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Step 2 in The Path of Kriya Yoga

Prerequisite: Lessons in Meditation or the Raja Yoga series

The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. 


We have three major goals for this 4-class series on Zoom:

  1. In this series, you will learn or review Yogananda’s Energization Exercises to gain control over your life-force. Yogananda taught that by a strong exertion of will power, coupled with a sensitive awareness of energy, you can tap into the infinite energy-source and invigorate the body and brain at will. These exercises help develop concentration, clarity of mind and calmness.
  2. This class is designed to review and support your meditation and sadhana practice as well. We will review Hong-Sau and various meditation support techniques. In each class we will meditate together.
  3. From the ancient traditions of yoga and their own realization Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda have outlined the nature of energy, how it functions in the universe, and how you can use it to further your own goals. We hope to share these concepts in such a way that they will be interesting, meaningful and accessible to you in your daily life.

Energy and Energization comprises Step 2 of the path of Kriya Yoga. An understanding and practice of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises are a prerequisite for initiation into Kriya Yoga. These exercises stand on their own as a powerful addition to your spiritual practice whether you choose to go on to Kriya initiation or not.

Enjoy this deep dive into Yogananda’s techniques for Self-realization.


Course fee: $120 for the 4-class series. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link. 


Sita Reed first studied yoga while living in Japan in the mid-seventies after reading the Autobiography of a Yogi while traveling through India.

She joined Ananda Village in 1977, has served as kitchen manager and head chef in Ananda kitchens at the Village, Palo Alto and in India. She was co-owner of BookBuyers in Mountain View for 24 years and co-managed East-West Bookshop, Palo Alto, in the late nineties. She wrote and edited copy for Ananda Sangha Publications while living at the Gurgaon, India ashram.

Sita is a long-time Lightbearer with Ananda and has been active in a variety of roles focused on natural healing, nutrition, pranayama, yoga postures and Yogananda’s healing techniques. She co-taught the first Palo Alto Yoga Teacher Training Course in 1993.  She is a teacher, counselor, and offers a loving heart to all who meet her.


Rammurti Reed learned of Yogananda in the 1950s as a sophomore in high school when he discovered the Autobiography of a Yogi in a local college library. Before coming to Ananda he was a pastor in the Wesleyan Church, taught at the University of Indianapolis and was on staff at Indiana University.

In addition to teaching, he started and managed a variety of businesses, including four retail book outlets and the online component of his brainchild BookBuyers, one of the largest bookstores in California, which he ran for 24 years. He was also president and CEO of ComputerWare, the first all-Apple computer retail chain.

His fascination with other cultures led him to travel throughout Asia and live for extended periods of time in Japan and India.

Rammurti came to Ananda in 1977 and has been a minister since 1983. While living at Ananda Village he served as cook, gardener, high school teacher, theatrical and choir director, singer and manager of Ananda Recordings. In 2005, he was called to Gurgaon, India by Swami Kriyananda where he ran Ananda Sangha Publications.

Currently, he serves as Lightbearer and minister for Ananda Los Angeles.