful, I always gathered some pearls of wisdom and encouragement. I very much look forward to deepening my practice and continuing down this path.

  103. 5 out of 5

    This course has forever changed my life. I have done different types of meditations for the past 2 years. They are very beautiful too. This course though taught by Sagar, Jitendra, and Susan helped me to still my mind and relax my body, and bring vital energy to my life force. I make an appointment with my myself, Yoganada, and Our Divine Mother and Father every day to find again my true self. The journey is more beautiful with these wise and pure teachers.
    Many blessings to Ananda.
    Michelle Leonard USA CT

  104. 5 out of 5

    Dear Brahmachari Sagar,
    Thanks for congratulating me on the completion of the course on Self Realization. I also congratulate all for putting such a nice course out there for mankind to learn from. The course came just in time for I needed to know all I have known now from the course, in other to develop myself. The course was very awesome and straight to the point. Anybody that needs a course on Self-Realization I recommend should take this course. The quiz questions were very well set in other to know if the students were following the teachings. Well done to all of you.

  105. 5 out of 5

    I experienced a lot of growth with this course. I enjoyed the weekly videos and assignments. I learned many new things and my daily spiritual practice has grown enormously. It is sad to have this course come to an end, but I am looking forward to growing and deepening my practice even more with the next lesson. Many thanks to our course instructors. I have truly enjoyed spending time with you.

  106. 5 out of 5

    This is the first course of its kind for me and I am happy to report that it has helped me to develop a practical approach for daily meditation and a much deeper understanding of the ultimate goal- realizing oneness with God. Sagar, Susan and Jitendra did such a fantastic job interpreting and giving life to the course material as well serving as relatable examples of what can be achieved with this practice. I look forward to the next course!

  107. 5 out of 5

    This was a great all encompassing course. I loved how they included all religions. I also greatly appreciated the links to videos for kids knowing I had small children. It had lots of material – some old videos some new – as well as webinars that allowed me to fully understand the techniques. The instructors we also personable and replied quickly to any questions. Thanks a lot for giving me better life tools.

  108. 5 out of 5

    I tried meditating about 18 years ago and just was told to sit and watch my thoughts. I got tired of watching my thoughts and after a couple of years I stopped meditating. In 2019 I tried listening to hemi-sync guided meditations and tried very hard to concentrate on the words being spoken but again I had a wondering mind and I felt empty. Then I read Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda and felt very connected to him. While taking this Meditation Class with the wonderful instructors, I gained a deeper understanding of not only meditation but of what is really important in my life. I plan on continuing my journey and getting in touch with my own divinity hoping someday to meet Yogananda and God.

  109. 5 out of 5

    Ever since I read “Autobiography of a Yogi ” I’ve been eager to learn the meditation techniques taught by Yogananda. I suddenly found this Ananda site and immediately decided to take “Lessons in Meditation”, but I’m glad I took it. The details of the instruction were detailed and easy to understand, and the teachers were very loving and kindly supported me. I appreciate it very much. Since I’m Japanese, there were many places where I couldn’t hear the English in the video, but it was saved because everything was written and received in PDF. I am deeply grateful to you for providing such a wonderful distance learning.


  110. 5 out of 5

    Loved this comprehensive course of Lessons in Meditation. The weekly support and structure of the course is well laid out so I felt guided from every angle towards deepening my practice. The wisdom that is taught and the content provided is absolutely priceless.

  111. 5 out of 5

    I’ve learned so much about human consciousness, attuning with superconsciousness and experiencing stillness of mind through concentration and expansion through an open heart. I find my practice of meditation in daily life uplifting. Grateful that I took the program. Hope to continue with the next steps. It’s been delightful, the instructors are kind and helping.

    Much love and joy,
    Manshweta kuniyal

  112. 5 out of 5

    I enjoyed the mixture and combination of readings and videos. Also, the diversity of exercises from meditation, yoga, chanting/singing, and energy movements was great and a new experience for me in many ways. I felt very happy and enjoyed the relaxation that this program brought to my life. The course allowed me to learn at my own pace and I appreciate that so much and I’m grateful for the easy to navigate online interface. The instructors were very experienced and knowledgeable and provided a great vibe in addition to high quality content. I liked how simple and fun meditation was made throughout the course and I enjoyed discussing the course with friends and family. Sharing what I learned was a great pleasure as well and I believe has inspired them too. Thank you.

