The Bhagavad Gita

Bring Its Power into Daily Living


6-Week Course
OCT 5 – NOV 19, 2022

The Bhagavad Gita

Bring Its Power into Daily Living

Online: Oct 5 – Nov 19, 2022

Find Your Highest Fulfillment

The Gita is a treasure trove of practical tools for the spiritual life. In this in-depth course, Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha will help you apply those tools to your own life, aided by Paramhansa Yogananda’s powerful Gita insights. Along the way, you’ll also get valuable help from a supportive community of fellow seekers.

It’s an empowering blend of step-by-step methods, creative experimentation, “Aha!” moments, and personal support. Join us!

6-Week Online, In-depth Course

Tuition: $399 (early-bird) $450 (regular)

$399 (early-bird) $450 (regular)

“The Bhagavad Gita is the greatest metaphysical, psychological treatise that was ever given to the world.
It describes definitely, in detail, all the experiences of the spiritual traveler in
the path of emancipation.”

“The Bhagavad Gita is the greatest metaphysical, psychological treatise that was ever given to the world. It describes definitely, in detail, all the experiences of the spiritual traveler in the path of emancipation.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda, Inner Culture, May 1934

— Paramhansa Yogananda, Inner Culture, May 1934

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You Will Learn How To:

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Paramhansa Yogananda

“A new scripture has been born! Millions will find God through this book. Not just thousands. Millions! I have seen it. I know.”

“A new scripture has been born! Millions will find God through this book. Not just thousands. Millions! I have seen it. I know.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda on his Gita commentaries, The New Path

— Paramhansa Yogananda on his Gita commentaries, The New Path

Course Activities

Ananda Yoga and Ananda Meditation teachers who seek credit toward Level 2 certification will also create videos in which they teach certain aspects of the Gita in conjunction with asana or meditation practice.

Swami Seated Pronam

“One extraordinary aspect of the Bhagavad Gita is its universality. Whatever the needs of any particular time or people, this great scripture addresses them all from the highest point of view.”

“One extraordinary aspect of the Bhagavad Gita is its universality. Whatever the needs of any particular time or people, this great scripture addresses them all from the highest point of view.”

— Swami Kriyananda, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

— Swami Kriyananda, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Course Materials

Main Textbook

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda is clear, practical, and deep. It gives you fresh insights into the universal truths that underlie all spiritual traditions. It also gives you fresh insights into yourself, and how to experience them through the nonsectarian tools of Yoga. Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder and one of Yogananda’s closest disciples, based this book on his years of working closely with the Master and his Gita teachings.

We recommend that you buy the book well before the course begins (it is not included in the course tuition), and read as much of it in advance as time allows. You can receive a 30% discount through Ananda’s publisher, Crystal Clarity: paperback or ebook, or audiobook; use the discount code OWAESSBG30%OFF.

Supplemental Materials (included in your course fee)

Digital version of A Concise Bhagavad Gita, by Nayaswami Gyandev. This short book will make it much easier for you to follow the overall flow of the Gita.

Gyandev’s new, 2-hour storytelling audio of The Mahabharata brings to life important teachings in the Gita, for this captivating tale is a metaphor for your own spiritual growth.

Special articles, audios, and videos by Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and other Ananda teachers.

“The Bhagavad Gita teaches that no one can escape action—karma, in other words—by refraining
from action. But the Gita also teaches an invaluable method for escaping karma.”

“The Bhagavad Gita teaches that no one can escape action—karma, in other words—by refraining from action. But the Gita also teaches an invaluable method for escaping karma.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of Self-Realization

— Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of Self-Realization

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Meet Your Instructors

Nayaswami Gyandev, PhD, E-RYT 500

Gyandev is director of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. A Certified Online Instructor, he has been teaching online for more than 12 years. He is also director of Ananda Yoga worldwide and co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs (online and in person). He has been training teachers of yoga and meditation for more than 25 years.

Gyandev is a Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga), and he is known for his clarity of presentation, deep insights, high energy, kindness, and humor. He has shared the yoga teachings for more than 35 years with people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. In addition to one of your course texts—A Concise Bhagavad Gita—Gyandev has written Guide to the Mahabharata and Life of Sri Krishna, available at WaysToFreedom.com.

A co-founder of Yoga Alliance, Gyandev has authored four books (including Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness) as well as numerous video and audio products. From his base at The Expanding Light Retreat in Northern California, he also teaches across the U.S., and in Canada, India, and Europe.

Nayaswami Diksha, E-RYT 500

Diksha is a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation and E-RYT 500. An experienced online instructor, she directs both the online and the in-person versions of Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training, and she co-direct Ananda Meditation Teacher Training.

Diksha has been practicing and sharing the yoga teachings for more than 30 years, and training meditation and yoga teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. In addition to teaching online and at The Expanding Light Retreat in Northern California, she has shared yogic teachings across the U.S., and in Canada, India, and Europe.

A native Israeli, Diksha moved to the U.S. in 1990. She brings a broad background to her teaching—from physical wellness to Ayurveda to profound spiritual understanding. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will and clarity to make positive changes in their lives.

