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Meditation Teacher Training
Home Study Program


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How Will Meditation Liberate You?

Will you rediscover what makes you happy? Release destructive habits? Cultivate inner peace?


Still Inner Chatter

Meditation is a tool to unlock inner focus and clarity. A journey of self-discovery, meditation improves health, reduces stress and deepens understanding. The gift of meditation is not what you can attain, but what you can remove. Meditation helps you release destructive thinking patterns and attitudes to revitalize your life.

Embark from a student of meditation to the rewarding world of teaching through our Meditation Teacher Training Program (MTTP). Whether you are looking to establish and sustain your own meditation practice, or teach professionally, we equip you with the essential knowledge, skills and certification required to successfully identify and reach your meditation goals.


Expand Your Horizons

Step away from daily busyness as you turn inward. Meditation is mastered through practice, so our program begins with a variety of meditation techniques to enhance and develop your personal practice. We then focus on the philosophy, psychology and spiritual discipline of meditation. Combined, these teachings help you convey the benefits of meditation to your students, and inspire them to cultivate their own practice to improve their lives.

We offer more than meditation teachings and certification — we encourage you to pursue deeper truths and greater connections to all aspects of your life.

As a seeker, you can establish and sustain your own meditation practice, or teach professionally with certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga.


Click Here to download course information, syllabus and sample printed lessons in PDF format.


Have Questions?

Register and begin your studies at any time. Call the Temple at (773) 342-4600 or email kriya@yogakriya.org with any questions. Temple business hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please Note: No previous meditation experience is required. However, it is important to maintain a personal practice as you progress through the program.



Our Instructor

All audio material is taught by Goswami Kriyananda, the Spiritual Preceptor of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Swami Pranananda is responsible for leading the program, and will guide you through the course and see you on retreat, with other Temple swamis.


Course Curriculum

  • The Structure of Consciousness
  • Philosophy & Cosmology of Meditation
  • Theory & Practice of Meditation
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • The Doctrine of Karma
  • The Nature of Thought Forms
  • Internal Preparation for Teaching
  • Communication Skills & Teaching Techniques
  • How to Structure Classes & Workshops
  • Comparative Meditation Techniques
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Establishing a Meditation Practice
  • Benefits and Effects of Meditation Practice
  • How Yama/Niyama Relate to Meditation
  • Mudras and Bandhas
  • Symbolism and Visualization

The Meditation Teacher Training Home Study Program...

  • Lets you study from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace
  • Offers the ancient techniques from Yogic, Buddhism, Christianity, Zen, Agama, Shinto and Sufi traditions
  • Gives you the opportunity to learn mantra, primarily Sanskrit, and fasting – verbal, food and sleep
  • Includes access to online community and study materials
  • Offers retreats with in-depth one-on-one training
  • Provides you with a handsome graduation certificate when you complete the course requirements
  • Welcomes you to free Wednesday Night Meditation at the Temple. All levels welcome

Program Structure/Materials

This 12-month online home study program with one retreat required for certification includes access to the Temple's Internet education portal. There you will find all lessons and recordings for the course. You will submit your assignments online and they will be graded and feedback available to you online also. In addition, we will send you books and two DVDs that are included in the course.


Weekend Retreats

A four-day meditative retreat at Loretto Center in Wheaton, Illinois will take place over a weekend. Two retreats are held per year. Attendance at one retreat is required, but you may attend more if you wish. At the final required retreat after having completed months 1-12 of homework, students participate in teaching.


2014 Retreat Dates

May 8-11
October 2-5


Retreat Fees

  • $425 for a single room
  • $375 for double occupancy
  • $175 for commuters who would like to take meals with the group
  • $95 for commuters not taking meals with the group
  • Retreats provide in-depth one-on-one training
    All meals are vegan

Program Tuition: $1495



Tuition options

Option 1: Deposit of $495 upon enrollment with two quarterly installments of $500

Option 2: Pay in full at time of enrollment. Your tuition will be discounted to $1345.


To Enroll: Submit a completed application, along with your tuition payment, to the Temple (attention: MTTP). Click Here for the application. You can make your tuition payment via our secure server.



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Students are saying …

"The Meditation Teacher Training program truly helped me deepen my practice and gain a greater understanding of the vastness of the subject of meditation.  The insights gained from taking this training gave me the courage and confidence to pursue my life’s dream.

I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to experience the beauty and unlimited potential a meditation practice can bring into one’s life.

Now I’m using this valuable program to help others."

Michelle G.
Colorado, USA


"The Temple of Kriya Yoga's Meditation Teachers Training Program prepared me to serve and respond to Life in a more compassionate and wise manner. The teachings and meditation practice are an essential guide in effectively caring for many who are facing the losses of love or loved ones, poor health and/or the death of the body.

I am deeply grateful for the teachings that Sri Goswami Kriyananda and his lineage and disciples have labored to bring to us. My daily meditation practice has brought great blessings and unimagined happiness. If you want to draw more wisdom, joy and serenity into your life, I encourage you to study the mystical teachings of Kriya Yoga and commit to a daily meditation practice. Deepest Shantis, dear friends."

Marti B.
Naperville, Illinois


"Without hesitation, I must admit that enrolling in the Meditation Teacher Training Program has been one of the best decisions that I've made in the fifty-nine years of this present incarnation. It is very difficult for me to find words that would adequately express the joys of learning more about meditation and my physical, intellectual, and spiritual self."

Mark L.
Indiana, USA


"The Temple of Kriya Yoga Meditation Teacher Training program deepened my practice, gave me a new perspective in how to live my life and provided me with the fulfillment of being able to help others with a variety of meditation techniques. The curriculum is based on the wisdom of a master, and excellent preparation to teach. This Meditation Teacher Training provided me with skills I will use for the rest of my life."

Sylvia E.
Chicago, Illinois


"The Meditation Teacher's Training Intensive was one of the most informative and helpful programs I've ever been involved with. I learned about meditation as well as gaining insight into myself, and have been teaching meditation classes regularly since I graduated in 2001."

Mark N.
Delray Beach, Florida