  113. 5 out of 5

    I am still absorbing all the great lessons, techniques, insights, poems and chants, oh and cartoons that were shared in this course. Every lesson, each instructor is so generous of heart and spirit. I recommend this course for anyone. It is more than meditation techniques if you want it to be. On-line learning has a lot of advantages, and their setup with email reminders and extra videos, readings and routines allow the course to be as filling as you want. Feeling full, and tremendously grateful.

  114. 5 out of 5

    This course is provides a number of valuable tools for progressing on one’s spiritual path of meditation, alignment and connection to the higher consciousness or God. It is very well structured, with different mediums, useful exercises and a helpful quiz after each section. The teachers are great, encouraging and always there for support. Highly recommended.

  115. 5 out of 5

    As a first course in meditation, it went beyond all my expectations. While taking us step by step through the first stages of meditation, it also took the bull by the horns and dove deep into the big questions to broach the ‘heart of the spiritual path’. The single minded dedication of the 3 teachers/presenters was tangible, as well as their compassion and sense of humor. I often found myself challenged, amused and moved to tears. So thank you. Highly recommended.

  116. 5 out of 5

    This is the best properly organized meditation course I have ever participated in. I now have different techniques to improve and I shall surely take the next and continuing courses.

  117. 5 out of 5

    Words can not express how much I appreciate this course and the lessons I have learned. As a person who thought they were an experienced meditator, I can say that I learned more than I ever expected and have become humbled by this first course alone. This course and my new journey with the Ananda School has been life changing and I will forever be grateful.

  118. 5 out of 5

    I loved this course so much. It gave me a much deeper understanding of the importance of meditation. I learned how I can relax my body and mind so that I can sit still for a longer period of time, I learned how one an learn to control prana and how essential it is to master it. And I learned how to look for God’s presence all the time throughout the day. The course is very well structured, the weekly amount of material to read and videos to watch perfect and the teachers were very kind and helpful.
    I am so gratefuI that Ananda makes Yogananda’s teachings so easily available to us and I look forward to taking the next online course with them.

  119. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed this course. It was very informative in understanding the nuts and bolts of meditation practice as well as guided me to move deeper in to my meditation experience. Thanks!

  120. 5 out of 5

    I am so happy that I signed up for this course. I am new to meditation and I found that this course help me a lot by teaching me many techniques to help me understand and go deeper into the meditation . It’s very informative and very clear in each lesson where they guide you step by step on this journey. It helps me understand the importance of meditation in my life and most of all form a lifelong practice . Thank you to all the instructors and the Ananda school.

  121. 5 out of 5

    When I joined this course at the recommendation from my friend, I did not know what I am getting into. In just a few weeks, I could see a positive changes in myself. If I look back, the change is vast and happened just because of this course. The course is structured. Teachers conduct two online sessions in a week and send information to read throughout the course. Quizzes help us to build the knowledge. I will also recommend the app while meditating. I am using customized option while meditation. Join this course to make positive difference within yourself.

  122. 5 out of 5

    For me, taking this course was like coming home!
    I have always been spiritually inclined, having spent my childhood knowing the Divine Anandmayi MA, often visiting her ashram in Haridwar, India.
    With the passage of time, my physical connection with divinity dimmed , and although I lived a very fulfilled and rewarding life, I always felt like something was missing.
    I have practised yoga asanas and meditated off and on, but knew that I needed more. Last year, I finally got around to reading Autobiography of a Yogi! I loved it and felt an instant connection with Paramhansa Yogananda . I became a little obsessed with the idea of learning Kriya Yoga , but didn’t know how to go about it, as we recently relocated to
    Hong Kong from Mumbai.
    One day I found an email regarding this course, and I was ecstatic! I enrolled immediately and here I am , seven weeks later, writing a review.
    How this changes my life, will reveal itself slowly, but I know that it has taught me to meditate more sincerely, deeply, and more importantly, twice daily.
    I feel happier, calmer and blessed!
    To sum up my experience I will say – I have walked on the path of Yoga
    (as a way of life) but it was a dimly lit one and this course has shone a magnificently bright and beautiful light on it!
    Would highly recommend it to all seeking a meaningful life.

