183 reviews for Living the Principles of Self-Realization Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

    I have completed two ananda.org classes. I am very impressed by the level of organization and detail provided in these classes. The quality of each lesson is very high, and consistently so throughout. The combination of written, video and audio materials is nicely balanced. The wisdom conveyed by Swami Kriyananda is so impressive. He is clearly a great teacher, and his depth of knowledge of subject matter is profound. I have become very attached to all of these people who teach at Ananda. Slowly but surely, they are becoming like family to me. I look forward to the next class that begins in September.

  2. 5 out of 5

    No words can explain my gratitude to the teachers for the course ‘Living the principles if self realisation’ !!
    Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
    Looking forward to the journey!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    This course was full of knowledge and practical tips to improve oneself. I can’t thank enough instructors for their effort and the great way the course is structured. I enjoyed every lesson and felt was able to put in practice many of the tips provided on the path for self realization. The way this course is linked with the previous one really lays out the path for a consistent, gradual and at the same time robust and sustainable positive change in my life. The mix of the content between reading, video, audio and practical tips, makes this course a true blessing. I look forward to attending the next course

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yet another life changing and profound experience with Ananda. It is amazing how these teachings can impact all areas of one’s life so positively. Thankful to all the great masters, gurus, teachers , course companions and of all the Divine to help me discover this beautiful path.

    Ever grateful

  5. 5 out of 5

    This course has not only taught me how to lead better, calmer life, but also taught dos and don’ts of life, true meaning of yoga, how to think right, behave with people, power of manifestation and not the least how to be a good human and be close to God and be one with the ultimate super consciousness. The powerful teachings I find myself teaching to my daughter too which benefits her at her young age. Wish I had learnt these teachings in my childhood! Hope such teachings start happening at child level which will be so beneficial to child and youth mental health.

  6. 5 out of 5

    This class has been very insightful and helpful in my spiritual practice. I’m looking forward to the next course and completing my training in Raja Yoga and receiving Kriya Yoga initiation. A huge thank you to the teachers and their wise and compassionate guidance!

  7. 5 out of 5

    This course has been life changing. Never in a million years did I ever think I could be calm and peaceful in all my chaos. I have learned major life changing tools that have grounded me and are building a new foundation for my life. THANK YOU ANANDA!

  8. 5 out of 5

    I have been looking for this path my whole life. As with the meditation course, this has been a life changing experience for me. I recommend Ananda courses to anyone wishing to move forward in their lives with more hope, joy and peace. I will ultimately be doing all available courses. The experience so far has been that valuable to me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thanks to the second step on the Kriya Yoga Path, in the form of the Living the Principles of Self-Realization course, I feel more in touch with the aspect of the Divine Mother. During the course, life brought to me certain challenges that took place in relationships with dear and close people, but also challenges in terms of who I thought I was, how I was and what to expect from me. Many aspects were restructured as a result, both internally and externally. I felt supported and guided by the content of the course, by the guidance of the teachers, as well as by my own wisdom that awoke in me. Through all these forms I felt permanently touched, embraced, supported and loved by the Divine Mother and I am deeply grateful for this new presence that is making more and more room in me, in my body, heart, mind. As for the Divine Father aspect, now at the beginning of 2023 I feel a new level of friendship, closeness and guidance with Him. It teaches me what this concept of Self-Realization actually means, how it feels to me, putting me in touch with my pure, divine and innocent nature that I was born with. Thank you to everyone who worked on the Ananda courses. I warmly encourage people to sign up for the courses at Ananda and find out for themselves what it is actually all about. I will gladly continue with step 3 – Course on Discipleship! “

  10. 5 out of 5

    This was another very sweet course. The readings, videos, personal chat with an instructor, and the audios which included chants and talks were so rich with information! I appreciated the opportunity to speak with 2 instructors that live there at Ananda Village. I am very grateful for this class and these teachings which seem so simple and yet, not simple, at the same time!

  11. 5 out of 5

    This course was again a lovely pure devoted journey. A journey to move deeper inside ourselves to meet God. The more we meet, the more we surrender, the more we transform in the divine light. Even the little bit I tasted in this journey was already huge. Huge is not the right word, I would better say, miraculous. I did a lot in my life, I met God on many journey’s, but this is THE MOST DIRECT WAY, and the most of all, you’re landing in a big tribe of souls who are living it. Who knows what it is to go forward in this journey. The path of God, the path of authentic joy, all in a deep graceful connection.
    Thank you all for the support.
    I cannot stop to grow further on on the next trainings.
    Namasté 🙏

  12. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to deepen their meditation practice and understanding of yoga philosophy. The course was well structured and provided a comprehensive understanding of Raja yoga that seeks to awaken us to our deepest reality of oneness with the Infinite through daily meditation and energization exercises. The course instructors were highly knowledgeable and provided constructive and detailed feedback on the quizzes. I greatly enjoyed the course webinars and found the audio, video, and reading material very engaging and interesting. The course also provided the opportunity for a one-on-one video call with a course instructor which was a wonderful way to interact and connect for spiritual counsel. Overall, the teachings from the course have been transformational and life changing and drawn me ever closer to God, the Infinite Spirit. I’m deeply grateful and indebted to Ananda for introducing these wonderful teachings and practices into my life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Great course, based on an excellent book – “Raja Yoga” by Swami Kriyananada. This course explains how the Yoga tradition from India is so much more than the physical postures associated with that word in the West. Each class of the course covers a different chapter of the book, and a different aspect of how to uncover who we really are and how to live with meaning and purpose. I would recommend this course particularly to spiritual seekers raised in the West.

  14. 5 out of 5

    This course is so worthwhile for anyone seeking to go deeper on the path. It is full of wisdom, science, and inspiration provided by loving and supportive instructors. It’s a creative blend of reading, webinars, Swami Kriyananda’s lectures, music. The instructors are available and willing to connect with the participants. You have this feeling of entering a warm and loving family where only the highest and good are held for all. I looked forward each week to each new class as it was provided. Highly recommend! It will Light up your world and the world around you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    I am delighted that I took this course. It has kept me motivated to do more meditation. And I also learned more techniques to deepen my meditation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I am not able to describe my gratitude that my Guru has led me to this Kriya path. My life has been changed profoundly after starting the path end of May.

    I am so thankful for the teachings that Gurudeva Paramhansa Yogananda brought to us, for Ananda organization which makes the teaching continuing, for the supporting we receive and for all involved which make the teaching possible.

  17. 5 out of 5

    This course has been of great guidance at a challenging time in my life. I will go back to the reading and teachings to connect ever deeper to Master’s words. The teachers’ feeedback has been invaluable and has helped me shift my consciousness and deepen my understanding. Throughout the journey there is a great feeling of joy, love and devotion. Thank you! Jai Guru!

  18. 5 out of 5

    An outstanding course on spiritual evolution that is an excellent complement to Ananda’s first class on the Path to Kriya Yoga (Introduction to Meditation). In addition to helping improve daily meditation practice (with a Meditation section in each of the lessons), it answers the question: what do you do when you’re not meditating, how do you extend your spiritual practice into the rest of your daily life? Each of the lessons is packed with insightful spiritual lessons as well as practical techniques. And the instructors are wonderful – I received personalized, in-depth, supportive, loving feedback on all submitted assignments and questions. Very grateful to the instructors and to Ananda for putting this together!

  19. 5 out of 5

    It has been the best decision to take the course. Learned a lot how to calm the mind and handle the situation in life without getting disturbed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    If you take this course and practice its principles in your daily life, you will be sure that your inner Temple of God-realization will stand unshakeable in the midst of any life_challenges. Special thanks to all these amazing teachers who dedicated their time to light our way.

  21. 5 out of 5

    it is not easy to write a review of something you cannot really comprehend. For several years i was a student of a high Tibetan Lama. That uplifted my consciousness a lot. After the first two steps on the path of Key Yoga i just can say that it is not about the conceptual way of learning. In this two courses that what i already knew was realised in a way that it defenitely changed the way i percive myself and the world in a very positive and more conscious way. The Energy of The Great Masters is palpable in every part of the course.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Found this course to be very insightful and helpful. Many tools are offered to apply on a spiritual journey.
    Would like to take this opportunity and thank all parties involved.
    Highly recommend this course to all truth seekers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend this course to anyone. You just can’t stop at step 1. This course really teaches you how to put into practice what you’ve learned in step 1 and how to transform your life. It has been a joy to share this fulfilling experience with Dhyan, Mukti and Sambhava, My heartfelt thank you for your inspiring teachings and support. Thank you. Love and joy to you all, Monica

  24. 5 out of 5

    I’m very grateful that decided to join Ananda meditation course. It helped me so much to understand and practice meditation. So many great tools were provided as a help in this rather difficult process. I’m looking forward to the next level. Thank you so much for your hard work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    its one of the best course i took on meditation. It helped me to learn new things, subtle things i never read, heard before. I am looking forward towards path to better life. path to kriya yoga.

  26. 5 out of 5

    What a fantastic continuation this course has been on the path of Kriya Yoga!
    A great big heartfelt thanks to the course instructors; Nayaswami Mukti, Tyagi, and Sambhava for their joyful instruction and guidance over the weeks and for their very detailed, helpful and always supportive responses to the quizzes!!
    I really enjoyed the beautiful meditations and chants, I’ve added quite few more to my growing repertoire 🎶, thanks also to Shyana in this regard and indeed to the rest of the Ananda crew; Nayaswami’s Jana, Pranaba, Parvati, Anandi, Maria, Brahmachari Sagar and Dhyama for their informative and enthusiastic webinars. I highly recommend this course!

    God has lit a fire in my soul and I am so very grateful to the great masters of Self-Realisation and Kriya Yoga and to the very dedicated team at Ananda for fanning that Devine flame!

    God, Christ, Gurus! 🙏

  27. 5 out of 5

    I searched for a long time for a path that appealed to me. I always managed to think in my head why a certain path would not work for me. And of course, I got stuck. Until Ananda came my way. I am grateful to God, my Guru for this that I am learning to discover again how I can both open my heart and at the same time be offered a structure that does not make my head spin. On the contrary: I allow it. Because this path is my path. Full of joy and wisdom, with calmness and energy.

    I still find it exciting to open myself up a bit further. And every time I am helped by this path and by God my Guru. This course has taken me another huge step forward. And leave you wanting more. It feels so good, even if it is sometimes exciting for me

    Etienne, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  28. 5 out of 5

    The first course – Meditation – was like learning to swim. This one it was like swing in an olimpic pool guided by good trainers; I cannot say how anxious I am to go out with a personal trainer to swim in the ocean…

  29. 5 out of 5

    This course was life transforming. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to deepen their practice and draw closer to the Divine.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Namaste, A wonderful learning experience. The instructor’s encouragement with each returned quiz was so thoughtfully written as well as informative.
    I move forward to the next series of discovering and learning Self Realization principles.
    Blessings of Peace.

  31. 5 out of 5

    This is a fantastic course for anyone looking to deepen their practice, be more regular, or in general, for anyone looking to advance themselves on the spiritual path. I loved how the course is designed such that it takes you to deeper understanding, slowly and steadily. Personally, the lessons on affirmations and magnetism were very impactful for me. The course instructors are wonderfully encouraging and supportive. Their suggestions, advice and guidance when evaluating the quizes after each lesson, have been very helpful as well. It’s just overall being a marvellous experience and I am looking forward to the next step on this path.

