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: September 30 - December 16, 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: Learn to Control Your Energy with Yogananda's Energization Exercises
Week 5: Practices for Focusing the Mind and Heart
Week 6: Expansion and Going Beyond Techniques
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

Weekly live webinars 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



"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.

Eleni Cardona

Eleni Cardona has been a meditator for 34 years and a member of Ananda since 1988. She has served at East West Bookstore in Seattle and for Ananda University online. Additionally, she served by playing the cello and singing in the choir as a part of the Ananda Music Ministry. She has a varied educational background in Social Science, English, Music and Art. Previously, she taught English, Writing, History, and a Leadership class—think spiritual principles in secular clothing—in a local charter high school that she helped to found.

Above all, Eleni has a passion for developing meaningful relationships with students in order to inspire them to develop tools that empower the creation of a joyful life.

Sambhava Burke

Sambhava was born and raised on the East Coast of the US in North Carolina. He studied Psychology at Appalachian State University in the mountains of N.C. and during the summer before his final year in school he participated for 2 weeks in a youth program at Ananda Village called "Living with Spirit" (now called Ananda Village Internship Program). Shortly after graduating from college he moved out West to live at Ananda Village in 2011 and lives there currently.

He serves in a variety of ways at Ananda Village but his primary area of service has been as a chef having cooked for several years at Master's Market, the community marketplace, and The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat. He has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda since 2010.

Bandhu Kinsey

Bandhu has been a meditator and a member of Ananda since 2007. Living now at Ananda Village in Northern California, he takes part in leading community meditations from time to time. “Chanting is half the battle” says our Guru Paramhansa Yogananda, and Bandhu might want to run that percentage higher, being a musician and classical guitarist . He plays the harmonium and has transcribed some of the chants from there to the guitar.

Bandhu has also served as a P.E. instructor at Living Wisdom High School at Ananda Village emphasizing the notion of the flow of peaceful inner will power toward physical movement.

 

Suzanne Ilgun

Suzanne was born, raised, and schooled in Santa Barbara, CA. She started studying Ananda's Lessons in Meditation while she was an ICU nurse. Learning meditation and studying the science of yoga was key in her ability to continue working in the high-stress, hectic-paced world of intensive care medicine until she retired from the field in 2006.

Suzanne and her husband Koral now live near Ananda Village in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills and are active members in the Ananda community. Suzanne is a certified Ananda Yoga & Meditation teacher. Outside of her meditation and yoga practice, Suzanne enjoys cooking, hiking, and paddleboarding.

 

"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

Testimonials & 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:
September 30 - December 16, 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