In order to attend this program one must have completed the first four steps of the The Path of Kriya Yoga and received approval from Ananda Kriya Sangha. Contact Devalila at Ananda Kriya Sangha for more information and approval. Once permission has been given, you'll be able to register online or by phoning 800-346-5350.

Blessing at a Kriya Initiation

Kriya blessing

Paramhansa Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga as a comprehensive spiritual path, one that includes the technique of Kriya Yoga. This 4-day program (3 days in October 2018) brings together all of the elements that will give new Kriya initiates a strong foundation to get the best results from the Kriya technique they’ll be learning on the weekend. It will also prepare new initiates to be the most receptive inwardly for the Kriya initiation, which for many people is the most important day of their spiritual life.

You will also review the techniques that are part of the Path of Kriya and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga. There will be instruction in deepening your discipleship to the line of Kriya Gurus, including a renewal of the Discipleship Initiation ceremony.

Prerequisites: To attend this program, you must have already completed steps one to four on the Path of Kriya Yoga and received approval from Ananda Kriya Sangha. The steps are: Lessons in Meditation, Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Course on Discipleship, and Preparation for Kriya Yoga. The steps can be done either at an Ananda Center, Online Classes, or Home Book-study —or some combination of those.  E-mail Ananda Kriya Sangha for more information.

NEW: We are occasionally offering a new option for those who've taken initiation to stay on at The Expanding Light for an additional 1 day (until Monday lunch). This is called Strengthen Your Kriya Practice Routine. During this time, you will have guided Kriya meditations, additional time to have your Kriyas checked and ask questions, as well as meditation time in Swami Kriyananda's Moksha Mandir. It is an extremely helpful way to feel strong in the technique before going back to your regular life. 

You'll notice the prices for Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya classes are higher during Inner Renewal Week and Spiritual Renewal Week because you will also be enjoying the many benefits of those weeks.

Note: During Inner Renewal Week and Spiritual Renewal Week, the Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya classes are offered Thursday through Sunday (you need to arrive Wednesday night). Priority in housing is given to those who join us for the full 7 days. During Spiritual Renewal Week, you must register for a minimum of 4 days. The Kriya initiations are given on the Friday or Saturday evening of those weeks. We hope you can join us for the full weeks.

Yoga Alliance RYT's and E-RYT's: This course offers 10 to 15 hours of continuing education credit. Ask your instructor for documentation.

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Devalila Veenhof, Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America, has been practicing and sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 20 years. Devalila created and served as Director of Online with Ananda for nearly 10 years. In that role, she developed the Virtual Community, as well as generated and taught many online courses.  She lives in Ananda Village with her husband, Vic. Devalila's great joy and gifts are in supporting and encouraging people, wherever they are spiritually, and helping them find their next step along their journey toward Self-realization.

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  • Aug 7 – 11, 2019
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First-Time Kriya Preparation Retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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First-Time Kriya Preparation Retreat 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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