  123. 5 out of 5

    I cannot thank the teachers and students enough for this gift. The classes were interesting, extremely meaningful and diverse. Each guide had their own joyful and so positive attitude which put us at ease and encouraged us to learn more. I felt like I could work at my own pace and any and all questions were fully and readily answered. I look forward to learning with you again! I would just like to add, our guides gave us beautiful feedback and it felt like you were learning in a one on one situation as they were careful, honest and so supportive. Thank you for all you do and all you are. ❤

  124. 5 out of 5

    This course is wonderful. I started my meditation practice 3 years ago in Mexico thanks to my husband who has been part of this Ananda family for 5 years. Every teacher and meditation group have been a blessing. I was exited to start this lessons to understand deeper every technique. I really enjoyed this course and I only get more desire to continue learning and keep experiencing all the good things this practice brings to your life.

  125. 5 out of 5

    This course came in as such a blessing! It helped me through some rough times. Although I grew up learning meditation as part of my culture, undertaking a course formally has taught me many more things and expanded my understanding of what knowledge I had when I begun the course. The weekly practices kept me going positively to tackle stress and challenging environments. My connection with the Divine was further strengthened. My connection with myself has also elevated to a better spiritual space. I now see every being, situation and object with Divinity in them. My previously ‘tight’ breathing is now so much more regulated and stable every moment of the day. Thank you for developing this course….everybody needs to do this!

  126. 5 out of 5

    I’d like to pay my gratitude and love to the course teachers and moderators. This is a well supported online course. The feedback from our assignment submissions were awesome too, and where corrections were required to our understanding, it was delivered in a very loving, kind and non-judgemental way. Thank you so much Brahmachari Sagar, Brahmachari Jitendra & Nayaswami Susan for all your guidance, love and support!

  127. 5 out of 5

    I am new to the practice of meditation and I am a happier person at the end of the course. This course is so perfectly designed and implemented that I never got any genuine doubt to ask or seek clarification. The principles and techniques of meditation, as reflected theoretically in the reading material lessons, and practice of the techniques of meditation and related aspects, as brought out in the satsangs, videos, emails and discussion of topics, make relevant things crystal clear. This course is for those who want to make a beginning by learning and practicing the fundamentals of meditation and also for those who want to deepen the practice for elevated states of experience. At once, this course caters to one and all and such is the beauty of the course that the art and science of meditation is conveyed brilliantly through a series of steps, constructed with the benefit of the experience and guidance of great masters. During the course, the periodical review conducted is also scientific as the progress of the participant is considered at two levels, theoretical and practical. For all of this, I have to first thank and express my gratitude to the wonderful instructors of the course Jitendra Guindon, Nayaswami Susan and Brahmachari Sagar. The recorded videos, chants and devotional songs of Swami Kriyananda are very touching and magical. I am grateful for getting a glimpse of the wisdom of Swami Kriyananda. I was able to complete the course in spite of my hectic schedule and few hurdles and this has been possible only with the blessings and grace of the great master Paramahansa Yogananda. In Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Krishna declared that Meditation is the highest form of human activity that can be performed. This course truly reflects the beginning of such a thrilling journey. Joy to all !

  128. 5 out of 5

    This course provided me with an excellent re-boot for my meditation practice. Through the excellent webinars, videos, writings, emails, and suggestions, I have not only intensified my current practices but added new techniques to improve them. The course instructors obviously are completely dedicated to their mission and to guiding the students on their spiritual journey. Their caring attitudes easily were manifested through the computer screens. My favorite parts of the course were meditating “together”. One could feel the energy and comradery with the instructors and the fellow students despite the physical separation. I highly recommend this course to both beginners and old-timers like me.

  129. 5 out of 5

    I am new to meditation, not the concept but the practice of meditation. I am very happy that I found this course. The teaching is so methodical starting with how to sit in the first week. All I had to do was to do the activity suggested for the week. I could not sit for more than few minutes in the first week. By Week 7 I was able to sit and meditate for more than 30 minutes! The teachers are all very responsive. I highly recommend this course.

  130. 5 out of 5

    I feel blessed for having decided to take this course in this precise moment. I felt compelled to conclude what I had interrupted twenty years ago, when I did not go all the way with my initiation into Kriya Yoga. I am deeply grateful to my Divine Presence and to the Yoga masters.
    I am also grateful to the instructors Sagar, Jitendra, and Susan for their inspired teachings and the beautiful energy they radiate.
    May the Divine Mother bless you all.

  131. 5 out of 5

    This course was great, I learned so much of over the 8 weeks about how to deepen my meditation. Highly recommend!

