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.
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

Recent Blog Posts

Overcoming the Unwillingness Monster
by Gaurav

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

Nature and Me Meditation

The first time I tried the Nature and Me exercise was in Bidwell Park in Northern California. My wife and I sat alongside an exquisite canyon stream lined by a lush forest. Mayflies danced above flowing water, large leaves fluttered with every breeze, and sounds of falling water sang throughout the canyon. This simple activity helped us become dynamically aware of the presence of life around us. Read More

Highlight from Sunday Service
October 4, 2015


Complete Video: In Surrender Lies Victory!

Atman Goering

Sunday, October 4, 2015

How can you say “Yes” to life and still maintain personal integrity?

Daily Inspiration
October 7, 2015

Possess things as necessary, but let no thing possess you.

Upcoming Events

Live Broadcasts with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi from India

October 7, 7:30–8:30pm IST (7–8am PDT)
October 18, 6–8pm IST (5:30—7:30am PDT)


A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

The Broken Connection
by Nayaswami Devi

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


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.

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