Ananda offers in-depth instruction in several different meditation techniques taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. You can take these meditation programs in person at a center, online, or order the books and receive quizzes and support by email. We also offer Kriya Yoga, the main technique recommended by Paramhansa Yogananda for spiritual growth, after a period of study and preparatory classes.

Online Meditation Courses

Ananda Course in Meditation

The 10-week Ananda Course in Meditation online course is designed to provide 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.

You will learn a quick and effective technique of meditation and Paramhansa Yogananda's Energization Exercises.

This course is the first step in the Path of Kriya Yoga course series.

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"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 ★★★★★

"The instructors were absolutely delightful, they all demonstrated great kindness and patience...I encouraged others to do it because they would learn both coping skills and life enhancing tools to last a lifetime. I have been meditating off and on for over 40 years however the joy, increased energy and focus I gained is immeasurable. It’s the best meditation course by far. I am filled with gratitude. THANK YOU!!"
Marie-Therese ★★★★★


Online Meditation Teacher Training

Learn to share Paramhansa Yogananda's meditation techniques and benefits of meditation  with the growing numbers of people who are hungry for them.

In this online meditation course, you will be supported by:

  • Lively discussion forums filled with insights
  • “Live” practice teaching with fellow trainees
  • Numerous opportunities to receive feedback on your teaching, and give feedback to others
  • Team projects
  • Personal coaching and guidance from meditation instructors.
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"The Online Meditation Teacher Training has been a life changing experience for me. It’s the best online course I have taken...
The knowledge and care of all the instructors is invaluable. They gave us all the support needed along the course. Once we finish the online meditation course we get connected with a community of graduates to continue learning and supporting each other..."

— Bibiana ★★★★★

"This was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. I took it mainly to help deepen my own meditation practice, which it did, but it also had a profound transformational impact on my spiritual journey, and on my entire life. In terms of the teacher training part, I thought it might be intimidating at first, but it was quite the opposite. It quickly helped me develop the confidence and skill to teach meditation, and now I’m excited to teach.
Kerry H. ★★★★★


Introduction to Kriya Yoga

Discover the depth and power of the teachings of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, through this free introductory course.

  • Gain an understanding of Kriya Yoga as a comprehensive spiritual path.
  • Learn the history and practical benefits of Kriya Yoga.
  • Get specific guidance on how to get started on the Path of Kriya.

The Path of Kriya Yoga

A 5-step online course series that guides you through the process of preparing to learn Kriya Yoga.

  1. Ananda Course in Meditation
  2. Living the Principles of Self-Realization
  3. Course on Discipleship
  4. Preparation for Kriya Yoga
  5. Kriya Yoga Initiation
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In-Person Classes and Retreats

Retreats

Ananda’s retreat centers in the United States, Italy, and India offer many meditation programs throughout the year. There is also the option to take a silent retreat to privately work on your meditation practice.

Centers and Meditation Groups

Ananda has many meditation groups, centers, and communities around the world that offer regular meditations, programs, classes, and continued support of your practice.

Home Study Meditation Courses

The Path of Kriya Yoga

This course is similar to the online course, except you receive the hard-copy books to study for each step. You will also receive one-on-one email and phone support and quizzes. This option is suitable for those who do not have easy access to a computer. The books are also a great secondary resource to both the online and in-person courses.

Meditation Mini-Course

A free 5-day emailed meditation course designed to teach you the basics of meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. You will receive one email each day for 5 days, then automatically be subscribed to our inspiring weekly newsletter.

Ananda Meditation App

A free app with guided meditations and techniques, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Go deeper in the joy of your own Self.

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