What Is Ananda?

Untitled-1Ananda is a global movement founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, who showed how all can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.

Ananda has retreats, meditation groups, centers, and spiritual communities around the world. We also have online classes in meditation and other spiritual subjects, as well as books, music, and many other resources for your inspiration.
Learn to Meditate


Webinar Series Starting October 15, 6–7PDT

In 2006 Swami Kriyananda wrote 12 precepts as part of a document entitled, “Evening Hospice.” During this webinar series, we will explore Swami Kriyananda’s 12 precepts in-depth, and share tools that really work for each of us to let go of nagging attachments and desires, old records of past betrayals, forgiveness of ourselves and others.

The webinar instructor, Hanuman Baughman, is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, and has many years experience working with people at end of life.

Cost: $65 (watch free intro)

Learn More

Dr. PeterThe Highly Vulnerable Teenage Brain
An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D.

Q: Is it true that during adolescence, the brain undergoes “extensive remodeling,” as one writer described it?

PVH: Yes. Our brain is developing all through our childhood years, going through very specific changes. But then at puberty, around age 12, it enters a second phase during which there are many changes specific to adolescence and beyond. In nearly everyone, this phase is complete around age 25. By then, the brain functions like an adult brain. Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Autumn Restorative Yoga Pose
by Melody Hansen

Autumn is a time of change—where the leaves fall from the trees and the weather heeds a time of transformation for nature, animals, and people. With the active energy of summer behind us, there is an opportunity now to slow down, calm the mind, and go within. Read More

Overcoming the Unwillingness Monster
by Gaurav

I came to Ananda Village in May this year. Having been here for almost five months now, I can add my testimony to many others in stating, “There is no place like Ananda!” No wonder Swami Kriyananda used to say, ”Ananda is perhaps the best kept secret in the world.” Read More

Confrontation with God: the Unspeakable Truth!
by Nayaswami Hriman

We Ananda teachers enjoy telling the story about Paramhansa Yogananda’s first kriya yoga disciple (a Boston dentist named Dr. Lewis) who confronted Yogananda, insisting that he be given a taste of cosmic consciousness. Read More

Highlight from Sunday Service
October 11, 2015


Complete Video: Victory Demands the Courage of Conviction

Nayaswami Maria

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Daily Inspiration
October 13, 2015

Be not afraid to dream greatness. Courage is the secret of every worthwhile accomplishment.

Upcoming Events

Live Broadcasts with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi from India

October 18, 6–8pm IST (5:30—7:30am PDT)
November 8, 11am–12:30pm IST (10:30pm—12:00am PDT)


A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Finding Autobiography of a Yogi
by Nayaswami Jyotish

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


New Temple at Ananda Pune
September 25, 2015

On September 19th a new temple called the “Temple of All Religions” was dedicated at Ananda’s retreat near Pune, India. Learn More

The Answer a Big Success at Orlando Film Festival
September 9, 2015

The Answer was the only film at the festival to receive a full house for their screening, and had to switch theaters to accommodate a larger audience.

During a question and answer session after the second screening, other film makers and critics stood up and applauded, with tears in their eyes. The festival director was so inspired she went out and bought a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi and immediately started reading it.

Among much other praise, one critic said that if she ever makes a film, The Answer will be her inspiration.

Please donate

Your tax-deductible gifts support our worldwide outreach ministries.

Goal: $440,000