Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are a stirring cry to us to transcend all religious differences. Their basic message is, “Here are methods that can be tested and proved. You can know what God is from personal experience.”

Demystifying Patanjali, by Swami Kriyananda

Be a channel of higher consciousness for those in need

Experience the very essence of Yoga with Ananda’s unique approach to the Yoga Sutras. Under the expert guidance of Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha, you’ll go beyond philosophy to understand more deeply how to access the higher realms of consciousness—and begin to do it. Paramhansa Yogananda’s action-oriented teachings will give you the practical tools to get there.

This course is an empowering blend of step-by-step methods, deep insights, clear direction, and support from both faculty and classmates.


You will learn how to:

Take steps toward a direct experience of the highest states of awareness: Samadhi, Oneness, Divine Union.

Get beyond the kleshas: the five causes of suffering and spiritual stagnation.

Unlock the subtle keys of successful living—and successful spiritual striving—within Ashtanga Yoga, the Eightfold Path.

Overcome the nine obstructing distractions and traps that plague the mind and hold you back.

Experience directly the truths of Patanjali through meditation and pranayama (energy-control) techniques taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

Understand the subtler dimensions of “feeling” — some impede your progress, some help you, and some are blissful beyond words.

Integrate the essence of Yoga into your daily life in ways that are profound and powerful, yet down-to-earth and practical.

Take your practice of meditation to a deeper-than-ever level.

Develop the attitudes—some will be familiar, some might not—that are essential for success in the spiritual life.

People talk about calming the mind in order to meditate. Although that’s true, it’s not the main thing. It’s the heart that needs to be calmed in order to meditate. It’s the desires of the heart that agitate the mind.

—Swami Kriyananda

Course Ativities and Benefits

You can engage in all course activities at times of day that are convenient for you. Activities and resources include:

  • Six structured lessons with video, audio, and reading assignments created by Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha that give you a variety of perspectives on important topics in the art and science of Yoga.
  • Six additional 1-hour webinars, one per lesson, recorded with Brahmachari Sagar.
  • Review exercises that highlight—and help you absorb—the central points of the week’s lessons.
  • Pdf version of the course book Demystifying Patanjali by Swami Kriyananda. You can also purchase the ebook or physical copy at a 30% discount with this link.
  • Personal support and feedback from the instructor through email and forum interaction.
  • A 30-minute 1-1 zoom call with the course instructor for questions and counseling.
  • Lifetime access to all material.

No prior familiarity with the Yoga Sutras is required for the course.

Additional benefit

You can use $80 of your course tuition toward Living the Yoga Sutras which is a six-week online course with more content and a broader range of activities such as discussion, Q&A, and live webinars facilitated by Gyandev and Diksha in addition to several team activities among the participants. Living the Yoga Sutras is required for Level 2 Certification for Meditation® teachers and Ananda Yoga® teachers.

Keys to the Yoga Sutras, being self-paced, is an excellent way to prepare for the six-week, in-depth Living the Yoga Sutras course which will next be offered in the fall of 2023.

Patanjali was an enlightened master, writing from a state of realization as well as practical knowledge. Far more than mere philosophical speculation, the Sutras come from revealed knowledge and serve as a road map for those who would explore the realm of Self-realization.

How to Meditate, by Nayaswami Jyotish

Course Creators: Gyandev and Diksha

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 10 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. Swami Kriyananda asked Gyandev to write the forward for this course's textbook, Demystifying Patanjali.

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.

Guest Presenters: Pranaba and Parvati

Nayaswami Pranaba and Nayaswami Parvati, two of Ananda’s most widely travelled and experienced teachers, will each present briefly on a Yoga Sutras topic that they find particularly helpful or inspiring. They taught the in-person version of this Yoga Sutras course for a number of years, and we’re delighted that they will also share some of their penetrating insights in this online version.

Course Instructor: Brahmachari Sagar

In addition to presenting the supporting webinars for each lesson, Sagar will facilitate the course forum interactions and be the first point of contact for student queries. He resides at Ananda Village and teaches several courses as a part of Ananda's Online Outreach Department.

Student Reviews

Keys to the Yoga Sutras was my first introduction to Ananda. I found the self paced class a nice fit for my lifestyle and not knowing what to expect, the class exceeded all of my expectations. I have always felt meditation difficult, but now, I have found it’s purpose. I know that my life has changed and my practice has begun. So much of the teachings resinated within me, and many of the teachings felt so familiar and true. - Charlene M., California

Invaluable! This course offers so much. I have to say a huge thank-you for deepening my understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas….and also, for deepening my understanding of the three gunas. This practical knowledge, from those principals alone, can be taken into everyday life for more happiness and deeper meditations. And so much more was learned from the course, too! Excellent teachers! - Marguerite S., Canada

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