This 10-week course shares, in a practical way, the Fundamentals of Raja Yoga: the comprehensive yogic path that shows us how to spiritualize our entire life, with meditation as its central practice. The yoga teachings explain that this world is a school, where we are sent to develop our “spiritual muscles” by learning the many lessons life teaches us. When all lessons have been learned, and our consciousness spiritualized; we are able to graduate the School of Life and earn the true “Certificate of Completion”: Self-Realization.

Living the Principles of Self-Realization is the second course on the Path of Kriya Yoga and enrollment in this course follows your completion of Step 1: Ananda Course in Meditation.

The focus of this course is in three main areas: deepening your meditation and your practice of Energization Exercises; 1-1 interaction with the teachers through quizzes, forums and a personal video call; and deepening your understanding of Raja Yoga through live webinars and pre-recorded videos on specific topics by over 10 different teachers.

Tuition for 10-Week Course: $79.95

2024 Schedule:

  • Feb 14 to April 24
  • April 3 to June 12
  • June 5 to August 14
  • July 24 to October 2
  • September 4 to November 13
  • October 16, 2024 to January 1, 2025
  • December 4, 2024 to Feb 19, 2025

Who is This Course For:

This course is a part of the Path of Kriya Yoga and is for those who have completed Ananda Course in Meditation and are on the learning track to eventually receive Kriya Yoga initiation. Living the Principles of Self-Realization provides eight core lessons and meditation exercises, covered over a period of ten weeks.

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What You'll Receive:

  • In-depth instruction to help you prepare for Kriya Yoga.
  • HD pre-recorded classes covering a wide range of topics with over 10 key teachers.
  • A personal zoom call with the instructors to review your progress thus far.
  • Emphasis and training to deepen your meditation practice and energization exercises.
  • Live webinars* every week.
  • Interactive forum and weekly assignments for deepening your practice.
  • Certificate of Completion.
*All webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Meet your Instructors

Tyagi Dhyan became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda in 2010, at which point he moved to Ananda Village in Northern California. Serving in many capacities around the community, he gained a well-rounded understanding of how the teachings of Self-realization apply to every facet of life for daily bringing light and inspiration.  Dhyan is an Ananda Lightbearer and Minister. He enthusiastically shares his love for the spiritual life with joyous kindness and inspiration. 

Nayaswami Bob moved to Berkeley in 1978 for its open minded and progressive atmosphere, as an aid in the search for his spiritual path. He worked as an environmental geologist for 20 years, most of that time remediating contaminated soil and groundwater.

In 1995, he went on a bike tour that luckily camped at the Expanding Light campground for a night. One look in the eyes of the first person he met was all it took for him to know that this was his path and home.

After studying the teachings and visiting Ananda, he found that Kriya Yoga gave him what he had always been looking for. In 2002, on a planned weeklong visit to help with the computer network, Bob just never left and has served as the Network Administrator for the Sangha computers at the Village ever since. After looking at all the ways to serve the world, it became even more apparent to Bob that being a part of Ananda was the most powerful way to effect change, both for himself and the planet.

Nayswami Susan first found Ananda in Seattle. She was a part of the Seattle Sangha for over 30 years and lived in the ashram in the urban community. She helped begin (and later manage) East West Bookshop, as well as served as a Lightbearer minister and teacher. In October 2017, she was asked to move to California and serve at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. She considers it a privilege to be at the retreat where Ananda began 50 years ago, to share the transforming teachings of yoga, and the joy of meditation.

Susan loves to sing in the choir, and to experience God’s presence in nature.

Shyama Garcia-Davis is an Ananda Minister and Lightbearer, lives in Ananda Village, California and serves in Ananda Sangha Worldwide making Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings known around the world.

She has studied and practiced Yogananda’s teachings since 2005, integrating them into every aspect of her life. Originally from Spain, she has served at the Ananda communities in Italy, Spain and Ananda Village with enthusiasm, energy and dynamism.

Shyama leads weekend retreats at the Expanding Light Retreat with her husband Dhyan García-Davis, and they both head up the Experience Ananda residency program at Ananda Village.

She is dedicated to living and sharing these liberating teachings with truth seekers, proving that life is much more beautiful when you live with dedication, devotion and service to others.

Nayaswami Mukti is an Ananda minister, spiritual counselor and instructor in meditation and how to live a spiritual life. Her professional background is in biofeedback, stress management and neurorehabilitation. For her, living a life dedicated to seeking higher consciousness is living life’s highest expression.  She finds great joy encouraging others in their spiritual journey.

Nayaswami Sagar resides in the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. Born into a family of kriya yogis, Sagar read Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age, an influence that culminated in his decision to serve Yogananda’s mission through Ananda.

Sagar led Ananda’s work in Mumbai for about five years and has served Ananda’s work in India and the US as a teacher and counselor to students and as a meditation and stress-relief workshop facilitator for corporates.

Sagar currently serves in Ananda’s Online Ministry. He is one of the principal instructors for the Ananda Course in Meditation and has helped create several online offerings such as the full-length courses The Yoga Teachings of Jesus, Karma and Reincarnation and the webinars The Anatomy of the Astral Body, Losing the Fear of Death Through the Science of Yoga, How to Stand Unshaken amidst Life’s Challenges and Refine Your Energization Practice. You can read some of his articles here.

Prior to commencing his life of service at Ananda, Sagar was a graduate student with full scholarship at Boston University and holds advanced degrees in Engineering.

More About Course

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Principles of Energy and Energization
  • Lesson 2: Raja Yoga and the Paths of Yoga
  • Lesson 3: Ashtanga Yoga: Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path
  • Lesson 4: Yamas: The Don’ts of the Spiritual Path
  • Lesson 5: Niyamas: The Do’s of the Spiritual Path
  • Lesson 6: Transforming Habits and the Science of Using Affirmations
  • Lesson 7: Environment is Stronger than Willpower: The Principle of Magnetism
  • Lesson 8: The Nature and Purpose of Creation
  • Lesson 9: The Guru
  • Completion of Course

Frequently Asked Questions

All pdf and mp3 material is downloadable, but not the videos. Once the course ends, students no longer have access to it. You will have ten weeks to complete the eight lessons. The recommended pace is one lesson per week, so there are two additional weeks as a cushion.

Additionally, those who complete the course (submit all quizzes satisfactorily) are eligible to enroll in the Review course which will give you lifetime access to all course material.

The classes are not at any particular time of day. One lesson is opened up each week. The content is available 24/7. Each opened lesson will remain open for the duration of the course. There’s a weekly webinar every Thursday, and depending on which group you are part of, the time does vary. All details pertaining to the live broadcasts are listed within the course, but feel free to write Dhyan@ananda.org if you have any specific questions.

*All webinars are recorded and posted within the course, available for later viewing.

The webinars which include: yogic philosophy, guided breathing and meditation, and discussions are every Thursday.* The time of this broadcast depends on which group you are part of. All details pertaining to the live broadcasts are listed within the course, but feel free to write Dhyan@ananda.org if you have any specific questions.

*All webinars are recorded for later viewing.

All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live. We send the link to the recording to everyone enrolled in the course.

If you have extenuating circumstances, and are unable to complete the course in the given time frame, you may request a one time re-enrollment in the next session at no charge.
The time commitment for this course is similar to Lessons in Meditation. Students are encouraged to develop a twice daily meditation practice and have a few hours every week where they can study the weekly lesson material.