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.
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Inner Renewal Week Videos

Last week, Ananda Village celebrated it’s annual Inner Renewal Week, a community retreat full of classes, music, meditation and other inspirational activities. The theme for the week was “The Search for God Cannot Wait”. We recorded the morning classes, which were given by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, and they are now available on Ananda.org.

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Group doing Yogananda’s Energization Exercises in the morning.Energization: The Wishing Tree
by Hezequiel

Some time ago, I attended a class on the Energization Exercises which was being taught to new students. A very brief introduction from the part of the teachers was finalized with the statement: “Remember, these are spiritual, not physical, exercises. We do them in order to meditate better, but they can’t in any way take the place of physical workout.”

Silently, I disagreed.

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Recent Blog Posts

Picking up Branches
by Nayaswami Prakash

Next door to our family farm lived our second-grade teacher. Mrs. Bailey was large, comfortable, motherly, and welcoming. Read More

Divine Mother's Smile
by Ric Moorhouse

God can come to us in many ways—as an answer to a sincere prayer, as the warmth of deep friendship, as a sense of benediction in a sacred moment, and sometimes as the Divine Playmate, playing hide-n-seek, reminding us of Her presence.

Thirteen Weeks of River Solitude
by Nayaswami Savitri

On February 1st, 2015, I paused in my years of service with Ananda Sangha Worldwide to begin a year-long sabbatical. In many ways, it was the best and happiest year of my life. I had the time to do many of the things I always wanted to do, but had never found the time to stop long enough to do them. Read More

Highlight from Sunday Service
February 7, 2016


Complete Video: The Importance of Soul-Receptivity

Nayaswami Devi

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To watch Sunday service live from Ananda Village Sundays at 11am, visit: http://www.ananda.org/sunday-service/.

Daily Inspiration
February 13, 2016

A person reveals his own character by the things he approves of or disapproves of in others. What you criticize in others is what you harbor in yourself.

Upcoming Events

Live Online Broadcasts and In-Person Events with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi from India

Be a Channel for Peace and Harmony
February 13

Paramhansa Yogananda's Guidance for Accelerating Our Spiritual Growth
February 18—March 3


Celebrating 70 Years of the Autobiography of a Yogi Events

Celebrating the Autobiography
April 29 (Chico, CA), June 17 (Reno, NV), September 16 (Denver, CO)

Plug into Joy: Energize Your Life
April 30 (Chico, CA), June 18 (Reno, NV), September 17 (Denver, CO)

Finding Happiness
April 30 (Chico, CA), June 18 (Reno, NV), September 17 (Denver, CO)

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A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

The Formula for Success
by Nayaswami Jyotish

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


Another Award for The Answer at Trail Dance Film Festival
February 1, 2016

The Trail Dance Film Festival, which is one of the top 25 film festivals in the world, has given The Answer and it’s director Pavan Kaul Golden Drover Awards for best narrative feature and best director. The Answer is a movie about Swami Kriyananda’s life with Paramhansa Yogananda, and will be released in 2017.

See a picture of the producer and director of The Answer holding the award

Screening of Awake Movie at UK Parliament in London
January 26, 2016

The House of Lords in the UK Parliament recently had an Indian spiritual event called “Awakening”, hosted by Lord and Lady Popat, and part of this event was a screening of “Awake” a biographical documentary about Paramhansa Yogananda. Read more about it in the articles below:

Screening of ‘Awake: The life of Yogananda’ at the House of Lords

Event celebrating Indian meditation technique held at UK Parliament

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