Goswami Kriyananda

For whatever takes birth, death is its final curtain,
And for whatever dies, rebirth is certain,
Therefore, in the performance of your task,
Hold to the Dharma, do not the karma grasp.

- Bhagavad Gita 2:27

Our beloved guru Sri Goswami Kriyananda has performed his
maha-samadhi, leaving his physical body, April of 2015.

© 2015 Ann Brownfield Meara

Heart to Heart Discussion
Friday, May 22 - 7:00 PM

Meditation to Creation™ with Ann Brownfield Meara

Think a new thought, bring greater awareness into your life. Talk to those that are living the yogic life here and now. Discover how the ancient teachings can bring a new dimension to your life. The fourth Friday at 7:00 pm of each month brings a different teacher who has integrated Kriya Yoga into their life to share their stories, techniques and experiences in a comfortable living room atmosphere.

This discussion will explore how Meditation practices connect you with a more balanced, deepening awareness. Taking this renewed state into creative expression may help you clarify and actualize that which you seek. Join us Friday, May 22 at 7:00pm for light refreshments, guided meditation and a teacher facilitated art project. We will create a visual reminder to aid in the sustainment of your intention (sankalpa) in daily life. Please bring a magazine or a few favorite images. All other materials will be supplied.

Led by Ann Brownfield Meara, MS, CYT, E-RYT 500, Certified Meditation Teacher & Yoga Therapist, MS Journalism & Art Therapy Certificate - Northwestern University

Sunday Noon Meditation
May 24

"Manifesting Your Dreams"
by Swami Pranananda

Sunday Afternoon Lecture
May 24

"Attunement to Forms of the Divine - Part 4"
by Swami Pranananda

Once upon a yogi time…. Krishna was an infant performing miracles much like the baby Jesus…once upon a yogi time Krishna was a flutist whose music opened the hearts of the gopis (the cow-herding maidens), once upon a yogi time in the great story of the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna speaks to the Lord as Krishna saying:

"Krishna, some attune to You the manifest
Some attune to God the changeless, the un-manifest.
Which discipline is the most favorable;
Which path leads to the bountiful?"

- C12.1 Goswami Kriyananda translation

To hear Krishna’s response join us for an hour of yoga stories about Lord Krishna, and learn mantra and techniques for attuning the Divine in your chosen form.

In person at the Temple.

Begin Your Path Today!

In-house Hatha Yoga Teacher Training & Certification Program

For over three decades the Temple of Kriya Yoga has been a leader in providing high-quality in-depth training to those who aspire to be yoga teachers. Each fall, the Temple offers an extensive, 9-month program providing over 200 hours of instruction for certification. This program offers you the opportunity to fully explore the 8 limbs of yoga and develop your potential as a teacher in a positive, supportive environment under the guidance of an experienced, dedicated faculty.

Experience practical, hands-on training in hatha yoga while cultivating the theoretical knowledge necessary to take the rewarding step from student to teacher. You will be provided with the necessary tools and techniques to successfully teach a wide variety of students. Learn how to structure and create your own practice, develop greater control of your body and mind and gain an increased confidence in your abilities as a teacher.

This course may be one of the most important experiences of your life. Over the years the Temple has trained hundreds of students in the science of yoga. Many of these students are now using this knowledge to teach, to support themselves, to refine their own spiritual practice and to help others to develop a life of greater health, happiness and wisdom. By enrolling in this 9-month training program, you will reap innumerable benefits which will last a lifetime! For more information about the program, Click HERE.

Click here to read "Five Lessons from the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program" by Lindsay DiLeo.

Monthly Advanced Hatha Yoga Workshop
June 7, 1:00-4:00 PM

"Mindful Vinyasa Flow"
with Agnieszka Miskiewicz

Vinyasa flow is the most dynamic form of hatha yoga practice. Therefore, it requires more mindfulness in order to sustain the quality of the asanas and breath. In this workshop we will explore and refine individual parts of Sun Salutation, most common transitions and grouping of the asanas. The workshop will conclude with long Savasana.

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

Sunday Noon Meditation
May 17

"Opening Your Heart of Compassion"
by Gary Whitney

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Sunday Afternoon Lecture
May 17

"Befriend Your Mind: Lessons from Sri Hanuman"
by Swami Pranananda

Through Once Upon a Yogi Time Stories, concentration and mantra practice you can learn to befriend your mind. The mind is often experienced as a wild untamed elephant, causing destruction as it walks with us through life.

Sri Hanuman shows us how to live, how to become friends with the mind and to benefit through continual practice and devotion to the practice. Join us for an hour of storytelling and practice of a technique utilized by Lord Hanuman.

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New Awareness SeriesSunday Noon Meditation
June 7

"New Awareness Series - Part 6"
by Goswami Kriyananda

This new, six-part audio series of Noon Meditations with Goswami Kriyananda will take you through the processes of gaining deeper awareness in your life. These teachings will help you to improve your life immediately, at the very moment of listening and practicing, as well as in the future. Click HERE for more information and to register for online access.

