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.

Here you can find videos, articles, online books, and online classes on nearly every spiritual subject. We can also answer spiritual questions you may have through our Ask Ananda’s Experts forum.

History of Ananda Videos



Panel of Speakers


Before There Were Houses


Questions and Answers


This brief look at the life, atmosphere, buildings, business, recreation, families, and spiritual practices of Ananda’s early members is one of the best ways to get a feeling for what it was like to live at Ananda Village in the years before the fire of 1976.

Recent Blog Posts

Three and a Half Lessons from a Nine-Day Seclusion
by Brahmachari Tandava

I stepped right into my routine on day 1. It feels so easy to arrive at the Retreat and just leave everything else behind. That’s part of the blessing of having meditating devotees on that land for over four decades. But after a few days, I found myself feeling more and more confused. Read More

Receptivity to Healing
by Mary Kretzmann

A woman asked for prayers for her 12 year-old granddaughter who was being emotionally (but not physically) abused. I lead the small group in preparation for our longer/deeper prayer technique, but when I finally held up my hands to pray for this girl I felt…nothing. Read More

Divine Protection: Psalm 91
by Mary Kretzmann

Over the years, in the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, I have recommended Psalm 91 for people who needed protection. One time it was a for a couple facing a very unfair lawsuit, in which they stood to lose everything. Read More

babaji8 Ways to Experience God

Even Paramhansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi, after repeated experiences of samadhi (mystical union with God), asked his guru whether he had found God. Describing his guru’s response, he writes: “My guru was smiling. ‘I am sure you aren’t expecting a venerable Personage, adorning a throne in some antiseptic corner of the cosmos!’ Ever new joy is God.” Read more…

Highlight from Sunday Service
July 20, 2014


Complete Video: Self-Effort, Too, Is Needed

Nayaswami Asha

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Becoming one with the Christ Consciousness means knowing how to follow It through the crowds of our own conflicting thoughts and desires.

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Daily Inspiration
July 30, 2014

Go out of your way to show respect to those who are ignored by others.


A Touch of Light

The Economy of God

By Nayaswami Devi

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


The Expanding Light Retreat’s Yoga Therapist Training Program Has Been Accredited
July 30, 2014

The International Association of Yoga Therapists just announced the first programs in the world to be accredited at their annual conference SYTAR. The Expanding Light Retreat’s Ananda Yoga Therapy Training was one of only 12 programs approved; 10 are in the US, 2 are international. Read More

Spiritual Directors Return from Travels
July 17, 2014

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi returned to Ananda Village this week after visits to Ananda communities in Portland and Seattle. This fall they will visit Assisi, Italy for two weeks and stay in India for three months. See their schedule for specific dates…