    Thank you very much!
    With Gratitude-

  32. 5 out of 5

    Absolutely wonderful and uplifting and life transforming – if you allow it to be all of those things. The instructors were amazing. Feedback on each quiz was like a mini lesson for just me based on my answers to the quiz questions. Always so helpful and so heartfelt. I love this community and am so grateful to have found it and feel very blessed to study these teachings. I hope you will find the same for yourself.

  33. 5 out of 5

    The second course on the path to Kriya Yoga was profound and powerful and took us deeper beyond the surface. Lesson by lesson, through listening to lectures, attending the webinars and through deep introspection and contemplation while responding to the quiz questions, I could go deeper into the Principles beyond their literal meaning, apply them to my daily life and see a shift in my thinking. In the past, with any situation, my mind would always think negatively, imagining the worst. Now, I try to see the positive side and have noticed I am much calmer than before. 

    What made this course profound was the love, encouragement and wisdom of all the amazing teachers who taught it. From detailed and personalized feedback to the quizzes which I came back to read often, to sharing their empathy and wisdom in their responses to my questions to their guided meditations and lectures during the webinars, I would not have been able to go as deep as I did without their blessing and help.

     I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to take this course and am looking forward to the third one on the path to Kriya yoga. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has begun their journey on this precious path and who wants to go deeper beyond the surface. 

  34. 5 out of 5

    Living the principles of self realization was another inspiring, and spiritually uplifting course. This is a course on the science of Raja yoga and the second step on the path of Kriya yoga. I fell behind because of a family emergency and Dhyan was kind and helpful so I was able to finish the course. All of the teachers were supportive and knowledgeable, and gave great feedback on the quizzes. I am so grateful to have found Ananda. This course was inspiring and helped me continue the techniques of the meditation course while expanding on the science of yoga. I highly recommend this course.

  35. 5 out of 5

    I have taken several courses from Ananda. Currently I am pursuing classes that are recommended for following the Path of Kriya Yoga, thus my enrollment in “Living the Principles of Self-Realization”. This course, along with all of the others, has been so meaningful, helpful, and mind expanding. I don’t know how the instructors find the time to layout my such wonderful, interesting, and informative reading materials, lectures, meditations, chants, etc. In addition, they somehow manage to provide personal advice and feedback to each individual student on a weekly basis. They have all been such living role models and inspirations to me that I don’t know how to find the words to express my gratitude for their help, wisdom, and guidance. Thank you all for another amazing class

  36. 5 out of 5

    Living the Principles of Self-Realization Course is a unique course in its design incorporating the philosophy of yoga and meditation and giving many examples from enlightened souls genuinely inspiring. There are weekly webinars, meditations and quizzes, and forums; boundless opportunities to interact with the instructors and fellow students. I am very fond of webinars as webinars serve to explain and present most clearly. My all-time favorite is quizzes. Quizzes allow to review the material and allow communication with the instructors. It is a beautiful and priceless feeling to know we are in this together during the journey. Thank you, everyone; it was a pleasure to be in this course.

  37. 5 out of 5

    Another amazing course from Ananda. This course offers great insight in to our current state of being and provides us with practical tools and techniques to improve it. The instructors teach what they practice. I never got a thought that it’s just theory course. They are very helpful every step of the way. Very thank full to them. Also thanks to Ananda for retaining and teaching so old but powerful knowledge and technique. Can’t wait to begin my next course.

  38. 5 out of 5

    Once again, Ananda has presented a course that has exceeded my expectations. Living the Principles of Self Realization has been deeply rewarding and assuring me that I’m on the path that provides me with what I’ve been seeking. With the wonderful support and feedback from the teachers, their offerings have been impactful and treasured. I’m looking forward to the next steps toward kriya yoga and I’m sure much more.

  39. 5 out of 5

    This course is an intensive in to many aspects for living more fully while striving for enlightenment. Although, it is required for the Path Of Kriya yoga, I highly recommend it to deepen one’s understanding in so many diverse areas.
    The instructors are compassionate and willing to meet with students one on one as well.

  40. 4 out of 5

    I am getting guidance and information and insight that I need at a crucial time in my life

    Mike K

  41. 5 out of 5

    It is hard to describe how powerful these two corses on the path to Kriya Yoga have been for me! I have been a student of yoga for 45 years ,through the ups and downs of life and numerous yoga teachings, and what I have gained in these two courses is remarkable. The simplicity and power of the energization exercises and Hong Sau technique have increased my focus and enjoyment of practicing yoga and of life! The teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda through the writings and interpretations of Swami Kriyananda speak to my soul in such a way that my relationship with God has truly expanded and effected my life in beautiful ways. Whatever you seek in meditation and ways to improve your enjoyment of living and experiencing God in your life, these classes will be the best thing you can do for yourself!! The teachers are full of love and knowledge and will do their best to help you on your journey!❤️

  42. 5 out of 5

    ‘Living the Principles of Self-Realization’ is a beautiful and inspiring follow-on course from ‘Ananda Course in Meditation’. The webinars, course material and thoughtful, personal feedback provide a rich soil in which the true seeker can grow and blossom. Though these are challenging times we’re living in, this course helped me to navigate personal circumstances in a calmer, more positive and intuitive way. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in finding more joy and meaning in their lives and wanting to develop a more intimate relationship with the Divine.

    Thank you all at Ananda

  43. 5 out of 5

    This is no ordinary course. The material is accessible to anyone with a sincere interest, but will be especially rewarding to those with a deeper spiritual hunger. There is much to say about the depth and breath of the material in this course but i will emphasize 2 aspects. First, the Ananda organization offers a rich ecosystem of related course material to support the seeker who wants a richer immersion. The community is available and welcoming to those at every level of experience. The course material itself is interesting and varied with much supporting visual, audio and written background material as well as ‘quizzes’ designed to help the student grasp the core material. The second point is related, the instructors are extraordinary. Not only do they provide enthusiastic presentations that are highly informed, humerous yet dedicated and deeply spiritual- but they go the extra mile to encourage questions and provide individual feedback on quizzes, addressing each students individual concerns in depth. This is an amazing feature of the class and one that goes far beyond the ordinary. I strongly endorse this course for anyone with a spiritual yearning.

  44. 5 out of 5

    The course Living the Principles of Self-Realization which is the second step on the path of Kriya Yoga has changed my life in a positive way.
    It is a very special course that takes you step by step through your personal transformation process. The weekly lessons are so rich in learning materials, including personal explanations from various Nayaswamis who from their own experience take you into wisdom with their loving and calm presence. In particular, I am grateful for the professional and cordial support of Nayaswami Mukti, Nayaswami Nischala and Dhyan throughout this course. Every week there are live webinars with, among other things, chants and meditations and explanations on the lesson of the week that help you enormously to take the lessons from adjusted expanded energy. There is also weekly personal guidance available for you if you would like to make use of it.

    Every week I look forward to a new lesson and the personal guidance I have received. These have helped me a lot to get out of old habits step by step and let go of those that no longer serve my highest and best good and focus on positive in everything. In short, where I was a few weeks ago in my life and where I am now, I feel positive changes in all levels of my being: physical, mental and spiritual. Learning to positively attune to the unconditional love of the Divine Mother is felt in my being and around me. My life is flowing in a positive way and little by little I trust that I can continue to grow towards expansion where there is a lot of understanding and Divine love. I am very much looking forward to the next step on the path of Kriya Yoga where I can attune in devotion as a disciple to a Guru of this path.

    From The Netherlands

  45. 5 out of 5

    What if you could become aware of gifts from God that you never even realized you had received? That is what happened to me while taking this course and especially from deeply pondering the questions in the quizzes!
    I am so grateful for the amazing teachers who pour their love and inspiration into this course and responding so thoroughly! If you’re thinking of taking this course, consider it’s your Soul telling you what it wants.

  46. 5 out of 5

    This is the third course I have taken from Ananda, the second one in the Path of Kriya Yoga. Every course has been revelatory. The level of depth and commitment of the teachers has exceeded all expectations. Not only is deeply spiritual material presented in clear concise terms, so are the instructions to actually practice these teachings, thus the title Living the Principles of Self-Realization . Feedback from instructors is personal and deeply sincere in the interest of the student. The spiritual path is so individual that this seems an almost impossible task.

    Ananda has again shown that its teachings of the great avatar Paramahansa Yogananda comes from the Truths that the great Master wanted his disciples to actively share. His message of Love and Unity of mankind is a beacon of light in the darkness of our world; finding God within through meditation and spiritual practice is not a pipe dream – we learn to strive for this through our real experience.

    These courses have changed my life. I am a much happier person with a new fulness of purpose. I look forward to continuing this journey. Ananda is worthy of all trust of any spiritual seeker.

  47. 5 out of 5

    This course has been wonderful!
    To be able to receive these sacred teachings and practical techniques, which are informative and inspiring is truly a blessing!
    I fell behind due to personal circumstances, but by continuing to practice the meditation techniques daily and with the loving support from the dedicated instructors, I was able to catch up and complete the course. And I’m so glad I did! I feel God’s presence more and more and feel inwardly content, calm and joyful, much less affected by outer circumstances.
    Doing this course has also given me a different perspective and a lot of clarity about what I’ve been doing so far on my spiritual path. Meditation and applying these teachings have changed my life in the most positive way and I very much like to continue by taking the next step on this path.

    Thank you from my heart for offering this course, for the wisdom, love and support provided.

    Much Aroha (Love) & Blessings to you all !

  48. 5 out of 5

    When one grows in the path, a tendency to forget who you were is not uncommon. Perhaps, I am very intentional about living in the now. I am now calmer, more present and compassionate, without a need to be showy. My intuition is grandeur

    Looking forward to fully meeting the Divine.

  49. 5 out of 5

    Now that I have taken step 2 of the Kriya Yoga classes I am eager to continue learning. This course has provided me with more wisdom, love for the Divine, peace than I ever would have imagined. Being away for a good part of this class I was only able to listen to the recordings for most of the lessons and had to catch up occasionally. I am so happy that I was able to study hard and complete all the lessons regardless. Most importantly to meditate no matter where I was and usually twice a day. Yes, I found the lectures interesting and the recordings of Swami Kriyinanda quite fascinating and very informative. All the lectures were extremely informative in teaching me the principles.
    I feel truly blessed by the teachers and support that I received from the emails when I submitted my lessons each week.
    My life has changed for the better and I would like to continue with Lesson 3.
    Thank you so much for all the helpful information and inspiration that you have given me. Many Blessings.

  50. 5 out of 5

    These classes have truly taught me to open to the possibilities of God’s presence within and the Joy and Peace that come with that search!
    The calming Wisdom and teachings that have come through the instructors have truly helped me on this Path!
    I enjoy the on-line aspect that allowed me to delve deeply into the lessons, at my own pace and in the comfort and privacy of my own home, while also making me feel connected to the group of amazing Souls that join me on this Journey!
    Truly, truly thank you!

