Experience the Transformative Power of Meditation

Free Introduction to Meditation“Through the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying in your heart a Portable Paradise.” — Swami Kriyananda

The purpose of this course is to give you a taste of the transformative power of meditation, based on the universal teachings of Yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda.

This course will introduce you to the art and science of meditation and guide you in developing your own meditative routine. Our hope is that you find inner peace, joy, and fulfillment from within and discover that you can meditate.

Meditation can help you live in a coccoon of peace and happiness while successfully discharging the many duties that life requires of you. Get started right away and experience the joy and peace that is your true nature!

This course is also an introduction to the teachings on the Path of Kriya Yoga. We invite you to continue your journey with Lessons in Meditation: our in-depth meditation course that also serves as the first step on your journey towards Kriya Yoga.

Topics Include:

  • How to relax.
  • Centered breathing.
  • Meditation keys for beginners.
  • Guided audio and video on meditation.
  • “How to Meditate”: A Video Lecture with Nayaswami Jyotish.
Nayaswami Jyotish, Spiritual Director of Ananda Worldwide
Nayaswami Jyotish, Spiritual Director of Ananda Worldwide

You’ll Receive:

  • Digital text.
  • Audio learning files (mp3).
  • Digital video.
  • One-on-one support via e-mail or phone.

Full Course Outline

  • What is Meditation?
  • Meditation Keys for Beginners
  • Swami Kriyananda on Meditation
  • Breathing Meditation Basics for Relaxation
  • Deep Relaxation
  • How to Sit Comfortably
  • The Art of Meditation
  • Practical Tips for Meditation
  • Importance of Environment

More About Course

Free Introduction to Meditation“Meditation is a process of returning to your own center. It is learning to relate to life and to your environment from who you are, and not from the way other people try to define you.” — Swami Kriyananda   from Meditation for Starters


This introductory course provides a solid base of understanding what meditation IS and how to apply the various techniques so that you experience deep states of peace within your own Self. You’ll learn the fundamentals of meditation so that you may begin developing a habitual practice. The essence of meditation is deep relaxation and concentration. This course presents various practices that help release physical discomfort while sitting and techniques to relax and focus the mind.
In this self-paced course you will have 30 days to complete three lessons. We encourage you to complete one lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at admin@onlinewithananda.org.

Associated Courses

Tyagi Dhyan

Tyagi Dhyan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Ananda Village back in 2010. Immersing himself in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, he finally discovered what had always been missing in his life: inner joy. Through the power of Kriya Yoga and service to others, Dhyan has dedicated his life to spreading the universally applicable teachings of yoga and meditation to other truth seeking souls. Being a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation teacher, he has lived and taught these liberating techniques of yoga both in America and India. Earnest in his search for truth and in his love for others, Dhyan extends his friendship to soul friends everywhere.

5 reviews for Free Introduction to Meditation

  1. mm
    3 out of 5

    I enjoyed this course. It’s always nice to join in on a guided meditation. The tips are traditional and presented in a wonderful new light.

  2. 1 out of 5

    It was great! What a nice way to get back into practice……Very positive program….

  3. 5 out of 5

    Excellent material. Understood that complete relaxation is important to meditation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    It was great. I was asked by my doctors to meditate regularly. And I’m happy I started with guided meditations here.

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