Our practice at Ananda is best described as Raja Yoga, or the ‘royal’ yoga. Raja Yoga is the harmonious combination of several yogas — including Hatha Yoga — with meditation as the supreme guide.

Meditation is integral to the path of Raja Yoga, and for that we have several specific meditation techniques that were taught by our Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda. Kriya Yoga is one of those techniques. The Energization Excercises, while not exactly a meditation technique, are important to understanding and working with the life force in deep Kriya Yoga practice.


Hearing Sounds from the Chakras

Nayaswami Seva

Question from ruchit: When i’m calm and meditate i can hear some sounds and there’s an starting sound like piinggg is what i experience i kept wondering about that sounds after sometime i came across to an expert he said that it’s really very good if i can hear those sounds he said when you are calm and again when meditate try to…

How Do We Have Good Thoughts?

Question from Bina: It is said that karma is the origin of our destiny, so we should do good karma, and thoughts are the origin of our karma, so we should learn to have good thoughts. But though we are forced to learn math, English, history and chemistry, we are not taught what are good thoughts, and how to have them. How do…


Raja Yoga and other yogas

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from Tammy: I understand from Autobiography of a Yogi, that the type of Yoga that most Yogis preferred was Raja Yoga. Is this true? What is the difference between Raja Yoga Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and the energization excersizes? Do you practice Yoga, and what type of yoga do you do? I practice Hatha yoga. Should I switch to Raja yoga for…

The Path of Kriya Yoga Course

Question from karan: hi i haver read the auto bio of paramhansa yoganada and i was really impressed.i have also recently bought the path of kriya yoga which i m following seriously and the results have been quite satisfying. Q. is there any posture which can help me sit for more than one hour? Q also are there any exercises which can greatly…


How can I reconnect with a departed soul?

Nayaswami Seva

Question from SHARMISTHA: I recently lost my brother. Can I reconnect with his soul daily? Can I talk to him everyday and get his responses?