  51. 5 out of 5

    This course has been an eye opener. My perception of this lessons have shifted not only my prospective, but also elevated me to a higher level of consciousness.

    I’m witnessing my expansion because the way the teaching from the devotees and their divine commitment to serve for our growth.

    I find myself more committed to my self realization …

    Thank you everyone for your dedication and commitment…

    I am forever grateful

  52. 5 out of 5

    This course has proven to be one of the most profound and inspirational courses I have taken to date. The teachings within these short 8 – 10 weeks are enough to fill a lifetime of study, they are such a strong foundation to the spiritual path. There is an accompanying and helpful book The Art and Science of Raja Yoga which I chose to get after hearing Jemal, an advanced disciple at Ananda India, say that this book is his ‘bible’ which he has read almost threadbare! I now see why!

    From having taken the OMTT (online meditation teacher training) before this course, the course deepens my knowledge and with all the supportive tools and practices taught, my life and meditation practice has, without question, become all the more richer and attuned. I eagerly awaited each new week and the powerful life changing revelations.

    It felt at times that each teacher were plugged into Yogananda and speaking directly from the Source.

    But!!! My goodness!!!… The teachers, Dhyan, Bob and Nayaswami Susan are deeply inspirational. I am in awe of their level of commitment to our personal growth and their level of attunement with God and Guru. They live and breathe the very teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda with a tangible vitality and love. To be a student and spend time in the company of even one of these teachers is such a privilege and blessing. They are supportive, kind and generous with their commitment to answering questions and consistently take the time to give invaluable feedback. The feedback is always geared deeply to our unique, individual progress and journey and elevation.

    I absolutely loved this course and meeting fellow students and new friends and am inspired beyond anything I have ever known to take up the next step of the Guru Disciple and eventual Kriya initiation. My life has changed completely since taking this path through Ananda.

  53. 5 out of 5

    This course has given me a clear understanding of the Principle of Duality and supportive clarification of Spiritual Truths. The information in this course is foundational for anyone seeking the Truth of Spirituality.

  54. 5 out of 5

    Once again, Ananda Community provides a high quality course on highly interesting topics.
    I have learned a tons of things about the philosophy of yoga, magnetism, affirmations, etc. All these concepts are uneasy to explain and to understand, from a strictly intellectual point of view. Therefore, to help us go further on our spiritual path, this class not only offers solid pedagogical materials, but also the stimulation to bring those teachings into our heart, at the level of our intuition. That is of course the result of the skills and commitments of fantastic teachers, who contaminates such a deep joy, and a feeling of brotherhood.
    I thank God for his blessings all along the way, the source of infinite joy and wisdom.
    It has been a transforming experience, recommended for all those who wants to bring the delicious fruits of meditation into their daily life, on their journey towards divine realization.

  55. 5 out of 5

    Dear all,
    This course is one of the key courses to dive in to the teachings of the soul. The wisdom of the ages is packed to a max in this course. The do’s and the don’ts are wisely taught according to the old texts of Patanjali’s yogasutra’s. The astute brilliant souls that teach this course are living and breathing this path of soul realization, as taught by the divine Master Paramhansa Yogananda. It is truly a priviledge to work with Ananda sangha’s team who have dedicated their entire life to these efforts. The recordings of a great soul, Swami Kriyananda felt like washing away the layers and layers of ignorant debris of suffering, the story of my life. The scientific affirmations and the understanding of the power of magnetism offer very practical guidelines for every person in today’s worldly chaos and clamor. An incredible journey to self realization awaits for every soul, as the Master said, it is meant to happen…. for some souls sooner and some later…. we are all eternal beings.
    Wish you all the very best, with lots of joy and blessings

  56. 5 out of 5

    I want to thank and pay my gratitude to swami Kriyananda to start Ananda. it has grown exponentially and attracted such wonderful souls who mentored us so lovingly. The webinars and the lessons are very insightful and yet they made it easy to understand complex concepts. Interactive forums and weekly quiz are really very helpful tools. Mentors diligently reviewed our answers to quiz questions and provided very detailed and helpful feedback.
    I very strongly recommend this course to all spiritual seekers.

  57. 5 out of 5

    Living the Principles of Self-Realization course gave me the blessed opportunity to navigate my spiritual journey. This course offers bountiful information through video, audio as well as reading assignments. Mukti, Dhyan and Nischala were very helpful and insightful in their detailed feedback and presentations. Thank you for being such wonderful teachers. This course has taught me to keep God within my sight in everything that I do and every way that I act and think. I have learnt so much from these lessons. My meditation practice has deepened and my life has become more balanced and calm. I am looking forward to the next course.

  58. 5 out of 5

    Hello Everyone!
    Meditation helped to improve me!! It is a powerful tool for discovering your authentic self. I have never meditated before taking an online Living the Principles of Self-Realization course with Ananda. This is my second course, and I have enjoyed the whole online meditation class experience. I appreciated reading the course materials, the meditations and the scheduled discussions with my teacher.

    My spiritual journey has been amazing. Yes, it is challenging, because some days are more difficult to focus than others. However, I am very grateful for this experience. I have notice a huge change in my ability to be compassionate, more positive, more focused, and kinder to myself and others.

    Finally, the teachers are very kind and helpful. To my dear friend Dhyan, thank you, for our spiritual conversations and support they were very enlightening and appreciated. Mukti and Nischala, I appreciate you both for your support and hard work providing detailed feedback on my quizzes .

    I look forward to meeting you all in person very soon!

    Many Blessings and Joy!


  59. 5 out of 5

    Five stars do not adequately convey the purpose these lessons have given me. There is so much information packed into these lessons, and yet there is no fluff. Lessons are concise and very helpful. I look forward to them each week, in fact, they are the highlight of my week. It seems strange to say I look forward to the quiz, as I learn even more putting my thoughts to words.
    These instructors deserve so much credit. They are truly channels for God. They answer every question, in great personalized detail. Love comes through in their responses.
    I look forward to the next step along this path. I feel so fortunate to have discovered Ananda and am sharing my joy with my family. My two adult daughters are also taking classes now.
    In a nutshell, this has been life-altering.

  60. 5 out of 5

    Another inspiring, uplifting course which was a pleasure to complete. Highly recommended.

  61. 5 out of 5

    This was another good course. What I am particularly impressed with is the freshness of the teaching and the effort of the teachers when providing support and feedback. I organised a one to one with Dhyan and at exactly the arranged time he was there providing invaluable guidance and feedback. These teachers are truly inspirational. The format introduces different elements including ‘guest speakers’ providing an introduction to each lesson. So we get to meet the different members of Ananda and benefit from their wealth of wisdom and experience. We are given audio lessons and of course written material and the wonderful webinars by the tutors. There were 8 lessons with enough to fill a life time! I feel that I will need the rest of my life to really absorb it all. To me, it goes at quite a pace and I’m grateful that I’m no longer working full time because I may have struggled to keep up. I can thoroughly recommend this course.

  62. 5 out of 5

    What a blessing to be guided by those dear, supportive, knowledgable and devoted teachers of Ananda and by all the deep and holy teachings from Yogananda! Each night I looked forward to listen to the inspiring audio’s and watch the video’s that helped me to stay tuned to the Devine and lead me further on the Path to it. I’ve been deconnected for a long exhausted period and I’m really gratefull that Ananda has put me on track again…
    Thank you Nischala, Mukti and Dhyan for your loving support!

  63. 5 out of 5

    What a blessing it is to have found Ananda. I was initially a student of the Lessons from Self-Realizations. They had a powerful effect on my spiritual growth. But when I took a few of the courses offered by Ananda, it further deepened my understanding of Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s teachings and my attunement with him. I love the mixture of videos, written materials, and audio lectures. I always look forward to starting the next set of lessons upon finishing a given week. Thank you to all the members of Ananda that work so hard to run these courses and deliver such beautiful content.

  64. 5 out of 5

    This is a truly transcendent course with the most thoughtful, kind hearted instructors to take you deeper into yourself and closer to the truth within your heart. I love the different styles of learning, from the readings, to the audio, videos, webinars, chants, and personal emails – I felt completely supported and held throughout. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is seeking for more joy in their lives :)))

  65. 5 out of 5

    This course is yet another blessing from Expanding Light that has given me tools for life that are practical and helpful. I appreciate the in-depth on-line training! Nothing is left out, except the desire to want to learn more, to dive deeper into the path of self-realization. The instructors are amazing, knowledgeable and always available to help when needed. They genuinely want us to learn and understand the teachings and I appreciate that. One goal in my life is to find joy and I believe through these teachings, participation and practice that it is attainable. I see it in all the teachers at Ananda…something to aspire to! Thank you and my deep gratitude to all the instructors in this course.
    Many blessings to you all!

  66. 5 out of 5

    It was great experience working with Dhyan, Nayaswami Susan and Bob.
    The course was great, in depth knowledge of Patanjali 8 fold path. It was very easy to follow.
    It’s so amazing to listen to Swami Kriyananda , once start listening to him you don’t want to stop.
    Loved the course!
    Thanks a lot to Ananda Sangha

  67. 5 out of 5

    This course was such a blessing. I really feel a transformation since finishing it. They really give you the tools to go through everyday life. The instructors are so genuine and their to help you in every step of the way. I can’t wait to start the 3rd step! Thank you Ananda!

  68. 5 out of 5

    All Ananda courses are challenging and comprehensive. Be prepared to learn. Be prepared to study and to practice. Be prepared to be truthful to yourself. Be prepared to once again become a “seeker.”

  69. 5 out of 5

    This course has helped me in many ways, there are so many valuable teachings that I can use like a trusty tool to keep me feeling more centered and peaceful. Using these practices has helped me to feel calm during challenging times, I feel more elevated and connected to a Divine Source. The teachers are very supportive and available, all of their comments were very thoughtful and elevating.

  70. 5 out of 5

    I recently completed the “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” course. The content is rich, informative, and inspirational. Since I started on this beautiful path of Kriya Yoga, I have made more progress on my spiritual journey than at any time in my life. My love for the Divine has grown. My meditations have deepened, and even though I still struggle withe the “monkey mind”, more time is actually spent in aware stillness. I am more present in my everyday life. I am calmer and more peaceful. These are gifts of immeasurable blessings.
    I want to thank the wisdom teachers: Dhyan, Mukti, Tom and Susan, who have guided, encouraged, inspired and supported my efforts. Without their loving, dedicated ,God oriented work, my achievements would have been greatly diminished. I must express heart felt gratitude for the one-on-one Zoom meetings with Dhyan, who is so wise, gentle and inspiring.
    I encourage anyone who is hearing promptings to take this amazing second step on the “Path”, to not hesitate. You will not be disappointed, only blessed over and over again.
    Sherry Guillemette

  71. 5 out of 5

    It is an essential step on the way we can choose to understand and live this life .

    Inspiration , Knowledge and in the end Confidence.

    Heartfully and strongly recommand

  72. 5 out of 5

    What an amazing course this has been! It is very well structured and has all the essential information necessary to advance on this wonderful path. What I most loved about the course are the instructors! You can feel that they are living what they teach, and they radiate so much love and joy and heartfelt goodness – they are all such wonderful loving persons and I am so grateful I got to know them and to feel connected with them. Their guidance and encouragement was a true blessing! The knowledge and the tools offered in this course really helped me a lot advance on my path and I am so excited to start the next course in April! Blessings and lots of love to all of you in Ananda!

