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 Los Angeles area once a year, and monthly at Ananda Village, Nevada City.
What is Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga, a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth, became widely known through Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine.
“One thousand Kriya practiced in eight hours gives the yogi, in one day, the equivalent of one thousand years of natural evolution: 365,000 years of evolution in one year.”
Kriya Yoga is an advanced technique for spiritual evolution that has been taught by enlightened sages for thousands of years. Part of the ancient science of Raja Yoga, it is mentioned by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras and by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
Kriya works by giving the practitioner Pranayama, or control of the life force. Through life force control, the yogi is able to overcome all the obstacles preventing union with the divine. Kriya Yoga is a highly effective meditation technique that can be integrated into any meditation and prayer practice.
But Kriya Yoga is more than a technique.
Paramhansa Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga as part of a spiritual path that includes other yoga practices and discipleship to the Kriya line of spiritual teachers, or gurus.
The Kriya technique itself is given after the study and practice of the other techniques that are part of the path of Kriya Yoga, and is generally given through direct initiation from a qualified Kriya Yoga teacher, or acharya.
Origin of Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga was hidden in secrecy for many centuries until it was revived in 1861, when the great yogi, Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple, Lahiri Mahasaya, during their meeting in the Himalayas.
Since then, Kriya has been taught in an unbroken link of spiritual succession to the present day. Paramhansa Yogananda personally authorized his disciple, Swami Kriyananda (founder of Ananda) to initiate qualified people into Kriya.
Before you can be initiated into Kriya Yoga, there is a process of preparation which includes study of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings and practice of other meditation techniques.
Steps On The Path of Kriya Yoga
Step One: Learn To Meditate
Step Two: The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
Step Three: Course In Discipleship
Step Four: Preparation for Kriya Yoga
Step Five: Kriya Yoga
During this process, and after you learn Kriya Yoga, you will receive personal spiritual support, resources, and ample opportunity to ask questions of our experienced meditation teachers.