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What is Meditation?

Meditation is a technique for personal growth that has been practiced for thousands of years around the world with repeatable results.

There is no aspect of your life that cannot be improved by meditation, whether it be in business, relationships, health, or developing any personal quality, such as willpower.

The highest purpose of meditation, however, is to discover your Highest Self.

Learn to Meditate

Ways You Can Learn


Read a Book


Meditation for Starters

by Swami Kriyananda

A step-by-step guidebook with visualizations and answers to common questions.

Take an Online Class


Free Introduction to Meditation

Learn how to relax, centered breathing, and meditation keys for beginners. Includes guided audio and video on meditation.

Take a Retreat

The Expanding Light Retreat

Nevada City, California

Offers yoga and meditation teacher training, personal retreats, and more in a peaceful and healing environment.

Ways You Can Learn


Read a Book

Lessons in Meditation

by Jyotish Novak

A step-by-step guidebook with visualizations and answers to common questions. Available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Marathi.

Take an Online Class

Introduction to Meditation

Learn how to live a happier life, and function more intuitively and creatively. This course includes the Hong-Sau technique and Energization Exercises.

Take a Retreat

Ananda Yoga Retreat

Pune, India

Our meditation and yoga retreat in Pune (about 1 hour outside the city) is situated in the serene countryside on the beautiful Sahyadri foothills. Come enjoy fellowship with like-minded people while awakening the divine potential within you. All are welcome!

Ways You Can Learn


Read a Book

Meditazioni Guidate – Tecnica Hong So di Yogananda – CD

di Shivani Lucki

Questo cofanetto contiene la pratica guida delle tecniche base di Paramhansa Yogananda, Hong So, in due sessioni, una breve e una lunga.

Registrato nel Tempio di Luce ad Ananda e guidato da Shivani Lucki.

Meditation for Starters

by Swami Kriyananda

A step-by-step guidebook with visualizations and answers to common questions.

Take an Online Class

Free Introduction to Meditation

Learn how to relax, centered breathing, and meditation keys for beginners. Includes guided audio and video on meditation.

Take a Retreat

Ananda Assisi

Assisi, Italy

Located in the beautiful Umbrian hills near Assisi, Italy, Ananda Italy offers many courses that touch a wide variety of subjects, having this in common: each one offers you spiritual techniques for inner growth, and also shows you how to apply higher awareness to daily life circumstances.

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Make a Meditation Pledge

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Why Learn Meditation from Ananda?

Ananda’s meditation techniques are focused on the breath and don’t require any belief system to practice.

Our most basic technique can be learned in a few minutes, while our most advanced requires about a year of preparation.

These techniques were taught to our founder by his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. His techniques, particularly Kriya Yoga, have their roots in ancient India.

Our meditation teachers have been sharing these techniques around the world for more than 40 years, giving classes, workshops, retreats, and writing books. Learn more about Ananda

I have tried many meditations in the past including various mantras, qigong meditations, vipassana, various visualization meditations etc. Today I followed the Hong Sau meditation technique for the first time and I have to say that it is the most peace I have ever experienced. My mind is truly quiet for the first time and I feel a profound awareness of my body and the present moment. This happened during the meditation and even afterward when I was going about my day doing other activities.D. Vancouver, Canada

Benefits of Meditation with Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D.

How Meditation Changes the Brain

Learn to Meditate in 15 Minutes

Next Steps

For more information, such as correct posture, how long to meditate, and how to fit meditation into your schedule, take our five day meditation email series.

Advanced Practice: Kriya Yoga

As my Kriya practice deepens, I know in my heart I am on my way to becoming who I want to become and achieving the ultimate goal of Self-realization.P.K.

What is Kriya Yoga?

According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine. Kriya Yoga is so effective because it works directly with the source of growth — the spiritual energy deep in our spines.

All yoga techniques work with this energy, usually indirectly. Yoga postures, for example, can help open up the spinal channels, and balance the energy in the spine. Yoga breathing exercises like Kriya Yoga can help to awaken that energy.

The Kriya technique is more direct. It helps the practitioner to control the life force by mentally drawing it up and down the spine, with awareness and will. According to Yogananda, one Kriya, which takes about 30 seconds, is equivalent to one year of natural spiritual growth.

Learn More

How Kriya Yoga Affects the Brain

with Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D.