The whole purpose of true exercise is to awaken the inner source of energy which we have ignored throughout our lives.

—Paramhansa Yogananda

Overview

The purpose of the Energization Exercises is to learn to control the flow of energy throughout your body. When you can control your energy, you can also control your thoughts, and you will be able to direct your energy into your spiritual eye, helping you to achieve Self-realization.

The Exercises are based on the principle of drawing the Cosmic Energy into the body through the medulla oblongata by the power of will. The medulla is located at the point where the scull joins the spinal column on the back of the head. It is referred to in the scriptures as “the mouth of God,” and is considered by yogis to be the portal through which the energy enters the body.

The full set of Energization Exercises is comprised of 39 individual exercises. Once you become familiar with the routine it takes about 10 – 12 minutes to complete. Practicing them will give you increased energy, an awareness of its flow in the body, and a sense of well-being. Doing these exercises before you meditate will also help to release any stored bodily tension and enable you to sit still longer and more comfortably.

It is best to learn the Energization Excercises from an Ananda Meditation Teacher, or through our video, book and audio resources (see links at the end of this page). If you already know the techniques and would like to deepen your practice you can take our 30 Day Energization Challenge.

Double breathing

Throughout the exercises you will practice “double breathing” — a special breathing technique taught by Yoganananda, which helps to oxygenate and detoxify the blood.

To practice a double breath, begin by inhaling strongly through the nose with a short, sharp inhalation followed directly by a long, strong inhalation — completely filling your lungs. Then, without pause, exhale through the nose and mouth with a short, then a long exhalation — making the sound: “Huh, Huhhhhhh” (with the breath only; do not vocalize). Feel cosmic energy flowing into the medulla oblongata with the breath.

Get the App

The full set of Energization Exercises is comprised of 39 individual exercises. Once you become familiar with the routine, it takes about 10 – 12 minutes to practice.

Features include:

  • Diagrams of all of the exercises
  • Optional detailed or brief audio guide for each exercise
  • A Principles of Energization Exercises e-booklet (press the “i” info button in top right corner of second screen to access)
  • A counter to track your progress

The app is based on the book “Energization Exercises” from Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

29 Comments

  1. Daily yoga is necessarily practised on regularly.Once the above exercises gives lot of benefits in our health.

  2. Guruji,
    Can I get the DVD Books for exercises and meditation in Pune

  3. Some time ago, I was able to download an iPad app for the Energization Exercises and am currently using it in my daily practice. I think that the app was offered through Ananda Sangha to those people on the mailing list. I want to recommend this app to my friends but it appears that it is not available from Apple. Is the app still available for download and, if so, how would one access this resource?

  4. Estoy escuchando clases de kriya yoga y me gusta mucho , he practicado yoga , pero kriya estoy profundizando ahora estoy profundizando en ella . me gustaria tener mas informacion de los ejercicios. zoraida

  5. hello.
    i’m from iran , also i don’ have master or visa cart , so could you please send me a poster of The Energization Exercises of Paramhansa Yogananda,
    thank you . in love and peace

    1. There isn’t a good resource at this time, but we are working on it. I’ll send you a link to the best option for you that I know of.

  6. i have read the autobiography of a yogi. i am very much impressed. i leave in mauritius. i want to learn kriya yoga of the spiritual masters the soonest. help me. how to do it? i do not have a guru.

    1. Hi Ramseook, that’s great. Kriya Yoga is a very effective technique. What I’d recommend doing is visiting our Kriya Yoga page to learn more, and contacting us about what the best way to learn Kriya Yoga is for you, in your location.

  7. Sir, I would like to know if there is any yoga training center in Delhi. Wherein we can go n get proper training for the same.

    Thank you
    Devyani

  8. Atma namaste, from where can i get d books, cds,more in karnataka? Can u please help me?

  9. Good Morning Sir,

    I have a doubt, what does “tensing the entire body” mean. I’m not able to visualize the term tensing the body (or part of body like arm).

    Could you please let me know this.

    Thanking you,
    Shivaraj

    1. Hi Shivaraj, excellent question. It’s very similar to the tensing that you do when lifting weights: your muscles contract as energy flows to them.

      In this case, you are focusing your attention on the energy rather than the muscles and your outward activity, as you would in weightlifting or sports. But the muscle tensing is much the same. Tensing the entire body is just tensing every muscle in the body.

      This video on YouTube, though obviously old, may give you a clearer idea. Please feel free to write again with any questions.

  10. Hello Sir

    I’m Meghan from Tamil nadu. I want to improve my concentration which type Yoga and excise follow

    I request you to concern this and reply me

    1. Hi Meghan,

      I’d recommend the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration as a foundation, but techniques like the Energization Exercises would be very helpful as well. The Hong-Sau Technique, though, will help you to strengthen the muscle of concentration specifically.

      Since you are in Tamil Nadu, the best ways to learn this are either through Ananda India Online, which offers a Learn to Meditate course — or in person. If you happen to be near Chennai, for example, we have a very active center there and teachers that could help you get the most out of your practice.

  11. Hi,
    this is Barkha, from Ujjain.
    I started doing Energization exercises a month back. and practising Hong Sau technique as well. But recently I realized that after doing EE, there is pain in my hands and legs and I feel very tired and sleepy. Can you guide as to what might be the reason of this pain. Is it due to EE as this involved tensing and relaxing? Kindly guide.

    Thanks

    1. Dear Barkha,

      Are you watching the videos of the Energization Exercises and has anyone taught you directly?

      I can only assume you are probably tensing too hard whereas the actual constriction is to a level you can feel, but not so hard as to “strip” the muscles nor nerves!

      I may suggest that if this is not the case that you either set up an appointment with us over Skype or contact your local Ananda India Centre for personal guidance: 989-901-4209 ananda@anandaindia.org.

      OurLessons In Meditation book and our Energization Exercises poster are excellent resources for you.

      If you still need my assistance I will be most glad to serve you and set you onto the right way of these subtle but dramatic pranayams given us by Paramhansa Yogananda. hey most definitely fulfill their promise! I wish you blessings and joy in your devotions and path.

  12. Hello,

    Due to illness I am unable to do the exercises standing. Are there any articles available on how to best do them in a sitting position?

    Thank you, and Namaste’

    1. Dear Bob,
      Although we don’t have an article about Energizing while sitting, you don’t need one: you simply do the best you can to replicate what you would do if standing. Some seated exercises will be very close to — or even exactly the same as — what you would do while standing, while other exercises will be rather different. In any case, you can get almost the same benefit as if you were standing. Many people (including myself, during a period of injury) have Energized while seated, and it works very well. All the best to you!

  13. Hi,
    I’m new to the energization exercise app. Does it also help open 7 chakra?
    If not what program or exercise or breathing or something else help me achieve it?
    Thanks

  14. Hi,
    During the exercises, do I focus on the center of the eyebrows only or can I visualize that energy is entering in the medulla and flowing through my nerves to the part being energized? I’m finding it tricky to visualize this movement while also strictly keeping the focus on the third eye. I’d greatly appreciate your clarification, thank you!

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