How is the Syllabus Organized?


The lessons here are divided into three parts. The First Part deals with the principles of meditation. The Second Part covers the practices of Meditation as taught in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. The Third Part is about the supporting practices that will augment the practices. Together a beginner will be able to start and continue the practices on a strong foundation.

A structured syllabus is, therefore, helpful to introduce and familiarize these principles and concepts sequentially prior to starting the actual practice of Meditation. For this reason, a structured syllabus is used here. If we know what we are doing and why we are doing it, prior to the start of the practice, our practicing will be easier and our progress will be quicker

The curriculum here is developed and taught by Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation located at Nevada City, California. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, widely recognized as one of the leading spiritual teachers in the world today.Yogananda’s teachings embrace the truths that underlie all the great religions. People from all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed at Ananda.

In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within. He taught on four continents in seven languages over the course of 65 years. His talks, his music, and his nearly 150 books have touched the lives of millions. Swami Kriyananda took the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga and made them practical and immediately useful for people in every walk of life. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

All lessons here are delivered either through short videos or short passages or both. The medium of instruction is English. Part -2 contains guided meditation sessions for the aspirants to get started. A blog section is available in Malayalam on general Yoga and Meditation topics in general for those who wish to read them in Malayalam.

While there are no fee payable for any of these lessons, Part 2 and Part 3 will be accessible only through pre-registration. Part 1 is accessible without any pre-registration. Registration can be done by writing a mail using the “Contact” page, giving the required information. A password to access Part -2 and Part – 3 will be sent to those who have requested for the access to these parts with the required information. All other pages in this website – excepting Part 2 and Part 3 – are freely accessible.

If personal sessions for training are required by any aspirant, that needs to be arranged separately through prior arrangements by writing to us, using the contact page.

The general lesson plans that is being followed in this Web School are as follows:

Part – 1

Principles of Meditation

Part – 2

Practice of Meditation

Part -3

Supporting Practices

What is Meditation?

Why is Meditation?

Role of Energy in Meditation

Role of Relaxation in Meditation

Mind – Breath Relationship in Meditation

Roles of Concentration and Absorption in Meditation

Postures in Meditation


Introduction to Ananda Meditation

Tensing and Relaxing Exercises

Hong Sau Meditation

Guided Meditation Session

A Schedule for Practice


Energization Exercises

Pranayama Exercises

Role of Heart Energy in Mediation

Maintenance of all Relationships

Tips for Deeper Meditation


Note: Access to Part 2 & Part 3 requires pre-registration. To register, please write to us