Kriya Yoga is both a meditation technique and a way of life. The classes and training that prepare one to learn kriya take approximately seven months during which students meet weekly to meditate and study the precepts of yoga philosophy and the yogic lifestyle.

To learn kriya yoga, there is neither an organizational affiliation required nor a financial expectation (beyond the modest cost of the training classes). During the training period, however, and as an integral part of experiencing the kriya lifestyle, you will be invited to experience Ananda by attendance at services and activities and by participation in service projects. 

Beginning with Yogananda’s renowned life story, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” there are five books used for study during this six or seven month period. They are as follows: “The New Path,” “Essence of Self-Realization,” “Conversations with Yogananda,” and “Kriya Preparation Handbook.”

Kriya yoga consists not only of the technique which is called Kriya Yoga but four other core techniques that are part of the kriya meditation practices. One of these, the Hong Sau meditation technique, is taught in most of Ananda’s meditation classes. The other three are the 39 Energization Exercise system; Aum technique of meditation; and the Maha Mudra. These three are taught in the kriya training. In addition we will use certain raja yoga pranayams and techniques as part of the preparation and purification of the body, mind and nervous system that is necessary in order that kriya technique be optimally effective. 

To read more about Kriya Yoga, see Chapter 26, “Kriya Yoga,” from the “Autobiography of a Yogi” (this may be read online at www.ananda.org/autobiography). The seven month training period is divided into two segments. Return to www.anandawashington.org/kriya-yoga for the details and costs of the two segments of the kriya training program. 

 
Please note, however, that with few exceptions, you will need to take (at least) the raja segment of the Raja Yoga Intensive before taking the kriya training program. For more information on the Raja Yoga course (our most popular and in-depth yoga and meditation class) visit: www.anandawashington.org/classes/raja
 
Lastly, periodically we offer a free introductory session to explain all of this in person. Look for the class: “Kriya Yoga: Gateway to Self-Realization,” or give us a call to find out the next date.