Ananda Course in Meditation

Learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s Scientific Meditation Techniques

Whether a beginning or experienced meditator, take this meditation class to develop or deepen your daily meditation practice and connect with your higher Self.

Next Session: August 19 – October 28, 2021
Cost: $99.95

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The Powerful Tool of Daily Meditation

Daily meditation helps us overcome our limitations and achieve our highest potential. Meditators worldwide testify that meditation helps transform commonly experienced emotions such as stress, fear and anxiety into the peace, calmness and joy. Regular meditation also naturally enhances our concentration, energy levels and creativity.

For the past 50 years, Ananda has taught Paramhansa Yogananda’s meditation techniques that show us how to attain optimal wellbeing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

With our Ananda Course in Meditation (formerly Lessons in Meditation) you, too, can learn to meditate deeply and consistently and can reap all the benefits of a vibrant meditation practice.

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“If you are looking to understand the principles of meditation and be given the structure and tools to put them into practice with ease, then this course is for you!”Alba, France, Pedagogical Engineer, October 2020 Graduate
“If you are looking to understand the principles of meditation and be given the structure and tools to put them into practice with ease, then this course is for you!”Alba, France, Pedagogical Engineer, October 2020 Graduate

Why Take This Meditation Class?


Make Daily Meditation a Reality


Our 10-week online meditation class is structured to guide you step-by-step through the various tools and meditation techniques you need to create a sustainable practice.

Weekly assignments and inspiration will help you build a routine that works for you.

Receive Caring Support from Experienced Instructors


We all face unique challenges with our meditations.

Your instructors are there to answer your questions, to offer individual feedback, and to encourage you as you learn to meditate or deepen your existing practice.

Learn Meditation Techniques for Self-Realization


These universal scientific techniques taught by Paramhansa Yogananda are for mind, body, and soul healing. But most of all, they will help you connect with your higher Self, the Divine, or God.

This course is also the first step toward learning Kriya Yoga, Yogananda’s highest technique for Self-realization.

Join a Worldwide Community of Truthseekers


With our cohort model, you will go through the course and meditate online with like-minded classmates from all over the world.

Upon completion of the course, you will also receive a free one-month membership with Ananda’s Virtual Community.


“It is an amazing value for the price and I now have so many tools to help me keep on my meditation path and to deepen my spiritual life. I am so thankful to Online with Ananda who have made it possible for me to learn, even from deep in the rainforest, and feel connected!”Meghan, Costa Rica, Educator & Rainforest Eco-Retreat Owner, 2019 Graduate
“It is an amazing value for the price and I now have so many tools to help me keep on my meditation path and to deepen my spiritual life. I am so thankful to Online with Ananda who have made it possible for me to learn, even from deep in the rainforest, and feel connected!”Meghan, Costa Rica, Educator & Rainforest Eco-Retreat Owner, 2019 Graduate

What You’ll Learn during Your Meditation Classes

This foundational 10-week meditation master class based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings of Self-realization covers:


How to sit properly for meditation

Hong Sau technique of meditation for relaxing the body, calming the mind and stilling the heart

Ancient pranayama techniques for relaxation and interiorizing energy

Energization Exercises for developing willpower and life force control as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda

Prayer, chanting and visualization for focusing the mind on the Divine

Completion of Step 1 of 5 toward learning the advanced Kriya Yoga technique

Learn to Meditate Today!

Curriculum

Week 1: Learn to Meditate: The What, When and How of a Consistent Meditation Practice
Week 2: Learn to Relax
Week 3: Interiorization and the Hong Sau technique
Week 4: Practices for Focusing the Mind and Heart
Week 5: Expansion and Going Beyond Techniques
Week 6: Learn to Control Your Energy with Yogananda’s Energization Exercises
Week 7: Bring Meditation into Daily Life
Week 8: Yogic Dietary Principles for Health and Vitality


“I thought going into this course that I could do this all myself and did not need a class if I had the proper discipline. Not true. I needed this class and feel like it came to me at the exact right time in my life.” Abby, California, Event Planner & Aspiring Writer, June 2020 Graduate

“I thought going into this course that I could do this all myself and did not need a class if I had the proper discipline. Not true, I needed this class, and feel like it came to me at the exact right time in my life.” Abby, California, Event Planner & Aspiring Writer, June 2020 Graduate

What You’ll Receive in This Meditation Class


A structured curriculum of 8 lessons in meditation with two additional weeks to pace your learning

Twice weekly live webinar with guided meditations, discussions, and Q&A recorded for offline viewing

Downloadable PDF of each meditation lesson

Weekly assignments and quizzes to guide your understanding with personalized feedback

Audio MP3s, videos, and inspiration accompanying each week’s meditation lesson

Inspiration and sharing through online forums by our top meditation class instructors

Certificate of completion

Lifetime access to course material upon course completion

One time free re-enrollment (within two years or course purchase) for students who are unable to complete the course


“This course has provided patient, compassionate teaching and guidance, persistent encouragement to stay on-track, and powerful tools to assist me in attaining deep states of meditation; these have changed my life, ushering in a calm I had never known before and more joy than I ever thought possible.”Elisabeth, Ontario, Artist & Energy Healer, April 2021 Graduate

“This course has provided patient, compassionate teaching and guidance, persistent encouragement to stay on-track, and powerful tools to assist me in attaining deep states of meditation; these have changed my life, ushering in a calm I had never known before and more joy than I ever thought possible.”Elisabeth, Ontario, Artist & Energy Healer, April 2021 Graduate

