Kriya Yoga

“After the mind has been cleared by Kriya Yoga of sensory obstacles, meditation furnishes a twofold proof of God. Ever-new joy is evidence of His existence, convincing to our very atoms. Also, in meditation one finds His constant guidance, His adequate response to every difficulty.”
— Sri Yukteswar, from Autobiography of a Yogi

Kriya Initiation

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Ananda provides training in meditation techniques that lead, if you wish, to initiation in the Kriya Yoga technique. The course of study is approximately a year, and allows the student ample time to deepen in regular practice of Yogananda’s meditation techniques. Kriya initiation is offered formally in the Bay Area once a year, and monthly at Ananda Village, Nevada City.

Prerequisites to receiving Kriya Initiation

The Art & Science of Raja Yoga*
Kriya Prep 1
Kriya Prep 2
Kriya Prep 3

(* You may also begin this sequence with Learn to Meditate, if needed, and then fulfill the Raja Yoga requirement the next time the course is offered.)

Read The Science of Kriya Yoga in Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi to learn more about Kriya Yoga.


Upcoming Classes
Preparation for Kriya Initiation

“You can be in a room twenty years, trying to get out through the walls, the ceiling, the floor. It is when you finally discover the door that you find your way out. That’s how it is with the soul. The average devotee may struggle his whole life trying to escape the bodily limitations by unscientific means, and by the paths only of devotion or discrimination. By Kriya Yoga, however, if he is sincere, he can escape quickly. Kriya Yoga takes one to God by the universal highway: the spine.”
— Paramhansa Yogananda, from Conversations with Yogananda