Advanced meditation classes

There is a vast universe of consciousness to explore within us, say both saints and scientists. After you have completed the beginning meditation class with Ananda, you may wish to study further. Ananda offers a series of classes that will take you deeper into your practice, with time to meditate weekly with others in a supportive environment. After Learn to Meditate, the next recommended step is The Art & Science of Raja Yoga, or one of these courses, below. If desired, these courses are preparation to receive Kriya Initiation.


David PraverKriya Prep 1
Tuesdays, January 8-February 12, 7 pm, $150
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Prerequisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate) or the Raja Yoga Series
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. In this series, we will learn Yogananda’s Energization Exercises to develop concentration, will, clarity of mind and calmness. In addition, we will learn to experience meditation as a means of awakening the heart and developing a devotional, inner relationship with God. This, Yogananda calls the “divine romance.” We will explore discipleship as an intimate relationship, not blind or passive, but requiring courage and dynamic will.
Instructor: David Praver
Ananda Teaching Center ( orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions


TandavaKriya Preparation 2
Expanding Your Awareness

Tuesdays, February 19-March 12, 7 pm, $100
Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1
Meditation has often been called “the listening part of prayer.” After we have done our share of talking, meditation leaves an opening for the Divine to respond. Learn how to expand your awareness to perceive this Divine response as you continue your preparation for Kriya Yoga. This class includes:

Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava
Ananda Teaching Center (orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



Tandava, Biraj, LahariKriya Preparation 3:
Attuning to the Masters of Kriya Yoga

March 19-June 6 (12-week series), $145
6-9:30 pm

Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1 & 2

“God’s grace flows into us, the more we open ourselves to Him. It doesn't come to us from outside. It is the operation, from within, of our own higher reality. Grace comes, the more we live in soul-consciousness, and the less we live centered in the ego.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of Self-Realization

What is attunement? What does it mean to live in greater awareness of this subtle level of consciousness? We'll explore attunement to Yogananda, his disciple Kriyananda and the other Masters in Yogananda’s line of gurus: Jesus, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Yukteswar. To help in this process, we’ll dive deep into the study of these two foundational books: Autobiography of a Yogi, by Yogananda and The New Path, by Swami Kriyananda. This immersion provides continuing support for your sadhana through group meditations and opportunities for Q & A. 
Instructors: Brahmachari Tandava, Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center ( orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



Biraj & LahariMeditation 2
Deepening and Strengthening Your Practice

Wednesdays, Nov 7-28, 7:30 pm
$45   Register
  (no class 11/21)
Required Text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate

You’ve learned the basics of meditation and are beginning to feel more peaceful and calm. But there is more to discover. Within each of us lies a portable paradise of divine love and expansive joy. A quiet mind helps us to live a more intuitive, heart-centered way of life. Whether Ananda becomes your spiritual home, or you follow another spiritual tradition, meditation can help you connect with a greater reality, however you may define it. Learn how to:

Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions




KriyaKriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony
Saturday, December 8, 10 am-5 pm
Sacred ceremony, by invitation only

This daylong retreat is for those who have received Kriya through Ananda, or have completed initiation preparation and have permission to attend. Speak with one of the staff or call (650) 323-3363 if you are interested in participating this year, or in the future.
Guided by Asha and Shanti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

Group meditations



Kriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony                                      
(by invitation)
Once each year, those who have received the sacred technique of Kriya from Ananda are invited to renew their vows in this beautiful evening ceremony in the Temple. This is also an initiation for those receiving Kriya for the first time. Wear white clothing, and bring a donation in an envelope, fruit, and a flower to offer at the altar. If you would like to learn more about receiving Kriya initiation, please contact contact Nayaswami Chidambar.


Kriya Initiation at Ananda Village

A Kriya initiation ceremony also takes place monthly at Ananda Village in Nevada City, CA. For more information about initiation or ongoing support for our Kriya practice, please contact contact Nayaswami Chidambar or call him at (650) 941-9507.

“Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force, is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite. It may justly be called the ‘airplane route’ to God.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

“Practice Kriya Yoga so deeply that breath becomes mind. For the breath is only a gross dream, from which you will awake someday in superconsciousness.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Those who have Kriya initiation with Ananda are invited to meditate and meet together for support and satsang. Each week includes time for energization, group meditation, and a period for questions and discussion about the kriya technique. The class will be led by Chidambar Bonin, a lifelong meditator and a gifted meditation and Kriya coach in Palo Alto for many years.