Ananda group meditations

Meditation itself is intended to be still and silent, and once the meditation begins, people are encouraged not to enter or leave until there is a chanting break (unless absolutely necessary). People are also encouraged to turn off their cell phones to avoid disturbances to the silence. 

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Attend a group meditation

Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are provided. There are pillows to use if you prefer sitting on the floor.  

If you have your own favorite meditation seating, you are very welcome to bring it along. For more information, please call us at (916)361-0891, or just drop by.

Many group activities at Ananda are punctuated by a period of meditation, sometimes brief, always underlining the importance of the practice.

Group meditations in the community chapel

Monday through Friday: 6 — 7 am and 7  — 8 am

These deep meditations are usually guided by ministers and sevakas. You can stay for one or both meditations and are not required to be living in the community itself to attend.

Group meditations at Ananda Temple

10450 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova  

Fridays, 6 — 8:30 pm

We generally start with Energization Exercises at 6 pm, then chant and meditate until the chanting break at 7:30 pm. The second meditation period closes at 8:30 p.m.


Come even if you have not learned Yogananda's Energization Exercises as they will be guided and demonstrated. This evening is a great way to deepen your meditations with the support of a group. All levels of experience welcome.

Sunday, 9–9:45 am

The purification ceremony is led by the ministers at the Temple prior to the 10 am Sunday Service. You are welcome to come and meditate throughout, or participate as you wish. An available hand-out describes the ceremony itself for persons new to this.

Periodic guided Kriya meditation (kriyabans only)

kriyaThis is a deep Kriya meditation guided by a minister. Individuals new to Ananda—if they so desire—go through formal learning programs over a year or more to prepare for Kriya initiation, directing them toward the deep inner realization of spiritual truths that results from sincere and regular practice of this ancient technique.