“The Gita says, ‘This is the way you are all seeking! Nothing sought in any other direction will ever give you what you yourself so ardently desire!’”

“The Gita says, ‘This is the way you are all seeking! Nothing sought in any other direction will ever give you what you yourself so ardently desire!’”

— Swami Kriyananda, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

— Swami Kriyananda, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

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FAQs

This in-depth course is open to everyone; no prior familiarity with the Bhagavad Gita is needed. Some meditation background is recommended, because it will be a frequent topic, and the course materials include many guided meditations. 

Certified Ananda teachers who seek to earn credit toward Level 2 certification must stay current with all coursework, week to week, via regular participation throughout each week. 

Everyone else can participate at any pace or level that they prefer. Note that some discussions will be inactive after the weeks in which they are assigned.

It depends on how well you manage your time. We estimate that certified Ananda teachers who seek credit toward Level 2 certification will spend 6–9 hours per week, some of which is guided sadhana practice. The total time can be reduced through pre-course reading of the main textbook. 

Everyone else can participate as much or as little as they like. Full participation is likely to take 4–5 hours per week. 

No. The only “live” events are webinars that happen every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. They are recorded for the benefit of those who cannot attend at that time. 

The course web page itself is always open.  

Yes, plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning, and this course is built upon best practices. You’ll love being part of the supportive learning community that forms around the course activities. 

Certified Ananda teachers who seek Level 2 certification will also practice teaching classmates online—a much-loved mode of interaction. 

Yes, and we recommend it! The course website will open two weeks before the official start of the course. You can also buy your textbook, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (see “Course materials” above). It’s a substantial book, so read as much of it as you can before the course begins. It will be especially helpful if you read chapters 5–16 of this textbook. Pre-course reading is not required, but you’ll be happy if you’ve done it. 

All participants get lifetime access to a Review Course that includes all of the recorded audios and videos, as well as any supplemental materials. 

The course website is easy to use, plus it offers “how to” instructions to help you. You can get navigation help if you need it; the first hour is free. 

Only certified Ananda teachers who seek credit toward Level 2 certification need to make and upload videos. That’s not difficult, but if you think you’ll need help, we recommend that you find a helper/tutor prior to the course. 

No, not unless you are a certified Ananda teacher seeking credit toward Level 2 Ananda certification, and you have no computer (only a tablet or smartphone). A paid Zoom account costs only $15/month, and it would be needed during only one month of the course. 

This course is required for both Level 2 certifications. For more details, see the full requirements for Ananda Yoga teachers and Ananda Meditation teachers.

Yes. Certified Ananda teachers doing the coursework for credit toward Level 2 certification can receive at least 30 hours of continuing education credit. Other RYTs who wish to receive CE credit should contact Gyandev for specifics

More Questions? Please email us.

“A study of the Bhagavad Gita is of little use unless it is applied in practical life. The vastness of the inner import can only be understood when we know how to apply it in various phases of life.”

“A study of the Bhagavad Gita is of little use unless it is applied in practical life. The vastness of the inner import can only be understood when we know how to apply it in various phases of life.”

Paramhansa Yogananda, East-West, August 1932

— Paramhansa Yogananda, East-West, August 1932

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Take Your Spiritual Life to the Next Level

Your own direct experience will help you discover the power of the Bhagavad Gita’s wisdom—and your own high spiritual potential.  

Credit toward Certification and Continuing Education

  • Through this course, Ananda Yoga® and Ananda Meditation® teachers can earn credit toward Level 2 certification. Ananda Yoga® Therapy trainees, too, can earn credit toward certification. 
  • Yoga Alliance RYTs can receive up to 30 hours (more in some cases) of continuing education credit. See final FAQ above.

Special Discounts

  • Past attendees of The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita at The Expanding Light Retreat can receive a 50% discount. 
  • Couples can receive a 50% discount for the second person. See application for details.

Another Way to Explore the Gita

For those who would like a lower-cost, less in-depth Gita course, with less interaction and fewer activities and resources, Keys to the Bhagavad Gita will be offered in early 2023. Either course can be taken at any pace you wish (see second FAQ above). Please note: Participation in Keys to the Bhagavad Gita will not earn credit toward advanced certification for Ananda Yoga and Ananda Meditation teachers.

The Bhagavad Gita

Bring Its Power into Daily Living

6-Week Online, In-depth Course

Dates: Oct 5 – Nov 19, 2022

Tuition: $399 (early-bird) $450 (regular)

For early-bird Tuition: Apply by Sept 21, pay by Sept 23

L.F.
Nine Mile Falls, WA
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… a profoundly memorable introduction to this amazing work. Gyandev and Diksha brought it to life, awakening the wisdom from within me to be able to not only learn but also to begin to integrate the teachings. I will never forget this important initiation experience on my path.
S.G.
United Kingdom
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One of the most impressive aspects was the passion of the teachers for their subject – and their depth of knowledge. It was also wonderful to share the experience with the deep souls who attended the course.
J.D.
Fresno, CA
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I highly recommend this course for serious students of yoga.
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