  132. 5 out of 5

    I have meditated irregularly for several years but always with the sense that I wasn’t quite doing it “correctly”. Having recently read two of Paramahansa Yogananda’s books, The Second Coming of Christ and Krishna Talks to Arjuna, I was amazed to then discover this meditation course was available introducing Kriya Yoga. I felt it was coming from the highest source and would lead me further along the path I have been walking. It has been a marvelous experience. The material and presentation and support was excellent and I felt the presence of my instructors and fellow aspirants throughout. Thank you Jitendra, Brahmachari Sagar and Nayaswami Susan for your sweet example and guidance.

  133. 5 out of 5

    This is an excellent course for anyone wishing to dive deeper in meditation practice and/or begin/continue down the spiritual path.

    As someone who experimented with meditation for a number of years I can easily say that this course has aided my practice greatly and the new techniques I have attained through this course are now vital parts of my daily routine.

    Susan, Sagar and Jitendra are excellent course instructors and help greatly throughout the course in providing guidance and support.

    I look forward to continuing down the spiritual path with Ananda!

  134. 5 out of 5

    This was a Amazing course and the teachers are wonderful! This course has taken me to the next level of my practice without a doubt.
    Thank you all


  135. 5 out of 5

    I was a beginner in this spiritual journey and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Teachers were amazing and their guidance has been very helpful. I have seen a positive change in my life after practicing the techniques in this course. I will look forward to continuing on the next steps. Thank you so much !! I highly recommend this course.

    Many blessings !!


  136. 5 out of 5

    If you are one who has been struggling to find a constant and reliable routine in meditation, this course is for you. If your mind is in a constant whirlwind or commotion, this class is for you. If you’ve been practicing for years but feel that you stall out and hit a wall, this course is for you. If the meaning of life has been lost in worldly pursuits, this class is for you. If you are beginning to lift the veils of maya, this class is for you. Once you become a truth seeker this class will find you. Thank you Ananda.

  137. 5 out of 5

    The Lessons in Meditation course was so enlightening. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to delve deeper into the practice of meditation. It helps you to see yourself more clearly and draws you closer to the Spirit. If you are interested in pursuing the path of Kriya this is where to start. The instructors are knowledgeable, personable, and understanding. Thank you Ananda for offering such an amazing course!

  138. 5 out of 5

    To all those reading the reviews wondering whether they should take the course, I say Take it because the course and its instructors will teach/ help you remember all those ingrained truths hidden in your soul. It gives your meditation practice a solid foundation. Brahmachari Sagar, Jitendra and Nayaswami Susan are super nice people, very helpful and approachable.

  139. 5 out of 5

    Best course to learn the basic steps to meditation. It an all encompassing approach independent of you religious affiliations. You will fall in love with the instructors Jitendra and Sagar: motivating, inspiring and genuine. I certainly did…
    If you want to take the first step into a connection to your real self, this course is it.

  140. 5 out of 5

    I have been reading Yogananda’s books and slowly applying his teachings to my life over the past 13 years. Meditation, though practicing on and off for years, was always the one aspect of Yoga that never quit made its way into my daily practices. It often times felt simply impossible! When Covid-19 struck, I felt there were no longer any excuses to hide behind, and without thinking, I made the commitment to dedicate myself to the Meditation Course for the 9 weeks…no matter what! I am so glad that I did! The course taught yoga as a scientific process: the hypothesis that God exists and can be experienced, and the techniques as the scientific experiment itself-using spiritually proven techniques first taught by Yogananda who had attained the highest state of consciousness. I stuck to the scientific program as any scientist would in an experiment, and the results of the experiment were undeniable. After 13 years of thinking I could not meditate, thru this course and its techniques, I have been meditating twice a day and incorporating a meditative attitude to everything throughout my day. I felt like I had support and community, which made all the difference, and I had specific techniques to use no matter what the mediation “problem” was of the day. Meditation is never easy, the Divine wants you to fight for Him-Her, so getting the right tools to even attempt the life-long experiment or journey toward Divine union seemed of the utmost importance. This is what the course did for me…it gave me the specific tools to use on my journey. The outcome of the experiment is in the journey itself. My experiment, the pilgrimage, continues!

  141. 5 out of 5

    There are no words….Thank You!

