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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Swami--Kriyananda-sitting-and-listening,-SRWHappy Birthday Ananda!

Ananda Village, Ananda’s first intentional community, was founded on July 4th, 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s idea of World Brotherhood Colonies.

Ananda’s communities are home to householders as well as monastics, all seeking Self-Realization through the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Watch a narrated slideshow about Ananda’s early years

Recent Blog Posts

Tips for Staying Young at Heart
by Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Swami Kriyananda said that even at age 20, some people have already become what his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, called “psychological antiques.” Here are suggestions by four women from Ananda Village about how they stay physically and mentally youthful. Read More

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

Paramhansa YoganandaWhy a Guru?

Many people have misconceptions about the whole concept of being a disciple and of having a guru.

In the Bible we read, “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” The receiving of this power is what many people are afraid of, because they think it constitutes an invasion of their own spiritual privacy, or giving over their free will to another human being. 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 6, 2015

Give more thought to communion with others than to communication with them.

Upcoming Events

July 15 – 17
with Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati
Los Angeles, CA

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



A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Joy Is the Solution, Not the Reward
by Nayaswami Jyotish

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


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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