Sunday Afternoon Lecture
June 7

"Attaining Profound Meditation - Part 9"
by Goswami Kriyananda

The more clearly you understand the activities of the mind, the more harmonious your life will be! This new series of 1 PM Lectures will provide you the skills to move your mind into deeper meditative levels. Click HERE for more information and to register for online access.

Meditation Teacher Training Program

Registration is open!

Share the gift of meditation through teaching. This excellent, in-depth certification program is open to the public for those who wish to teach, as well as to those who wish to simply deepen their practice, knowledge and understanding of meditation. This twelve-month home study program offers the ancient techniques from Yogic, Buddhist, Christian, Zen, Agama, Shinto and Sufi traditions. You will learn mantra (primarily Sanskrit) along with the principles of fasting on many levels (verbal, food and sleep).

Click HERE to learn more and register.

Kriya Yoga Seminary

Registration is open!

The Temple of Kriya Seminary was developed more than 30 years ago as a bridge between the Temple of Kriya Yoga and dedicated souls who are called to a life of spiritual service; a life devoted to benefiting others. It is a home study course that will cultivate your spiritual unfoldment, prepare you for the priesthood, and help you to assist those who seek a deeper understanding of themselves, God, and Life.

One of the fundamental principles of Kriya Yoga is the understanding that each of us has the ability to be happy and fulfilled in this very lifetime. One of the best means of achieving this is to share our wisdom and compassion with the world around us.

Click HERE to learn more and register.

Hatha Yoga and Meditation Program

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 AM

A new 6-week yoga program taught by Swami K. Japananda (Eileen Ruffer). This yoga program includes hatha yoga (postures/asana) as well as breathing techniques. Bring greater depth into your hatha. Open your life to the full benefits that yoga has to offer. It is geared toward beginning and continuing students, but enrollment is open to all. Drop-ins welcome.

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

Guru's Song

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Composed by: Swami Mukhyananda, Chanted by Swami Nadananda Mahaswami

Temple Sundays

Rest from the pressures of the world and experience the inspiration of spiritual warmth and wisdom.

At our weekly, non-denominational Sunday Noon Meditations, Goswami Kriyananda or one of the other Temple speakers will share an uplifting message on self-improvement and living a positive lifestyle. Learn to find inner quiet, wisdom and the spiritual key that unlocks the Truth to deeper personal happiness and enlightenment.

AT THE TEMPLE: Music and silent meditation begin at 11:30 AM, followed by the inspirational message. Please join us for tea and fellowship following the Noon Meditation.

One hour, open-level hatha yoga classes are offered at  9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 1:15 PM on Sundays.

ON THE INTERNET: The Internet broadcasts with Goswami Kriyananda can be accessed online from anywhere in the world. Recordings of the live broadcasts are posted online for later viewing/listening.

Click HERE to learn more and register for access to Kriyananda's online meditations and lectures.

View the Temple calendar for the complete Sunday schedule.

Daily Wisdom from Sri Goswami Kriyananda

Hatha Yoga Classes


Sunday and week night Hatha Yoga classes for beginning and continuing students.

Sundays: 9:00-10:00 AM
Sundays:10:30-11:30 AM
Sundays: 1:15-2:15 PM
Mondays: 7:00-8:30 PM
Tuesdays: 6:30-8:00 PM
Wednesdays: 6:30-8:00 PM
Thursdays: 6:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 6:30-7:30 PM
Saturdays 12:30-1:30 PM

Click HERE to view full schedule.

Wednesday Meditation

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM

Free weekly meditation in the Temple Chapel. All levels. After the meditation, join us for questions and answers and tea from 7:30-8:00. To learn more about Meditation at the Temple, please click HERE.

Meanderings with Pujananda

Articles on ancient Astrology, Kriya Yoga and related topics.

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Free Inspirational Noon Meditations

To view free inspirational Noon Meditation videos from Goswami Kriyananda, click the link above.

"Sitting Down with Goswami Kriyananda"

To read an interview with Goswami Kriyananda by Sharon Steffensen of Yoga Chicago Magazine, please click HERE.

Personal Ritual for the Departed

The Personal Ritual is a chance for you to remember, honor and send blessings to the departed. You do have the ability to make a difference in the lives of those you love who have gone before you, and this ritual is a path to doing so.

To access the ritual materials, please click HERE.

Students are saying …

"Of all the words I have heard and read in my life, Sri Goswami Kriyananda's are the ones that continue to inspire me the most. What he distills from his thorough knowledge of the major mystical schools is a set of practical techniques that encourage self-awareness and compassion.

For many, it is his humor and down-to-earth sensibility that is so appealing; for others, it is his rigorously scientific and mathematical mind; for others still, it is the power of his insight regarding the fusion of the mundane and the spiritual. His is the brilliant achievement of the true Master."

Dr. Ralph Cintron, former Rockefeller Humanities Fellow, author of Maria, Maria Look and Angels' Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and Rhetorics of the Everyday