FAQs

Yes this is a 10-week online meditation class.
This is a comprehensive meditation class for both beginners and long time meditators designed to help you learn to meditate deeply. You will receive 8 lessons in meditation with two weeks to pace your learning. This course includes step-by-step instruction as well as personalized guidance from instructors to help you cultivate a rewarding meditation practice.
If one of the following applies to you, you will benefit tremendously from this course:

  • Beginners at meditation
  • Those who struggle with consistency in meditation and want to develop a strong, daily meditation routine
  • Those who have been meditating, or teaching meditation, for several years but want to dive deeper in meditation practice or clarify understanding of meditation based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Those who want to begin their journey on the Path of Kriya Yoga
  • Those who have read Autobiography of a Yogi and feel deeply inspired to practice Yogananda’s teachings and techniques
We often have over a 150 students from more than 30 countries!
Once you complete the Ananda Course in Meditation, you are eligible to enroll in the Ananda Course in Meditation Review course which will give you lifetime access to all course material. Additionally, you are able to download all PDF and MP3 material.
The online meditation classes are not at any particular time of day. One lesson is opened up each week. The content is available 24/7. Once opened, the meditation lessons will remain open for the duration of the course.
Only the live events are at specific times.
The guided meditations and discussions occur twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays. We also offer 2 additional webinars: Opening Orientation Webinar on course start date and a Next Steps Webinar in the final week of the course.

All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live.

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 (within two years or course purchase) in the next session at no charge.
The time commitment varies with each student and varies with each lesson.

Each week’s lesson includes readings, videos, and quizzes. It can take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Assimilating the contents deeply requires revisiting them.

Additionally, participating in the live webinars and forum interactions add significantly to the benefits that can be accrued from the course.

This 10-week meditation class costs $99.95.
We currently use Zoom for our webinars.

Regardless of the time zone you are in, you can take any of our online courses. All material (reading, audio, and video) in our courses are open and available 24/7. You can engage in the course when ever it is convenient to your schedule or time zone.The only aspect of a course that is time specific are webinars and live broadcasts. They are recorded for those are unable to attend live. Recordings are sent to enrolled students and are also posted within the course itself.
Log into Online with Ananda. Once you are logged in, you will be directed to the course overview page, which contains a list of all the courses you are enrolled in. Click the title Ananda Course in Meditation to access the course. You can also hover over your profile in the upper right corner of the screen. You will see a drop down menu that will include “My Courses.” All the courses you are enrolled in are listed there.
Most of the videos on our site are copyright protected and not downloadable. However, there are some exceptions. Audio and reading material are downloadable in every course.


“The level of care and support extended by the instructors makes you feel as though you are a part of an extended family who genuinely care about your spiritual growth and well being. . . . There was 100% support from the fully present instructors every step of the way.”Kiana B.
“The level of care and support extended by the instructors makes you feel as though you are a part of an extended family who genuinely care about your spiritual growth and well being. . . . There was 100% support from the fully present instructors every step of the way.”Kiana B.

Meet Your Instructors


Brahmachari Sagar

Brahmachari 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, and How to Stand Unshaken amidst Life’s Challenges. 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.


Jitendra Guindon

Jitendra, Director of Online with Ananda’s Online Outreach ministry, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda living at Ananda Village in Northern California. While serving with Ananda, he enjoys spreading the ancient teachings of Yoga to all truth seekers around the world and look forward to connecting with new friends from different backgrounds and affiliations.

After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, Jitendra began his journey with the teachings and meditation in 2006. He continues to feel the inner transformation that comes with the power of the techniques. He is a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200).

Jitendra is originally from Rhode Island, where he helped lead the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center and aided in spreading the path of Self-realization in Boston and New York City. He has taught meditation in diverse settings including yoga studios, colleges, high schools, rehabilitation centers and more.


“If you are one who has been struggling to find a constant and reliable routine in meditation, this course is for you. If you’ve been practicing for years but feel that you stall out and hit a wall, this course is for you. If the meaning of life has been lost in worldly pursuits, this class is for you.”Matthew, Kansas, Former Pro Baseball Player, July 2020 Graduate

“If you are one who has been struggling to find a constant and reliable routine in meditation, this course is for you. If you’ve been practicing for years but feel that you stall out and hit a wall, this course is for you. If the meaning of life has been lost in worldly pursuits, this class is for you.”Matthew, Kansas, Former Pro Baseball Player, July 2020 Graduate

Reviews

“I have practiced on and off for many years, but this course helped me to really develop a routine practice. The methods help me to meditate more deeply and I’ve incorporated the other resources and techniques in my daily life. As a result, 10 weeks later, I feel more joy and overall calm. The instructors of this course are so encouraging and responsive. Thank you all for your support and encouragement!”Kim, North Carolina, Writer & Trader, March 2020 Graduate
“I have practiced on and off for many years, but this course helped me to really develop a routine practice. The methods help me to meditate more deeply and I’ve incorporated the other resources and techniques in my daily life. As a result, 10 weeks later, I feel more joy and overall calm. The instructors of this course are so encouraging and responsive. Thank you all for your support and encouragement!”Kim, North Carolina, Writer & Trader, March 2020 Graduate

Transform Your Life in Just 10 Weeks


Why wait to find peace and happiness within you? Join us today to enrich your inner life with a daily meditation practice.

Next Session:
August 19 – October 28, 2021

Cost: $99.95

Enroll Now!

“From the beginning to the end: inspiration, quality and openheartedness! Thank you again for this beautiful deepening of meditation.”Benjamin, France, Yoga Teacher, October 2020 Graduate
“From the beginning to the end: inspiration, quality and openheartedness! Thank you again for this beautiful deepening of meditation.”Benjamin, France, Yoga Teacher, October 2020 Graduate