Start a New Meditation Practice or Inspire Your Current One

The 10-week Ananda Course in Meditation program 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.

This course was previously known as Lessons in Meditation.

Upcoming Session: May 27 to August 5, 2021

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Create a Sustainable Practice

Whether or not you are new to meditation, these lessons will help you develop a deep and consistent practice. With ample feedback from meditators with decades of experience and your own persistence, you will awaken your true nature: a pure reflection of divine peace, joy, and love.

Meditation Grounded in Ancient Traditions

Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and for 50 years has trained teachers in techniques grounded in the highest yogic practices of India, as brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Receive Practical Techniques

In addition to meditation, learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, which are designed to provide the practitioner with better health, more energy, and an ability to direct the energy in the body at will. Mastering them can be a powerful tool for deeper, longer meditation.

Step 1 on the Path to Kriya Yoga

This course is the first step on the path to Kriya, a meditation technique taught by Paramhansa Yogananda that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth.

“Having taken tons of online courses & workshops, I have to say that this, by far, is the best meditation course available online.”
Waldemar Z.

“The amount of support material was more thorough than many other online courses I’ve taken, which cost twice as much.”Shelley S.

“It will offer you a community from all over the world who you will be able to relate to — You don’t feel alone in your spiritual journey.”Helina

“What really made this an extraordinary experience was the patience, wisdom, insight, and hands-on support of the instructors, and the enthusiasm of my fellow students.”Ursula L.

Meet Your Instructors

“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.

Brahmachari Sagar

Brahmachari Sagar resides at the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California and serves Ananda’s Online Ministry. Born in 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 in several capacities: as a teacher & counselor to students, as a meditation & stress-relief workshop facilitator for corporates, and as Ananda India’s Fundraising coordinator.

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 meditation in Boston and New York City. He has taught meditation in diverse settings including yoga studios, colleges, high schools, rehabilitation centers and more.


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 a few or several years but want to dive deeper in their meditation practice or clarify their 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 classes are not at any particular time of day. One lesson is opened up each week. The content is available 24/7. Each opened lesson will remain open for the duration of the course. The only thing that is at a particular time are the live events.
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 in the next session at no charge.
The time commitment varies with each student and varies with each lesson.

Each week’s lesson, consisting of the text-pdf and the videos, can take an hour and a half or two to go through. Oftentimes, assimilating the contents deeply requires revisiting them often.

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

More Questions?

In 10-weeks, you’ll learn to meditate more effectively— thanks to a broad spectrum of meditation techniques, including:

Ancient meditation techniques as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda

Using the breath to calm the body and mind

How to sit for the most effective, comfortable meditation practice

Paramhansa Yogananda’s unique Energization Exercises

Digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and course instructors

Personal support from instructors

Two live webinars with the instructors every week, with guided meditations, discussions and Q&A

Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructors

Downloadable textbook (pdf) and downloadable audio learning tracks (mp3)

Certificate of Completion

Lifetime access to course material upon completion

Enrich Your Life with These Powerful Meditation Techniques

Upcoming Session: May 27 to August 5, 2021 (ten weeks)

Tuition: $99.95
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