  142. 5 out of 5

    This was a great introductory course on meditation; I thoroughly enjoyed the weekly readings, exercises, and satsangs with Sagar and Jitendra. I highly recommend this to any spiritual seeker or person wanting to learn basic meditation practices. Personally, I noticed so much interior growth during the course of these classes. The techniques that you will learn and the guidance you will receive are truly invaluable tools for gaining deeper relaxation, peace, and expansion in your meditation practice.

    Many Blessings,


  143. 5 out of 5

    This course was extremely helpful. Thank you so much for everything, can‘t await to continue. Blessings to you all!

  144. 5 out of 5

    I was looking for the meditation course for a long time after I read “Autobiography of a Yogi” few years ago. One day I received an email from Crystal Clarity Publishers and learned that Ananda is offering the online courses for the “Lessons in Meditation”. I immediately signed up this course. This course is well structured and scientifically organized and presented via written lessons, videos, audios, and webinars. It started with relaxation techniques for body and mind, followed by single-pointedly concentration technique (Hong Sau) on the object of meditation and expansion techniques. In addition to the techniques, the training focused on developing devotion toward God through visualization exercises, prayer, and chanting. Energization exercises as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda to recharge body, mind and soul were covered in the training. Finally the course explained the benefits of meditation into daily life to connect to God.
    Instructors of the course – Jitendra, Brahmachari Sagar, and Nayaswami are encouraging, knowledgeable, highly experienced and supportive. The webinars were very useful and group meditations were very effective. Weekly quizzes were intended to know if students follow the lessons and instructors provided feedback to uplift meditation practices and understanding. This is a life changing course and is beneficial to people of all backgrounds who want to practice meditation. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned new techniques of meditation.

  145. 5 out of 5

    I would unreservedly recommend this course for anyone who wants to begin meditating or who wants to develop their meditation practice. As you attend the sessions you begin to realise that a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into creating the course, the magic ingredient being that it is based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s inspiring and life-changing teachings; and the teachers themselves, in the most natural way, somehow communicate to you their own devotion to the path – you sense their sincerity, and it awakens something inside you. It has opened my heart and improved my meditation practice considerably and I feel more clear than ever that this is the path I want to be on.

  146. 5 out of 5

    This course didn’t feel like a typical course, despite it being set up like one. The two teachers who were wonderfully welcoming and so knowledgeable. The course made me want to set up a routine, follow through and at the end I learned things to last a lifetime, if only you choose to make it that way. Definitely recommend this course to anyone and everyone looking to learn more about inner peace and yog or achieve a higher level in their meditation practice or get back into it. Especially for people who don’t know where to begin, this is it!

  147. 5 out of 5

    I thought going into this course that I could do this all myself and did not need a class if I had the proper discipline. Not true, I needed this class, and feel like it came to me at the exact right time in my life. It was really important to have the teachers, the webinars, the videos, and all of the provided written materials all in one place. This class really broke things down, even how to sit without pain or numbness, but also covered more advanced ideas. I am very pleased I decided to join this class, and now feel more comfortable joining my local Ananda group once I am able to do so safely (due to the pandemic). Best of all, my meditation routine is truly transformed for the better.

  148. 5 out of 5

    This course is absolutely amazing. I was a “newbie” coming into this course, having very little knowledge of meditation practice, and zero on Kriya Yoga. The 10-week course has opened my mind and soul to new possibilities, and I learn new things about myself each day! I have made incredible life changes even just within this 9-week span due to the teachings and support of the Ananda crew. The webinars are wonderful, with joyous and sincere hosts, and interactive to stimulate the spiritual quest. I look forward to more lessons with Ananda and have sent my praise to my loved ones.

  149. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful course even if you have been meditating for many years. It helped me to deepen my practice. I especially enjoyed the classes given by Brahmachari Sagar and Jitendra Guindon. They are both thoughtful and knowledgeable instructors. Live classes are available as videos which can be done at anytime of day or night. I took this course during the pandemic. It took a lot of the sting out of the quarantine. Thank you Ananda!!!

  150. 5 out of 5

    I took this course with little expectations and I was quite eager to see what I would learn. It was an amazing experience overall that I would recommend to anyone seeking clear guidance on understanding what meditation is and isn’t. The course is filled with an abundance of information via literature, videos, and practical exercises to help one develop their practice of meditation. The course also provides ongoing contact with supportive staff and weekly live guided meditations and teaching moments. The overall content and experience went above and beyond what one would expect from a 8-10 week online course. It had a tremendous impact on me and I will forever be grateful.