  73. 4 out of 5

    Both the courses that I took as part of Living principles of Self realization were inspiring and enlightening. This has brought a lot of positive changes in my being especially to my attitude to people and life situations. The lectures , the reading materials and quizzes have been very helpful. Unfortunately, I had to skip the meditation sessions due the difference in time. I practice the energization exercises diligently every day. The only problem that I still have is my wandering mind while meditating. Hopefully, with further practice. I will improve upon. I thank all the instructors for their efforts and inspiring talks.

  74. 5 out of 5

    This is the second course I have taken and personally,have received so many benifits from doing so. Personal gain is not my goal however, it has proven to be a delightful “side effect”.
    I was hesitant to sign on for the thought that my schedule was too busy and I wouldn’t be able to devote the attention deserved to the class, this is not so. The time line for completion is very generous. These classes are for both the “experienced” and the novice, there is information to glean for all walks.
    The personalized feeback received from each quiz is welcome and encouraging.
    The webinars are informative and refreshing, the information compiled is a pleasure to absorbe. I will continue this life changing journey and look forward to the next series of classes with great anticipation.
    Pay yourself the biggest kindness and start these classes. :)
    Thank you to all that have made these classes available. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  75. 5 out of 5

    The course “Living the principles of self realization” is a wonderful course which I can highly recommend.
    If you are a seeker who wants to dive deeper into the world of spirituality, inner connection, inner peace & harmony and calmness – then this course will support you definitely.
    For me personally – this course has brought me to the next level on my spiritual path and has transformed me a lot. I´m very grateful for the last 10 weeks.
    The course is well structured and perfectly built up. Along the classes you feel totally guided and supported through the teachers. You can ask questions at anytime and get help.
    This course can keep you busy in a very good way – for your personal inner journey and also with all the beneficial lectures like Videos, Audios, PDF´s and webinars which are included. Every week your have to do a quiz – for me a perfect way to digest all the new impulses and bring them more into my life.
    You learn wonderful, effective technics for shifting your energy in a positive direction – especially when you feel stuck in some mental or emotional ways.
    The whole team has inspired me a lot. Each of them is so unique and beautiful and you really feel that they truly live what they teach. Their shining eyes speak for themselves. You can really feel that all students and teachers go together for a while and that the whole team do their best to lead everyone through these weeks.
    The most beautiful gift that was giving to me in this course, is a much deeper connection to God :-). My heart could become much softer and has opened wider to surrender to this path.
    I am very excited to move on and to start the 3rd course in April :-)

  76. 5 out of 5

    Having completed the first two courses on the path to Kriya Yoga, I feel blessed and grateful for knowledge and the tools I received to advance my own personal path to the divine spirit. Both courses were deep and enabled me to connect on many levels. I felt more connected however with the first course as the time zone factor worked out better and Sagar was very easy to connect with. Tyagi Dhyan did many awesome webinars. Fortunately, recordings were available to watch at other times. Dhyan did reach out to me but my quizzes were reviewed by various people. Whose input was heartfelt but I wished that Tyagi Dhyan might have responded at least once. That being said, what I took away from both courses has enriched my life is so many ways. I look forward to feeling my practice and my spiritual path because of the sincerely of Ananda and the mostly bringing me even more enlighten about Yogananda’s precious teachings.

  77. 5 out of 5

    Thanks for a most excellent course. If you only think about doing this after Lessons in Meditation then do it. Its a much more knowledge based course to follow on from the practice of Lessons but this starts to fill in some of the gaps that you may have wondered about. Add this to your life.

  78. 5 out of 5

    This is another wonderful class with lots of material and techniques to assist on the path of enlightenment. Thank you to the diligent staff who review the submissions in kind detail and make the whole experience feel very supportive.

  79. 5 out of 5

    Living the Principles of Self-Realization was the perfect course for me. As a recent retiree who has been searching for spiritual guidance for years, the timing was perfect. Dhyan and the guest instructors are wonderful guides. I especially enjoyed the Zoom meeting with Dhyan. Speaking with him “face to face” inserted an extra bonding. Everyone associated with this course has been patient and available to answer questions, both during lectures and after. My practices are moving in a positive direction. I believe the weekly quizzes and essays played a role in that. I had to examine my progress and understanding of the texts in order to honestly respond to the questions. This introspection helped my meditation sessions. This course is a spiritual gift. Joy to you all!

  80. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend the course on Living the Principles of Self Realization to all those who want to advance more effectively and dynamically on the path of Joy. This course provides so many powerful insights into the spiritual path and universal principles, which have been beautifully conveyed by the instructors. It also offers practical tools to fruitfully apply the principles of yoga and meditation to daily life, so we can all, in time, grow inwardly stronger and look at ourselves and the world with an innate sense of gratitude and acceptance.

  81. 5 out of 5

    I loved this course! I purchased the book to make it more convenient for me to read the lessons without having to sit in front of my computer for all the content, but the video and audio recordings were wonderful and an excellent supplement to the written material. I learned so much, and feel grateful to have had this opportunity. I has been and will continue to be a true enrichment to my practice and my life. The touchpoints throughout the week have been an important element in helping me stay focused and on track. I am sad to see it end, but will carry the experience with me as I move forward in my spiritual journey.

  82. 5 out of 5

    This course in living the principles of self realization has reminded me of the wonderful mysteries in life and the joy of self introspection. With the state of the world and this ever changing era we live in, it is easy to fall into worry, confusion and self doubt. By revisiting the lessons offered in this introduction to kriya yoga I have been reminded of concepts that had started to slip slowly from my mind. As I started to go through the lessons and pull out my old raja yoga books I began to feel the inner light peaking through once more. I felt a renewed sense of inner inspiration towards my spiritual growth. I am always amazed at the depth and scope of any course, class, discussion or article I have come across in or from Ananda. It is clear how much care went into making these courses interactive and comprehensive for seekers of all levels. Thank you Ananda for reminding me that I am worthy of the light and for showing me how to push that light out into the world. Aum, Peace, Amen!

  83. 5 out of 5

    Living the principles of self-realization has magnified the areas in my life that have been needing attention. The 10-week course has been challenging because let’s be honest who wants to look at the aspects of themselves that are not desirable. However, the weekly lessons have provided me with a variety of tools to use to face my fears. My house is filled with positive affirmations to remember. My meditation practice is beginning to deepen. I have enjoyed the live webinars and meditations. It has been a rich journey thank you.



  84. 5 out of 5

    This course is very informative and a very good experience which gave me answers to all the questions I had before.
    My favorite video is the Guru-disciple video which tells about commitment and loyalty. Its a Satsang for me to keep me on track. I feel like I have been guided here.

  85. 5 out of 5

    Living the principles of Self-Realization is a great and uplifting course. Dhyan and the other instructors did a fantastic job presenting the webinars and giving constructive feedback after each test. This course has added a lot of inspiration to my commitment to meditation. Thank you!

  86. 5 out of 5

    I loved doing the “Principles of Realization” I have gained so much knowledge and wisdom. I loved learning about Raja Yoga, every time I do a course with Ananda I feel I am transforming into a greater version of my self. I feel I have found my soul family with Ananda.
    I am much happier, grounded, compassionate, calmer and peaceful. I am spiritualising my life as Kriyananada says, I am more loving and understanding of other sentient beings. I feel I have gained a lot from every aspect of the course, I loved doing the quiz’s it enabled me to re-read the notes and absorb the information thoroughly, I also looked forward to reading the comments from Bob and Nayaswami Lalita they were so inspirational, supportive and loving. I loved Dhyan’s teaching ‘s, Dhyan has a beautiful way of connecting with others. I am developing a deeper relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda, I feel his love and presence with me daily. I am so looking forward to doing the Discipleship course. I would recommend this course to anyone who is ready to dive deep and become one with the divine. All my love Suzie Price xoxo

  87. 5 out of 5

    Amazing course. I’m finding myself drawn to yoga more and more with each course, this Self-Realization course was definitely a highlight for me, loved the parts on magnetism and affirmations, just getting a sample of what’s to come on the guru-disciple relationship from the last module is enough for me to sign up for the next course. blessings Kris

  88. 5 out of 5

    Yet another wonderful course in the Ananda offerings! All the Ananda courses are intertwined, and I was able to greatly appreciate during this one that it doesn’t matter where one starts…with Yoga offerings, Lessons in Meditation, etc…the concepts are revisited with perhaps a slightly different angle or more in depth in one dimension and the courses complement each other. The ah-ha moments that come as a result are, in fact, ever new joy. Living the Principles of Self-Realization was concept oriented and the discussions raised much food for thought to ponder personally. Dyhan did a super job with the main webinars and meditation sessions, and the other members of the Ananda team provided constructive feedback and encouragement. I appreciated everyone’s openness to take individual questions via email, and I found the responses well thought out and helpful. Thank you, team, for all the care!

  89. 5 out of 5

    I feel blessed for having stumbled on this path. The second course gave me more deeper understanding of the concept of life. The videos, the lessons were so informative and thought provoking. I sincerely thank all the teachers who guided and gave personal feedback, gave tips to improve and their constant encouragement was a blessing. Doing these courses, l personally feel l have found a family forever, the Ananda family and that l am never alone. There will always be the teachers if l ever need any spiritual guidance. I have started looking at everything from a new perspective and l feel all these years, it was some other person whose life l was leading, a shallow life. I have a long way to go, but l am happy that l found my calling. Some good karma of my past lives have brought me on this road led by great masters.

  90. 5 out of 5

    Truly uplifting course. If you are willing to dive deep, Ananda team provides everything you need: Structured curriculum and personal guidance. Above all, you really feel sincerity emanating from Bob, Lalita and Dhyan. That additionally motivates you. Without hesitation, I strongly recommend it :)


  91. 5 out of 5

    This is a wonderful class, and I highly recommend it. Dhyan and others were very supportive and helpful, and I feel good about continuing on this path. This course certainly helped me continue to improve my techniques, and I look forward to the next class in the series.

  92. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” was an an excellent class. I truly enjoyed the variety of teachings methods from reading materials, to audio, to video to the live teachings and group mediations, it was truly well rounded and beautiful. The online program software was user friendly as well. I enjoyed hearing from various speakers with various personalities with consistent teachings. I resonated with Dhyan’s magnetic energy and truly enjoyed the beautiful messages that flowed through him. I also looked forward to the heartfelt feedback of the lessons from both Dhyan and Nayaswami Lalita.

    I am grateful to all the Ananda members that contribute to make this and other courses successful. The thoughtfulness felt is heartwarming.

    I feel truly blessed to have discovered this at this time. Thank you !

  93. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been humbled by the way in which this course has already influenced my life. It seemed as if each week’s lessons were perfectly timed for where I was personally. I particularly enjoyed the readings each week. They were full of incredible wisdom, but grounded in practical metaphors and recommendations that made it much more accessible. I tried doing the 2nd step of the Kriya Yoga program some time ago and never fully resonated with the material. I believe changes were made to the course material or at least I changed in the time between my first attempt and this one. But time and again Yogananda and his incredible wisdom seem to continue leading me down a path, patiently allowing me to stumble and even step away at times when I’m feeling disconnected from the material, only to welcome me back when I’ve reconnected to the deeper vibrations leading me further along my path. I’m truly grateful for this course.

