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.

Meditation Slows Aging — the Scientific Evidence
An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D.


About four months ago some reporters from India who were visiting the United States and touring Ananda Village interviewed me.

I was surprised that one of the main things they wanted to know was how my patients who meditated regularly and lived the Ananda lifestyle differed from my other patients.

After thinking about it for a moment I said, “Well, on average, they appear to be about 10 years younger.” Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Changing Seasons
by Nayaswami Savitri

As a child, I enjoyed autumn, football games, and piles of colorful leaves to jump about in. Crisp cool nights and sunny days were fun, too. But all too soon, winter came, with coldness, wetness, darkness, grayness, and confinement indoors, for far too many months. Read More

The Greatest of Virtues
by Kalidas Hansen

“By serving wise and ignorant sadhus, I am learning the greatest of virtues, pleasing to God above all others…humility.” These are the words of the great master, Babaji, in the Autobiography of a Yogi. Read More

The Singer and the Nightingale
by Nayaswami Prakash

This past August, during Spiritual Renewal Week, we were treated to a dramatization of Swami Kriyananda’s beautiful story/allegory “The Singer and the Nightingale.” The play was a delight, profoundly funny and, in its serious purpose, just as profoundly moving. Read More

Awakening Your Kundalini Energy

Our level of consciousness depends primarily on the direction our energy takes in the spine. According to yoga science, cosmic energy enters the body at the base of the brain, then descends down the spine and out through the chakras and nervous system to fulfill our physical needs.

Unfortunately for the meditator, this outward flowing energy draws the mind outward also. Read More

Highlight from Sunday Service
October 26, 2014


Complete Video: What Is the Best Way to Pray?

Nayaswami Jaya

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By praying to God, we open ourselves up to His influence in our lives.

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Daily Inspiration
October 30, 2014

See divine love behind the gift of human love.


A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Finding Babaji’s Cave

By Nayaswami Jyotish

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


The Daily Meditator Resuming
October 23, 2014

The Daily Meditator newsletter, which sends out inspiring stories about meditation and the spiritual path, will be starting up again on October 30th, and will send a new newsletter monthly. Subscribe

You Can Now Spend the Night at Ananda Valley Farm
September 24, 2014

The Ananda Valley Farm, near the Palo Alto community, is now available for overnight stays. $50 per night suggested donation. For more information contact

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