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.

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.
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9 Meditation Tips from Paramhansa Yogananda

As long as you try to meditate, you won’t be able to, just as you can’t sleep so long as you will yourself to sleep.

Will power should be used gradually. Otherwise, it may become detrimental. That’s why it is better, in the beginning, to emphasize relaxation.

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Recent Blog Posts

God's Play
by Nayaswami Asha

When I’d been on the spiritual path for about six or seven years, I began to get a glimpse of what I’d gotten myself into. At the time, I remember how we would joke about this. We had dived into the spiritual waters with great enthusiasm, and we’d swum out toward a beautiful island that seemed so close. Read More

No Need for Wax
by Melody Hansen

I was eleven years old, and my brother Jonah was thirteen when our family started attending Sunday Services at a meditation chapel based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Though we didn’t know much about the spiritual path at the time, we were both very intrigued by it. Read More

5 Secrets to a Balanced Work Life
by Radhika Cosley

Here are a few of the things my husband and I do (or try to do) at work and at home to help keep everything flowing smoothly and harmoniously. Read More

Highlight from Sunday Service
June 28, 2015


Complete Video: The Redeeming Light

Nayaswami Devi

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Everything in creation is made of God’s light — the cutting edge of science even suspects so — and to realize this is our destiny.

Daily Inspiration
July 1, 2015

Light a candle of kindness in your heart whenever you feel a need to correct someone. Hold it there unwaveringly.

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Los Angeles, CA

August 9 – 16
Superconscious Spiritual Renewal Week
Ananda Village, CA



A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Imitating What We Hear
by Nayaswami Devi

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The Union Newspaper Writes Article About an Ananda Member’s Experience of Yoga
June 4, 2015

A Nevada County, CA newspaper recently wrote an article about Bob Ash, who is a member of Ananda and lives near Ananda Village. Bob talks about how he became interested in yoga and how it has changed his life. Read Article

Local Newspaper Writes Article About Moksha Mandir Dedication
May 20, 2015

We recently held a dedication ceremony for the Moksha Mandir, a small meditation temple built in honor of Swami Kriyananda, at Ananda Village. The ceremony, and all the events held that weekend, were a huge success, with over 600 people from around the world attending. A local newspaper called The Union wrote an article about it.

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