  94. 5 out of 5

    This course has helped me a lot in my spiritual journey.The coursework is interesting and the teachers are very helpful. I feel a connection with the teachers and truly blessed to be a part of Ananda .I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to make spiritual progress.

  95. 5 out of 5

    How blessed I feel that the Ananda Courses should have come into my life at this particular time! With the Pandemic forcing us to slow down and stay inside, I was presented with this incredible opportunity to go within. I have been an active spiritual seeker for 40 years and so had been familiar with Raja Yoga teachings. But I found this course to not only be a wonderful review but much material was presented in a manner that made it understandable and fresh perspective was presented that helped me to be self-reflective in a beneficial way. I was encouraged and able to establish a much more regular meditation practice. I love that all teachings are so heart centered and that it feels as if – literally – my own heart is stretching! Dhyan is a warm and knowledgeable presenter. His balanced and conversational tone is a pleasure. Most importantly the desire he has to transmit the teachings and the loving feeling he has towards all spiritual aspirants is quite palpable. I truly appreciated the thoughtful comments and suggestions that both he and Lalita gave to the written homework. I look forward to continuing my studies on this Noble Path!

  96. 5 out of 5

    Taking this class has shown me the subtle realm in my life that has drawn me to this path at exactly the right time and has shown me how so much has led to this class.
    If you feel that you need to do this class, pay attention because it could be so for you too! Highly recommend!

  97. 5 out of 5

    I can certainly say this course is essential and of great help to everyone who seeks spiritual awakening and development.
    The course takes you step by step through this journey and explains things to you that would probably have taken much longer time to grasp and comprehend.
    Besides amazing people who teach from their heart and dedicated to deliver their best
    Thank you all

  98. 5 out of 5

    The Living the Principles of Self-Realization course with Ananda has been uplifting, educating, and such a positive force in my life!

    Thanks to Dhyan and Lalita for your continued guidance on this wonderful path.

    The spiritual journey is great and very enticing. This course gave me lots of insights into spiritual journey And has transformed me to a different level. What ever I say , will be ver less, this is good course and interactions with Dyan is great and will be cherished for ever.

    I sincerely pray that every divine seeker would peek in to this great masters and lay a foundational stone for their spiritual joinery.
    Do not miss this class.


  99. 5 out of 5

    This class truly has taken me to the next level in my spiritual development. As I progressed through each lesson, my awe and love for God grew and grew! I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to take these classes and highly encourage anyone looking to find their own true purpose in life to enroll and take the journey as well!

    Thank you Ananda for fulfilling your true mission of servitude and stewardship in providing the platform for seekers like myself who were always yearning for this teaching but could never find it in traditional “churchianity”.

    I have found, finally, my true purpose and have found the peace of heart I have been chasing my entire life!

    God bless everyone at Ananda!

    L3 Bobby:)

  100. 5 out of 5

    Living the Principles of Self-Realization is a truly inspiring course that has transformed my approach to meditation. It contains a treasure trove of wonderful audio, video and text documents that give us the tools to progress weekly. I very much looked forward to the new lessons opening each week! Dhyan and Lalita provide thoughtful and inspiring feedback weekly and are very much present throughout the course. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for both practical advice and inspiration to further their meditation practice, and above all, who would like to dive deeper into the divine teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, as communicated by Swami Kriyananda. I am very excited to move onto Step 3! Thank you to all of Ananda for the wonderful love that you are shining into the world.

  101. 5 out of 5

    Living the Principles of Self-Realization was a wonderful and very timely class for me. I really enjoyed learning the content and have been able to progress immensely with my spiritual development! I am excited to move on to class #3 and continue my journey!

  102. 5 out of 5

    Living the principles of Self-Realization was amazing and inspiring for higher aspiration. I appreciated the energy and love from Nayaswami Lalita and Dhyan put into the course with fascinating webinars and heart-touching feedback. It was a rewarding and light-filled inner journey. Thank you so much for this step together AUM

  103. 5 out of 5

    I am so grateful to have participated in Living the Principles of Self-Realization. The course is organized, well structured, and moves at a very good pace. One of the highlights of the course is access to early recordings of Swami Kriyananda’s lectures. It is so uplifting to listen to Swamiji expound on the central teachings of yoga, and I certainly felt a shift in my consciousness during the course. The course helped me to go much deeper in my meditations and to attune myself to the Masters in a way that I could not before. Before the course, I meditated in a more mechanical way, and I now greatly look forward to my meditations every day. The course helped me to release and overcome energy blockages. I feel a greater desire to live in accordance with the Divine will, and a growing sense of peace and joy inside myself.

    Thank you so much, Dhyan and Nayaswami Lalita!

  104. 5 out of 5

    This course has indeed changed my life. With this class, I have become  more positive, energetic and most importantly emotionally stable. The teachers are very genuine and pure. I was in fact in search of a course like this for a long time, and finally I got what I wanted. I highly recommend the Ananda courses, especially to those spiritual seekers, who are  passionate and are looking for spiritual meaning and purpose in life. No doubt, I would give five star to this course.  

  105. 5 out of 5

    Never stop learning, never stop insisting on holding the heart and head of the student.

    Each of these lessons arrived in divinely timed grace. Each of these lessons returned me to presence and allowing the space for God/Universal/One grace to channel through this body freely.

    I cannot say enough. But I also cannot say much. It is worth diving into for your own self.

  106. 5 out of 5

    Even though I have been practicing yoga for a long time. this course offered learnings I had only glimpsed at, but never learned what they could mean in my life. Most useful to me was the yiamas and Dhyan’s suggestion to pick one and try it for a month. I picked non lying as to do it I had to be true to myself and not delude myself one way or another. Immediately I felt a weight off my shoulders as if I didn’t have to do those things any more. This course is practical in knowing how to live a more fulfilled life. I learned a great deal.

  107. 5 out of 5

    This course has been wonderful for keeping me on track in my practice. The instructors are kind, loving, and completely engaged. A joyful experience!

  108. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is the second class in the path of meditation. Live Satsang and meditation with Dhyan, reading material, audio as well as videos for each lesson made this class unique. After a couple of weeks, I got busy with day to day life. I started falling behind in submitting quizzes and practicing exercises and meditation. I thought I will not able to complete this course. One day, I received a personal email from Dhyan. His email encouraged me to get back on the path. I had not only submitted all quizzes but also started to practice meditation and exercises daily. Quizzes especially the essay question is the most important part of the course. Dhyan and Nayaswami Lalita provided feedback to quizzes which help me to get back on the path of meditation and improve how I practice exercises and meditation. This class had helped me to make positive changes in my life.

  109. 5 out of 5

    The Living the Principles of Self-Realization course with Ananda has been uplifting, educating, and such a positive force in my life! Thanks to Dhyan and Lalita for your continued guidance on this wonderful path. Thanks for caring for each student in this course and teaching us these life affirming concepts. As a result of this course I know look at things in my life differently. Thank you so much!

  110. 5 out of 5

    I am very grateful and happy to have found the Ananda community that offers deeply inspiring courses on the great teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. The course “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” was really excellent and throughot the couse I felt the deep sincerity and personal engagement of course instructor Dhyan, who together with Nayaswami Lalita patiently responded to all my questions and encouraged me in such a constructive way. I have already signed up for the follow-up course on discipleship and am joyfully anticipating the forthcoming lessons. Thank you so much, you are doing a wonderful job as course instructors!

  111. 5 out of 5

    So impressed by the depth and quality of organisation, materials and care from the people at Ananda on this course and the previous one. Following them has helped convert me from a reluctant, irregular meditator to an enthusiastic and regular one, and to see much more clearly what is important in life. As a former worshipper at the temple of intellect ;) the written materials that come along with the course, and particularly Yogananda’s version of the Bhagavad Gita have satisfied hugely my need to have a mind-understanding of what life is, and how commitment to a spiritual path is an inevitability for us at some stage, so we might as well start with a well-evidenced one now. Thank you to all at Ananda for the experiences so far.

  112. 5 out of 5

    I liked the “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” course. It is well structured course designed to deepen the meditation and dive deeper into the spiritual path. All topics covered philosophy, breathing, and meditation techniques in detail. Dhyan is a knowledgeable and helpful instructor. I enjoyed spending time with Dhyan chanting, meditating and teaching. He provided very practical information in the quizzes, which helped me to dive deep into meditation and the spiritual path. Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity.

  113. 5 out of 5

    At the beginning of the pandemic, when we were confined for more than a month, I felt a strong inner call for a boost in my meditation practice and in my spiritual life. I asked for help and inspiration and it came in the form of an Internet advertisement for Ananda online courses that allow access to Kriya Yoga initiation. After a short research I did not hesitate and enrolled in the meditation course. I consider everything that happened at the time and during these past few months to be a blessing. I learned a lot of really important things and, above all, I improved my meditation practice and I feel closer to the Masters and the Father-Mother Principle who lives within us all. I thank all the instructors for the dedication and love they put into this divine service. I will continue until the end (or is it the beginning?), until Kriya Yoga initiation, so help me God. Namaste, dear friends.

  114. 5 out of 5

    Thank you very much for this course and wonderful experience. I always felt blessed by the webinars with Dhyan. Thank you Dhyan and Lalita for your kindness, for your support and blessings. I felt always supported by your loving words. You are living and feeling what you are teaching.
    You are always accepting what is and it is very uplifting to stay in contact with you.
    Thank you that I had the opportunity to be part of this course.
    I also loved the audio from Swami Kriyananda very much.
    Thank for all members of Ananda and their enthusiasm and love.

    Blessings and love
    Michael from Germany

  115. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is an excellent class and I recommend it to everyone interested in growing in the path. Dhyan is an inspirational instructor than takes time to connect with every student and guide him/her to focus on the things that are important. I enjoyed the mix of spending time with Dhyan meditating and teaching, the videos with various speakers, Swami Kriyananda talks and the lovely chants!!!!!!! Truly the best way to learn meditation and Raja Yoga. It made me examine my thoughts, behavior and decisions and put them into a positive divine perspective.

  116. 5 out of 5

    These Ananda courses are wonderful. There is so much wisdom here, and such generosity of spirit. I have gained immeasurably from all of it. It is refreshing and inspiring to see the Ananda people openly dedicating their lives to God and Guru, and teaching us with such enthusiasm, willingness and clarity.. I would like to thank Dhyan and Lalita for their kindness, sensitivity and encouragement, and all the speakers for their vision. I’m glad that most of the videos remain available, I think, indefinitely. There is a lot to absorb and cogitate upon, but this course has opened windows in my understanding and in my heart too, and I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to partake of it.

