Guru-Disciple Relationship, Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Practice

How Meditation Changed My Life

To meditate a short time with depth is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild.” – Paramhansa Yogananda I heard about meditation for the first time from my aunt. She might have suggested it because it seemed necessary. During those times, I certainly needed guidance but at the same time, I didn’t know I needed … Read More

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Yogananda’s Energization Exercises

Experienced yoga teacher Melody Hansen guides you in Yogananda’s powerful and unique energization exercises. Recorded in a beautiful garden at Ananda Village. Melody Hansen is a longtime yoga teacher and lives at Ananda Village, California. Here are more teaching videos with her.

Meditation, Spiritual Practice

‘I Meditate!’ How Meditation Changed My Life

It is 6 a.m. and before I can open my eyes, my stomach is churning with dread. A mass of anxiety has settled in the pit of my belly like swamp-floor sludge. The muck has pinned me to the bed and I want nothing more than to stay here and allow the day to pass by without my participation. However, … Read More

Spiritual Practice, Yoga Philosophy

Did Master Water Down Kriya for the West?

It is not uncommon to hear people make the claim that Paramhansa Yogananda diluted the Kriya technique or that he changed it for Westerners. Sometimes it is done through a conscious intent to deceive and promote one’s own Kriya teacher and sometimes out of ignorance. Either way, it is an unfortunate sign that the world of Kriya Yoga is not … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Practice, Yoga Philosophy

The Magnificent Bird of Paradise

The Mystery of Suffering Your soul–the essence of your being, consists of pure bliss (sat-chid-ananda), as the great Masters teach us. But do you feel this bliss right now? Probably not. Instead, we all suffer, go through hard times, and have lives that can be amazingly tough. Why is that? How can that be? It seems impossible, given the inherent … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Renewal Every Day

How could we experience spiritual renewal day by day, every day? Think about it – spiritual renewal every day is quite an ambitious goal. How could such a daily renewal truly and practically work for all of us? The answer is this: It must definitively be fun, inspiring, fresh, and colorful just like a rainbow. Otherwise, after a short while, … Read More

Daily Meditator, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Practice

Mother, I Give You My Soul Call

In 2010, my husband, Gyandev, and I visited our friend Francis at his home in Palm Springs. He was a devotee of  Paramhansa Yogananda and took us to visit Palm Canyon, a place Yogananda had visited in the late 1920s. While there, Yogananda went into a deep period of samadhi (a state of oneness with God). After he emerged from … Read More