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Ananda Course in Meditation

A 10-Week Online Meditation Course

In-depth instruction in scientific meditation techniques that bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life, regardless of outer conditions.

These techniques are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

“I’ve been involved in the meditation practice for over 30 years and have taken tons of courses online as well as workshops and I have to say that this by far is the best meditation course available online. The Ananda Course in Meditation Course is absolutely wonderful and the additional live discussions and meditations added so much dimension to the course. I was going to go the self-paced course route but the live interactive courses really added a bit of pressure for me and that allowed me to push forward and actually get the practice exercises done in a timely matter.”
— Waldemar ★★★★★

“You are offered live sessions very useful, twice a week, and a lot of written material. My practice really deepened a lot and became a lot more joyful. The best meditation course I’ve ever done.”
— Consuelo ★★★★★

Young lady meditating on a cushion

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.

Ways You Can Learn

by Swami Kriyananda

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

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

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 one 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. Online meditation and spiritual courses are also available on our website. 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Practice: Kriya Yoga

What Is 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.

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 or pranayama, 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.

How Kriya Yoga Affects the Brain

with Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D.