My mother and I drove down to Encinitas to this beautiful meditation garden adorned with beautiful flowers and trees overlooking the beach. Some people sat to meditate, others walked around to take pictures of the well-kept area. I had to be one of those people of course!

The meditation garden is owned by the Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920. Yogananda (who is proclaimed to the be the “father of Yoga from the West”) shared the teachings of Kriya Yoga.

Kriya Yoga is a sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India, which embodies a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal – union of the soul with Spirit (God). (

To my understanding, the Self-Realization Fellowship is an individual journey through home studying; learning about the teachings and lifestyle. Once you decide if you’d like to devote yourself to this way of life, you can join with the temple or meditation groups. Check out their website for more information.

I’ll be starting my journey to learn more about Yogananda’s teachings to see if it’s something I can incorporate in my life. I’ve always had a connection spiritually and once I began questioning the organization within Christianity, I dwindled down my beliefs between the soul, the universe, and God. To finally discover that there are teachings, an organization who believes and practices the same is a breath of fresh air. As I dig deeper I’ll be sharing my journey towards a more balanced life. I’ll also be reading Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship).

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