  151. 5 out of 5

    The purpose of life is to find happiness, wisdom, and peace. I took to spiritual path a year ago, a process of change introduced by life’s events.
    This course “Lessons in Meditation” with Ananda, has helped me further to improve my efforts towards better understanding to life’s experiences, and pointing the way to the next.
    It has been an integrated experience, a journey of inward reflection. In the silence and solitude of deep meditation I have discovered many tools to gain inner calmness, openness of heart, union will all, and attune to God’s love, joy, guidance, and beautiful presence our life.
    Our outer life is a reflection of our inner thoughts. It’s only when the mind is calm it is easy to perceive anything. By the way of this course I have gained techniques of concentration, mindfulness and even-mindedness to gain better control over restless thoughts and feelings, and ability to use discriminative judgement to arrive at better decisions in my life. The dedication and guidance of the instructors along with well devised course content makes this course very compelling. It has changed my life for better which feels more fulfilling, balanced and joyful. I would recommend this course to everyone who wants to embark on this amazing journey towards finding higher realities of life and Self and discover the source of eternal wisdom & peace. With many thanks and regards to all instructors. Vivek Bisht, 19th Aug 2020.

  152. 5 out of 5

    Lessons in Meditation is a wonderful course. The course provides so many resources for learning and make ancient yogic meditation techniques extremely accessible. The course provides plenty of information but is not overwhelming. The weekly structure makes it very easy to stay on track. The instructors are extremely supportive and the live webinars every week are so interesting and fun to tune into. I feel that I’ve made a lot of progress in my meditations through this course, and I definitely recommend it to anyone seeking to dive deeper into meditation and the spiritual path.

  153. 5 out of 5

    Lessons in Meditation is an amazing course. The instructors are wonderful and selfless. They take great care to give excellent feedback on the the tests and during all the webinars.
    You will discover that devotion is definitely required to complete this course, which is beautiful! There is nothing wrong if you do not complete the course, as you simply get the opportunity to see where your devotion currently is.
    The first time I took the course, I got to discover that I put other things ahead of my meditative practice. The second time I took the course, I wanted to put my meditative practice before other things. Everything that I learned and gained from the first time I took the course made it possible for me to complete the course the second time I took it. In other words, you can’t go wrong… what you learn in this course, whether it takes you 1 time or 10 times to complete it, it’s all absolutely worth it! Take the course! Don’t wait.

  154. 5 out of 5

    I have learned so much about turning inward to meet God and find peace I can carry with me the entire day or, at least until my next meditation time. The Course Instructors are dedicated to student progress and very supportive and always available to answer questions. I have enrolled in the next course on meditation and very much looking forward to enhancing my meditation tecniques!

  155. 5 out of 5

    I think the course is absolutely fantastic. The material is extremely profound and even sacred. The teachers are very dedicated and wonderful. I have learned so much. The course manages to be both profound and practical at the same time. My only suggestion is to have a week in the middle that is for catch up or review because it moves very quickly. Also, let us have access to the course materials after it’s over.

  156. 5 out of 5

    I loved the course. I like the format and framework of the course. I benefited from all aspects of the course. I was not able to access the webinars, however I did access the recordings. I am grateful for the attitudes of the Course Instructors, and their love for what they do, and how that is communicated.
    I highly recommend this course if your soul is nudging you to take another step in your souls journey. There are practices.This course will not disappoint. Peace.

  157. 5 out of 5

    The Lessons in Meditation course gave me so much more than the simple, occasional practice I had been following. It added many techniques to help focus and made me feel that I really can meditate deeply. I enjoyed every class and felt that the teachers were experienced, helpful, and genuinely cared that we succeed. They made the information enjoyable and friendly while displaying reverence at the same time. Following along with their chanting and prayers was always helpful and encouraging.

  158. 5 out of 5

    If you are looking to understand the principles of meditation and be given the structure and tools to put them into practice with ease, then this course is for you! It was a great pleasure to delve into the essential, profound teachings of Yogananda with the help and direction of the course instructors. The weekly webinars were such a wonderful highlight to my week. It’s also great to have access to the course materials once it is over. Many thanks for your support and encouragement and we are incredibly grateful to feel “connected” to your community during this time.

