Meditation I - a three-hour class
Our Meditation I Course is the introduction and prerequisite for all the other meditation classes. Usually it's a three-hour class that takes place on Saturday morning and it's led by one of our ministers or other certified Ananda Meditation Teacher.
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.
Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Sacramento Area. Tens of thousands of people-around the world and from every walk of life-have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
In this class, you will learn specific meditation techniques, as well as many ways to enhance it’s practice-and your life. Be prepared for a major shift in higher consciousness, and come with an open mind and a willing heart.
Reviewers of the course can attend for free!
Meditation II - a three-week course
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it toward your goals for success. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this 3 week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques in “Learn to Meditate”.
Develop calmness and clarity of mind
Increase your powers of concentration
Overcome obstacles to meditation
The Energization Exercises are a powerful tool for recharging the body with energy at will, thereby driving away fatigue and disease. More importantly, it is an invaluable tool for developing divine awareness in its most subtle aspects. Both science and yoga tell us that our physical bodies are made of energy, so potentially, we have vast reserves of energy we can draw on. Yogananda said, “There is enough energy in one gram of flesh to keep the city of Chicago supplied with electricity for a week.” Through your practice of the Energization Exercises, you will learn to become aware of the flow energy within you, and how to direct that flow.
Raja Yoga - a twelve-week course in the ancient teachings of Self-Realization
This is an ongoing class that anyone is welcome to join at anytime. Each class is a discussion of ideas central to the spiritual path and a pre-requisite to taking initation into Kriya Yoga.
Kriya Preparation Classes - two-week courses
For those who have completed the Raja Yoga series or have mastered the Energization Exercises and the Aum Technique, the Kriya Preparation One Class will help them deepen their practice and get ready for the next step which is Kriya Initiation. At least one year later, the aspirant can take the Kriya Preparation Two Class followed by Kriya Two Initiation and then, after another year, the Kriya Preparation Three-Four Class. This will complete the training in the ancient science of Kriya Yoga as thought by Paramhansa Yogananda, who likes to call it the "fastest vehicle towards self-realization".