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.

 

 

Meditation 2
Deepening and Strengthening Your Practice

Wednesdays, November 1-15, 7:30 pm, (3-class series), $45     Register
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

 

 

Kriya Preparation 3:
Attuning to the Masters of Kriya Yoga

Tuesdays, September 5-November 28 (12-week series)
7 pm (note unusual start time), $145    Register

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

 

 

meditationKriya Preparation 1:
Energize Your Life, Deepen Your Devotion

Thursdays in 2018; dates TBD
(6-week series), $90  Register
7-9 pm
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, you 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 (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

expanding awarenessKriya Preparation 2
Expanding Your Awareness

Thursdays in 2018; dates TBD
(4-week series) $60  Register
7-9 pm

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 embrace more than you thought possible, with techniques especially designed to cultivate devotion and heart qualities.

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

 

Related Events and Classes

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 sanctuary. 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 Kriya through Ananda, please contact Nayaswami Chidambar.

Group meditations

 


Kriya Initiation

A Kriya initiation ceremony takes place monthly at Ananda Village in Nevada City, CA. For those already practicing Kriya, a Kriya renewal ceremony is offered once a year in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kriyabans may also attend the monthly initiations at Ananda Village. For more information about initiation or ongoing support for our Kriya practice, contact Chidambar Bonin 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 20 years.