  159. 5 out of 5

    I benefited greatly from this course, i have been doing meditation since 4 years and i felt i need to advance in my practice to higher level now. After i read “Autobiography of a yogi” i decided to try doing this with Ananda group online. It was really amazing and wonderful the experience and the knowledge i have gained through this course, my practice has improved and i can tell from the state of mind and the state of being while doing meditation. I definitely recommend this course for anyone who wants to progress or start meditation in his life. My thanks to all the wonderful teachers of this course for their effort and dedication.

  160. 5 out of 5

    From the beginning to the end: inspiration, quality and openheartedness ! Thank you again for this beautiful deepening of meditation.

  161. 5 out of 5

    I had many deep and enlightening moments while taking this course. The instructors are very attentive, friendly and helpful.

  162. 5 out of 5

    Couldn’t recommend it more. I found the course well-structured and easy to follow. My meditation practice became so much deeper after just 8 weeks. The staff was absolutely wonderful, and the amount of material provided in this course was well above my expectation. I am so grateful I got to this course and I am now looking forward to learning more with Ananda.

  163. 5 out of 5

    I would highly recommend this course. I am a bit of a skeptic regarding anything online so i was fortunate that my brother took the course before mine and suggested it to me. It is fast paced but the support is there, and the connection is there! I am calmer, happier, and more settled.

  164. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course, I highly recommend it. Great support from the team of facilitators, who make the course enjoyable and fun. Two Satsangs each week with guidance, meditations, questions and answers. Short reading and video assignments to build understanding of principles and techniques. Great for beginners and people wanting to review and deepen their meditation practice.

  165. 5 out of 5

    I thought the course was outstanding in every way. Sagar and Jitendra are fantastic teachers who are very dedicated. The course is very well organized. I learned so much from taking this course – I am grateful! Each week’s lesson is important and teaches something very worthwhile. The quizzes are a good tool for learning and accountability. I love the webinars – that was my favorite part of the course. Sagar and Jitendra do a great job leading them. The course is very profound. It has amazing things to teach and this is largely because of the Vedic tradition – of which there is nothing like it in the world – and Yogananda who was extremely wise. I give this course my highest recommendation. As for me, I plan to continue to learn Kriya Yoga one day.

  166. 5 out of 5

    I am very humbled with this course and it has immensely benefitted me with my practice. The structure is easy to follow and it has been very transformative as has guided me with my spiritual journey. Truely enjoyed the Weekly Satsangs and the emails from Sagar and it has helped me keeping to a routine. I really get excited when I receive the emails and enjoy reading the articles that’s being send. I would recommend this course to anyone who is wanting to learn to meditate or to learn to centre themselves.

  167. 5 out of 5

    This is my first meditation course and I am glad that I took this course.Jitendra and Sagar were friendly , dedicated and awesome teachers .The subject material ,the weekly Satsangs and the videos offered were in depth and vast and I felt that I got more than what I signed up for , in a good way. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who wants to live a wholesome life.

  168. 5 out of 5

    I have been meditating for about 6 years now and never understood why or how better than I do now after taking this course. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in this path. Looking forward to the next class!

  169. 5 out of 5

    The first-class “Lessons in Meditation” was exactly what I needed at this point in my spiritual journey. It has truly focused my approach to preparing for and conducting my meditation practices. Thank you to the gracious instructors for their guidance and love during this first class. I am excited about step 2 and the continuation of my initiation in kriya yoga!

  170. 5 out of 5

    I learned so many useful techniques in this course. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting a deeper dive into their meditation.

  171. 5 out of 5

    I have been meditating over last few years and the Hong Sau technique is a feather in the hat for meditators old and new! I would higly recommend this course to all! Thankyou Ananda! My Gratitude towards all masters past ,present and future who continue to teach us these techniques to master ourselves and our lives!!

  172. 5 out of 5

    I am so glad I took this course. I feel that I have finally started on my path after starting and stopping and starting over for many years. I have a good routine now and felt and still feel fully supported in my journey. Thank you so much.

  173. 5 out of 5

    This first course definitely tore-down the walls that confined me in a box of how limited my understanding and relationship with GOD. My questions and continuing search for answers are gradually being revealed to me. I am truly grateful that I took the opportunity to listen to Paramahansa Yogananda’s Path of Kriya Yoga.

