Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Next: Tuesday, Aug 7 – Saturday, Aug 11

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation.

In order to attend this program one must have completed the first four steps of the Ananda Course in Self-Realization and received approval from Ananda Kriya Sangha. Contact 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 (5 days during Inner Renewal Week and Spiritual Renewal Week) 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: Daily Hong-Sau, Energization, and AUM technique practice, Discipleship, study of the Ananda Course Parts 2 & 3.

NEW: We are offering a new option for those who've taken initiation to stay on at The Expanding Light for an additional 2 days (until Tuesday lunch). 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 see different price charts to the right: one for the basic 4-day course, and one for the 6-day version.

You'll also see special price charts for Inner Renewal Week and Spiritual Renewal Week.

Note: During Inner Renewal Week and Spiritual Renewal Week, the Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya classes are offered Wednesday through Sunday (you need to arrive Tuesday 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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Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Ananda Meditation Teacher

A long-time meditation teacher, Sanjan is the head of the Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America. He teaches the Preparation for Kriya Yoga Program, organizes the Kriya Initiations at The Expanding Light, and is willing to meet privately with guests who would like to explore the steps to prepare for Kriya initiation. Having experienced the accelerated spiritual growth that comes from practicing Kriya Yoga, Yogananda's most advanced technique, Sanjan is thrilled to help others enter into this ancient yogic practice and offer support along the way.

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Costs (KPI)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Aug 7 – 11, 2018
  • Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2018
$498 $654 $910 $834 $1178

No dates scheduled for Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya plus extra days. at this time.

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Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya and Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya plus extra days. starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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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.

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya and Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya plus extra days. 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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