Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. According to Yogananda, Kriya Yoga is the most effective technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine.
Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga as part of a comprehensive spiritual path that includes three other techniques (Energization Exercises, Hong-Sau, AUM Meditation), along with discipleship to the Kriya line of Gurus. The Kriya technique itself is effective only to the extent that the Kriya yogi practices it with awareness, sensitivity, devotion, and in conjunction with other practices taught by Yogananda.
The actual Kriya technique is given through in-person initiation, and only after establishing a regular daily practice of the first three techniques: Energization Exercises, Hong-Sau, and AUM. This process takes about a year or more, depending on the student.
Over the years, Ananda has helped thousands of truthseekers all over the world to prepare for initiation into Kriya Yoga. We’ve seen that the practice of Kriya is infinitely more effective after the proper preparation and study of the Kriya teachings.
This free online course will give you an introduction to The Path of Kriya Yoga and the four online courses (listed below) which prepare a student for eventual initiation into the technique of Kriya Yoga. It includes several excerpts from each step on The Path of Kriya.
Prepare for Kriya Online
Online with Ananda offers four online courses in preparation for learning the technique of Kriya Yoga:
Step 1 — Lessons In Meditation
This course offers techniques that are part of the path of Kriya Yoga, including the Hong Sau technique of concentration. There are also many simple, “do-able” suggestions, such as how to sit comfortably for meditation, how to still the restless mind, and how to take your experiences of peace and joy into daily life. Included with the course are audio and digital video, guiding you through the meditation practices.
Step 2 — Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga
Essence of Art and Science of Raja Yoga brings you the essential teachings and techniques that will prepare you to receive Kriya Yoga initiation. This course is an abbreviated version of The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course*. We offer this condensed version as a way to streamline the process of preparing for Kriya, the sacred technique of meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.
The focus in this abbreviated course is in three main areas: Yoga Philosophy, Breathing, and Meditation. The author Swami Kriyananda, clearly explains how these teachings, when correctly approached, can and will further our spiritual progress.
*The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Full Course includes in-depth study of Yoga Postures, Diet, and Healing.
Step 3 — Course on Discipleship
Based on A Handbook on Discipleship, written by Swami Kriyananda – shares insights into the importance and practice of the Guru/Disciple relationship. Stories of his personal experiences with Paramhansa Yogananda help to prepare the student for either an at-home or in-person initiation into discipleship to Yogananda and to the line of Masters of Self-Realization, if he or she feels ready for this level of commitment.
Step 4 — Preparation for Kriya Yoga
The Preparation for Kriya course includes instructions in the AUM technique of meditation and further prepares the student for Kriya Yoga initiation. This course is available by permission from the Ananda Kriya Sangha after completion of the first three steps of the Path of Kriya, and completion of the ceremony of discipleship mentioned above.
Step 5 — Kriya Yoga Initiation
Kriya Yoga is a technique that is part of the path of Kriya Yoga, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. It is given through initiation, after completion of the first four steps (either by study of the printed version, in-person through an Ananda Teaching Center or Community, online through Online with Ananda, or in some combination of these) and establishing a regular daily spiritual practice using the main techniques that are part of the Path of Kriya. Application to receive initiation into Kriya can be made to:
Ananda Kriya Sangha
14618 Tyler-Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Other Ways to Prepare for Kriya
Ananda has centers* in the following locations in the United States: Nevada City, CA; Sacramento, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA – In Europe: Assisi, Italy – In India: Gurgaon and Pune. Other teaching centers: click here for more locations.
Students can also prepare for Kriya by study of materials through the printed version from Crystal Clarity Publishers, along with Ananda Teaching Center or Community, and Online with Ananda, or in some combination of the above.
*If you live near any of the Ananda Centers, please contact them before beginning the online courses. It is highly recommended if you do live near one of the Ananda Centers, that you work with your local center in your preparation for Kriya.