  174. 5 out of 5

    Anastra Madden

    I have taken a fair number of meditation courses over the years. This Ananda course, however, expressed a beautiful and comprehensive educational/experiential and spiritualized approach that exceeded all others. I loved the readings, the audios, the guidance offered in the weekly routines and, yes, even the quizzes ~ and the clear, transparent feedback. The cumulative threads of each class felt grace-filled that permeated through the physical and spiritual cellular tapestry of one’s soul. My gratitude carries tones of joy and blessings for myself and especially for others in the guided expansiveness of this practice. If anything were to improve my experience, I would have benefitted in lengthening the weekly class to two weeks in order to have a deeper experience in establishing a more secure foundation of this profound meditation path. A five star rating is an understatement! With deepest appreciation and joy to all!

  175. 4 out of 5

    I would highly recommend this course! This is my first time meditating. The Course was well organized indicating for me, that it was designed by those who were experienced in Meditation themselves, and who enjoyed the experience on a daily basis. Gradually techniques were introduced. Both Sagar and Jitendra were not only able to share in their deep understanding of meditation but also to inspire us to never loose sight of the ultimate goal of knowing God and ourselves. Thank-you to all of you.

  176. 5 out of 5

    Great course! I’d recommend this for everyone who are looking to begin their spiritual journey or are looking to get formal training in meditation. The meditation techniques you will learn in the course are really effective and helps you run your daily chores in a calm and composed manner. The instructors are highly knowledgeable and supportive. You can always reach out to them with any questions you may have. Sagar was very friendly and did a great job in helping me better understand the flow of energy. You are sure to get inspired!

  177. 5 out of 5

    This seemed to be a very informative, well structured class; the weekly quiz for reading comprehension was really helpful I think. The teachers are great, both Sagar and Jitendra seemed kind, sensitive and knowledgeable. I’m a little mistrustful of organized religion but the non-secular techniques they teach are applicable to m/any religious frameworks and what I’ve learned has taught me to feel more grateful and closer to deity.

  178. 5 out of 5

    I have just completed a purely wonderful experience through the Ananda Lessons in Meditation course. I have been meditating for many years but felt the need to deepen my meditation practice. This approach to meditation is so all encompassing. The presented preparation for meditation is so thorough and through the practice I was able to increase my focus and purpose as well as connection to the Divine. I so appreciated the instructors in the webinars for their enthusiasm, knowledge, support and warmth. I am inspired to continue exploring the Path to Kriya Yoga. I highly recommend this course for both new and experienced meditators.

  179. 5 out of 5

    I have dabbled in meditation on and off for several years, mostly in the mindfulness variety. However, those techniques were ineffective when I faced a personal tragedy due to the 2020 pandemic. This course has single-handedly pulled me out of my abyss and did what several grief counselors could not do – helped me heal holistically. The meditation techniques introduced here have been around since ancient times, but they are blended well in the modern format. I had never experienced the mental calm and peace like I did throughout the past few weeks in this course. The joy and wisdom shared by Sagar and Jitendra during the weekly Satsangs have been the highlights of this course for me. The helpful insights from them and Nayaswami Susan for the weekly quizzes were very motivating. Last but not the least, much gratitude to Paramhansa Yoganandji for bringing back such effective meditation techniques to the modern world. I now look forward to my daily meditation sessions, which before felt like a chore. I hope to never lose this motivation and to continue this spiritual journey for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless!

  180. 5 out of 5

    Sometimes God directs us to a path we need to follow and that’s what happened for me. I want to thank Jitendra Guindon, Nayaswami Susan and Brahmachari Sagar. (Brahmachari Sagar double thanks for being so understanding and supportive during my difficult time.) I really benefited from the Lessons in Meditation, the readings, chants, videos, energizing exercises, the feedback on quizzes, and comments by all who attended. The two weekly zoom sessions were great and I enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions, make comments and learn from so many participants. I really appreciate that we can listen to the videos afterwards and have access to the website.

    I am able to see and feel the connection with the great universe of God and all Beings. It’s a path I will continue to follow. I am hopeful to meet all of you someday and visit the beautiful Temple of Light. I was honored to walk through during construction just before the opening. I have ordered many books and will continue to read, meditate, chant, sing and be in touch. Beautiful Ananda Village and the loving people there are simply Amazing. Namaste.

  181. 5 out of 5

    I have always been curious about meditation and could never figure out where to start, this course has been a perfect start for my meditation journey, this course has truly made me understand the real meaning of meditation. The techniques that were taught are a blessing. Sagar ji and jitendra ji’s zoom sessions are so joyful and insightful at the same time, I simple loved those zoom Satsang’s. This course has everything to start our journey to reach god.

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