  117. 5 out of 5

    What a joy to have participated in the course, Living the Principles of Self-Realization! I am still a beginner with the Ananda teachings, but have been meditating for over forty years. This program and others from Ananda have influenced my mediation practice and my everyday living. Dhyan brings to the course an open heart, that embraces everyone. He attended to us individually and uniquely in his responses in our assignments and one-on-one questions. The course is well-organized, provides a variety of activities to meet the goals of the class and brings together so many unique souls from around the world. Thank you, Dhyan, my life is richer and more peaceful after attending this class. Joy to you.

  118. 5 out of 5

    It has been an honour and a blessing to have discovered this path! Living the Principles of Self- Realization was a natural progression for me from the first step, as I gained tremendously from it. This course has only furthered my progress. It is wonderfully curated and our teacher, Dhyanji, has offered much more than simply the teachings of Yoganandaji!
    His words of encouragement, his kindness and the divine friendship he has to offer, have all made this course truly meaningful and special!
    I thank all at Ananda for this wonderful opportunity and for doing a great service to humanity!

    Joy to all

  119. 5 out of 5

    I found this course to be extremely valuable to my spiritual practice and understanding. The lessons are clear, full of resources, excitingly rich with information, and provide powerful methods of truly deepening spiritual awareness. The instructors connected personally with me to provide feedback and advice that best suited me and my spiritual growth. I am endlessly grateful to have taken this course and would recommend it to all seekers of God.

  120. 4 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learning more about yogic philosophy and the principles of Kriya yoga. The readings, videos, and recordings were so rich and full of so much wisdom – I feel that I gained much knowledge from the teachings provided in this course. I definitely can say that I have a better grasp on the philosophical teachings of Raja yoga. Part of me just wants to sit with all the beautiful teachings and content provided in this class and let it all sink in deeper and deeper.

    I also feel that my meditation practice has been richly improved due to the new material I was introduced to in this course. I am excited to go on to the next course and further expand my meditation practice.

    Many blessings,

  121. 5 out of 5

    The Living the Principles of Self-Realization course has expanded greatly on the teachings received in the Lessons in Meditation course. By expanding on the principles learned such as Hong-Sau, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, Energization Exercises and many new topics I feel much more inner peace and am able to dive deeper than ever before.

    Dhyan is a wonderful teacher and thoughtfully responds to your questions as well as your quiz feedback. It is possible to feel his warmth through his individual responses to you.

    Onwards and upwards on the path to Kriya initiation!

  122. 5 out of 5

    A lot has been written about the course that I can only agree with.
    I would especially like to mention that Dhyan and Lalita are always at your side, with loving words, prayers and individual solutions wherever they are needed.
    Thank you very much!

  123. 5 out of 5

    My spiritual journey, both in knowledge and practice has been enriched because of the course. And the tutors are quite simply wonderful souls. I really value the time they spent on giving me feedback that is not only encouraging, but insightful each time. Thank you, Dhyan and Lalita.

  124. 4 out of 5

    I must confess, “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is a great course and an eye opener and have added to my knowledge. It was a bit tough at the beginning for me because I was down with malaria fever but looking better now.

    The course was well packaged with reading and other materials and excellently presented to seekers by experienced instructors. Without mixing words, I will recommend this course to interested seekers who want to go further in the understanding the techniques of meditations leading to Self and God realization in this lifetime.

    In a nutshell, linking self with a Master soul or Guru to continue the spiritual path is what this course is all about. We have been following some of the rudiments of spirituality preparing the students to the great inner journey beyond the physical realms.

    It has always been said that when the Chela or student is ready the Master will appear.
    Many thanks and blessings to all Ananda team for presenting meditation via online platform in a very exciting way for seekers to quickly flow along.

    What is left now is practice, practice and practice to achieve the needed results…

    Rufus Jegbefume.

  125. 5 out of 5

    I want to recommend the Living the Principles of Self-Realization to every soul that is out there seeking to come home. The course features several techniques to calm the body and mind so that we can reflect in our life to take responsibility for patterns and current situations. Dhyan and Lalita are such great teachers full of love and understanding. Their wisdom and love are inspiring and motive you to continue growing in the spiritual path.

  126. 5 out of 5

    The course “Living the Principles of Self-Realization”, was very helpful for me personally to deepen my knowledge in this amazing ancient teachings of India as redefined by Paramahansa Yogananda and brought in this course in a very clear way by his disciple Swami Kriyananda. I have benefited from it both theoreticaly and practically. The texts, sound material, video recording, live webinars and additional materials compliment each other very well, analysing and explaining the lesson from different angels. The teachers have been very supportive, helpful and I have felt their sincere intention to respond to my specific needs. They are a true guidance as they embody and practice the teachings they are transmitting. I recommend this course not only to those who wants to follow the path of Kriya Yoga but to everyone who wants to know how to be the best version of themselves and how to heave a meaningful life. I am grateful for the guidance and blessings I have received though this course!
    Love and Light, Adela

  127. 5 out of 5

    This course: “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is truly an uplifting and inspiring course. The teachings of ancient principles on how to live our lives to the fullest have enriched my perception of life. The teachers, Dhyan, Arati, and Lalita are wonderful souls, who will guide you with their vast knowledge and examples; their gentle guidance will inspire you to be diligent with your practice.

    I’m not a novice in yoga, but what I have learned in this course and previous Ananda meditation course is so much more than I have learned so far. Enrolling in these classes has been the best decision I took during a challenging year of pandemic and social unrest. The teachings of “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” was like finding a beacon of hope and peace amidst chaos. One begins to find and understand the meaning behind the struggles of life.
    I want to extend my special gratitude to Dhyan for his listening and guidance in a calm and patient manner. May he and his team be blessed.

  128. 5 out of 5

    Great course, I was glad that I took the course. The instructors was very helpful and kind. The course materials and presentations are well organized. Highly recomended for those who want to deepen their meditation and go deeper into the spiritual path.

    Many thanks and blessing,

    Minh T

  129. 5 out of 5

    As with all classes I have taken thus far with Ananda, I found Living the Principles of Self-Realization to be full of tools that I am able to use on a daily basis to keep me on my spiritual path. Some of the concepts in the class were difficult to understand but the facilitators did an excellent job of making the concepts understandable. The feedback I received on the quizzes was helpful and right on point. They are walking the path alongside the students which makes this system work. Due to work commitments I got behind in my studies and received a gentle but firm suggestion from Dyhan to keep going, encouraging me on and highlighting the benefits of continuing. I really appreciated that he took notice I was struggling a bit. His loving motivation encouraged me to complete the course. For anyone interested in learning and moving forward in the spiritual quest I highly recommend this class. Changed my life for the better!!

  130. 4 out of 5

    While I cannot say thet the course ‘blew me away’ as did the first in this series, ‘Living the Principles of Self Realisation’ certainly continues to build on its foundations, both in terms of deepening meditation practice and in terms of furthering our understanding of Yoga. I especially enjoyed the video introductions and Dhyan’s webinars, in particular the sections on affirmations and magnetism. The assignments and the feedback I got helped me to hone in on the most important points and to apply the lesson to my own life. Thanks to both Dhyan and Lalita for the time they took for their personal, thoughful feedback. I have been touched in many ways and feel inspired to continue. Many thanks all round.

  131. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Principles of Self-Realization” is an inspiring yet practical course that I would recommend to all serious spiritual seekers. Under the loving stewardship of Dhyan and Lalita, the curriculum was presented in a multi-media format featuring numerous teachers which enabled students to gather a variety of perspectives on the topics at hand. Unlike other spiritual courses I have taken, the teachers made an effort to connect deeply with each Soul. Every student was treated with the utmost care, respect and consideration. No question went unanswered and every challenge was acknowledged whether there was a solution for it or not. This course lays the ground work for leading a spiritualized life and the instructors demonstrate the “Principles” through their actions.
    To all the great Souls who made this course possible — thank you.

  132. 5 out of 5

    The course “Living the Principles of Self-Realization”, is a course worth taken if one is really interested in attending to Self-realization.

    The course starts with the Principles of Energy and Energization followed by what is Raja Yoga and the Paths of Yoga. Next it discusses Ashtanga Yoga: Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path, Yama, which talks about the Dont’s of the Spiritual Path and Niyama, the Do’s of the Spiritual Path. These are rules and regulation of the Spiritual Path, what you should not do “Yama” and what you should do “Niyama”. Transforming Habits and the Science of Using Affirmations is one of the most powerful lesson in this programme. I is about reprogramming the subconscious mind for better things to happen in one’s live

    The lesson on Environment is Stronger than Willpower: The Principle of Magnetism, is another important lesson which teaches one on how to be positive in his or her thoughts and changing the negative way we do things, which helps us build positive magnetism in other to attract positive things to once live and build projection around outlives. The Nature and Purpose of Creation, opens us up to why we are here on earth, what our duties are as human and what to do in other fulfill our purpose here on earth.

    The programme ends with an Introduction to the Guru-disciple Relationship. Do we want to be completely spiritual, then we need to stick to a path and be loyal to the teachings of the path and its leadership called the Guru or Master as no one can get a degree in any college without being a registered student take a matriculation oath, and have a teacher who will take you through the college programme.

    Without a teacher you cannot graduate. So we get make a head way in our spiritual quest without a being a disciple and follow a Guru, Master or Teacher, that will take us in-dept through the spiritual path. It makes sense. And so if you don’t want to have a degree you don’t need a teacher simple.

    All this been said, practice is the answer and not the tons of the theory. If we do not practice what we have been told to do, one can’t verify the truth in the theory. So practice makes perfect. Everything in this course has been logically articulated and kept simple.

    I have been spiritually uplifted and therefore recommend this course to a true seeker of God.

    Thanks Ananda Team.

  133. 5 out of 5

    I just want to say: T H A N K S
    I could write a lot, but I rather suggest everyone to make his own experience.
    This course, as well as all the other courses I participated, have (partly) mold the person I am now.
    You want to find happiness in that crazy world around you and advance spiritually? Here at Ananda-online you´re at the right place.

    Keep doing that great work @ Ananda.

    from Germany

  134. 5 out of 5

    Both courses that I have taken through ananda so far have been informative, interesting, engaging, and as others have said the Instructors of each course are very supportive. In the Raja Yoga course I was appreciative of the feedback that Dyhan gave me on the quizzes I took . They were detailed and gave me a better understanding of the areas of my spiritual life that needed a little more attention. Dyhan’s lectures were also great because he shared his experiences on the spiritual path and how it wasn’t always easy and that we still go through struggles which helped me push through when I felt unmotivated at times. My connection to my Higher Power has deepened in an extraordinary way by using the techniques taught in Lessons of Meditation and the Raja Yoga course. I didn’t think simple exercises and meditation techniques could have such profound results, but they do. As long as your devoted to the spiritual path you will see the results!
    Thank you Ananda and all of the teachers that I’ve worked with thus far!

  135. 5 out of 5

    I must say with all sincerity, this course – Raja Yoga – was truly tremendous! If you have doubts about what this class has to offer in terms both the depth and breadth of the yoga sciences, you will be most pleasantly surprised! This class provided more insight, more understanding, more perspective and greater appreciation for what Raja Yoga has to offer than might have been imagined. Dhyan is an excellent instructor.. and offered both wise and insightful advice at several points in my progression through the program. If you are looking to add depth in both your understanding and depth in your meditation practices, I heartily recommend this course. Like the preceding Meditation Course, I didn’t know what to expect but I received far more than I thought possible!!

