meditatingWhy learn meditation
at Ananda?

Fifty years teaching meditation
in the Bay Area

Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in our classes over the past fifty years. We provide meditation training for beginners and for advanced students. Ananda is also a spiritual community and center with many other classes, satsangs, and opportunities to connect with people like yourself, for inspiration and friendship.

Long-time meditators as instructors

Our Ananda instructors have many years of experience teaching mediation, and are highly skilled in providing guidance and support for your practice. All of them have had a personal meditation practice for at least a decade; some for more than 30 years. Together, they have taught thousands of beginners how to meditate. They are highly skilled in providing support for your practice.

Individualized instruction

Classes are small, usually 8 to 20 students. There is time for individual attention and help with your practice. You’ll learn how to work with the mind and breath, and how to work with the body as well, so that it is an aid in going into deep states of stillness. We’ll also help you establish a sitting position that is comfortable for you. For most people, that will be a comfortable, padded chair. For others, it may be a floor pillow or kneeling meditation bench. We provide a variety of seating as part of the training, and you can experiment with what is best for you.

From an ancient tradition, passed from teacher to student

What you’ll learn in Ananda’s meditation classes is the heart of the ancient practice of Yoga. It is not a new invention or an adaptation for modern students. It has been passed from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage since the beginnings of Yoga many thousands of years ago, and was brought to this country in 1920 by Paramhansa Yogananda. He personally trained Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda, who in turn has provided training and guidance to the instructors here.


Whatever spiritual practice you follow, Yogananda’s meditation techniques can help you. He taught meditation to Mahatma Gandhi, agnostics, and Catholic priests alike, as well as those interested in following the spiritual tradition of Yoga. The type of meditation taught at Ananda is also beneficial as a health practice, and is recommended by doctors to reduce stress, insomia, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Opportunity for advanced meditation training

We offer meditation classes beyond the first 4-week series, designed to take you deeper in the practice and experience of meditation. You can go along as far as you wish, learning techniques like Yogananda’s Energization Exercises ). If you wish, you may apply for initiation into Kriya Yoga, an advanced meditation technique described in Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Whether you take one step or many, Ananda respects everyone’s need to walk their own path with integrity.

Group meditations

Ananda offers opportunities for group meditation several times a week at the Temple, and daily at the Ananda Community. Group meditations can be helpful for new meditators—to build strong habits and to deepen your experience of meditation.