Kriya Yoga Initiation

This program is for those who have completed Kriya Yoga Preparation, or equivalent course. Receive Kriya Yoga Initiation at a formal ceremony, a Kriya technique review, personal instruction, guidance with your practice, and continued support.

Approval required. To register, call The Expanding Light at 800-346-5350.

Blessing at a Kriya Initiation

Kriya blessing

Kriya Yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path that includes the technique of Kriya Yoga, which Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the West. Learn more about the Path of Kriya Yoga.

In order to attend this program and receive initiation into Kriya Yoga, one must have completed the year-long Ananda Course in Self-Realization (learn more about the Ananda Course). and received approval from Ananda Kriya Sangha. Email Ananda Kriya Sangha for an application to receive Kriya initiation.

This weekend program includes initiation into Kriya at a formal ceremony, a Kriya technique review, personal instruction and guidance, and ongoing support for your practice.

Note: During Spiritual Renewal Week, priority in housing is given to those who come for the full week. To come for the initiation, you must sign up for a minimum of 4 days of Spiritual Renewal Week. We hope you can join us for that full week of classes, to inspire you for your Kriya. 



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Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Ananda Meditation Teacher

A long-time meditation teacher, Sanjan is thrilled to help others enter into this ancient yogic practice and offer support along the way.

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Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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Kriya Yoga Initiation starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Kriya Yoga Initiation starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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