What Is Ananda?
Ananda 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
Demystifying Patanjali Class Series
with Nayaswami Asha
This class series is an in-depth exploration Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on the sutras, as explained by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in the book, Demystifying Patanjali. The lessons explored are central to one’s search for the divine, no matter their path. Watch more classes
Overcoming the Unwillingness Monster
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
The Birthday Surprise
by Radhika Cosley
Birthdays have always been a relatively big deal in my family. There was always a party, cake, presents, a fun activity. But this was my first year in college in living away from my parents (although not that far away), and the first year where I spent almost my entire birthday with people who didn’t know me and didn’t know or care that it was my birthday. Read More
Eat light foods to offset the heavy ones. Drink more liquids — at least two quarts every day.
November 8, 11am–12:30pm IST (10:30pm—12:00am PDT)
A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
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.