Ananda Meditation

Ananda Meditation

Guided Meditations and Techniques for iOS and Android
Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda

Start a new practice or inspire your current one

  • Learn techniques, ancient and new
  • Inspire your practice with guided meditations
  • Use a timer to help you focus
  • Create custom meditations and add chants, periods of silence, affirmations, and more
  • Set reminders to strengthen your daily routine
  • Save bandwidth by downloading meditations for offline viewing

Learn New Techniques and Experience Inner Peace

  • Lessons in meditation from long-time meditation instructors
  • Meditations led by teachers at the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation
  • Pranayama lessons and techniques taught by Nayaswami Gyandev, a co-founder of the Yoga Alliance
  • Visualizations and guided meditations from Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda

Guided meditations include focuses on:

  • Inner balance
  • Healing
  • Peace and joy
  • Love
  • Awakening the chakras
  • Expanding your consciousness


Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. With meditation, one can experience inner peace, health, and spiritual awakening. Joy is within you, and meditation is the key to making that joy a permanent part of your life. Science now proves that even 12 minutes of daily meditation can increase the gray matter in our brain and provide numerous health benefits.

What is Ananda?

Ananda Sangha

Ananda Sangha—”fellowship of divine joy”—is a worldwide group of individuals who share the search for higher consciousness and the ideal of service to others by following the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. These teachings emphasize “Self-recreational” as direct inner experience of God. Non-sectarian, they are based on India ‘s timeless universal truths and offer practical solutions to the challenges of modern life.

Ananda Sangha India

Every Indian is familiar with the basic truths of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teaching. Still, his message of Self-retaliation and Kriya Yoga (see below) is a new expression of these truths. It is a spiritual revolution for India just as in the West.

“There are so many receptive souls in India”, Swami Kriyananda said, “that in time the work here will dwarf everything else Ananda is doing.”

With a small international group of Ananda devotees, he moved to India in 2003, his 78th year, that he might dedicate his remaining life to make his guru’s teachings better known in the land of his birth. The main work of Ananda Sangha India, is the same as in other countries: presenting the teachings of Self-retaliation through classes and sat-sangs. These are held weekly at our meditation centers throughout India.

Path of Kriya Yoga and Our Lineage

Advanced students in all localities can prepare for Kriya Yoga and receive it locally or at the closest cent re.

Ananda Sangha Centers and Groups in India

We have Ananda centers and meditation groups throughout India. Visit us where ever you may be. Find Us

World Brotherhood Colonies

Ananda fulfills the dream of Paramhansa Yogananda: to establish “world brotherhood colonies”. These are communities where people can practice “plain living and high thinking”, based on the spiritual principles that Yogananda taught. Learn more about Yogananda’s dream, and Ananda’s fulfillment of that dream.

Create a sustainable practice

Whether or not you are new to meditation, these lessons will help you develop a deep and consistent practice. With ample feedback from mediators with decades of experience and your own persistence, you will awaken your true nature: a pure reflection of divine peace, joy, and love.

Meditation Grounded in Ancient Traditions

Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and for almost 50 years has trained teachers in techniques grounded in the highest yogic practices of India, as brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Receive Practical Techniques

In addition to meditation, learn Paramhansa Yogananda’s “Energization Exercises,” which are designed to provide the practitioner with better health, more energy, and an ability to direct the energy in the body at will. Mastering them can be a powerful tool for deeper, longer meditation.

Step 1 on the Path to Kriya Yoga

This course is the first step on the path to Kriya, a meditation technique taught by Paramhansa Yogananda that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth.

Meditation Courses

At Ananda, we share the path of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. Practical and scientific, the Kriya Yoga meditation course is offered over several weeks of study and preparation, culminating in initiation into the sacred path of Kriya Yoga. You can learn in person in one of our local centers, join Ananda India online, or take our self-paced Home Study course.

Step 1: Learn to Meditate

This step is a two-class series that introduces you to meditation, offering techniques and tips to relax the body and calm the mind.

Step 2: Deepen your Meditation

This step is a four-class series that introduces you to deeper yoga philosophy with practical activities that are life-changing. Also shared is a powerful yoga pranayam, known as Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, that teach us how to draw infinite energy from the cosmos at will and is over a 100 years old.

Step 3: Discipleship

This step is a six-class series with emphasis on the Guru-Disciple relationship and its importance on the path. This step involves initiation into the path as a disciple. Also shared as part of the initiation is a technique for communing with the Aum vibration.

Step 4: Kriya Preparation

This step is a four-class series that works with increasing the flow of energy in the spine, in preparation for Kriya initiation.

After adequate study, preparation, and practice, the student is initiated into the path of Kriya Yoga.
More classes and retreats are offered from time-to-time on meditation. Kindly check the event calendar on the site for the latest updates.

Ananda Meditation Retreat is a sanctuary where people from all over the world come to learn and experience the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda; ancient yoga and meditation practices made practical and applicable to daily life. Learn more.

We follow and share a non-sectarian approach to yoga. The ancient science of yoga and meditation, made practical and applicable to daily life, is manifest in living form in our community life.

What will you find at Ananda Meditation Retreat?
A peaceful & natural environment Opportunities to discover your spiritual life Meditation and yoga practices to enrich every aspect of life Friendship with like-minded people A break from your normal routine Healthy, homemade vegetarian food

Meditation is a pathway to the joy of your own soul. It’s easy to learn and rewarding but can take a lifetime to master. Wherever you are on your path, this app can help. Ananda has taught meditation to thousands of people around the world for nearly 50 years.

• Learn the ancient technique of Hong-Sau to focus your attention
• Over 100 guided meditations and techniques to inspire your practice, with more added regularly
• Use a timer to concentrate on your breath, not the length of the meditation
• Create your own custom meditations for the time you have available, and add chants, periods of silence, affirmations, and more
• Set reminders to establish or strengthen your daily meditation routine

You can download meditations for offline viewing, including videos or just audio-only if you need to save bandwidth. A variety of guided experiences are available, including:

• Lessons in meditation
• Meditations led by teachers at the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation
• Pranayama lessons and techniques taught by Nayaswami Gyandev, a co-founder of the Yoga Alliance
• Visualizations and guided meditations from Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda

Guided meditations include focuses on:
• Inner balance
• Healing
• Peace and joy
• Love
• Awakening the chakras
• Connecting to your divine power

Paramhansa Yogananda teachings on meditation are intended not just to de-stress you, but to take you to a deep place of peace, wisdom, and bliss. Download the app now and experience it for yourself.


Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.
You can expand your sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s active presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship.

Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda ’sdirect disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who passed away in 2013. Swami Kriyananda spiritual successor is Nayawami Jyotish who, along with his wife Nayaswami Devi, serves as Ananda’ spiritual director.

Ananda Meditation® is a trademark registered by Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Nevada County.

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