Kriya Yoga Introduction

Kriya Yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path that was brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya also refers to the specific technique that is part of the spiritual path taught by Yogananda. Learn more about the Path of Kriya Yoga and receiving Kriya through Ananda.

The path of Kriya Yoga involves several steps, two of which are immediately available to any guest at The Expanding Light. The first two steps are Yogananda's Energization Exercises and the Hong-Sau technique of concentration. Once a person is familiar with Yogananda's teachings and has some experience practicing these techniques, he may choose to take Discipleship Initiation. This is commitment to follow Yogananda's path to Self-realization. Once the student has taken Discipleship Initiation, he is eligible to learn the AUM technique of meditation. After about a year's practice with these techniques, one may be eligible for Kriya Initiation.

Ananda's Kriya Minister, Sanjan Thelen, is available to talk with anyone interested in pursuing this process. You can call him at 530-478-7624 or contact the Kriya Ministry. He can help get you started on the next step for you.

You can begin the work of getting ready for Kriya on your own by taking the following steps:


Kriya Yoga Courses Scheduled:

2016 October

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 9

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

November

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 30 – Sunday, Dec 4

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 4 – Tuesday, Dec 6

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

2017 April

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Apr 2 – Sunday, Apr 9

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

A week of intensive meditation and exploration of Yogananda's techniques and teachings to prepare you for a life of deep Kriya practice..
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

May

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

For Kriyabans worldwide to come together to energize and inspire our practice of Yogananda's Kriya Yoga practice.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

June

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Jun 21 – Sunday, Jun 25

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Jun 25 – Tuesday, Jun 27

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

August

Kriya Yoga Initiation

Friday, Aug 11

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.

October

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

A week of intensive meditation and exploration of Yogananda's techniques and teachings to prepare you for a life of deep Kriya practice..
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

November

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 29 – Sunday, Dec 3

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 3 – Tuesday, Dec 5

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen



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