  136. 5 out of 5

    This is a powerful course that I highly recommend to any serious spiritual seeker. It will inspire you, strengthen you, ignite your divine intelligence and open doors that will help lead you right up the heavenly ladder. The teacher (Dhyan) is very knowledgeable, authentic and his fervency and zeal for the subject is contagious. He puts a lot of energy into video recordings and feedback on quizzes, thereby helping you to dive deep into this rich well of information. This is the content you need, which will inspire you to continue on with your meditation practice. Ananda is amazing and it’s a blessing to find this divine connection to Yogananda and his teachings through this impressive community.

  137. 5 out of 5

    The course is charged with the powerful positive energy coming from both the materials and the teacher. Dhyan is the Chanel of light helping us with this incredible transformation on the way to our better self. It is simply how it feels. Dhyan thank you and respect for such incredible positive energy.

  138. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful class! Excellent material, and support from Dhyan. I worked full time and was able to complete the lesson objectives, so it’s very doable for anyone with work and family obligations. The love and care is clearly expressed by Dhyan in his email and quiz responses. This course has helped me realize the vast spiritual community we can be a part of if we choose to put the effort in. Excellent job Dhyan!!! Much love brother

  139. 5 out of 5

    This course was very inspiring and informative for me. The Instructor Dhyan embodies the timeless teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through his kindness and helpfulness. It was a very nice experience to complete this course with like-minded people and to be part of the Ananda community.
    I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this course and to dive deeper into the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
    I highly recommend to join this course and be inspired.

    Be the change!!!

  140. 5 out of 5

    This course and every other course I did with Ananda has added to my development . Implementing the learnings into my daily life has made me calm and accepting. I appreciate the teachers for guiding me on my journey. I look forward to connecting to this source of knowledge again by doing another course for which I am ready.

  141. 5 out of 5

    Well there is a reason why everyone is giving this class 5 stars. From a technical perspective, however your prefer to learn auditory, visual, prefer to read they cover all grounds by having materials in books (PDF), Audio files and Streaming Webinars. You have access to your teacher (Dhyan for me) to ask questions through the forum and lots of reference material with weekly quizzes including specifics as well as essay. So again from how the courses operate is fantastic. Secondly I want to put out the passion, enthusiasm, energy and individual attention from Dhyan was incredible which as we know feeds your own energy to dive deeper. Not just answering questions but providing a sounding board and inspiration made this a joyous experience.
    Third the actual content. Most likely you took introduction to meditation and maybe you have already studied a bit about Raja Yoga, but this course goes into much greater detail. Probably commit to learning 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You don’t know what you don’t know, and this course will support in the realization of this and make you then want to dive in deeper with many questions. Lastly the results, I can say this class has greatly strengthened my will to go down this path and have seen the fruits of this labor in a multitude of ways. Good luck finding your path to whomever is reading this (& Many blessings ;)

  142. 5 out of 5

    Great and valuable course.
    All the material is very valuable and the teacher is extremely implicated and suportive.
    The content is challenging and the pace high but the process worth it.
    I recommend without reserve this course

  143. 5 out of 5

    This course has really been a blessing. All I have learned is helping me a lot in my following my spiritual path. The instructor has been very supportive and his words always very inspiring and uplifting. I am so grateful for this experience!!!

  144. 5 out of 5

    I feel so grateful to have taken this course. The mediations and exercises were so helpful on my journey. The talks from Swami Kriyananda were powerful and inspiring. I thoroughly recommend this course and I look forward to beginning the next course in the series. Thank you Ananda !!

  145. 5 out of 5

    Taking this course made a big difference in my relationship with myself and my understanding and practice of Yogananda’s teachings. The material was dense but I was able to complete all the work while still managing the demands of daily life. It brought together many aspects of the spiritual path and their relevance for my growth. It helped me resolve inner conflicts about being on this path that is so different from mainstream society. The course provided guidance and a framework for dealing with spiritual challenges in my life currently. Dhyan Garcia-Davis gave encouraging talks, and devoted great time and attention to responding to essay questions. I felt held and supported through the process of confronting my shadow aspects and holding on to a positive view of myself and my progress even when I faced big spiritual challenges or felt that I didn’t do as well as I wished in a situation. He helped me judge myself less harshly, and see myself as a loving child of God who is making a sincere effort to grow past my negative, ego-protective habits. I’ve been involved with Ananda for 9 years, read many books, listened to many talks, done several retreats and a Kriya Yoga internship in an Ananda community, and thought that the material would be redundant and I might be bored. it was not and I was challenged, kept interested, and assisted in applying these teachings to my spiritual growth. I strongly recommend this course, and Dhyan as an instructor. It changed and inspired me, pulled me out of a low period in my life, gave me new direction and motivation to keep on keeping on with the practices that are most meaningful to me. I feel very grateful for this experience.

  146. 5 out of 5

    Great course! I came away with strengthened love and devotion. And I have a better understanding of “right living” to which I am now dedicated. The instructor Dhyan was very supportive.

  147. 5 out of 5

    My meditation practice has deepened after taking this course. I m becoming more aware of my mind patterns and consciously making improvements. I m feeling blessed to have a community and people to clarity doubts. I m at a point where I can leave house, the online course has been a blessing.


  148. 5 out of 5

    This class is great! The course material comes from Swami Kriyananda’s book, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga – which has very in-depth coverage of the topic. The writings and recordings from Swami Kriyananda are inspiring and practical. The course instructor was Dhyan Garcia-Davis. What a blessing he is! I really appreciate all the time he spent supporting our success and providing thoughtful advice to my quiz responses.

    I highly recommend taking this Ananda class. It is the perfect next step after Lessons in Meditation.

  149. 5 out of 5

    I’m so happy to have found these lessons and Dhyan Davis is a true, living example of the teachings. I can honestly say that I’ve gained more tangible progress and confidence in both my physical and spiritual life with this path than I have in all previous years of seeking combined. These lessons and techniques match perfectly with my way of life and I feel like I’m on a wonderful, (yet often challenging:) battle against my inner enemies. It’s like being engaged in a delightful scavenger hunt of exploration and Self discovery in each moment. My doubts, fears and confusion are fading one-by-one and the understanding and connection to the Self is growing stronger and more powerful each day! I am so eager and ready to continue and can’t imagine my life without these Ananda lessons from the masters. I keep thinking how lucky I am to be alive and prepared right now in this era where all these teachings are available in digital format, allowing us to practice and train while still living in the world and going about our daily lives. Thank you!

  150. 5 out of 5

    This is really an inspiring course, very well built and a lot of tools are offered to guide thé students. The support of thé teacher is sublime, heartfelt expressions and compassionate words make this course all together blissfull. ❤️

  151. 5 out of 5

    This course was as expected-amazing. All the teachings for me are like building a fence so that we can meditate without bothering too much about the outside world. Dhyan has been excellent in providing guidance and answers. For me this course is the stepping stone to learn Kriya Yoga and not just a recreational activity. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings are practical in as much as worldly people can co relate to them and see why spirituality is so important for all of us.

  152. 5 out of 5

    This class was an inspiring journey of self reflection and devotion. The instructors are always available to clarify and offer support. Leave yourself enough time to absorb each chapter and especially the additional resource of Swami’s advice and guidance offered each week by recording.

  153. 5 out of 5

    I have had very much a feeling of ‘coming home’ through this course and the previous one. So much of what I have read or heard over the years, often from vastly different sources, (and often forgotten) seems to have come together. I remember reading once that a definition of good writing is that, when you come to the end of one paragraph, the questions in your mind are answered in the next paragraph. So it has been with these courses, that what I was wondering about was explained in the next lesson. I have been very impressed by the simplicity and clarity of the teachings, but also the range of cover from basic meditation techniques, which attracted me in the first place, to deeply philosophical explanations of the fundamental origins of the world (also simply and clearly expressed).
    Having begun by wanting to improve my meditations, I have found this course has deepened my experience and understanding of meditation and brought to the forefront the need to spend more time and energy on spiritual practice. I have no hesitation in recommending it very highly to anyone seeking to follow the spiritual path.

  154. 5 out of 5

    My eyes have been opened. Many thanks and blessings to everyone at Ananda and especially to Dhyan for sharing true teachings and revelations to seeking souls.

  155. 5 out of 5

    When I was taking this course, my life went through many changes, it made me very busy and frustrated, almost wanted to quit this course due to not enough time to learn. After two weeks delay of my Quiz, I allocated whole day to catch up. When I was going through the reading and writing my delayed quiz, I gain the high energy from the reading material. I reflected a lot on my life experience with the learning material, and it’s perfect. I was able to regain my inner strength and will power to deal with the life challenges. Special thanks to teacher Dhyan, his feedback and email to me had provided me with very positive energy. He helped me to see the challenges I was facing was good learning material for me to achieve another height of the spiritual development. I am very happy I didn’t quit in the middle of the course. I will go for the third one now.

  156. 5 out of 5

    I once again have benefited deeply from the teachings and personalized guidance of another on-line Ananda class! It was a perfect follow up to lessons in meditations. Even if it is an overview of the whole of raja yoga both the written materials and audios are great at sharing its essences and was exactly what I needed!
    I also took advantage of the help offered by Dhyan and asked questions as they came up. His kindness and knowledgeable answers were greatly appreciated! I would encourage anybody who has any questions to not hesitate and ask them, because it helps to the clarification you seek and Dhyan is a a beautiful soul quite able to help you in this area!

  157. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for this wonderful course ! I really loved it to dive deep into the theoretical part, as well as into the practical part.
    This had a transformational effect on my daily attitude towards myself aswel as towards others.
    One of the signs I remarked is that I’m becoming more kind. My character is to be “passionated” by what I’m doing, to be “intense”, and so a consequence of that is that I am sometimes also “intense” in my reactions when things are not going like I (ego) want, and then I become like we call it “agressif” but not in a bad way. Well that kind of reactions I have less, and together with the fact that I become more “kind”, I become also more patient (patience is something that I didn’t had at all). So thank you for this beautiful adventure together, and also for the “eye-opening” (little pun) guidance during the whole journey.

  158. 5 out of 5

    Yoga will never be the same — after years of tiptoeing around the edges – practicing hatha yoga, meditation, off and on — I discovered in this course the cornerstone, the “backbone” of yoga, a world so deep and large and high that in any other context, I am not sure I would have undertaken the journey. This course, though, is accessible and has opened a new world to me, invited me on a path which I have long been seeking in the deep respect of my soul, for which I am ever grateful. The readings are dense but illuminating. And Dhyan has been a good shepherd with great intuition, whose webinars seemed to speak to the very questions about the path, about the readings, that were in my mind at the time (despite the thousands of kilometers that separate us). I am ever grateful for the course, for Dhyan’s honest, gentle wisdom and I will continue on the path that Ananda offers now, with humble and joyful anticipation.

  159. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoying the whole Kriya Yoga process, glad I signed up!

