“Daily meditation will lead you to the peace you’ve been seeking so long.
The peace of your soul awaits you at the center of your own being.”
—Swami Kriyananda


Learn to Meditate

In just a few weeks, you can experience the benefits of meditation in your life—inner peace, health, and spiritual awakening. 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 Ananda classes over the past fifty years. A multi-week class series is offered every other month on Wednesday evenings. Or you may attend a 2-Saturday series, usually offered every month of the year. Learn more...




Wednesday night meditation class series


Oct 4-25 Wednesdays 7:30 pm $60 Register Navashen
Nov 1-15 Wednesdays 7:30 pm $45 Register Sharmila
Dec 6-20 Wednesdays 7:30 pm $45 Register Saiganesh

Pay on-line and receive a 10% discount


Saturday meditation classes


October 14 & 21 10 am-1 pm $45 Register Saiganesh
November 18 10 am-1 pm $30 Register Saiganesh
December 2 10 am-1 pm $30 Register Steven

Pay on-line and receive a 10% discount


Actividades & Meditación en Ananda Palo Alto en Español paloalto.anandaespanol.org/actividades/



Learn to Meditate
for inner peace, health, and as a profound spiritual practice

Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
You may buy at the class, or bring your own copy

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits to body and mind are well established by medical research.

Meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love.

Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This course includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online. In this class you will learn how to:

Ananda’s How to Meditate class will help you:

Whether you are interested in managing stress or in exploring the spiritual side of meditation, you will feel welcome. Small classes and experienced instructors provide a quality learning environment, with time for individual questions and in-depth exploration. Each class includes guided and silent practice time.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators.

See the schedule above and choose a class that's convenient for your calendar.

Ananda is located in Palo Alto on the Peninsula, just a few blocks south of Stanford University. We are a convenient drive from anywhere in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Jose. Driving directions.


Drop-in meditations

Tuesday-Friday, noon–12:30 pm
Meet in the Teaching Center, the orange building behind the Temple
A refreshing mid-day meditation during your lunch hour. The meditation is guided by an experienced, long-time meditator, with a prayer, a short chant, and 20-25 minutes of sitting in silence. We’ll end with guided healing prayers. Everyone is welcome. Late comers: enter quietly if the meditation has already begun.

Wednesdays, 7:30–9 pm (now through August, 2017; ends in the fall)
Deepen your meditations with the support of a group. Wednesday evening meditation includes energization, prayer, chanting, meditation, and ends with healing prayers. The meditation is one hour; you may leave earlier if necessary. Come even if you have not learned Yogananda's Energization Exercises, and a staff member will support you and answer your questions. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sunday, 9–9:45 am
This meditation is accompanied by a fire ceremony, so it is only partially in silence. But you are welcome to come and meditate throughout, or participate as you wish.

More group meditation opportunities

Learn about advanced meditation classes.


How to find us


Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.



“During the practice session, even though I was surrounded by other people, I felt alone, in a profound state of peace. It was a wonderful experience. I have a great deal of stress in my life, and this will be a significant help to me.”
—Susan H. Daly City
“This class has helped me immensely, both on a personal and a professional basis. I am amazed at the difference only a few weeks of meditation has made.”
—S. Donahue, Sunnyvale
“It was a very enlightening, calming, and awakening experience. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to find the inner peace within themselves.”
—Roop Uppal
“What a wonderful experience. After meditating alone daily for 11 years, it was great to be in a group and hear new explanations and ideas.”
—Randy Brown
“Enjoyable and calming. A wonderful combination of exercise, technique, and spirit.”
—Beth Locatelli
“The instructor is very well informed about meditation and a real pleasure to be with. He deals with questions in a very enthusiastic and compassionate way.”
—Jim Orr
“It’s like being given the right key that fits the door to your soul. Truly life inspiring!”
—L. Cowie, Saratoga
“This was a wonderful introduction to meditation. I have learned to go beyond my usual mental patterns. When I face negativity or challenges now, they seem more like a minor momentary distraction. I can continue evenly with my life. Bringing myself inward through meditation or chanting helps me see things from a much broader, universal standpoint.”
—Lydia H., San Jose
“An adventure into my inner self. This class is a spiritually uplifting experience, and a journey to self discovery.”
—Rose R., Fremont
“I talked, I listened, I laughed, I breathed. It was wonderful.”
—D. Calvert, Burlingame
“This is the most scientific, profound, and effective meditation workshop series that I have ever come across.”
—Amalendu Haldar, San Jose
“I have done meditation by myself for two years. I thought I knew what I was doing. This class taught be techniques, fundamentals, and attitudes that helped me get to a deeper state of realization.”
—Li Wang, Palo Alto
“This class taught me how to find respite in a hectic world. My daily life is much calmer and more peaceful now that I am practicing the techniques learned here. Thank you!”
—Julie Willard, Mountain View
“A thoroughly fun and exciting class. You must try it!”
—Siddharth Raghuraman
“No matter how hard my day was before the class, afterwards, I always left feeling great.”
—C.B. Stanford