  160. 5 out of 5

    All online courses with Ananda were profound and enriching experiences.
    In particular, this course of Raja Yoga was a deep experience of spiritual growth.
    The course is very well organized and all material provided: texts, audios, videos, as well as the live seminars and morning meditations are outstanding. Dhyan has been exceptional in guiding us in this spiritual journey. We have been practicing yoga and meditation for many years but with Ananada and this course in particular, our spiritual life has taken a sharp turn. The way the teachings are conveyed renders them easy to apply to our daily life and so, opens the way to extremely enriching deep experiences of Masters’ guidance.

    Patrizia and Umberto Banderali

  161. 5 out of 5

    Raja Yoga as offered online with Ananda has been such a blessing that has surpassed every expectation. It turned what could easily have been a merely intellectual exploration into an experiential one by providing a wonderful structure, gentle support, and energy to the teachings and practices. It was for me a direct connection to this beautiful lineage of Enlighened Masters who have filled my heart with music and only just begun to help me awaken the eternal spring of joy, gratitude, devotion, and immeasurable love within. Don’t hesitate to open to the profound gift of this offering.

  162. 5 out of 5

    This is the second Ananda online course I’ve taken with Dhyan and I’ve found him to be consistently supportive , accessible and ready to help with any personal or technical issue. For those wish to delve deep into the depth and breadth of Raja Yoga, I doubt you’ll find a more clear or concise course. I’ve very grateful to haveaccess to these wonderful online teachings and look forward to taking my next step on the path of Kriya Yoga ~ Namaste

  163. 5 out of 5

    This course is one of the most profound experiences in my life. Is not just a dry philosophy course but a education for life. The clear and strength forward approach of Swamiji is a blessing. The way the information is presented is very clear. And brother Dhyan makes the most obscure topics clear and easy to understand. The meditations are wonderful to add.
    This course will give you tools to deepen your practice and tackle life with an actively calm attitude. The principles of raja yoga are the pinnacle of yogic though and the aim of yoga is presented in this course and made me feel is within anyone’s grasp. After all we are enlightenment we just have to imprime our knowing. I feel closer to God, Guru and Ananda through this course.

  164. 5 out of 5

    An awesome course to get to know the depth of yoga and what it means to live the spiritual path. This stuff just fascinates me! Dhyan did a fantastic job guiding us throughout the course :) Thank you Dhyan!

  165. 5 out of 5

    I truly feel that I was led by a God to the study of Raja Yoga. I live in rural America where it is unlikely that I would have found this beautiful path. In this class I’ve been given practical as well as well as mystical techniques to undeniably commune with God. This has fulfilled a long held yearning. From these practices I am gaining strength and steadiness! And a deeper understanding of who I am, and what my relationship to God is and can be.

    Dhyan has been a patient, empathic guide through this class and was the exact person I needed to give me courage to continue when I thought my busy mind would not let me. Now I have a practice! Thanks God!

  166. 5 out of 5

    The Ananda on-line courses keep surprising me with how effective and personal the on-line study can be. The reading and audio/visual assignments, weekly webinars, and a seemingly 24-access to support one’s study are just wonderful in their scope of knowledge and heart. My life keeps expanding with this interaction of the community, fellow participants, and the instructor(s).

  167. 5 out of 5

    Great course! Many insights, a lot of awareness, many behavioral patterns coming out of the surface, a lot of changes for the better, a lot of joy, a great teacher!

  168. 5 out of 5

    Excellent, excellent, excellent… This course was absolutely amazing! The level of knowledge and wisdom given through the literature as well as the teacher Dhyan was life changing. I have to compliment the way in which the lessons are given. The flow is so east to follow and the written lessons are exact and easy to inner stand. Following up with the lessons with the audio of Swami was a brilliant idea. The Ananda School gives you an array of different avenues to make sure you are grasping each lesson thoroughly and in every way you can. Now on to the teacher Dhyan, what can you say about someone who is SELFELESS and ALWAYS has a willing heart to help in anyway that he can. I apprecialove him so much for his patience and guidance. Ever attentive when he noticed that I wasn’t participating in the way I normally do and he contacted me immediately to make sure that all was well. He never lost faith in me and always kept me motivated. There are really no words to express my gratitude. I only can send him and his family an abundance of Love and Light. Thank you so much for helping me on my journey, my gratitude is endless! Om Shanti

    Sumer Mullen

  169. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend the Raja Yoga course. The course is well written with weekly lessons to illustrate the teachings. The course is augmented with audio recordings from great masters and from the instructors at Ananada. Personally, I felt this course helped to deepen my meditative/spiritual practice. Dhyana’s comments were insightful, wise, and supportive. Another outstanding online course offered by Ananda community.

  170. 5 out of 5

    I continue to be amazed about the depths of the experience in all Ananda online courses. Certainly, this course on Raja Yoga has been full of wisdom, giving me a much greater understanding of both the ancient teachings of Yoga and the new expression that Paramhansa Yogananda gave to them. But much more than that, the course has been an experience of spiritual growth. Because Ananda, as I have experienced it, is obviously not only about teaching the techniques and philosophy but primarily about giving you everything you need to grow. Our teacher Dhyan went to great lengths to give very individual feedback, and he helped me tremendously with every little question I had. But above all, he gave me a lot of inspiration and joy – which made me think: Ok, we are all in this together as friends, helping each other, sharing our experiences, caring for the spiritual welfare of our sisters and brothers. And this is truly invaluable!

  171. 5 out of 5

    I came to this course at just the right time in my spiritual development. This experience has brought me through a journey that has sometimes been difficult, often reassuring and always enlightening. There was much individualized support given by the instructor which helped my understanding. Ananda Church of Self-Realiztion is a place, physically and spiritually, of loving guidance. Remember always, as I strive to do, that we are drawn here for a deep purpose. This is true whether you’ve been connected to Ananda for years or for a moment. We are loved.

  172. 5 out of 5

    If you are considering being a part of this class in Raja Yoga, I recommend it highly. The lessons, materials and insights are nothing short of priceless. Wherever you may be on your journey there are teachings within that will resonate with you deeply, as they did with me. Swami Kriyananda’s writings and lectured classes were reviewed and discussed with great wisdom and love by instructor Dhyan.

    Take the Course
    Dive Within
    Spread the Peace


  173. 5 out of 5

    Very thankful to have been a part of this course. I am able to participate in the course whenever there are open moments in my life, and there was enough to keep me growing and learning, but not too much to interfere with obligations, jobs, responsibilities, etc. I appreciated connecting with Brother Dyhan, the teacher, and being free to discuss anything. This course went a little further in depth and taught me many more breathing techniques and meditation postures. I look forward to further spiritual adventuring since finding Master Yogananda’s Autobiography one year ago. Blessing to all!

  174. 5 out of 5

    Where can we learn about our purpose in life? And, more importantly, where can we learn HOW to actually achieve this purpose? The joy that we find in this world is temporary and unfulfilling. The current state of our world is in chaos and people are filled with deep emotional pain and suffering. One only needs to turn on the news.

    What a sense of relief that Ananda – and in particular this course – presents. Before Ananda, I believed that God existed and that we needed to cultivate our relationship with Him to find joy. But I was entirely lost as to how to develop this relationship and get closer to Him. It seemed that the more I tried, the farther I got. Ananda and this Raja Yoga course presents the student (or devotee) with the essential tools (and weapons) to fight the “good fight” and become soldiers of the light. What other way can we find joy?

    Swami Kriyananda provides the Raja Yoga teachings in a simple but electric way. Dhyan Garcia-Davis helped me understand the teachings in a more clearer, practical and formidable way. Every question that I had, Dhyan was able to answer with an impressive understanding. His wisdom was just natural. I was very comfortable speaking with him and sharing my personal experience with him. He inspired me to become the person that I really want to be.

    Anyone who takes this course, not only will learn about the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga, but more importantly, will develop a deep relationship with Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, which will take the student (or devotee) into different and higher levels of joy that he or she is unable to reach by himself or herself. What this course really offers, in other words, is Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda’s grace. As the Bible states, “But to all who did receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

    We need to “receive” God’s grace and, I sincerely believe that Master Yogananda and Swamiji Kriyananda, are emissaries for this grace. Through Ananda – and courses like these – we can find the Eternal Joy that we are all seeking. And if it’s not in our destiny to find it in this lifetime, then we can certainly make a great leap towards it.

    Take this course – it will change your life!

  175. 5 out of 5

    This class was a blessing. My practice has improved and progressed significantly.

  176. 5 out of 5

    Thank you to our teachers! Your sacred and loving approach to your students is remarkable and very welcome. I am learning more and more. I am a long-time meditator, but last year I had felt stuck. It was similar to what Swami Kriyananda talks about when he questioned everything and watched himself critically, but found himself in a place he hadn’t been. I was told about Raja Yoga some time ago and made an attempt in my readings, then found myself looking online more
    and was led to these courses. My heart chakra is opening again and I am happier and mellower. My meditations have become deeper and greatly uplifting. I feel
    more centered. I read and reread the book and the lessons with devotion and eagerness to hear and experience more. I am enthralled by this great lineage.
    Thank you for your seva. Thank you for your kind instruction. With great love, Rose Ghilardi

  177. 5 out of 5

    I am truly blessed to be a learning the Raja Yoga. This course is awesome, a lot of questions in my life were answered through this course.
    Thank you.

  178. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for the commitment and inspiration on the path of Raja Yoga, which prepares the student for the next step to Kriya Yoga. My practice has deepened with this course and looking forward to the next step.

  179. 5 out of 5

    This course was simply excellent. The book was both substantive and challenging. Its fine organization drew one through progressively deeper insights and vistas. I gained a tremendous amount from the readings, breathing exercises and meditations. I experienced significant change in my awareness of mental moods, and my ability to alter these habits with breathing and reflective meditation. My attachment to ego is certainly less than at the beginning of the course. Maria and Dhyan were superb instructors, and both offered thoughtful and insightful responses to the questions I asked throughout the course. Their support and love for all of us was palpable. I leave this five-star course quite inspired to continue and deepen the spiritual quest for inner realization so beautifully outlined by the instructors, as well as the many others in the Ananda Community. ‘Heartfelt thanks.

  180. 5 out of 5

    The skill and love displayed by the teacher of this course has been an inspiration to me. The master Jesus tells us by their deeds you will know them. The lessons are skillfully put together in a way where the students can bring them together to experience Dhana for themselves. Thankyou

  181. 5 out of 5

    I am no longer the same man as I was when I began this course. There has been a minor transformation. I am no longer at the mercy of entrenched mental and emotional patterns (ego). The knowledge, exercises, and meditations, have clarified my outlook on life. This is an ongoing process and a journey I look forward to. The tools I have learned in this course have given me the ability to move forward instead of reacting to the curves life send my way. My ego is being subjugated by my efforts and desire to merge with divine consciousness.

  182. 5 out of 5

    I can’t say enough how much this whole discovery of Ananda and the Raja Yoga Course have meant to me.

    When I reached a point in my life where I felt I was lost and had no direction, I was fortunate enough to discover Ananda Village and it’s teachings which have given me so much hope. A rebirth in every sense. And being able to share it with so many like minded, wonderful people is an added pleasure.
    Much Love to all of you who teach, and those like me who are here to learn and discover a path to a better life.
    I look forward to the next level in the path to Kriya Yoga.

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